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Sony A7 Mark II Series Fast Start

Lesson 9 of 36

Multi Interface Shoe

John Greengo

Sony A7 Mark II Series Fast Start

John Greengo

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Lesson Info

9. Multi Interface Shoe


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1 Class Introduction Duration:05:40
2 Sony A7 Mark II: Overview Duration:15:53
3 Photography Basics Duration:07:36
4 Basic Controls Duration:08:12
5 Panorama Controls Duration:04:44
7 Custom Key Settings Duration:06:27
8 Focus Area Duration:08:45
9 Multi Interface Shoe Duration:02:31
10 Back Side: Navigation Duration:11:02
11 Function Button: Modes Duration:22:40
12 Display Options Duration:10:18
14 Bottom and Front: Navigation Duration:03:45
15 Sony Lens Options Duration:15:37
16 Camera Menu: 1 Duration:09:29
17 Camera Menu: 2 Duration:06:01
18 Camera Menu: 3 Duration:02:42
19 Camera Menu: 4 Duration:05:02
20 Camera Menu: 5 Duration:08:31
21 Camera Menu: 6 Duration:08:46
22 Camera Menu: 7 Duration:11:32
23 Camera Menu: 8 Duration:05:39
24 Camera Menu: 9 Duration:07:16
25 Custom Set-Up: 1 Duration:04:42
26 Custom Set-Up: 2 Duration:05:33
27 Custom Set-Up: 3 Duration:09:19
28 Custom Set-Up: 4 Duration:04:24
29 Custom Set-Up: 5 Duration:09:35
30 Custom Set-Up: 6 Duration:03:53
31 Custom Set-Up: 7 Duration:07:12
32 Custom Set-Up: 8 Duration:02:41
33 Wireless Options Duration:03:44
34 Application and Play Menus Duration:17:42
35 Set-Up Menu: 1-6 Duration:16:01
36 Camera Operation Duration:09:21

Lesson Info

Multi Interface Shoe

We have a multi interface shoe on the camera, so this is kind of a standard hot shoe with additional contacts for you to put on different types of devices. So let me just quickly talk about some of the accessories that you can put on the top of the camera. Obviously in the main item is going to be flash units there and one little secret about sony flashes as well as most of the ones from other manufacturers not all of them but definitely true with cannon is that the number of the flash has a direct relation with the power of the flash. It is often measured in guide numbers, and so thirty two versus forty three is an actual number that is comparing the power of the flashes. And so you can see that the sixty is their most powerful flash it's going to have their most features were not going to go into all of this because the camera does not even come supplied with a flash. But there are other things that you can put in there, for instance, you could put in a wireless mic or a zoom microph...

one and these air going to plug into the camera and if I can show you on this camera, get a live shot on this camera there's a little hot shoe cover in here and I'm gonna take this off and if we get this angle you can zoom in as close as we can right up here at the top edge there are additional electronics in there and that will supply power to a wireless microphone for instance now it's not enough power to power a flash on we probably wouldn't want that because the battery life is short enough in this camera but we can actually we have a camera above well let's see there we go and so now you can see there's contacts in there but it's it's enough power to supply a microphone and so that's why they call it the multi interface type shoe and so let's go back to the keynote and so those are some of the accessories that you can look for uh to mount on the top of the camera. All right, next up we have a little speaker system so that when you play back movies that's where the sound is coming from and the focal plane indicates where the sensor is in the camera if for some technical reason maybe in macro photography or you're doing working with cinema lenses and you need to measure the distance to the focal plane that's marked on all cameras and then we do have stereo microphones if you are recording movies and you want really quick good quality sound I do highly recommend an external microphone but it does give you least reasonably good sound right out of the gate

Class Description

Learn how to get the most out of your Sony® A7 Mark II series camera. Whether you've chosen the Sony A7R Mark II, the Sony A7S Mark II, or the Sony A7 Mark II, this class will give you in-depth instruction on your camera’s critical functions. 

John will guide you through the features, menus, and buttons on your camera, giving you the confidence you need to take pictures like a pro. You’ll learn about: 

  • The features, menus, and buttons on all 3 Sony models 
  • How to use the cameras in different shooting situations 
  • Maximizing the use of the cameras 

This in-depth class will help everyone from amateurs to professionals, get the most out of the incredible Sony® A7 Mark II series cameras. 


a Creativelive Student

INCREDIBLE Class! I couldn't find anything on the internet that truly explained this camera, explained what it can and can't do and what accessories would work with it. I have had my Sony A7II for awhile now, but was so overwhelmed by it, I rarely even took it out of its case. It was just easier to use my Canon 5D III. After this class, I am so excited to finally practice with and use my Sony. John is an incredible teacher. He is thorough, professional, fun and knowledgeable! Buying this class was the best investment!!! I feel like I just got the gift of a new camera because I can finally use my Sony!!! Thanks John and Thanks Creative Live!!!

Enrique Vega

I stored my Sony A7II for more than a year since I've been Canon's user for 7 years and I felt unsure of taking this new camera which implied a different menu system, different functions, a little bit intimidating. Finally, I took a bit of valor, put my camera next to the computer monitor for then start watching this guide and I spent a great time actually. I'm amazed at how helpful and clear is the sequence of the chapters. It was enough to get to chapter ten to know all the basic controls and start taking pictures with an equivalent confidence of my good old Canon, or even better since in the chapter 8th I learned how accurate and easy to use is the focusing system, either, manual or auto (For stills I've always used manual focusing). Very informative, enjoyable and now I became a new fan of the mirrorless cameras, at the point that I'm considering to buy another two :D


John is an excellent teacher! In fact his Fundamentals of Digital Photography 2014 was the first ever class I watched on CreativeLive, and since then I'm in love with his teaching style as well as with CreativeLive! I bought my Sony A7II in March 2015 and when I found out that John is giving a class on it I was very excited! As I expected I learnt many secrets about my camera which I had been using for 9 months already. For example about the option of focusing on the eyes, setting the buttons, making panoramas etc. The camera is still smarter than me I must admit. I am enjoying my Sony even more now since after the class I feel much more confident. Thank you John and CreativeLive for such an opportunity! I would recommend to everyone who has a Sony a7II camera and the other cameras in this line to watch this class. It's a concentrate of useful information, very detailed and to the point. I spent two days just watching the class and practicing new knowledge with my camera straight away. I had to postpone all the other life chores. And I would be ready to watch the class again after some time as it's a professional camera which needs a lot of practice!