It is possible to set up your Sony Alpha 7RIV from my Camera Settings file copied to your memory card. Set up your Sony Alpha 7R IV from this free Camera Settings file. Just copy my settings file to the CAMSET folder on your memory card and then Load onto your camera.
NOTE > Download the ZIP File and NOT the contents of the Setting Folder
Installing the Camera Settings data files & Registered Shooting Memories
Most of the following setting are outlined in the movie below these 16 steps.
IMPORTANT: INSTALL THE LATEST VERSION OF THE FIRMWARE FOR THE CAMERA
- Download and ‘Unzip’ the downloaded file
- Format a Memory Card that has been placed in Slot 1 of your camera.
- Go to Menu > Setup > Page 7 (Setup7) and choose Save/Load Settings. Save your current Camera Setup.
- Connect the Camera to your Computer (USB Connection > Mass Storage) or eject the Memory Card and insert the memory Card in the SD card Reader attached to your computer.
- Copy the ‘private’ folder on the Memory Card to your computer to Backup your current camera setup.
- Now replace the SETTING folder that can be found inside SONY folder that, in turn, can be found in the ‘private‘ folder/directory. Alternatively, if you want to save your current camera settings on the card, copy my ‘A7RM4MG1.DAT’ and ‘STUDIOMG.DAT’ files into the CAMSET folder and CAMPRO files into the A7RM4 folder. Note > The CAMPRO files that end in the letter P are for users who have their camera set up to PAL and the CAMPRO fils that end in N are for photographers who have their camera set up to run in NTSC (this is regional movie setting).It is OK to copy all six of these files onto the memory card.
- Insert the Memory Card in Slot 1
- Set the camera to P, A, S or M on the Shoot Mode Dial on the top of the camera
- Press the Menu button on the camera and go to Setup7 (page 7 of the Toolbox icon).
- Go to Save/Load Settings and then choose Load.
- Select A7RM4MG1 or STUDIOMG and select OK – the A7RM4MG1 is the one I use when I am not working in a Studio
- The Registered memories on the Shoot Mode dial have to be added separately.
- To add the Registered Shoot Mode Settings move the Shoot Mode dial to 1, 2, or 3
- Go to the Shoot Mode / Drive 1 menu (page 3 of the first menu tab) and select Recall
- Load M1 from the memory card and save to 1 on the camera, Load M2 from the memory card and save to 2 on the camera and finally Load M3 from the memory card and save to 3 on the camera. If you run into difficulties for this final step you may like to watch THIS MOVIE about how to transfer memories from a card to the camera.
- After Loading all of the settings I recommend that you reformat your memory card before capturing images to this card.
NOTE > If you are a back button AF photographer you will need to re-assign AF-ON to the AF-On Custom Key and Switch AF w/ shutter to Off
The Setup includes my PAL Memory settings that ensure I never miss a shot. The Setting file is FREE but please consider making a small Donation http://paypal.me/alphacreativeskills You will get the most benefit from my camera setup file if you are familiar with my Portrait, Action and Landscape settings that are outlined in my free A7RIV eBook. You can download the free eBook from this link: https://www.markgaler.com/product/a7riv-ebook The Custom keys are set up as follows:
- C1: ISO Auto Min SS – watch my ISO Auto Min SS movie to see why I find this a valuable Custom Key setting when shooting action in Aperture Priority <https://youtu.be/gqqmqKFzHRg>
- C2: Focus Area – the Default
- C3 Focus Mode – the Default
- C4: Bright Monitoring – useful for Astro Photography
- AEL: Recall Custom Hold 1 – a DMF override with Focus Assist – for the rare occasion when Eye AF doesn’t kick in <https://youtu.be/Suc21klIPTM>
- AF-On: Recall Custom Hold 2 – An override for my Sports/ Action settings for times when 8 fps and 1/2000 second is inappropriate for a subject that is no longer moving quickly <https://youtu.be/KrwoVApjBfs>
- Focus Hold: Eye-AF – I outline why Eye AF is still important to have assigned to a custom key in my Face Eye Priority in AF video <https://youtu.be/XHRg2GYzTQI>
- Down Button: Focus Magnifier – also useful for Astro Photography and precise focusing in Manual focus mode
NOTE 1 > It is recommended that you Reformat your Memory Card after loading the Camera Settings and Registered Memories (1, 2 & 3 on the Shoot Mode dial).
NOTE 2 > The AF-On button is reassigned to Recall Custom Hold 2 so if you are a Back-Button AF photographer you will need to reassign this Custom key after loading my camera settings. You will also need to got to page 6 of the first menu tab (AF2) and switch AF w/ shutter to Off
NOTE 3 > An alternative camera setup has been added to the SETTING folder called STUDIOMG.DAT – this has reassigned the C1, AEL and AF-On custom keys for studio shoots. The options assigned to theC1 and AF-On buttons can be accessed via Sony’s Bluetooth Remote.
- C1: Aperture Preview
- AEL Button: Wireless Flash
- AF-On Button: Shot. Result preview
I strongly recommend watching my Memory Mastermind movie that outlines how I can use my PAL settings (1,2 & 3) for 95% or my still image capture to ensure I never miss a shot.
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