Sony a7R III Review: An Exceptionally Well-Rounded Camera

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The Sony a7R III is a very balanced camera, with advantages for both landscape and action photography, and excellent dynamic range.

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Sony a7R III Review: An Exceptionally Well-Rounded Camera

The newest full-frame mirrorless camera from Sony is particularly balanced, with advantages for both landscape and action photography
Sony a7R III, Sedona's Bell Rock Trail
Taken at sunset on Sedona’s Bell Rock Trail looking northeast, this image illustrates several features of the a7R III for landscape work. It’s shot handheld, taking advantage of the camera’s five-axis image stabilization, which provides up to 5.5 stops of correction. At ISO 12,800, the image does exhibit some noise, but it’s remarkably clean for that high of a setting. And the camera’s wide dynamic range is also on display here—impressive details were captured in the shadow areas of this low-light, high-contrast scene. Sony a7R III, Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 G Master at 18mm. Exposure: 1/125 sec., ƒ/16, ISO 12,800.

With its impressive dynamic range and generous 42.4-megapixel resolution, the full-frame Sony a7R III is an exceptional choice for landscape photography. Its ability to silently capture 10 fps with continuous auto focus and exposure makes it one of the better options for wildlife and sports action photography, too. It’s a very well-rounded camera.

We recently had the opportunity to work with the Sony a7R III in scenic Sedona, Arizona. Here are some of the standout features that place it among the top cameras available today.

Wide Dynamic Range

Sony rates the a7R III’s dynamic range at 15 stops., our go-to source for independent performance tests, essentially confirms this number, rating it at 14.7 stops, just below the top three performers, the Hasselblad X1D-50c, Pentax 645Z and Nikon D850, all of which are rated at 14.8 stops. The Sony a7R III also ties the Nikon D850 with an overall sensor score of 100.

What we can say definitively is that the a7R III’s dynamic range is very impressive. Working in high-contrast, early-morning, late-afternoon and sunset light, we were able to capture incredible details in the shadows and highlights of our images.

Sony a7R III, Long Canyon from the air, Sedona
Morning light above Long Canyon, Sedona, Arizona. Sony a7R III, Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 G Master at 16mm, handheld, taken from a hot air balloon. Exposure: 1/250 sec., ƒ/14, ISO 1250.

Fast Continuous Shooting

For wildlife and sports photography, the Sony a7R III hits a sweet-spot for continuous shooting rate and resolution. It’s capable of capturing up to 10 fps at the sensor’s full resolution, with AF/AE tracking, using either the camera’s mechanical shutter or its electronic shutter, the latter of which provides silent shooting, especially helpful for wildlife work.

Compared to other full-frame cameras with competitive resolution, it’s bested only by Sony’s own 42.4-megapixel a99 II, which can do 12 fps. While other pro-level, full-frame cameras like the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (16 fps), the Nikon D5 (12 fps) and Sony’s a9 (20 fps) are faster than the Sony a7R III, these cameras are roughly half its resolution.

Continuous shooting with the Sony a7R III
A mountain biker making his way along the trail illustrates what you can capture with the Sony a7R III’s continuous shooting speed of 10 frames per second.

In Praise Of The EVF

We usually prefer optical viewfinders—they’re typically brighter and clearer than electronic viewfinders (EVFs). But as the quality of EVFs improve, we’re coming around to their advantages. For starters, you can manually adjust the brightness of the a7R III’s 0.5-inch EVF up to five steps from -2 to +2 EV or allow it to adjust automatically for ambient conditions. The high-resolution, 3.69-megapixel EVF refreshes at rates of up to 100 fps, which is fast enough that we didn’t even think about the fact that we were looking through an EVF.

Rear view of the Sony a7R III
Sony a7R III (back)

More compelling for us are the advantages that EVFs offer: information overlays like focus-peaking when focusing manually, level display, exposure settings and histogram data are all incredibly useful, providing the information you need to adjust your composition and controls without taking your eye off the scene.

Battery Life

One of the complaints about previous Sony mirrorless models is their battery life. Sony addressed this with the a9 when it introduced the new NP-FZ100 battery in that camera. The a7R III uses the same battery, which Sony estimates to provide about 530 shots when using the EVF, or up to 650 shots with the LCD monitor. For videos, Sony estimates you’ll get just under two hours of actual footage before needing to swap batteries.

Sony VG-C3EM Vertical Grip
The optional VG-C3EM Vertical Grip (also compatible with the Sony a9) can hold two batteries for extended shooting.

We took 593 frames and just under 5 minutes of video on our first day working with the camera, composing mostly with the EVF, and still had 12 percent charge on the battery, so Sony’s estimates are certainly in the ballpark, if not cautiously erring on the conservative side. If you need to extend shooting times even longer and swapping batteries isn’t desirable, there’s an optional VG-C3EM Vertical Grip that accommodates two batteries.

Pixel Shift

One interesting new feature that Sony introduced in the a7R III is Pixel Shift Multi Shooting. Primarily for still subjects like architecture but potentially useful for landscape work, when enabled, the camera takes four images, shifting the sensor in 1-pixel increments between exposures to capture approximately 169.6 MP of data. Using Sony’s new Imaging Edge software in post processing, these images are combined into a single file with enhanced detail. The new software was not yet released when we concluded our time with the Sony a7R III in Sedona, so we can’t offer an opinion on it here, but we do plan to work with this technology in the future.

Something For Everyone

The a7R III is another indicator that Sony continues to lead innovation in the mirrorless segment and in camera technology generally. The combination of large resolution, fast capture rates and wide dynamic range make it a very versatile camera for both landscape and wildlife photography. If you’ve been thinking about making the move to full-frame mirrorless, the Sony a7R III leaves you with little justification to hold out.

Sony a7R III, Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS at 158mm, handheld from a moving helicopter. Exposure: 1/2500 sec., ƒ/5, ISO 4000, Shutter Priority.
Sony a7R III, Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5-5.6 GM OSS at 158mm, handheld from a moving helicopter. Exposure: 1/2500 sec., ƒ/5, ISO 4000, Shutter Priority.
Sony a7R III (front)
Sony a7R III (front)

Need Speed? How The Sony a7R III Stacks Up Versus The Competition

Compared to competitive cameras with similar resolution and price, the a7R III wins hands-down for continuous shooting speed. Note that while the Nikon D850 can do 9 fps with an optional battery grip, the a7R III still beats it.

Camera FPS Resolution Price
 Canon 5D Mk IV  7  30.4MP  $3,199
 Canon 5DS  5  50.6MP  $3,499
 Nikon D850  7/9*  45.7MP  $3,299
 Sony a7R III  10  42.4MP  $3,199

*With optional Nikon MB-D18 Multi Battery Power Pack

Sony a7R III (top)
Sony a7R III (top)

Sony a7R III Key Specs

Sensor: Full-frame 42.4MP back-illuminated
 ISO Range:  100-32000 (expandable to 50-102400)
 Color Depth:  14-bit RAW
 AF System:   Hybrid AF (399/425-point phase/contrast)
 Burst Rate:  10 fps for up to 76 compressed RAW files
 Stabilization:  5-axis, in-body; up to 5.5 stops
 Video:  4K, S-Log3, HLG
 Media:   Dual SD
Sony a7R III, Sony FE 16-35mm F2.8 G Master at 35mm. Exposure: 1/250 sec., ƒ/14, ISO 320.
Wes is the editor of Outdoor Photographer.

Reactions to Life Events

Reactions to Life Events


Our past experiences can and do influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events.

Our experiences color everything. The events of the past can have a profound effect on how we see our lives now and what we choose to believe about our world. Our past experiences can also influence our emotional reactions and responses to present events. Each of us reacts to stimulus based on what we have learned in life. There is no right or wrong to it; it is simply the result of past experience. Later, when our strong feelings have passed, we may be surprised at our reactions. Yet when we face a similar situation, again our reactions may be the same. When we understand those experiences, we can come that much closer to understanding our reactions and consciously change them.

Between stimulus and reaction exists a fleeting moment of thought. Often, that thought is based on something that has happened to you in the past. When presented with a similar situation later on, your natural impulse is to unconsciously regard it in a similar light. For example, if you survived a traumatic automobile accident as a youngster, the first thing you might feel upon witnessing even a minor collision between vehicles may be intense panic. If you harbor unpleasant associations with death from a past experience, you may find yourself unable to think about death as a gentle release or the next step toward a new kind of existence. You can, however, minimize the intensity of your reactions by identifying the momentary thought that inspires your reaction. Then, next time, replace that thought with a more positive one.

Modifying your reaction by modifying your thoughts is difficult, but it can help you to see and experience formerly unpleasant situations in a whole new light. It allows you to stop reacting unconsciously. Learning the reason of your reactions may also help you put aside a negative reaction long enough to respond in more positive and empowered ways. Your reactions and responses then become about what’s happening in the present moment rather than about the past. As time passes, your negative thoughts may lose strength, leaving only your positive thoughts to inform your healthy reactions.

Sony a9 shooting experience

Sony a9 shooting experience

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D review

The Canon EOS Rebel T7i / 800D is the latest incarnation of Canon’s hugely popular mass-market range of DSLRs. This latest model is built around a 24MP sensor that uses Canon’s Dual Pixel AF system to offer improved autofocus in live view and video (more on that later).

At its core, it shares a lot with the more expensive EOS 77D but the differences become apparent when you first turn them on: both models feature a simplified ‘skin’ over the user interface, but only the T7i has these guiding functions switched on by default.

Key Features

  • 24MP APS-C sensor with Dual Pixel design
  • 45 AF points, all of which are horizontally and vertically sensitive
  • Built-in Wi-Fi with Bluetooth and NFC
  • 1080p video at up to 60 fps with electronic IS
  • Fully articulated 1.04M-dot rear LCD

This should make immediately apparent who Canon is targeting with this camera: casual and family photographers buying their first DSLR and people who want to learn a little more about photography. It’s these two audiences we’ll focus on in this review.

The rivals

The Canon Rebel series (as it’s known in North America) is the best-selling series of DSLRs in the World, but it’s not without its rivals. A couple of these stand out, to us. Nikon’s D5600 is another 24MP camera that aims to offer a lot of capability in a relatively straightforward way.

Sony, meanwhile, offers two mirrorless cameras to target these users: the a5100 is a simpler, more point-and-shoot orientated camera while the a6000 has a little more of its raw power on display, for those who have the time to learn how to use it. Fujifilm again focuses on the photographer looking for a camera to grow into with its X-T20. Similarly, the Panasonic G85/G80 gives room to expand into, especially given its mix of touchscreen and button control and its 4K video capability.

Canon T7i Fujifilm X-T20 Nikon D5600 Panasonic G85 Sony a6000
Price (MSRP, w/kit lens) $899 $999 $799 $999 $698
Sensor 24MP APS-C 24MP APS-C 24MP APS-C 16MP FourThirds 24MP APS-C
Image stab. Lens-based Lens-based Lens-based In-body Lens-based
AF system Dual Pixel
Hybrid Phase-detect Contrast-detect Hybrid
LCD 3″ fully articulating 3″ tilting 3″ fully articulating 3″ fully articulating 3″ tilting
Touchscreen Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Viewfinder Optical Electronic Optical Electronic Electronic
Burst rate 6 fps 14 fps 5 fps 10 fps 11 fps
Video 1080/60p 2160/30p 1080/60p 2160/30p 1080/60p
Wireless Wi-Fi NFC BT Wi-Fi Wi-Fi NFC BT Wi-Fi Wi-Fi NFC
Battery life (CIPA) 600 shots 350 shots 970 shots 330 shots 360 shots
Dimensions 131 x 100 x 76 mm 118 x 83 x 41 mm 124 x 99 x 70 mm 128 x 89 x 74 mm 120 x 67 x 45 mm
Weight 532 g 383 g 415 g 505 g 344 g

* Denotes AF systems combining contrast and phase detection

In this company it’s really the T7i and D5600 that do most to accommodate both the beginner user and the photographer who’s already overcome that first difficult slope on the learning curve; the others, particularly the Fujifilm and Panasonic, work better if you already have a good idea of what you’re trying to achieve.

One slight disappointment is the adoption of a new ‘kit’ zoom lens. The T7i gets bundled with the 18-55mm F4.0-5.6 STM IS. This the standard range we’d expect to see a kit zoom cover and offers fast focus and image stabilization. However, it takes the unusual step of being 1/3EV darker than most of its rivals’ lenses. This isn’t a big difference, and the optical performance is very impressive, but any move towards a darker lens will hold the camera back, at least a little, and represents a step in the wrong direction.

Family/casual photographers

The most basic need for a family or casual photographer is an Auto mode that performs well. The Rebel does extremely well in this respect, doing a great job of setting focus, exposure and white balance, meaning you can get good results by simply pointing and shooting.

That said, the T7i can be a little bit too keen to use its built-in flash, which risks bleached-out images. And, if you turn the flash off, the camera will tend towards the use of quite slow shutter speeds rather than hiking the ISO up, risking blurred shots if your subject isn’t fairly still. Sadly there’s no way to change this behavior, short of learning enough about the camera’s settings to correct it, undermining slightly its easy appeal.

This is the camera working at the limits of what the kit lens will allow. I forced the flash not to go off, then used exposure compensation to tell the camera that the image should be 0.3EV darker than it ‘thought’. Image stabilization and a patient subject did the rest.

The camera produces JPEGs with excellent color and its image quality is competitive with any of its rivals, even as the light falls or you move indoors. Photography under artificial light can sometimes be a little orange for our tastes and you’ll need to move to ‘P’ mode if you want to override this.

Caption: The large number of buttons might make the T7i look daunting, but it behaves itself pretty well when left in auto.

What makes the T7i really stand out for casual shooters is how consistent the shooting experience is, regardless of whether you shoot through the optical viewfinder or in live view, using the rear screen. Historically this has been a weak point for DSLRs, with a significant drop in performance if you tried to use the rear screen for composing or shooting. The relatively seamless behavior means you can shoot using the rear screen just as if it were a compact camera or smartphone.

The EOS T7i/800D features a series of simplified menu options. In each case they guide you to change the settings in the same way you would if the guide mode were switched off, helping you learn the effect of each setting and how to change it.

The benefit of the camera’s Dual Pixel autofocus system for family and casual shooters is twofold, beyond the simplified user experience. The first is that the camera can track subjects around the frame as well (if not better) in live view mode than it can when you’re looking through the viewfinder, which is perfect if you just want to tap the screen and have the camera follow your child at they run around.

This same capability and simplicity extends to video shooting. The camera is a little bit limited in spec terms: it only offers 1080p video and either auto everything or full manual. However, Dual Pixel autofocus design means again you can just tap where you want the camera to focus and be more confident that the focus will stay on your subject and won’t ruin your footage by hunting for focus.

Our only real concern for beginner users is that, because viewfinder and live view operation have historically been totally different, it ends up being possible to set them to behave differently, in terms of autofocus. Particularly for beginners, we’d like focus drive mode and focus area mode to honor the same settings across both methods of shooting.

Sadly, this simplicity doesn’t extend to the operation of the camera’s Wi-Fi system. There’s little point having a better quality camera if your images remain landlocked on the memory card while everyone around you posts their phone images to social media or sends copies to other family members. We found the T7i is a little complex to connect to a smartphone, which may hinder some users.

Student/developing photographers

The other key audience Canon has always aimed this series of cameras at is a person who wants a camera they can learn and grow into. This is a difficult balance to strike: the more camera and capability you offer for developing photographers, the more you risk over-complicating the camera for those users who don’t necessarily want to learn every function.

The T7i does a great job of striking this balance. Its guided and simplified user interface acts like training wheels, supporting you until you can live without it. Once you’ve done away with it, you’re left with a camera that offers a good level of direct control and a well-worked Q.Menu that lets you change some of the less-obvious settings without menu diving.

Canon’s JPEG color is among the most popular. Here we’ve set the white balance to ‘Daylight’ to capture how orange the late evening sunshine was.

Again, the highly capable autofocus, particularly in live view mode and video shooting help set the T7i apart as your photography develop. It means you can spend a little money on a better or more specialized lens, after shooting the camera for a year, rather than feeling the need to move to a more expensive camera.

There are a couple of odd omissions that you might find yourself missing as your knowledge grows, though. The lack of in-camera Raw conversion option is frustrating, for instance. It’s now a commonplace feature unless you’re shooting Sony or low-end Canon (it’s offered on the 80D and upwards). The option to re-process a Raw file with other settings such as lifted shadows, corrected white balance or a touch more contrast is hugely useful if you want to Wi-Fi and post to social media.

The camera’s Auto Lighting Optimizer lifts the shadows to balance high-contrast scenes. Sadly, there’s no in-camera Raw conversion option to let you apply more or less of the effect, after you’ve shot your image.

Another disappointing limitation is the simplistic Auto ISO implementation. You can choose the highest ISO the camera should use, but there’s no way of telling the camera whether you’re more concerned about camera shake or subject movement, so it won’t necessarily get you the photo you want. Canon has a more sophisticated system, but has chosen not to include it here.

Overall, these are minor concerns, though. The balance of features and image quality make the T7i an excellent choice for someone just getting into photography or hoping to develop their skills and understanding. That said, the more expensive but very similar EOS 77D adds an extra control dial for faster operation, while maintaining everything that makes the T7i so attractive.


The Canon Rebel series has long been a safe bet: not necessarily the best camera available, but usually competent and competitively priced. Looking around the comparison table above, it might look like that story has been repeated: there are cheaper cameras with competitive specs, faster cameras and cameras that shoot better video. Yet the T7i stands out as the best Rebel I’ve ever used.

It’s not got the best specifications we’ve ever seen, but the new kit lens is really quite capable.

Guide modes are pretty common on cameras of this type but I’ve rarely seen one that helps with learning how the camera operates beyond guide mode, rather than leaving you stuck in a simplified mode forever. This, combined with the consistency of performance between shooting through the optical viewfinder and rear screen (in terms of both speed and effectiveness), makes the T7i one of the easiest DSLRs to use if you’re not familiar with their operation. It also means it’s one of the easiest cameras to capture video with.

It’s not perfect: the video is only 1080 and is a little soft, settings aren’t always consistent between live view and viewfinder shooting and the supposedly simple Wi-Fi system is perhaps too clever for its own good. Overall, though, it’s a great camera for its intended audiences.

Scoring is relative only to the other cameras in the same category.
Click here to learn what these numbers mean.

Canon EOS Rebel T7i / EOS 800D / Kiss X9i
Category: Mid Range Interchangeable Lens Camera / DSLR
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Build quality
Ergonomics & handling
Metering & focus accuracy
Image quality (raw)
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Low light / high ISO performance
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Movie / video mode
The Canon EOS Rebel T7i/800D is arguably the best ever Rebel. Its Dual Pixel autofocus allows it to offer similarly fast performance whether you shoot through the viewfinder or in live view mode, helping make it one of the most accessible DSLRs we’ve ever encountered.
Good for
Casual and beginner photographers looking for an easy-to-use and relatively easy-to-learn DSLR.
Not so good for
Enthusiast users, who will eventually hit the camera’s limitations. Dedicated video shooters have better choices for the money.
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Have a Fancy Outdoor Party Without Buying a Ton of Fancy Things

Have a Fancy Outdoor Party Without Buying a Ton of Fancy Things via @Thumbtack 05/10/17 #Thoughtful #Civilized

You want to have a nice BBQ. Thoughtful. Civilized. A BBQ that doesn’t end with a mustard stained paper plate in your bushes. According to Jennifer Sutton, a San Francisco-based event designer and planner on Thumbtack, you can make it nice without spending a lot. Just use a bunch of stuff you already own to make a beautiful, sophisticated, completely sensible-for-the-backyard party.

Eclectic is ok.

“Use what you have and don’t be scared to mix and match,” she says. “I usually take stock of what I have in terms of plates, chairs, glasses, and all of that good stuff, and go from there.” The key to mixing and matching, she says, is to make it obvious that’s what you’re doing. “Then everything comes together and it looks purposeful instead of misplaced.”

And don’t stress if you don’t have enough outdoor seating, Jennifer says. “Mix and match with things from inside your house that you wouldn’t normally use outside, like stools, chairs, and benches. Kitchen and dining chairs can easily be moved back inside after and it helps the whole thing feel fun and casual.”

Real plates make it feel fancy.

“You don’t need to use paper plates and plastic forks. Instead, if possible, use real plates and glasses; it makes things look polished. Anything you can use inside, you can usually use outside as well.”

If it makes you nervous to use glass wine glasses, it’s okay to use plastic, she says. “The ones in the photos are plastic and you really can’t tell.”

Add color with centerpieces.

“For outdoor dining, I really like centerpieces with bright colors. Anything that’s really bright and pops against your table setting is the way to go,” Jennifer says. “Sunflowers and greenery are great for any summer party.”

You can also bring out some air plants or succulents and nestle them among the table settings to add a nice touch.

Make the meal family style.

“I love seated family style meals. Just pile all of the food on the table, so everyone can help themselves. You may even have to clear the centerpiece to make enough room and that’s okay.”

“Keep the menu simple,” Jennifer says. “If you’re dining outdoors the last thing you want to do as a host is run back inside to grab or prep things. I think aside from grilled mains, it’s good to rely on fruit and salad and things that can be created ahead of time. It will make your life a lot easier.”

Set up a drink station.

“Having water on hand and keeping everyone hydrated is really important in the summer,” Jennifer says. “Setting up a drink station is a good complement to grilling outside; people can grab a drink, hang out and walk around—they don’t feel like they need to be seated to get their drink.”

“If you’re planning on serving drinks, a batch cocktail that’s light and easy to serve out of a canister is easiest,” she adds. “You don’t want to have to hand-mix drinks.” You also want to have a booze-free option available. “Lemonade is always a crowd favorite that works for adults and kids and says ‘summer’.”

Add ambiance with lighting.

“Even if it’s daytime, outdoor lighting can add cool ambiance,” Jennifer says. “Bistro lights are a good go-to, but if you don’t have an outlet that’s easily accessible, putting candles in hurricane holders is a way to class it up and bring some ambiance.”

Don’t be shy about the blankets and bug spray.

“Try to think of what you’re guests are going to need throughout the party,” Jennifer says. “If you live somewhere where it gets chilly at night, keep blankets on hand. If you’re in an area where there are mosquitos, place a fan on the table to keep them away from the food  and put out bug wipes and bug spray. If you’re going to be out in the sun, have sunscreen on hand. Your guests aren’t going to know what to expect, so try to guess what they might need. It makes people feel at home and comfortable.”

Jennifer Sutton is the owner of One Fine Day, a full-service wedding and event planning and design company that helps put on gorgeous events throughout the San Francisco Bay Area, Napa/Sonoma Valley, and Santa Cruz County. You can find her on Thumbtack.

Santa Fe Photographic Workshops FE

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Santa Fe in San Miguel!

Viva San Miguel! Santa Fe Workshops returns to one of the world’s friendliest cities, San Miguel de Allende, for our fourteenth season. Enrollment in our San Miguel workshops is capped at 12 participants; these smaller numbers allow you more one-on-one time with our gifted instructors. In addition, we are offering advanced-level Master Classes, with enrollment capped at 10 participants in workshops with Keith Carter, Sam Abell, and Arthur Meyerson.
September 27 – October 2
Creative Infrared Photography
with Laurie Klein

September 27 – October 2
The Poetry of Perception: A Master Class
with Keith Carter

September 27 – October 2
Photographing the People and Culture of Mexico
with Jennifer Spelman

October 4 – 9
Cameras Don’t Take Pictures
with Reid Callanan

October 4 – 9
Visions of Mexico in Black and White
with Tony Bonanno

October 4 – 9
The Sensual Image
with Elizabeth Opalenik

October 11 – 16
Seeing Gardens/San Miguel: A Master Class
with Sam Abell

October 11 – 16
The Color Moment: A Master Class
with Arthur Meyerson

October 11 – 16
Portrait of Colonial Mexico
with Amy Toensing

October 29 – November 3
Day of the Dead in Colonial Mexico
with Jennifer Spelman & Michael Amici



Florida Conservation Voters

Constitutional Revision Commission

Every 20 years, Florida’s Governor, the Senate President, Speaker of the House, and Chief Justice of the Supreme Court appoint delegates to a 37-member commission of citizens to review the state Constitution. Known as the Constitutional Revision Commission or “CRC,” this body has the authority to propose amendments to be placed on the next general election ballot in 2018. These amendments are approved with a 60% margin.

As part of its duties, the CRC holds public meetings across the state to identify issues, perform research, and draft amendments to the Florida state constitution. Unlike citizen initiatives, the Commission places proposed amendments to the constitution directly on the ballot, without collecting signatures or getting supreme court approval. The CRC proposals also do not require any legislative review.

How You Can Participate in this Process

The 2017-2018 Constitutional Revision Commission is now underway and the first round of public meetings have been scheduled. Florida’s wildlife, waterways, and remarkable natural areas need you to be their eyes, ears, and voices at these hearings. Proposed amendments will appear on the 2018 General Election ballot and must be approved by Florida voters with a 60% margin.

Your participation in this unique democratic process is crucial. Please attend the hearings in your area and help spread the word about these meetings with your friends and neighbors. Participation in this process would also make a great discussion item for civic groups, homeowners associations, and activist clubs.
Our lawmakers and public officials need to hear from you about the issues that matter most. Don’t miss out on your chance to make your voice heard.

Upcoming Meetings

Bay County
Wednesday, May 3: 4 p.m.-7:00 p.m.
Gulf Coast State College (GCSC)
Amelia Center Auditorium
5230 West Hwy 98, Panama City, FL 32401
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Lee County
Wednesday, May 10: 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Florida SouthWestern State College (FSW)
Suncoast Credit Union Area
13351 FSW Parkway
Fort Myers, FL 33919
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Hillsborough County
Wednesday, May 17
Location: TBD

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