Saturday, September 20, 2014

Two New APS-C E-mount Lenses from Zhongyi Optics

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Zhongyi Optics Mitakon 42mm and 24mm for APS-C E-mount Cameras


Zhongyi Optics introduced two new lenses designed for the E-mount APS-C sensor (a6000, a5100, a5000, and NEX cameras) at Photokina 2014. The first is the Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 which translates to an EFOV of a 36mm lens on the APS-C. The Mitakon 24mm is attractively priced at $289. The second lens is a Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens which converts to 63mm on the APS-C sensor. The Mitakon 42mm is priced at $359. Both lenses are manual focus and provide a relatively large aperture for excellent low light shots. Both are very light and compact, perfect travel lenses.

Below are specs and sample images from the new Zhongyi Mitakon lenses.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carl Zeiss Loxia Lens Introduction VIdeo

zeiss loxia 35mm 50mm sony a7

Zeiss Loxia on Sony A7r and A7s Cameras


Here's a quick video from Carl Zeiss about their new line of Loxia lenses especially designed for the Sony A7 family of cameras.



Product Manager Christophe Casenave talks about the new Loxia Lenses


Check out Loxia 2/50mm Planar samples we posted here.

Full specs on the Carl Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and 2/50 can be found here.




Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zeiss 16-35mm Vario Tessar FE ZA Lens Specs and Samples

sony zeiss 16-35mm e-mount samples specs

Sony SEL1635Z Mounted on a Sony A7s from PhotographyBlog


The wait is over. People have been hunting for a wide angle lens for the Sony A7 cameras ever since the full frame e-mount cameras were released. Some have been using the Sony 10-18mm at 16-18mm with great results on the Sony A7 bodies. Above is the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 Vario Tessar FE ZA OSS Lens or SEL1635Z, announced at Photokina 2014. It is fully compatible with E-mount cameras with autofocus and auto aperture control. The lens is designed for the A7 and will cover the 24x36mm sensor. The SEL1635Z will also work with the Sony a6000 and NEX cameras where it will provide a EFOV of 24mm to 52mm, nice walkaround lens range.

Below are specs for the SEL1635Z and samples from Mark Galer who has been using the SEL1635Z on the Sony A7s.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sony a6000 Digiscoping Samples by 5Bellies Digiscoping

Marsh Harrier 14 by 5bellies Digiscoping


Here are some great digiscoping shots by 5bellies Digiscoping. He uses a Sony a6000 with a Swarovski scope which consists the STX-85 modular objective lens, the STX Eyepiece Module with a 25-60x magnification, and the TLS APO adapter.

There are a few samples below and a quick tutorial by Swarovski.

The Rig, Sony a6000 with a Swarovski STX-85 Digiscope


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Zeiss Loxia 50mm on A7r Samples and Review by Berlin Backstage

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Zeiss Loxia 50mm Planar on Sony A7r


Berlin Backstage was lucky enough to test out the new Carl Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar lens before the Photokina 2014 official release. Here are a points we extracted from their review titled "Blau trifft Orange," translated blue meets orange.
  • 180° of focus ring movement for gentle, precise focus.
  • Aperture ring can be de-clicked for videographers with a supplied de-click tool.
  • Feels similar to the Zeiss 50mm ZM Planar lens.  The Loxia 2/50 is a massaged ZM Planar design for the Sony A7 series.
  • The f/2.0 maximum aperture keeps the lens small which is a good compromise.
  • The Loxia is a manual aperture lens, not electronic controlled.
  • It provides Exif data to the camera.
  • The lens hood can be mounted in reverse without blocking the focusing ring.
  • Ten aperture blades for buttery soft bokeh.
  • Important points for the reviewer: feel, color, contrast.
See the sample images from the Loxia 50mm on the A7r from Berlin Backstage below.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sony A5100 Touch Shutter with Autofocus in Action

Sony a5100 24 Megapixel Touch Screen LCD Camera


goodphoto.kr shows us the new Sony a5100 in action. The rear lcd touch screen is used to activate autofocus and trigger the shutter simultaneously. This can be useful when the camera is not held in the standard position and the shutter button is at an awkward position to depress. This is not possible with the sony a6000. The chart below is a quick comparison between the Sony a5100 and the a6000.

Watch the a5100 touch shutter in action in the video below from goodphoto.kr.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How To Import Files from the Sony A7 to the iPad Air

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Sony A7S Connected to the iPad Air via USB Camera Adapter


Noah Leon shows us how to connect the Sony A7s to the Ipad Air in order to transfer the images or movies for editing on the go.

  1. On the Sony A7, set the USB connection to MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) by going into the Menu, Toolbox, screen 4, 1st option.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the A7 (turned off) and the Apple Lightning to USB Adapter to the iPad Air.  Connect the cables together.
  3. Turn on the A7 and the Photos app on the iPad will open.  Click Import on the Photos app.
  4. Start selecting the images and videos and press Import again to begin the process.

In the video below, Noah continues to show how he edits video files on the go using the Pinacle Studio app on the iPad.