Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sony A7r at Mardi Gras World New Orleans

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Face to face.


We took a break from eating oysters in New Orleans and took a quick tour of Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World supports a third of the floats that are paraded on the days leading to Fat Tuesday in February. They are responsible for the design and upkeep of all the decorations on the floats.

The tools at hand were the Sony A7r and the 40mm M-Rokkor. We shot in Aperture mode, seemingly stuck at f/2.4. Sharpness at f/2.4 is substantially better than wide open at f/2.0 on the Minolta CLE lens.

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Envious Flash.


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Larry, Curly, and Moe.


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Guardians.


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Cobra Ring.


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Artists in Residence 1.


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Artists in Residence 2.


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Workspace 1.


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Artists in Residence 3.


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Workspace 2.


sony a7r minolta 40mm leica new orleans

Gene Papier Mache


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40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.4


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40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.0

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Deal: Sony a6000 + 18-55mm + 55-210mm for $650


Save $500 from MSRP on the a6000 twin lens bundle from costco. The bundle is also $150 less than from Amazon, although the lens in the costco bundle is the 18-55mm instead of the 16-50mm in the Amazon bundle. Both lenses are about equal in performance.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nissin i40 High Speed Sync Flash for Sony Cameras

Nissin i40 Flash for Sony Cameras


Nissin i40 Review by Lavikka Photography


Lavikka Photography shows us the features of the compact Nissin i40 flash on the Sony a6000. The best feature is high speed sync in such a small package. The Nissin i40 was used with the inexpensive Youngnou 560 flash, shown below, to freeze action in daylight - up to 1/4000s.


Youngnou 560 Flash



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sony a7ii and a7r Comparison

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Sony a7ii A7r Comparison.




Here's a video from TheDigitalDigest comparing the new a7ii and the a7r.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sony a7ii with 5-Axis Image Stabilization Announced

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Sony a7ii with 5-Axis SteadyShot (Image Stabilization) Video


Here is the new Sony a7ii with a 5-axis SteadyShot Inside, which means that the sensor can compensate for movement in the pitch, yaw, roll, x-axis, and y-axis. The technology comes from Olympus which Sony has an alliance with after a large investment. The a7ii is about $500 more than the standard a7. The a7ii will be available next month.

sony a7ii 5-axis image stabilization

New C1 / C2 Buttons


Above shows the added customizable button next to the shutter. There are now 4 customizable buttons instead of 3 on the a7, a7r, and a7s. The body panels of the a7ii looks to be textured compared to the smooth body of the previous a7 cameras. The shutter button moves from the top plate to the grip. The front and rear wheel have a slimmer form factor. There is now a 45° ledge for the Menu and C button on the rear.

sony a7ii image stabilization steadyshot

sony a7ii image stabilization steadyshot

sony a7ii image stabilization steadyshot

Images of the new Sony a7ii




Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sony a7 Clear Image Zoom Test

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Sony a7r Clear Image Zoom Candidate #1


Here are four images from the Sony a7r and the Contaz Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar. The four shots are full frame, 1.5x clear image zoom to match APS-C, a7r in APS-C mode, and 2X clear image zoom in APS-C mode. The images were then cropped to match a 2X clear image zoom in APS-C mode. The 50mm lens now provides a field of view of 150mm with 2X clear image zoom APS-C mode on the a7r.  See the images below and determine if CIZ is something you should try.  Please rank the images from best to worst.

What is Clear Image Zoom?

from Sony:
Clear Image Zoom is a function that uses the Sony® exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology. It allows you to enlarge the image with close to the original image quality when shooting still images. The camera first zooms optically to the maximum optical magnification, then uses Clear Image Zoom technology to enlarge the image an additional 2x, producing sharp, clear images despite the increased zoom ratio.

NOTES: The Clear Image Zoom function does not operate in the following situations:

  • In Movie mode
  • In Sweep Shooting mode
  • When the Smile Shutter function is activated
  • When Drive Mode is set to Cont. Shooting, Spd Priority Cont. or Bracket: Cont.
  • When Face Detection function is activated
  • When Quality is set to RAW or RAW & JPEG
  • When ISO is set to Multi Frame Noise Reduction

sony a7r clear image zoom

Sony a7r Smart vs Clear Image vs Digital Zoom Range


How do you activate Clear Image Zoom on the Sony a7r?