Monday, May 23, 2016

Getting the Shot Sony A7r II vs 5d Mark III

Bokeh Battle 85mm Zeiss Otus vs Sony G Master


The video above from DigitalRev TV shows the advantage of electronic viewfinders found on Sony cameras. The evf betters optical viewfinders by providing a more accurate way to manual focus lenses. The Sony A7r II provides a magnified view for focusing. It also has focus peaking which highlights portions of the image that are in the focus zone. So getting the shot with the Otus is a much easier task with an EVF.

Another advantage shown is that Zeiss only provides autofocus lenses for Sony - the Batis line. The A7r II had no problems locking focus with the 85mm G Master. Canon and Nikon shooters can only use the Otus and Milvus line, which Sony shooters have access to as well.

sony a7rii canon 5dsr 85mm master otus bokeh

Which do you prefer?




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup New York

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One World Trade Center with America's Cup AC45 Catamarans.



America's Cup racing returned to New York City after a 96 year absence. The Cup is currently in the hands of the USA, Team Oracle. There are six teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series which include Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA, and SoftBank Team Japan.


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Emirates Team New Zealand with the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.


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America's Cup AC45 Catamarans Anchored in Jersey City.


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Lower Manhattan behind the America's Cup Catamarans.


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Brooklyn behind Land Rover BAR Team Great Britain and Artemis Racing Team Sweden Catamarans.


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Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand.


sony a7r americas cup louis vuitton sailing

Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.


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Team Emirates Flying Hull.


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Team Groupama Flying Hull.


sony a7r americas cup louis vuitton sailing

Oracla Team USA Double Flying Hull.


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Manhattan and America's Cup.


The photos show here were taken with the NEX-7 with the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD and the Sony 55-210mm autofocus lens. The Sony A7r was also used with the Contax G 90mm.

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Groupama Team France Relaxing After the Race.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sony A7R High Speed Sync and Wireless TTL via Godox X system.

Godox HSS Flash Setup on the Sony A7r II by Greg T.


Here is another option for High Speed Sync (HSS) and Through The Lens (TTL) metering for the Sony Alpha camera system. The video shows HSS using the new Godox 2.4G Wireless X system for Sony cameras with the Multi-Interface hotshoe. The following Godox components are shown in the video.



sony godox tt685s wireless ttl flash

X1S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger on the A7RII


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TT685S TTL Flash for Sony M-I hotshoe.


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TT600 Flash


sony godox tt685s wireless ttl flash

Wistro AD360 Bare Tube Flash


sony godox tt685s wireless ttl flash

XTR-16 USB Wireless Flash Receiver


Learn more from the Godox TT685S website.

sony godox tt685s wireless ttl flash

We are still making do with a Sony F43 and F20 unit as used in the above shot.


Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 9 with the NEX-7.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

We took the subway down to Red Hook - Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which is definitely a place for bikes since the nearest station is a mile a way. We had a nice compact setup with the Sony NEX-7 and the Contax 50mm Planar via the Metabones Speed Booster. The Speed Booster effectively gave us an f/1.0 lens with a 55mm focal length.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

We have some static shots but it takes away from the sensation of speed that the women were achieving on the track. Above is the lead pack during the race. We only had 2 minutes between each lap until we saw them again.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

It's always fun to watch the Red Hook Crit even though it was cooler than usual. We did pretty well with a manual focus lens during a sporting event. I wonder what the Sony A6300 with its advanced autofocus tracking can manage.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

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.


sony a7r minolta 40mm leica new orleans

Larry, Curly, and Moe.


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Guardians.


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Cobra Ring.


sony a7r minolta 40mm leica new orleans

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.


sony a7r minolta 40mm leica new orleans

Workspace 2.


sony a7r minolta 40mm leica new orleans

Gene Papier Mache


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40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.4


sony a7r minolta 40mm leica new orleans

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