Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Wired Remote for Sony A7 Cameras

sony a7 wired remote intervalometer timelapse

Wired Remote Cord on Sony A7


Sony A7r HDR Timelapse with Wired Remote


Equipment required:


Sony A7 Camera Settings:
  • Aperture Priority (shutter speed will be varied)
  • ISO 100
  • Remote Control: ON
  • Drive Mode: Continuous Bracketing, 3 or 5 shots, EV Range?
  • Manual Focus


Remote Timer Settings:
  • DELAY:  Set countdown timer to when 1st shot is taken.
  • LONG:  Set to time longer than total time for all bracket shots.
  • INTVL:  Time between bracket intervals.
  • N: Set to number of bracket sets required.



Friday, June 27, 2014

Camera Store TV Hand's On with Sony A7s

sony a7s first impression luminous landscape

Sony A7s with Zeiss 24-70mm FE ZA


Camera Store TV Hand's On with Sony A7s


Go to 3:05 to hear the Sony A7s shutter noise options, electronic first curtain shutter and fully electronic shutter.

Sony A7s Product Specifications from Sony


Software
  • Operating System Compatibility : Image Data Converter 4.0: Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium 4 or faster) Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster) PlayMemories Home: Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium III 800 MHz or faster; for playing/editing HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)) Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)
  • Supplied Software : PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4
Camera
  • Camera Type : Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens Camera
  • Lens Compatibility : Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta / Konica Minolta Maxxum A-mount lenses confirmed via optional LA-EA3/LA-EA4 adaptor9
  • Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount Full Frame
  • Color : Black
Drive System
  • Continuous Shooting Speed : Speed Priority Continuous shooting: Max. 5.0fps, Continuous shooting: Max. 2.5fps
  • Shutter Speeds : 1/8000 to 30 seconds, bulb
  • Self-timer : 2-sec. or 10-sec. delay,
  • Shutter Type : Electronically-controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane shutter
  • Drive Mode : Single shooting, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority Continuous shooting, Self-timer (10/2 sec delay selectable), Self-timer (Cont.) (10 sec. delay; 3/5 exposures selectable), Bracketing (Cont., Single, White Balance, DRO)
Exposure System
  • Auto Exposure Lock : Auto Exposure Lock (AEL) button, Locked when shutter button is pressed halfway (Can be disabled from the Menu)
  • Exposure Settings : AUTO (iAUTO, Superior Auto), Programmed AE (P), Aperture priority (A), Shutter-speed priority (S), Manual (M), Scene Selection, Sweep Panorama, Movie
  • Metering Modes : Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
  • Metering Sensitivity : EV -3 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.0 lens attached)
  • Metering : Advanced 1200-zone evaluative metering
  • ISO : Still images: ISO 100-409600
  • Movies: ISO 200-409600 equivalent
  • Color Temperature : 2500 – 9900K with 15-step each Magenta/Green compensation (G7 to M7), Amber/Blue (A7 to B7), Custom
  • White Balance Mode : Auto WB / Daylight / Shade / Cloudy / Incandescent / Fluorescent (Warm White / Cool White / Day White / Daylight) / Flash / Color Temperature (2500 to 9900K) & Color Filter (G7 to M7: 15 steps, A7 to B7: 15 steps) / Custom / Underwater
Focus Control
  • Focus Sensitivity : EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO100 equivalent, with F2.0 lens attached)
  • Focus Area : Wide (25 points) / Center-weighted / Flexible Spot (S/M/L) / Zone
  • Focus Points : 25 points (contrast-detection AF)
  • AF Modes : Single-shot AF (AF-S), Continuous AF (AF-C), Direct Manual Focus (DMF), Manual Focus (MF)
  • Focus System : Contrast-detection AF
Imaging Sensor
  • Processor : BIONZ® X image processor
  • Pixel Gross : 12.4 Megapixels (approx.)
  • Color Filter System : RGB primary color filters
  • Effective Picture Resolution : 12.2 Megapixels (approx.)
  • Anti Dust : Charge protection coating on optical filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
  • Imaging Sensor : 35mm full frame Exmor CMOS sensor (35.8 x 23.9mm)
Interface
  • NFC : Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
  • HDMI Terminal : HDMI® Type D micro connector
  • DC IN : Yes via optional AC-PW20AM (sold separately)
  • Memory Card Slot : Multi slot for SD / Memory Stick PRO Duo media
  • HD Output : Uncompressed 4K (3840 x 2160)*1 Uncompressed HD (1920x1080)*1 BRAVIA Sync (link menu) PhotoTV HD 4k Still image playback
  • PictBridge Compatible : Yes
  • Tripod Mount : Yes, 1/4" 20 thread count
  • Remote Commander : Yes, via optional RM-VPR1
  • PhotoTV HD : Yes, with BRAVIA Sync enabled HDTV and HDMI® cable
  • USB Port(s) : USB 2.0 Hi-speed (mass-storage, MTP)
  • Accessory Shoe : Yes, via Multi Interface Shoe
  • A/V Remote Terminal : Yes, via Multi Terminal interface
  • BRAVIA® Sync™ : Yes, via HDMI® with compatible BRAVIA HDTV (link menu)8
  • Multi Interface Shoe : Yes
  • Headphone Jack : Yes
  • Microphone Input : Yes
LCD Display
  • Peaking : Yes (Level setting: High / Mid / Low / Off, Color: White / Red / Yellow)
  • Real-time image adjustment display : Yes (On / Off)
  • LCD Type : 3.0” (7.5cm) TFT LCD (921,600 dots) with tiltable design
  • Coverage : 100%
  • Zebra : Yes (On / Off)
  • Histogram : Yes (On / Off)
  • Live View : Continuous Live View
Power
  • Power Requirements : Two rechargeable battery pack (NP-FW50)
  • Battery Type : InfoLITHIUM® NP-FW50 (7.2V)
  • Number of Still Images : Approx. 360 images with LCD monitor (CIPA standard)4
  • Battery Capacity : 1080 mAh
  • Supplied Battery Charger : BC-TRW
Recording
  • Video Signal : NTSC color, EIA standards
  • Microphone/Speaker : Built-in stereo microphone or ECM-XYST1M / XLR-K1M (sold separately), Built-in monaural speaker; volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7
  • Video Resolution : XAVC S Full HD - 1920 x 1080/60p@50Mbps Full HD - 1920 x 1080/30p@50Mbps Full HD - 1920 x 1080/24p@50Mbps HD - 1280 x 720/120p@50Mbps *Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S AVCHD™:
  • PS - 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
  • FX - 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
  • FH - 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
  • FX - 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
  • FH - 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps

  • MP4:
  • HD - 1440 x 1080/30p@12Mbps
  • VGA - 640 x 480/30p@3Mbps
  • Audio Format : XAVC S: LPCM 2ch. AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch., Dolby Digital Stereo Creator MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch.
  • Video Format : XAVC S / AVCHD™ format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
  • Video Mode : XAVC S / AVCHD™ / MP4 / Uncompressed 4K and HD output via HDMI
  • Still Image Size 16:9 : 35mm full frame:
  • L: 4240 x 2832 (12M), M: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), S: 2128 x 1416 (3M)

  • APS-C:
  • L: 2768 x 1848 (5.1M), M: 2128 x 1416 (3M), S: 1376 x 920 (1.3M)
  • Still Image Size 3:2 : 35mm full frame:
  • L: 4240 x 2384 (10M), M: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), S: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M)

  • APS-C:
  • L: 2768 x 1560 (4.3M), M: 2128 x 1200 (2.6M), S: 1376 x 776 (1.1M)
  • Still Image Mode : RAW, RAW & JPEG, JPEG Extra fine, JPEG Fine, JPEG Standard
  • Still Image File Format : JPEG: DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant, RAW: Sony ARW 2.3 format
  • Media Type : SD / SDHC (UHS-I compliant) / SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant), *Class 10+ SDXC memory card is required for recording in XAVC S Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo
  • Still Image Max Effective Resolution : 12.2 Megapixels
Viewfinder
  • Display : Disp. Basic Info, Histogram
  • Brightness Control : Auto / Manual (3 steps between -1 and +1)
  • Type : 1/2-inch (1.3 cm) XGA OLED color electronic viewfinder (2,359,296 dots)
  • Field of View : 100%
  • Magnification : Approx. 0.71x with 50 mm lens at infinity, -1m-1 (diopter)
  • Diopter Adjustment : -4.0 m-1 ~ +3.0m-1 (diopter)
Weights and Measurements
  • Dimensions (Approx.) : Approx. 5 x 3-3/4 x 1-15/16” (approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm)
  • Weight (Approx.) : With battery and Memory card: Approx. 1 lb 1.2oz (approx. 489g)
  • Weight(Approx) (Main unit only) : Approx. 15.7 oz (approx. 446g)
Wi-Fi
  • PlayMemories Camera Apps : Yes
  • View on TV : Yes
  • Send to Computer : Yes
  • View on Smartphone : Yes

The Sony A7s is available for pre-order for $2500.


Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sony E-mount Lens Roadmap Updated


Updated Lens Roadmap for E-mount Cameras




Macro G Lens and High Speed Prime Zeiss Added to 2014 Release



We just noticed that the E-mount lens roadmap has been updated to provide detail to the two upcoming lenses. The roadmap suggests that we will see three more lenses before years end. One will be a Sony G Macro lens - our guess? 100mm f/2.8 macro, similar to the Sony 100mm macro.

The other lens will be a Zeiss high speed prime lens - our guess? 24mm f/1.4 maybe more of a wish. This lens could be based on the NEX's 24mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar or the A-mount Zeiss 24mm f/2 Distagon.

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

NY Botanical Garden with the A7r and Minolta 35-70mm MD

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

We took the Sony A7r with the Minolta 35-70mm MD Macro lens to the New York Botanical Garden's The Orchid Show. The 35-70mm MD Macro makes for a nice walkabout zoom lens for the full frame A7r. It can cover wide angle to medium telephoto shots. The majority of pictures poster here were taken using macro mode, providing 1:4 magnification. The aperture was set at f/5.6 - f/8. The Sony A7r was set to shutter priority mode at 1/200 and auto ISO. This was in order to minimize camera shake indoors, since this was all hand held.

We were pleased with the results and drawing style provided by the a7r and the Minolta 35-70mm. This would be a nice inexpensive travel lens.


sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

sony a7r minolta 35-70 md macro

Friday, June 20, 2014

Sony A7s First Impressions by Luminous Landscapes

sony a7s first impression luminous landscape

Sony A7s with Zeiss 24-70mm FE ZA



Luminous Landscapes gives us their first impressions with the new low-light king, the Sony A7s. Read their A7s first impression here. They provide samples between the Sony A7s and the A7r to test the A7s' low light capability. Video capability is also discussed.

Here are some interesting quotes that we found.

  • Sony is producing more new and interesting cameras, in more categories, and with more new technology than the two market leaders combined.
  • a 12MP file from the A7s can be printed at a size of 16 X 24" when upressed to 360ppi.
  • There is something to the look of A7s files that reminds me of medium format,
  • At ISO 51,200 the A7s is quite usable with some moderate noise reduction
  • My only complaint is that the interface team at Sony forgot to add this feature (Electronic Shutter) to the twelve position Function menu.
    • Why not just keep Electronic Shutter as the default?