Monday, October 17, 2016

Low Light with the Speed Booster and Contax 50mm Planar

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Songstress.



Here are some photos from a wedding we invited. All we were equipped with was our trusty Sony NEX-7, a Metabones Speed Booster, and the Contax 50mm Planar - a gem. The Speed booster gave us an effective 55mm lens at f/1.2, necessary for this low light event.


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Double trouble.



The NEX was set to shoot jpeg only in black and white with contrast and sharpness at negative two. This made the post-processing much easier than usual with cropping as the only requirement.


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Tequila ice bar.




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Holding court.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Have RX1 will Travel.

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We have always been intrigued with the diminutive Sony RX1. In our minds it's the perfect travel camera, well except for our propensity for the 50mm focal length. Here's a video in 4K resolution conjured up by Mr. Rozenman about his west coast trip with his wife. The video is composed of 16,500 pictures taken with the RX1 handheld.


Yet Another USA Travel Video by Ofer Rozenman


For those looking to go on the wide side, here's a Sony RX1R with the 0.75X Ultra Wide Converter which gives an effective FOV of 26mm.

Sony RX1R with SEL075UWC Ultra Wide Converter



Thursday, July 21, 2016

Sony Travel Kit of Bob Krist

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What's In Your Bag - Bob Krist


Here is what Bob Krist carries with him on travel assignments. This kit allows Mr. Krist to shoot high resolution images and capture 4K video in a minimal package.

  1. Sony A7r II used in APS-C mode. This affords the use of smaller APS-C lenses.
  2. Sony 10-18mm f/4 Wide Angle Zoom Lens
  3. Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 Zoom Lens
  4. Sony 35mm f/1.8 Lens
  5. Sony RX10 II - I wonder if he's switched to the RX10 III with even more range, a 28-600mmm lens.
  6. Sony
    Action Cam on a selfie stick.
  7. Hot-shoe mounted Sony ECMXYST1M Stereo Microphone
  8. Sony ECMW1M Wireless Microphone
  9. Sony NP-FW50 Batteries for the A7r II and RX 10 II.
  10. Sony NP-BX1 Batteries for the RX100
  11. Sony
    RX-100 IV (Not Shown) used to record the video below.

Video by Bob Krist







Wednesday, July 13, 2016

How To Install OpenMemories AppStore

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OpenMemories App Shown on Camera's Application Tab


DHI Enterprises shows us how to install a third party application for Sony Cameras which support the PlayMemories Camera Apps. The third party OpenMemories AppStore can now be installed using the same method shown.

WARNING


from the OpenMemories AppStore developer:
Is it safe?

This is an experiment in a very early stage. All information has been found through reverse engineering. Even though everything worked fine for our developers, it could cause harm to your hardware. If you break your camera, you get to keep both pieces. We won't take any responsibility.

However, this seems to be safer than tampering with your camera firmware directly. We're just interacting with the isolated Android subsystem. Apps you install this way can be uninstalled in the applications manager. In the worst case, a factory reset of the camera clears all data on the Android partitions.



How To Install OpenMemories AppStore on your Sony Camera


  • Set Camera USB Connection to MTP Mode.
  • Turn Camera Off.
  • Connect Camera to Computer via USB cable and turn on Camera.
  • Using Internet Explorer or Safari, go to https://sony-pmca.appspot.com/apps.
  • Click on OpenMemories: AppStore by ma1co.
  • Click on Get Camera Info to ensure you have a proper USB connection.
  • Click on Install OpenMemories: AppStore

You should now see the OpenMemories AppStore in your Cameras Applications Tab.

If you don't want to risk your camera's warranty try the Official Sony PlayMemories AppStore, https://www.playmemoriescameraapps.com/portal/.

Read more about the OpenMemories at their github page and start developing your own apps for Sony Cameras.


Thursday, June 30, 2016

How Small is the Hasselblad X1D?

Hasselblad X1D Compact Mirrorless Medium Format Camera vs Sony A6300


How small is the new Hasselblad X1D? Here it is next to the Sony a6300 with the Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens (75mm EFOV). The X1D has the XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens attached (35mm EFOV). The X1D sensor is 33 x 44 mm compared to the 15.6 x 23.5 mm sensor on the a6300's - 4X the sensor area.


Hasselblad X1D with XCD 45mm f/3.5 Lens vs Sony A6300 with 50mm f/1.8
(Hasselblad 500 in the back)


The new Hasselblad X1D is a mirrorless medium format camera. It uses the Sony 50 mp sensor from the Hasselblad H6D-50c shoehorned into a compact body with an electronic viewfinder. It is 2.5X less expensive than the H6D-50c - the X1D body will retail at $9000.


Hasselblad X1D Interview from Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions


Hasselblad X1D with XCD 45mm f/3.5 Lens vs Sony A6300 with 50mm f/1.8




Friday, June 10, 2016

Las Vegas in Infrared via RX100.

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That depth is terrific from the RX100 M4.


Las Vegas In Infrared by Philip Bloom



Check out philipbloom.net for details on how this was achieved with the Sony RX100.



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.

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Which do you prefer?