Monday, March 31, 2014
Here are our first snaps from the Sony A7r. The 90mm f/2.8 lens from the Contax G was perfect for our trip to the nursery. The camera was set to shoot raw. These images were sent to the smartphone via the Sony A7r's WiFi and NFC feature. SnapSpeed from Google was then used to tweak the files and here are the results.
The wireless transfer of files are so easy that we are thinking of getting the EyeFi memory card for the NEX-7.
More on the A7r in the days to come.
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
First let me say that I have not finished True Detective yet so please do not say anything about the story. We saw the camera on a tripod instantly featured during the interrogation scenes. The NEX-5 was used to record the interviews of Detective Hart and Detective Rustin Spencer "Rust" Cohle played by Matthew McConaughey. True Detective ended the 1st season with 8 episodes - will the NEX make it to the next season?
Friday, March 21, 2014
Sony A7 Kit with 28-70mm Lens
iso.light wanted to see how good the Sony 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 FE OSS Lens was. In order to test this he compared the lens against the Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS Lens
So the question arose: should I get the Zeiss 24-70mm zoom lens? What improvements would it bring over the kit lens? Is that really worth 1200$?
Well, you tell me! Here are some comparisons pictures, all shot with a tripod and the OSS turned off. The same focal length and other settings were selected on each lens (at least that’s what the EXIF says) and I tried to change the lenses as fast as possible between the shots.
There are 5 pairs labelled A & B, in no particular order. I’m interested to see which picture you prefer? They all have been edited inLightRoom with exactly the same settings for each pair (note that no lens correction was applied as LR5.3 has no profile for the Zeiss yet). There are no right or wrong answers, you can either try to guess the manufacturer or simply state which picture you prefer over the other (or no particular preference)
Test your skill. See if you can spot the Sony or the Zeiss lens.
Thanks iso.light! Check out his flickr page.
Thursday, March 20, 2014
Sony and B&H Photo are giving a $460 credit when you buy a Sony A7 and also trade in an old camera.
Click on this link http://goo.gl/OjiOOp and add an A7 or A7r to your cart and see the $460 discount.
You can also add FE lenses for further discounts. The Sony 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar FE, aka mini-Otus, will be $200 less.
Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Firmware 1.02 for the Sony A7 cameras is now live and ready for download. Go to your local Sony Support Website to download your firmware. Here is the Sony Australia Firmware Download Page.
Read the instructions multiple times to familiarize yourself.
Thank you for your continued interest in Sony products.
Sony is offering a firmware upgrade for Interchangeable Lens Digital Camera ILCE-7R.
Improvements after firmware upgrade
Provides support for SEL70200G
- Improves auto focus speed
- Adds functions including the "Focus hold button"
Reduces start-up time
- The start-up time has been reduced in cases when the camera is switched on immediately after being switched off.
Improves image quality
Provides support for additional ”Play Memories Camera Apps” and additional features for previously supported apps.
-Provides support for "Liveview Grading" and "Smooth Reflection" applications.
-Provides support for the smooth automatic exposure feature in the "Time-lapse" application ver. 2.00 and later.
How to check the firmware version
Select Menu → Setup → Version on the camera.
The firmware version is displayed. If your firmware version is Ver. 1.02 or later, the upgrade is not required.
When performing the firmware upgrade, please use a fully charged rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50 or the AC adaptor AC-PW20 (sold separately).
Do not remove the battery or AC adaptor during the upgrade; otherwise, the camera may become inoperable due to the sudden power shutdown.
Remove the memory card from the camera beforehand.
Please report back on the improvements you find.
Tuesday, March 18, 2014
Sony a6000 vs Sony alpha a65 Focus Lock
Sony a6000 vs Sony alpha a65 vs NEX-7 Focus Lock
Sony Korea puts the new 11 frame per second Sony a6000 up against the 10 frame per second Alpha a65 and the NEX-7. The a6000 best both cameras because of two new features.
Capture the perfect moment – the a6000 realizes 11 frames per second continuous shooting with AF (Auto Focus) tracking by making the most of the wide-area 179-point phase-detection AF sensor. Even when dealing with a moving subject the a6000's superb moving-subject tracking performance ensures you get the shot during still or video capture.
The Fastest Focusing Camera in the World
Enhanced Fast Hybrid auto focus combines speedy phase-detection AF with highly accurate contrast-detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, to achieve among the fastest autofocusing performance of any full-frame camera in the world6. First, phase-detection AF with 179 densely placed phase-detection AF points swiftly and efficiently moves the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus. Then contrast-detection AF with wide AF coverage fine-tunes the focusing in the blink of an eye.
The new Sony a6000 is a month away from release and is $750 with the lens.