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

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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?


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Sony A7r Samples

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Rolling.


Here are some shots of Brooklyn produced by the Sony A7r and the Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar. This is the 1st version of the 12mm lens in Leica M mount.  You can see the color shift but it's not intrusive for these snaps.  The Voigtlander 12mm is compact and looks great on the A7r.

Sony A7rVoigtlander 12mm Viewfinder


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Wilted.


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School yard.


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To Manhattan.


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Couple.


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Boardwalk.


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Golden.



Monday, June 9, 2014

Sony A7 Mounted on the Rhinocam

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Sony A7 with Rhinocam (Ground glass removed)


Here's a video showing how to mount the Sony A7 camera onto a Vizelex Rhinocam. The Rhinocam was designed for e-mount NEX cameras. Due to the viewfinder location of the A7, there is interference when the camera us rotated to portrait mode for 645 shots. This is resolved by removing the ground glass found on the Rhinocam. It provides a quick view for framing only and does not affect the final image.

How To Mount the Sony A7 on the Rhinocam


Here was our previous post on the Rhinocam with an introduction and walk-through video.

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sony a7 nex rhinocam

Vizelex Rhinocam by Fotodiox


Friday, June 6, 2014

$400 Off Sony A6000 Camera and 50mm 55-210mm Lenses

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Final Checkout Screen for Promotional Code Entry




Here's how to save $100 off the Sony A6000 Camera, $100 off the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens, and $200 off the Sony 55-210mm OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens. This will cover 24mm to 315mm for around $1000. Try to a find an APS-C DSLR that can match this deal.

  1. Add the Sony A6000 to your Amazon shopping cart. Make sure it is sold by Amazon.
  2. Add the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens to your cart.  Make sure it is sold by Amazon.
  3. Add the Sony 55-210mm OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens to your cart.  Make sure it is sold by Amazon.
  4. Go to check out, enter address, select shipping method, enter payment method, etc.
  5. At the Final Checkout screen, you should see the A6000, SEL50F18, and SEL55210 lens as shown below.
  6. At the Final Checkout screen, use Promotional Code NGWGUS3ZKG
  7.  $100 off for the A6000, $100 off for the SEL50F18 Lens, and $200 off for the SEL55210 Tele-Zoom Lens will be shown.  See image above.
  8. Click place your order.
  9. Now you have 24mm to 315mm for around $1000.



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Sony A6000 Kit, 50mm f/1.8 Lens, and 55-210mm Lens Sold By Amazon




sony a6000 kit $400 discount

$100 of Black or Silver Sony A6000 Kit or Body Only.



sony a6000 kit $400 discount

$100 of Black or Silver Sony A6000 Kit or Body Only.



sony a6000 kit $400 discount

$200 of Black or Silver Sony 55-210mm OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens



Sony A7r with Contax G 28mm Biogon Test Shots

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Manhattan from Brooklyn


We are still learning which lenses play well with the Sony A7r and we found one that's not so friendly. The Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon, shown in our previous post, is a non-retrofocus rangefinder lens which means that the rear of the lens is closer to the film plane or sensor. This causes the light at the edges to hit the Sony's A7r full frame sensor at oblique angles which results in color casts. This happens with the Leica M9 and M240 but is corrected with in-camera with software. The color cast can also be corrected with CornerFix or Light Room's Flat Field Plug-in, discussed by Tobinators here. We did not correct the images here for color cast.

Apart from the color cast, the Contax G 28mm Biogon performed well. We love the sharpness, contrast, and color the lens and the Sony A7r sensor delivers. Most of the shots are at f/5.6 or f/8 as we tried for the sweet spot of the lens. The A7r was set to Aperture Priority as there was plenty of light to keep a fast shutter speed.

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Anchored


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Manhattan Blue Bridge


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Green Clock


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Men At Work




Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cambo Actus Sony E-Mount View Camera

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Cambo ACTUS - a compact view camera made for the Sony A7 cameras.


ACTUS is based on the X2 Pro View Camera System


The Cambo ACTUS is a view camera system with E-mount compatibility. This allows us to have tilt and shift movement using the Sony A7, a6000, or NEX cameras. Cambo has the X2 Pro which is made for DSLRs, the ACTUS is half the weight and around 40% less in size than the X2 Pro.

Pictures shown are not final.

sony a7 view camera cambo actus

ACTUS provides Front Tilt and Swing and Rear Shift


from Capture Integration:
Cambo is proud to announce the new compact ACTUS View Camera. The Actus is a new technology camera system designed for mirrorless cameras, such as the Sony Alpha 7 series. Cambo is working on the final product developments before the official announcement in the upcoming weeks. Read below for the specs that we have today.

The system is expected to ship in early July. Depending on the configuration, the core system will be available in the ballpark of 1,500€.

The core system will include the camera, bellows, bayonet, and the customers choice of Sony, Canon or Nikon mount. This design offers advantages over the X2 platform. According to Cambo’s product managers, the system offers easy rotation and simplified bayonet designs.

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Sony A7 and Cambo ACTUS showing Front Tilt


Cambo ACTUS E-mount Specs:

Dimensions:  5.9 x 3.9 x 6.7 inches (150 x 100 x 170 mm)
Weight: approximately 2.2 pounds (1.0 kg)

Movements:
  • Front Swing: 360 degrees
  • Front Tilt: 22 degrees ( 12 / 10 )
  • Rear shift vertical: 27 mm (12 / 15)
  • Rear shift horizontal: 40 mm (20 / 20)
  • Focus travel:  up to 125mm (Sony E-mount)

Lensplates:
  • Copal 0
  • m39 Leica thread
  • Hasselblad C bayonet
  • Mamiya RZ/RB bayonet
  • Mamiya 645 Pro bayonet
  • Leica R bayonet

Check out more information on the E-mount Cambo ACTUS at Capture Integration.