Showing posts with label E-Mount. Show all posts
Showing posts with label E-Mount. Show all posts

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.

sony a7 nex rhinocam
sony a7 nex rhinocam

Vizelex Rhinocam by Fotodiox

Friday, June 6, 2014

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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sony a7r contax g 28mm

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.

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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)

  • 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)

  • 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.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Trainspotting with the 40mm M-Rokkor and Sony A7r

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Here are some test shots with the Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor for the Minolta CLE. This is the multicoated version of the Leica 40mm Summicron-C. We used the very compact 40mm M-Rokkor walking around a local train museum with the Sony A7r via a Leica M lens adapter. The shots up to the handcart are all done at maximum aperture of f/2. Manual focus was very easy with using the viewfinder magnification of the A7r even in the mid-day sun. The mid-day sun also guaranteed high shutter speeds at ISO 100 and f/2. All the shots are handheld.

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

The shots below are at f/5.6 up to f/11. We need to test this lens more but the sweet spot is definitely at f/5.6.

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

The CSX 152 (GE AC4400CW diesel-electric locomotive) and the CSX 7305 (GE C40-8 [Dash 8]) was shot during the afternoon sun.

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sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

Sony A7r with a Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor via Leica M Adapter

The lens has been great on the Minolta CLE and NEX-7 and it performs well on the full-frame A7r. The lightweight and compact 40mm M-Rokkor with a fairly fast f/2 aperture should always be considered for the A7 if you want to try Leica M lenses.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Prototype Sony 28-135mm Zoom Lens At NAB

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Sony 28-135mm f/4 G FE Cine Zoom Lens

Here is the prototype of the upcoming Sony 28-135mm f/4 G lens. It is designed for cinematography with a power zoom built into the lens. It is shown with the new 4K capable Sony A7s. See more information in the video below.

Friday, April 11, 2014

E Stands for Eighteen

Sony A7S Overview

Michael Bubolo of Sony North America solves the E-mount mystery. E stands for eighteen. Watch the rest of the footage to learn more about the Sony A7S.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sony A7 and A7r Hands On with DigitalRev

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Sony A7r Weather Sealing Test with 28-70mm FE Kit Lens

Kai Wong of DigitalRev Plays with the Sony A7 Cameras

The new Sony A7 and A7r cameras are featured on Digital Rev with Kai Wong. The A7's 28-70mm FE Kit lens was used on the A7r and produced "stellar" shots. The A7 and A7r's focus systems were compared. The water resitance was also tested using the A7r and the 28-70mm kit lens. A Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH was used to show how adaptable the E-mount is. The focus peaking display was nicely featured. In conclusion, Kai was impressed with both cameras, "Sony has created a product of desire."

Sony A7r Focus Peaking with Leica Noctilux

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Sony A7r Rear LCD Water Resistance

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Sony A7 Kit

Sony A7r vs 50mm Lenses by geesbert

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The 50mm Lens Candidates

geesbert puts the new Sony A7r up against a multitude of 50mm lenses. The list of thirteen (13) 50mm lenses used on the Sony A7r is as follows:
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2
  • Canon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt/Shift
  • Leica 50mm f/2.8 Elmar M
  • Leica 50mm f/3.5 Elmar Screwmount
  • Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron M
  • Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M
  • Olympus OM 28-48mm f/4
  • Olympus OM 50mm f/1.4
  • Olympus OM 50mm f/2 Macro
  • Pentax SMC-A 50mm f/1.4
  • Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2
  • Minolta 40mm f/2 Rokkor-M
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8 E-mount

geesbert has a great setup which shows the lens being tested. He took shots from wide open up to f/5.6 aperture.

Sony Alpha 7r vs 50mm Lenses

Thanks geesbert!

Monday, October 28, 2013

Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses

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Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses

Zeiss is starting the holidays early. They are providing a 20% discount on their excellent Touit lenses for the NEX system. They are also compatible with the Sony A7 and A7r via the APS-C mode. The Touit lenses are fully compatible, auto-aperture and autofocus, with the NEX and A7 cameras.

Click here to get your 20% discount on the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon and the 32mm f/1.8 Planar for your E-mount system.

Friday, October 25, 2013

Sony A7 and A7r Hands On at PhotoPlus Expo

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Sony A7r with a Voigtlander 12mm Lens and Viewfinder

It was a very crowded Sony booth at PhotoPlus. The great thing was the Sony representatives were very accommodating to anyone who wanted to play with the new Sony A7 and A7r. We had our bag of lenses and was able to mount them all on the A7 and A7r - check out the 12mm viewfinder on the A7r above. The lenses include the following:

  • Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Leica Thread Mount on a helicoid adapter.
  • Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron LTM.
  • Minolta 24mm f/2.8 Rokkor MD.
  • Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon.
  • Contax Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar with the Metabones Speedbooster and the standard C/Y adapter.
  • Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit Distagon.
The cameras were pre-production and the use of memory cards to record the images was prohibited. We wanted to see if I could see immediate problems on the rear tilting lcd but none were glaring.  The only noticeable issue was color shift with the Contax G 28mm Biogon.  We're hoping that this can be remedied with the production models.

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Sony A7r and a Contax G Lens

Below is the Contax 85mm Planar on a Metabones Speedbooster. As you can see it cannot cover the whole sensor but with APS-C mode on the A7 cameras the Speedbooster is still useable.

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Sony A7r and a Contax 85mm Planar Lens via Speedbooster

The Voigtlander 35mm Ultron LTM was a nice surprise.  This lens gives the NEX-7 some problems with color shift but on the A7 this was not the case.  The few snaps that we took looked great on the rear lcd.

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Sony A7r and a Voigtlander 35mm Ultron

The Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD provide a nice wide angle image on the Sony A7.  It felt nice and balance on the slightly larger frame of the Sony A7.

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Sony A7r and a Contax 85mm Planar Lens via Speedbooster

We were very excited to mount the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit on the new Sony A7.  We had the A7's APS-C lens detection off to see how much the Touit can cover the full frame sensor.  The lens has a plastic shroud to protect the rear element and this showed up in the shot below.  The Touit works perfectly fine in APS-C mode.

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Sony A7r and a Zeiss 12mm Distagon Touit

The images above were from a smartphone.

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Sony A7r Jpeg Samples from Gustav

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Jpeg from Sony A7r, 100% Crop

Gustav had a chance to play with the Sony A7r, 35mm Sonnar, and the LA-EA4 lens adapter. He posted some samples which are straight out of the camera's jpeg engine with +1 contrast and +1 sharpness via the camera menu.

From Gustav:
i have dicided to keep the camera , and not give it back to sony i`m not theoretical technical , but this camera feels superb ,build is very good , i like the sound of the shutter (its not softly)the menu is also easy , and almost the same as alpha-menu

Samples by Gustav on Dyxum using the Sony A7r and the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar lens, LA-EA4 lens adapter, and the new Sony 70-200mm SSM G lens.

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Sony A7r with Contax G 28mm Biogon

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Some glamour shots of the new Sony A7r with a Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon lens from forum contributors dabpes, robsiqi, and 四核八线程. The Carl Zeiss Contax G lenses are mounted using an E-mount lens adapter.

sony a7r contax zeiss  28mm biogon

sony a7r contax zeiss  28mm biogon

sony a7r contax zeiss  28mm biogon

Pre-order your Sony Alpha A7r here.

Monday, July 1, 2013

Fotodiox Vizelex RhinoCam for NEX Cameras

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Sony NEX-5N with a Hasselblad 50mm Distagon via RhinoCam
Photo by PCMag"

The RhinoCam allows us to use NEX E-mount cameras with medium format lenses. The RhinoCam has lens adapters for Pentax 645, Mamiya 645, or Hasselblad V lenses. The NEX is mounted on a shift mount while the lens is fixed. The NEX is then shifted to cover the image circle projected by the medium format lens. Each image is then stitched by an imaging software.

Here's an in-depth video walk through of the RhinoCam.

Vizelex RhinoCam Quick Start Guide

Check out PCMag's review of the RhinoCam.

Click here for more information on the Vizelex RhinoCam at

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sony NEX-7 Rear Button Focus

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Figure 1. Rear Button aka AF/MF Button Controls Autofocus.

Here's a way to autofocus using the rear AF/MF button instead of the shutter button. You can then separate focus from locking exposure with the shutter button half press. This will also prevent the lens from prefocusing when in AF or DMF mode.

Setting up the NEX-7 to use AF/MF Rear Button Focus.
  • Set the camera to Manual Focus, Figure 2.
  • Set the AF/MF Control to HOLD, Figure 3.
  • Set the AF/MF Button to AF/MF Control, Figure 1.
  • Set the Function Button to Focus Settings, Figure 4. This will let us control the focus point via Flexible Spot. You can also use Center focus point then Recompose. The camera must be in MF or DMF mode, Figure 2., to use Focus Settings.

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Figure 2. Set the camera to MANUAL FOCUS.

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Figure 3. Set the AF/MF Control to HOLD.

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Figure 4. Set Function Button to Focus Settings.

Here is the Sony NEX-7 Manual for download for more info.