Showing posts with label a7r. Show all posts
Showing posts with label a7r. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Focus Stack Test with the Leica 60mm Elmarit-R

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8 Images Blended Together.


Here is the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel in full bloom. We wanted to try out focus stacking with the Leica 60mm Macro Elmarit-R. The aperture was set at f/5.6 which we assumed was optimal. The image above at 45˚ was a stack of 8 shots aligned and blended together with Photoshop.

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The Anther Cap of the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 


The image above is a crop of the 90˚ stack which was a 5 shot stack.



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Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 


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Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 


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Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 





Monday, January 23, 2017

Save $1000 on the a7r II with Trade-In Bonus

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Sony a7r II with $200 Gift Card





Here's our chance to save $1000+ on the Sony a7r II. Here's the math.

  • Sony a7r II = $3198
  • Instant Rebate = -$300
  • Gift Card = -$200
  • Trade in Bonus = -$480
  • Trade in Value = -$?.??
  • Grand Total = $2,218 - TIV

The a7r II's MSRP is $3,198. A trade in of an old interchangeable lens would surely get us to the $1000 savings mark. The trade-in bonus ends on April 1st but the $200 gift card from Adorama will probably go extinct first.





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Receive $480 bonus from Sony if you buy the a7r II above and you trade in a camera or a lens.




I would probably add the 16-35mm f/4 lens which comes with a $100 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $202.50 bonus - a $400 savings off MSRP. The lens will come in at $945 before your trade in value.



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And the 55mm f/1.8 lens which comes with a $50 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $150 bonus - a $300 savings off MSRP. The 55mm Zeiss will cost $698 before your trade in value.



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Thursday, January 19, 2017

Olympus Infinity Point and Shoot vs Sony A7



Windham Graves shows us how to create a new lens for your Sony E-mount camera from a film point and shoot. He harvests the lens from an Olympus Infinity camera which has a relatively fast 35mm f/2.8 lens. A Russian m39
lens tube with a helicoid is used to Frankenstein the final lens for the e-mount.






Olympus Infinity 35mm f2.8 Adapted to Sony E-mount






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







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?




Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Louis Vuitton America’s Cup New York

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One World Trade Center with America's Cup AC45 Catamarans.



America's Cup racing returned to New York City after a 96 year absence. The Cup is currently in the hands of the USA, Team Oracle. There are six teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series which include Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA, and SoftBank Team Japan.


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Emirates Team New Zealand with the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.


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America's Cup AC45 Catamarans Anchored in Jersey City.


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Lower Manhattan behind the America's Cup Catamarans.


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Brooklyn behind Land Rover BAR Team Great Britain and Artemis Racing Team Sweden Catamarans.


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Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand.


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Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.


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Team Emirates Flying Hull.


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Team Groupama Flying Hull.


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Oracla Team USA Double Flying Hull.


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Manhattan and America's Cup.


The photos show here were taken with the NEX-7 with the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD and the Sony 55-210mm autofocus lens. The Sony A7r was also used with the Contax G 90mm.

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Groupama Team France Relaxing After the Race.


Saturday, May 14, 2016

Sony A7R High Speed Sync and Wireless TTL via Godox X system.

Godox HSS Flash Setup on the Sony A7r II by Greg T.


Here is another option for High Speed Sync (HSS) and Through The Lens (TTL) metering for the Sony Alpha camera system. The video shows HSS using the new Godox 2.4G Wireless X system for Sony cameras with the Multi-Interface hotshoe. The following Godox components are shown in the video.



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X1S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger on the A7RII


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TT685S TTL Flash for Sony M-I hotshoe.


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TT600 Flash


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Wistro AD360 Bare Tube Flash


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XTR-16 USB Wireless Flash Receiver


Learn more from the Godox TT685S website.

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We are still making do with a Sony F43 and F20 unit as used in the above shot.


Thursday, November 5, 2015

Sony A7r at Mardi Gras World New Orleans

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Face to face.


We took a break from eating oysters in New Orleans and took a quick tour of Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World supports a third of the floats that are paraded on the days leading to Fat Tuesday in February. They are responsible for the design and upkeep of all the decorations on the floats.

The tools at hand were the Sony A7r and the 40mm M-Rokkor. We shot in Aperture mode, seemingly stuck at f/2.4. Sharpness at f/2.4 is substantially better than wide open at f/2.0 on the Minolta CLE lens.

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Envious Flash.


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Larry, Curly, and Moe.


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Guardians.


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Cobra Ring.


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Artists in Residence 1.


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Artists in Residence 2.


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Workspace 1.


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Artists in Residence 3.


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Workspace 2.


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Gene Papier Mache


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40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.4


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40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.0

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Nissin i40 High Speed Sync Flash for Sony Cameras

Nissin i40 Flash for Sony Cameras


Nissin i40 Review by Lavikka Photography


Lavikka Photography shows us the features of the compact Nissin i40 flash on the Sony a6000. The best feature is high speed sync in such a small package. The Nissin i40 was used with the inexpensive Youngnou 560 flash, shown below, to freeze action in daylight - up to 1/4000s.


Youngnou 560 Flash



Sunday, December 14, 2014

Sony a7ii and a7r Comparison

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Sony a7ii A7r Comparison.




Here's a video from TheDigitalDigest comparing the new a7ii and the a7r.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Sony a7 Clear Image Zoom Test

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Sony a7r Clear Image Zoom Candidate #1


Here are four images from the Sony a7r and the Contaz Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar. The four shots are full frame, 1.5x clear image zoom to match APS-C, a7r in APS-C mode, and 2X clear image zoom in APS-C mode. The images were then cropped to match a 2X clear image zoom in APS-C mode. The 50mm lens now provides a field of view of 150mm with 2X clear image zoom APS-C mode on the a7r.  See the images below and determine if CIZ is something you should try.  Please rank the images from best to worst.

What is Clear Image Zoom?

from Sony:
Clear Image Zoom is a function that uses the Sony® exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology. It allows you to enlarge the image with close to the original image quality when shooting still images. The camera first zooms optically to the maximum optical magnification, then uses Clear Image Zoom technology to enlarge the image an additional 2x, producing sharp, clear images despite the increased zoom ratio.

NOTES: The Clear Image Zoom function does not operate in the following situations:

  • In Movie mode
  • In Sweep Shooting mode
  • When the Smile Shutter function is activated
  • When Drive Mode is set to Cont. Shooting, Spd Priority Cont. or Bracket: Cont.
  • When Face Detection function is activated
  • When Quality is set to RAW or RAW & JPEG
  • When ISO is set to Multi Frame Noise Reduction

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Sony a7r Smart vs Clear Image vs Digital Zoom Range


How do you activate Clear Image Zoom on the Sony a7r?