Monday, December 30, 2013

Canon 6D vs NEX-7 with Speedbooster

Canon 6D vs Sony NEX-7 with Metabones Speedbooster


Tarocoo wanted to see what the NEX-7 with the Canon EF to E-mount Speedbooster can do against his full frame Canon 6D. He had access to a multitude of manual focus lenses which can be used on both E-mount and EF mount (EOS). The Speedbooster's final EFOV on the NEX APS-C sensor is about 1.1x the focal lenght - so the EFOV is close to the Canon 6D with the full frame sensor. The lenses used are:

  • Sigma 24mm f/2.8
  • Sigma 28mm f/2.8
  • Olympus 35mm f/2.0
  • Sigma 50mm f/1.4

The images will show the whole scene at wide open to an aperture of f/11. It will be followed by center and corner crops at same aperture range. Here we go...

Canon 6D vs NEX-7 Speedbooster Sigma 24mm f/2.8


nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 24mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 24mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 24mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 24mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 24mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 24mm


Canon 6D vs NEX-7 Speedbooster Sigma 28mm f/2.8


nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 28mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 28mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 28mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 28mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 28mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d sigma 28mm


Canon 6D vs NEX-7 Speedbooster Olympus 35mm f/2.0


nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d Olympus 35mm


Canon 6D vs NEX-7 Speedbooster Pentax 50mm f/1.4


nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm

nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm
nex-7 speedbooster canon 6d pentax 50mm

We think the samples speak well for the NEX-7 and the Metabones Speedbooster.

Thanks to Tarocco for performing the tests and sharing the samples with us.

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Save $200 on the Sony A7R Camera

save $200 sony a7r deal

Sony A7r Checkout Cart


Sony is offering a $200 credit if you spend $500 at the Sony online store using a new Sony Visa. This discount applies to any NEX purchase totaling over $500 including the new Sony A7r and pre-ordering the Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS lens.

  1. Add the Sony A7R Camera to your cart.
  2. Go to the Secure Checkout.
  3. Enter your billing and shipping address.
  4. Choose your shipping method.
  5. At the Payment screen, shown above, click on the Visa Apply Now button. A new window will pop up.
  6. Read the fine print. Fill out the Sony Card application.
  7. If you are approved, the Sony Card can be used to process the Sony A7r purchase.
  8. Now we wait 8-12 weeks and the $200 credit will appear on the Sony Card statement. There is 0% interest until October 2014.

The fine print:

In order to receive your $200 statement credit, you must make at least $500 in purchases within 90 days of account opening. The credit will appear on your monthly Sony Card statement within 8-12 weeks of your qualifying purchases. To be eligible for the statement credit, the account must be open and in good standing at the time the credit will be applied to the account. This statement credit will not count as a payment to your account. Please continue to make your minimum payments.
Limited time offer is for new Sony Card accounts only and is not available on existing accounts. Credit approval required. Terms and conditions apply. System or application processing requirements may result in a Sony Card account not being available for the current transaction. The Sony Card is issued by Capital One, N.A., pursuant to a license from Visa U.S.A., Inc.

The offer also applies to Sony E-mount lenses.


Monday, December 2, 2013

Download Sony A7r Help Guide

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Sony A7 A7r Help Guide


Here is a more extensive manual for your Sony A7 camera. The download is a zip archive and it contains html files. Click on the index.html and the A7 help guide comes to life via your web browser. It is indexed and searchable. We extracted some interesting pages on the images below including dial wheel lock, eye focus, and 4K Television display settings.

sony a7r download pdf manual help

Sony A7 Dial Wheel Lock Settings


sony a7r download pdf manual help

Sony A7 Eye Focus Settings


sony a7r download pdf manual help

4K Television Setting


Download the Sony Help Guide for your new Sony A7 or A7r camera here via dropbox.

Download the A7 user manual here if you haven't already.



Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sony A7 and A7r Hands On with DigitalRev

sony a7r weather sealing water resistant

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


sony a7r weather sealing water resistant

Sony A7r Rear LCD Water Resistance



sony a7 kit 28-70mm lens

Sony A7 Kit


Save $50 on Sony NEX-3N

sony nex-3n black friday deal

Sony NEX-3N at Amazon


Amazon is currently selling the black or white Sony NEX-3N for $50 less than the Sony Store. The NEX-3N's manufacturer's suggested price is $499 but is currently available for $399. We are very tempted in picking one up as a backup to the Sony NEX-7.


Sony A7r vs 50mm Lenses by geesbert

sony a7r 50mm lens test

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!



Thursday, November 7, 2013

Download Sony A7r Manual in PDF

Here is the owner's / instruction manual and quick user guide for the Sony Alpha 7 (A7) family of cameras. The A7 and A7r share the same manual so read it twice to see what applies to your new baby. Below shows what will come with your Sony A7.

download sony a7r manual

What's in the Sony A7 / A7r / A7K Box?


Download the Sony A7r quick user guide via dropbox here.

Download the Sony A7r instruction manual in PDF via dropbox here.

Pre-order your Sony A7 here.

Thanks Sony Australia!


Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 in Cape May

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

We thoroughly enjoyed the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon on a recent trip. We spent a few days in Cape May, NJ with the Touit 12mm glued onto the NEX-7.

We are still learning this ultra wide angle lens, at 18mm efov on the NEX, most everything will be in frame. We are somewhat addicted to the NEX-7's level feature which helps minimize converging vertical lines with such a wide lens. We also depended on the NEX-7's autofocus mode while using focus-recompose to frame. Here are a few shots from the trip. They are all RAW converted shots.

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss