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.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Sony a7ii with 5-Axis Image Stabilization Announced

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Sony a7ii with 5-Axis SteadyShot (Image Stabilization) Video


Here is the new Sony a7ii with a 5-axis SteadyShot Inside, which means that the sensor can compensate for movement in the pitch, yaw, roll, x-axis, and y-axis. The technology comes from Olympus which Sony has an alliance with after a large investment. The a7ii is about $500 more than the standard a7. The a7ii will be available next month.

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New C1 / C2 Buttons


Above shows the added customizable button next to the shutter. There are now 4 customizable buttons instead of 3 on the a7, a7r, and a7s. The body panels of the a7ii looks to be textured compared to the smooth body of the previous a7 cameras. The shutter button moves from the top plate to the grip. The front and rear wheel have a slimmer form factor. There is now a 45° ledge for the Menu and C button on the rear.

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sony a7ii image stabilization steadyshot

Images of the new Sony a7ii




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?

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Save $1200 on Sony a7r with Vertical Grip


Now is the time to buy the Sony a7r. Save almost 50% on the cost of the a7r with the Sony VG-C1EM vertical grip. The MSRP is $2637 while the current deal sells the combo for $1396.

Run.


Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Meike Vertical Grip for the Sony A7 Cameras

3rd Party Vertical Grip for the Sony a7 Cameras


Here is a third-party version of Sony's VG-C1EM Vertical A7-Series Camera Grip by Meike. Their model designation is MK-AR7. It duplicates the front and rear dials, shutter button, and the C1 button for use in a vertical shooting orientation. It provides room for a 2nd battery to extend shooting. It also has a receiver for a wireless remote with timer for time lapse photography.

We have not used this Meike MK-AR7 ourselves but the price is very tempting. The added battery is a plus but we always carry extra. The support provided by the grip is the major feature of this grip. We always have to warn people that 3rd party accessories causing damage to your Sony a7 will not be covered by warranty.

See the video and data sheet below to see if the MK-AR7 will work for you.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hands On with Zeiss 35mm Distagon on Sony a7r at Photo Plus

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon on the a7r


Here is the newest Zeiss lens for the Leica M system. It is a Distagon 1.4/35mm ZM lens - Carl Zeiss' fastest lens for rangefinder cameras. We stopped by the Zeiss booth at Photo Plus and tried it out on the Sony a7r with a close-focus adapter. Voigtlander makes a better version of the adapter but this one works for us.

The 35mm Distagon ZM feels like a fine piece of machinery. The aperture from f/1.4 to f/18 have soft click stops. The focus ring is smooth, well damped, and pleasing to use - we prefer it to the Otus' ring. The lens is dense and heavy for such a small size thanks to the all metal construction. The 35mm Distagon ZM is deceptively heavy as the 85mm Otus ZE is deceptively light.

Friday, October 24, 2014

Zeiss 16-35mm Lens Review by Mobile01

Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-35mm FE OSS lens Barrel Extension


Here are some corner samples of the new Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-35mm FE OSS lens from mobile01.com. The samples compare the center sharpness against the extreme corner of 16-35mm for the Sony A7 cameras at 16mm and 35mm at all apertures.




Check out more Zeiss 16-35mm Vario-Tessar high resolution samples and the full review at mobile01.com.

Pre-order the Zeiss Vario-Tessar 16-35mm FE OSS lens for a mid-November ship date.


Thursday, October 23, 2014

Faces with Sony A6000 by Craig Martin

Face No.98

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/2.2 Shutter speed: 1/3200


Here are some images created with the sony a6000 and the 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens by Craig Martin.

Face No. 84

ISO: 100 Aperture: f/2.2 Shutter speed: 1/500


Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Jeff Koons at the Whitney Museum with the A7r

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Jeff Koons: A Retrospective Whitney Museum


We discovered that the Jeff Koons exhibit was on its final days at the Whitney Museum. We also learned that the Whitney was closing the doors at the Breuer Building location and was moving downtown towards the Highline. We took the Sony A7r and a Contax 28mm Distagon and tested out GeoTagging - posted earlier. Here are some images from the excursion.

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Bear and Policeman by Jeff Koons


Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sony A7s Video: Aurora Borealis in Tromsø

Aurora Borealis in Tromsø by Anders Mildestveit


Real time video of northern lights on oct. 18th in Tromsø, Norway.
Shot with a Sony A7S and Rokinon 24mm T1.5 at 25600 iso with no noise reduction applied.

The video of the of the Aurora Borealis demonstrates the low light prowess of the Sony A7s.

Monday, October 20, 2014

Sony A7 GeoTagging with Exiftool

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Smartphone Running MyTracks Showing GPS Info for Time Calibration

Geotagging your images, attaching location information, is a great way to help document your shooting.  Many services like flickr, Google, and iPhoto/Photos take advantage of the geotags to show where the image is taken.  We took a quick stroll around New York City to test out how easy geotagging Sony A7 files were.

Above shows the GPS status provided by our smartphone's built-in gps and shown by an app, GPS Status.  The third icon from the top left shows the app MyTracks is running and is logging our location along the way.  The image below shows the final product, a geotagged image.

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Here's a quick tutorial on geotagging your Sony A7 photos using your GPS enabled smartphone and exiftool.

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Sony A7 Trade In Deal is Sweeter

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Save $545 on the Sony A7r


The previous trade in deal saved us $460 from the MSRP of the a7r. The new trade in deal from Adorama is sweeter since the MSRP of the cameras are lower by $200.

Sony a7 MSRPs Reduced by $200


What this means for us is a savings of $545 on the Sony a7r body, $500 on the a7 + 28-70mm lens bundle, and $455 on the A7 body only. You can also add in the trade in value of your old camera for more savings.

The Sony A7 trade in offer from Adorama expires by the end of the year.

Make sure to add items from our post on essential Sony A7 accessories.


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Sony A7 with 28-70mm Lens

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sony E-Mount Lens Roadmap Photokina 2014 Update

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Upcoming Sony / Zeiss E-mount Lenses

Photokina 2014 introduced six new full-frame lenses for the Sony E-mount family.  The E-mount lens range now covers 16mm (converter) up to 240mm.  The image above shows four new prototype Sony / Zeiss E-mount lenses, 28mm with converters, 35mm, 90mm, and a 24-240mm zoom.

The new E-mount lens roadmap added 3 lens slots compared with the previous roadmap.  The roadmap shows that seven more lenses will be announced in 2015.  The only hole we see is a fast portrait lens at around 90mm.  We are hoping that this will be the next lens announced.



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Sony E-mount Lens Roadmap Photokina 2014 Update

Below are more details on the new lenses announce at Photokina 2014.  Included are photos of the prototypes found at Photokina and quick mock ups on a Sony A7 body.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Mountaineering with the Sony A7s with Zeiss 24-70mm FE by burnymeister

Sony A7s with Zeiss 24-70mm FE by burnymeister
@24mm, Aperture: f/8, ISO 25600, 20s Shutter Speed


Vern D took his Sony A7s and Zeiss 24-70mm FE OSS on a mountaineering adventure. The A7s low light capability counteracts the Zeiss 24-70mm maximum aperture of f/4. The max aperture is at f/4 in order to keep the Zeiss 24-70mm as a small and light package. Vern's lightweight full frame kit went to Mount Woolley, Diadem, Little Alberta and Mushroom Peak providing excellent images day or night.

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Sony A7r with Zeiss 24-70mm FE OSS Lens


See more of Vern Ds photos below.

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Zeiss 35mm Distagon ZM Announced

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Mockup of Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 ZM on Sony A7r


Carl Zeiss announced their fastest ZM, Leica M mount, lens at Photokina 2014. The new Distagon T* 1,4/35mm ZM is designed for the Leica M digital sensor but we are hopeful that it will work well on the Sony A7 cameras with the appropriate lens adapter. Above is a mockup of what the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens would look on a Sony A7. The Zeiss 35 f/1.4 will provide subject isolation through shallow depth of field.

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon ZM in Black


Below are the lens specs and intro video from Carl Zeiss.

Monday, September 22, 2014

Download Sony a5100 Help Guide Manual

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Sony a5100 Identifying Parts


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Here is the Sony a5100 Camera User's Guide / Owner's Manual in HTML format. You can use any browser and the links will be live making it easy to jump from subject to subject. We suggest that you read this to take full advantage of your new Sony a5100.

Below shows what the standard accessories are supplied with the a5100.

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Two New APS-C E-mount Lenses from Zhongyi Optics

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Zhongyi Optics Mitakon 42mm and 24mm for APS-C E-mount Cameras


Zhongyi Optics introduced two new lenses designed for the E-mount APS-C sensor (a6000, a5100, a5000, and NEX cameras) at Photokina 2014. The first is the Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 which translates to an EFOV of a 36mm lens on the APS-C. The Mitakon 24mm is attractively priced at $289. The second lens is a Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 lens which converts to 63mm on the APS-C sensor. The Mitakon 42mm is priced at $359. Both lenses are manual focus and provide a relatively large aperture for excellent low light shots. Both are very light and compact, perfect travel lenses.

Below are specs and sample images from the new Zhongyi Mitakon lenses.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Carl Zeiss Loxia Lens Introduction VIdeo

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Zeiss Loxia on Sony A7r and A7s Cameras


Here's a quick video from Carl Zeiss about their new line of Loxia lenses especially designed for the Sony A7 family of cameras.



Product Manager Christophe Casenave talks about the new Loxia Lenses


Check out Loxia 2/50mm Planar samples we posted here.

Full specs on the Carl Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and 2/50 can be found here.

Pre-order the Loxia 35mm Biogon and Loxia 50mm Planar from Adorama.







Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Zeiss 16-35mm Vario Tessar FE ZA Lens Specs and Samples

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Sony SEL1635Z Mounted on a Sony A7s from PhotographyBlog


The wait is over. People have been hunting for a wide angle lens for the Sony A7 cameras ever since the full frame e-mount cameras were released. Some have been using the Sony 10-18mm at 16-18mm with great results on the Sony A7 bodies. Above is the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4 Vario Tessar FE ZA OSS Lens or SEL1635Z, announced at Photokina 2014. It is fully compatible with E-mount cameras with autofocus and auto aperture control. The lens is designed for the A7 and will cover the 24x36mm sensor. The SEL1635Z will also work with the Sony a6000 and NEX cameras where it will provide a EFOV of 24mm to 52mm, nice walkaround lens range.

Below are specs for the SEL1635Z and samples from Mark Galer who has been using the SEL1635Z on the Sony A7s.

Monday, September 15, 2014

Sony a6000 Digiscoping Samples by 5Bellies Digiscoping

Marsh Harrier 14 by 5bellies Digiscoping


Here are some great digiscoping shots by 5bellies Digiscoping. He uses a Sony a6000 with a Swarovski scope which consists the STX-85 modular objective lens, the STX Eyepiece Module with a 25-60x magnification, and the TLS APO adapter.

There are a few samples below and a quick tutorial by Swarovski.

The Rig, Sony a6000 with a Swarovski STX-85 Digiscope


Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Zeiss Loxia 50mm on A7r Samples and Review by Berlin Backstage

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Zeiss Loxia 50mm Planar on Sony A7r


Berlin Backstage was lucky enough to test out the new Carl Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar lens before the Photokina 2014 official release. Here are a points we extracted from their review titled "Blau trifft Orange," translated blue meets orange.
  • 180° of focus ring movement for gentle, precise focus.
  • Aperture ring can be de-clicked for videographers with a supplied de-click tool.
  • Feels similar to the Zeiss 50mm ZM Planar lens.  The Loxia 2/50 is a massaged ZM Planar design for the Sony A7 series.
  • The f/2.0 maximum aperture keeps the lens small which is a good compromise.
  • The Loxia is a manual aperture lens, not electronic controlled.
  • It provides Exif data to the camera.
  • The lens hood can be mounted in reverse without blocking the focusing ring.
  • Ten aperture blades for buttery soft bokeh.
  • Important points for the reviewer: feel, color, contrast.
See the sample images from the Loxia 50mm on the A7r from Berlin Backstage below.


Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Sony A5100 Touch Shutter with Autofocus in Action

Sony a5100 24 Megapixel Touch Screen LCD Camera


goodphoto.kr shows us the new Sony a5100 in action. The rear lcd touch screen is used to activate autofocus and trigger the shutter simultaneously. This can be useful when the camera is not held in the standard position and the shutter button is at an awkward position to depress. This is not possible with the sony a6000. The chart below is a quick comparison between the Sony a5100 and the a6000.

Watch the a5100 touch shutter in action in the video below from goodphoto.kr.

Monday, September 8, 2014

How To Import Files from the Sony A7 to the iPad Air

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Sony A7S Connected to the iPad Air via USB Camera Adapter


Noah Leon shows us how to connect the Sony A7s to the Ipad Air in order to transfer the images or movies for editing on the go.

  1. On the Sony A7, set the USB connection to MTP (Media Transfer Protocol) by going into the Menu, Toolbox, screen 4, 1st option.
  2. Connect the USB cable to the A7 (turned off) and the Apple Lightning to USB Adapter to the iPad Air.  Connect the cables together.
  3. Turn on the A7 and the Photos app on the iPad will open.  Click Import on the Photos app.
  4. Start selecting the images and videos and press Import again to begin the process.

In the video below, Noah continues to show how he edits video files on the go using the Pinacle Studio app on the iPad.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Film To Digital Konica S3 Rangefinder with Sony NEX-5 Sensor

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Frankencamera by Oliver Baker


Give Oliver Baker an NEX-5, a Konica S3 fixed lens rangefinder, and a 3D Printer and what do you get? The Frankencamera.

Oliver combined the mechanical features of the Konica S3 RF and the digital components of the NEX-5 to create a new camera. The back of the S3 was replaced with a 3D printed replica, via selective laser sintering. The new back holds the NEX-5 sensor and related electronics.

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Movcam Sony A7 Cage Review by News Shooter

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Movcam Cage for the Sony A7


News Shooter gets a hands on review of the Movcam cage for the Sony A7 family. Read more at NewsShooter.com.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Kingfishers by ijsvogel with Sony A7s with 500mm Lens

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Sony A7s ISO:500 Aperture:f/7.1 Shutter Speed:1/2000


ijsvogel took out his Sony A7s, LA-EA4 lens adapter, and the Sony 500mm f/4.0 SSM G lens to capture some kingfishers and we think he did very well. He states that the autofocus did very well with the LA-EA4 adapter on the A7s. All the shots were taken on a tripod.

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Sony A7s ISO:1250 Aperture:f/5.6 Shutter Speed:1/500


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Sony A7s ISO:800 Aperture:f/5.6 Shutter Speed:1/160



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Sony 500mm f/4.0 SSM G Lens



Thanks ijsvogel!


Monday, September 1, 2014

Zeiss Loxia 35mm and 50mm Lens Specs for Sony A7 Cameras

Here are the specs for the upcoming Loxia lenses by Carl Zeiss designed for the Sony A7 family and other E-mount cameras. The first two announced are the Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon and the 50mm f/2 Planar.  Both lenses share the same physical dimensions and filter ring thread.  They are manual focus lenses with electronic coupling to Sony E-mount cameras.

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Loxia 2/35 Biogon


Friday, August 29, 2014

Myth Busting with a Full Spectrum Sony A7R

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Sony A7R with Clear Filter and Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Crops


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Sony A7R with Stock Filter and Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Crops


Will replacing the standard Sony A7R's ifrared cut-off filter with a clear filter improve rangefinder lens performance? Compare the images above from genotypewritings to see what your conclusion is. Read more about the full spectrum Sony A7R at genotypewritings.