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Shoot Time Lapse Videos with the Sony a7r III

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Slow and Quick Video Mode Options for Timelapse


Shoot Timelapse Videos with Sony Alpha Cameras using Slow and Quick (S&Q) Motion Video Mode


Christopher Burress shows us how to take a time lapse video with his Sony a6500. He uses S&Q Mode which is found in the Video Settings. This is identical to the method we need to use on the new a7r iii. The cameras then combine all the files shot at one frame per second to a video shown at your set speed. The a7r ii required a PlayMemories app.



How to Shoot Time Lapse Videos with the Sony a7r III
Go to Video ModeSet camera to Manual Focus, set focus.Set S&Q Mode - Program, Shutter, Aperture, or Manual modes are possible.Here is information on what mode to use from learntimelapse.com.Set S&Q Frame Rate, one frame per second (FPS) is used in this example.Set the S&Q Record Setting. This sets the playback speed.Press the Record Button.The a7r iii processes the video in-camera.


Read more about S&Q settings of the a7r iii via…

a7r III EyeAF Comparison Metabones vs Sigma MC-11

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EyeAF Comparison Metabones vs Sigma MC-11 Canon to E-mount Autofocus Adapter


Here's a video by Luis Gabriel Photography showing the EyeAF difference between the Metabones Canon EF/EF-S Lens to Sony E Mount T Smart Adapter vs the Sigma Mount Converter MC-11. The camera used is the newest a7r iii camera controlling a Sigma 135mm f/1.8 Art lens. The video shows how viable it is using Canon EF lenses on the new a7r iii. This makes switching systems easier.





How to Open a7r III Raw Files with Lightroom

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As of now Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw does not officially support the new Sony a7r III raw files. Here is a workaround / hack to let us work with the new files before Adobe updates their software. We will need to change the exif information using exiftool, which can be downloaded here - https://www.sno.phy.queensu.ca/~phil/exiftool/

Here is the key information Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw looks for in the exif info.  View the exif on your a7r iii raw file and you will see this.


White Balance Fine Tune : 0
White Balance : Auto
Sony Model ID : ILCE-7RM3 
Multi Frame Noise Reduction : Off
Picture Effect : Off


We need to change that with exiftool to make Adobe think it's an a7r ii raw file.


Here's the exiftool command.
For single filesexiftool -sonymodelid="ILCE-7RM2" RAW FILEFor all the files in the directoryexiftool -sonymodelid="ILCE-7RM2" -ext ARW -r DIRECTORYAnd the exif will be revised…

Zeiss Batis and Loxia Deals for Black Friday

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It looks like Zeiss is in the Thanksgiving mood. Here are the lowest prices ever for their E-mount lenses, Batis (autofocus) and Loxia (manual focus) lines.


Save $300 off on the Batis 135mm f/2.8 Sonnar


Save $180 off on the Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar


Save $195 off on the Batis 25mm f/2.0 Distagon


Save $225 off on the Batis 18mm f/2.8 Distagon



Save $210 off on the Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar


Save $140 off on the Loxia 50mm f/2.0 Planar


Save $195 off on the Loxia 35mm f/2.0 Biogon


Save $225 off on the Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

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Buy a Google Home Mini and Earn $6

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Unfortunately we do not see any major deals for Sony's for Black Friday, so here's a consolation deal. Get a Google Home Mini for $29, use a $10 coupon, and receive $25 back - earning us $6.





Be a new Google Express user.Get a $10 coupon via this referral link https://express.google.com/invite/HK78GX24C. We also get a coupon.Buy Google Home Mini via Walmart for $29.Your total will be $19 + taxes.Setup Google Home when you receive it. Link your Walmart account with Google Home.The $25 Walmart code will be in your Google Express account.

The offer also works for the larger Google Home which would be $44 net via the method above.


Rokinon 35mm 1.4 vs Sony 35mm 1.4 Autofocus Test

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Rokinon 35mm 1.4 vs Zeiss 35mm 1.4 Autofocus Test by David Vogt


Here is a quick video comparison of the autofocus systems of lenses at different price points. The Rokinon AF 35mm FE does a great job against the Sony 35mm Distagon while costing much less.


Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


The major difference comes when the light goes down.





Here are the key specs of each lens.

CombatantsRokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FESony SEL35F14Z Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZAMaximum Aperturef/1.4f/1.4Minimum Aperturef/16f/16Number of
Aperture Blades99Filter ThreadØ67 mmØ72 mmDimensions (ØxL)Approx. 2.99 x 4.53 in
(75.9 x 115 mm)Approx. 3.09 x 4.41 in
(78.5 x 112.0 mm)Weight1.42 lb1.39 lbPrice$799$1598

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Thanks David Vogt for the informative video.


Download Sony a7rIII Manual Preliminary

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This is the manual for the new Sony a7r III / mark 3 46mp full frame camera with touch screen. We think this is a preliminary copy since it does not match the menu of the cameras we played with at Photo Plus Expo. We still think it's enough to feed those waiting for their a7r III pre-orders.

Download the a7r iii manual via Dropbox.

So what comes in the box if you bought a body only a7r III?

Accessories included with Sony a7r III


So here is the discrepancy in the manual, under Shoot / Drive Mode, Px. Shift Multi Shoot is missing. I hope the next revision will have better detail on Pixel Shift shooting.



Here is the Shoot Mode / Drive 1 menu on a pre-production Sony a7r III showing the Pixel Shift option.




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In case the Dropbox link dies, here is the Google link for the a7r III owner's manual.