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Camera Store TV Hand's On with Sony A7s

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Sony A7s with Zeiss 24-70mm FE ZA
Camera Store TV Hand's On with Sony A7s
Go to 3:05 to hear the Sony A7s shutter noise options, electronic first curtain shutter and fully electronic shutter.

Sony A7s Product Specifications from Sony


Software
Operating System Compatibility : Image Data Converter 4.0: Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium 4 or faster) Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster) PlayMemories Home: Microsoft Windows® Vista® SP2, Windows® 7 SP1, Windows® 8 (Pentium III 800 MHz or faster; for playing/editing HD movies: Intel Core Duo 1.66 GHz or faster/Intel Core 2 Duo 1.66 GHz or faster, Intel Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHz or faster (AVC HD (FX/FH)) Mac OS X (10.6-10.8) (Intel Core Solo/Core Duo/Core 2 Duo or faster)Supplied Software : PlayMemories Home, Image Data Converter Version 4Camera
Camera Type : Full-frame Mirrorless Interchangeable Lens CameraLens Compatibility : Sony E-mount Full Frame, operation with Minolta / Konica…

Sony E-mount Lens Roadmap Updated

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Updated Lens Roadmap for E-mount Cameras


Macro G Lens and High Speed Prime Zeiss Added to 2014 Release

We just noticed that the E-mount lens roadmap has been updated to provide detail to the two upcoming lenses. The roadmap suggests that we will see three more lenses before years end. One will be a Sony G Macro lens - our guess? 100mm f/2.8 macro, similar to the Sony 100mm macro.

The other lens will be a Zeiss high speed prime lens - our guess? 24mm f/1.4 maybe more of a wish. This lens could be based on the NEX's 24mm f/1.8 ZA Sonnar or the A-mount Zeiss 24mm f/2 Distagon.

NY Botanical Garden with the A7r and Minolta 35-70mm MD

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We took the Sony A7r with the Minolta 35-70mm MD Macro lens to the New York Botanical Garden's The Orchid Show. The 35-70mm MD Macro makes for a nice walkabout zoom lens for the full frame A7r. It can cover wide angle to medium telephoto shots. The majority of pictures poster here were taken using macro mode, providing 1:4 magnification. The aperture was set at f/5.6 - f/8. The Sony A7r was set to shutter priority mode at 1/200 and auto ISO. This was in order to minimize camera shake indoors, since this was all hand held.

We were pleased with the results and drawing style provided by the a7r and the Minolta 35-70mm. This would be a nice inexpensive travel lens.




























Sony A7s First Impressions by Luminous Landscapes

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Sony A7s with Zeiss 24-70mm FE ZA

Luminous Landscapes gives us their first impressions with the new low-light king, the Sony A7s. Read their A7s first impression here. They provide samples between the Sony A7s and the A7r to test the A7s' low light capability. Video capability is also discussed.

Here are some interesting quotes that we found.

Sony is producing more new and interesting cameras, in more categories, and with more new technology than the two market leaders combined. a 12MP file from the A7s can be printed at a size of 16 X 24" when upressed to 360ppi.There is something to the look of A7s files that reminds me of medium format, At ISO 51,200 the A7s is quite usable with some moderate noise reductionMy only complaint is that the interface team at Sony forgot to add this feature (Electronic Shutter) to the twelve position Function menu.Why not just keep Electronic Shutter as the default?

Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Sony A7r Samples

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Rolling.
Here are some shots of Brooklyn produced by the Sony A7r and the Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar. This is the 1st version of the 12mm lens in Leica M mount.  You can see the color shift but it's not intrusive for these snaps.  The Voigtlander 12mm is compact and looks great on the A7r.




Wilted.
School yard.
To Manhattan.
Couple.
Boardwalk.
Golden.

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.


Vizelex Rhinocam by Fotodiox

$400 Off Sony A6000 Camera and 50mm 55-210mm Lenses

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Final Checkout Screen for Promotional Code Entry


Here's how to save $100 off the Sony A6000 Camera, $100 off the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens, and $200 off the Sony 55-210mm OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens. This will cover 24mm to 315mm for around $1000. Try to a find an APS-C DSLR that can match this deal.

Add the Sony A6000 to your Amazon shopping cart. Make sure it is sold by Amazon.Add the Sony 50mm f/1.8 OSS Lens to your cart.  Make sure it is sold by Amazon.Add the Sony 55-210mm OSS Telephoto Zoom Lens to your cart.  Make sure it is sold by Amazon.Go to check out, enter address, select shipping method, enter payment method, etc.At the Final Checkout screen, you should see the A6000, SEL50F18, and SEL55210 lens as shown below.At the Final Checkout screen, use Promotional Code NGWGUS3ZKG.  $100 off for the A6000, $100 off for the SEL50F18 Lens, and $200 off for the SEL55210 Tele-Zoom Lens will be shown.  See image above.Click place your order.Now you have 24mm to 315mm for around $1000.



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 li…

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.

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 ca…