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Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 Lens Announced

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FE 12-24mm @12mm/F11 ISO:100 SS:1/30 s.

SEL1224G

Here is the perfect travel lens for those narrow ancient streets, vast landscapes, beautiful interiors, and anywhere close quarter shooting is required. The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens is an ultra-wide zoom lens that weighs over a little a pound - half the weight of the Sigma and Canon equivalents.

The official word from Sony:

New FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

A uniquely designed ultra wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing in at approximately 20 oz. Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens, it offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.

The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED gl…

Sony Alpha a9 Eye AF Test

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Eye AF (autofocus) Test with the Sony a9
Let's see how the new Sony a9 handles Eye AF.



Here is good video on the use of Eye AF.

Eye AF Basics from Adorama


Must Have Sony Alpha a9 Accessories.

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Sony Alpha a9 (ILCE-9) Body Only

The Sony Alpha a9 (ilce-9) is sold body only. Here is what's listed as what will come in the box with the a9:

Power cordRechargeable Battery NP-FZ100Battery Charger BC-QZ1Cable ProtectorAC AdapterShoulder strap Body capShoe capEyepiece cupMicro USB cableInstruction Manual










Here are some items that every kit should have.

Two UHS-II memory cards to take advantage of the a9's dual slots. 1 hr of 4K video will take up 46 gb of storage.

64gb UHS-II SDXC Memmory CardAn extra battery. The NPZFZ100 is conservatively rated at 650 shots per charge. Or you can also get the NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Rapid Charger which comes with 2 batteries.

NPFZ100 Z-series Rechargeable Battery PackA screen protector.

PCKLG1 Screen ProtectorA flash that you can build a system on. The godox tt350s can handle HSS of the Sony system. It can also be a wireless flash trigger when you add the larger V860II-S lithium ion-powered flash.

Godox TT350S TTL High Speed Sync FlashA lens to…

What is Sony A9 Blackout-free shooting?

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Sony A9 at 20 fps Blackout-free Shooting
From Sony:

Blackout-free shooting
Thanks to the non-mechanical electronic shutter system, you can observe the reality of what you’re shooting through the electronic viewfinder even during continuous shooting, without blackout interruption that typically occurs among optical viewfinders due to up-and-down mirror motion. Enhanced speed of the image sensor eliminates distracting EVF display lag in continuous shooting, so that you can compose images with natural comfort, like seeing scenes with your own eyes.

Differences Between Sony A9 and A7 II

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New Sony A9 ILCE-9 Camera
This is the new flagship camera from Sony dubbed the A9, model designation ILCE-9.  It boasts 20 fps shooting with 693 focus points and a blackout-free 3.69 mp electronic viewfinder.  The camera is capable of shooting 4K (2160p) movies.  The A9 has dual memory card slots and a new battery.
Let's see how it compares to the previous 24 mp A7 II camera.

CombatantsSony Alpha 9 (ILCE-9)Sony Alpha 7 II (ILCE-7M2)Number of effective pixels24.2 MP24.3 MPISO Sensitiviy50-204800 (3 stops better)50-25600Movie SizeXAVC S 4K:3840 x 2160(30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160(24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160(30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160(24p, 60M), XAVC S HD:1920 x 1080(120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080(120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080(60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080(30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080(24p, 50M), AVCHD:1920 x 1080(60p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080(60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(60i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080(24p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(24p, 17M, FH), AVC MP4:1920 x 1080(60p, 28M), 1920 x 1080(30p, 16M), 1280 x 720(30p, 6M)AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 /…

Use Medium Format Lenses with Sony A7 Cameras

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Sony A7 ii with a Mamiya 645 80mm f/1.9 lens via Kipon Baveyes Focal Reducer.


Here is a review of the Kipon Baveyes medium format lens focal reducer adapter for Sony A7 cameras.  This adapter has a lens element that concentrates the medium format image circle down to the size of a 24x36mm sensor of the Sony A7 cameras with a 0.7x factor.  The 80mm lens above has an equivalent focal length of 56mm.  The concentrated light also gives us one stop of extra light.  The f/1.9 is an equivalent f/1.36, a very fast medium format lens. This a manual focus lens adapter.


Kipon Baveyes Medium Format Lens Focal Reducer Review by @mattiasburling

Read the complete review at gunpowdervideo.com.

Thanks @mattiasburling !

Check out Kipon for all available medium format focal lens reducer adapters.


Let's go a step further by adding the TECHART LM-EA7 Autofocus Lens Adapter with the Kipon Baveyes we can have a medium format lens autofocus system.

from Mathieu Gasquet







Getting the Shot Sony A7r II vs 5d Mark III

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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.

Which do you prefer?


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.


Emirates Team New Zealand with the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.
America's Cup AC45 Catamarans Anchored in Jersey City.
Lower Manhattan behind the America's Cup Catamarans.
Brooklyn behind Land Rover BAR Team Great Britain and Artemis Racing Team Sweden Catamarans.
Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Team Emirates Flying Hull.
Team Groupama Flying Hull.
Oracla Team USA Double Flying Hull.
Manhattan and America's Cup.
The photos show here were taken with the NEX-7 with the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD…

Zeiss 16-35mm Lens Review by Mobile01

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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.


Faces with Sony A6000 by Craig Martin

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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.

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

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.



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.

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

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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.

Sony A7r with Zeiss 24-70mm FE OSS Lens
See more of Vern Ds photos below.

Download Sony a5100 Help Guide Manual

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Sony a5100 Identifying Parts

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.

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.