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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

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…

Trainspotting with the 40mm M-Rokkor and Sony A7r

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Here are some test shots with the Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor for the Minolta CLE. This is the multicoated version of the Leica 40mm Summicron-C. We used the very compact 40mm M-Rokkor walking around a local train museum with the Sony A7r via a Leica M lens adapter. The shots up to the handcart are all done at maximum aperture of f/2. Manual focus was very easy with using the viewfinder magnification of the A7r even in the mid-day sun. The mid-day sun also guaranteed high shutter speeds at ISO 100 and f/2. All the shots are handheld.

















The shots below are at f/5.6 up to f/11. We need to test this lens more but the sweet spot is definitely at f/5.6.




The CSX 152 (GE AC4400CW diesel-electric locomotive) and the CSX 7305 (GE C40-8 [Dash 8]) was shot during the afternoon sun.







Sony A7r with a Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor via Leica M Adapter
The lens has been great on the Minolta CLE and NEX-7 and it performs well on the full-frame A7r. The lightweight and compact 40mm M-Rokkor with a fairl…

Prototype Sony 28-135mm Zoom Lens At NAB

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Sony 28-135mm f/4 G FE Cine Zoom Lens
Here is the prototype of the upcoming Sony 28-135mm f/4 G lens. It is designed for cinematography with a power zoom built into the lens. It is shown with the new 4K capable Sony A7s. See more information in the video below.


E Stands for Eighteen

Sony A7S Overview
Michael Bubolo of Sony North America solves the E-mount mystery. E stands for eighteen. Watch the rest of the footage to learn more about the Sony A7S.


Sony A7 and A7r Hands On with DigitalRev

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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 Rear LCD Water Resistance

Sony A7 Kit

Sony A7r vs 50mm Lenses by geesbert

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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/1.2Canon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt/ShiftLeica 50mm f/2.8 Elmar MLeica 50mm f/3.5 Elmar ScrewmountLeica 50mm f/2 Summicron MLeica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux MOlympus OM 28-48mm f/4Olympus OM 50mm f/1.4Olympus OM 50mm f/2 MacroPentax SMC-A 50mm f/1.4Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2Minolta 40mm f/2 Rokkor-MSony 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!



Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses

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Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses
Zeiss is starting the holidays early. They are providing a 20% discount on their excellent Touit lenses for the NEX system. They are also compatible with the Sony A7 and A7r via the APS-C mode. The Touit lenses are fully compatible, auto-aperture and autofocus, with the NEX and A7 cameras.

Click here to get your 20% discount on the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon and the 32mm f/1.8 Planar for your E-mount system.


Sony A7 and A7r Hands On at PhotoPlus Expo

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Sony A7r with a Voigtlander 12mm Lens and Viewfinder
It was a very crowded Sony booth at PhotoPlus. The great thing was the Sony representatives were very accommodating to anyone who wanted to play with the new Sony A7 and A7r. We had our bag of lenses and was able to mount them all on the A7 and A7r - check out the 12mm viewfinder on the A7r above. The lenses include the following:

Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Leica Thread Mount on a helicoid adapter.Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron LTM.Minolta 24mm f/2.8 Rokkor MD.Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon.Contax Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar with the Metabones Speedbooster and the standard C/Y adapter.Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit Distagon.The cameras were pre-production and the use of memory cards to record the images was prohibited. We wanted to see if I could see immediate problems on the rear tilting lcd but none were glaring.  The only noticeable issue was color shift with the Contax G 28mm Biogon.  We're hoping that this can be remedied with the production m…

Sony A7r Jpeg Samples from Gustav

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Jpeg from Sony A7r, 100% Crop
Gustav had a chance to play with the Sony A7r, 35mm Sonnar, and the LA-EA4 lens adapter. He posted some samples which are straight out of the camera's jpeg engine with +1 contrast and +1 sharpness via the camera menu.

From Gustav:
i have dicided to keep the camera , and not give it back to sony i`m not theoretical technical , but this camera feels superb ,build is very good , i like the sound of the shutter (its not softly)the menu is also easy , and almost the same as alpha-menu

Samples by Gustav on Dyxum using the Sony A7r and the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar lens, LA-EA4 lens adapter, and the new Sony 70-200mm SSM G lens.

Sony A7r with Contax G 28mm Biogon

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Some glamour shots of the new Sony A7r with a Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon lens from xitek.com forum contributors dabpes, robsiqi, and 四核八线程. The Carl Zeiss Contax G lenses are mounted using an E-mount lens adapter.








Pre-order your Sony Alpha A7r here.

Fotodiox Vizelex RhinoCam for NEX Cameras

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Sony NEX-5N with a Hasselblad 50mm Distagon via RhinoCam
Photo by PCMag"

The RhinoCam allows us to use NEX E-mount cameras with medium format lenses. The RhinoCam has lens adapters for Pentax 645, Mamiya 645, or Hasselblad V lenses. The NEX is mounted on a shift mount while the lens is fixed. The NEX is then shifted to cover the image circle projected by the medium format lens. Each image is then stitched by an imaging software.

Here's an in-depth video walk through of the RhinoCam.

Vizelex RhinoCam Quick Start Guide


Check out PCMag's review of the RhinoCam.

Click here for more information on the Vizelex RhinoCam at Fotodiox.com.

Sony NEX-7 Rear Button Focus

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Figure 1. Rear Button aka AF/MF Button Controls Autofocus.
Here's a way to autofocus using the rear AF/MF button instead of the shutter button. You can then separate focus from locking exposure with the shutter button half press. This will also prevent the lens from prefocusing when in AF or DMF mode.

Setting up the NEX-7 to use AF/MF Rear Button Focus.
Set the camera to Manual Focus, Figure 2.Set the AF/MF Control to HOLD, Figure 3.Set the AF/MF Button to AF/MF Control, Figure 1.Set the Function Button to Focus Settings, Figure 4. This will let us control the focus point via Flexible Spot. You can also use Center focus point then Recompose. The camera must be in MF or DMF mode, Figure 2., to use Focus Settings.


Figure 2. Set the camera to MANUAL FOCUS.



Figure 3. Set the AF/MF Control to HOLD.



Figure 4. Set Function Button to Focus Settings.

Here is the Sony NEX-7 Manual for download for more info.