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October 24, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

5 Camera Settings Everyone Should Know

Gold Box on the Samyang-Wallimex 12mm f/2.0 E-mount lens at Amazon Germany.
The Irrational Reasons to Buy an $800 35mm f/2.8 Lens (Fstoppers)
2 months in Cold Wilderness with A7R (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony fs7 to get 2k center crop, interval recording and noise suppression in cine ei mode (Newsshooter).
Best settings A7RII – first attempt (SonyAlphaForum)
Who are the Professional Photographers who Switched to the Sony A7 Series? (Ilovehatephoto).
RX10 II review on spanish magazine FOTO DNG.

Vit:This is the part 3 of the Sony a7rII review. The first two test were mainly about the camera quality and lowlight performance. And this part 3 is just random video in Melbourne City. I shot the video in Super 35mm mode 4K XAVC-S format with S-Log 2 picture profile, used EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM lens with Metabones T SpeedBooster Ultra. And graded in FilmConvert Pro 2.1.

Jonas:I bought an a7Rii last week and i tried the 100fps 720p xavc-s recording for some random garden trampoline shots on slog2.
I’ve never done any color grading before so bear with me for lack of post production skills.
Just wanted to share one of the best and happiest experiences of my everyday life and display for everyone how nice footage you can collect with your sony camera.
Lens is the batis 25/2 lens ;)

October 22, 2015
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Techart firmware update improves the autofocus performance on Contax G lenses!

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Techart again updated the firmware for their Contax G to E-mount autofocus adapter (available here on eBay). With the new adapter autofocus speed has been again improved! You can download the firmware on Google Play (Click here) or iTunes (Click here). Techart Contax page:

Chad Wadsworth already tested the new version and writes:

As of revision 2.1.0, released in October, 2015, the performance is rock solid with AF speed on both my lenses (45/2 and 90/2.8) that rivals a native lens – yes you read that correctly. I’ve noticed some minor hunting in low contrast / low light subjects but nothing major and native FE lenses frequently do the same. AF accuracy is spot on and the MF implementation now works as it used to, meaning that you can engage MF at any time by adjusting the small focus dial on the adapter. This is a major achievement by TecArt and finally makes these lenses viable options that I would feel confident shooting even for paid work.

And there are two videos posted on SonyAlphaCameras do show how good and how noisy(!) the adapter works on the Sony A7rII.

These are the Contax Full Frame lenses you can use on the A7-A7r-A7s and APS-C E-mount camera with full autofocus and electronic aperture control:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

October 22, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

The timelapse is complete. 8000+ frames, 100GB of images, over 10 hours of shooting and 2 hours of render. The mountain and the milky way (SonyAlphaForum)

Selling Nikon gear and making the switch (SonyAlphaForum).
Canon 5DS R & 20mm f/2.8 USM versus Sony A7R II & LEICA 21mm f/3.4 (Ken Rockwell).
ILCE-7RII: A-Mount with LA-EA3 or LA-EA4 ? (
3 jours en Pyrénées centrales avec le Sony a7ii (Herpetofocus).

Wade:Hi here is a video i’ve shot entirely on the Sony RX100IV at 240fps while making my a syphon coffee.

Nyrn:Here’s a 4K time-lapse video I made of Cambridge, UK. I used Sony’s angle shift app for some of the scenes, those are obviously not in 4k.. but the rest is. I hope Sony will soon update it’s time-lapse apps with 4K capability. Olympus already has this. I hope you’ll enjoy the video!

Robert:Sony Rx10ii on a Pilotfly H1+ filmed at ISO 10,000!

October 21, 2015
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Sony interview at Optyczne: New A-mount and APS-C E-mount products are being developed

The Polish site (google translation here) interviewed Masaaki Oshima and Yann Salmon-Legagneur from Sony.

Here are a couple of interesting info:

1) Astro-tracer function (known from the Pentax K-3 II):
Sony says they are currently investigating how to apply it in future products.

2) Touchscreen:
Once Sony has reached a high level of quality of the touchscreen technology they will implement it on high end cameras too (The A5100 is already touchscreen).

3) RX with APS-C sensor:
There is yet no plan to make a RX camera with ASP-C sensor.

4) A6000 successor:
Sony said they are continuing to develop APS-C cameras. They cant of course comment about a possible release date of the A6xxx.

5) A-mount:
Just like APS-C E-mount also A-mount is being developed.

October 20, 2015
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Leica launches the Sony A7 competitor. Claims to have world’s fastest AF!

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The new Leica SL surely is expensive (preorders and specs at BHphoto) but it’s also surprisingly capable! Leica claims that the SL is the world’s fastest autofocusing camera. It records 4K video, plus it has a massive 4.4MP EVF and 11 fps. If it wouldn’t be for the very high price the camera would certainly be a strong Sony competitor!

All news about that camera can be read at now!

Leica SL camera and lens specs at BH/Adorama:
Leica SL camera at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Leica SL 24-90mm at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

UPDATE: What we failed to see about Leica by Jorge Torralba.

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