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June 25, 2017
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This week SAR readers photos selection


Ilya Artemiev on SonyAlphaForum
Have tried Leica Summarit 50/1.5 (1952) on my a7rII, and fell in love (with this lens).
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June 24, 2017
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New Camera Dials Design idea (by Edd)

This is a Guest Post from Edd (bokehpano.com/design). All images and text used with permission.

DESIGN – CAMERA DIALS

Here’s a design I made to show my ideal camera dials. Inspired by retro 70/80’s designs I added some digital features as buttons and dials. Like some other modern designs (Nikon Df & Fuji cameras etc.) I wanted an ISO dial. However I soon realised that I hardly ever changed the ISO, what I needed was a way to see and control ‘auto ISO’. These are the design philosophies that evolved from there:

  • Main camera dials can be seen and changed at a glance (even when the camera is off).

  • Switching a dial between auto and manual will always remember the manual setting (manual setting can be seen in auto mode).

  • Limits for Shutter speed and ISO can be also be seen disabled & manipulated (even when the camera is off).

  • In ‘Auto’ mode the dials sit with the surface of the camera to make it look and behave more like a basic camera.

Mode A – AUTOMATIC MODE

With the top-plate dials flush with the surface (down) the camera is in Automatic (point-n-shoot)mode . ‘Smart Auto’ functions can be enabled by moving the switches behind them and then their limitations can be moulded to the photographers shooting style. This is how the ‘Smart Auto’ functionality works:

  • The Shutter Speed dial (right) has a minimum value indicated on its outer ring*. When the Shutter Speed drops to this limit it will lock and the ISO value will increase instead. ISO warning light turn on.

  • The ISO dial (left) has a maximum value indicated on its outer ring. When the ISO value raises to this limit it will lock and the shutter speed will reduce further than it’s limit. Shutter Speed & ISO warning lights turn on.

* The Shutter Speed limit can be set to a specific value, or it can be set to the FOV of the lens (50mm = 1/50th second). This value can also be compensated from -2 to +2 stops using the values printed outside the ring.

 

Other notes concerning cameras functionality:

  1. The aperture ring (the physical dial on the lens) can be set to a specific value or Auto, which is independent from the ‘Auto’ functions on the camera’s top plate. (Sorry I forgot to add an ‘A’ on the aperture ring)

  2. Each dial is enabled (Manual mode) or disabled (Automatic mode) by pressing it down, it would then spring up if it was down, or click and lock down it is was up

  3. The min/max values (outer dials for each) can be moved at any time

  4. The lens is a 50mm f/1.0, it manages to stay relatively small due to a curved sensor design, which adapts the curve shape for each lens / focal length.

Mode B – MANUAL MODE

With the dials protruding (in the up position) they are in manual mode . enabled when the dials are protruding from the camera’s top plate. The idea was to have all of these features as physical dials and everything would be able to be seen at a glance. 

Coloured Version

Here are the same images as above but with some colours applied and without arrows and text. 

FEEDBACK WELCOME

If you have any feedback about this design please drop me a message in the contact section (top left). I hope to do another (different) design one day and to make the 3D model’s materials in substance Designer and thus hopefully it will look more realistic than this viewport screengrab.

Original article at https://www.bokehpano.com/design

June 24, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony a6500 Complete Review (with a6300 vs a6500)

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 + MC-11 + Sony A6300 (TechnologyMafia)
Zacuto Scissor Lens Support for FUJINON MK Zooms (Cinema5D).
Sony E 50mm f1.8 vs Sigma 60mm f2.8 Art (Mirrorlesscomparison).
Family Photo: When Photography Runs In The Blood (ALC).
9 of the Best Gifts for Photographer Moms (Explora).

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors!

We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7sIII page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

June 23, 2017
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Mr. Kenta Honjo no longer works for Sony

SAR reader Federico sent me this:

Mr. Kenta Honjo, famous marketing guy from Sony Electronics in San Diego, CA. has just moved away from Sony to take a new position as Product Marketing Manager at RED, the revolutionary cine/video camera company, also in California.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kentahonjo

Kenta has been notorious for his role in many YouTube and Sony’s own social media channel videos, always explaining with great detail new products. He also was instrumental in Sony’s marketing of the new RX and especially the Alpha line of cameras in the USA, which was actually critical for Sony to have a true global success with their mirrorless models, especially since so many consumers, fans, photographers, bloggers/vloggers and Pros hold the US market as a reference for the industry, online retailing, pricing, product evaluations and for influencers as well.

Having worked at Sony myself, I have to say I’m rather surprised by his move, by I suspect his career outlook wasn’t in symmetrical proportion to his outstanding efforts and more than multiple responsibilities in P.R., social media, event planning, marketing & business analysis (historically a very demanding job within Sony to the point of requiring dedicated people due to the sheer amount of data collected monthly), especially considering the rate of business growth and pace of model announcements.

Anyhow, I thought I’d mention it since the guy’s so recognizable from all of his participation in product launches, events and social media.
He’s a great and hard working guy, so I know he’ll do great at RED, and it’ll be a loss for Sony.

Cheers!

My thoughts on this: I liked Kenta and I will surely miss him.

June 23, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…


Rokinon Samyang Xeen Cine Lenses, NAB 2017

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony Returns with the 2nd-Gen DPT-RP1 Digital Paper System (Explora).
Best Sony Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras (ALC).
$135 Cage for Sony a7R II & a7S II – SMALLRIG Initial Review by Jason Vong
Best Backpacking Cameras 2017 at Imaging Resource.
A6500 tested at Photoreview.
Sony Patent Infringement Claim Results in Investigation of FujiFilm Imports (TheStreet).
10 Things Photographers Can Do To Honor Earth Day (ALC).
Buying Guide to Projectors (Explora).

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors!

We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7sIII page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

June 22, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony 100mm F2.8/T5.6 STF GM OSS – Features

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony A7RII and SLR MAGIC Cine Primes test video by Philip Bloom.
The Sigma 135mm 1.8 art on the Sony A7RII- AMAZING LENS but I’m returning it! (Manny Ortiz).
A99II review by Digitaltrends.
Convergent Design Element Switchers Recorders Line, NAB 2017 (Personal View).
Six Ways to Grow Your Skills and Your Business (ALC).
How to Geo-tag Your Photos (Explora).

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors!

We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7sIII page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

Hans:The new Metabones EF to Nex adapter has a fine feature: you can use your Sony extenders 1.4x and 2x with Canon lenses. Here in this Flickr album https://flic.kr/s/aHsm1aKged are some samples with the EF 500mm f4 Mark II and Sony extenders. I used the Zeiss 135mm f2 ZE with both extenders also. The bussards are croped, distance was around 150 meters. Others are full frame. You have some vignetting, but who cares?

June 20, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony UMC-S3CA: NAB 2017 Video from Brian Hallett on Vimeo.

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony 10-18mm F4 V Sony 16-70mm F4 Bloggers Lens (Robert Pugh).
Capture One versus ON1 at SonyAlphaForum.
Fotodiox Variable ND and CPL adapters (Personal View).
Double Exposure Portraits of Fencers and Their Masks (ALC).
Lighting Options for Your Macro Photography (Explora).

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors!

We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7sIII page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

Ari:Did a quick tutorial on how to install FW V 4.0, on MacOS. Thanks either way, love the blog keep it up!
Link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tdBW_JWQUA0

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