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April 17, 2014
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A7r IR photography. Guest post by Alfred Corrodi.

This is a guest post from Alfred Corrodi. To write articles for this site contact me (Andrea) at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

A7r IR photography by Alfred Corrodi

I admit, I am a camera hedonist (sounds better than gear head, I guess). My personal “mission”, besides admiration for craftsmanship and technology, is that I constantly look for the tool which lets me shoot the situation at hand the way I interpret it, there and then.
This is a purely personal, subjective interaction between me and the gear. When using my Leica M’s, for instance, I approach a situation differently from when I use my Medium Format gear (yes, I am a bit “older” so naturally I progressed through MF and still use it much of the time). I am all digital now, 35mm format and MF, have been for the last 10 years. The creative freedom that digital originally brought is now, in my humble opinion, greatly enhanced by the Sony A7.
I am not doing a gear review here. Everything written about the gear I use, at least the stuff written by sensible people, about Leica M and S, Hasselblad H, Nikon D’s and Sony A7 and its near and far siblings, is correct. Nothing to add.

The point I am making here is, that I like creative freedom, and that the first truly high quality (IQ) solution of its kind in the respective segment of “versatility”, the Sony A7(R), has just added to it. That is what I try to express here.

I first bought a couple of A7 and R’s as an all-inclusive “backup” solution experiment, for my Leica M’s (M9 and mostly 240’s) and all the lenses I collected over about 30 years (including Leica R lenses).
But then after a while, loving my Leica Monochrom but craving for an EVF for instance, I took the plunge and had one A7R body converted to infrared only for a try and step towards a better BW solution (*). The infrared conversion is relatively easy to do, that is why we started with it. It is a >830nm IR conversion, so pure IR. Next will be a pure black and white conversion, which usually destroys a couple of sensors to get it right (aka it is a bit expensive …).

Why do it? What about that creative freedom? See for yourselves. Anybody reading this ever shot infrared film? I did. What a pain.
Doing such things with the Sony’s is relatively cheap (mind you, I shoot Leica M and S and Hasselblad H5 … ), gives you phenomenal IQ, comes in a small package to add to my bag, and the purpose of it all, gives me great fun in what Ming Thein may call pushing the shooting envelope, at least in one direction. In short, it adds to creative freedom easily and affordably.

The conversion was done by Dan Llewelyn of LDPnet (www.maxmax.com). Great guy, great job, he does such things a lot and knows his trade. I use the beta version of AccuRaw https://sites.google.com/site/accuraw/ to develop those files (thanks Sandy and sorry for some stupid questions along the way). It lets you fully control the raw process and bypass de-bayering for instance.

As a final remark, after having used the stock A7’s with some native lenses I sold all my Nikon gear (D800E, D4) or retired it to my shelf for display with all the pro gear back to the 60’s F’s. No use anymore for a DSLR between MF and A7’s, and I don’t shoot sports.
And yes, despite the fact that: The A’s menus stink, the shutter vibration on the R is bad enough, battery life is embarassing, firmware upgrade a scary process, raw compression inexcusable, auto ISO lacking and dumb, … but no gear review here …

Sign of the times for DSLRs, perhaps?

Alfred

PS: you need a good live view for IR shooting as IR light focuses on a different plane from visible light and lenses behave a bit differently in the spectrum, too.
For truly remarkable cover of the topic, consult Lloyd Chambers http://diglloyd.com/index-dip.html

(*) and a standard A7 body to no anti aliasing filter “hot rod”, which is pointless btw, as the filter is very weak to begin with

Some more image samples from Alfred Corrodi (Click on it to enlarge).

Specs and Store Links in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Store Links in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT
Sony G 28-70mm lens at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

April 16, 2014
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New A6000 review roundup!


Sony A6000 Review in Iceland! By Jimmy Fok

While everyone is talking about the Sony A7s lately you don’t have to forget that another quite revolutionary camera is now shipping: The Sony A6000 with the worlds fastest af of any system camera yet! At least, that’s what Sony claims are :)

So let’s see the latest reviews:
On top you can watch the video of the A6000 tested in freezing Iceland.
Techradar posted the full camera review and writes: “Sony has come within touching distance of creating the perfect compact system camera, but it’s not quite there yet. Fantastic image quality, a small and sleek system, customisable buttons are all great to have, but there are a couple of niggles keeping it from true greatness.
Gordon Laing added some ISO video tests on his Vimeo site (Click here).
Sony A6000 Image Quality Analysis—our take on how this hot camera stands up to the competition (Imaging Resource).
The video below shows you how much Tony Northrup loves the new A6000 :)


Sony a6000 Hands-on Review: An $800 mirrorless camera with the world’s fastest AF by Tony Northrup.

Sony A6000 store link list with US and Europe links:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
Silver A6000 at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore, Sony Canada, WexUK.
Silver A6000 with lens at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

 

April 15, 2014
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The “unscientific” A7s test roundup…


NAB 2014 Sony A7S ‘NORMAL PAN SPEED” Rolling Shutter Test

Here are a couple of non scientific tests made with the A7s. The video on top has been taken by Andrew Wonder and shows you the A7s Jello effect. As all video makers know this is an effect that every CMOS camera has and the A/s will make no exception. It’s also obvious that no one will ever shoot a video with the A7s shaking the camera like that :)

The A7s crazy ISO capability is pushing a couple of sites/people to post some unscientific ISO test. Photographybay posted the ISO comparison image you see here on top but admits for himself:

I missed focus on a couple of the shots and this is a terrible lighting scenario, but the A7S shows a lot of promise for low light and high ISO work. This is also probably a preproduction camera, so the results should not be taken as what the final production model is capable of delivering.

OneLoneDork posted a short completely ISO impression test on Youtube.

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

April 13, 2014
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First image samples of the new Samyang 12mm lens on the Sony NEX-5n

Darkshape (Click here) posted the very first image samples taken with the new Samyang 12mm lens on the Sony NEX-5n. This are his findings about the new lens:

“The lens has a remarkable resolution. It is sharp at f/2.0, at f/8 it is razor sharp. It is sharper than my Tokina 12-24 I have been which is a pretty damn sharp lens. Like the Tokina (or even more than the Tokina) it has considerable colour aberration around the edges – however I didn’t have any trouble correcting it with a few clicks in the ACR.”

Here are newly announced Samyang lens specs and preorder option links at BHphoto:
8mm f/2.8 UMC Fish-Eye as Sony E mount (Click here).
10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS lens as Sony E mount (Click here) and as Sony A mount (Click here).
12mm f/2.0 NCS CS lens as Sony E mount (Click here).
8mm T3.1 Cine UMC Fish-Eye II lens as Sony E mount (Click here).
24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC lens as Sony E-mount (Click here).
35mm f/1.4 AS UMC lens as Sony E-mount (Click here)

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