May 30, 2015
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New Sony A7s video and tests roundup!

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Sony A7s VS Panasonic GH4

Ryan:I shot this feature for /DRIVE run-and-gun style with the Sony A7S a couple months ago. The A7S was rigged with a SmallHD DP4, JuicedLink XLR, Westside AV Sony L battery adaptor and a Movcam cage. Filming took three very long days in direct Arizona sun. The full 27-minute piece was edited and graded in 2 days with Final Cut Pro X. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SwWoTYJp9A

Almos:his a super low light test I did with the sony A7s, testing out how well the autofocus works in very low light at f5.6 for video. I used the stock 28-70FE lens. Let me just say, it works unbelievably well (in addition to the A7S being an unbelievable low light camera, that we already know). I did this test when recording a BTS footage of a band recording in a pitch dark studio. I like it so much I cut it into a Birdman tribute, enjoy :) https://vimeo.com/122160970

Sean:I made this during the Sony/B&H/Philip Bloom event, and was hoping you might share it on your sight: https://vimeo.com/115041588

Danas:Maybe you would like to see and post a short video done with A7s – perfect travel partner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DXPiK6R2Mc

Florian:May I ask your attention a moment to introduce the first film project “WAITING” made in Lisbon. All clips are shot up with sony A7S. This project aims to provide an artistic vision of a city, a country, a place … The films of this project are available in several more or less short formats. Some were processed in time “capsules”, while others have been so longer and documented. https://vimeo.com/123554872

Jannik:I found it to be very easy compared to the conventional way of grading, because the Software seems to handle the footage better. And best of all, it’s free! Here’s the link to my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCmnuYXl7Gw

Peter:Not a rumour but just sharing my wedding video production shot with a pair of A7S. Quality from these cameras are just amazing! https://www.facebook.com/PETERTAN.Photography/videos/vb.115270480558/10153295662500559/?type=2&theater. Am waiting for A7sII now to buy more!

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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May 30, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Quick Look: Canon Super Telephoto 1200mm f/5.6L

Possible three new APS-C E-mount lenses to come in 2015…(SonyAlphaForum).
FE 35mm Distagon review at Focus Numerique.
Sony Fe 4/16-35 Review (SonyAlphaForum).
Keeping obstacles within your frame can be a good thing! (Sony Blog).
Canon 11-24 on A7r (Tomang).

Steve: I wanted to share this short film shot mostly with my Sony Nex7, Canon FD glass and a Novaflex adapter. A few scenes (the low-angle footsteps & inside the church) were shot on my iPhone 5s. Enjoy. https://vimeo.com/112755882

Maico: “I spent the last weeks reverse engineering the Sony PlayMemories Camera appstore and found out how to install custom apps on Sony NEX / Alpha cameras. I wanted to post my findings on http://www.personal-view.com/talks/discussion/12756/sony-alpha-hacks-talk/p1, but the site seems nearly dead and invitation-only. That’s why I send the link to you:
https://sony-pmca.appspot.com/

Give it a try if you want to. I hope it works.
The source is available here:
https://github.com/ma1co/Sony-PMCA-RE

There is still a lot of work to do, but it is a proof of concept which should allow us to start understanding PMCA apps and begin to develop our own.Feel free to ask me any questions.
Thanks!
Kind regards
ma1co

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May 29, 2015
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Zeiss posts new Batis lens image samples.

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Zeiss posted new image samples shot with the Batis lenses on Flickr (Click here). These have been shot by Michael Semaan, Fine Art Photographer, Laguna Beach, California. He writes:

“Working with the ZEISS Batis lenses has been a fascinating experience. The OLED display is truly unique and differentiated from anything else on the market, showing exact focus distance and depth of field in any light condition. The optical characteristics and rendering of the lenses, build quality, ergonomics, weather sealing, auto focus, and resulting images are superb. ZEISS Batis lenses are enabling a new era of professional photography.”

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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May 29, 2015
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Pentax will use the Sony FF sensor and High Resolution mode.

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Image of the Pentax FF prototype at CP+ (Source: DC.watch).

By end of 2015 Pentax will announce their first digital Full Frame DSLR (picture can be seen on top). Rumor has it that Pentax will use the current Sony 36MP sensor used by the Nikon DSLR and Sony A7r. The very important news is that it will feature a High Resolution shooting mode according to the reliable source Thistanaka. The same feature is already used by their brand new K-3II:

The K-3 II is the first camera in the PENTAX line to incorporate Pixel Shift Resolution® for capturing still life subjects with ultra-high resolving power. Pixel shift technology uses the camera’s in-body Shake Reduction mechanism to move the image sensor at single pixel increments, capture 4 separate images, which are subsequently combined into a single high definition image. Benefits include higher resolving power, reduced false color and improved overall image quality of non-moving subjects. 

If Pentax can use Sony sensor and their on sensor stabilization for high-resolution mode…than Sony should do this too! As Diglloyd reported such a feature on the A7rII could generate 144MP raw files of your…cat pictures :)

 

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