July 3, 2015
Posted in news

Atomos Shogun releases firmware 6.4: Adds 4K RAW to ProRes recording on the FS7 and FS700.



If you do own the FS7 or FS700 E-mount camcorders we have good news for you! Atomos released the new Shogun firmware update 6.4. Below you can find the full new features list.

Reminder: Just recently the Sony NEX-FS700 got a $1,000 price drop at BHphoto (Click here).

New Features:
– New custom metadata tags – Tags used appear in the keyword collections in FCPX. The FCPX XML version has been updated to 1.4 for latest support.
– Sony FS700 and FS7 Raw to ProRes and DNxHR* – please refer to instructions specific to your camera located in the AtomOS 6.4 Zip file.
– 3D LUT New Features:
Option in the input page to apply the Monitor LUT to the loop out for viewing on external monitor.
Option in the input page to record/burn-in the Monitor LUT to the recording.
Included RAW to REC709 LUT’s for record and monitor:
– Slog2 to Rec709 for FS700/FS7 – located in BUILT in 3D LUT tab (Yellow Monitor Icon>Folder Icon>Built-In Tab)
– Slog3 to Rec709 for FS7 – located in BUILT in 3D LUT tab (Yellow Monitor Icon>Folder Icon>Built-In Tab)
Half Screen LUT option to view RAW/Video-In and LUT at same time – Can never be recorded as a half LUT for safety.
– Programmable Time Lapse
Capture any number of consecutive frames at any interval.
Keyframe multiple intervals and use smooth transitions between them.
Scheduled start time up to 24 hours prior to
– Pre-Roll Recording Option – 8 seconds HD and 2 seconds 4k.
– Custom Playlist
Play all movies in recorded order
Select any combination movies to play
Play Tagged Favourite files in order for quick rushes edited play-out
Combine selected and favourite in any order and play together
– Option to clear all overlays from the screen – touch the centre of the monitor to cycle through 3 overlay modes.
– Anamorphic desqueeze modes
Panasonic 8:3 from GH4
2x, 1.5x, and 1.33x
– Pre-loaded LUT’s provided on unit in Built-In LUT Tab
C-Log to Rec709
V-Log to Rec709
FS Raw Slog2 to Rec709
FS Raw Slog3 to Rec709
– Genlock input enabled for synced playback/playout
– Increased low battery warnings

July 2, 2015
Posted in deals

Zeiss Batis will ship from July 17!



Both new Batis lenses will ship from July 17 according to BHphoto (Click here). And as I told you yesterday the 90mm FE lens is now in Stock at Amazon and BHphoto.

And there is a new test made by Brian Van Der Beek:

25mm Batis: “The lens is quick to focus, and while it may look a tad big on the A7II, it’s comfortable to hold and makes shooting a breeze. Bokeh (ahhh the “B” Word!) is actually not that shallow because of the wideness of the focal length, but you get some nice shallow depth of field when the subject is close to the camera. What can I say? I’m sold!

85mm Batis: “It compresses facial features nicely and gives a nice fall off to the background. The Batis 85mm f1.8 has all the hallmarks of a great portrait lens. I’ve always preferred the f1.8 versions of 85mm lenses as the 1.4 versions tend to be too shallow to be of much use. The 1.8/85 is fast to focus and easy to work with.

Preorder links:
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).

July 2, 2015
Posted in reviews

Dpreview tests the A7rII and RX100m4 Eye AF: “has far more accuracy than a DSLR!”.


Sony a7R II – Eye AF (AF-C)

Dpreview posted a full A7rII and RX100m4 Eye AF testing report. You can see the videos on Youtube:
Sony a7R II – Eye AF (AF-C) (video embedded on top of this post).
Sony a7R II – Continuous AF with Sigma 50mm F1.4 (Canon EF Mount)
Sony RX100 IV: Eye AF (AF-C)

Their conclusions are rather impressive:

1) A7rII with adapted 50mm Sigma EF lens: In fact, it’s this accurate phase-detect AF that allows the a7R II to focus the Sigma 50mm F1.4 lens with far more accuracy than a DSLR. We have to microadjust F1.4 primes all the time on DSLRs to get accurate focus out of them, and even then, peripheral AF points may continue to be off

2) A7rII with 24-70mm FE lens: The camera automatically finds the nearest eye, and continuously focuses on it, despite rather drastic and fast movement along the X, Y, and Z (distance) axes. No hunting, no jumping off to some other subject, just fast and effective AF on Richard’s eye.

3) Eye AF on the RX100m4: it’s really, really good, especially when you consider the RX100 IV has a contrast-detect only AF system.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

July 2, 2015
Posted in news

Competition news: Nikon launches two $10,000+ 600mm and 500mm lenses!



Sony recently confessed they need to address the lack of telephoto prime lenses for the FE system. Something Nikon users have not to worry about: Today Nikon announced the 500mm f/4.0 ($10,300 here at Amazon) and the 600mm f/4.0 ($12,300 here at Amazon). What massive lenses! Of course it makes little sense to use them on your A7 camera. If you really need such a long focal length than jump on the Sony 500mm f/4.0 which is $2700 more expensive than the Nikon version but at least gives you full autofocus.

Let’s see if Sony will ever make such huge lenses for the FE system….

July 2, 2015
Posted in news

This is the best Sony A7s unboxing video yet :)


Sony a7S Unboxing. . . f11 Style
from FiveSix Productions on Vimeo.

CamFan on SonyAlphaForum shared this A7s unboxing video. It shows how we “feel” when unboxing a new camera :)

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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