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December 3, 2017
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This is the kind of creative work you can realize with the RX0


The new Sony RX0 is in Stock at BHphoto and Amazon.

The RX0 is quite a mysterious gadget. It’s not a Photo or Video camera and not an Action Camera. But this video realized by filmmaker Dan Marker Moore shows you what you can do when using a rig with 12 RX0 cameras:

This is the behind the scenes video:


December 2, 2017
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The first Playmemories APP that Sony should bring back, and the potential of in-camera photo stacking

This is a guest post from “Y.”:

The first Playmemories APP that Sony should bring back, and the potential of in-camera photo stacking

Author: SonyAlphaComplain

Most of Sony’s Playmemories APPs won’t be missed by me too much because I can easily find a workaround. Sometimes the workarounds are even better. But there is one killer APP that I found irreplaceable: Smooth Reflection. For those who are not familiar with this APP, here is a short introduction.

What does it do?

Smooth Reflection uses a technique called photo stacking to emulate the effect of long exposure. Traditionally, we need a ND filter to do the job in daylight since it’s difficult to reach long exposure time:

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November 30, 2017
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Non-serious Sony A7rIII first impression review from myself

Disclaimer: We have plenty of technical reviews out there and I am not going to bother posting my own review. I will simply write my first “emotional” impressions of the camera and the lenses I received yesterday:

Sony A7rIII (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):
I confess my fear was that the new camera upgrades would not be interesting enough to make me “WOW” on this camera. But I was wrong:

First WOW:
The first time I had my eye on the new A7rIII EVF I had my first WOW moment. If you plan to keep the A7rII and not to upgrade to the a7rIII do yourself a favour: Never look inside the A7rIII EVF! It really feels much bigger and brighter than the A7rII.

Second WOW:
Focus speed. Oh damn…I really did not miss a single shot yesterday. It nailed it fast and accurately every single time. I did some Ice Skating shooting and it’s a really strange feeling to see an A7r camera acting like a professional sports camera.

Third WOW:
The battery life! Now, the idea of going back to using the A7rII makes me sick :) Richard Butler from Dpreview wrote this yesterday: “This eliminates the constant battery anxiety I’ve previously felt with many mirrorless cameras

Sony 24-105mm (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):
Disclaimer: I am a prime lens shooter. And never fell in love with any zoom.

The one WOW:
Having a 105mm instead of a 70mm makes all the difference. So unless you really need the f/2.8 aperture go for this 24-105mm lens instead of the 24-70mm GM. I never found the 70mm focal length to be really useful. Too far away from the 85mm standard and too close to the 50mm I use most of the time. But at 105mm you enter in a different “world”.

Sony 12-24mm (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):
First a confession. I am a wide-angle “virgin”. I mainly bought this lens because of the many good reviews and I wanted to see if it could suite my needs for landscape photography (I do a lot of hiking and climbing).

The first WOW:
Damn is this thing light

The second WOW:
Oh what a funny lens! I am running like a child to take one shot after another. And yes, this is a completely unprofessional and non-serious behavior. But this is the only zoom I ever fell in love with.

In summary, yes after 24 hours I can say the A7rIII is worth the upgrade and that’s the biggest surprise (and thanks to the Colby Brown tips and tricks guide for helping me figure out the perfect A7rIII settings. The 24-105mm lens is a nice lens but I will not keep it and wait for the 105 or 135mm FE prime lens. The 12-24mm is superb and I will keep it in my bag all the time!

Way more serious and useful new A7rIII tests and reviews:
NFL with the Sony a7RIII and a9 by Chad Wadsworth.
Sony a7RIII Review by Dan Watson

November 28, 2017
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Sony A7rIII tested at DxOmark: Gets on top of the ranking on par with the Nikon D850

DxOmark posted the full Sony A7rIII sensor test results. The camera matches the Nikon D850 score and leads the Full Frame camera ranking. DxO writes:

It’s clear that the Sony A7R III has a high-performing sensor that’s capable of capturing images with a broad range of color and tone, while keeping noise well under control.

However, comparing the A7R III sensor to the Nikon D850’s reveals the advantage that the Nikon camera’s lower minimum sensitivity (ISO) value brings. Photographers who predominantly shoot in bright light or capture motionless subjects with the camera on a tripod will record the most information, be it color, tone, or detail with the Nikon D850 set to ISO 32. However, if they require values above that, the Sony A7R III sensor produces marginally better images.

Sony’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization system is widely respected, and if it achieves the 5.5 EV shutter speed compensation in the A7R III that the company claims, it would enable the camera to capture images at ISO 100 instead of at ISO 3200 (provided the subject is stationary).

It’s impressive to see that Sony A7rIII matched the D850 despite two disadvantages: The Sony has no ISO 32 option and four less Megapixels. It would be nice if Sony could add lower ISO settings via firmware upgrade. But maybe I am asking the nearly impossible as it’s likely you need hardware to support this too?

Still to be honest we would rarely use ISO 32 in real life shooting. And from ISO 100 towards the A7rIII beats the Nikon on all charts:

Impressive!

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests.

November 27, 2017
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Digging into the A7rIII star eating issue: The new camera is actually eating fewer stars than the A7rII

Dpreview noticed that the new A7rIII is indeed “eating” fewer stars than the previous A7rII:

The Mark III does show an improvement: there are stars that aren’t there in the Mark II shot, and there’s generally more ‘pop’ to the stars. This is encouraging, but it’s also difficult to rule out how the spatial filtering algorithm interacts with shots that might be ever-so-slightly focused differently.

For more technical insights on this jump over to Jim Kasson‘s blog.

What Sony should do is easy: Add an option within the menu to disable spatial filtering when shooting stars. That said normal night sky shooters like me and 99% of the readers will not have any issue with Sony’s normal setting. This because only a limited amount of very small stars (1 pixel size on the sensor) will get cut by the filter.

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

November 26, 2017
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Review of the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master Lens by Dylan Giannakopoulos

This is a guest post from Dylan Giannakopoulos. Original article at dylangiannaphotography.com.au

Review of the Sony FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master Lens

Reviewed by Dylan Giannakopoulos – 16th November 2017

Yick Fat Building - ISO 100 | f/8 | 30s | 24mm

Yick Fat Building – ISO 100 | f/8 | 30s | 24mm

The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS Lens is by far my most frequently used lens and an overall favourite of mine, so when Sony announced the release of their FE 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master wide angle zoom lens, I was dying to get my hands on it for a comparison. For this review, I wanted to put less of a focus on pixel peeping and stress more about the aspects of the lens which I found to have a discernible impact on image quality and usability.

It was important for me to test the G Master in similar situations that I frequently use my Sony FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA in. On my recent trip to Beijing and Hong Kong, I left my 16-35mm f/4 ZA lens at home and took the 16-35mm f/2.8 G Master with me. I’ve done a lot of travelling with the f/4 ZA, so I knew this was going to be a perfect opportunity to see which lens I preferred.

November 25, 2017
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Is the new Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 FE lens as good as the Sony Zeiss? Here is the answer…

David Vogt and Hanna Saba both tried to answer this simple question in their video reviews:

Rokinon/Samyang 35mm f/1.4 at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. Amazon DE, Amazon UK.

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