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January 8, 2018
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Big Weather Sealing Test shows the A7rIII has flaws :(

Imaging Resource tested the weather sealing of multiple cameras including the new Sony A7rIII:

Given that the A7R III has a significant number of environmental seals (see the screen capture to the right, taken from the Sony website), we were surprised that it had as hard a time with our test as it did – particularly given that all of the other cameras passed it easily.

While the A7rIII sealing seems to be improved over the predecessor it’s disappointing to see water going inside the battery compartment. This is really something that should disqualify the camera as “weather sealed”.

I would say the A7rIII is sealed if you keep it for a short time under light rain. I would not risk to keep the camera in much harsher conditions for a long time.

January 7, 2018
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Laowa 15mm FE review by ePhotozine and interview with the lens designer at Phillip Reeve

ePhotozine tested the Laowa 15mm FE lens:

A solid manual focus lens, perhaps without the refinement in operation of the top marques, the Laowa 15mm f/2 brings to the table close focusing, quality of results and a unique f/2 aperture. There is huge potential in all of that, plus a price tag that, whilst not insubstantial, bears up well when compared to other available lenses. And that sharpness is exceptional, so Highly Recommended.

And over at Phillip Reeve you can read the interview with the Lens designer. It’s always nice to hear the voice of the man behind the lens.

In the meantime I am trying to use my new Laowa 15mm FE as much as I can. I like the have zero distortion feature because it allows me to frame the image perfectly and to see the results straight in camera without having to correct distortion on my laptop. This is one of my latest shots:

January 2, 2018
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A7rIII now in Stock via Amazon itself. And tested with the $5,700 Canon 200mm f/2.0 lens beast.

The Sony A7rIII is finally in Stock via Amazon itself (Click here). it is also in Stock at Focuscamera with additional free SF-G 64GB card.

And Manny Oritz tested the $5,700 Canon 200mm f/2.0 performance on the new A7rIII:

Sony A7RIII eye autofocus with Canon L series lenses – Does it work? Check out here:

January 1, 2018
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Tethered with the Sony a7RII, Microsoft Surface, & Profoto B1 lights

This is a nice story told by Evan. It has a sad end (as he didn’t get published) but there is a lesson in this for all of us. Keep up doing your great job Evan!

December 31, 2017
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Best tools for the post process of digital photos – an overview by Per Kylberg

This is a guest post from Per Kylberg

Best tools for the post process of digital photos – an overview
Per Kylberg

Heavily debated and a frustration to many – here is a walk-through of the best alternatives. My background is graphic design, gradually evolving into an IT position afor “virtual systems”. From 1982 I have been evaluting, using, developing systems in theese areas.
The starting point is always the output, end product, usage of result. In my case the ambition is a large, beautiful pring that can hang on the wall for years and still be interesting! Systems should also support a process and/or enable a better process.
Photo creation can be separated into two sub processes: image capture and post processing/digital darkroom. “Capture” will take you through about 60% of the total process. Post processing is 40% of the final result. (In terms of creative effort). My post processing experience stems from 1966 – my first wet darkroom. Digital systems will never be as magicly creative as the darkroom experience, but takes a lot less time to learn and to execute.

Read the rest of this entry →

December 29, 2017
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Matt Granger names the Sony A7rIII camera of the year. And Engadget too

Matt Granger can surely not be suspected to be a Sony fanboy. He is a long time Nikon shooter and tried years ago to switch over to Sony but did regret this step because of multiple reasons (poor Sony service was the main reason). Well times are changing and after testing the A7rIII in Perù he concluded that this is the camera of the year.

I know Matt is heavily invested in Nikon and the A7rIII is still not enough to force him to switch. But let’s hope future Sony improvements will make him go back to Sony again :)

And Engadget also says the A7rIII is the best camera you can get:

More A7rIII tests:
Shooting sport with the Sony A7R III (CameraJabber).
SONY A7RIII REVIEW – The Best Mirrorless So Far (Kinotika).
Sony a7R III – The Best Camera on the Market in 2017 – Period (Part I of II) by Ronmartblog.

Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.

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

December 26, 2017
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Ken Rockwell says the Sony 24-105mm G “is the world’s best midrange zoom”

the fully extended 24-105mm lens (image via SLRclub)

Ken Rockwell writes:

This Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS is the world’s best midrange zoom. It offers spectacular optical performance as well as first-rate mechanical construction at half the price of similar lenses, and it’s smaller, lighter and has better ergonomics than the more expensive lenses. It is a superb lens at a reasonable price, a weather-resistant baby version of the huge 24-70mm f/2.8 GM.
This is a professional lens at a consumer price!

Amateur Photographer writes:

For existing users who shoot with the FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA it’s an upgrade well worth considering, especially if you often find yourself coming up against the limits of the zoom range. It’s not as affordable or petite, but its extra telephoto range is oh-so-useful, while the addition of an AF hold button along with focus and IS mode switches are great for usability. Overall it’s just a really versatile lens that gives consistently excellent results.

Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

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