Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Sony A7 and A7r Hands On with DigitalRev

sony a7r weather sealing water resistant

Sony A7r Weather Sealing Test with 28-70mm FE Kit Lens

Kai Wong of DigitalRev Plays with the Sony A7 Cameras

The new Sony A7 and A7r cameras are featured on Digital Rev with Kai Wong. The A7's 28-70mm FE Kit lens was used on the A7r and produced "stellar" shots. The A7 and A7r's focus systems were compared. The water resitance was also tested using the A7r and the 28-70mm kit lens. A Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux-M ASPH was used to show how adaptable the E-mount is. The focus peaking display was nicely featured. In conclusion, Kai was impressed with both cameras, "Sony has created a product of desire."

Sony A7r Focus Peaking with Leica Noctilux

sony a7r weather sealing water resistant

Sony A7r Rear LCD Water Resistance

sony a7 kit 28-70mm lens

Sony A7 Kit

Save $50 on Sony NEX-3N

sony nex-3n black friday deal

Sony NEX-3N at Amazon

Amazon is currently selling the black or white Sony NEX-3N for $50 less than the Sony Store. The NEX-3N's manufacturer's suggested price is $499 but is currently available for $399. We are very tempted in picking one up as a backup to the Sony NEX-7.

Sony A7r vs 50mm Lenses by geesbert

sony a7r 50mm lens test

The 50mm Lens Candidates

geesbert puts the new Sony A7r up against a multitude of 50mm lenses. The list of thirteen (13) 50mm lenses used on the Sony A7r is as follows:
  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.2
  • Canon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt/Shift
  • Leica 50mm f/2.8 Elmar M
  • Leica 50mm f/3.5 Elmar Screwmount
  • Leica 50mm f/2 Summicron M
  • Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux M
  • Olympus OM 28-48mm f/4
  • Olympus OM 50mm f/1.4
  • Olympus OM 50mm f/2 Macro
  • Pentax SMC-A 50mm f/1.4
  • Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2
  • Minolta 40mm f/2 Rokkor-M
  • Sony 50mm f/1.8 E-mount

geesbert has a great setup which shows the lens being tested. He took shots from wide open up to f/5.6 aperture.

Sony Alpha 7r vs 50mm Lenses

Thanks geesbert!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Download Sony A7r Manual in PDF

Here is the owner's / instruction manual and quick user guide for the Sony Alpha 7 (A7) family of cameras. The A7 and A7r share the same manual so read it twice to see what applies to your new baby. Below shows what will come with your Sony A7.

download sony a7r manual

What's in the Sony A7 / A7r / A7K Box?

Download the Sony A7r quick user guide via dropbox here.

Download the Sony A7r instruction manual in PDF via dropbox here.

Pre-order your Sony A7 here.

Thanks Sony Australia!

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 in Cape May

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

We thoroughly enjoyed the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon on a recent trip. We spent a few days in Cape May, NJ with the Touit 12mm glued onto the NEX-7.

We are still learning this ultra wide angle lens, at 18mm efov on the NEX, most everything will be in frame. We are somewhat addicted to the NEX-7's level feature which helps minimize converging vertical lines with such a wide lens. We also depended on the NEX-7's autofocus mode while using focus-recompose to frame. Here are a few shots from the trip. They are all RAW converted shots.

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sony A7 Hybrid vs Contrast Detect Autofocus

Sony A7 Hybrid Autofocus

It may not be obvious to us but the hybrid autofocus, phase + contrast detection, of the Sony A7 is faster than the contrast detect only focus. The A7r does not have hybrid autofocus, more from this previous post.

Sony A7 Contrast Detect Only Autofocus

Sony A7 with a Zeiss Vario-Tessar 24-70mm OSS Autofocus Lens