Thursday, April 24, 2014

Autofocus Speed with LA-EA4 and Sony A7

Here's a quick video showing the autofocus speed of the Sony A7 and the LA-EA4 lens adapter. The LA-EA4 allows the Sony Alpha / Minolta A mount lenses to be used on the Sony A7 with phase detect autofocus.

Sony A7, Sigma 50mm via LA-EA4 Adapter


Here is Mr. Ticknor giving his impressions on using the Sony A7 with a Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 lens via the LA-EA4 lens adapter.

Sony A7 with Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 Impressions by Ticknor Photography


Sony a6000 Autofocus vs Bird In Flight

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Osprey Incoming Caught by Jack Scholl and the Sony A6000


Jack Scholl took out the Sony A6000 for some bird-in-flight shots.

Here is what Jack S posted:
The following is a 9 shot burst (we had 12 but didn't want to violate the 10 shot rule) with the A6000/SEL18200.

The osprey is coming right at us and fast.

The first 9 shots are OOC with no PP other than crop. The last is a simple standard LR preset of the last shot. We have shot BIF with Canon, Nikon and now Sony . . . this is a very good AF system in our opinion.

Check out the whole 9 shot series from the A6000 at dpreview. This is pretty impressive for a mirrorless system.

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Sony 70-200mm FE AF Test on A7

Sony 70-200mm FE AF Test


SLR Club posted this video to show the autofocus speed of the Sony 70-200mm f/4 FE OSS on the Sony A7. The A7 has the autofocus advantage of having 117 phase detection autofocus points, which the A7r does not have. Both cameras have 25 contrast detection autofocus points.

Sony 70-200mm FE G Lens on the Sony A7 by Berlin Backstage




Friday, April 18, 2014

Sony A7r with Konica Hexanon 57mm f1.2

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Sony A7r with Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.2 shot by NEX-7 with a Leica 60mm Macro-Elmarit-R


Here are some of our test shots from the Sony A7r and the Konica Hexanon 57mm f/1.2 lens. The lens was mounted on the A7r using a Konica AR lens adapter. We wanted to test out the lens at f/1.2 the whole time and it was fitted with a 4X ND filter to battle the sun. The 1/8000 shutter speed and 50 ISO of the Sony A7r helped at times as well.

The Konica 57mm played very well with the A7r per our standards. All the shots were handheld as we rarely use a tripod. The focusing, at such a shallow depth of field from the large f/1.2 aperture of the lens, was manageable on the A7r. The weight of the lens would make us think twice of walking around with it but the results are hard to argue with. The details shown at f/1.2 is remarkable even at the outer edges of the shots.

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100% crop of the shot above shows great detail.


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Not a technically perfect shot.


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Red Pail Pops.


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100% crop of the shot above at the top edge has plenty of detail.


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We need to shoot this one again.


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Blue lamp.


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Gold detail.


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Zombie Barricade.


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100% crop at the extreme left edge.



It was our first time playing with RAW files from the Sony A7r. We used Raw Photo Process to process the 36 MB RAW files to 218 MB tiff files - our laptop was straining a bit. The files were then finished off in Aperture. We need to tweak our workflow since we are still using our NEX-7 processing.

P.S. The shot of the A7r and the Konica 57mm was taken by the NEX-7 using wireless flash with the F20AM as the controller and the F43AM as the slave. Experimenting with wireless flash was fun.



Thursday, April 17, 2014

3D Models of Sony NEX-7 and A7R

Sony NEX-7 3D Rendering by Humster 3D



Check out these 3D renderings of the Sony NEX-7 and the Sony A7R. The 3D rendering of the Sony digital cameras are made by Humster 3D. These are only the 3D files not actual models. The files would then be processed by a 3D printer to produce a solid model in many materials and colors. We have not bought any of these files so we can't attest to their quality.


Sony A7R 3D Rendering by Humster 3D




Check out Humster 3D for more information on the Sony NEX-7 or the A7R 3D model.


Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Sony A7r Compact Technical Camera Prototype

Sony A7 with a Fuji GX680 by chiek


Here is the Sony A7 that has technical movements such as rise, fall, and shift by mating it to the Fuji GX680, 6x8 cm medium format camera.

Here was chiek's concept.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Sony A7S at ISO 409600 Nightvision.

Sony A7S ISO 1600 to 409,600


Let's go eight stops by the campfire.

E Stands for Eighteen

Sony A7S Overview


Michael Bubolo of Sony North America solves the E-mount mystery. E stands for eighteen. Watch the rest of the footage to learn more about the Sony A7S.


Thursday, April 10, 2014

Sony A7S ISO 80000 Video

Sony A7S High ISO Testing


onelonedork aka dslr film noob was at the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) 2014 Show in Las Vegas and got to play with the newly announce Sony A7S. He boosts the ISO to 80,000 and was impressed with the grainless footage shown on the video screen. Compare the ISO 6400 footage below from the Canon 5d Mark III.

Canon 5d Mark III ISO 6400 Footage




Tuesday, April 8, 2014

fstopacademy takes the A7S flying

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Sony A7S in an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle
Photo by Den Lennie of fstopacademy





Check out fstopacademy's hands on review of the Sony A7s to see the A7s in various shooting conditions including flying in an unmanned aerial vehicle.

Monday, April 7, 2014

Sony A7S E-mount 4K Video Camera Specifications

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Here is the video-centric version of the Sony A7, the A7S. The S stands for sensitivity with the A7S being able to shoot at ISO 409600, 4 times more sensitive to light than the Sony A7. The A7S can also capture 4k video, via HDMI Output, 4 times the 1080p capability of the A7. The A7S can capture 12mp stills. A new Power Zoom E-mount lens is also in development with the A7S in mind. The A7S will cost the same as the A7 at $1700.

  • Wide ISO sensitivity setting[1] from 50 to 409600 and unprecedented dynamic range
  • World’s first full-frame sensor capable of full pixel read-out without pixel binning process for movie and 4K (QFHD: 3840 x 2160) HDMI video output
  • Professional video functions including XAVC S Full HD recording at 50Mbps, time code and optional XLR audio inputs
  • High ISO sensitivity range allows faster shutter speeds during low light shooting
  • α Mount System compatible with a wide range of high quality lenses, including power zoom lens ideal for movie shooting
  • Improved Fast Intelligent AF performance in light as low as EV-4
  • Ultra compact, light-weight body for comfortable pro-style operation



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Sony A7s (ILCE-7s) Specifications.

General
Lens mount

α E-mount
Image sensor
Type

35mm full frame (35.6 x 23.8mm), Exmor CMOS sensor
Number of pixels (effective)
Approx. 12.2 megapixels
Recording system (still images)
Recording format

JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver. 2.3, MPF baseline compliant), RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
RAW output

14 bit
Recording system (movies)
Recording format

XAVC S / AVCHD format Ver. 2.0 compliant / MP4
Video compression

XAVC S: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

AVCHD: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264

MP4: MPEG-4 AVC/H.264
Audio recording format

XAVC S: LPCM, 2ch

AVCHD: Dolby Digital (AC-3), 2ch, Dolby Digital Stereo Creator

MP4: MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
Image size (pixels)
1080 60i compatible device
XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (60p/50Mbps, 30p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (120p/50Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (60p/28Mbps/PS, 60i/24Mbps/FX, 60i/17Mbps/FH, 24p/24Mbps/FX, 24p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (30fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (30fps/3Mbps)
1080 50i compatible device
XAVC S: 1920 x 1080 (50p/50Mbps, 25p/50Mbps, 24p/50Mbps), 1280 x 720 (100p/50Mbps)
AVCHD: 1920 x 1080 (50p/28Mbps/PS, 50i/24Mbps/FX, 50i/17Mbps/FH, 25p/24Mbps/FX, 25p/17Mbps/FH)
MP4: 1440 x 1080 (25fps/12Mbps), 640 x 480 (25fps/3Mbps)
Movie functions

Audio Level Display, Audio Rec Level, Auto Slow Shutter, HDMI info. Display (On/Off selectable), Time Code/User Bit, Clean HDMI output for 4K, Picture Profile, Creative Style, Picture Effect, Rec Control, Dual Video Rec, Marker Setting
Picture Profile

Yes (Off / PP1-PP7) Parameters: Black level, Gamma (Movie, Still, Cine1-4, ITU709, ITU709 [800%], S-Log2), Black Gamma, Knee, Colour Mode, Colour Level, Colour Phase, Colour Depth, Detail, Copy, Reset
Clean HDMI output
Clean HDMI output
1080 60i compatible device
3840 × 2160(30p/24p) / 1920 × 1080(60p/24p) / 1920 × 1080(60i),YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/ RGB 8bit
1080 50i compatible device
3840 × 2160(25p) / 1920 × 1080(50p) / 1920 × 1080(50i),YCbCr 4:2:2 8bit/ RGB 8bit
Media
Media

Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick XC-HG Duo, SD memory card, SDHC memory card (UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card (UHS-I compliant)
Focus system
Type

Contrast-detection AF`
Focus point

25 points
Sensitivity range

EV -4 to EV 20 (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.0 lens attached)
Exposure control
Metering type

1200-zone evaluative metering
ISO sensitivity (Recommended Exposure Index)
Still images: ISO 100-102400, Movies: ISO 200-102400 equivalent (both expandable to 409600)
Viewfinder
Type

XGA OLED, 1.3cm (0.5 type) electronic viewfinder (colour)
Total no. of dots

2,359,296 dots
Field coverage

100%
Magnification

Approx. 0.71x (with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1)
LCD screen
Type

7.5cm (3.0 type) TFT drive
Total number of dots

921,600 dots
Adjustable angle

Up approx. 90 degrees, down approx. 45 degrees
Other features
` Camera Apps
Yes
Interface


Wireless LAN (built-in)

Wi-Fi Compatible, IEEE802.11b/g/n (2.4GHz band)*1
Playback of still images and movies on smartphones, PCs and TVs
NFC™

Yes (NFC Forum Type 3 Tag compatible, One-touch remote, One-touch sharing)
Multi Interface Shoe

Yes
HD output

HDMI micro connector (Type-D), BRAVIA Sync (link menu), PhotoTV HD, 4K still image playback
Shutter
Type

Electronically controlled, vertical-traverse, focal-plane type
Shutter speed

Still images: 1/8000 to 30 sec., Bulb
Movies: 1/8000 to 1/4 (1/3 step), Up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto Slow Shutter mode)
Electronic front curtain shutter
Yes, On/Off
Power
Battery

Rechargeable battery pack NP-FW50
Still images

Approx. 320 shots (viewfinder) / approx. 380 shots (LCD screen) (CIPA standard)
Movies

Actual*2: Approx. 55 min with viewfinder, approx. 60 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
Continuous*3: Approx. 90 min with viewfinder, approx. 90 min with LCD screen (CIPA standard)
External power

AC Adaptor AC-PW20 (optional)
Weight
With battery andMemory Stick PRO Duo
Approx. 489g (approx. 1 lb 1.2 oz)
Body only

Approx. 446g (approx. 15.7 oz)
Dimensions
W x H x D (excluding protrusions)
Approx. 126.9 x 94.4 x 48.2mm (approx. 5 x 3 3/4 x 1 15/16 in.)
Operating temperature
Range

32°-104°F / 0-40°C

Specifications and features are based on information available at the time of printing and are subject to change without notice.
*1 Configuration method/Access method: WPS or manually/infrastructure mode. When connecting to smartphones, the camera can always work as a base without a wireless access point. (Security: WEP/WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK)
*2 Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Power on, start recording, zoom, stand-by and power off.
*3 Indicated recording time is defined by repeating the following cycle: Pressing the MOVIE button. No other operations such as zoom are performed.

Footage taken with the Sony a7S


From the Sony Europe a7S Press Release.

From starry night-time skies to atmospheric, candle-lit interiors: there’s now a camera that opens up extraordinary creative possibilities for capturing flawless, emotionally engaging movie footage and professional-quality still images.

Joining the acclaimed α7 and α7R – the world’s smallest[2] full-frame interchangeable lens cameras – the α7S from Sony puts extraordinary sensitivity, low noise and spectacular 4K (QFHD: 3840×2160) image quality into the hands of serious photographers and videographers.

Equally suitable for still photography and cost-conscious movie production, the α7S delivers dramatic artistic possibilities in the smallest body of any full-frame interchangeable-lens digital camera in the world.

Key to the extraordinary sensitivity of the α7S is a specially developed new full-frame 35mm Exmor CMOS image sensor.

With a 12.2 effective megapixel count the size of each individual photoreceptive site is significantly boosted to increase their light-gathering power. Coupled with the camera’s powerful BIONZ X processing engine, this reduces image noise while increasing effective sensitivity range of the α7S to ISO 50 – ISO 409600 in expanded mode (ISO 200 – 409600 for movies).

This unrivalled sensitivity and ultra-low noise floor allows the α7S to capture beautiful images in low light conditions where a lengthy exposure would normally be needed. Thanks to the camera’s huge sensitivity, it’s possible to shoot crisp, low-noise stills and video using faster shutter speeds. Its immense dynamic range is also ideal for high-contrast scenes, effortlessly handling extreme highlights and rich, deep blacks in the same frame.

Because of the image sensor’s extraordinary sensitivity, the amount of light it can collect is dramatically increased compared with conventional cameras. The newly developed image sensor provides photographers/videographers with high dynamic range in all conditions from extremely low light to bright sunlight.

Using data read-out from every single pixel of the 35mm full-frame sensor (24p and 25p), 4K[3] images created by the α7S are impressively detailed, with outstandingly rich colours and life-like textures in every frame. Refined by the BIONZ X processor, the high-speed data stream allows the α7S to output video at 4K resolution from the HDMI connector with 4:2:2 colour sampling, for recording onto an external storage device or viewing on a compatible monitor[4].

Thanks to the full pixel read-out from the whole of the 35mm full-frame sensor, there’s a notable absence of undesirable aliasing (moiré) effects and ‘jaggies’ that betray lower-resolution video. Stunningly clear images can be recorded on a memory card in Full HD quality with XAVC S[5] recording format at the 50Mbps data rate that’s highly regarded by professional videographers.

In APS-C crop mode, the α7S supports high frame rate shooting at 120fps or 100fps with HD resolution (1280 x 720 pixels). The 120fps footage can be played back at 24p for a 5x slow-motion effect – ideal for seeing every detail of sports action or the balletic grace of a dancer.

There’s a wealth of other specialist functions to please professional videographers such as Picture Profile™ for wide ranging visual expression and S-Log2 gamma. Time code/user bit functions allow pro-style editing workflow, while an optional XLR Adaptor Microphone Kit[6] supports high-quality audio acquisition.

As already proven on the α7R, high-speed, high-precision Fast Intelligent AF has been further improved to fully exploit the new camera’s extraordinary low-light performance as low as EV-4. Other features familiar to α7 users include a high-contrast XGA OLED Tru-Finder, Wi-Fi/NFC connectivity and compatibility with the growing range of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps.

There’s a growing range of α lenses to take full advantage of the camera’s near-limitless creative potential. Currently under development, a brand-new full frame E-mount power zoom 28-135mm, F4 lens appeals to quality-conscious movie-makers. In addition, Sony is collaboratively working with third parties to support pro-quality 4K video workflow. A new XLR adaptor kit with a direct attachment mechanism is also under development.

The new α7S full-frame interchangeable lens digital camera from Sony will be available summer 2014.

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Click here for more information on the Sony A7S.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Sony 70-200mm FE E-mount Lens Review by DxOMark

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DxOMark tests the new Sony 70-200mm f/4 G FE lens on the A7r and finds that it performs well against the competition. This lens would also work great with the fast autofocus of the Sony A6000 with an equivalent field of view of 135-300mm on the aps-c sensor.

From the DxOMark review:
The Sony’s performance is very good and sharpness levels are very high, and even though it can’t quite match the best in class – the Nikkor 70-200mm f4 - at 200mm, it’s still unlikely to disappoint. Coming bundled with a tripod collar, the Sony even slightly undercuts the rival Nikkor model, making the FE 70-200mm f4G OSS look good value without compromising on quality or practical features.

Pre-Order the Sony 70-200mm FE G Lens



Sony 70-200mm FE G Lens on the Sony A7 by Berlin Backstage



Read the DxOMark review of the Sony 70-200mm FE G Lens here.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Sony A7r and NEX APS-C Lenses

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Carl Zeiss 32mm Touit Lens on Sony A7r


Here are a bevy of autofocus lenses made for the Sony NEX system mounted on the new Sony A7r. The red boxes show a 1:1 or square aspect ratio and a 16:9 aspect ratio. The lenses have rear baffles which were not removed. Most of the prime lenses can provide a square image with a little bit of vignetting. 16:9 images show heavy vignetting, maybe we can extract a 2.35:1 Cinemascope / Panavision image with the A7r's 36 megapixels to play with.

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Carl Zeiss 12mm Touit Lens on Sony A7r


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Sony 16mm Pancake with Ultra Wide Adapter on Sony A7r



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Sigma 19mm Lens on Sony A7r


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Sigma 30mm Lens on Sony A7r


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Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @55mm on Sony A7r


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Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @98mmLens on Sony A7r


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Sony 55-210mm OSS Lens @210mm Lens on Sony A7r