Showing posts with label NEX-7. Show all posts
Showing posts with label NEX-7. Show all posts

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Olympus Infinity Point and Shoot vs Sony A7



Windham Graves shows us how to create a new lens for your Sony E-mount camera from a film point and shoot. He harvests the lens from an Olympus Infinity camera which has a relatively fast 35mm f/2.8 lens. A Russian m39
lens tube with a helicoid is used to Frankenstein the final lens for the e-mount.






Olympus Infinity 35mm f2.8 Adapted to Sony E-mount






Monday, October 17, 2016

Low Light with the Speed Booster and Contax 50mm Planar

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Songstress.



Here are some photos from a wedding we invited. All we were equipped with was our trusty Sony NEX-7, a Metabones Speed Booster, and the Contax 50mm Planar - a gem. The Speed booster gave us an effective 55mm lens at f/1.2, necessary for this low light event.


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Double trouble.



The NEX was set to shoot jpeg only in black and white with contrast and sharpness at negative two. This made the post-processing much easier than usual with cropping as the only requirement.


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Tequila ice bar.




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Holding court.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Red Hook Crit Brooklyn No. 9 with the NEX-7.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

We took the subway down to Red Hook - Brooklyn Cruise Terminal, which is definitely a place for bikes since the nearest station is a mile a way. We had a nice compact setup with the Sony NEX-7 and the Contax 50mm Planar via the Metabones Speed Booster. The Speed Booster effectively gave us an f/1.0 lens with a 55mm focal length.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

We have some static shots but it takes away from the sensation of speed that the women were achieving on the track. Above is the lead pack during the race. We only had 2 minutes between each lap until we saw them again.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

It's always fun to watch the Red Hook Crit even though it was cooler than usual. We did pretty well with a manual focus lens during a sporting event. I wonder what the Sony A6300 with its advanced autofocus tracking can manage.

sony nex-7 zeiss planar brooklyn red hook crit

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Sony E-Mount Lens Roadmap Photokina 2014 Update

sony e-mount lens roadmap photokina 2014 september

Upcoming Sony / Zeiss E-mount Lenses

Photokina 2014 introduced six new full-frame lenses for the Sony E-mount family.  The E-mount lens range now covers 16mm (converter) up to 240mm.  The image above shows four new prototype Sony / Zeiss E-mount lenses, 28mm with converters, 35mm, 90mm, and a 24-240mm zoom.

The new E-mount lens roadmap added 3 lens slots compared with the previous roadmap.  The roadmap shows that seven more lenses will be announced in 2015.  The only hole we see is a fast portrait lens at around 90mm.  We are hoping that this will be the next lens announced.



sony e-mount lens roadmap photokina 2014 september

Sony E-mount Lens Roadmap Photokina 2014 Update

Below are more details on the new lenses announce at Photokina 2014.  Included are photos of the prototypes found at Photokina and quick mock ups on a Sony A7 body.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Cambo Actus Sony E-Mount View Camera

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Cambo ACTUS - a compact view camera made for the Sony A7 cameras.


ACTUS is based on the X2 Pro View Camera System


The Cambo ACTUS is a view camera system with E-mount compatibility. This allows us to have tilt and shift movement using the Sony A7, a6000, or NEX cameras. Cambo has the X2 Pro which is made for DSLRs, the ACTUS is half the weight and around 40% less in size than the X2 Pro.

Pictures shown are not final.

sony a7 view camera cambo actus

ACTUS provides Front Tilt and Swing and Rear Shift


from Capture Integration:
Cambo is proud to announce the new compact ACTUS View Camera. The Actus is a new technology camera system designed for mirrorless cameras, such as the Sony Alpha 7 series. Cambo is working on the final product developments before the official announcement in the upcoming weeks. Read below for the specs that we have today.

The system is expected to ship in early July. Depending on the configuration, the core system will be available in the ballpark of 1,500€.

The core system will include the camera, bellows, bayonet, and the customers choice of Sony, Canon or Nikon mount. This design offers advantages over the X2 platform. According to Cambo’s product managers, the system offers easy rotation and simplified bayonet designs.

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Sony A7 and Cambo ACTUS showing Front Tilt


Cambo ACTUS E-mount Specs:

Dimensions:  5.9 x 3.9 x 6.7 inches (150 x 100 x 170 mm)
Weight: approximately 2.2 pounds (1.0 kg)

Movements:
  • Front Swing: 360 degrees
  • Front Tilt: 22 degrees ( 12 / 10 )
  • Rear shift vertical: 27 mm (12 / 15)
  • Rear shift horizontal: 40 mm (20 / 20)
  • Focus travel:  up to 125mm (Sony E-mount)

Lensplates:
  • Copal 0
  • m39 Leica thread
  • Hasselblad C bayonet
  • Mamiya RZ/RB bayonet
  • Mamiya 645 Pro bayonet
  • Leica R bayonet

Check out more information on the E-mount Cambo ACTUS at Capture Integration.


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Trainspotting with the 40mm M-Rokkor and Sony A7r

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Here are some test shots with the Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor for the Minolta CLE. This is the multicoated version of the Leica 40mm Summicron-C. We used the very compact 40mm M-Rokkor walking around a local train museum with the Sony A7r via a Leica M lens adapter. The shots up to the handcart are all done at maximum aperture of f/2. Manual focus was very easy with using the viewfinder magnification of the A7r even in the mid-day sun. The mid-day sun also guaranteed high shutter speeds at ISO 100 and f/2. All the shots are handheld.

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica


sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

The shots below are at f/5.6 up to f/11. We need to test this lens more but the sweet spot is definitely at f/5.6.

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

The CSX 152 (GE AC4400CW diesel-electric locomotive) and the CSX 7305 (GE C40-8 [Dash 8]) was shot during the afternoon sun.

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sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

sony a7r 40mm m-rokkor leica

Sony A7r with a Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor via Leica M Adapter


The lens has been great on the Minolta CLE and NEX-7 and it performs well on the full-frame A7r. The lightweight and compact 40mm M-Rokkor with a fairly fast f/2 aperture should always be considered for the A7 if you want to try Leica M lenses.




Friday, May 9, 2014

Konica Hexanon 57mm 1.2 on NEX-7

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We've seen what the Sony A7r can do with the Konica 57mm f/1.2, now it's the NEX-7's turn. We actually took these shots almost two years ago. The 57mm on the NEX-7's APS-C sensor produces an equivalent field of view of 86mm. The lens having such a large aperture at f/1.2 is perfect for isolating your subjects.

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The shots are most likely at f/2.0 instead of wide open. We had to stop down since it was producing better results that day. We love greens that are produced by the Sony sensor and the shots below show it well.

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sony nex-7 konica 57mm 1.2

sony nex-7 konica 57mm 1.2

sony nex-7 konica 57mm 1.2

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sony nex-7 konica 57mm 1.2

Can you tell a big difference between the 2 year old NEX-7 shots vs the recent A7r shots? Our biggest lesson is to process your files as soon as you can.

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.

sony a7r konica hexanon 57mm 1.2

sony a7r konica hexanon 57mm 1.2

100% crop of the shot above shows great detail.


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Not a technically perfect shot.


sony a7r konica hexanon 57mm 1.2

Red Pail Pops.


sony a7r konica hexanon 57mm 1.2

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


sony a7r konica hexanon 57mm 1.2

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.