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Sony A7 and A7r Hands On with DigitalRev

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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 Rear LCD Water Resistance

Sony A7 Kit

Save $50 on Sony NEX-3N

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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

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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/1.2Canon 45mm f/2.8 Tilt/ShiftLeica 50mm f/2.8 Elmar MLeica 50mm f/3.5 Elmar ScrewmountLeica 50mm f/2 Summicron MLeica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux MOlympus OM 28-48mm f/4Olympus OM 50mm f/1.4Olympus OM 50mm f/2 MacroPentax SMC-A 50mm f/1.4Minolta Rokkor 58mm f/1.2Minolta 40mm f/2 Rokkor-MSony 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!



Download Sony A7r Manual in PDF

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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.

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!


Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 in Cape May

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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 A7 Hybrid vs Contrast Detect Autofocus

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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