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Leica Thambar-M 90 on Sony A7 Cameras

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Leica Thambar-M 90mm on Sony A7 by Kazuhiro ITOH
Leica reintroduced their Thambar 90 f/2.2 lens this week. The look it produces is very distinctive, dreamlike image. Posted here is a gallery of Leica Thambar 90 images taken with the Sony A7 cameras via lens adapter. The 1935 designed Leica Thambar-M 90 can also be used in autofocus mode using the Techart Pro LM-EA7 adapter with the newest generation of Sony A7 cameras.

From Leica: The new Thambar has almost entirely adopted the design of the original lens – featuring the same proportions, black paint finish and red and white aperture scales as its 1930s predecessor. The red scale applies when the center spot filter is in place, which diminishes the effective aperture of the lens – for example, from 2.2 to 2.3 when wide open. When working without the center spot filter, the white aperture scale is used. In order to retain its vintage appeal, the Thambar’s exterior has only been subtly adapted to reflect the pared-down character of c…

Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 E-mount Review by Kai

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SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Review by Kai Wong


Here is Kai's review of the SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for Sony E-mount, a bokeh beast as Kai calls it. The lens covers your aps-c sensor found on the Sony a6500. Below you can see the image it creates on a full frame sensor. The aperture is clickless which is good for videography. We would keep it at f/1.1 so the lack of clicks wouldn't bother us. The price of the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 is very appealing for such a fast lens. Buy an ND filter and keep it at f/1.1.



From the manufacturer, Sainsonic:
Large Aperture - Designed with high quality multi-coated optical glass. Exquisite body features amazing maximum aperture of F1.1, which creates fascinating background blur effect and sharper image quality. No worry about the low-light & night scene, just shoot and enjoy the safe and fast shutter speed.

Premium Optical Design - 11 circular aperture blade, 5 groups 5 elements lens stricture with high quality multi-coated optica…

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 Lens Announced

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FE 12-24mm @12mm/F11 ISO:100 SS:1/30 s.

SEL1224G

Here is the perfect travel lens for those narrow ancient streets, vast landscapes, beautiful interiors, and anywhere close quarter shooting is required. The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens is an ultra-wide zoom lens that weighs over a little a pound - half the weight of the Sigma and Canon equivalents.

The official word from Sony:

New FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

A uniquely designed ultra wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing in at approximately 20 oz. Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens, it offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.

The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED gl…

Sony Alpha a9 Eye AF Test

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Eye AF (autofocus) Test with the Sony a9
Let's see how the new Sony a9 handles Eye AF.



Here is good video on the use of Eye AF.

Eye AF Basics from Adorama


Must Have Sony Alpha a9 Accessories.

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Sony Alpha a9 (ILCE-9) Body Only

The Sony Alpha a9 (ilce-9) is sold body only. Here is what's listed as what will come in the box with the a9:

Power cordRechargeable Battery NP-FZ100Battery Charger BC-QZ1Cable ProtectorAC AdapterShoulder strap Body capShoe capEyepiece cupMicro USB cableInstruction Manual










Here are some items that every kit should have.

Two UHS-II memory cards to take advantage of the a9's dual slots. 1 hr of 4K video will take up 46 gb of storage.

64gb UHS-II SDXC Memmory CardAn extra battery. The NPZFZ100 is conservatively rated at 650 shots per charge. Or you can also get the NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Rapid Charger which comes with 2 batteries.

NPFZ100 Z-series Rechargeable Battery PackA screen protector.

PCKLG1 Screen ProtectorA flash that you can build a system on. The godox tt350s can handle HSS of the Sony system. It can also be a wireless flash trigger when you add the larger V860II-S lithium ion-powered flash.

Godox TT350S TTL High Speed Sync FlashA lens to…

Milky Way Timelapse with the a7s II

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Dark Skies at Assateague Island National Seashore by Aryeh N.
Camera: Sony A7s II

Lens: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 lens



Sony Alpha a9 Q&A with Cameta Camera

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Sony Alpha a9 Question and Answer Session with Cameta Camera
Let's learn more about the new Sony a9 and the sony system.

Highlights:

The Sony E-mount has more introduced more lenses in three years than all manufacturers combined.The Sony a9 is more weather sealed than the a7r ii and a7s ii.
Sony a9



No water droplets.

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I was trying to get some nice spherical water droplets but to no avail.

Viewfinder Blackout Sony A9 vs Canon 1Dx vs Nikon D5

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Let's see how the Sony A9's blackout-free viewfinder at 20 frames per sec. (fps) fares against the Nikon D5 at 12 fps and the Canon 1Dx II at 14 fps.



Nikon D5 at 12 fpsCanon EOS-1D X Mark II at 14 fpsSony Alpha a9 at 20 fps

And the videos.
Nikon D5 at 12 fps
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at 14 fps
Sony Alpha a9 at 20 fps


What is Sony A9 Blackout-free shooting?

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Sony A9 at 20 fps Blackout-free Shooting
From Sony:

Blackout-free shooting
Thanks to the non-mechanical electronic shutter system, you can observe the reality of what you’re shooting through the electronic viewfinder even during continuous shooting, without blackout interruption that typically occurs among optical viewfinders due to up-and-down mirror motion. Enhanced speed of the image sensor eliminates distracting EVF display lag in continuous shooting, so that you can compose images with natural comfort, like seeing scenes with your own eyes.

Differences Between Sony A9 and A7 II

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New Sony A9 ILCE-9 Camera
This is the new flagship camera from Sony dubbed the A9, model designation ILCE-9.  It boasts 20 fps shooting with 693 focus points and a blackout-free 3.69 mp electronic viewfinder.  The camera is capable of shooting 4K (2160p) movies.  The A9 has dual memory card slots and a new battery.
Let's see how it compares to the previous 24 mp A7 II camera.

CombatantsSony Alpha 9 (ILCE-9)Sony Alpha 7 II (ILCE-7M2)Number of effective pixels24.2 MP24.3 MPISO Sensitiviy50-204800 (3 stops better)50-25600Movie SizeXAVC S 4K:3840 x 2160(30p, 100M), 3840 x 2160(24p, 100M), 3840 x 2160(30p, 60M), 3840 x 2160(24p, 60M), XAVC S HD:1920 x 1080(120p, 100M), 1920 x 1080(120p, 60M), 1920 x 1080(60p, 50M), 1920 x 1080(30p, 50M), 1920 x 1080(24p, 50M), AVCHD:1920 x 1080(60p, 28M, PS), 1920 x 1080(60i, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(60i, 17M, FH), 1920 x 1080(24p, 24M, FX), 1920 x 1080(24p, 17M, FH), AVC MP4:1920 x 1080(60p, 28M), 1920 x 1080(30p, 16M), 1280 x 720(30p, 6M)AVCHD 2.0 / MP4 /…

Use Medium Format Lenses with Sony A7 Cameras

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Sony A7 ii with a Mamiya 645 80mm f/1.9 lens via Kipon Baveyes Focal Reducer.


Here is a review of the Kipon Baveyes medium format lens focal reducer adapter for Sony A7 cameras.  This adapter has a lens element that concentrates the medium format image circle down to the size of a 24x36mm sensor of the Sony A7 cameras with a 0.7x factor.  The 80mm lens above has an equivalent focal length of 56mm.  The concentrated light also gives us one stop of extra light.  The f/1.9 is an equivalent f/1.36, a very fast medium format lens. This a manual focus lens adapter.


Kipon Baveyes Medium Format Lens Focal Reducer Review by @mattiasburling

Read the complete review at gunpowdervideo.com.

Thanks @mattiasburling !

Check out Kipon for all available medium format focal lens reducer adapters.


Let's go a step further by adding the TECHART LM-EA7 Autofocus Lens Adapter with the Kipon Baveyes we can have a medium format lens autofocus system.

from Mathieu Gasquet







Focus Stack Test with the Leica 60mm Elmarit-R

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8 Images Blended Together.
Here is the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel in full bloom. We wanted to try out focus stacking with the Leica 60mm Macro Elmarit-R. The aperture was set at f/5.6 which we assumed was optimal. The image above at 45˚ was a stack of 8 shots aligned and blended together with Photoshop.

The Anther Cap of the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 
The image above is a crop of the 90˚ stack which was a 5 shot stack.



Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 
Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 
Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 



Save $1000 on the a7r II with Trade-In Bonus

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Sony a7r II with $200 Gift Card



Here's our chance to save $1000+ on the Sony a7r II. Here's the math.

Sony a7r II = $3198Instant Rebate = -$300Gift Card = -$200Trade in Bonus = -$480Trade in Value = -$?.??Grand Total = $2,218 - TIV
The a7r II's MSRP is $3,198. A trade in of an old interchangeable lens would surely get us to the $1000 savings mark. The trade-in bonus ends on April 1st but the $200 gift card from Adorama will probably go extinct first.





Receive $480 bonus from Sony if you buy the a7r II above and you trade in a camera or a lens.


I would probably add the 16-35mm f/4 lens which comes with a $100 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $202.50 bonus - a $400 savings off MSRP. The lens will come in at $945 before your trade in value.










And the 55mm f/1.8 lens which comes with a $50 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $150 bonus - a $300 savings off MSRP. The 55mm Zeiss will cost $698 before your trade in value.









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