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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.









Disclaimer: We are a participant in the Ador…

Olympus Infinity Point and Shoot vs Sony A7

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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




Have RX1 will Travel.

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We have always been intrigued with the diminutive Sony RX1. In our minds it's the perfect travel camera, well except for our propensity for the 50mm focal length. Here's a video in 4K resolution conjured up by Mr. Rozenman about his west coast trip with his wife. The video is composed of 16,500 pictures taken with the RX1 handheld.


Yet Another USA Travel Video by Ofer Rozenman
For those looking to go on the wide side, here's a Sony RX1R with the 0.75X Ultra Wide Converter which gives an effective FOV of 26mm.

Sony RX1R with SEL075UWC Ultra Wide Converter

How To Install OpenMemories AppStore

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OpenMemories App Shown on Camera's Application Tab
DHI Enterprises shows us how to install a third party application for Sony Cameras which support the PlayMemories Camera Apps. The third party OpenMemories AppStore can now be installed using the same method shown.

WARNING
from the OpenMemories AppStore developer:
Is it safe?

This is an experiment in a very early stage. All information has been found through reverse engineering. Even though everything worked fine for our developers, it could cause harm to your hardware. If you break your camera, you get to keep both pieces. We won't take any responsibility.

However, this seems to be safer than tampering with your camera firmware directly. We're just interacting with the isolated Android subsystem. Apps you install this way can be uninstalled in the applications manager. In the worst case, a factory reset of the camera clears all data on the Android partitions.


How To Install OpenMemories AppStore on your Sony Camera
Set Camer…

How Small is the Hasselblad X1D?

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Hasselblad X1D Compact Mirrorless Medium Format Camera vs Sony A6300
How small is the new Hasselblad X1D? Here it is next to the Sony a6300 with the Sony 50mm f/1.8 lens (75mm EFOV). The X1D has the XCD 45mm f/3.5 lens attached (35mm EFOV). The X1D sensor is 33 x 44 mm compared to the 15.6 x 23.5 mm sensor on the a6300's - 4X the sensor area.


Hasselblad X1D with XCD 45mm f/3.5 Lens vs Sony A6300 with 50mm f/1.8
(Hasselblad 500 in the back)
The new Hasselblad X1D is a mirrorless medium format camera. It uses the Sony 50 mp sensor from the Hasselblad H6D-50c shoehorned into a compact body with an electronic viewfinder. It is 2.5X less expensive than the H6D-50c - the X1D body will retail at $9000.


Hasselblad X1D Interview from Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions
Hasselblad X1D with XCD 45mm f/3.5 Lens vs Sony A6300 with 50mm f/1.8


Las Vegas in Infrared via RX100.

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That depth is terrific from the RX100 M4.
Las Vegas In Infrared by Philip Bloom

Check out philipbloom.net for details on how this was achieved with the Sony RX100.