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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.


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.


Tequila ice bar.


Holding court.

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

Sony Travel Kit of Bob Krist

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What's In Your Bag - Bob Krist
Here is what Bob Krist carries with him on travel assignments. This kit allows Mr. Krist to shoot high resolution images and capture 4K video in a minimal package.

Sony A7r II used in APS-C mode. This affords the use of smaller APS-C lenses.Sony 10-18mm f/4 Wide Angle Zoom LensZeiss 16-70mm f/4 Zoom LensSony 35mm f/1.8 LensSony RX10 II - I wonder if he's switched to the RX10 III with even more range, a 28-600mmm lens.Sony
Action Cam on a selfie stick.Hot-shoe mounted Sony ECMXYST1M Stereo MicrophoneSony ECMW1M Wireless MicrophoneSony NP-FW50 Batteries for the A7r II and RX 10 II.Sony NP-BX1 Batteries for the RX100Sony
RX-100 IV (Not Shown) used to record the video below.Video by Bob Krist





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.



Getting the Shot Sony A7r II vs 5d Mark III

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Bokeh Battle 85mm Zeiss Otus vs Sony G Master
The video above from DigitalRev TV shows the advantage of electronic viewfinders found on Sony cameras. The evf betters optical viewfinders by providing a more accurate way to manual focus lenses. The Sony A7r II provides a magnified view for focusing. It also has focus peaking which highlights portions of the image that are in the focus zone. So getting the shot with the Otus is a much easier task with an EVF.

Another advantage shown is that Zeiss only provides autofocus lenses for Sony - the Batis line. The A7r II had no problems locking focus with the 85mm G Master. Canon and Nikon shooters can only use the Otus and Milvus line, which Sony shooters have access to as well.

Which do you prefer?


Louis Vuitton America’s Cup New York

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One World Trade Center with America's Cup AC45 Catamarans.

America's Cup racing returned to New York City after a 96 year absence. The Cup is currently in the hands of the USA, Team Oracle. There are six teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series which include Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA, and SoftBank Team Japan.


Emirates Team New Zealand with the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.
America's Cup AC45 Catamarans Anchored in Jersey City.
Lower Manhattan behind the America's Cup Catamarans.
Brooklyn behind Land Rover BAR Team Great Britain and Artemis Racing Team Sweden Catamarans.
Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Team Emirates Flying Hull.
Team Groupama Flying Hull.
Oracla Team USA Double Flying Hull.
Manhattan and America's Cup.
The photos show here were taken with the NEX-7 with the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD…

Sony A7R High Speed Sync and Wireless TTL via Godox X system.

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Godox HSS Flash Setup on the Sony A7r II by Greg T.
Here is another option for High Speed Sync (HSS) and Through The Lens (TTL) metering for the Sony Alpha camera system. The video shows HSS using the new Godox 2.4G Wireless X system for Sony cameras with the Multi-Interface hotshoe. The following Godox components are shown in the video.
X1S TTL Wireless Flash TriggerThinklite TT685S (Sony) TTL FlashThinklite TT600S (Sony) FlashWITSTRO AD360 bare tube flashXTR-16 Wireless 2.4G Remote Control Flash Receiver. Seen on the right side of the AD360.


X1S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger on the A7RII
TT685S TTL Flash for Sony M-I hotshoe.
TT600 Flash
Wistro AD360 Bare Tube Flash
XTR-16 USB Wireless Flash Receiver
Learn more from the Godox TT685S website.



We are still making do with a Sony F43 and F20 unit as used in the above shot.


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

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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.



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.









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.