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  1. Hopefully, when released these will be easier to get then the 400mm f/2.8 GM. Not likely to be announced during the 2019 NABShow although, SONY is making an announcement today at 2:oo pm PST From Alpha Rumors https://www.sonyalpharumors.com/new-sony-patent-discloses-500-f-4-and-600-f-4-e-mount-lens-design/
  2. Hello there! My first post here is a long one, so I've made headlines hoping this will make it more clear and easier to navigate quickly. Background information: I like both photography and videography and I'm looking for a hybrid camera which does both really well and also has an ergonomic form factor. I currently own a Canon 40D which balances very well with my 70-200mm f4 IS lens and a full sized speedlight when I take pictures at conferences and events. The grip on the 40D is large and secure so I can easily hold on to this combination even when taking pictures in portrait orientation where the weight of the speedlight adds rotational force on the camera as it sticks out to the side. I need a full sized speedlight as I almost exclusively use bounce flash at conferences. I also own a Panasonic GH3 which form factor I like very much for video. I find the fully articulating touch screen a joy to use. I also use the GH3 at conferences with a 12-35mm zoom lens to compliment the 40D. However the GH3 does not balance very well with a full sized flash and the hotshoe also broke off after light use. I've had it repaired but now I use a TTL-cord to the speedlight, so I don't put too much weight on the hotshoe. My 40D is getting old and I'm hoping to upgrade. I've looked at the 80D which seems to be a very nice camera except it appears Canon has decided reserve high quality video to its cinema line of cameras. Therefore I've been looking at Sony's offerings which seem to do both photography and video at a very high level. Fuji also came to mind, but I'd prefer a system which has both APSC and full frame offerings. I'm aware of the A99II, but having Canon lenses I'm more attracted to the e-mount, as it allows me to use my existing lenses while trying out the Sony system. So far Sony's e-mount appears to cater to the current trend of miniaturizing cameras. I posted the below question in a videography oriented forum, and everyone who responded seemed to prefer smaller cameras. I guess my wish for a camera that also balances well with a full sized speedlight separates me from most video shooters. I think this forum is visited by people who are more or less interested in both photography and video. Therefore I'm curious to see what people here would answer to the below question, so please let your voice be heard and feel free to elaborate in the comments: Question: Would you be interested in a Sony a6500 and a Sony a7RII, a7SII in a Canon 80D form factor? Please note: I'm not advocating that Sony should increase the size of the a6xxx or a7x series. I'm wishing that they make a separate camera line with the same technology used in the a6xxx and a7x cameras, but in a larger DSLR-like form factor like the Canon 80D. Personally I really like the ergonomics of Canon DSLRs. However, I believe mirrorless cameras are the future, and Canon's offerings don't appeal to me. I also see the advantages of having small compact mirrorless cameras like the a6500. They are great for traveling light when used with pancake lenses, great for keeping a low profile, great for gimbal use etc. I would just like the same technology to be available in a larger more ergonomic body as well. I don't see why all mirrorless cameras per definition must be small. The definition of mirrorless, as I understand it, simply means an interchangeable lens camera without a mirror. Here are some of the main reasons, in no particular order, for me wanting a larger form factor à la the Canon 80D. 1) A larger grip makes using the camera more secure and comfortable when shooting for a prolonged time - especially for those with larger hands 2) Larger buttons and controls with a bit more space between them makes operation less "cramped" - again especially for those with larger hands 3) Better balance when using a large lens and a full sized speedlight on camera - important for those of us using large lenses and a lot of bounce flash 4) Room for a fully articulating touch screen 5) Room for a larger heatsink to further reduce the risk of overheating 6) Room for dual card slots 7) Room for a headphone port (already there on the a7-series) 8) Room for a larger battery 9) Perhaps room for a full sized HDMI port I understand that there are rumors about a larger more professional camera series above the a7 line, currently dubbed the a9. However, I'm "just" a hobbyist, and it would be very hard for me to justify spending 3500-5000 USD on a single camera. Therefore I really wish Sony would also make available cameras that both have a more ergonomic form factor and are in a price range accessible for enthusiasts. I think they would win over many DSLR-users, both professionals and enthusiasts like myself, if they did that. Sony has stated that they are committed to both the e-mount and a-mount, which makes me wonder if they've reserved the more ergonomic DSLR form factor for the a-mount. I hope not.
  3. Hi; been eyeing this cam to support my @57, want to go mirroless... aynone here been using this cam? Need suggestion and comments... Thanks!
  4. I'll begin by stating that I'm not a wedding photography by trade. I shoot mostly commercial lifestyle and product professionally and landscape for fun. I've shot a good few event style jobs with Sony and back when I had Nikon, but this was the first wedding shoot on the Sony system. It was almost as if I was using a camera for the first time. I fumbled between the many prime lenses at my disposal (the sought after G Master 24-70 2.8 nowhere to be found) because I opted not to rent a second camera. I had a second shooter with two Canon bodies and delegated various things to him. What I brought with me for the A7Rii in my possession was as follows: - My 55 4/1.8 Zeiss (My favorite lens despite how long I have to spend de-fringing) - My 70 - 200 f/4 (which I didnt use as it's not fast enough...new 2.8 nowhere to be found!) - My 28 f/2 (which I used only during dancing and sparklers at the end of the night) - A rented 35 f/1.4 Zeiss (great bokeh, slow focus and horrible fringing on this body) - A rented Canon 85 f/1.2 with Metabones adaptor (insanely unreliable focus, softness, light leaks from adaptor, and notoriously horrible fringing) There you have it. I know I sound a little negative right now, but I'm only trying to emphasize the difficultly of said task in contrast to what I usually consider a fairly delightful shooting experience with Sony. I opted to stick mostly with the 85 and 35 rentals (silly perhaps) throughout the day and spend a great deal of time hunting for focus while my subjects bobbed about with the occasional calculated pose (thankfully). The camera encountered a deep internal error/freeze about 6-8 times while shooting with the adapted Canon and required about 15 seconds to turn off and back on. As you may or may know, turning the A7Rii on from a freeze often takes a great deal of time as it attempts to get itself back in order. I'm confident this was a Metabones issue. Not sure what version of its firmware I was operating, but it wasn't pretty. Sidenote: light leak from the adaptor could be solved by covering the sides of the adaptor with my hands (didn't have black tape available on short notice). The 35 Zeiss I've used before on several occasions. It's a pleasing lens with fairly slow focus as I mentioned above. My editing experience always proves to be a free-for-all of teals, blues, and purple variants--typically shades that Lightroom can't identify as fringing. Fun! Later in the evening this wouldn't be an issue, but midday and golden hour I spend a good amount of time shooting into the light with a plethora of lovely plants and trees scattered about my subjects. Once de-fringed, however, the lens delivers some great stuff. On par with the Sigma Art 35 roughly. Focus in general with the A7Rii (which is known to be lesser of mirrorless evils when it comes to this) is, of course, a bit of an Achilles heel. I depend on center focus to focus and re-compose as I've come not to rely on its otherwise abilities. With Sony lenses, the center focus bracket is rather large (is there a way to make this smaller and more precise I don't know about!?) when compared with Canon and Nikon DSLRs, so I'll often miss when trying to aim for a small subject at center frame. This leads to many mis-focuses in crowded environments with many subjects moving about. Another factor that made things difficult was how long the A7Rii took to buffer as I fired off large RAW files in burst (high speed of course because...well, I needed everything I could get). It would quickly fill the buffer attempting to write to my high speed cards, and when I went to chimp my shots I always had to wait a good bit until it was finished writing and could render a preview. I'm used to this (been shooting with the camera for 9 months now), but it was made painfully apparent during such a shoot. The large files rapidly filled up several cards (42 MP is certainly overkill for a wedding, but that's my choice). Exposure is another something I have trouble with at times. I find that the 35 Zeiss is a particular nuisance as it gives me unpredictable exposures when shooting on Aperture priority. I opted not to shoot manual very often as the lighting was constantly changing as we moved about the venue. I love the live-exposure preview feature of mirrorless EVF, but find that for me it seems inconsistent with the brightness displayed on the screen and a little too dark during daylight to get a feeling. In the EVF I could see details and the exposure looked nice, but when chimping on the screen (brightness turned up for day), highlights would appear very much blown out. I was shooting Ap-priority with my exposure compensation dial cranked to anywhere between (-0.75) and (-2.25) most of the day. Once back on my computer, I found that said underexposures did end up giving me typically slightly underexposed shots, but only by a small amount. I prefer this actually on the Sony, as I find that shadows recover more than its highlights in Lightroom. I think I have a good deal of great shots as I run through the catalogue, but there are likely a great deal less usables than if I had shot with a modern DSLR. Good thing i opted for that high-speed burst all day and had a second shooter! Overall, I love these cameras, I really do, but for professional use I really do think they should be giving those G-Master lenses away. Either that or these cameras ought to be sold for such a reasonable price that the G-Masters seem like a no-brainer. Really, I'm thankful to be able to use my Sony when shooting inanimate objects, landscapes, and slow-moving models. For scenarios such as this, I truly feel as if I entered a race and shot myself in the foot at the starting line.
  5. I am new to the forum - so let me start with a "Howdy Y'all". I shoot mostly nature and related topics and I am a recent Sony convert, so I figured that I would let those who may be interested know why. So here is the story, which I just published in my blog. Please feel free to comment!! Alberto
  6. I just thought I would share my review of the Sony a7ii for anyone that might be interested, I've included a few sample images in the review as well for anyone that is curious. http://shutterdiscovery.com/review/sony-a7ii-review/
  7. Hi All, I'm delighted to share with you a selection of photographs form a trip I made to Nepal earlier this year with my trust A7r in hand. There's more images over at www.jonroberts.co.uk if you're interested...enjoy! If someone can advise me how to post a video properly I'd be grateful! https://youtu.be/e_tmCo1PW20
  8. Hey there Here is a short test video - nothing serious - shot with the Sony Zeiss FE Distagon 35/1.4 on the Sony A7II. It was shot handheld with no further software stabilization. The sound was recorded with the internal mic. S-LOG2 and XAVC-S was used at 24fps. Editing and grading done in FCPX which natively supports XAVC-S. I wish I had shot some of it in 60fps, I quite like the slow motion you can achieve with it. I went with a more natural grading and didn't apply any LUTs. Sorry for some bumpy and misfocused shots. I was just trying to find out the limits of this setup. As you can see, smooth focus pulls are hard to achieve handheld. The focus by wire technology is definitely no help for video either, but I do like the Distagon's cinematic rendering and the A7II's tilting screen and focus peaking.
  9. Just joined this group and searched the topic and didn't find anything.....apologies if this has already been covered. I shoot Nikon professionally but also have an A6000 walk around that I love. I've started hanging some legacy lenses off the Sony and, overall, am very pleased w/ the result. I'm going to purchase a Sony FF mirrorless just for that purpose (too much invested in Nikon to make complete switch and do love their cameras) and am wondering about which one to go with. My question: Given that the camera will be used almost exclusively for legacy lenses, can I get away w/ purchasing an older Sony FF mirrorless (A7) or do newer bodies generally yield a significantly better image w/ legacy glass? Realize this may be a hornet nest type of question but hope not. Thanks for your help, much appreciated
  10. I would not recommend Sony cameras to ANYONE. I never write reviews of things, but I am so disgusted by Sony that I felt motivated to warn other people. From beginning to end, I have had an egregious experience, both in terms of the camera itself and the customer care. As a serious photographer, I wanted a mirrorless camera for everyday shooting. After saving up for a long time, I bought the sony alpha 7 camera, whose body and lens set me back $3,000. It was a big purchase, but I told myself I’d be getting years of use out of this “top quality camera.” When spring break came around and I had my first chance to use it, I couldn’t have been more excited. But as soon as I started using this brand new camera, I realized something was wrong—to start with, the camera didn’t focus properly; even photos that I did manage to focus manually and that I took in broad daylight on a fast shutterspeed would turn out blurred or hazy. Furthermore, the camera would turn off spontaneously even when fully charged, and wouldn’t stay in playback mode when I wanted to review the images. Disappointed, I sent it in for repair. The camera was “repaired” and the issues remained. I call Sony—they tell me to send it in for repair again (keep in mind this is after wasting tons of time on the hotline number). OK—I take time out of my day to get the camera to FedEx, pack it up properly, and ship it off. After a few weeks, the camera is returned after being “fully repaired.” As soon as I get it out of the packing box I try it out…problems still persist. I call Sony AGAIN, and explain that I have sent the camera in twice and would like to speak with someone about getting a new camera to replace this clearly defective one. I am told, after multiple phone calls with indifferent customer service reps, that “they are not in a position to give me a replacement camera.” I ask them to put me in touch with someone who IS in a position to do so. I also ask for an email address where I can send my photographs, so that Sony will see firsthand what problems I am experiencing with their camera. I am told someone will get back to me within 24-48 hours. When they finally DO call back, I am in a meeting and miss the call by 5 minutes. Unfortunately, there is no call back number—they simply provide the main hotline number, where I had to go through the ENTIRE call process again, explain everything to a new customer service rep, only to be told that “someone will get back to me within 24-48 hours.” AGAIN. Finally, I get the call from someone who I believe will speak with me about getting a replacement camera. Instead, I speak with a totally unapologetic customer service representative, who tells me, like all the others that she “is not in a position to offer me a replacement camera.” She tells me that Sony has reviewed the image samples I have sent them and agree that something is wrong with the camera, and that I must send it in for repair. Flabbergasted, I tell her this would be the THIRD time I’ve sent the camera in for repair. With absolutely no apology, and a tone of complete indifference, she tells me that “warranty covers repair, not replacement.” So there you go. Hours wasted on the phone, a $3,000 dollar camera that doesn’t work, and I am once again “sending the camera off for repair for a third time. Sony, you should be ashamed.
  11. A7s and A7rII review by Gabruek www.gabruek.com https://500px.com/gabsriel Hi ! I bought them on the 27th of july 2015 in France (lucky boy about the A7rII !). Disclaimer : I do not shoot in continuous mode, I do not shoot in movie mode. I mainly shoot with primes. This review is only MY opinion. Background : amateur (portraits, landscape, street, abstract), semi-pro (weddings, sports, portraiture, fashion) Digital gear background Olympus 4/3 : E-1, E-400 Olympus micro 4/3 : E-P1, E-PM2 Canon : 30D, 40D, 6D Nikon : D80, D5000 Fuji : S3 Pro Sony : A200 Sigma : Dp1s Lenses I use with the A7s and A7rII 16-35mm f/4 28mm f/2 55mm f/1.8 90mm f/2.8 Canon 70-200mm f/4L Commlite AF adapter Canon to Sony : no phase detection, no AF with Canon mount primes... 7 month of carefull thought : I wanted 2 bodies, one for personal use and one for pro use. I built different purchase scenarios : A7s or A7rII + Fuji X-T1 A7rII + Nikon DF A7s + Nikon D810 A7s + A7rII I ran for the last one. I still think it's the best choice of the list. But I also think a new purchase scenario would be even better : A7rII (for personnal and pro use) + Canon FF (for pro use). I would buy a Metabones adapter + Sigma Art lenses on the Canon body. I would get the benefit of a light (but powerfull) mirrorless camera + a classic pro look and ergonomics of a DSLR. I prefer the "Canon look" to the "Nikon look". And if I want dynamic range, I go for the Sony. But today I would not know what Canon DSLR to purchase. Maybe a (cheap) 6D. Canon has to release a game changing DSLR...especially on the low light portion. A7s pros lightweight body, I prefer it to the A7rII light files clean files (low noise) very good AF in low light the ev compensation dial eye AF buttons customization tilt screen A7s cons not good color "look" not possible to choose a minimal shutter speed in A mode (like the "std", "fast", "faster" modes in the A7rII) Adobe, and Capture One color profiles for A7s are not A7s color profile, forced to create own profile or open the raws in Sony's Image Data converter, which is slow and not an Adobe product... functions ergonomics and menus (the physical ergonomics is ok) very slow start-up viewfinder not good for people with glasses buttons customization (require a long practice to find your own layout) no tactile screen : it's very boring and time-loosing to move the focus zone manually… battery life EDIT : flash sync speed A7rII pros tough body image quality very good AF in daylight, OK AF in low light the ev compensation dial buttons customization Eye AF possible to choose a minimal shutter speed in A mode resolution : tremendous cropping potential, less lenses needed nice contrast and color look THE viewfinder tilt screen AF accuracy : the best I've ever seen, better than any DSLR I ever tested (included Nikon D810) A7rII cons heavy Adobe, and Capture One color profiles for A7rII are not A7rII color profile, forced to create own profile or open the raws in Sony's Image Data converter, which is slow and not an Adobe product... functions ergonomics and menus (the physical ergonomics is ok) very slow start-up viewfinder not good for people with glasses requires a good pc or mac (with ssd if possible) buttons customization (require a long practice to find your own layout) no tactile screen : it's very boring and time-loosing to move the focus zone manually... requires very fast sdxc card : 150Mb/s minimum, the 95Mb/s is not fast enough lenses seems softer in the corners than on the A7s, especially the 16-35mm, a sensor problem ? battery life EDIT : flash sync speed Sony FF E-mount system Pros small and light. The lenses are not all small and lightweight, but in overall this is smaller and lighter than DSLRs more discreet, you do not look like a pro photographer, juste a hobbyist or even a tourist evf IMO now better than ovf : live histogram, able to have a look at the exposure, in low light, focus peaking, zebras, focus magnification, you do not see the real world but you see your picture of the real world, etc. image quality, the A7rII is ok now concerning the colors and the contrast Eye AF excellent prime lenses, Zeiss look, and the Sony 90mm 2.8... legacy lenses support, sometimes even with the AF "innovative", I mean that Sony is keeping up to make better and better MODERN cameras, even if it's not an easy path Sony FF E-mount system Cons you do not look like a pro, it's a true problem with some clients zooms are not good IMO, not as good as other brands zooms very pricey, especially the lenses. I'm not sure I would recommend the (cheap) A7 or A7r functions ergonomics REALLY sucks, lacks of tactile screen ok for the upcoming firmware upgrades of the A7rII, but it seems A7/A7s/A7r will be forgotten... Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Fuji have a lot of faithful fanboys, it seems that this Sony system is under too much pressure and the trust is not there yet Not a mature system yet, but now not far to be. The learning curve for this system is very long compared to the other systems. IMO that's why a lot of people (haters) on the Internet say that the Sony mirrorless cameras are made for geeks and hobbyist, not photographers. I think that it's just that these camera are difficult to handle, because of the functional ergonomics. But if you take the time to learn how to use it perfectly, these cameras are GREAT. battery life, same problem than smartphones in general, because evf is a screen afterall Lenses overview 16-35mm : not a good lens, way too pricey for this almost poor IQ. Ok mounted on the A7s but not on the A7rII (corners are too soft, even at f/8, maybe a sensor architerture problem ?) 28mm : very light, almost cheap, and nice lens 55mm : very nice and lightweight, but I don't see this ultra sharpness a lot of people are talking about on the Internet 90mm : holy moly...the best lens I've ever used, except the focus ring, not enough "click" when changing AF to MF position. It switches in the bag... The Tokina implementation is way better. Canon 70-200mm f/4 : bought it second-hand at 270€ . It is good enough, and cheaper than the 1330€ Sony version… Lenses I will buy : Samyang 135mm f/2 or a Sony/Zeiss AF equivalent, a 35mm f1.8 AF, a 85mm 1.2 AF or not AF (Speedmaster), some legacy lenses of course Lenses I'm struggle with : 35mm 1.4, too heavy, too big, too much expensive...waiting for a reasonable 35mm 1.8. For me It will be a street photography lens, so I want it as small and lightweigh as possible. Sony/Zeiss A-mount 135mm f/1.8, seems not working well on e-mount system Lenses I will not buy : Batis 25mm, Batis 85mm, Loxia 50mm, Loxia 35mm (because it's too expensive for a f/2.0 lens), Melvis lenses, Sony zooms
  12. Hi there guys, I set up a shoot with a skateboarder here in cape town to see how well the A7 can handle fast paste shoots. Since this is the topic most people complain about with mirrorless cameras it handled surprisingly well. Head over to my blog to read it all and see the pictures: http://passportsandlenses.com/about-skateboards-comfort-zones-and-af-systems/ Let me know what you think and how you think the sony's can hold their owns against DSLRs. Best, Alex
  13. Hi Guys, i just started with my first review about the a6000 and i would love you guys to read it! Let me know if you miss anything and please let me know about your opinions about that great little camera! http://passportsandlenses.com/sony-a6000-a-little-review/ All the best, Alex
  14. Hey Folks, i'm pretty new to this forum so i thought i'll just share two stories how i experienced travelling with the a6000 through thailand and cambodia. I bought mine exactly for this trip since i didnt want to carry around my D600. Let me know if you got questions or got anything to add: http://passportsandlenses.com/hello-bangkok/ http://passportsandlenses.com/walking-with-tourists-in-cambodia/ All the best, Alex
  15. https://www.behance.net/gallery/42765229/Deep-Blue My photos and video from a recent trip to Lithuania.. I had just bought the camera, so what you see is me learning how to use it and experimenting One sel35f18 fixed lens and the Sony a6300 Playing with the settings, filming and snapping some pictures, but most of all creating a visual diary. A love letter to noone. Song name : Brian Eno - Deep Blue Day Hope you enjoy, comments welcome!
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