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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.



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.