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    "Tools"





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    A7R + ZM 15/2.8


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    werner: i am inspired now to take some tool pictures of my own stash...tomorrow
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    Re: Fun with the Sony A7 and A7r series

    nice, carl.

    make me want the Actus now! damn
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    nice, carl.

    make me want the Actus now! damn
    You will love it John.
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    Fantastic photograph's Barry, especially like the Tin mines!
    Upper corners? Lensshade?
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    Composition of a minor detail.

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    Yeppers, thanks a lot Carl, just back from a vacation and saw the thread on sony techcam examples. I am intruiged by it since it was announced. Brilliant for a really small tech cam setup that can go anywhere.

    Where do you feel are it's limitations if any?

    What do you think could be improved on the mechanical precision or built quality side, if any?

    Heck Carl, it looks really stunning and yeah, black would have been my choice as well.

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    Fantastic photograph's Barry, especially like the Tin mines!
    Upper corners? Lensshade?
    Thanks Michiel...It's a lovely area that I'm sure Tim, Jono and Quentin are only too familiar with. Having risked life and limb climbing down to the bottom in just a pair of shoes (The crazy things that we photographers do ) to get a slightly different angle from what most other people shoot, it then turned out that the best images were those at the safer half way down level.
    To answer your question though, to my shame (Humility is good for the soul) I forgot to remove the very slight vignette in CS ACR at the very beginning . After having cooked it through about 30 different filters, it became exaggerated somewhat lets say as I progressed.

    Re: French facades #162...Love those type of images - I regularly traveled to the Dordogne shooting this type of thing before I had to become a parent sitter. Hope to be able to return one day to my drain pipes and Foie gras.

    PS. I just noticed that you were using your C/Y 28mm Distagon isn't it a great performing lens on the A7R...I love mine.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Georg Baumann View Post
    Yeppers, thanks a lot Carl, just back from a vacation and saw the thread on sony techcam examples. I am intruiged by it since it was announced. Brilliant for a really small tech cam setup that can go anywhere.

    Where do you feel are it's limitations if any?

    What do you think could be improved on the mechanical precision or built quality side, if any?

    Heck Carl, it looks really stunning and yeah, black would have been my choice as well.
    Hi Georg. I haven't used the Actus enough yet to identify any limitations. At this time my inexperience is the limiting factor Build quality is excellent, movements are smooth and precise, and well thought out design and engineering. Setup is quick and easy with innovative lens plate design that just slots in and locks down positively. Bellows just snaps on via magnets and I haven't experienced any issues with the bellows coming off in use. If you need more extension for longer lenses you can get an additional 45mm just by rotating the swing unit 180 degrees. So far I've only used MF lenses of 40mm to 120mm and LF lenses 65mm to 135mm with no problems.
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    two shot pano, 17mm TSE, max shift, handheld a7R
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    the right shot
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    another
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    last one, all shot with 150mm polarizer btw
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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Bellows just snaps on via magnets and I haven't experienced any issues with the bellows coming off in use.
    Thanks for your impressions Carl! Sounds very good to me. What about this magnetic holder. Is that tightly covering the entire circle or just in a few spots. Dust and dirt entering the bellow / camera would concern me a bit.

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    the 17mm with 150mm polarizer
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    Thanks for your impressions Carl! Sounds very good to me. What about this magnetic holder. Is that tightly covering the entire circle or just in a few spots. Dust and dirt entering the bellow / camera would concern me a bit.
    Seems to be a quite tight fit of the magnetic rings all the way around on both ends. No visible gaps. There is also a short index pin on the forward side of the bellows ring and corresponding indent hole on the back of the lens plate ring where it attaches and insures alignment.

    One issue I did have was that the bottom rail does not fit tightly in my RRS QR clamp so you will need either a RRS screw type clamp or an arca swiss QR clamp for the tripod head.
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    ... Michiel...It's a lovely area that I'm sure Tim, Jono and Quentin are only too familiar with
    And me too. Frustratingly; I'm an exiled Cornishman.

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    Jlm: like that setup but the tripod is definitively way to big
    Barry: Tin Mines is gorgeous!
    Michiel: #162, i like it very much.

    A nice weekend to everybody!
    Just turned the heating on in our house, great august!
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    Been away a few weeks recovering from surgery but al is getting better. Here's a few I took before surgery. I haven't gone through them all yet and they were all taken with the A7r + Zeiss Contax/Yashica 180/2.8 Sonnar FLE. There's still another 500+ photos to go through but here were some of my immediate favorites.

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    Sony A7 + Color-Skopar 28mm f/3.5
    ISO 200 @ f/5.6

    Tried out my Nokton 50/1.5 ASPH and Color Skopar 28/3.5 on the A7 again today. They surprised me by performing better than expected. Not perfect ... the 28mm in particular shows magenta shifting ... but eh? It's nice to have a couple of compact lenses to use now and then.

    This photo really really needs an 11x17 inch print to do it justice. 1024 to 1200 pixels wide isn't enough.
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    Quote Originally Posted by W.Utsch View Post
    Jlm: like that setup but the tripod is definitively way to big
    Barry: Tin Mines is gorgeous!
    Michiel: #162, i like it very much.

    A nice weekend to everybody!
    Just turned the heating on in our house, great august!
    Thank you Werner! We did exactly the same thing yesterday evening. Freezing cold. Global cooling
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    And me too. Frustratingly; I'm an exiled Cornishman.

    …………….. Chris
    Sorry about that Chris, I should have included you...I have also probably missed out one or two others as well from Cornwall. So apologies up front if I have missed anybody else out.

    Many thanks Werner...It’s definitely turned a bit chilly tonight here in Blighty...Likewise have a great weekend.

    Excellent HiredArm, lovely images, will look forward to seeing some more of your safari shots in due course when you get around to doing them. Hope the surgery went well and you are making a full recovery.

    Godfrey, I’m sure a print of that image would look just wonderful on the wall framed.


    Taken this evening, a stroll up on Helman Tor...I couldn’t make my mind up which I preferred the colour image or the selenium toned - So I uploaded both of them ...Barry


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    'Heart Island, study 1' - a7r / Samyang 14/2.8

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    Quote Originally Posted by Barry Haines View Post
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    Godfrey, I’m sure a print of that image would look just wonderful on the wall framed.


    Taken this evening, a stroll up on Helman Tor...I couldn’t make my mind up which I preferred the colour image or the selenium toned - So I uploaded both of them ...Barry


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    Thanks Barry!
    In this case, I like the color rendering.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scho View Post
    Seems to be a quite tight fit of the magnetic rings all the way around on both ends. No visible gaps. There is also a short index pin on the forward side of the bellows ring and corresponding indent hole on the back of the lens plate ring where it attaches and insures alignment.

    One issue I did have was that the bottom rail does not fit tightly in my RRS QR clamp so you will need either a RRS screw type clamp or an arca swiss QR clamp for the tripod head.
    Thanks very much for sharing Carl. This is encouraging, I was really concerned about the magnetic solution, but it looks like cambo covered that nicely. I see they offer more than only the standard bellow, having a shorter one for wide angle as well.

    What a dream of a travel system that really is! My partner and I started to think about traveling for one year and naturally I am thinking about a camera system to take along. The cambo actus is very high on my short list already.

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    'Heart Island, study 1' - a7r / Samyang 14/2.8

    Nice! How do you like this lens on the A7r. I recently bought this lens and I will pick it up in at a friend's place in New York soon. Look forward to using it.

    Hope they get my camera repared before then. It doesn't look promising; after a week they didn't even know if my camera arrived at the repair center!
    I am on top of it now.
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    "Garage Classic"





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    Worked hard on this one during the workshop good practice in HDR and PP in PS


    This does not sound to good Michiel, hope you get the cam back in time (want to see shots from NYC from you) and we will not be hit by this defect!
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    Stunning image Michel.
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    Nice! How do you like this lens on the A7r. I recently bought this lens and I will pick it up in at a friend's place in New York soon. Look forward to using it.

    Hope they get my camera repared before then. It doesn't look promising; after a week they didn't even know if my camera errived at the repair center!
    I am on top of it now.
    Hi Michiel - I've used the Samyang for a few images now, and it's pretty impressive. It has a fair amount of distortion but it's very sharp and has nice micro-contrast. I haven't looked around for a lens profile yet, but I'd guess someone has built one to tame the barrel/mustache stuff. I've also heard that PTLens handles that pretty well but I haven't messed with that either. Even wide-open, it's quite good. It's manual focus only, of course, but that's fine by me. In terms of price/performance/value, it's kind of a no-brainer. I think they could charge 2-3x the price and it would still be a 'buy'.

    Sorry to hear about your camera repair issues and hope that gets resolved soon.

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    [CENTER]"Garage Classic"

    Worked hard on this one during the workshop good practice in HDR and PP in PS
    funny how our eye is drawn to certain parts of an image
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    To the tools oc
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    From our recent trip to Naples, FL. Taken from our hotel balcony.

    A7r with Rokinon 14 2.8

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    A few from our trip to Glacier National Park back in July:

    Glacier National Park #1

    Camera Model: ILCE-7
    Lens: FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Exposure Time: 0.008 sec (1/125)
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    Camera Model: ILCE-7
    Lens: FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Exposure Time: 0.003 sec (1/320)
    ISO: 320

    Glacier National Park #3

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    Lens: FE 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 OSS
    Aperture: f/8.0
    Exposure Time: 0.004 sec (1/250)
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    Quote Originally Posted by HiredArm View Post
    Been away a few weeks recovering from surgery but al is getting better. Here's a few I took before surgery. I haven't gone through them all yet and they were all taken with the A7r + Zeiss Contax/Yashica 180/2.8 Sonnar FLE. There's still another 500+ photos to go through but here were some of my immediate favorites.
    Hired Arm:
    That trip must have been some experience. How close were the antelope? Their coats look so detailed.

    Regards,
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    Animated GIF experiment ...


    Crossing - San Jose 2014
    Sony A7 + Color-Skopar 28mm f/3.5
    ISO 200 @ f/5.6 @ 1/640 second


    A bit large maybe. I'll kill it if it slows the page down too much.

    Thanks for looking! Comments always appreciated.

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    Handheld? Would be much easier to watch if the static elements of the image were, um, static.
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    Handheld? Would be much easier to watch if the static elements of the image were, um, static.
    Yes, hand-held. ...

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    I wonder if using 'align layers' in PS would fix that?
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    Hi Michiel - I've used the Samyang for a few images now, and it's pretty impressive. It has a fair amount of distortion but it's very sharp and has nice micro-contrast. I haven't looked around for a lens profile yet, but I'd guess someone has built one to tame the barrel/mustache stuff. I've also heard that PTLens handles that pretty well but I haven't messed with that either. Even wide-open, it's quite good. It's manual focus only, of course, but that's fine by me. In terms of price/performance/value, it's kind of a no-brainer. I think they could charge 2-3x the price and it would still be a 'buy'.

    Sorry to hear about your camera repair issues and hope that gets resolved soon.

    -Doug
    I downloaded this lens profile already for my travel laptop and home computer.
    Was not able to check it yet but I think it will work for the FF A7r as well.
    (This is a Nikon D600 profile) Worthwhile to look into it.
    Rokinon 14mm Lightroom Lens Profile - Sven Stork

    Took me some time to find the right folder to place it in because it was hidden on my computers, but now they are right in my ACR lens profiles under Nikon.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ben Rubinstein View Post
    I wonder if using 'align layers' in PS would fix that?
    Edit > Auto-Align Layers" based on content works well. My cropping is a little crude, but I'll fix that up and post once more. :-)

    Thanks for the suggestion. I've not made many animated GIFs before.

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    > Final edit in place now. looks much better. :-)

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    Works nicely!

    I think the whole animated gif thing is so funny, I remember them becoming passe as a web designer back in '95. Strange how things come around. Just hope that the selective colouring thing stays buried though.
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    That trip must have been some experience. How close were the antelope? Their coats look so detailed.

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    The antelope, impalas, dik-diks, and smaller deer are usually a bit more skittish at dawn and dusk when lions, leopards, and hyenas are quite a bit more active. By late morning or midday you can get surprisingly close. The hartebeest (as well as Cape Buffalo) are quite a bit larger and allow you to get a bit closer. It was also just me and my driver so that's the way to go on a Safari IMO if photos are your priority. I would say I was able to get within 5-15 meters regularly from the larger animals... and most types of primates... Double that distance for smaller bird types that aren't perched high up and the smaller deer types (dik-diks, antelopes, impalas, etc.)
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    'outhaul' - a7r / FE 24-70

    outhaul: a system that provides a way for one to retrieve, and return, a small boat that's anchored out on the water while standing on the shore. One end is secured on the shore side (in this case, a stout piece of wood lodged into a piece of granite) and the other end is tied off to an anchor offshore. A closed-loop of line goes between these two points with the boat attached in between. If you're on shore and need your boat, you simply grab the line and haul it in, climb aboard and off you go. When you're done, you go back to shore, attach the line to the boat, start pulling the line, and the boat is returned to its anchored position. Pretty slick.

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    Chartwell, owned by Winston Churchill, from the orchard looking towards the house.

    A7+CV21/1.8

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    Samyang 14mm profile is in PT lens plugin folks. Works really nice but it will cost 25 dollars I believe but is has hundreds of lenses in it.
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