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    Re: A7r, A7r2 - and why I'm keeping both ...

    K-H, i do not have to travel to NM to capture the rays.

    I have a Sony RX1R II!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vivek View Post
    K-H, i do not have to travel to NM to capture the rays.

    I have a Sony RX1R II!

    Thanks Vivek. That's good to know.
    NM is worth a visit on general principle anyway.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    A7r2 + Batis 25/2 FE
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    Red Dot Trail Entrance • Gloves - Lost and Found!



    A7r2 + Batis 25/2 FE. Rio Grande visible to the right, Anticrepuscular Rays (an optical illusion) towards the upper left, above the rocks.







    A7r2 + Batis 25/2 FE
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    A7r2 + Batis 25/2 FE
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    A fascinating teardown!

    LensRentals.com - Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens Teardown

    I think I'll wait for the next generation of this particular lens.
    However, if I had already a perfectly centered copy I would definitely keep it!
    No doubt Sony has an excellent opportunity here to improve their copy variation.

    Many thanks to Roger Cicala and the other folks at LensRentals!
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    I found this reference here:

    A look inside an E-Mount lens by a very proficient electronics bloke.: Sony Alpha Full Frame E-mount Talk Forum: Digital Photography Review

    A look inside an E-Mount lens by a very proficient electronics bloke.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9umAQ1-an4

    The video also shows some of the functioning of various lens parts including OSS of the disassembled lens.
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    K-H, There was a mini discussion about SLOG2 profile earlier.

    Set the shutter to the silent mode and then check if it is available at a lower ISO.
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    Another interesting read I find.

    LensRentals.com - Optical Quality Assurance
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    Re: A7r, A7r2 - and why I'm keeping both ...

    Yesterday (and today) we had glorious weather like this.




    Perfect for some Sandhill Cranes to start their yearly migration north.
    First an image resembling as it looked to the naked eye.
    The cranes are noisy and easy to hear but sometimes very difficult to spot when flying fast at great heights.



    And after some processing in COP9 to make the birds stand out.



    A7r2 + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G

    Here we can see several groups of cranes, just a few minutes apart, using the same thermal to gain height, right over our house.
    After having reached tremendous height, flying in formation north, until they need to gain height again in another thermal.
    The cranes like days with lots of thermals, i.e. sunny weather, and are flying particularly fast in fierce tailwinds.
    The over 10,000 cranes spread out the start of their migration by about a month. Their flight path varies at our location by about 10 miles.
    From the Rio Grande to the Jemez Mountains, and when we get lucky, straight above our house.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    A7r2 + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Magical Light before Sunrise



    A7r2 + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G @ f/5.6 , ISO=250, 1/50 s.
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    Another photographer chasing the magical light, engaged in a friendly conversation and exchange of digital information!



    A7r2 + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G @ f/2.8 , ISO=100, 1/160 s.
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    Sandhill Crane Sculpture and a Raven in front of the new White Rock, NM, Library Building.



    A7r (sic!) + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G @ f/5.6 , ISO=100, 1/400 s.

    A close-up of the sculpture is posted here: Fun with the Sony A7 Series Cameras( all of them)
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    The Crane Sculpture in front of the Library is cast from an Origami. Following is the explanation.



    On Display in the Entrance Way of the Library is the Unfolded Design.



    The Crane Sculpture cast from the above Folded Origami.



    The Cave inside the yellow Protrusion in the above Image.



    Looking from the Cave along the Windows to the Right.



    Now Looking across the Library Collections. On the Opposing Side are 3 Rooms that offer Privacy for Discussions.



    Now Looking along the left Wall towards the Entrance.



    In the above Image the Door to this Side Room is open.


    A7r2 + Batis 25/2 FE
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    Turkey Vultures (TuVus) approaching their Roost. Several TuVus already settled down for the Night (Bottom Middle).



    A7r2 + 55/1.8 FE @ 55 mm, ISO 100, f/2.8, 1/1000 s.
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    Near the Bandelier National Monument entrance. The fence prohibits access to Department of Energy land utilized by the Los Alamos National Laboratory.
    The deer can easily jump the fence and hide in that area during the day and come out in the evening to feed at night along the road.



    A7r2 + 55/1.8 FE @ 55 mm, ISO 200, f/2.8, 1/60 s.
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    Five Bicycles at the Bandelier Visitor Center.



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    A7r2 + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G @ f/2.8 , ISO=3,200, 1/100 s.




    A7r2 + FE 90/2.6 MACRO G @ f/2.8 , ISO=6,400, 1/100 s.
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    Deer Watching adjacent to the Bandelier National Monument Visitor Center.















    A7r2 + FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS
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    Evening



    A7r2 + FE 25/2 Batis
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    Dinner is served.



    A7r2 + FE 25/2 Batis
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    Re: A7r, A7r2 - and why I'm keeping both ...

    While I am waiting to see how the Sony FE 70-200/2.8 GM OSS lens and assorted 1.4x and 2x teleconverters turn out, I decided to use my Nikon D800E + Nikkor AF-S 80-400/4.5-5.6 VR lens and visit the Turkey Vulture roost at Bandelier National Monument today. The Nikon system should give me an idea what kind of images to expect from my A7r2 and the above mentioned GM lens and teleconverters.

    This spring I saw the first vultures a little over a week ago, first day just 1, next day 3, a day later the 3 plus another 12 to 15 that showed much much later in the evening. The following day just 3 showed up. Two days ago there were about 15, and today I counted upwards of 40 of them, but there were probably not more than 50. So, they seem to be back in full force for the summer until late September.

    This image shows the roost surroundings and some flight activity early in the evening.



    @ 80 mm


    Next image shows the main roost to the right and some overflow space to the left. The main roost is the at the top forked fir tree.



    @ 195 mm


    There are several trees surrounding the main roost tree that serve as overflow space. Here is one of them.



    @ 220 mm


    With that many Turkey Vultures competing for the same roost space it can get quite hectic.



    @ 400 mm


    The strongest birds seem to prefer the top spots.



    @ 400 mm, heavily cropped.


    All but one image are slightly cropped, the last one heavily.
    So, focal lengths from 70 or 80 mm up to 400 mm seem to cover most cases, especially for BIF.
    To get a "portrait" shot of a stationary Turkey Vulture at this distance I could use a 560 mm manual focus only Leica R lens on the A7r2.

    BTW, two days ago I stumbled on a mating pair when trying out different camera systems. Here is the shot taken with my Nikon system.



    @ 400 mm, not cropped.

    Images taken with an E-M1 + Oly 300/4 lens cam be found here: E-M1, E-M5, E-M5.2, etc. ... Peculiarities
    @ #79 and following.

    This is another shot taken with my Nikon system.



    @ 400 mm


    Finally, this is a heavily cropped shot from last year with the A7r + Leica APO-R 280/4, manual focus only.



    The full image is here: https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic...12_Define2.jpg


    Provided the Sony GM lenses on an A7r2 work out as hoped, that hopefully should give me another AF option for these kinds of shots.
    I am very curious though whether that lens will be able match the Leica APO-R 280/4 performance.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    BANDELIER TRADING POST • CAFE AND GIFT SHOP



    A7r + FE 25/2 Batis @ F/2.8, ISO 800, 1/30 s.


    Note to myself.
    Fun with the Sony A7 Series Cameras( all of them) #8153
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    Sandia Mountain near Albuquerque, as seen from Bandelier National Monument.



    A7r2 + FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS @ F/8, ISO 250, 1/50 s.
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    A7r + FE 25/2 Batis @ F/8, ISO 125, 1/30 s.
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    The Turkey Vulture Roost at Bandelier National Monument, as seen from the Overlook Point above at the Mesa level. Frijoles Canyon partly sunlit.

    Processed with Capture One Pro 9.1.1.


    Additionally processed with CS6 and Nik.


    100% Crop. The Roost is the at the Top Forked Fir Tree in the Center of the Picture and the Surrounding Lower Trees act as Overflow Space for up to 50 TuVus.


    A7r2 + Leica Vario-Elmar-R 105-280/4.2 @ 280 mm, F/4.2, ISO 800, 1/320 s.
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    Moon above TuVus.



    A7r + FE 25/2 Batis @ F/2, ISO 800, 1/4000 s.

    An image taken with E-M5.2 + LEICA DG NOCTICRON 42.5/F1.2 @ F/1.6, ISO=200, 1/1000 s is posted here:
    E-M1, E-M5, E-M5.2, etc. ... Peculiarities, post #125.
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    After Hours, Looking for a Snack



    A7r2 + FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS @ F/2.8, ISO 100, 1/200 s.
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    The Roost Location next to the Bandelier Visitor Center.



    A7r + FE 25/2 Batis @ F/4, ISO 1250, 1/60 s.
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    A7r2 + FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS @ F/2.8, ISO 400, 1/320 s.


    TuVu closeup shots with E-M1 + M.300mm F4.0 + MC-14 are here: E-M1, E-M5, E-M5.2, etc. ... Peculiarities, post #132
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    Something different from last fall.



    A7r2 + Leica WATE 16-18-21/4 @ quarter resolution.

    @ half resolution: https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic..._3976x2652.jpg
    @ full resolution: https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic..._7952x5304.jpg
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    A7r2 + FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS @ F/11, ISO 100, 1/200 s.



    A7r2 + Leica Vario-Elmar-R 105-280/4.2 @ 105 mm, F/11, ISO 100, 1/400 s.
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    National Park Week @ Bandelier : Cars • Cars • Cars













    A7r2 + FE 25/2 Batis
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    Inside the Bandelier Visitor Center











    A7r2 + FE 25/2 Batis
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    Bandelier National Monument: Turkey Vultures and White-throated Swifts.

    This image was extracted from the following video.


    A7r2 + FE 25/2 Batis

    The video was shot in XAVC S 4K, so 3840x2160 resolution, and then down sampled to 1080p, so 1920x1080 resolution.

    https://videos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-...il/master.m3u8

    After clicking on the link above, please expand video to full screen for viewing.
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    The Bandelier National Monument Turkey Vulture Aerial Evening Show Around Their Roost.

    This image was extracted from the following video, about 6 minutes in length.



    A7r2 + FE 25/2 Batis

    The video was shot in XAVC S 4K, so 3840x2160 resolution, and then down sampled to 1080p, so 1920x1080 resolution.

    https://videos.smugmug.com/KHW/Pics-...il/master.m3u8

    After clicking on the link above, please expand video to full screen for viewing.

    Depending on the weather, the Turkey Vultures either arrive at the roost one by one or in larger groups.
    If it's very windy above the mesas the Turkey Vultures exploit that condition and are soaring along and between the canyon walls for extended periods.
    I shot the above video on one of those evenings as it was getting darker and darker.

    There was a lot of flight activity before and after this 6 minute interval.
    I saw pretty much all the vultures in the roost trees jump out of their roost at least 3 times for another round of soaring.
    The last time they did that, it was already pretty pretty dark. Night time soaring in the wind!
    With best regards, K-H.

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    A few images with Voigtländer 15/4.5 III E-mount on A7r2.













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    A couple more.




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    Unfortunately this particular Voigtländer 15/4.5 III E-mount lens has unacceptably poor corner performance and has to go back.













    With best regards, K-H.

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    Now let me introduce you to Choppy. Images of Choppy are posted here by Guy Mancuso.

    Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount Rolling review - FM Forums p.19 #8 · Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount Rolling review
    Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount Rolling review - FM Forums p.19 #9 · Voigtlander 15/4.5 III E-mount Rolling review

    With a Dremel Guy Mancuso removed the petals of this Voigtländer 15/4.5 III VM-mount lens.
    He also demonstrated the excellent corner performance of this lens, now referred to as Choppy.
    Fred Miranda confirmed Guy's results.

    As my own Voigtländer 15/4.5 III E-mount lens is a lemon, I thought it a good idea to get Choppy and use on my A7r2 with the TechArt Pro LM-EA7 adapter.
    Here is first shot, confirming the superb corner performance of Choppy aside from some CA that needs to be dealt with in post.



    50% resolution image: https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic..._3976x2652.jpg
    100% resolution image: https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic..._7952x5304.jpg


    Here is another AF shot with Choppy on A7r2 and LM-EA7 adapter.



    The clouds in the sky are a bit overexposed - sorry about that!
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Another shot with Choppy.



    Thanks to Guy I will have a lot of fun with this lens! Thank you Guy indeed!
    With best regards, K-H.

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    Santa Fe, The Shed



    A7r2 + TechArt Pro LM-EA7 AF adapter + WATE @ 16 mm.
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    SALUD Y VIDA Energia total, Santa Fe



    A7r2 + TechArt Pro LM-EA7 AF adapter + WATE @ 16 mm.
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    The Sony 28-135mm FE PZ F4 G OSS Full-frame E-mount Power Zoom Lens first showed up as a kit lens of the Sony PXW-FS7 XDCAM Super 35 Camera System, its sensor size comparable to APS-C. According to the Operating Instructions of that FE lens, the focal length is 28-135mm, the equivalent 35mm-format focal length for FOV is 42-202.5mm for APS-C or Super 35 formats. For still images on my A7r2 the focal length is indeed 28-135mm for FF and APS-C. Of course, whereas the the FF FOV corresponds to 28-135mm, the APS-C FOV corresponds to 42-202.5mm. My A7r2 has Firmware Ver. 3.20, my lens Ver. 01. So far, so good.

    For 4K video the story gets even better. One can zoom from 28-135mm. However, when one has reached 135mm, a magnification factor appears that goes all the way to 4. So, one seems to arrive at these 135 film equivalent focal lengths for the FOV.

    • FF: 28, 135, 270, 405, 540mm equivalent FOV
    • APS-C: 42, 202.5, 405, 607.5, 810mm equivalent FOV

    To verify the FF case, I did a slow video zoom, starting from 28mm and briefly stopped the zoom at 135mm * n, n=1,2,3,4.
    Here is the 1080p video https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic...PZ-G/i-LF4dMZZ derived from the original 4K MP4.
    I then generated images from the stopped points, applied auto contrast, and reduced for size. Here they are.

    28mm equivalent FOV


    135mm equivalent FOV


    270mm equivalent FOV


    405mm equivalent FOV


    540mm equivalent FOV


    The Sony VCT-VPR1 Compact Remote Control Tripod has an easily removable video remote controller that I used.

    BTW, in the menu on panel 2, #3, Zoom Setting: Optical zoom only is greyed out because I use RAW. Interesting.
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    The TechArt Pro LM-EA7 adapter takes advantage of camera functionality to achieve the focusing.
    But it also disables functionality one would like to keep. An example would be to manually focus, should the adapter fail to focus.
    Luckily there is a workaround for that. It also pays to setup the camera buttons in order to minimize use of the menu system.

    So, here is my current A7r2 setup. Thanks to many forum members for their advice!

    A7r2 menu 1/3/Focus Mode: Preference of AF-C with AF-S, MF as fall back. Center point focusing seems to work best (assuming good light and contrasty subject).
    A7r2 menu 1/3/Focus Area: when possible use Flexible Spot, L > M > S. Reason, L has more PDAF points.

    A7r2 menu 2/3/Phase Detect Area: On
    A7r2 menu 2/5/AF w/shutter: On.
    A7r2 menu 2/5/AEL w/shutter: Off. Reason, so one can focus wide open, then stop down, while half pressing the shutter button.
    A7r2 menu 2/7/AF System: Phase Detection AF.

    A7r2 menu 2/7/Custom Key Settings:

    Control wheel.....: Not set (default?)
    Custom Button 1: C1: White Balance (default?)
    Custom Button 2: C2: Focus Magnifier
    Custom Button 3: C3: SteadyS. Focal Len. (no need to go into the menu for changing the Focal Length)
    Custom Button 4: C4: In-Camera Guide (very useful when in menu)
    Center Button: Eye AF (default?)

    Left Button: LB: Drive Mode (default?)
    Right Button: RB: ISO (default?)
    Down Button: DB: SteadyShot On or Off (so that with C3 and DB one can control IBIS)
    AEL Button: AEL toggle
    AF/MF Button: AF/MF Ctrl Toggle (with the LM-EA7 adapter this is a way to get to MF with focus peaking)
    Focus Hold Button: Eye AF (very useful for lenses that have that button, e.g the FE 90/2.8 MACRO G for portrait shots)

    A7r2 menu 6/3/Remote Ctrl: On (probably needed when lens is firmly attached to a tripod and the LM-EA7 adapter has to move the camera)
    I use both an Infrared Remote Controller and the Video Remote Controller (of the Sony VCT-VPR1 Compact Remote Control Tripod) that attaches to the camera's USB port.

    Your feedback and suggestions for improvements are most welcome. TIA.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    Cathedral Basilica of St. Francis of Assisi, Santa Fe, NM



    A7r2 + TechArt Pro LM-EA7 AF adapter + WATE @ 16 mm.
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    Lesser Goldfinch

    We have distributed on our yard a number of water dishes that get frequented by insects, birds, and mammals.
    I have been using my A7r/2 and E-M1/5/5.2 camera systems to document their visits with still images and videos.

    Here is a setup I like to use occasionally:

    Tripod Setup: Sony A7r2 + TechART PRO LM-EA7 autofocus adapter + Novoflex LEM/LER adapter + Leica APO-Extender-R 2x + APO-Telyt-R 280/4
    Handheld Setup: Olympus E-M1 + MC-14 + 300/4 PRO

    On page https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic...deos/i-rxvT8QN there is a still image and a video.
    The video was shot with my tripod setup above and is best accessed by using the link above.
    The following still image of a Lesser Goldfinch was shot with my handheld setup above.

    With best regards, K-H.
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    Female Finches, Cassin's Kingbird and Western Tanager

    In order of appearance in the video https://winklers.smugmug.com/KHW/Pic...sins/i-r9WmnHC
    we have Female Finches, Cassin's Kingbird and a Western Tanager, that ends in a slight disagreement between the latter two, as shown in this last frame taken from the video.



    Sony A7r + NOVOFLEX NEX/LER + Leica APO-R 2x + APO-R 280/4

    Unfortunately at this point either the battery ran empty or the video reached its limit.
    With best regards, K-H.
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    This evening I had some fun with this configuration: A7r2 + TechArt PRO LM-EA7 adapter + Nikon-LM adapter + Noct-NIKKOR 58/1.2.
    The following images were shot at f/4 or f/5.6 handheld.

    These red flowers simply show up again each year.



    Next a Clematis. I have no idea what the reddish-brown thing is.


    Our home.


    Zeroing in on the bush with the tiny white blossoms.


    A bit more.


    And a bit more there seems to be a tiny Cricket or Grasshopper. Focusing first with the lens mechanism and then with the TechArt adapter one creates basically a macro lens.


    Here a shot of a Canyon Towhee leaving the water dish.


    And last but not least the beautiful evening light illuminating our backyard. No doubt I am in the Land of Enchantment!
    With best regards, K-H.
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