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    Sony A7R B+W conversion

    I am thinking of converting my Sony A7R to a dedicated B+W camera. Can I expect any focusing problems with any sony FE or 3rd party lenses? Who/What company is recommended for such a conversion?

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    Simply upgrading to A7r2 or r3 and then converting files to BW might be a better way to go. You’d preserve the option of using the BW conversion color sliders, which IMO is an important part of contemporary BW tonal control.

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by felix5616 View Post
    I am thinking of converting my Sony A7R to a dedicated B+W camera. Can I expect any focusing problems with any sony FE or 3rd party lenses? Who/What company is recommended for such a conversion?
    I had my A7r converted to full spectrum monochrome by Monochrome Imaging Services. I'm very pleased with the monochrome A7r with both Sony FE lenses and 3rd party lenses as well. Vivek has also used this company for his monochrome conversions.
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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by felix5616 View Post
    I am thinking of converting my Sony A7R to a dedicated B+W camera. Can I expect any focusing problems with any sony FE or 3rd party lenses? Who/What company is recommended for such a conversion?
    I am the satisfied owner of an A7r modified by Daniel Morrison at MonochromeImaging (MonochromeImaging.com). Daniel knows his stuff and can modify your camera include or exclude IR. It took me some practice to get the optimum exposure and I had to tweak the viewfinder to approximate the grayscale, but in my view the effort was worth it. To get the best out of your monochrome camera you will need some color contrast filters e.g., yellow, green, orange, red, to separate colors that would otherwise map to the same shades of gray, but again the process is not difficult. Also, there is a useful utility called Monochrome2DNG (fastrawviewer.com) that removes the magenta cast that you would otherwise have to dial out in Lightroom. So a quick trip to Monochrome2DNG, then into Lightroom and process as usual.

    When all is said and done I think the conversion is worth the effort. Some of my prints from the A7r(m) are better than silver prints I made from 5x7 negatives in the darkroom. True, you give up the color sliders in Lightroom/Photoshop but somehow I prefer the tones from my A7r(m) to prints from my new A7riii processed monochrome in Lightroom.

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    Daniel has since sold the Company or in the process. No work is being done

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by msadat View Post
    Daniel has since sold the Company or in the process. No work is being done
    Not true. He's finishing up my conversion this weekend. He still owns the company.

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    i have contacted him several times and thats what he said.

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    Quote Originally Posted by msadat View Post
    i have contacted him several times and thats what he said.
    Hi,

    I'm not sure when you last contacted him, but perhaps send him an email and see what he says. Perhaps he is slowing down his work, but he is just finishing up my conversion. Also, he told me that he has a list of people that want it done. I'll post pics when I get it back and take some test shots.

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    Re: Sony A7R B+W conversion

    as soon as i saw your post, i contacted him

    Quote Originally Posted by JoelM View Post
    Hi,

    I'm not sure when you last contacted him, but perhaps send him an email and see what he says. Perhaps he is slowing down his work, but he is just finishing up my conversion. Also, he told me that he has a list of people that want it done. I'll post pics when I get it back and take some test shots.

    GL

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