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    Re: Fun with the Sony A7 and A7r series

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    I have two OEM batteries and two Wasabi. I've been testing them, comparing their charge longevity and such. They are identical, far as I can tell. It's up to you to spend nearly 3x as much for Sony branded batteries if that's what makes you comfortable, never mind the 'free' charger thrown in. I understand the comfort issue.. Sometimes it's worth it. I don't think it is in this case, but that's me.

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    Lucky you to have 2 OEM and 2 of Wasabi, maybe later i will buy 2 of each either, but could be that i want to start with OEM first.

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    "Doors Open and Doors Closed"









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    Lake Union; looking South towards downtown.

    A7r, 55mm f/1.8, 1/6400s @ f/1.8, ISO 100


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    She soon lost interest.

    A7, 35mm f/2.8, 1/125s @ f/2.8, ISO 6400


    A7, 35mm f/2.8, 1/125s @ f/3.2, ISO 6400


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    I was being a bit 'touristy' in my own home town today and was at Wellington Arch in the centre of Hyde Park Corner in time to see the daily procession of the Household Cavalry, in this case the Life Guards, through the arch.

    All A7+FE 35/2.8







    This is detail from the frame above - I didn't know the 35/2.8 could do portraits!


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    Lucky you to have 2 OEM and 2 of Wasabi, maybe later i will buy 2 of each either, but could be that i want to start with OEM first.

    Thank you!
    I have to point out that the reason I bought the Wasabi batts was that I had two OEM batteries and the Sony battery charger was back-ordered. I think it's idiotic of them to supply the camera with only a power supply to charge batteries (very very slowly) in the camera. I was fishing about for a cheap battery charger, they're usually about $10, so I could charge my batteries. I found that the Wasabi batteries at $30 came with a charger, so I figured "$20 for two batteries? good deal, I'll give them a try..."

    Of course, buying the Wasabis meant that my backordered Sony charger arrived a day later. The Sony charger is nicer ... but it does exactly the same job.

    Such it is. ;-)

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    Two with the A7r+Leica R 50 cron


    Old stump near waterfront market. SEP2 conversion to monochrome.



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    Your first post doesn't show a picture for me, but the second is a beauty, what an animal, and it looks so relaxed. Just our son's house cat, but I know that isn't the case

    Only wondering what the slight hazy/blueish areas of the picture are, flare from the backlight or some branches very close that are way out of focus?

    Today I went to Fort Duffel, a recently fully restored WW I fort in the outer ring around Antwerp. However I was not lucky, it will only open to the public on May 4 and due to the ongoing last construction they didn't allow me in. So I had to make do with the view at the entrance gate and through some peep-holes. I thought B&W fitted the theme well.

    1: Entrance tunnel


    2: Peep hole 1


    3: Peep hole 2


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    pegelli, your asparagus fields and your tunnel entry are awesome IMHO. Well done!

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    +1. Never had an issue with Wasabi batteries. First used them on my Nex-7 - they last as long or in some cases longer than the Sony OEMs.

    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I have two OEM batteries and two Wasabi. I've been testing them, comparing their charge longevity and such. They are identical, far as I can tell. It's up to you to spend nearly 3x as much for Sony branded batteries if that's what makes you comfortable, never mind the 'free' charger thrown in. I understand the comfort issue.. Sometimes it's worth it. I don't think it is in this case, but that's me.

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    A few more from the Tamron Adaptall 17a. It is a wonderfully compact 35-70mm 3.5 with a great built in macro function. All of the shots here were taken with just the lens, no tubes or close up filters. It isnt true macro but works well in pinch. Hope you enjoy.

    under an eggshell sky


    fairies in the dusk


    tall into the night


    to paint the other side


    vanquish (straight out of the camera btw, toy camera mode)


    forest of the morning's night (also sooc, high contrast monochrome mode)
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    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I have two OEM batteries and two Wasabi. I've been testing them, comparing their charge longevity and such. They are identical, far as I can tell. It's up to you to spend nearly 3x as much for Sony branded batteries if that's what makes you comfortable, never mind the 'free' charger thrown in. I understand the comfort issue.. Sometimes it's worth it. I don't think it is in this case, but that's me.
    Quote Originally Posted by jaree View Post
    +1. Never had an issue with Wasabi batteries. First used them on my Nex-7 - they last as long or in some cases longer than the Sony OEMs.
    Quote Originally Posted by Godfrey View Post
    I found that the Wasabi batteries at $30 came with a charger, so I figured "$20 for two batteries? good deal, I'll give them a try..."

    Of course, buying the Wasabis meant that my backordered Sony charger arrived a day later. The Sony charger is nicer ... but it does exactly the same job.
    Knowing how volatile and dangerous lithium-ion batteries can be (there is a very very good reason why they are scrutinized by transportation companies) I buy nothing but OEM batteries and chargers. Any saving or convenience is never worth a chance that safety of my family, me, and those around me, will be reduced / endangered. I don't gamble with that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoranC View Post
    Knowing how volatile and dangerous lithium-ion batteries can be (there is a very very good reason why they are scrutinized by transportation companies) I buy nothing but OEM batteries and chargers. Any saving or convenience is never worth a chance that safety of my family, me, and those around me, will be reduced / endangered. I don't gamble with that.
    That's about ten degrees more paranoid than I can muster, on a scale of seven.

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    That's about ten degrees more paranoid than I can muster, on a scale of seven.
    One doesn't need to research a lot to find out there is absolutely nothing paranoid when it comes to treating lithium ion batteries with due respect. Taking shortcuts on safety to save $20-ish? I'm sorry, but that makes absolutely no sense to me. Those to which $20-ish makes that much difference don't have thousands of dollars worth in camera and lenses in same bag. And those that do have thousands of dollars in camera and lenses make absolutely no sense to me when they look at non-OEM batteries and chargers, especially if motivator is to save few bucks.

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    A few more from the Tamron Adaptall 17a. It is a wonderfully compact 35-70mm 3.5 with a great built in macro function. All of the shots here were taken with just the lens, no tubes or close up filters. It isnt true macro but works well in pinch. Hope you enjoy.
    ..beautiful images.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZoranC View Post
    Knowing how volatile and dangerous lithium-ion batteries can be (there is a very very good reason why they are scrutinized by transportation companies) I buy nothing but OEM batteries and chargers. Any saving or convenience is never worth a chance that safety of my family, me, and those around me, will be reduced / endangered. I don't gamble with that.
    I'm not trolling but I assume you know that the batteries you buy from the camera manufacturer are produced for them by an OEM manufacturer?

    I wouldn't be surprised if any of the third party batteries on sale are actually from the same manufacturer as the camera branded ones.

    Personally, I purchase OEM batteries from ExPro. I've used them in my RX1, A7, both my DPxMs and my Ricoh GR.

    I haven't been hit by exploding camera shrapnel, yet.

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    A few from Christmastime that I just got to.

    A7, 35mm f/2.8, 1/100s @ f/4, ISO 400


    A7, 35mm f/2.8, 1/100s @ f/4, ISO 400


    A7, 35mm f/2.8, 1/125s @ f/4, ISO 320


    A7, 35mm f/2.8, 1/125s @ f/4, ISO 400


    A7, 55mm f/1.8, 1/200s @ f/2.5, ISO 1600


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    The new Boeing 787 has a quite warm floor location near the toilet block. I know this because I pad around in socks to avoid DVT on long flights. I wonder if they are the Li-ion batteries under the floor. The literature suggests they are. Useful if you get cold feet though.

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    a7r voigt 12mm
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    I've been using generic batteries since the nex-5. I'm glad Sony didn't luck out non oem batteries on the a7.

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    "Very Wide BW"

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    Well, thanks about that batteries issue.

    I placed an order on one battery i think of OEM from B&H, doesn't matter how OEM it is, also i asked that because i don't like ordering from Amazon, they have idiot/stupid rules for shipping to my country, so i must ship to a private address in one of 3 countries [USA, UK, China], then from there they send to my country, very long time and also not cheap at long run at all, so i only have B&H[and similar such as Adorama] or eBay, and eBay shipping time is also long sometimes [10 days up to 3 weeks]
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    Sony A7 + Elmarit-R 24mm f/2.8
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    From this morning's walk.
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    Thanks Ben! I'm holding off printing it until I reload the Photo Blavk ink and use some Exhibition Fiber or similar paper for this one. I'll test on my usual matte papers, but I think the flat surface will kill the sparkle in it.

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    Here are a few from today's first trip of the year to the loveliest bluebell wood I know. I shot them on the A7R and the 24-70 and 55 F1.8 and was able to check them on the spot on my new Surface Pro, which I love and hate by turns. But at least there's now a machine that is small and light for hiking and travel but runs full lightroom, or behaves like a tablet when required.











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    Very nice set!
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    Thanks Ben! I'm holding off printing it until I reload the Photo Blavk ink and use some Exhibition Fiber or similar paper for this one. I'll test on my usual matte papers, but I think the flat surface will kill the sparkle in it.

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    Have you tried Hahnemühle PhotoRag Bright White?

    I suppose you are on an 3800/3880, BW printed with the ABW Driver on this paper works excellent with very good blacks and a sparkling white and an outstanding overall tonality..

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    Quote Originally Posted by tashley View Post
    Here are a few from today's first trip of the year to the loveliest bluebell wood I know. I shot them on the A7R and the 24-70 and 55 F1.8 and was able to check them on the spot on my new Surface Pro, which I love and hate by turns. But at least there's now a machine that is small and light for hiking and travel but runs full lightroom, or behaves like a tablet when required.
    Hi Tim,

    What do you love and hate on the Surface Pro so far in short? I am curious!

    Lovely images!

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    after trying many, my fav B/W paper is Canson Satin Baryta (been printing in piezo with it)

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    Tim, nice shots!

    For my taste your new borders are to wide posted here and i would not show the filename.

    No Windows for me , but having full LR is nice on a tablet for sure...

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    This third one stands out, it is my favorite of the lot.

    Interesting that Surface Pro : I'd be glad to hear more about your experiences with it, which model and and why you chose it. I need something for this summer and I'm hesitating.. But I think I will rather get a laptop in order to get a) enough power and b) a good enough display which can be somewhat calibrated and a little more trustful for tones and colors.

    Quote Originally Posted by tashley View Post
    Here are a few from today's first trip of the year to the loveliest bluebell wood I know. I shot them on the A7R and the 24-70 and 55 F1.8 and was able to check them on the spot on my new Surface Pro, which I love and hate by turns. But at least there's now a machine that is small and light for hiking and travel but runs full lightroom, or behaves like a tablet when required.



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    Came back from my first photo trip for years
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    Thanks for the comments everyone!

    The Surface Pro is often a revelation, there are so many things I like about it but it is also, unfortunately very unstable and can be quite hard to use: for example, getting the trackpad to do what you want is a real challenge (it is inconsistent between applications and I can't seem to change that) and it keeps on crashing and freezing, like win doze machines of old. For example I am currently typing this in a Mac Pro because the Surface has taken fifteen minutes and a restart to wake form simple sleep. So all in all, though I wish Apple made something with this form factor, I'm afraid that IMHO the Microsoft attempt shows exactly why they have lost so much ground in the past few years. It just feels like a beta, even though it's the second version. Pity.
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    Back on the Surface now that it has deigned to wake up - regarding the frame size and so on for the photos, they were done from Lightfoot on the Surface and it is a teething issue with setting up an identity plate (no likeable fonts) and with getting Custom Page sizes, which I can't do in Windows in any clear way but which is a breeze on a Mac.. so in the end I gave up!

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    That does not sound to good Tim.
    As much that i love my iPad, the new LR Mobile is as well not very useful..
    On the way with car i always take the MBP with me.

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    Trouble is with the MBP that when you travel with it and an ipad, it starts to get too heavy with all the camera gear too. I really weaned the Surface to be goof but it is waaay too glitchy for serious use IMHO.

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    It's been a seemingly endless, cold, snow-filled Winter here in Maine. There is, however, finally some evidence that Spring has truly arrived. This picture was just a quick snapshot this morning, but it gave me hope for better, warmer days to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tashley View Post
    Trouble is with the MBP that when you travel with it and an ipad, it starts to get too heavy with all the camera gear too. I really weaned the Surface to be goof but it is waaay too glitchy for serious use IMHO.
    Thanks Tim!
    So that is settled then. No surface for now. Bring my notebook, a bit more heave but it works.
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    "Springtime Promises" - inspired and in memoriam Bert Jansch and Pentangle

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    Back to that paper type, why you mentioned those papers so far? I see Luster as top most popular over other types of papers, why is that?

    I have Epson 3800, and i love that Luster and also Kodak Semi-Glossy, but i didn't test other many papers types to see, but i saw one paper as a sample printed with a portrait image, it was popping/standing out like a 3D, the black and tonality is amazing, the surface is matte or very similar to matte, not cotton and not canvas, so i hope to know what is that paper type, i forgot the name.
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    Back to that paper type, why you mentioned those papers so far? I see Luster as top most popular over other types of papers, why is that?

    I have Epson 3800, and i love that Luster and also Kodak Semi-Glossy, but i didn't test other many papers types to see, but i saw one paper as a sample printed with a portrait image, it was popping/standing out like a 3D, the black and tonality is amazing, the surface is matte or very similar to matte, not cotton and not canvas, so i hope to know what is that paper type, i forgot the name.
    I never use luster.. It was designed to mask problems with sharpness, and as a result it tends to kill sharpness a little.

    I usually print to matte papers, Hahnemuhle Bamboo, Epson Velvet Fine Art, Epson Hot Press Natural. Smooth, high detail surface. For photos that want a little more brilliance, Epson Exhibition Fiber is great.

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    I prefer matt (Baryta) papers as well but thats certainly a question of personal taste.
    It has a more artistic feeling to me and i like the tonality. HM Bamboo is very nice too, if the warmer white fits to the subject.

    Never use semi gloss or Luster , when i want glossy i use very glossy like Pictorico High Glossy Film (has a Cibachrome feeling to it) or Harman Baryta Gloss FBAI (now sold by Hahnemühle). I agree that Luster has sharpness problems.

    Sorry can't help about that searched for paper but would suspect that it is a Baryta.

    The printing forum is probably the better place to discuss paper topics....

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    Another view from the same region....finally one camera can compete with my D800
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