Category: Sony

Jason Lanier details 10 Reasons why he, a Professional Photographer, left Nikon and started shooting with Sony Mirrorless cameras

Jason Lanier a world renown Wedding Photographer and a lifelong Nikon shooter, details why he now shoots with Sony Mirrorless cameras.

He touches on price, 4K video capability, 409,000 (not a typo) ISO capability, being able to shoot at over 10 frames per second using a $650 Sony A6000. 

I loved his take on moveable rear LCD panels (something which made my life easier when shooting exotic cars for example)

This video was not sponsored by Sony. Pro Photogs will possibly get miffed viewing this video, especially if they are Nikon Fanboys. BTW, not once does Jason Lanier bash Nikon. He still owns his D4S, his D3S and D800 and lots of Nikon glass. He just states that his Sony gear is remarkably better and then details exactly why. He also makes a heck of a lot of sense.


Video is courtesy of the Jason Lanier YouTube channel.



Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Jason Lanier, a Pro Wedding Photographer switched from using a Nikon D800 to a Sony A6000, in the middle of a Disneyland Wedding shoot

Jason Lanier is a “really good” Wedding Photog. Up until, about the middle of Oct 2014, he would shoot Wedding using a Nikon kit including a D4S, a D3S and a D800 DSLR.

During the summer of 2014 Jason Lanier purchased a Sony A6000 camera, out curiosity about Sony’s mirrorless system.

About a week later, he was booked to shoot a wedding at Disneyland and so along came the Sony A6000.

He shot the couple’s First Look with the Nikon D800. Then he tried out the Sony A6000. He was so blown away by the ease of use, functionality, and image quality that he ended up using it for the entire wedding. His Nikon D800 was always there just in case he felt a need for it. Guess what, he didn’t.

Jason Lanier also films his all Wedding Shoots, as they happen. So his transition to the Sony A6000 was recorded.

This video shows what transpired as Jason started to shoot with the Sony A6000, along with Jason’s comments as it was happening.

Really nice of Jason Lanier to share this insightful video.


Video is courtesy of the Jason Lanier YouTube channel



Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Sony A7S Seminar by Philip Bloom, renown DSLR Filmmaker

Philip Bloom is a renown for his DSLR filmmaking.

B&H filmed a seminar on the Sony A7S camera, which they held in their store. B&H Photo is a Photo & Video superstore in New York, which is known around the world. In the 41 minute long seminar, Philip Bloom details the menus and features of the Sony A7S Mirrorless Camera, with tons of tips on how to get better quality results.

Video is courtesy of the B and H YouTube Channel


Posted by: Vincent Banial

Disclaimer: Any Trademarks mentioned in this post are owned by the respective Trademark owner. There could be unintentional errors or omissions in this post. Always refer to the official sites to confirm details and any ongoing changes or updates. This post is subject to change without notice.

New Sony A7M2 camera now available for per-order in the USA. To ship in early December

The Sony Store in the USA is taking perorders for the new Sony A7-2 camera. Interestingly one has to do a search on the Sony Store website for “Sony A7 2”  or “Sony A7M2” to find it.

The A7-2 camera is still “not” showing up on the Sony Store Canada website.

The estimated ship date posted on the Sony Store USA is Dec 08 2014. As I had stated in my prior post on the new Sony A7-2, it was possibly held back in North America until after the Black Friday hoopla has subsided.

Amazon in the US has the camera listed at $1,698.00 for the body only. Preorders are being taken. Shipping is only available to 50 US States. No international shipment.

The official Sony model name is ILCE7M2

Amazon is stating that the camera will be released on Dec 09 2014. That could imply that they might already have stock which has been quarantined until the agreed upon release date.

Amazon in the US also lists the Sony A7-2 complete with a Sony 28-70mm lens for $1,998.00. No details about the 28-70mm lens were posted. Only preorders are being taken, with the same “Release Date” of Dec 09 2014.

Tony Northrop has always posted informative reviews on YouTube. He recently added a Sony A7 2 Preview on Youtube which you can view below.

Video is courtesy of the Tony Northrup YouTube Channel

Posted by: Vincent Banial

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Prediction – only Canon and Sony will survive. Smartphones killing the Japanese Camera Makers. Just like Digital killed film in the past

My prediction is that in a few years, only Canon and Sony will still be in the Camera business.

Do you remember some of the great Film SLR manufacturers? Manufacturers such as Konica, Yashica, Mamiya, Contax and Bronica come to mind.

Even Minolta, who had the first cameras with Auto Focus, is out of the cameras making business.

Canon produces a lot more stuff than just digital cameras. They also produce Digital Camera Sensors.

Sony makes some great cameras, but more importantly they make Digital Camera Sensors and lots of other consumer goods.

Pentax has focused on the APS-C DSLR market. A full frame DSLR from Pentax may arrive later in 2014.

The Japanese Mirrorless Camera group includes FujiFilm, Panasonic and Olympus. Olympus has Sony backing it. Panasonic produces lots of consumer goods, but I’m not sure how profitable it is.

Mirrorless Camera sales outside of Japan have never caught on and are starting to drop.

Compact Camera sales worldwide have tanked.

Camera makers, IMHO, have stayed afloat thanks to the large number of compact cameras sold. Yes they made far less money (per camera sold) when compared to their DSLR sales, but Compact Cameras had huge sales volume.

Smartphones have cameras. Tablet computers of all sorts have digital cameras. They also make it easy for the consumer to share their photos with so called Social Media sites, like Facebook.

The quality of smartphone cameras is more than good enough for consumers. Posting a file on Facebook does not require the same file quality as a 16×20 inch physical print would. The quality benefit of DSLRs and their larger sensors is mute.

I suspect that the micro four thirds mirrorless market could disappear. APS-C cameras from Sony showed that you can put a larger sensor in a small body, with their NEX line.

Sadly I also suspect that more grande names will join the dust bin of history. My feeling is that Canon and Sony will survive. They produce a broad range of other products. They also produce their own camera sensors.

Sony in particular has spent massive amounts of money, over the last couple of years, to vastly increase the output capability of their Digital Sensor Fabs.

Sony was way ahead of the game, as they were heavily investing in Digital Camera Sensor fabs since at least 2010.

The next battleground I believe will be with Full Frame sensor DSLR cameras. As prices fall, there will be no point to buying APS-C sensor cameras. That will also help absorb Sony’s  Sensor manufacturing capacity.

The Chicago Tribune recently published a Reuters article about the sad state of the Japanese Camera Industry.

A major wild card is the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant with fresh plumes of radioactive steam rising above one of the damaged reactors near the end of December 2013. You have lots of Camera and Lens factories, 1/2 an hour to an hour away from that nuclear plant. Canon and Sony have factories located far away, elsewhere in Japan.

Sony A7 declared Camera of the Year. Pentax K3 declared best cropped sensor DSLR by the guys at The Camera Store

Video is courtesy of TheCameraStoreTV YouTube Channel

The guys at The Camera Store have come out with a video of their choices for the Camera of the Year. They cover both still and video cameras.

The DSLRs of 2013 are covered around the 5 minute mark.

The Sony A7 got the title for the Camera of the Year.

The Pentax K3 was honoured with 2nd place,  and also declared to be the best cropped sensor DSLR.

At about the 8 minute mark they start discussing their choice for the “worst” cameras. This section was rather surprising.

Sony a7 and a7R sample photos with RAW files and hands on preview

The Imaging Resource site has posted previews of the Sony a7 and also the Sony a7R.

Along with their reviews, they have made available sample photos and Raw files from both Sony cameras.

Please be considerate about which RAW file and how many files that you download from their site.

The Sony a7R sample photo RAW files are huge, at about 37 megs in size.

It was nice of Imaging Resource to make the sample image RAW files available.

Click on the following link to read the Sony a7 Review posted on Imaging Resource.

Click on the following link to view the Sony a7 sample photos gallery with RAW file download links at imaging Resource.

Click on the following link to read the Sony a7R Review posted on Imaging Resource.

Click on the following link to view the Sony a7R sample images gallery with RAW file download links at Imaging Resource.

Sony a7R is at the Top of the Best Sellers of Digital Cameras at B&H. The Pentax K3 is in spot #30

For the Sony a7R to be included on that list, it must be per-ordered (I assume). If that is true then a heck of lot of people must be pre-ordering the new Sony a7R.

What about the sister Sony model, the Sony a7 ?

The Sony a7 is sitting further down the list in spot #28.

The new Pentax K3 is following close to the Sony a7, in spot #30. That actually is pretty awesome for Pentax, as the K3 is not a Full Frame DSLR.

Since B&H Photo Video are huge retailers of Photo and Video gear, this bodes well for both Sony and also for Pentax. One could infer from the B&H Best Sellers list, that at present the Sony a7R is the Best Selling Digital camera in the USA.

Disclaimer: The above is subject to change without notice.

Sony a7R Sample Images shot in Toronto Canada, the USA and in London England

Downtown Camera is a great Toronto brick and mortar camera shop,  located on Queen St (just east of Yonge St). They were given a hands on demo of the new Sony a7R and were allowed to take sample photos.

Those sample pics are now posted on Flikr. Of course they are not amazingly great photographs, due to only having a few minutes to play with the new camera. Most were shot outside of the store. The alley shot is good for checking how shadow detail is handled.

They were also shot with a pre-production  Sony a7R camera. Rather surprising to be allowed to shoot sample photos and also share them.

Just click on the following link to view the sample images taken with the new Sony a7R by Downtown Camera in Toronto.

Luminous Landscapes posted a hands on review of the new Sony a7R, along with a sample photo. They even tried the Sony a7R with their 14-24mm Nikkor lens via a Novaflex adapter.

Mark at Photography Blog has posted 46 sample images taken using a pre-production Sony a7R.

Richard Kilpatrick has posted some Sony a7R sample images on PBase. He had a chance to shoot with pre-production cameras of both the Sony a7 and the Sony a7R, at the Sony event in London.

Disclaimer: Bear in mind that the photos were all taken using a pre-production Sony a7R.

Is it now Sony’s turn for new camera annoucements?

We have had Canon introduce their amazing 70D DSLR.

Next, Nikon released their D610.

Pentax then came out with the top of their DSLR range K-3.

The Japanese camera makers compete, but do not try to destroy one another (unlike camera fanboys). That makes for a more vibrant and larger industry.

Much like how different fast food restaurants will cluster together around particular street corners. Coexisting, increases the size of the market and provides plenty to sustain everyone.

New camera model releases are clustered around major shows, but are usually spread out so that everyone can get a bit of the spotlight.

So out of the big four, that leaves Sony. Rumor sites indicate that next week could be interesting.

Adobe Lightroom 5.2 released. Supports Canon 70D, Sony A3000 and other new cameras

Adobe has just released the latest Adobe Lightroom v5.2.

New cameras such as the Canon 70D and Canon G16, are now supported.

Other cameras such as the Sony A3000, the Pentax K50, the Pentax K500 and some of the newest cameras from Leica, Fujifilm, Olympus and Panasonic are also now supported.

You can read more info about about  Lightroom v5.2 and find download links at Adobe’s Lightroom Journal.

Photo Gallery with some of my photos from the 2013 MegaSpeed show

Custom car photo at 2013 MegaSpeed in Toronto. Photo credit

2013 MegaSpeed. Photo credit

To view the photo gallery of some of my photos from the 2013 MegaSpeed show, plse click on the following link: 2013 MegaSpeed Photo Gallery. When you get to the gallery, just keep clicking on the photos to make them larger. All photos were shot using a Sony A57.

Taking apart a Sony NEX 3 mirrorless camera, reveals a marvel of Sony Engineering.

English: Sony NEX-3 digital camera.

English: Sony NEX-3 digital camera. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Roger Cicala at Lens Rentals seems to enjoy taking cameras and lenses apart. At the Blog he walks thru the disassembly of  a Sony NEX 3 Mirrorless camera. Continue reading

Sony A58 sample photos. A58 SLT photos taken indoors , outdoors and High ISO performance comparison shots.

Sony has enabled some to shoot photos with Sony A58 production cameras. There has been a lot of interest from visitors here, in the Sony A58 SLT digital camera. Below are three websites which feature photos taken with the Sony A58 SLT cameras. Continue reading

Using old flash units on new digital cameras. How to damage your new DSLR by attaching an old High Trigger Voltage electronic flash to it.

The bargain bins at camera shops often have assorted Electronic Flash units. Especially the bins with the old junk. One man’s junk is another man’s gold. Sometimes that new-found bargain will cost you dearly, if you don’t know what you are doing.

Back in the film camera days, even the low-end SLR cameras could handle a flash trigger voltage of around 250 volts. Sometimes it could be even higher. That was from the hot shoe, not just the sync connector. Continue reading

Vizelex RhinoCam for Sony NEX e-Mount Cameras. Create a 140 megapixel Sony NEX 645 Medium Format camera System.

The Sony NEX 645 Medium Format Camera System has arrived – well sort of. Lots of talk on the internet about the RhinoCam.

Fotodiox has updated their website and you can now get official  info about this product. I had been reluctant to mention this product, until I could confirm it on the Fotodiox website.

Essentially it turns your Sony NEX camera into a Medium Format Camera scanning back. Continue reading

Photos of the Jim Buchanan Custom Accessory Grip for Sony NEX 6 and NEX 7 mirrorless digital cameras.

Accesoory camera grip for Sony NEX 6 & NEX 7 digital mirrorless cameras.

Accessory Grip for Sony NEX 6 & NEX 7 cameras. Photo credit Jim Buchanan. Photo used with permission.

Jim Buchanan has been kind enough to grant us permission to add, to our blogs, his photos of the Sony NEX 6 & 7 Grip which he had designed. Thanks Jim. I think this accessory Grip is a very useful item for owners of the Sony NEX 6 & NEX 7 cameras. Continue reading

Sony Nex 6 and Nex 7 accessory camera grip. Arca Swiss compatible.

The Sony Nex series of digital mirrorless cameras are wonderful tools. My only concern is that I have larger hands. A small camera body I find harder to hold, especially if you add a larger and heavier manual focus lens. Continue reading

Images from the new Sony A58, compared to images from the Sony A57 have been posted by a member of the SLR Club Forum.

A number of detailed images of the same subject matter, using the same lens were shot with the new Sony A58 and the Sony A57. The lens used was the Sigma 100mm Macro and the same lens was used on both cameras. That eliminates potential lens differences. Continue reading

New Sony A58 SLT SLR type digital camera is now available in North America

Sony USA today announced the availability of the new Sony A58 SLT digital camera in North America. A few days back, I had posted about the new A58 becoming available in Europe. Continue reading