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A journey from Chilean Patagonia across the land of Volcanos to Valparaiso captured with the Sony A7R


(Video available in 3K and 4K (1440p and 2160p) as well here: http://youtu.be/TlB-MIRYqRo)

If you ever thought about travelling to "the end of the world", this article may give you an impression, how I saw this terrific part of South America through my eyes (ok, to be more precise: through the Sony A7R with some lenses mentioned at the end). On this journey from Punta Arenas, the southernmost city on the South American mainland we crossed Patagonian snow capped mountains "Torres Del Paine", volcanos, fjords, exotic flora and fauna, chilled on Chiloe and roamed the narrow alleys of the Unesco world heritage Valparaiso.

For a better orientation about the locations shown here, you may use this interactive map:

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Anamorphic Project - First Tests of the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50, Updated!

09. Feb. 2013 - Part 1 & 2, testing the wide screen effect and image quality of the final SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x 50:

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This wide screen (21:9) sample video was recorded in Full HD (1920x1080p) using the Sony A7R with Zeiss FE 2.8/35 and Zeiss FE 1.8/55 combined with the new SLR Magic Anamorphot 1.33x - 50 anamorphic ancillary lens. Subsequent horizontal stretching in postprocessing was applied in order to save more information from the original sensor resolution than simple letterboxing. Sorry for the sometimes a bit jittery pan shots but on that beautyful day I did not have a fluid tripod head available at my fingertips. There may be some additional jitter due to the uncommon video format that forces many decoders to switch from hardware to software decoding. Further test videos will focus more on creating flare and bokeh effects.

Here you see the diopter set and the Anamorphot used for the video attached to a Sony A7R with Zeiss FE 2.8/35mm lens and some additional step up adapter rings.


Looking through the lens shows the 1.33x squeeze:

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Most Adorable 50s - Zeiss Otus & Sonnar, Leica Noctilux & Summilux, SLR Magic HyperPrime


Some time ago, we already compared a large selection of more or less adorable 50mm lenses on an APS-C crop camera (NEX-7) here. Now it's time for a sequel where we squeeze out the currently most adored 50s attaching them to the 36 MP full frame Sony A7R.

The candidates this time were (from left to right, the Leica M bodies this time only acted as lens cap ;-)):

  • Leica Summilux 50mm f/1.4 ASPH
  • Zeiss FE Sonnar T* 55mm f/1.8
  • Zeiss Otus Apo Distagon T* 55mm f/1.4
  • SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95
  • Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 ASPH

As far as I can remember, 50mm lenses always were a compromise and optimized for a certain purpose. So you had to decide between large aperture (typically f/1.4) portrait lenses designed for available light and optimized to isolate a subject in a range of 1 to 3 m from its environment with a smooth background blur or for a landscape lens that is perfectly sharp all over the frame at f/5.6 - f/8 on large distances. But 2013 Zeiss stepped in with a "no compromises" lens demonstrating that it is possible to build a lens covering all purposes with maximum image quality, the "Otus 1.4/55".

Only the Zeiss FE Sonnar T* 1.8/55 is a native lens that was launched by Sony together with their new series of full frame cameras, the A7 and A7R. All other lenses had to be adapted using a Leica M to E-mount adapter or (in case of the Otus in ZF.2 mount version) a F-mount to E-mount adapter. I do not want to bother you with too many details about these lenses. Some of them were already covered in other articles here and on other web sites and I am sure, you will be able to find out all technical data you need - otherwise feel free to contact me by E-mail.

In the first part of this comparison review we will use the lenses in real world situations where they are best suited for:

Portraits

The following series was taken at a subject distance of about 1.2m (approx. 4 ft.). All images are

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Bokeh Dreams from 21mm to 135mm with Sony A7 & A7R


Dec. 2013 - Since the new full frame mirrorless "ILCE" cameras (A7 and A7R) from Sony were presented in October, thanks to its small flange distance many users where thrilled by the option to adapt nearly every lens. In the wide angle range, there was quite a lot of frustration, but another article here shows some of the best options in the UWA range. In this article we will focus on lenses that give you great "virtual 3D" options to seperate objects by playing with depth of field (DOF) and beautiful bokeh. 

This article will cover the following lenses (downwards sorted by focal length and maximum aperture):

135mm

Let us start right with an example from the Sony STF 135mm f/2.8 T4.5:


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Due to its very specialized construction, this lens fascinated me since a long time but its focal length was a bit long when used on crop sensors (APS-C, FourThirds etc.). The full frame sensor of the Sony A7R changed the game...

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Flammenspuk - Fire Artistry Show "Kobold Streit" (Goblin Hassle)

November 2013 - Enjoy the "Kobold Streit" (goblin hassle) with lots of "Schabernack" (hoax) performed by Caro and Kathleen from "Duo Flammenspuk":

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The video was recorded using Sony A7R with Zeiss FE 2.8/35 and Carl Zeiss / Contax Planar T* 85mm f/1.4 lenses.

For more information about "Flammenspuk", please visit http://www.flammenspuk.de

 

UPDATED: Ultra Wide Angle M-Mount Lenses THAT WORK On Sony A7R (Leica "WATE" Tri Elmar 16-18-21mm f/4 ASPH and Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH)

If you visited this article earlier, you may want to jump directly to the UPDATE.


Oct./Nov. 2013 - If you followed all that buzz and bashing on the new mirrorless fullframe cameras from Sony, the A7 and A7R (also named as ILCE-7 and ILCE-7R), you may have got the impression that these cameras are not suited to be used together with wide ange M-mount lenses from Leica, Zeiss and Voigtländer. My conflicting message is, that it will work perfectly fine, if you choose the right lens. 

You propably saw many articles like the "torture test" of Ron Sheffler, who came to the conclusion "Results on the a7 are for the most part disappointing. All I can surmise at the moment is that the toppings on the a7′s sensor work against achieving optimal (or in some cases, good enough) results with the rangefinder lenses I had available for this test". You propably also read Steve Huff's 1st impressions coming to the conclusion "But seriously, if you are primarily an ultra wide Leica M lens shooter, you may want to skip these bodies.".

Before going into detail of my conflicting message,

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Flammenspuk - Fire Artistry Show "Spieluhr"

September 2013 - During a wedding I had the chance for another insight into the world of fire artistry performed by two exceptionally charming and creative girls. Enjoy some snippets from the Show "Spieluhr" by Caro and Kathleen from "Duo Flammenspuk"

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The video was recorded using SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 and Sony 10-18mm F4 OSS.

For more information about "Flammenspuk", please visit http://www.flammenspuk.de

 

Sunny 35s - Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 vs. Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS vs. SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 comparison review


August 2013 - time for some summerly (re-)views. Before this autumn will propably distract us to new fullframe NEX camera bodies and lenses, let us compare some of the latest offerings in the range of bright ~35mm lenses with a field of view equivalent to a 50mm lens on fullframe sensors. Beside some others, you can currently choose between the new Zeiss Touit Planar T* 32mm f/1.8, the Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS and the SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 (available from September 2013). This article will provide you an in-depth comparison between these lenses.

Before we go into details, let's compare sizes of the main competitors:


Left: Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS, right: Zeiss Touit Planar T* 1.8/32 and their lens hoods
(image taken with the HyperPrime CINE 35 T0.95 (stopped down to T4.0 still showing round circles of confusion)

The Sony lens is a tad more compact than the Zeiss, the latter appears a bit more solid and with nicer haptics.
Before we come to a more detailed comparison, let me show you an example that I find quite significant for this type of lens, as it gives a good idea about the viewing angle and the depth-of-field that you can achieve at 32mm f/1.8 on an APS-C crop sensor:


Triathlon world championship 2013 in Hamburg, shot with the Zeiss Touit 1.8/32 @ F1.8

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