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A more in depth look at the Sony a7 with metabones EF adapter

Here’s a few things I noticed with the Sony a7 and metabones adapter:

  1. The idea is great, sharp lenses with a great sensor.
  2. Autofocus (AF) generally work alright with L lenses.
  3. AF hunts a bit, focusing took about 4 secs with the 17-40L.
  4. Focus peaking works, but still requires a bit of practise.

That being said, I’ll let the photos speak for themselves. There is minimal post processing in the following photos so you can get a better idea of what to expect out of the camera and lens combination.

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Cockatoo Island, Sony a7 with Canon EF 17-40 f4L

When you nail the , the combination of quality glass and the Sony sensor delivers even in the dark.

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Sony a7 with Canon EF 17-40 f4L.

This one is all about the sensor, plenty of highlight and shadow detail that I managed to recover in Lightroom for this shot.

5 minute exposure with Sony a7 and Canon EF 17-40 f4L.
5 minute exposure with Sony a7 and Canon EF 17-40 f4L.

This photo had noise reduction performed in camera by the ay. My advise, turn off the automatic long exposure noise reduction otherwise you’ll be standing there for another 5 minutes waiting for the image to process.

Next up will be a more thorough test of the camera with a fast Canon prime at Vivid Sydney.

Stay tuned.

 

Quick review of Lifeproof Nuud iPhone 5s case

For years I’ve been looking for a good waterproof case for my iPhone. There are only a few conditions to meet the “good” rating, but many have failed.

A good waterproof case is: 

– waterproof to >1m 

– shock proof 

– maintains touch screen sensitivity 

– reasonably thin

With that in mind I’ve tried quite a few cases. The first was, unsurprisingly, lifeproof for iPhone 4s. It was light, reasonably compact, and was waterproof. The major drawback was the thin plastic film that it had to deal off the screen, it wasn’t flat on the iPhone screen which made texting a bit of a pain in the ass.

Next came the lifeproof fre for iphone 5, this came with promises for better screen sensitivity while maintaining all the positives from the previous version. The verdict: slightly better sensitivity but just not enough to make a difference for serial messaging (or in this case blogging).

I dug a little deeper and found mixed reviews about the Atlas ID by Incipio. It had a solid, flat, glass panel which promised to have good screen sensitivity and the case also maintains TouchID with iPhone 5s. In short, the screen sensitivity sucked. I had to press down hard for anything to register on the touch screen and TouchID only worked about half the time anyway. Well, that was a major disappointment and a waste of $80. In fact if anyone wants to give this case a go, I still have it, it’s up for grabs.

Just as I was about to give up on my search for a good waterproof case, I decided to give the Lifeproof Nuud a shot. My experience with it has been nothing short of life changing! The case looks great, it’s light, it comes with an adhesive screen protector, I keep TouchID and best of all there is NOTHING between my fingers and he screen! The screen protector is only to protect against scratches and has nothing to do with the waterproofness of the case.

So there we havd it, I have found the greatest waterproof case for iPhone and it was less than $80 on eBay.  Keep an eye out for a more in depth review of this case in the near future.

Lensbaby for iPhone

For those of you who have used Lensbaby products for DSLR’s and CSC’s, they have now introduced a new product … for your iPhone.  I’m sure a LOT of people have been asking for this, and I’m intrigued myself to see how it turns out!  Below are some of the sample images that they’ve provided …

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Photo by Caitlin Crislip
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Photo by Keri Friedman
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Photo by Caroline Jensen

 

I can definitely see the exciting possibilities that this opens up for iPhone shooters and all you instagram people.  Right now you can back the project on Kickstarter for $50, which is a reasonable price for a decent iPhone lens attachment (the Olloclip is around $80).  Even though it’s not the prettiest looking thing, and requires you to stick a thin piece of magnet to your phone, I’m excited to see what people can do with this lens once it starts shipping.

According to the Kickstarter campaign, we’re looking at July/August for deliveries to start arriving.