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The Truth About Sony a7/a7R Light Leaks

Sony a7


So here’s the deal, Sony admits there is a problem and most of us have seen examples of the problem, yet I still think everybody is overreacting.

If you haven’t heard, in simple terms, the lenses aren’t sealing well enough onto the mount of the Sony a7/a7r and under ridiculous (yes ridiculous) conditions will show that there is light leaking into your photo through the mount.  Here is an example of such leakage …

Sony a7 Light leak
Sony a7 Light leak

This is where it gets ridiculous and I think most people are being picky.  Yes the leak is pretty bad, yes a camera in the class of the Sony a7/a7R should not have these issues and yes nobody paid $2000 for this.  The photo above was achieved with these settings: ISO 25600, 20secs exposure.  On top of that the presence of a bright light source (flash, sun etc) needs to be in the area.

Let me just give you all a few minutes to let that sink in.  Think back on your photographic journey and tell me about the last time you took a LONG exposure photo at ISO 25600 under bright conditions. Let me guess, you can’t?  Neither can I, I do stupid shit with my camera just because I feel like it and I cannot find an example where I have personally used those settings (or anything along those lines). I have done 90sec exposures at ISO 100 in moderate lighting, 3min exposures at ISO 400 in the dark but nothing like the type of exposure required to bring out this light leak.

Anyway it’s not like this issue doesn’t happen in other cameras either, have a quick scroll through this site bringing up leaks in various DSLR’s.  So if you were thinking about buying a Sony a7 or a7R and this light leak issue is putting you off … don’t be that guy, nobody likes that guy, especially if you’re a hipster wannabe who adds light leaks to your instagram photos because clean images are too mainstream.

Neutral Bay, iPhone, Snapseed
Neutral Bay, iPhone, Snapseed

– Chris

P.S. Yes I acknowledge there are some of you who do encounter this problem in your field of work, my advice to you is to bring a DSLR.

Eternal Frustration

I am a huge Lakers fan, always has been and always will be.  Today it got a little too much for me (and I’m sure I can speak for the millions of Lakers fans out there).  For those of you who missed out on the “fun” here’s what I’m talking about.

Seriously, that’s the effort we got tonight?!  Excuse me while I learn to tie a noose with one hand.  48 POINTS!!! ARE YOU KIDDING?!  I know the Clippers have a stacked roster, even with Jamal Crawford and JJ Reddick injured they still managed to put together a bench that consisted of Glen Davis, Danny Granger, Matt Barnes, Hedo Turkoglu.  I know that the Lakers have been through injuries that teams don’t deal with in the span of 5 years .. Nash, Kobe, Nick Young to name a few.

And yes I know this is a lost season for the Lakers anyway, with Kobe not likely to come back from his kneww injury, Nash hobbling like Oscar Pistorius without his prosthetics one day and being superman the next.  On top of that we have a starting 5 and rotation consisting of guys like Ryan Kelly, Xavier Henry, Kendall Marshall, Kent Bazemore, Marshon Brooks (are you laughing yet?), and Robert Sacre (now you’re definitely laughing).

There’s all this talk about the Lakers tanking and getting a lottery pick, maybe landing Wiggins, Exum, Parker, Embiid etc and that’s all well and good but knowing the Laker’s luck we’ll have the 10th pick and miss them all.

Finally I’m going to address the hope of landing a superstar in free agency either this offseason or next.  Melo, Lebron, Love … looking at this Lakers roster, does anyone actually believe that anybody other than Lebron or Durant can resurrect this franchise?  Be real now, Carmelo fanboys don’t start talking, he’s proven himself to be a great scorer and nothing else.

I should make it clear that I am OK with losing.  I don’t mind watching the Lakers lose if they compete for 48 minutes and rally back from a large deficit like the recent loss vs Pelicans.  This Lakers v Clippers game pisses me off. WHERE IS THE PRIDE GUYS?! Pau needs to man up and put Blake Griffin on his ass!  If that ranga wants to throw cute lob passes to DeAndre Jordan, stick an elbow in his damn face!  And what the hell is up with Marshon Brooks and Kendall Marshall traveling? What kind of professional basketball player makes fundamental mistakes that even 15 year olds don’t do?  There was no pride, no togetherness, no team effort.  I’m surprised the Laker fans at Staples Center didn’t boo them off the court tonight.  The game got so bad that TWC resorted to showing Mitch Kupchak’s defeated face multiple times to take our minds off the living hell that was this game.

Rant over.  Go Lakers.