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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.

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.

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.

Duolingo = Busy Days

Over the next week or so there may not be too many posts from here … and there is a very good reason.  I’ve recently rediscovered Duolingo.  If you haven’t checked it out already, and are interested in learning another language I would definitely recommend you check it out.



When you enter the site you’ll see something along these lines after you have created a profile and selected the language you want to learn.  For English speakers there’s currently Spanish, French, German, Portugese, Italian and they’re still working on more languages.  The lessons/activities are well structured and they have built in plenty of revision lessons to “strengthen your skills” so you don’t forget the things you’ve learnt.

The iPhone and iPad apps have the basic ability to do all the lessons and progress your skills while the browser based version has more such as discussion forums and a deeper explanation of grammar.  Best of all it’s all free.  So now that I’ve told you about a language app that is fun and free, what are you all waiting for?