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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.


Double Down!

On 30th March 2011, the KFC Double Down was officially released in Sydney.  I know, it’s a long time to wait since it was released on April 12 2010 in the US.  As you would expect, we were pretty eager to go check out what was widely ridiculed as extremely unhealthy. 

The Double Down contains a full day’s worth of sodium according to the American Heart Association’s guidelines.  Of course this had no affect on sales, selling over 350 000 sandwiches in less than 10 days in Canada. 


Above: A picture of yours truly.  Zinger fillet, cheese, bacon, sauce, cheese, zinger fillet.  A real man’s “burger”

I also HAD to take a video of our experience with the double down (which we managed to get our hands on the night before).  Scroll down for Episode 1 of the series Smile


Taking on the Double Down: Episode I. Shot with the Canon EOS 5D MkII and EF 17-40mm f4L


Stay tuned for Episode II, where we up the stakes, manhood on the line

His Mistakes

Some time between 1882 and 1941, an wise man that went by the name James Joyce said “A man’s errors are his portals of discovery”


Throughout history, there have been many cases of people making mistakes that eventually turned into a great invention.

Corn Flakes – 1894, Dr. John Harvey Kellogg left some boiled wheat sitting in the sun which eventually went stale.  The Kellogg brothers sent it through rollers to make some dough, instead flakes came out.  These flakes were then toasted and became a huge hit with his patients.  In 1906, the Kellogg’s company was founded … to sell Corn Flakes.

Microwave Ovens – While researching for the Raytheon Corporation, Percy Spencer was experimenting with a new vacuum tube called the magnetron.  As this happened, the candy bar in his pocket began to melt.  He then tried an experiment with popcorn, when it began to pop Spencer saw the potential and the first microwave oven was built in 1947.

Fireworks – Legend has it that it was accidentally invented by a cook, about 2000yrs ago, who mixed together charcoal, sulphur and saltpeper. When the mixture burned and compressed in a bamboo tube, it exploded.  Today various chemicals are added to a mixture of materials to create the different colours.

Penicillin – 1928, Alexander Fleming accidentally left a dish of the staph bacteria uncovered for a couple of days.  When he came back he saw bacterial growth except for the area of the Petri dish where the mould Penicillin notatum was growing.  The substance from this mould (named Penicillin) was later isolated by Howard Florey and Ernst Chain.  All 3 involved received the Nobel Prize in 1945, rightfully so as they revolutionised medicine as we know it. 

The image above is also a mistake, one of my favourites too.  I was out with some other photographers Josh Hendricks and Alex Cheung at Wollongong and Kiama doing some general location scouting and bits of landscape photography.  As we were climbing the rocks/cliff near Kiama blowhole, I decided to take some bracketed exposures for a HDR image.  Turns out when I got home, I decided to edit the –2 exposure and out came this photograph!  It was a classic example of everything falling into the right place at the right time:
– Bright skies with great clouds
– Dark rocks
– Josh in the photo
– Water on the rocks
– Polarizing filter on my lens
If one of the above elements wasn’t there, this image would be pretty ordinary.

After some quick researching, here are some other awesome examples of photographic mistakes that turned out great.  They include corrupt files, double exposed film, motion blur, wrong white balance, misfires, overexposed shots … whatever. 

Get out there and make some mistakes, one day you’ll tell me about it Smile

NB: Wollongong/Kiama photos still to come, stay tuned