#558. The Monday Post (13 Feb 2017) – The anti-anti-Sony rant

#558. The Monday Post (13 Feb 2017) – The anti-anti-Sony rant

My pet rant over recent years has been against Sony.   Sony got me into the mirrorless world with the wonderful NEX-5n. That and tiny Zeiss and Voigtlander lenses reinvented the way I traveled with cameras. Right up to the point where, in the middle of a remote West Australian

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  • # 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)
  • # 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)
  • # 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)

# 391. Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not)

Pre(r)amble This post started as a semi-rant as you’ll soon see. While I was dithering whether to click the post button, an e-mail conversation sprung-up between myself, Scottish photographer and friend Bob Hamilton and DS’ own Pascal Jappy. Predictably, they were both rhapsodising about their new A7RIIs, making my decision

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#287. The Susans’ day out.

#287. The Susans’ day out.

It’s just past seven on a dark, wet and chilly morning and I’ve dragged my less than svelte being up what seemed like several thousand steps to the entrance of Sacre Coeur, where I am due to meet co-DS-blogger Pascal. I find him on the steps of this huge church,

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#217. Should you buy a Pentax 645Z (implied: or a Sony A7R)?

#217. Should you buy a Pentax 645Z (implied: or a Sony A7R)?

In late 2010, Pentax stunned the Medium Format photo world by releasing a 40Mpix camera at a price point that seriously undercut the competition’s. Using a 44x33mm CCD, it slightly outresolved the best full-frame DSLRs such as the D800e at base ISO, but crumbled rapidly after ISO 800 and suffered

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#210. The Leica Macro-Elmarit-R 60/2.8, the soulful engineer

#210. The Leica Macro-Elmarit-R 60/2.8, the soulful engineer

Some lenses are clearly designed with specialists in mind, while others can shine at any challenge you throw at them. The Leica Macro-Elmarit-R 60mm f/2.8 is (almost) one such lens. It focuses right up to 30cm from the sensor (15cm from the front lens), which equates to a 1:2 reproduction

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#191. Leica Summicron-R 50/2 : the perfect 50 for the Sony A7r ?

#191. Leica Summicron-R 50/2 : the perfect 50 for the Sony A7r ?

It was this lovely article by Tim ashley that brought this lens to my attention. I bought one for my NEX-5n 18 months ago, didn’t love it as much as I had hoped (chiefly because of the resulting 75mm equivalent focal length), sold it to a fellow photographer reader of

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#190. Leica Apo-Telyt 135/3.4 (on Sony A7r) : the Long Ranger

#190. Leica Apo-Telyt 135/3.4 (on Sony A7r) : the Long Ranger

Long lenses suit the way I see the world better than wide-angles do, so let me begin my reviewing of Leica lenses on the A7r with my most recent acquisition : the Leica-M Apo-Telyt 135mm f/3.4. I purchased this used from Schouten Select. It is a fairly expensive lens (over

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#186. Low-light long exposures with the Sony A7r

#186. Low-light long exposures with the Sony A7r

[Note : This post is part of the ongoing review of the Sony A7r system] Since my initial review of the  Sony A7r, I have been asked by several readers to perform long exposure tests in low light, with 2 goals in mind : Determine whether the loud shutter could

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#184. The Zeiss Sonnar 2,8/35 ZA jewel in the A7r crown

#184. The Zeiss Sonnar 2,8/35 ZA jewel in the A7r crown

[Note : This post is part of the ongoing review of the Sony A7r system] A few weeks ago, I postulated – from looking at MTF curves for this lens – that it would be a stellar performer. But MTF curves can be dangerous mistresses, often calculated rather than measured,

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#183. Sony A7r, first impressions : The Magnificent Seven

#183. Sony A7r, first impressions : The Magnificent Seven

Well, it finally arrived 🙂 My much awaited Sony A7r, for which I sold both my Nikon D800e & Zeiss ZF2 glass and my beloved Olympus OM-D E-M1, which tells you a lot about my very high expectations for this camera. [UPDATE : This post will serve as summary for

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