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Must Have Sony Alpha a9 Accessories.

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Sony Alpha a9 (ILCE-9) Body Only

The Sony Alpha a9 (ilce-9) is sold body only. Here is what's listed as what will come in the box with the a9:

Power cordRechargeable Battery NP-FZ100Battery Charger BC-QZ1Cable ProtectorAC AdapterShoulder strap Body capShoe capEyepiece cupMicro USB cableInstruction Manual










Here are some items that every kit should have.

Two UHS-II memory cards to take advantage of the a9's dual slots. 1 hr of 4K video will take up 46 gb of storage.

64gb UHS-II SDXC Memmory CardAn extra battery. The NPZFZ100 is conservatively rated at 650 shots per charge. Or you can also get the NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Rapid Charger which comes with 2 batteries.

NPFZ100 Z-series Rechargeable Battery PackA screen protector.

PCKLG1 Screen ProtectorA flash that you can build a system on. The godox tt350s can handle HSS of the Sony system. It can also be a wireless flash trigger when you add the larger V860II-S lithium ion-powered flash.

Godox TT350S TTL High Speed Sync FlashA lens to…

Use Medium Format Lenses with Sony A7 Cameras

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Sony A7 ii with a Mamiya 645 80mm f/1.9 lens via Kipon Baveyes Focal Reducer.


Here is a review of the Kipon Baveyes medium format lens focal reducer adapter for Sony A7 cameras.  This adapter has a lens element that concentrates the medium format image circle down to the size of a 24x36mm sensor of the Sony A7 cameras with a 0.7x factor.  The 80mm lens above has an equivalent focal length of 56mm.  The concentrated light also gives us one stop of extra light.  The f/1.9 is an equivalent f/1.36, a very fast medium format lens. This a manual focus lens adapter.


Kipon Baveyes Medium Format Lens Focal Reducer Review by @mattiasburling

Read the complete review at gunpowdervideo.com.

Thanks @mattiasburling !

Check out Kipon for all available medium format focal lens reducer adapters.


Let's go a step further by adding the TECHART LM-EA7 Autofocus Lens Adapter with the Kipon Baveyes we can have a medium format lens autofocus system.

from Mathieu Gasquet







Focus Stack Test with the Leica 60mm Elmarit-R

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8 Images Blended Together.
Here is the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel in full bloom. We wanted to try out focus stacking with the Leica 60mm Macro Elmarit-R. The aperture was set at f/5.6 which we assumed was optimal. The image above at 45˚ was a stack of 8 shots aligned and blended together with Photoshop.

The Anther Cap of the Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 
The image above is a crop of the 90˚ stack which was a 5 shot stack.



Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 
Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 
Lysudamuloa Red Jewel 



Sony A7r at Mardi Gras World New Orleans

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Face to face.
We took a break from eating oysters in New Orleans and took a quick tour of Mardi Gras World. Mardi Gras World supports a third of the floats that are paraded on the days leading to Fat Tuesday in February. They are responsible for the design and upkeep of all the decorations on the floats.

The tools at hand were the Sony A7r and the 40mm M-Rokkor. We shot in Aperture mode, seemingly stuck at f/2.4. Sharpness at f/2.4 is substantially better than wide open at f/2.0 on the Minolta CLE lens.

Envious Flash.
Larry, Curly, and Moe.
Guardians.
Cobra Ring.
Artists in Residence 1.
Artists in Residence 2.
Workspace 1.
Artists in Residence 3.
Workspace 2.
Gene Papier Mache
40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.4
40mm M-Rokkor @ f/2.0

Hands On with Zeiss 35mm Distagon on Sony a7r at Photo Plus

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Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon on the a7r
Here is the newest Zeiss lens for the Leica M system. It is a Distagon 1.4/35mm ZM lens - Carl Zeiss' fastest lens for rangefinder cameras. We stopped by the Zeiss booth at Photo Plus and tried it out on the Sony a7r with a close-focus adapter. Voigtlander makes a better version of the adapter but this one works for us.

The 35mm Distagon ZM feels like a fine piece of machinery. The aperture from f/1.4 to f/18 have soft click stops. The focus ring is smooth, well damped, and pleasing to use - we prefer it to the Otus' ring. The lens is dense and heavy for such a small size thanks to the all metal construction. The 35mm Distagon ZM is deceptively heavy as the 85mm Otus ZE is deceptively light.

Zeiss 35mm Distagon ZM Announced

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Mockup of Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 ZM on Sony A7r
Carl Zeiss announced their fastest ZM, Leica M mount, lens at Photokina 2014. The new Distagon T* 1,4/35mm ZM is designed for the Leica M digital sensor but we are hopeful that it will work well on the Sony A7 cameras with the appropriate lens adapter. Above is a mockup of what the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens would look on a Sony A7. The Zeiss 35 f/1.4 will provide subject isolation through shallow depth of field.

Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 Distagon ZM in Black
Below are the lens specs and intro video from Carl Zeiss.

Myth Busting with a Full Spectrum Sony A7R

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Sony A7R with Clear Filter and Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Crops
Sony A7R with Stock Filter and Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Crops
Will replacing the standard Sony A7R's ifrared cut-off filter with a clear filter improve rangefinder lens performance? Compare the images above from genotypewritings to see what your conclusion is. Read more about the full spectrum Sony A7R at genotypewritings.


Voigtlander 12mm Ultra Wide Heliar Sony A7r Samples

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Rolling.
Here are some shots of Brooklyn produced by the Sony A7r and the Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar. This is the 1st version of the 12mm lens in Leica M mount.  You can see the color shift but it's not intrusive for these snaps.  The Voigtlander 12mm is compact and looks great on the A7r.




Wilted.
School yard.
To Manhattan.
Couple.
Boardwalk.
Golden.

Trainspotting with the 40mm M-Rokkor and Sony A7r

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Here are some test shots with the Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor for the Minolta CLE. This is the multicoated version of the Leica 40mm Summicron-C. We used the very compact 40mm M-Rokkor walking around a local train museum with the Sony A7r via a Leica M lens adapter. The shots up to the handcart are all done at maximum aperture of f/2. Manual focus was very easy with using the viewfinder magnification of the A7r even in the mid-day sun. The mid-day sun also guaranteed high shutter speeds at ISO 100 and f/2. All the shots are handheld.

















The shots below are at f/5.6 up to f/11. We need to test this lens more but the sweet spot is definitely at f/5.6.




The CSX 152 (GE AC4400CW diesel-electric locomotive) and the CSX 7305 (GE C40-8 [Dash 8]) was shot during the afternoon sun.







Sony A7r with a Minolta 40mm f/2 M-Rokkor via Leica M Adapter
The lens has been great on the Minolta CLE and NEX-7 and it performs well on the full-frame A7r. The lightweight and compact 40mm M-Rokkor with a fairl…