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Download Sony a7rIII Manual Preliminary

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This is the manual for the new Sony a7r III / mark 3 46mp full frame camera with touch screen. We think this is a preliminary copy since it does not match the menu of the cameras we played with at Photo Plus Expo. We still think it's enough to feed those waiting for their a7r III pre-orders.

Download the a7r iii manual via Dropbox.

So what comes in the box if you bought a body only a7r III?

Accessories included with Sony a7r III


So here is the discrepancy in the manual, under Shoot / Drive Mode, Px. Shift Multi Shoot is missing. I hope the next revision will have better detail on Pixel Shift shooting.



Here is the Shoot Mode / Drive 1 menu on a pre-production Sony a7r III showing the Pixel Shift option.




Pre-order your a7r III from Amazon and support this site.


In case the Dropbox link dies, here is the Google link for the a7r III owner's manual.



Sony a7r III Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Mode Impressions

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Sony a7r III in Pixel Shift Mode



We had a chance to fondle the new Sony a7r mark III with the new pixel shift multi shooting mode. Pixel shift moves the sensor one pixel at a time to capture four frames. The four frames consist of the same image with a full red channel, two green channels, and one blue channel. The images must then be processed and combined in your pc via Sony Imaging Edge software.






Pixel Shift Multi Shooting description from Sony.
Pixel Shift Multi Shootingopens a new world of resolutionApplying mechanisms and control technology of image stabilization, this new feature composites four separate pixel-shifted images that contain total data27 equal to approx. 169.6 million, or 42.4 million x 4 (RGGB), pixels to reproduce a single optimal still image of super-high resolution, detailed texture, balanced color, and realistic atmosphere, with minimal moiré and color artifacts. Images shot using this feature can be processed with the new Sony imaging software suite. The im…

Leica Thambar-M 90 on Sony A7 Cameras

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Leica Thambar-M 90mm on Sony A7 by Kazuhiro ITOH
Leica reintroduced their Thambar 90 f/2.2 lens this week. The look it produces is very distinctive, dreamlike image. Posted here is a gallery of Leica Thambar 90 images taken with the Sony A7 cameras via lens adapter. The 1935 designed Leica Thambar-M 90 can also be used in autofocus mode using the Techart Pro LM-EA7 adapter with the newest generation of Sony A7 cameras.

From Leica: The new Thambar has almost entirely adopted the design of the original lens – featuring the same proportions, black paint finish and red and white aperture scales as its 1930s predecessor. The red scale applies when the center spot filter is in place, which diminishes the effective aperture of the lens – for example, from 2.2 to 2.3 when wide open. When working without the center spot filter, the white aperture scale is used. In order to retain its vintage appeal, the Thambar’s exterior has only been subtly adapted to reflect the pared-down character of c…

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 



Save $1000 on the a7r II with Trade-In Bonus

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Sony a7r II with $200 Gift Card



Here's our chance to save $1000+ on the Sony a7r II. Here's the math.

Sony a7r II = $3198Instant Rebate = -$300Gift Card = -$200Trade in Bonus = -$480Trade in Value = -$?.??Grand Total = $2,218 - TIV
The a7r II's MSRP is $3,198. A trade in of an old interchangeable lens would surely get us to the $1000 savings mark. The trade-in bonus ends on April 1st but the $200 gift card from Adorama will probably go extinct first.





Receive $480 bonus from Sony if you buy the a7r II above and you trade in a camera or a lens.


I would probably add the 16-35mm f/4 lens which comes with a $100 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $202.50 bonus - a $400 savings off MSRP. The lens will come in at $945 before your trade in value.










And the 55mm f/1.8 lens which comes with a $50 gift card, a $100 instant rebate, and a $150 bonus - a $300 savings off MSRP. The 55mm Zeiss will cost $698 before your trade in value.









Disclaimer: We are a participant in the Ador…

Olympus Infinity Point and Shoot vs Sony A7

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Windham Graves shows us how to create a new lens for your Sony E-mount camera from a film point and shoot. He harvests the lens from an Olympus Infinity camera which has a relatively fast 35mm f/2.8 lens. A Russian m39
lens tube with a helicoid is used to Frankenstein the final lens for the e-mount.






Olympus Infinity 35mm f2.8 Adapted to Sony E-mount




Sony Travel Kit of Bob Krist

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What's In Your Bag - Bob Krist
Here is what Bob Krist carries with him on travel assignments. This kit allows Mr. Krist to shoot high resolution images and capture 4K video in a minimal package.

Sony A7r II used in APS-C mode. This affords the use of smaller APS-C lenses.Sony 10-18mm f/4 Wide Angle Zoom LensZeiss 16-70mm f/4 Zoom LensSony 35mm f/1.8 LensSony RX10 II - I wonder if he's switched to the RX10 III with even more range, a 28-600mmm lens.Sony
Action Cam on a selfie stick.Hot-shoe mounted Sony ECMXYST1M Stereo MicrophoneSony ECMW1M Wireless MicrophoneSony NP-FW50 Batteries for the A7r II and RX 10 II.Sony NP-BX1 Batteries for the RX100Sony
RX-100 IV (Not Shown) used to record the video below.Video by Bob Krist





Getting the Shot Sony A7r II vs 5d Mark III

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Bokeh Battle 85mm Zeiss Otus vs Sony G Master
The video above from DigitalRev TV shows the advantage of electronic viewfinders found on Sony cameras. The evf betters optical viewfinders by providing a more accurate way to manual focus lenses. The Sony A7r II provides a magnified view for focusing. It also has focus peaking which highlights portions of the image that are in the focus zone. So getting the shot with the Otus is a much easier task with an EVF.

Another advantage shown is that Zeiss only provides autofocus lenses for Sony - the Batis line. The A7r II had no problems locking focus with the 85mm G Master. Canon and Nikon shooters can only use the Otus and Milvus line, which Sony shooters have access to as well.

Which do you prefer?


Louis Vuitton America’s Cup New York

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One World Trade Center with America's Cup AC45 Catamarans.

America's Cup racing returned to New York City after a 96 year absence. The Cup is currently in the hands of the USA, Team Oracle. There are six teams in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series which include Artemis Racing, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France, Land Rover BAR, ORACLE TEAM USA, and SoftBank Team Japan.


Emirates Team New Zealand with the Empire State and Chrysler Buildings.
America's Cup AC45 Catamarans Anchored in Jersey City.
Lower Manhattan behind the America's Cup Catamarans.
Brooklyn behind Land Rover BAR Team Great Britain and Artemis Racing Team Sweden Catamarans.
Land Rover BAR Great Britain, Groupama Team France, and Emirates Team New Zealand.
Ellis Island and the Statue of Liberty.
Team Emirates Flying Hull.
Team Groupama Flying Hull.
Oracla Team USA Double Flying Hull.
Manhattan and America's Cup.
The photos show here were taken with the NEX-7 with the Minolta 24mm f/2.8 MD…

Sony A7R High Speed Sync and Wireless TTL via Godox X system.

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Godox HSS Flash Setup on the Sony A7r II by Greg T.
Here is another option for High Speed Sync (HSS) and Through The Lens (TTL) metering for the Sony Alpha camera system. The video shows HSS using the new Godox 2.4G Wireless X system for Sony cameras with the Multi-Interface hotshoe. The following Godox components are shown in the video.
X1S TTL Wireless Flash TriggerThinklite TT685S (Sony) TTL FlashThinklite TT600S (Sony) FlashWITSTRO AD360 bare tube flashXTR-16 Wireless 2.4G Remote Control Flash Receiver. Seen on the right side of the AD360.


X1S TTL Wireless Flash Trigger on the A7RII
TT685S TTL Flash for Sony M-I hotshoe.
TT600 Flash
Wistro AD360 Bare Tube Flash
XTR-16 USB Wireless Flash Receiver
Learn more from the Godox TT685S website.



We are still making do with a Sony F43 and F20 unit as used in the above shot.


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