The Sony A7S II is now available and shipping to customers. Right now, B&H has the 12.2MP full frame camera in stock with free expedited shipping. Recall that the A7S II records 4K video as well as 1080/120p video internally to SD cards. Check it out here at B&H Photo.
Last week, I wrote about how Sony should build an A7 camera with a Canon EF mount. The premise behind the post was about Sony gaining market share and continuing to make bold moves. It’s a bit of a pipe dream but, holy crap, would that shake up the market.
Ricoh has finally started it teaser campaign for the upcoming full frame Pentax DSLR. Teaser images now appear on the Ricoh website, revealing bits of the Pentax full frame camera in shafts of light.
The text accompanying the teaser images reads: “Full Frame by Pentax, 2016 Spring Debut.” [Read more…]
In this short video, Gary Fong takes a look at full frame, APS-C and 1.0-type cameras to see how the depth of field is affected at the same effective focal lengths.
The challenge, of course, is that you must change the actual focal length of your lens to accommodate the same field of view on cameras with different sensor sizes. Invariably, this changes the depth of field so that the camera with the smaller sensor appears to have a much greater depth of field, while the full frame camera has a much shallower depth of field.
Gary’s demo is a nice practical demonstration of how these different camera sensors provide different images when shooting the same scene from the same position.
We’ve seen many examples of the Sony A7S and just how good it is in low light. Well, here’s another that proves it is the low light king for affordable full frame cameras.
In this short preview video, Tony Northrup walks us through the high ISO settings of the Sony A7S, Sony A7 II and Nikon D810. The Sony A7S’ reach up to ISO 409,600 puts it just head and shoulders above the low light capabilities of the Nikon D810 and the A7 II.
Whether its the right overall camera for you, however, requires examining what you need out of the camera day to day. For low light shooting though, the Sony A7S remains in a league of its own.
Hasselblad has a history of making incredible cameras and lenses; however, some of its recent digital models have simply been knockoffs of Sony’s Cyber-shot and Alpha products – and ridiculously overpriced knockoffs at that.
One such camera is the Hasselblad HV, which is sold as a kit with a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens for a whopping $12,000 retail price tag.
Well, it’s no longer overpriced thanks to a recent $8,000 price cut, bringing the camera kit down to $3,999. This includes the Hasselblad HV body, Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 T* lens and a custom hard case with foam interior cutout.
The Sony A99 on which the Hasselblad HV is based runs $2,000 on its own and so does the Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 lens, which puts the camera and lens at $4,000 – and Hasselblad throws in the custom hardshell case.
While the Sony A99 is long in tooth, it’s still a solid full frame camera and, who knows, maybe the Hasselblad clone will become a collector’s item some day…