maxnimo: Nice article. I just wish that first photo of the entire aircraft had been taken with something longer than a 2mm lens.
It's actually 14mm.
So how exactlly do you mount an E-mount lens to an A-mount body using an adapter? Clearly, this must be possible, since the SVP calls the two systems "fully compatible".
Or is that only possible in Sony fantasy land, where we declare two systems compatible regardless of the reality?
designdef: Makes me very happy I swapped all my Nikon gear for the Sony SLT-A99 Full Frame Mirrorless, two years ago! Looks as if Nikon may catch up in a year or so?
The A99 is not mirrorless. The mirror just doesn't move.
Specs are all nice... checklist items all there. But does Samsung offer continuity? Will you still get a camera from Samsung in 5 years that you can mount your expensive Samsung 300/2.8 onto?
These electronic giants get out of a market as fast as they enter it, if it isn't profitable anymore.
Peter Gregg: Hello - no 4D Autofocus info? What cameras? It is firmware updatable? New cameras only?
With Sony, everything is firmware upgradeable. You just go to the store and buy the newer model. It will have the firmware upgrade.
joelR42: I've thoguht for years that Sony was missing an opportunity by not using this tech in their mirror less cameras. Seems like Fuji beat them to the punch.
Mirrorless has brought focus peaking and live view magnification, which allows much better focussing with the STF than what was possible before. I don't see the need for AF. It would be nice to have, sure.
Jogger: IT would be neat if Zeiss made an APO version of the OTUS 85/1.4 .. of course it would cost $8000.
apodization != apochromatic correction
Not really. You can use the 135 STF on any Sony mirrorless camera with the Sony LA-EAx adapter.
Looks like the picture effect "toy camera" was turned on.
I told you so...
GeraldW: You guys are all missing something here. The first line in DPREview's blurb says "Cinoflex was recently tasked with rigging up a Sony A7S..." You could read that as it not being Cinoflex's idea, and that someone else, possibly Sony, requested and paid for them to do it. In other words, a promotional stunt by Sony to show off their new camera.
I rather doubt this was Cinoflex's idea, or that they plan to sell or rent these rigs.
BarnET: dude, read the press release carefully on the page you are referring to
Do they explicitly say "pro video" anywhere? No, they avoid this phrase at all cost. Read carefully and you will notice they use phrases like the following:"Pro-Quality Video" (not "pro video")"specialist video functions" (specialist, not pro)"enthusiast photographers and videographers.""into the hands of professional photographers and videographers." (no explicit mention of "professional videographers")"Common to Sony's range of professional video cameras" (= A7S not belonging to that group)
BobYIL: A camera costing only $2.500 has been chosen by some top pros to do the job of an Alexa costing beyond $50.000 and some of us bashing DPR for making it news??
It is the typical fanboy flame war. Sony could introduce a 500 megapixel full-frame camera with clean ISO 1 billlion and 400 lenses to go with it for under $1000 and fanboys would still whine about it.
steelhead3: I can't believe they sullied that rig with that old Nikon lens.
They probably only took that lens because a suitable focus motor exists for it. If it is only about adapting to E-mount, they could have taken a Minolta 600/4 or Sony 500/4 just as well.
Unlikely. Sony is very protective of their pro video business. If anything, they would have prevented this rig. They want to reach consumers or enthusiast, not video pros who stop buying expensive Sony video gear.
Just a Photographer: When will the wooden grip version be available that cost 6x the price of this camera?
Ask not Sony, ask Hasselblad.
historianx: Sony still cameras = glorified GameBoy stations. Pass.
historianx = troll
pew pew: sony put XAVC S codec on the a6000 plz.
Sony almost never adds features with firmware updates. They rarely have to provide updates anyway, since the firmware the camera ships with typically is quite stable.
b craw: Though a unique circumstance, I think the law can be applied here in a pretty clear manner. [I acknowledge that I am not a professional in this field, though]. In absence of the possibility that a work for hire situation can be entered into with an animal (even a fairly intelligent primate), then the burden falls on Mr. Slater to demonstrate that the primary production of the images was done by him. As he has promoted these images as "selfies", then the predominate and definitional activity relating to production lies with the ape; preparation, postprocessing, and distribution not constituting essential production. As an example in contrast, wildlife photo traps are almost completely produced by the photographer. In the case of Mr. Slater, as an animal cannot hold a copyright, no copyright protection can be applied. Mr. Slater can, of course, distribute and profit from the images, as can anyone else. He has no legal basis to demand that Wikimedia take the images down.
Statements like the following have been questioned many times in this thread: "preparation, postprocessing, and distribution not constituting essential production"
Since Mr. Slater has said that he did not prepare a monkey selfie session, but instead just left the camera there, walked away, and when he came back the selfies had been taken, I agree on your overall assessment.
skyfotos: In days of yore - unless commissioned - copyright is vested with the photographer if he/she purchased, and therefor owned, the film on which the image was made. The same should surely apply to the owner of the sensor!
So if you take a passport photo in a photo booth, you would say that you don't own the copyright? Clearly, the sensor in that machine isn't yours.
Anastigmat: If I set a camera trap and the shutter is tripped when someone or some animal interrupts a beam of light, then who owns the copyright to the photo? I would say that I did because I did everything that is needed to create the photograph except tripping the shutter at the moment of exposure. Similarly, if I use trap focus to take the picture, and the shutter is tripped when a bird comes into focus, then the bird is not the copyright holder. I am.
The difference is: you designed the setup specifically to take images. Taking this kind of image was your goal.
Mr. Slater has said: I left the camera on the tripod, then walked away, and when I came back the monkey had taken images.
It was not his intent to get the monkey selfies. Major difference.