bajanexile

bajanexile

Lives in United Kingdom Wiltshire, United Kingdom
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Joined on Jan 12, 2009
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Retired so now have more spare time to devote to my photography. All constructive comments greatly appreciated.

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Addendum: Having slept on it for 24 hours, there are a couple of things that are potentially problematical with the Tough E-Mount Kit as supplied by Fotodiox:

(1) Although there is a Video on the Fotodiox Website there are NO instructions whats so ever supplied with the kit. This is potentially dangerous
(2) The use of the CORRECT Cross Headed Driver to remove the screws and re-attach them is neither provided or the correct size quoted. This is a potentially serious ommission as it will be easy to strip the tiny heads of the screws by using the incorrect size Driver. I think that the Driver AND 4 replacement screws should be provided in the Kit. I appreciate that it will increase the cost of the Kit but it is too important an issue not to have one. The danger is that DIY'ers will make do, so to speak, and employ the incorrect Driver to the task. Disaster may well follow.

Steve

Direct link | Posted on Nov 15, 2014 at 11:46 UTC as 6th comment

After a 4 week wait, my Fotodiox Tough E-Mount arrived from the USA today. There was an Out of Stock situation.

Removing the original Sony Mount and replacing it with the Fotodiox Tough E-Mount was straight forward. There is now no wiggle when the Sony E70-200mm f4 G OSS FE Lens is attached to my ILCE-7R body. In addition, my Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Mount Adapter Mark III also fits without any issues. I was worried by the fact that the Sony E70-200mm f4 G OSS FE Lens without the Tough E-Mount detached itself twice from the body when attempting to mount the Camera Body + Lens to a Manfrotto tripod. Very disconcerting. The new mount feels really secure with this lens. I will keep you posted if any issues arise.

Direct link | Posted on Nov 14, 2014 at 17:30 UTC as 7th comment
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bajanexile: I own the Sony ILCE-7R and experience wobble with the Sony FE 70-200mmf/4 OS lens. I strongly suspect that the Plastic Shim/Seal is there as part of the weather sealing design to prevent the entry of moisture. You probably need to be aware that its removal may make the camera system less weather proof. I don't take images in the rain so it is not an issue. Regarding fitting the Fotodiox Tough E-Mount, I would suggest cutting a clean lens cleaning tissue to a size such that it can carefully be placed inside the opening above the sensor, preferably not directly on to the sensor. You want to avoid at all costs dropping the screws onto the surface of the sensor. Common sense and some care will suffice. If you are one of lifes ham fisted individuals then forget it. I have mine on order and will report the efficacy of "the fix" in due course. Steve

"You can also unscrew these type of things from below, so the screws fall away from the subject. If you don't have a clamp you can use a tripod pointing the camera down."

I totally agree and have thought of this option as well.The interesting observation is that the Metabones Canon EF to Sony E Mount Mark IIIworks perfectly from a mechanical perspective. The Distagon T* 2.8/21 and the Makro-Planar T^ 2/100 are both heavy lenses but are really locked onto the body.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 09:29 UTC
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Cartagena Photo: To all the guys claiming they have a lens mounts that has wiggle. It's rotational wiggle you have. If it were axial it would ruin your photos because of a massive lightleak made by the axial play. The rotational wiggle is there also on a-mount and dosent mean a thing unless the tolerances are exceeded.

"It's rotational wiggle you have."

It is not a mechanically sound design. I say this as someone that has owned Canon Camera Systems since 1981 and have only recently given up on Canon. I have owned a number of long telephotos and have never experienced anything other than a totally convincing mount. This is not good enough. Yes Sony should fix this but it will cost me down time to be without a camera as it would have to go back to their service department and be away 2-4 weeks. This fix will be achieved within 5 minutes but at a cost. It is the only negative experience with the camera. It is excellent and offers better IQ than my Canon EOS 5D Mk.II.

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 18:06 UTC

I own the Sony ILCE-7R and experience wobble with the Sony FE 70-200mmf/4 OS lens. I strongly suspect that the Plastic Shim/Seal is there as part of the weather sealing design to prevent the entry of moisture. You probably need to be aware that its removal may make the camera system less weather proof. I don't take images in the rain so it is not an issue. Regarding fitting the Fotodiox Tough E-Mount, I would suggest cutting a clean lens cleaning tissue to a size such that it can carefully be placed inside the opening above the sensor, preferably not directly on to the sensor. You want to avoid at all costs dropping the screws onto the surface of the sensor. Common sense and some care will suffice. If you are one of lifes ham fisted individuals then forget it. I have mine on order and will report the efficacy of "the fix" in due course. Steve

Direct link | Posted on Oct 20, 2014 at 10:08 UTC as 23rd comment | 3 replies
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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bajanexile: Canon's big problem is not their range of lenses but their lack of innovation when it comes to Camera Bodies/Sensors. I was a Canon System user since 1981, but have left the fold this year. I still own a number of EF Fit lenses but now use them on a different body with an adapter. As a former Canon user, I feel that they have pretty much abandoned their Enthusiast/Semi-Pro market for Video. I do not shoot video. I could see no real advantage in moving from my Canon EOS 5D Mk.II to the Mk.III. IMHO the Mk. III is overpriced. Canon are about two generations behind the FF and APS-C cameras equipped with Sony Sensors.

Why do so many people on this site just talk about photography but never post any images for us to have a look at? Surely that is the definite reason for bothering with having something to say? How good are one's images or prints. It is the only way to be taken seriously. If you don't want to post to DP Review, then give us a link to Flickr or 500PX.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 4, 2014 at 17:42 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)
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bajanexile: Canon's big problem is not their range of lenses but their lack of innovation when it comes to Camera Bodies/Sensors. I was a Canon System user since 1981, but have left the fold this year. I still own a number of EF Fit lenses but now use them on a different body with an adapter. As a former Canon user, I feel that they have pretty much abandoned their Enthusiast/Semi-Pro market for Video. I do not shoot video. I could see no real advantage in moving from my Canon EOS 5D Mk.II to the Mk.III. IMHO the Mk. III is overpriced. Canon are about two generations behind the FF and APS-C cameras equipped with Sony Sensors.

It was not my intention to offend anyone. As it happens, I have not moved to Nikon. Have a look at the 5 images that I have posted before getting so worked up. Everyone should choose the Camera System best suited to their style of photography, preferably borrowing or renting the equipment you intend to purchase.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 16:22 UTC
On Canon confirms price drop on select EF lenses article (140 comments in total)

Canon's big problem is not their range of lenses but their lack of innovation when it comes to Camera Bodies/Sensors. I was a Canon System user since 1981, but have left the fold this year. I still own a number of EF Fit lenses but now use them on a different body with an adapter. As a former Canon user, I feel that they have pretty much abandoned their Enthusiast/Semi-Pro market for Video. I do not shoot video. I could see no real advantage in moving from my Canon EOS 5D Mk.II to the Mk.III. IMHO the Mk. III is overpriced. Canon are about two generations behind the FF and APS-C cameras equipped with Sony Sensors.

Direct link | Posted on Sep 3, 2014 at 13:08 UTC as 21st comment | 7 replies
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (813 comments in total)

Anyone that is truly interested in what the new Sony Alpha 7R has to offer the genuine Photographer might want to look at the first in a series of Test Shots using the inexpensive FotoDiox Canon FD to Sony NEX Adapter and a Canon FD 70-210mm f/4 Zoom from the 1980's. This is just such a versatile high quality photographic tool:

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bajanexile/12811334873/in/photostream/lightbox/

https://www.flickr.com/photos/bajanexile/12798399743/in/photostream/lightbox/

The lens is excellent on the Sony Alpha 7R Camera Body.

Steve

Direct link | Posted on Feb 27, 2014 at 11:00 UTC as 73rd comment
On Sony Alpha 7R Review preview (813 comments in total)
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Seansprague: Problem I have with this new camera: body too small for the large and heavy lenses which a pro would want to use, so why not go for a bigger FF body and system, such as the Canons or Nikons? And another thing, too bad Sony don't make bodies which will take the Canon and/or Nikon lenses already in existence. And for that matter, too bad that Canon and Nikon (and all the rest) didn't settle on a standard lens mount long ago. I have Canon and Nikon systems sitting idle because now I prefer micro four thirds. At least Lumix and Olympus lenses are compatible.

The whole point of the Sony Alpha 7 and 7R is that both can accept just about any quality lens ever made. It is an extremely good Camera System but not one that will suit everyone. See:
http://briansmith.com/sony-a7-a7r-lens-mount-adapters/

If you want a DSLR of comparable IQ, then you need to be looking at the Nikon D800E which uses the identical Sony Sensor. Compare the difference in Price and weight plus Legacy Lenses will not work as well on the D800E. These two cameras, with quality Glass and excellent photographic technique, can produce stunning images.

Steve

Direct link | Posted on Feb 17, 2014 at 20:11 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)
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Docmartin: Any thoughts on this?

http://www.leica-boss.com/2013/12/the-problem-with-sonys-zeiss-fe-sonnar-t-fe-35mm-f2-8-za-sel35f28z/

It´s not a lens problem as the title suggests but apparently seen with most lenses and more likely a sensor (or processing) Problem.

Sorry to say it, but I have not experienced ANY issues like these and I have shot hundreds of frames. I never shoot JPEG's so cannot comment on those. Be aware that mounting Legacy Lenses by means of Adapters can give rise to issues such as Colour Shift. This is very well documented, especially with Leica lenses and is nothing new. The problem can be circumvented with a bit of software called CornerFix, see:

http://chromasoft.blogspot.co.uk/2008/01/cornerfix_15.html

If you are not an experienced Photographer you would do well to stay out of this application. Unfortunately, Leica lenses are some of the best optically and if you already own some of these, you will want to crack the issues. Similar problems occur when Leica Glass is adapted to the Sony NEX7. If you are worried, stick to the Sony FE Range of lenses or use one of the Sony A-Mount Range of lenses plus the LA-E4 A-mount adapter.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 21:47 UTC
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)

Sorry, I have pasted the incorrect link to the single image referred to in Part 2. It should read:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bajanexile/11433322075/in/set-72157638774329873

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 17:12 UTC as 51st comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)

The Sony a7R E-Mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor (ILCE-7R) - Part 3

Pros:
(1) Extended Dynamic Range, noticeably better than my Canon FF Camera System
(2) Easy to recover hidden detail in shadows
(3) Very good Resolution with appropriate high quality lenses
(4) Excellent EVF
(5) Relatively compact and light VS a traditional DSLR
Cons:
(1) Lack of off the shelf high quality FE Prime Lenses
(2) Quite poor Battery Life. I predominantly manually focus my lenses using Live View, Zoom and Focus Peaking. You can expect ~ 240 Frames from a battery charge
(3) Slow Start Up from Switch On

Hope this is of use to some of you

Steve

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 15:01 UTC as 52nd comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)

The Sony a7R E-Mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor (ILCE-7R) - Part 2

If you do not have the time/inclination to look at all the images then perhaps just open:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bajanexile/sets/72157638774329873/with/12170516174/

It was shot as a Single RAW Frame with Conversion using Sony's FOC Image Data Processor software and saved as a 16-Bit TIFF File in the sRGB Colour Space. Further processing was performed and a B&W Conversion made. Once you have opened the image on Flickr you will see three White Blobs in the bottom right of the Lightbox view. Single Right Click on this and then on "View all sizes" and open the image as the Original Size i.e. at 2000 Pixels in its widest dimension. The detail resolved and the Dynamic Range are very good for a Single Frame capture.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 13:56 UTC as 53rd comment
On Sony Alpha 7 Review preview (1614 comments in total)

The Sony α7R E-mount Camera with Full Frame Sensor (ILCE-7R) - Part 1

Having read this review, I thought that I might share some images and thoughts about this new Sony Camera System. I already own the Sony
ILCE-7R with a Sonnar T* FE35mm f/2.8 ZA lens and have nearly two months experience with the System. While it is NOT the Alpha 7, it will be similar, You will find my Set on Flickr at:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bajanexile/sets/72157638774329873/with/12170516174/

There are 29 images in the Set, all "Real World" images NOT Test Charts or Brick Walls. All have been shot using Available Light and the majority from a Manfrotto Carbon Fibre tripod as this is the way I work.

Direct link | Posted on Feb 6, 2014 at 13:53 UTC as 54th comment

Common Canon, where are you? I have used Canon systems since 1981 and have been eagerly waiting for your response to the Sony Alpha NEX-7 and in particular, to the Fuijifilm X-Pro1 and this is what you have offered me. I currently use a Canon EOS 5D Mk.II with five EF lenses and Carl Zeiss Distagon T 21mm f/2.9 ZE lens. I want a a small, very high quality second body plus a high quality 20 or 24mm Focal Length lens for Architecture and Landscape work. I would not consider buying a Canon EOS 650D so it is unlikely that I would consider this offering. You need to wake up and quickly.

Direct link | Posted on Jul 23, 2012 at 13:28 UTC as 244th comment
On A Yellow Landscape photo in bajanexile's photo gallery (2 comments in total)

Thanks for commenting, much appreciated. Steve

Direct link | Posted on May 3, 2012 at 23:07 UTC as 1st comment
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)

"OneGuy has not uploaded any photos to their gallery yet.". So many opinions from so many people, yet not a single image posted and this seems to be true for most of the people contributing to these posts. It would be interesting to see some images from you all. We might take your comments a bit more seriously. I value opinions from people who can actually take a half-decent picture. As it stands, this is open to debate. The way to overcome doubt is to supply proof. Any salesman will confirm this. Let's see some of your pictures on line.

Direct link | Posted on Dec 15, 2011 at 19:17 UTC as 14th comment | 7 replies
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)

You might like to check this comparison out on the DxO Mark website:
http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Cameras/Compare-Camera-Sensors/Compare-cameras-side-by-side/(appareil1)/736%7C0/(brand)/Sony/(appareil2)/676%7C0/(brand2)/Pentax/(appareil3)/680%7C0/(brand3)/Nikon

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 15:52 UTC as 50th comment
On Just posted: Our Sony NEX-7 in-depth review article (339 comments in total)

It seems to me that some are missing the whole attraction Photographers have for the Sony NEX-7. It may be an ideal second body for owners of Leica, Zeiss or Contax Glass. I will be renting a body to evaluate the camera my self and would suggest that if you are really serious, that you do the same. There is so much more to Sensors than just high ISO performance. How many of you shoot images at ISO settings > ISO 1600? I doubt that many do and if that is all that you are interested in, then this may not be the camera for you. In case you have forgotten, check the current price of the Nikon D3S or even the D7000. This camera body may be an absolute bargin, but like everything in life, it may well be a case of "Horses for Courses".

Direct link | Posted on Dec 14, 2011 at 15:49 UTC as 51st comment | 6 replies
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