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Thank You everyone for the very supportive comments, it is appreciated.All I can say is; You are one privileged man, having seen this. At the same time, you are one talented photographer, being able to share this with us. Magnificent!!
Photographers I think have a number of things in common, but the one that I think stands out the most is we are never quite satisfied, always a little critical of our own work (and sometimes others, like the 4 million dollar image), always looking at our Images and perhaps thinking "if I'de only done......." it would be a better Image.
Today I find myself revisiting places I had been to years ago, Florence, Alaska, Morocco etc, places where I'de taken Photos & now find myself thinking "what was I thinking ??".
The Night time Images of the Leopards was a case in point, had tried this some years back, abject failure.
Last year I went back, more experience, better equipment, and a Plan, as Eldar mentioned, all these things go together to hopefully take us from "Photos" to "Image Making".
I think I've Posted this Image before on the 1Dx thread, getting old, start to loose track of things.
1Dx 300f/2.8 II, shot @ f/7.1 & 1/250th ISO2500
Stunning image eml58, one to be proud of.Talent, opportunity and gear in an optimum mix!
Little Bee-eater in Kenya. Hand held Canon 5dmk11 and 300f2.8mk11 lensBeautiful shot Kerry!
Thanks Edward. If we don´t have more solid info of a high MP Canon body before this summer, I think I have to get one and try. It seems to me it will make manual focus a bit easier and it is also a bit tempting to try out the sensor. My use will be slow and non-action photography with the TS-E lenses and the two Zeiss lenses I have, so some of the speed issues you have will not bother me much. I am a bit puzzled over the lack of lenses for this body though and I am not overly enthusiastic over the need for the adaptor.A couple of questions to those of you with the Sony A7R:
- How happy are you with the EVF and how does it work with manual focus lenses?
- Is it better, worse or same-same as an OVF?
- Are you sufficiently happy with it to recommend it as a special purpose body for the Otus?
Mmmm, it's a slightly mixed bag to date, but in fairness to the a7r I've not had the conditions to put it fully to a test, my comments to date would be.
Completely brilliant size/weight/look & layout (none of which count when it comes to IQ, but helps the general feel).
I'm not so keen on the EVF arrangement, but as I use the a7r more I'm beginning to like it more, it's the very first EVF camera I've used.
I like the EVF for it's quite clear rendition of what your shooting, but it's not as good as say the 1Dx OVF.
I like very much the EVF ability to zoom without having to go to the back LCD and live view.
I like the "focus peaking".
(these last couple of points absolutely help with manual Focus)
I don't like the "Lag" you get between shutter actuations, there's a definite point after tripping the shutter where the view in the EVF Stalls for a second, before you once again get your live image back, that's a huge PIA and in itself makes the Camera almost useless for Fast Action Imaging.
The Sensor is what should have been in the 5DMK III, this is a superb sensor, 36MP of brilliance, I won't go into the DR question I'll likely get burned, enough to say side by side with the 5DMK III on IQ, just IQ, the sensor in the a7r outshines the 5DMK III (I'm sorry Guys, but it's just one man's humble opinion, this doesn't make the a7r better than the 5DMK III, it isn't, but the a7r has a better sensor, unfortunately it's also a large part of why your limited to 4 fps, Oh to have your cake and be able to eat it as well).
4 fps, is fine for most things except fast action, wildlife, sports etc, for Portraits, street photography, landscape, the a7r is in it's element.
On lenses, I have the metabones Canon Mount adaptor to use my Canon Lenses.
To date I've tried both the 17 & 24 TSE Lenses, both work exceptionally well, detail is excellent.
I've of course tried the Otus on the a7r, again works flawlessly.
I bought the a7r with the Zeiss 35, great combo for general Photography, I did order the Zeiss 55 but cancelled until I had some time to read reports on it, seems it also is a very good lens.
If there's a single serious failure here it's Sony's lacklustre ability to have serious set of lenses available at launch, it's somewhat off set by the ability to use pretty well any other Lens ever made, but there will be a slight loss I'm sure when using an adaptor, I haven't really seen it yet, but I imagine if you look close enough it'll be there.
So, not an in depth review of course, more a list of my impressions to date, I like the Camera, I'll certainly continue to use it, and I seem to be reaching more for the a7r now than I do for the 5DMK III, I have an underwater housing ordered for the a7r and once Zeiss release a Macro lens & 15mm WA for this Body this will become my go to UW rig, currently it's the 5DMK III.
I'm heading next week to Sumatra for the Bull Run at Pacu Jawa, the a7r will not be coming (4fps won't cut it), that will be a 1Dx + 200-400 event, with the 5DMK III as a back up (1/2 my gear is in Australia as I'm moving back to Aus permanently in June this year after 28 years living in Jakarta & Singapore).
I bought the a7r primarily because of the Sensor, and the small footprint, and I'm very happy to date. I'm not sure I'de buy it for use with a single lens.
Once Canon bring in their High MP Body (this Century I hope) then with the exception of UW Photography (where the a7r has a size advantage), I hazard a guess I'll opt for the Canon Body & hope it comes in a 1D body rather than the D800 style of body.
I agree about Rodriquez. That´s one of those you wish was for realNice shot! You do have to clean your sensor though. And if the images had been shot 1/100s earlier, you would probably have the entire dog in the frame and maybe also sharp focus on his head. And if, on top of that, the car had been removed, it would have been really outstanding!
After all that good advice, I must say the moment I looked at this image it reminded me of the "Hired Wolf" Image by Jose Luis Rodriguez.
Such a pity regards the end of the story because I still find it one of those Classically Beautiful Images.
Half way to Nothing's image just goes to show how you can get a Dog/Wolf to perform, nice Dog as well.
Uupps ...A7R + Sony 10-18mm f4 OSSHi Dylan ... what focal length and settings did you use?
Here is JPEG, straight out from camera. Look at the left hand side - color???. This is f11
As always, beautiful images Edward!
Around 2 hours later she moved off to a large clump of fallen Logs, and the second Image showed us what the strange behaviour was about. The young Cub was probably just 5 or 6 weeks old & Baboons have a built in behaviour of killing Leopard Cubs.
Both these Images were in fact shot with the 1DMK IV & I think the 400f/2.8 V1 Lens.
My dog Whisky normally jumps this fence so tried to catch him doing it!
ISO1600, F13, 1/2000, 32 mm on Canon 24-105 f4
Did someone say Walkies?? by P A - Photography, on Flickr