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CamRanger. Problem solved and then some. Just have to pay.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 28, 2014, 06:55:37 PM »
Surprisingly enough, it hasn't been as unbearable as I previously anticipated. I thought the files would be much larger.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 28, 2014, 04:51:41 PM »
Cropped shot of SD.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 28, 2014, 02:16:52 PM »
Received the Zeiss 55/1.8 about a week ago. Been running it through it's paces.

IQ is pretty darn good when it hits. AF is still slower than I would've hoped. Accuracy is good enough when it is fast enough to catch what I'm shooting. Still getting a decent amount of misses.

Re the size of the a7r + 55, I have found that it is not much of a size/weight advantage for me. Much like I thought prior to getting the combo, if you're going to go small/light, go all the way. The sony combo is somewhere in between. With the 55 mounted, the dimensions do not leave me thinking, "wow, this is so much easier to lug around than my 6D." I had an old nifty fifty around and I decided to do a side by side comparison of size. The Sony rig actually protrudes significantly further due to lens length. So going almost like for like with lenses, the A7r really doesn't provide a size advantage at all depending on what you're doing. It is lighter, but not to the point where I don't notice it. The only camera I have that accomplishes that is the x100s.

Also mounted some other lenses and found that performance was quite poor.
100L - exhibits some wacky behavior with regard to max aperture, AF is poo poo, overall poor user experience

Sigma 35 Art - AF is unuseable as expected, IQ is very good.

135L - Same experience as the Sigma and others

TSE 45 and 90 - Used both for slow shutter work over the weekend and got some odd flaring and artifacts. Will have to inspect the adapter and perhaps line the inside to reduce reflections. IQ is better than when they are mounted on my Canon bodies (as expected) minus the artifacts.

On another note, I am still finding that I have to shoot at much faster shutter speeds than I normally would with my other rigs in order to rid camera shake. I thought that maybe some of my initial shutter speed issues were due to having an adapter present which allowed for more slop/vibration. However, now mounting the FE 55/1.8, I am still finding that I have to shoot at 2:1 ratio for speed:focal length which is basically double what I'm normally capable of shooting at.

All in all, the keepers I'm getting are still great and I'm pretty sure it is good enough to stay in the bag......for now.

More to come.

Overall, I am still content with

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EOS Bodies / Re: DSLR ? - thinking out loud ....
« on: July 17, 2014, 04:49:56 PM »
Not sure if this was stated as I kind of speed read through the five pages of previous posts.

But like I've stated before, the real killer feature would be to make the viewfinder a hybrid ovf/evf like Fuji has done on the x100/s and xpro.

This would give us the best of both worlds and the option to use whichever is best suited for the user/scenario.

Yes, I am aware that there will then be issues with parallax. But it is a small nuisance to maintain the benefit of having access to both types of VF in the same body.

Battery life would also be prolonged which is my biggest beef with mirrorless now.

I personally would love to see a full sized (dslr shape) mirrorless offering from Canon so long as it featured the hybrid vf. The larger form factor would appeal to my ergonomic preferences and also allow for a much larger battery than what is currently used in most small mirrorless bodies.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:38:27 AM »

I definitely had to learn this the hard way even though it was something I fully suspected prior to ordering. Lol.

Anyhow, based on my very brief experiences so far, I'm finding that the only thing I really enjoy about this thing is the manual focus aids. Quite honestly, I wonder how much more I would like the xt1 if it were possible to mount EF lenses and maintain aperture control.

Funny thing is as soon as I returned my A7R, I installed Magic Lantern for the first time on my 5D III, including the manual focus aids.  I don't understand why Canon doesn't provide focus peaking, etc, in stock firmware  :o

Looking back, what I really enjoyed about my Sony experience was the FE 55mm f/1.8 lens.  Oh, that was a sweet lens; Wish Canon had a 50 mm at that price with comparable color, contrast, sharpness, bokeh, and AF accuracy.  Its compact size was fantastic, too, but I guess Canon's version cannot be as small due to the mirror box  :'(

Absolutely agree with wondering why Canon hasn't implemented it. I had ML installed on my 5D3 and EOS M and loved it for what it was. However, the implementation of the focus aids through ML still aren't as slick or refined as my experience now with the A7r.

If Canon ever incorporates a hybrid VF, I would be 100% on board. I don't care for the sluggishness of shooting in Live View with the rear LCD. After owning and using several mirrorless bodies now, I am absolutely certain that I want the option of being able to use live view in a view finder and have it be as responsive as the mirrorless bodies I've experienced thus far.

So the 55/1.8 was that good eh? I told myself I would not be buying into the Sony as a system. But I almost feel like I'm not giving it a fair shake without trying at least one native lens. LOL

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:28:14 AM »
What camera body are you using? I'm thinking this lens may be hit and miss with some bodies. On my 5D2 and 3: no issues.

The first two copies I had when the 35 Art first came out were mounted on a 5D3. The current one is on a 6D which seems to be working much better than the previous two on the 5D3 which seems odd to me considering the difference in AF systems.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 17, 2014, 11:08:28 AM »
I'm now on my third copy of the Sigma which is the best one out of the three. That being said, it is still nowhere near the performance of the 35L I had with regard to Autofocus accuracy and speed in all scenarios.

Did you use the USB dock to tune the AF of the Sigma 35/1.4 Art?

Not this time around with the dock. Just used FoCal a handful of times at different distances and lighting. It was close enough during testing at all variables. However, shifting over to actual shooting yielded plenty of misses consistently. That being said, I still get about 80-85% hit rate in good lighting conditions which makes it usable enough for my purposes at the moment. At anything from moderate to low light, it is terrible. Suffice to say if I were doing paid work all the time, it would definitely not cut it.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 16, 2014, 07:04:28 PM »

-IQ is not noticeably better than my other rigs as some would have you believe.
-The DR madness has yet to make a difference in any of my first 100 shots. I did however deliberately under and over expose a few shots to see how flexible the files would be in post (they were very clean and resolved a lot of detail). This however doesn't really translate into better photos as it was only a real tangible benefit when I deliberately used the wrong exposure for my shots. Time will tell if I actually enjoy having the extra DR as much as I hoped.


Yup, these are things one cannot convince oneself without first-hand experience.

I, too, remember taking an underexposed shot from A7R, pushing the shadows up more than I ever do, feeling impressed and giddy.  However, this was totally useless in my normal shooting with competent exposure.  Same thing with 36 MP resolution; it's neat to zoom into little hairs and such, but it didn't improve my photography at all.

I definitely had to learn this the hard way even though it was something I fully suspected prior to ordering. Lol.

Anyhow, based on my very brief experiences so far, I'm finding that the only thing I really enjoy about this thing is the manual focus aids. Quite honestly, I wonder how much more I would like the xt1 if it were possible to mount EF lenses and maintain aperture control.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:25:03 PM »
On another note, I tested out a couple more lenses last night to include the Sigma 35 Art, and a Conurus modded Zeiss 50/1.4. Both provided much of the same results as the other AFing lenses. Completely useless. I will say though that the IQ with the Sigma 35 mounted was rather good.

Another thing I have realized is that the look of the files at anything above ISO 1600 has a look that I do not really care for. Can't quite put my finger on it yet. But I definitely do not like the way skin and a few other things are rendered. Even at ISO 800, I already wanted to put it down and reach for any of my other rigs.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:21:03 PM »
@Sunnystate - I am definitely going to give it some time so that I can get better acquainted. Don't want to not give it it's fair shake.

SiliconVoid -I expected it because there is a ton of data on the interwebs touting how awesome it is compared to anything Canon has to offer. While I realize a lot of it was hype, I still expected to see a little more.

I am fully aware that MP isn't indicative of IQ and agree with your point about DR which I have previously stated.

But one of my hopes was that I would still be getting a little something more out of these files than I currently am.

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Lenses / Re: Sigma 35mm f/1.4 ART questions
« on: July 16, 2014, 06:15:53 PM »
I'm now on my third copy of the Sigma which is the best one out of the three. That being said, it is still nowhere near the performance of the 35L I had with regard to Autofocus accuracy and speed in all scenarios.

The 35L was the most accurately focusing lens I have ever owned. The sigma does decently well in good lighting. Still a tad slower than the Canon and a few more misses than I'd like. In decent lighting, the miss rate goes up a little. In less than desirable lighting, I have trouble getting it to focus on anything whereas the Canon would have had zero issues.

I currently have both the Sigma and the Canon 35/2 IS in the bag, and the Sigma continues to show it's inferiority with regard to AF.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:50:04 PM »
Wifi is a bit clunky. Didn't expect a whole lot though since I've used a few other bodies with wifi features prior that were all the same way.

One thing I do like about the wireless file transfer feature though is that you are able to select which size file you want to send to your device. Let's you choose between original file size, 2mb, or VGA. None of the other wifi enabled bodies I've used previously had this offering. Not a huge deal, but definitely a nice touch.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 15, 2014, 06:18:59 PM »
Focus peaking is pretty good. Magnify/focus assist works well after reassigning the button to activate it. Although I wish the implementation in the viewfinder was more like the xt1 from Fuji with the PIP and zoom window staying in view at all times as opposed to closing up and going back to normal view when you touch the shutter button.

All in all, the manual focus aids have made using the TSE lenses much easier.

AF lens testing so far:

85II - I went into it thinking that manual focusing with it would be horrible since it uses a focus by wire mechanism. Surprisingly enough, it was very responsive and fast to shift focus manually. Still wish AF was usable though. IQ is pretty good, but not noticeably better than using it on the 6D.

24-70II - IQ is okay. Corners are not great at any focal length esp at 24mm. AF also unusable on this one.

135 - Much the same here. IQ is good. Corners not great. AF unusable.

35/2 IS - Same stuff. One thing to note though is that IS definitely is working.

TSE lenses - Both are very easy to focus with the aids but IQ is still nothing to write home about.

Will test a few more when I get home. Interested to see how the Sigma 35 Art will perform.

I am aware that a lot of the corner sharpness issues are caused by the presence of the adapter. But even in the center, I am not noticing that the files leave me with any amount of "wow" factor.

Resolution bump is definitely noticeable when zooming in to look at little hairs or fibers. LOL. Otherwise, it is slowing my pc down more than I'm comfortable with just to pump out a few files. I've learned from using the x100s that I don't actually need anymore than 16 megapixels for my purposes. Although I could definitely see how some might benefit from the added resolution. I would probably place more significance on the extra pixels if I more regularly shot landscape.

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Third Party Manufacturers / Re: A7r Arrived - Meeting New Buddies
« on: July 15, 2014, 05:46:34 PM »
Hope everything will go well for you John

I tried the adapter with Canon L lenses...it feels  :-\

That is the exact feeling that I had/have with it. LOL. Although, I pretty much expected to be underwhelmed with the feel ergonomically. Was hoping that the IQ would compensate for that initial feeling. It has not.

Thanks for the well wishing, I certainly hope it works out also as I hate having to return stuff (in this case, from multiple vendors).

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