New Full Frame Mirrorless from Sony

Sony has announced the A7 and A7R – the world’s first consumer-oriented full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras. Externally, the two bodies are nearly identical with all the differences internal. The A7R holds a 36 megapixel sensor and no optical low-pass filter, while the less expensive A7 has a 24 megapixel sensor with a low-pass filter and on-chip phase detection.

Both bodies are designed around the Sony NEX E-mount, although new ‘FE’ lenses are needed to take advantage of the larger sensor. They also feature a new processor, 3-inch LCD, Wi-Fi connectivity, and 60p video recording.

Existing lenses for Sony’s NEX range of APS-C mirrorless interchangeable lens cameras will work, although the scene will be cropped. Sony Alpha lenses can also be mounted via either the LA-EA3 or LA-EA4, the latter of which includes SLT autofocus technology.

The A7 will be sold in a body-only kit for $1699 or with a new 28-70 F3.5-5.6 OSS lens for $1999. The A7R is not bundled with a lens, and is priced at $2299. Both cameras are expected to ship in December.

A7R Mirrorless Digital Camera

  • 36.4MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • No Optical Low-Pass Filter
  • Gapless On-Chip Lens Design
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p Video with Remote Capture
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-in Flash

A7 Mirrorless Digital Camera

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0″ Tiltable TFT LCD with 1,229K-Dots
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Fast Hybrid Autofocus; 5 fps Burst Rate
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and NFC
  • Multi-Interface Shoe and Built-In Flash
  • Direct Access Interface

Camera West Eastern Sierra Workshop

Aspen in full fall colors in the eastern Sierra

Hal Kam of Camera West in Walnut Creek reports that the fall colors in the eastern Sierra are in full swing and has the photos to prove it.

Hal is currently leading a five day Camera West workshop to the eastern Sierra hitting all the classic photo ops : Bodie, June Lake Loop, Lundy Canyon, Mono Lake, Alabama Hills and the Bristlecone Forest. Judging by his photos, it looks like the perfect time to be there. Of course the photos he’s sending back are just iPhone photos…we’ll have to wait until he gets back to see the “real” photos taken with the Leica S2. I’m sure they will be spectacular!

The Arch view of Mt Whitney from Alabama Hills.

Annamarie stands by a fallen ancient Bristlecone Pine

If you would like to join Hal next year, contact him when he gets back at Camera West in Walnut Creek.

925-935-1424

Napa Valley Fall Colors Photo Walk

Photos by Michael Maloney

Join Michael as he leads us on a photo walk through the beautiful Napa Valley where we will photograph the splendid fall colors of the vineyards.

November is a great time to explore the vineyards of Napa Valley. There’s a crispness in the morning air which turns the vineyards into a multi-colored canvas of greens and browns and reds and yellows – a photographer’s playground.

Plan to spend the day! Aside from shooting at pre-scouted, colorful locations, we’ll visit the Ansel Adams Gallery at Mumm winery for some inspiration.

Saturday, November 23, 2013 – FILLED!

Sunday, November 24 – Just a few more spots left.

Cost : $25.00

Call or email Michael at Camera West in Walnut Creek for more info or to sign up.

michael@camerawest.com

925-935-1424

Photo walkers shoot the fall colors in a vineyard near St Helena last year

File to Print Workshop

Thank you to Jason Bradley and all the participants of the File to Print workshop which was held over the weekend at Camera West in Walnut Creek.

Students learned all about raw processing, developing techniques, color management, using ICC profiles, choosing the right paper and how to make a final print, which they did with our in-house Canon printer.

Jason Bradley works one to one with File to Print client Roz as they optimize her photo for printing via Adobe Lightroom.

We had a good group of enthusiastic photographers who brought in their favorite photos and with Jason Bradley's expert instruction, not only learned how to make a print, but made one with our Canon printer.

Jason, 2nd from left, shares a laugh with his clients as they look over their images.

Each File to Print participant had the opportunity to make a 17 x 22 inch print. Here Jason helps Phil mount his photo.

Keep checking the Events link to the left of this page for more Camera West Events. Jason will be leading another File to Print Workshop in the spring, including a workshop on Adobe Lightroom.

New H5D firmware is now available

Hasselblad is releasing a new sensor unit firmware version 2.4.3R for all H5D cameras.

H5D-40, H5D-50, H5D-50MS and H5D-200MS updating from 1.5.3R:

  • Faster start-up time
  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Low battery warning on sensor unit display
  • High temperature warning
  • Double click on release button enters menu on sensor unit display
  • Support for GPS module (GIL)
  • Folder view
  • Improved histogram
  • Improved 9-view
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese


H5D-60 updating from 2.3.3R:
  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese


H5D131008.hbf new features since H5D130506.hbf:
  • Added True Focus functionality when using the H1.7x Converter
  • When using extension tubes or the Macro Converter with True Focus, no focus correction is added and the IFC cursor is always placed in the centre.
  • Added support for the H5D-60
  • Stability improvements
  • Minor GUI corrections
  • Now possible to set ISO on camera grip when tethered.

H5D-60 updating from 2.3.3R:

  • Technical camera mode (Flash sync and pinhole)
  • Language support: English, Spanish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Chinese


H5D131008.hbf new features since H5D130506.hbf:
  • Added True Focus functionality when using the H1.7x Converter
  • When using extension tubes or the Macro Converter with True Focus, no focus correction is added and the IFC cursor is always placed in the centre.
  • Added support for the H5D-60
  • Stability improvements
  • Minor GUI corrections
  • Now possible to set ISO on camera grip when tethered.

http://hasselbladusa.com/service–support/technical-support/software-downloads.aspx