Why photographer Armando Ferreira switched from Sony to Canon

Contrary to what most most Sony fan sites want you to believe, there are many photographers who switch from Sony to Canon, or who switch to Sony and deeply regret it.

Photographer Armando Ferreira explains why he made the switch from using Sony cameras like the Sony A7RII and also the Sony A7SII to the Canon 5D Mark IV.

Because Canon gear works as advised, maybe…?

Off Brand News: Sony a7R III is best performing MILC at DxOMark (scores 100)

Sony A7R III

Sony A7R III at a glance:

  • 42MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 399-Point AF System & 10 fps Shooting
  • UHD 4K30p Video with HLG & S-Log3 Gammas
  • 3.69m-Dot Tru-Finder OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • ISO 102400 & Pixel Shift Multi Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • USB 3.1 Gen 1 Type-C Port & PC Sync Port

The folks over at DxOMark put the Sony A7R III on their test bench. Well, the A7R III scores 100, same as the Nikon D850. Only the medium format Hasselblad X1D-50c and Pentax 645Z have a higher score (102 and 101, respectively).

From DxOMark’s conclusion:

It’s clear that the Sony A7R III has a high-performing sensor that’s capable of capturing images with a broad range of color and tone, while keeping noise well under control.

However, comparing the A7R III sensor to the Nikon D850’s reveals the advantage that the Nikon camera’s lower minimum sensitivity (ISO) value brings. Photographers who predominantly shoot in bright light or capture motionless subjects with the camera on a tripod will record the most information, be it color, tone, or detail with the Nikon D850 set to ISO 32. However, if they require values above that, the Sony A7R III sensor produces marginally better images.

Sony’s in-body 5-axis image stabilization system is widely respected, and if it achieves the 5.5 EV shutter speed compensation in the A7R III that the company claims, it would enable the camera to capture images at ISO 100 instead of at ISO 3200 (provided the subject is stationary). Read the review…

sony a7r iii
The Canon DSLRs with the highest DxOMark score are the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II (88) and EOS 5Ds (87). Once more, Sony is showing how well they manage to design and build image sensors.

So, Canon, have you ever heard about this company, Sony? You know, they make amazing hardware with shitty interfaces and beta software on it. But, hey!, they innovate and users love them gadgets and gear. Maybe, Canon, you should consider catching up. Maybe. Just my 2 cents.

Sony A7R III: Amazon US, Adorama, B&H Photo.

Sony announce new CFast memory cards in their Pro card line-up


Sony completes Pro memory card line-up with new CFast range

Ultra-fast G Series CFast memory cards with up to 510MB/s write speed for photographers and videographers

(ASIA PACIFIC, 28 November 2017) – Sony today announced the launch of a range of high performance CFast memory cards designed to meet the needs of professional photographers and videographers. The new G Series CFast responds to the ever increasing capabilities of high-end DSLR and 4K cinema-grade broadcast cameras, offering lightning-fast write speeds of up to 510MB/s and read speeds of up to 530MB/s1. Joining an established range that includes Professional internal SSDs, XQD and SxS cards, as well as the world’s fastest SD card2, the new CFast models strengthen Sony’s position as a leader in professional memory solutions.

Step up to industry-leading write speeds

Professional photographers demand faster speed for continuous burst shooting of higher resolution images like RAW. With up to 510MB/s write speed, far outperforming the capabilities of existing CFast cards, G Series supports high-speed burst shooting of high resolution RAW, maximizing the capability of high-end DSLR cameras like the Canon 1DX Mark 2.

Reliable 4K video recording with VPG130 support

As well as ultra-fast write speed, the new CFast cards support VPG1303 for reliable recording of Cinema-grade or high-bitrate 4K video. A minimum sustained write speed of 130MB/s is guaranteed, making the new media ideal for stable recording of professional grade 4K video such as Cinema RAW light mode with Canon C200 video cameras.

Super-fast read speed for ultra-effective workflow

Efficient workflow is essential for professional photographers and videographers working in challenging environments to tight deadlines. With a blazing fast read speed of 530MB/s, G Series CFast dramatically reduces the time it takes to transfer RAW files, long 4K video footage and high-resolution images to a PC.

Designed for strength and reliability

The new CFast cards have passed a variety of stringent drop, vibration, shock and rigidity tests, making them perfect for shooting in many different locations. They work reliably across a wide range of temperatures and are highly resistant to static. With a hard case and Sony File Rescue software4 included for recovering accidentally deleted photos such as RAW images and videos, professionals can shoot with confidence in the toughest conditions.

The new G Series CFast 2.0 memory cards will be available in 32GB (CAT-G32), 64GB (CAT- G64) and 128GB (CAT-G128) capacities in selected Asia Pacific countries in the 1st quarter of 2018. Please check with the authorized dealers for pricing and availability.

For more information on Sony’s CFast card, please visit www.sony-asia.com/b2b

Off Brand: Sony announces new RX10 IV with 24 fps and 24-600mm zoom lens

sony rx10 ivSony RX10 IV at a glance:

  • 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS BSI CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* f/2.4-4 Zoom Lens
  • 24-600mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 2.36m-Dot OLED Tru-Finder EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • UHD 4K30 Video, Full HD 1080p at 960 fps
  • Fast Hybrid AF System with 315 Points
  • ISO 12800 and 24 fps Continuous Shooting
  • Built-In Wi-Fi and Bluetooth

Pre-order: B&H Photo

Sony press release:

Sony’s New RX10 IV Combines Lightning Fast AF and 24 fps Continuous Shooting with Versatile 24-600mm F2.4-F4 Zoom Lens

  • World’s Fastest[i] AF Speed of 0.03 seconds[ii], 24 fps[iii] Continuous Shooting with full AF/AE tracking
  • 315 focal-plane phase-detection AF points covering approx. 65% of the frame
  • ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm[iv] F2.4-F4 Large Aperture, High Magnification Zoom Lens
  • 4K[v] Movie Recording with full pixel readout without pixel binning

Sony today announced the new flagship model in its acclaimed Cyber-shot® RX10 series, the RX10 IV (model DSC-RX10M4).

Featuring the world’s fastesti AF acquisition time of 0.03 secondsii and up to 24 fps continuous shootingiii with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile 24-600mmiv F2.4-F4 ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* lens, the new RX10 IV model delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.

The impressive RX10 IV camera is equipped with a latest 1.0-type 20.1 MP[vi] Exmor RS CMOS stacked image sensor with DRAM chip along with a powerful BIONZ X™ image processor and front-end LSI. These key components all work together to maximise overall speed of operation and performance, ultimately ensuring the highest possible image and video quality throughout the entire range of the 24-600mmiv lens.

Click here to open the rest of the article

Sigma service notice for Auto-Focus issue with Sigma MC-11 mount adapter on Sony a9


Sigma MC-11
Sigma MC-11

Sigma MC-11 at a glance:

  • Adapt SA/EF-Mount Lens to Sony E Body
  • Integrated LED Displays Compatibility
  • Maintains Autofocus and Auto-Exposure
  • Supports In-Camera Correction Features
  • Flocked Interior Reduces Reflections
  • Retains EXIF Data

Sigma released a service notice for the Sigma MC-11 mount adapter (Canon EF or Sigma SA lenses to Sony E camera bodies) on Auto-Focus issues that may occur when using AF-S mode with telephoto lenses on a Sony a9.

Thank you for purchasing and using our products.

We have found that the combination of SIGMA MOUNT CONVERTER MC-11 (SA-E and EF-E) and some of SIGMA’s interchangeable zoom lenses may not focus precisely, if it is attached to SONY a9 (ILCE-9), released by SONY in May in 2017.

When using AF-S mode and shooting in telephoto range, it could occasionally display the shot is in focus, although it may not be spotted properly on the subject.

We are afraid of this inconvenience caused to the customers who use these products.

We are now investigating the phenomenon and will make a further announcement on the website shortly.

We appreciate your continued support for our company.

For further information, please contact your nearest authorized SIGMA subsidiary / distributor.

Using big white Canon telephoto lenses with the MC-11 adapter on a Sony a9 may lead to such AF issues. You may want to have a look here.

Sony a9 focus tracking not working when used with Canon lenses

Sony a9
Sony a9

Sony a9: B&H Photo, Adorama, Amazon USA, Amazon Canada, Canon Canada, Canon USA

At a glance:

  • 24.2MP Full-Frame Stacked CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor & Front-End LSI
  • 693-Point AF System & 20 fps Shooting
  • Blackout-Free Quad-VGA 3.7m-Dot OLED EVF
  • Internal UHD 4K Video Recording
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot INSIDE Stabilization
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Tilting Touchscreen LCD
  • ISO 204,800, Silent Electronic Shutter
  • Built-In Wi-Fi/Bluetooth, Dual SD Slots
  • Integrated LAN and PC Sync Terminals

The Sony a9 is touted as the Jack of all Trades. Impressive specs, and a lot of hype coming from a devoted fan community.

However, all that glitters is not gold. The video below, shot with a Sony a9 using a $9000 Canon EF 500mm f/4 lens on a Sigma MC-11 adapter, isn’t so impressive after all. The Sony a9 is not able to track focus after the shutter has been fired. The Sony a9 just started shipping so we don’t know if this phenomenon is limited to adapted Canon lenses (guess it is).

If you are a professional photographer, stick with Canon and Nikon and stay safe with proven gear and great and reliable professional service. If you have money to waste for gadgets, get a Sony a9. The specs are truly impressive and once more show how much Sony is pushing technological innovation.

[Via Sony Alpha Rumors]