Mike Kobal

December 15, 2014

Quick look at the Sony A7II, how does it compare and integrate with current A7 models


A quick video comparing the A7II with the A7s and A7r. A few things I should add:
You will need a fast 64 GB SDXC card to record in XAVC S codec, SDHC cards will only allow AVCHD.
I am using the PNY 64 GB SXHD, currently the best deal, I have been using these cards for a few month on the A7s without issues.

Relocated shutter button: makes perfect sense on the new grip, not a significant upgrade, since I don’t have a problem with the shutter location on current models.

AF speed: I don’t have the A7 any longer to do a side by side comparison, feels very snappy in good light, you even get the little dancing squares from the A6000 (only in wide af mode).

Sensor: same as in A7, I don’t mind the AA filter since it is very weak, however, this sensor without an AA filter would have been a nice upgrade.

Port access: I am not a fan of the new rubberized port covers on the A7II, the orig design was and is much better.

Who should get the A7II: anyone who misses image stabilization on their lenses.

Who shouldn’t get the A7II: A7s shooters, who don’t need the additional resolution. AF speed is about the same in bright light, in low light the A7s focuses faster and the insane high ISO easily makes up for the lack of IBIS.

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November 26, 2014

Preorder the new Sony A7 II now! starts shipping Dec 9th!

isoa7m2Available for preorder at Adorama and BH!

Filed under: Gear Reviews — mike.kobal @ 12:36 pm

October 4, 2014

A closer look at bokeh-licous short tele lenses that will help you get over the Otus blues


Sony A7r with the Takumar mk2 135mm f2.5

Don’t despair my friends, you have a few options left to create great images without
remortgaging your home
more after the break,
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July 6, 2014

Studio visit: Raymond Verdaguer: a video portrait, shot with the Panasonic GH4


La peur de l’insignifiance / The fear of insignificance – linogravure / linoleum cut ©2014 Raymond Verdaguer

Raymond Verdaguer’s linocuts act like traps for the viewer. Being drawn in by seemingly innocent lines of beauty on closer inspection one realizes the meaning of its content and at that point it is too late, the artist delivered his message like a cut from a concealed knife during a fist fight. Raymond was kind enough to allow us invade his studio
more after the break
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June 5, 2014

Panasonic GH4: the 4K experience: field report

I received my GH4 weeks ago but didn’t get a chance to shoot video until this past weekend. There are plenty of good reviews out there and by now everybody knows the GH4 is every bit as exciting as the 5DmkII was back in 2008.
graded/ungraded version, equipment list after the break
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