playing with Sony A7S part 1

Just got it, now trying to pair it with Blackmagic Design Pocket Cinema Camera.

The best of all – I can play with my Leica M lenses on Sony A7S body. This is really awesome as it’s full frame body.

Why I love this pair – A7S and BMPCC?

Full frame and crop. (Also I can turn on 1.5x crop on A7S to get rid a little bit of rolling shutter).

three lens in one: simple f1.4 prime 50mm Canon AF. On BMPCC I can use it either as 150mm lens with 1.4 either with Metabones Speedbooster to have something like… 87,5mm f0.74 portrait lens… In the same time I can use it on A7S as it was – 50mm f1.4.

60P in FHD and 120P in 720p on Sony A7S. enough for me to slow down footage. This was the leak point of BMPCC – max 30P footage.

Low light beast, SLOG and RAW. Sony A7s is crazy when it cames to low light. It’s a bit scary as nighttime looks like day when you push the ISO. SLOG and 50MBs XAVCS codec on A7s and RAW shooting on BMPCC.


batteries on both. Both need external power.
RAW shooting means 4x more for cards comparing to 60P FHD recording on A7S. More on disc more time for converting footage but – in difficult light conditions… It’s worth for me as sometimes it’s lossless to fix footage, and this is something you cannot with even ProResHQ codec.

What’s about photography? Until your needs to exceed 12Mpix of A7S – great body to carry around for travel, family time. If you already have bunch of lenses from Canon or Leica M – like me – you don’t need to buy anything exept the EF to SONY E lens converter (recommending Commlite one, as people reports some problems with Metabones).

And again… hunt for cage, powering (it can be done thru USB port of the camera which sounds… interesting, but I will end with DC coupler.

A few asked about the pic I posted on my Facebook profile, so here it is. RAW and OOC Jpeg. Nighttime, the only bulb/light source is small bulb in lamp 6 meters from the shot. This was dark near to black for my eyes. Yes, ISO is 51200. 51 thousands. This is 12bit RAW as I turned on silent shooting, so I may try to replicate the test with both 12 and 14 bit options.

JPEGmini – my best ‘under 20 USD’ app for mac in 2014

I have never thought I will buy single app to optimise JPEG files. And honestly – this is the best spent less then 20 USD in 2014 for any app I have bought.

JPEGmini does only one thing: recompressing the JPEG files. You can use it also to scale down images, but – my use of this app is optimising JPEG files for blog/publishing but also for my Clients backups. JPEG export is build in most of photo editing apps however – I was not happy with use of Image Processor (Adobe Photoshop’s part) nor Adobe Lightroom – because of handling of compression. So – while JPEGmini keeps details and quality of it’s processing – I’m happy. How much space we will save? I think 2-2,5x is average what we can expect and what is real to get. With not visible loosing quality of our images – a great deal to go with.

So – this is my recommendation wherever you are photographer or just blogger or hobbyist sending pictures to family or friends.


PS. there is also Windows version of JPEGmini.

hidden files in Maverick – show/hide application script

Yesterday I needed it twice to locate over 70GB of cache/old system files on two computers, so I have got to the point that copy/paste of:

show hidden files Maverick terminal
defaults write AppleShowAllFiles -boolean true
killall Finder

then to reverse:

defaults delete AppleShowAllFiles
killall Finder

it actually has driven me a little bit crazy so I have put two minutes of my time around 2am to simply script compiled to application:

It’s simple, just the code above in script form. If you want it, just put you comment below.

Belair X 6-12 my first roll

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I was lucky enough to catch one of the buzziest lomography cameras of last months – Belair X 6-12. Generally it looks like they are out of stock, so I was double lucky getting it a few days ago. I will post about it more later. I did actually one roll on Ilford Delta 400, got it developed and started to scan. Autoexposure works a bit random for me with snow and hard overcast like it was that day, but I need more rolls of film to judge. First thing when I saw the negatives and scans: sharp center, defocus on the edges. It looks very lomo 🙂
I did scan with Epson V700 using new Silverfast (I need to get used to it, basically to the software traps), 16bit Gray HDR file is great to handle more details, but then you need to know how to play with it to get whole range of tones. Anyway – comparing to Holga – the image is less lomosomething. Will be playing this year with it and some old real glass lenses from large format cameras – just for fun 🙂 Probably I will stay with 58mm f8 lens for pano images as it gives about 21mm view on 6×12 frame. Anyway – I’m happy with what I saw on scans.

in Paris with Leica Monochrom – in hands review

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I was lucky enough to get in hands preproduction Leica Monochrom week ago for three days shooting in Paris. Since I’m not buying any kind of reviews and tests done on portals and unreal shoot of bookends showing that tester has no experience with focusing on rangefinders – it was the best that I could bring for myself 🙂 Continue reading

focusing with Fuji X Pro 1

Before I got Fuji X Pro 1 I couldn’t find any proper description how to use autofocus on this camera. More or less all reviews were about that some cameras are faster or slower or autofocus on Fuji X Pro 1 is not working at all.

After three weddings and one assigment I would say – I have figured out how to live with that. I doesn’t mean it will be comfortable for you or your friend, but as Americans say: how cares? a few thoughts below.
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semifinals Forza Italia with Fuji X Pro 1

five in the row just before Italy vs Germany match on Eurocup 2012 in Warsaw. Focus is snappy, details in the shadows near to 0,7EV to bring up until noise (so not bad comparing to full frame DSLR), the only ‘but’ is optical viewfinder – I’m used to Leica ones – this means for me a little ‘more’ picture when cropping on camera, with Fuji I have impression that frame it very tight to that what I’ve seen. all pics: iso250, f4, t1/500. PS. I was almost sure that Germany will win.
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