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Sony A7II: Field Test! (Part2)

(We gave our first impressions here in Part 1 on the A7II. We’re now about to detail its image quality in real life.)

Sony just announced the all new A7rII (please read here our Top 7 Game Changing Features of the A7rII) with some amazing new features. We love how aggressive Sony is on the market forcing the “big ones” to react or die. This is an excellent competition, forcing every manufacturers to move forward and offer some real innovative technologies that Canon and Nikon (10 reasons to switch to mirrorless) have not been too prompt to do these past 5 years, thinking that their reputation and their cameras were good enough no matter what (Will they go full frame mirrorless?).

Official Sony Mirrorless website

“You will never regret, even a second, the images produced by this sensor”.

That being said, with the A7 series announced back in October 2013, Sony had already declared war to Canon and Nikon with this new category of weapons stating new references on the market especially with the A7s in terms of ISO performances. This series was very well engineered right from scratch and no one can deny its success now. The A7II is thus a refinement of the A7 featuring new assests/ skills that we have been discussing in the first part here.

As you already know, I loved how handy and well built this camera is. It is very practical and easy to use even though I think I could use one more customizable button. I also had to point a few flaws but they are not significant considering the qualities and the delight that this camera will offer you! So I am now going to test and review the image quality, for those who cannot put $3200 on the table to splurge on the all new A7rII (body only), the A7II offers already a great quality enjoyable for most of us, enthusiats and even pro-photographers — as I discussed here in a previous article —  for half the price, $1600 body only.

Image Quality

It is clear that the image quality depends on the lens you are using. It is then difficult to establish a clear ranking unless you do scientific tests and multiple comparisons with different cameras with the same lenses like DxOlab would do. Continue reading Sony A7II: Field Test! (Part2)

Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Andreas Bildgestalter is one of those amateur photographers whose talent is outstanding and should be showcased widely in the photography world. iLHP is constantly on the lookout to find new talents and showcase professionals as well as amateurs who produce constantly breathtaking pictures. Andreas is one of them in his field: Architecture. His world is made of straight lines, tight curves and with a lot of purity. Let’s discover together his philosophy. Don’t miss out the link below to the “making of” of his most rewarded photograph!

iLHP: First of all, thank you very much Andreas for taking the time to answer to our questions. How long have you been into photography?

Andreas: I’m into photography since the beginning of 2011. I’ve been interested in photography before but never really jumped in it until then. I did shoot with a small digital camera during vacations though, and I bought my first digital reflex camera, which was a NIKON D90.

Meet

iLHP: How old are you if I may ask and where do you live?

Andreas: I’m 50 years old and I live in Gelsenkirchen which is a town in the Ruhrarea in West-Germany. It’s quite a good and central location to reach a lot of places around which are interesting for me.

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iLHP: Did you learn by yourself or through photography schools? Continue reading Architectural Photography with Andreas Bildgestalter

Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

You’ve dreamed about it? Here it is! As I promised you while sharing Cyril Verron’s interview, you can find here the tutorial of one of Cyril’s most outstanding pictures. I want to thank Cyril for revealing some of his secrets and of course for the time he took to share his knowledge with us. So without any further due, let’s start now!

First, let’s see its EXIF data obtained with his Canon 5D II and Canon EF 100mm f/2.8L IS USM Macro Lens and then I let Cyril explain everything  (Editor’s note: Translated from French, descendez tout en bas pour voir la version Francaise):

Focale lenght : 100mm
ISO : 100
Aperture : f/3.5
Speed : 1/320 sec

In the Field

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This is how the picture came out of the camera without any editing.

They’re quite common data so let’s get an in-depth analysis with Cyril himself:

“Draw the light” is a photograph that I took in April 2012. At this time, I was especially working and training on my compositions without my own personalized settings that I use henceforth, like the white balance or the color saturation. Continue reading Macro Photography Tutorial by French Photographer Cyril Verron

10 Reasons To Switch From a DSLR to a Mirrorless System (With Examples: Nikon vs Sony)

Choosing photographic equipment can be both complicated for professionals and extremely difficult for beginners and amateurs. Beginners are often overwhelmed with choices. Pros make a living with their gear and talent know what they need in terms of specs, lenses and accessories. But in the face of endless choice, even they can get lost.

UPDATE: Check out our first impressions and field test of the A7II here and the 7 game changing features of the latest A7rII!

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The Sony A7s, first Full Frame mirrorless camera that can reach 409,600 ISO

Just like Jason Lanier who switched from Nikon to the Sony A7S, Serge Ramelli (by the way Serge has amazing tutorials on YouTube!) and Michael Shainblum who switched respectively from Canon to Sony A7R and A7S, many other professionals are either changing or starting to study the possibilities of switching to a mirrorless system. And for sure, for some professionals the A7rII will be a no brainer as it offers some features never proposed on a DSLR body until now like a silent shutter, BSI sensor 5 axis in-body stabilization and the possibility to use as well E-mount, A-mount and Canon lenses (and a Nikon adapter should follow).

Their decisions are interesting to study. It is important understand why this system is a game changer, not only for consumers like us, but also for professionals. Switching from a traditional DSLR to a mirrorless system like Sony’s for a pro represents a big change, not as much as switching from film cameras to digital cameras, but this new technology is reliable and represents its little revolution of its own in the photography field.

Here are 10 reasons why it makes sense to switch to a mirrorless: Continue reading 10 Reasons To Switch From a DSLR to a Mirrorless System (With Examples: Nikon vs Sony)

4K Video Photography, the Latest Stake into the Hearts of Traditionalists

Remember the digital vs film debate, no more than 10 years old? Some still insists on film being alive. Well it’s not. It’s dead, it’s just not extinct yet. But just as even the most diehard of traditionalists and the “righteous” have finally gotten over inserting memory cards rather than rolls of acetate into their rectangular boxes, another wave of innovation and, god forbid change, is swelling just over the horizon. It’s going to solve the ultimate Achilles’ heel of the still photography format. It’s going to put some people out of business. And it’s going to put off a lot of people.

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Nothing to see here, another pretty lady on the cover of a photography magazine, right? Wrong. The cover image is not shot by a still photography camera. It is a single frame pulled from a 4k video, clean enough to grace the cover of a magazine. Image from http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/latest/photo-news/could-4k-video-replace-traditional-photography-ap-shoots-its-first-ever-cover-image-on-4k-video-33704

Continue reading 4K Video Photography, the Latest Stake into the Hearts of Traditionalists