Sony a7R Field Report #2: Sports Action

This is an ongoing report that I started on February 15, 2014 following my purchase of the new full-frame mirrorless 36.4MP Sony Alpha a7R digital camera.
You can view the entire report here.

The other evening I brought my Sony a7R camera to a youth soccer game to see how the camera responds to sports action photography.

It has been a number of years since I photographed any sports action. Being a former photojournalist for 17 years I had the opportunity to photograph countless sporting events from youth to professional sports and everything in between. Being a number of years removed from those days, the rust was evident the other night while shooting as my timing was terrible.

Sony a7R with Metabones adapter and old Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L lens at ISO 10,000 at 1/400s at f3.2

Sony a7R with Metabones adapter and old Canon 70-200mm f2.8 L lens at ISO 10,000 at 1/400s at f3.2

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Sony a7R Field Reports

On February 14, 2014 I took delivery of my newest camera body – the recently released full-frame mirrorless 36.4MP Sony Alpha a7R digital camera.

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I purchased this camera expecting it to be a replacement to my old Canon 5DII digital SLR camera body. As a fine art photographer who specializes in primarily landscape photography printed large (currently up to 10 feet) resolution and image quality are among my top requirements for a camera.

I passed on the Canon 5DIII when it was released a few years back, finding it not too much more impressive spec-wise than the 5DII. Not wanting to wait any longer for Canon to release an update to the 5DIII I decided to jump ship to Sony, who seems to be innovating at a breakneck speed these days.

What follows is a collection of field reports as I learn how to use this camera and incorporate it into my fine art photography. 

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Capture One Pro updated to v7.2

Capture One Pro raw converter software from Phase One has recently been updated to version 7.2

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The free update mostly brings support to Phase One’s new IQ250 digital back and fixes a number of bugs.

Here is a link to the update.

Here are the release notes:

Highlights, version 7.2
This release provides support for the new Phase One IQ250 digital back and offers a large number

of improvements related to key features of the IQ250. In addition it fixes a number of bugs.

Camera file support

• Phase One IQ250. Camera tethered support

• Phase One IQ250.

Improvements and bug fixes

  • Improved live view frame rate on Mac.
  • Improved live view alignment between Mac and Windows
  • Fixed a number of live view issues.
  • Improved tethered stability on Mac.
  • Fixed some XMP syncing issues.
  • Improved importer performance on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to collapsing of stacks on Mac.
  • Fixed a stability issue related to reordering jobs in the batch queue on Mac.
  • Fixed some LCC issues.
  • A number of other bug fixes.

For sale: used Canon 300mm f2.8L USM lens (non IS)

For sale: used Canon 300mm f2.8L USM lens (non IS)

LENS IS NOW SOLD

I am selling my Canon 300mm f2.8L USM (non IS) lens.

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The lens comes with a lens shade, soft cover, rear cap, and hard leather case with strap. It shows some wear (I have been the only owner and purchased the lens brand new over 15 years ago) and very minor dust inside lens (no fungus) and has no scratches at all on the front element. Works perfectly and is very sharp – see photos below!

Lens has never been dropped and there are no dents. Scratches are from the rivets on my jeans.

Asking $2,950 or best offer and includes free ground shipping in the U.S. (brand new these lenses are going for $6,800). Sold as is – all sales final.

If interested contact me.

This was photographed last month in November with the 300mm lens. It was photographed hand-held at 1/320s at f4

This was photographed last month in November with the 300mm lens. It was photographed with my Canon 5DMKII hand-held at 1/320s at f4

 

Here is a view of the same photograph, now looking at it at 100%

Here is a view of the same photograph, now looking at it at 100%

LENS IS NOW SOLD


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LENS IS NOW SOLD

 

 

Suess Fine Art Photography at Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale

Earlier in the year I opened one of the best letters I have received, notifying me that I was accepted as an artist for one of the most prominent art shows in the West, the 24th annual Celebration of Fine Art in Scottsdale, Arizona.

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The 10 week show features more than 40,000 square feet of working studios and works of art by 100 top-rated artists from throughout the country.

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Balancing Act – Zion National Park Utah

Normally a crystal clear river, after a weekend storm in Zion National Park the Virgin River turned a beautiful chocolate brown and was running fast.

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 “Balancing Act”

Zion National Park, Utah
(Click on photo to view larger and to purchase singed & numbered fine art photographs)

While hiking along the river I found this rock cairn in the middle of it. By both photographing on an overcast day and using my Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo thin-ring polarizing variable neutral density filter, I was able to slow down my shutter speed long enough to give the river a smooth and silky look.

Photo Details:

Photographed with a Canon 5D Mark II and Canon 24-70mm lens and a Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo thin-ring polarizing variable neutral density filter with a 25 second exposure at f14.

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