• Kaisern Chen

The Running Trains - SONY E Mount FF cameras - Part 2

Updated: Feb 16

Continue from The Running Trains - SONY E Mount FF cameras - Part 1


If I were asked what the camera of 2020 is, my answer will be the SONY A7R IV!



2021


January 2021


Continue on project : Cycles of life


"Death is the start of a beginning, life is the start of the end, and the cycle continues forever."

~ Tim I. Gurung, Afterlife



Cycle of Life #21-177 January 7, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8L f/9 1/60s ISO 125 Aperture Priority

January 9 - The Birthday girl - Evgenia Parker "Surfaced"

Evgenia Parker "Surfaced" Bangkok, Thailand January 9, 2021 SONY A7R IV + FE 85/1.4 GM Profoto A1 Lighting

Continue on the project "Cycle of Life"


Cycle of Life #21-1868 January 18, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/11 1/60s ISO 500 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-2125 January 18, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/10 1/50s ISO 2,000 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-2154 January 18, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/10 1/50s ISO 2,500 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-2853 January 20, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/14 1/60s ISO 400 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-2961 January 20, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/14 1/60s ISO 640 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-3067 January 20, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/14 1/30s ISO 500 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-3244 January 20, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/11 1/60s ISO 1,600 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-3925 January 21, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/13 1/60s ISO 1,250 Manual Exposure

Cycle of Life #21-4289 January 24, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/14 1/125s ISO 1,600 Manual Exposure



January 26 - The Sony Alpha 1 launched!



Is it a surprise? Not really! Something unexpected? Sort of!


Sony Alpha 1



We know what SONY is capable of and how consumer electronic works. SONY has the A7R IV, which I own and love to use, and, IMHO, the most versatile and dependable current time camera. SONY also has the A9 series camera that I also use but much less often because of its sensor resolution. It is still an excellent camera for anything that requires precision and speed, thanks to its stacked CMOS sensor for the zero-black-out viewfinder.


Then SONY has the A7S series camera geared towards videography, which I rarely do, I have the A7SII for a while to use for low-light still photography, but its AF system made me abandoned it. A7SIII, by specification a great camera, but it is not suitable for my objective of shooting still pictures. You know, one-day, SONY will put all these technologies in one camera, and that day is January 26, 2021. A little unexpected is the camera named Alpha 1. But it makes sense.


I am tempted, of course! I am quite happy with my A7R IV on speed and accuracy and hardly ever touch the high-speed mode. Not on the sensor resolution because I have A7RIV that out-resolve the Alpha 1, and I have Fujifilm GFX100 for higher resolution or Phase One XF100 for studio use. But there are the curiosities that the Alpha 1 packed so much advanced technology that constitute a good reason to have it. No urgency.


The new Alpha 1 enables the flash triggering when using an electronic shutter, something Phase One has for years, albeit slow, good to see it on Alpha 1. Its mechanical shutter allows 1/400s sync that is fantastic news. SONY's smartphone division also becomes an integral part of the system, finally, but late better than never.


The best thing is that SONY has decided to release Alpha 1, which signals some strategic camera line-up changes. The course correction will put pressure on the companies with less integrated capabilities, too many to name! But the pressure will also drive innovation that larger corporations slower to react to.


It's not bad news for consumers.




Continue to work on my "Cycle of Life" project


Cycle of Life #21-4669 January 27, 2021 Bangkok, Thailand SONY A7R IV + Canon TS-E 90/2.8 f/11 1/60s ISO 320 Manual Exposure


February 2021


Continue to work on my project "Surfaced"


Izem Yilmaz "Surfaced" Bangkok, Thailand February 12, 2021 SONY A7R IV + FE 85/1.4GM f/6.3 1/125s ISO 200 Profoto A1 X 2

Izem Yilmaz "Shower Box" Bangkok, Thailand February 12, 2021 SONY A7R IV + Zeiss Planar T* FE 50/1.4 ZA f/7.1 1/50s ISO 200 Lighting: Profoto A1

Izem Yilmaz, Bangkok, Thailand February 12, 2021 SONY A7R IV + FE 85/1.4 GM f/3.2 1/60s ISO 3,200


February 15, 2021 - return to the Bangkok Railway Station


Shalika and her cats, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand February 15, 2021 SONY A7R IV + FE 24-70/2.8 GM f/4.5 1/60s ISO 640 Aperture Priority

Shalika and her cats, the Bangkok Railway Station, Thailand February 15, 2021 SONY A7R IV + FE 24-70/2.8 GM f/4 1/60s ISO 125 Aperture Priority

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