Star Eater is Back! In Sony’s New a7RIV…

Jim Kassen is currently testing the Sony a7RIV and he has discovered that the new a7RIV eats stars just like other Sony cameras. I was considering getting the a7RIV if Sony finally fixed Star Eater, but since they have not I will stick with my a7RIII. Actually they made it worse than it was before because Star Eater starts at 3.2 Seconds now instead of 4!

I’m not going to bury the lede here: ths Sony a7RIV eats stars just about like the a7RIII does.

This is about what we saw with the a7RIII, except that the new behavior starts at 3.2 seconds instead of 4 seconds.

Ugh. My position is that this kind of filtering should be done in postproduction.

You can read more about Jim’s testing here. I wish more photographers would confront Sony about this issue because Sony is the worst offender on the mark. Noise reduction should always be performed in post if it negatively impacts the image, which Star Eater does.

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NiSi 150mm Square Filter Holder “S5” SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN Exclusive Model Released


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Sigma 14-24mm f/2.8 DG DN Art: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Realizing high quality filter work without vignetting by taking advantage of the features of large-diameter ultra-wide-angle zoom lens
NiSI Filters (Headquarters: Zhuhai Ichikawami Optical Technology Co., Ltd.), an optical equipment / lens manufacturer, was launched in August 2019 and is exclusively for SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN (for SIGMA L mount / Sony E mount) Released square filter holder S5.

“Square filter holder S5” is a lens that does not have a filter thread (diameter), such as an ultra-wide-angle lens. In addition to the existing 11 models, a special model for SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN has been added.

S5 Landscape CPL Kit / S5 PRO CPL Kit

SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN kit including “filter holder”, “S5 circular filter” and “S5 holder case” as a set.
A dedicated circular filter can be selected from “Landscape CPL” or “PRO CPL”.

The filter holder is equipped with up to two 150mmm square filters. A single S5 circular filter can be installed between the square filter and the lens. In addition to the CPL filter that comes with the kit, you can select ND filters, etc., which are sold separately. A total of three filters can be installed together with the square filter.

“S5 holder case” can store S5 kit (S5 holder, special circular filter, adapter).

If you already have an S5 kit, you can attach it to the SIGMA 14-24mm F2.8 DG DN by purchasing only the adapter. The S5 lens adapter alone was also released.

 

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Crazy Sony 85mm f/1.8 Deal UPDATE: Updated


If you took advantage of the above pricing reach out to Amazon because they canceled these orders. This is a first from Amazon and it is highly disappointing, but they are offering a $20 credit for now.

It seems a lot of people are contacting them pissed off so maybe they will do more. The rep I spoke with alluded to the possibility of Amazon doing more to make this right especially after I brought up the fact that they shipped tens of thousands of dollars in gear for hundreds of dollars during Prime Day.

I’d like to encourage you not to drop this because there is always the possibility that they will make this right or offer us something a little more appropriate. Make sure you fill out the survey you receive after contacting them too.

UPDATE: Shortly after I posted this Amazon sent out this E-mail

Hello,

We recently discovered that an error caused the following item(s) to be displayed at an incorrect price:

Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 Lens (SEL85F18/2)

In this case, we’re unable to offer this item for the incorrectly posted price. Therefore, we’ve canceled your order for this item. We’re sorry about this. At any given time, despite our best efforts, a small number of the millions of items on our site may be mispriced.

To make up for any inconvenience, we’re adding a $20 Amazon.com Gift Card to your account. This balance will automatically apply to your next order at Amazon.com.

We hope to see you again soon.

Sincerely,

Customer Service
Amazon.com

Please note: this e-mail was sent from a notification-only address that cannot accept incoming e-mail. Please do not reply to this message.

You should still probably keep contacting Amazon about it because this is the first time that, I am aware of, that Amazon hasn’t honored an error and we should hold them to their previous higher standards for customers. Maybe ask for $100 instead of $20.

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Sony FX9 Launched


Sony just announced the Sony FX9 6k professional video camera. In addition to the Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G.

FX9 KEY FEATURES

  • 6K full frame sensor
  • Dual Base ISO 800/4000
  • AF with face detection and Eye-AF
  • 4K 4:2:2 10bit internal recording
  • UHD up to 60 fps, HD up to 180 fps
  • Four channels of audio
  • External 16-bit RAW recording with add-on unit
  • 10-bit S35 4K at 120fps to an external recorder

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Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G Cinema Lens Launched and 2 New Cine Lenses Teased


Sony launched the Sony FX9 with a new Sony E-Moun cinema lens the Sony FE C 16-35mm T3.1 G. At the end of the video Sony teases more Cine lenses to come, which you can see above.

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Sony a7RIV Added to DPReview Studio Scene


DPReview added the Sony a7RIV to their studio comparison tool, but there has been some fading of the scene. DPR hopes to fix the studio scene soon, but it will probably require reshooting. Until there you can view the comparison here.

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