Sony a7RII

ZEISS Batis 2.8/18 - First Impressions

I recently got the Zeiss Batis 18mm, f2.8 in for review and my first impressions of it are very good. I first came across this lens at NAB 2016 and instantly realized I needed to get this in for a more detailed review. There will be a more in-depth review and I'm definitely focusing on the video performance of this lens. Initially let's just say the auto focusing engine in this lens is really impressive; pair that fast motor with the focusing system of the Sony a7RII and you pretty much can set this thing out on its own and it's going to grab critical focus 90 percent of the time.

#Sony #a7RII w/ #CarlZeiss #Batis18mm

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At any rate, I will cover that in a more detailed video review later on, so make sure you're subscribed to my YouTube channel. And if you're interested, here's a list of the stuff I used to shoot these quick samples as well.

All that said, here are some quick sample shots I grabbed in full auto in a 16:9 aspect ratio, which brings the total megapixels of the a7RII down to 36.

I just wanted to get this out as soon as possible, I've had the lens a couple of days and I've been floored by it's performance and awesomeness!

Sony a7RII Low Light Test

As I was editing my next YouTube video I was sidetracked by the awesomeness of my Sony a7RII. It being warm enough to head outside; I thought I would hit the streets and do some shooting, dragging my wife along with me. Here's the result:

I hope you enjoyed the above video, I had some fun tinkering with it and it gave me the opportunity to become more familiar with my camera. If you have any comments, questions, or suggestions for improvement; please feel free to drop me a comment.

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Affordable Sony a7 Series Camera Cage

After purchasing Sony's new a7RII my bank account was empty and since I invested so much into this new camera system I needed to protect it. I also needed a field monitor, but that's another story if and when I review the a7RII. Using the camera's hot shoe to hold heavy monitors isn't desirable so I needed a solution fast and that solution needed to be affordable. So I turned to my plethora of universal gear and started building. Here's what I did:

When this task was all said and done, some folks were asking what the cage system looked like with a monitor on it. It works well with Aputure's VS series field monitors, but I use it with an Atomos Ninja Assassin, as pictured below:

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Feel free to leave me some improvement ideas on this setup, I'm always looking to make this rig more awesome!