Archive for December, 2013

Adobe Updates Lightroom to version 5.3 and Camera Raw to 8.3, now supports Sony a7 & a7R

Just in time for my a7R RAW processing…

From the Adobe website:

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5.3

The Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® 5.3 update includes these enhancements:
• Additional raw file support for 20 new cameras, including the Fujifilm X-E2, Nikon D610, Nikon Df, and Sony A7.
• Corrections and bug fixes for issues introduced in previous versions of Lightroom

Lightroom 5.3 for Mac:

Camera Raw 8.3 for Mac:

My Sony a7R body is on its way!

Should arrive tomorrow, hopefully will have some stuff to post by the end of the week.

2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Pocket Cameras – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?

In the PixelReeder 2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?  post…I discussed the 3 main categories of consumer digital cameras.

Pocket Cameras I would consider purchasing:

Canon PowerShot S120  Around $400 from B&H in NYC 

I reviewed a previous version (s100) here. Canon seems to upgrade this camera every year. 12 MP CMOS chip, decent 1080 HD video, high iso, RAW file capture, IS, fast lens for low light. VERY COMPACT


Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100  – around $550

Sony Cyber-Shot RX100
(photo from Sony website)


20MP, 1″ CMOS sensor, fast Zeiss lens, RAW mode, HD video. This would be preferable to the Canon S120. They also make an improved RX100 II…for a few hundred dollars more. For most folks the original is good enough.



Where’s My a7R Body? Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens for the a7 & a7R Arrived Today

I ordered a Sony a7R 36.4 megapixel full frame camera body and Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Lens a few days ago. Merry Christmas to me.

The lens showed up today, but no body. Supply is limited…hopefully it will show in the next few weeks. Check back soon for test report.

Sony 35mm f/2.8 FE Sonnar Zeiss lens

Sony 35mm f/2.8 FE Sonnar Zeiss lens




2013 Holiday Shopping Guide – Which Digital Camera Should I Get?

Its that time of year, and I am asked repeatedly, “Which camera should I get?.”

Christmas is here! Which camera should I buy?
(Copyright 2011 Jordan Reeder / Reeder Studios, LLC)


Even though most of the new smartphones take really decent pictures, most people still like to have a “better” camera. Special occasions, holidays, travel, etc. Most smartphones still can’t compete with a proper modern digital camera in terms of low light sensitivity, optics, resolution, color, autofocus, flash power, RAW capability, dynamic range, etc. A few more years…and smartphones will probably be good enough.

There are 3 big categories for consumers seeking digital cameras.

1. Compact / Point and Shoot / Pocket Cameras – Pretty obvious…small cameras (no interchangeable lenses) with decent megapixel sensors. Downside – usually physically small sensors which produce noisy images in low light, and can’t achieve the shallow depth of field look you get with a full frame or APS -C sized sensor. Generally least expensive compared to other types of cameras, decent cameras for average consumers range from $150-500.

Canon PowerShot S120
(photo from Canon USA website)


2. Mirrorless Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses –  This segment has seen the most change/growth in the last few years. Falls between compact and DSLR cameras. Sensors are now high MP and can be as large as full frame 35mm. Most midrange cameras have a slightly smaller chip size. They do very well in low light, smaller form factor and weight compared to a DSLR. Vast lens selection. In the next few years, many consumers interested in DSLR’s will be buying these instead. Moderately priced. Decent cameras (with 1 lens) for average consumers range from $400-2000.

Sony a7 24.3 megapixel mirrorless camera with interchangeable lenses
(photo from sony website)


3. DSLR Cameras with Interchangeable Lenses  Larger / heavier bodies and lenses, SLR viewfinder, usually larger APS-C and full frame 35mm sensors which produce better images in low light. Great color, dynamic range, fast AF, huge selection of lenses, features, etc. Most professionals use some type of DSLR. Decent cameras (with 1 lens) for average consumers range from $650-2200

Canon EOS 6D Full Frame 35mm 20.2 MP Camera w/ Interchangeable Lenses
(photo from canon website)


So which one should you get?

If you want something small that you will take with you all the time because you’ll hardly notice its there, go for the compact point and shoot. I’ve found larger point and shoots like the Canon Gxx (G15, G16, etc.) series get left at home. They weigh too much, if I’m going to mess with that I want a proper big camera with interchangeable lenses. Some people like them…that’s fine…just my opinion.

If you are really into photography, you are probably already thinking about upgrading your current DSLR…then you need to really think about Mirrorless vs DSLR. If you have a bunch of DSLR lenses already, probably best to just upgrade the body.

For those of you who really enjoy photography and are thinking you want interchangeable lenses…look into mirrorless cameras. Cool thing is you can mount a simple compact lens when you want to travel super light and still fit it in a jacket pocket…DSLR would be tough.

In the next week, I’ll post some recommendations on makes and models.



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