The Sony a7/a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide

June 27, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Books | 2 Comments |
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The Sony a7/a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide by Carol F. Roullard and Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a new title from Rocky Nook. Guiding the reader in using both the camera’s automated features and manual controls to take photographs that are a unique reflection of his or her creative personality; this book covers the features of the a7 and a7R, including automatic stitching to create panoramas, and multi-shot noise reduction that allows the use of extremely high ISOs. The 384-page volume is available for $39.99.

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The Sony a7/a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide
 
Santa Barbara, CA — June 26, 2014
 
This book is a guide to using the Sony a7 and a7R, the first full frame, autofocus system cameras. At half the weight of a full frame DSLR, they are easy to carry for photographers on the go. The less-expensive a7 has a 24-megapixel sensor for shooting rapidly changing scenes; the a7R has a 36-megapixel sensor designed for ultimate image sharpness. Both use advanced image-processing algorithms and can use any manufacturer’s lens when matched with the appropriate adapter. The electronic viewfinder gives the photographer an accurate preview of the image, ensuring the capture of technically excellent photographs by preventing mistakes in color temperature, depth of field, and exposure. All features of the a7 and a7R are covered, including automatic stitching to create panoramas, and multi-shot noise reduction that allows the use of extremely high ISOs. This book guides the photographer in using both the camera’s automated features and manual controls to take photographs that are a unique reflection of his or her creative personality.

About the authors:
 
Dr. Brian Matsumoto is a retired research scientist who has worked for 30 years recording experiments with a wide range of film and digital cameras. He now spends his time photographing with a variety of cameras and lenses. He enjoys exploring how a camera’s potential can be expanded by pairing it with specialized optics such as microscopes and telescopes. He carries his camera on all his hikes and enjoys photographing nature. In addition to the seven books he has written for Rocky Nook, Dr. Matsumoto has published several articles and has had his photographs published in a number of periodicals. He is experienced in the technical aspects of photography and has taught courses on recording scientific experiments with digital cameras.
 
Carol F. Roullard has been an avid photographer since her high school years, where she first experimented with black-and-white artistic composition. Since then, she has continued photographing, mainly nature and architecture. Carol has used a variety of cameras covering a wide range of makes and models, from simple point-and-shoot cameras to complex professional-level cameras. Carol produces fine art photography and is utilizing her previous art business experience for her online gallery and art shows. As a former Project Management Quality and Compliance Engineer, Carol spent a number of years developing procedural and quality control methodology for IT projects. In addition, she had developed and conducted training sessions covering best practices for procedural and quality control, breaking down complex subjects into easy-to-use approaches to learning.



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#1 Jaime

Does this book exist as an eBook. I like to keep such guides and manuals in pdf form in the computer for ready availability.

11:33 pm - Friday, June 27, 2014

#2 Markus

Since I don't have the camera, I won't be needing the book just yet. Think about it though. Stale and stodgy Nikon looks down on innovative Sony, whose every out-of-box thought tries a variety of interesting approaches. They DO actually make their own sensors. Case point: ho hum Nikon 1 versus all clamor for RX-100's. Little wonder Nikon sales are off 9% for the year. Although some of us have a big camera, not necessarily full frame, a good number of us also have SEVERAL cameras, and so, remain greatly interested in the all the kinds of pictures you CAN shoot WITHOUT compromise on 4/3, 3/3, and sometimes on 2/3 sensors too. Yes, you do lose deep ISO and a shade of bokeh one step at a time--also the heavy bag, and the financial outlay that goes along. The main thing Nikon wishes to avoid is a robust market for less expensive, fabulous lenses on these smaller formats. Some of those Lumix/Leicas and many of the mZuikos are just awesome and cost a fraction. As the margin of superiority grows smaller and loses significance by the day, the fat and sweet spot in the market will continue to move away from the D-SLR. Turns out, that one big camera is NOT the right tool for EVERY shot. I saw some macro shots yesterday that were truly amazing. Only one was shot on full frame and I was not able to find it in the crowd. The word is out. Things are headed away from the D-SLR precisely because the work you can do on mirror-less APS-C, 4/3 and 3/3 has been blessed by fabrication technologies, to produce sensors that no longer sit in the back seat. You can have a great camera AND bag of six great lenses for less than a D-800. Go buy a D4 if you need it.

3:25 pm - Sunday, June 29, 2014