The Sony a7’s loosening mount

I am certainly not the first to report that the original Sony a7 has a problem with it’s mount which is loosening over time but so far I haven’t seen an illustration of how this problem can affect image quality.

My Sony a7 arrived on Nov 20. 2013 so it is very close to two years old now. Until now I had noticed that the mount had gotten a little more play over time but it wasn’t a real problem to me.

But now a point is reached were it has become a real issue for me. If I mount a lens like my FE 4/16-35 and pit the camera on a tripod I can see a gap between lens-mount and camera-mount! And the lens also has some rotational play.

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Does the problem affect image quality?

Yes it does!

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A look into my camera bag

In this article I give you an overview about what I typically carry in my camera bag.

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The Camera Bag

I own two  camera bags.

I have owned the Lowepro Event Messenger 100* for close to 4 years . The bag won’t draw any attention to it and while you can clearly see that I have used it I still feel confident that it keeps my gear safe.

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Lowepro Event Messenger 100

The bag is ideal if I want to travel light with two or three small primes and one medium sized lens. Right now I am working on reviews of the Canon FD 2.8/24, 2.8/35, 2.8/135 and Helios 2/58 and they fit into the bag well but I need to carry additional protection for one lens because I have two lenses in the same department.

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Sony a7, with Canon nFD 2.8/135 attached. Next to it: Canon nFD 2.8/24, Helios 2/58, Canon nFD 2.8/35.

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Zeiss Milvus Distagon 1.4/50 – Review

DSC09857Classic 50mm lenses are rather small, affordable and not very good wide open. The new Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 is very big, very expensive and very good from f/1.4.

For this review I used the Milvus on my Sony a7.

All images in this review are processed from raw unless I mention otherwise. I did nothing fancy, just a little contrast and some sharpening.

Disclosure: This copy was loaned from Zeiss at no charge.

Sample Images

 

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Milvus 1.4/50 | Sony a7 | f/2 | full resolution
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Milvus 1.4/50 | Sony a7 | f/1.4 | full resolution

 

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Milvus 1.4/50 | Sony a7 | f/1.4| full resolution

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Review: Voigtlander Ultron 1.7/35mm – punches way above its weight

Sample Images

Voigtländer 1.7/35 | f/11
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Voigtländer 1.7/35 | f/1.7
Voigtländer 1.7/35 | f/11
Voigtländer 1.7/35 | f/1.7

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