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This week we've added one of Sony's newest mirrorless cameras the A6500. On the surface, the A6500 shares a lot with the A6300. While that is certainly true, Sony has made some key upgrades and additions.
The A6500 shares the same 24 Megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor from the A6300, along with the awesome 425 point phase detection system. The biggest change here is the addition of Sony's 5-axis image stabilization similar to that found in the A7R II and A7S II. The continuous shooting capability is still the same 11 fps (8fps with live view shooting), but with a much larger buffer of 300 JPEG or 107 RAW images.
The video capabilities remain the same, which were excellent for such a compact camera. Internally you can shoot 4K video at up to 30fps and 1080p video at up to 120fps. Bit rates can go up to 100Mbps (you'll want a fast SD Card to do this) in 4K, 50Mbps in Full HD, and the ability to shoot in S-Log 2 or S-Log 3. If you have an external recorder like the Atomos Shogun or Convergent Design Odyssey 7Q+, you can also output uncompressed 4K 4:2:2 8-bit video to the recorder.
Another welcome change is the addition of a touch screen. You can now simply tap a point on the screen to place an AF point. This should make operation of autofocus for both video and stills much easier instead of navigating through focus points with the control wheel.
The A6500 is compatible with our full range of Sony E Mount Lenses or select Nikon or Canon lenses (with some limited functionality) with the addition of a Metabones Adapter to convert the lenses to Sony's E-Mount. The A6500 is available to rent now!
Want to stay ahead of the game and start shooting in 4k? 4k is becoming extremely popular and relevant in media and that means it is also becoming extremely popular among camera makers. What makes shooting in 4k so special? Higher resolution, the ability to crop an image without losing Full HD quality, and stabilization options. With so many options to choose from when it comes to shooting in 4k, this is now the perfect time to get shooting! Here is a list of some of the 4k options available at The Lens Depot for you to rent today!
Sony Alpha a6300 Camera writes internal 4k at 30, 25, & 24fps. This camera is extremely popular, affordable, and light weight.
Sony Alpha a7S II Camera writes internal 4k at 30,25, & 24 and also has an extended ISO range of up to 409,600!!! This is a powerhouse! Pair it up with a Metabones EF to Sony E IV Adapter and use with your favorite Canon Lenses!!
Black Magic Ursa Mini 4.6k Camera EF The Ursa Mini is special because it can capture 4k in Raw Uncompressed Format at 60, 30, 24fps. This is a powerhouse that accepts Canon Lenses due to it's EF mount so you have great compatibility in that area. When you want the most out of shooting with 4k, then the Ursa mini is the way to go!
All of these 4k camera options are available to rent at The Lens Depot today! Visit our Cinema Camera Section and discover even more options!
The 85mm focal length has been a long time favorite, particularly among portrait photographers. Sony E-Mount users rejoice, as we've added Sony's first native option in this focal length - the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM.
The FE 85mm f/1.4 GM joins Sony's FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM as part of Sony's new "G Master" series of lenses. Like all of the G Master lenses, the FE 85mm f/1.4 GM is designed to achieve noticeably high resolution and sharpness. The lens employs a linear Super Sonic Wave Motor for fast and quiet auto focus performance. The 11-blade aperture diaphragm allows for very smooth bokeh when shooting at shallow apertures. The lens also offers a manual aperture ring, which has the option to be de-clicked for video applications like the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G.
You can rent the Sony FE 85mm f/1.4 GM here.
Sony shooters rejoice! This week we have finally received the new Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 GM. This is the first in Sony's G Master series of lenses, designed to achieve notably high resolution and sharpness. This popular focal length and aperture range is ideal for a wide variety of applications in both video and photography. The lens is designed to be compatible with E-Mount full-frame mirrorless cameras, but it will also work on APS-C cameras.
We were very surprised at the size, it's nearly the same size as the Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II. Our initial testing shows it's a VERY strong contender when paired with the Sony A7R II. The resolution is among the highest we've ever seen of any camera & lens combination.
Sony has been creating quite a buzz with their mirrorless cameras like the A7S II and A7R II and video cameras like the PXW-FS5 and PXW-FS7. If you want to try these cameras but don't want to give up your Canon or Nikon glass, we have you covered! Here's a complete run-down of the Metabones adapters we rent for the Sony E-Mount.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount (Version I) - This is the original EF to E Mount adapter. It does not support auto focus but will support Image Stabilization on lenses that are compatible. Canon EF-S lenses will not mount. It is best suited for cameras with an APS-C sensor (Like the FS5, FS7, or FS700). Full-frame cameras (A7S II, A7R II) can only be used in the "APS-C size Capture" mode so they are not recommended.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount (Mark IV) - This is the most current version of the Metabones adapters. It supports auto-focus and image stabilization with compatible lenses (see Metabones website for full details). It is also currently the only adapter that we rent that will work with EF-S lenses. Last, this adapter adds a matte black coating that reduces internal reflections. This is the adapter of choice for the the A7S II and A7R II, but it can be used with any E-Mount camera.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster - The Speed Booster increases the angle of view by 0.71x and the Maximum aperture of the lens by 1 f-stop. For example: the Canon EF 50mm f/1.2L would effectively become a 35.5mm f/0.9. It supports auto-focus and image stabilization with compatible lenses (see Metabones website for full details). Canon EF-S lenses will not mount. This adapter is best suited for the APS-C cameras (Like the FS5, FS7, or FS700). Full-frame cameras (A7S II, A7R II) can only be used in the "APS-C size Capture" mode so they are not recommended.
Metabones EF to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA - This is an updated version of the above mentioned adapter. The element has been improved and this will provide improved corner sharpness, less distortion, and reduced vignetting. Other than that, it is identical to the original Speed Booster.
Some things to note about all of the Canon Adapters.
- All of the adapters (except the Version I) have a "Green" and "Advanced" Mode. The biggest difference is the "Green" mode supports Autofocus and the "Advanced" mode supports auto magnify. You can read more information about the modes here.
- While the adapters do support most lenses, there are limitations. For example, many lenses released prior to 2006 do not support auto-focus. There are also limitations to the autofocus. We recommend checking with Metabones Website to make sure your lens is compatible and to read about the AF limitations.
Metabones Nikon to Sony E-Mount Speed Booster ULTRA - The Speed Booster increases the angle of view by 0.71x and the Maximum aperture of the lens by 1 f-stop. For example: the Nikon 50mm AF-S f/1.4G effectively becomes a 35.5mm f/1.1. This adapter will work with Nikon G or Non-G lenses, including AI, AI-S, and Non-AI lenses. It will not work with newer E series lenses like the Nikon 24-70mm AF-S f/2.8E ED VR or DX-series lenses. The Nikon adapter does not make any sort of electronic connection so auto-focus, electronic aperture control, and VR are not supported.
Metabones PL to Sony E Mount Adapter - Like the Nikon adapter, this lens does not make any sort of electronic contact with the camera. It is best suited for cameras with an APS-C sensor (Like the FS5, FS7, or FS700). Full-frame cameras (A7S II, A7R II) can only be used in the "APS-C size Capture" mode so they are not recommended.