Sony a7rII Battery Drain

I’ve noticed that if I leave my Sony a7rII off for about a week, the battery drains considerably.

 

I don’t use a battery grip, and other obvious things are disabled that might effect the battery life. Remote control would make a difference if the camera tries to go to “sleep” mode but it shouldn’t make a different if the camera is switched off, however, I’ve disabled it just in case.

 

I think I read in the instruction manual that the internal clock has a small button cell lithium that gets charged up by the regular lithium battery. I don’t know if it’s possible that it’s causing the battery to drain but it seems unlikely. I do not believe it did this with the first firmware that was available either. Hopefully Sony can fix this :).

 

I’ve mentioned this in the firmware update page I have written.

Raspberry Pi, Arduino, Android and Microcomputer Fun

As I’ve mentioned in a previous post, USB 3.1 and USB-C is going to shake things up for photographers. As much as I’m hoping a USB 3.1, and USB-C phone is going to be available for me to use on the Pacific Crest Trail (assuming I go) next year, I am not 100% sure.

I’ve been researching microcomputers. Things like a Raspberry Pi tend not to weigh very much (about 50 grams), and you do not need a dedicated battery like with a phone (you can just use the USB battery pack you charge your camera gear with). I believe they’re fairly easy to set up (I’ve used various Linux distributions and I cannot think they’re much more difficult than that). A lot of them sort of cheat with their USB ports, as they piggyback off of the same network they use for Ethernet. This means that they often lack USB 3.

The pros and cons of a microcomputer…

Pros:

  • Theoretically lightweight compared to a phone
  • Faster backup speeds to clone an SD card to another SD card
  • Can plug into any television (useful for people that stay in hotels a lot)
  • Parts are cheaper to replace and the touch screens for them aren’t very expensive
  • It’s possible to make a completely waterproof case
  • Any material can be used for the case

Cons:

  • Phones are easier to set up
  • The battery life might not be as good as a phone
  • They might be more fragile than a phone but this depends on the case you make
  • Possibly slightly bulky

I won’t actually have phone reception, so I only really need a Wi-Fi compatible device. At the moment it’s just a thought I’ve been having. I could possibly replace a phone, and I’d also have a solution to my SD to SD backup solution. I would like to be able to clone SD cards, not just for backup purposes but also so I can physically mail one to my family.

Lightroom CC 2016 Sony a7rII Update

You can now set the colour profile in Lightroom CC 2016 to “Camera Standard” and “set defaults”. Before, when you did this and relaunched the application, Lightroom would go back to using “Adobe Standard.”

New Sony G Master lenses

Sony have just announced some “G Master” lenses. I don’t know what to make of the name…

 

There’s an 85mm f/1.4 GM, a 24-70 f/2.8 GM and a 70-200 f/2.8 GM.

 

The Sony 85mm f/1.4 GM looks great. It has an aperture ring but you can also set it to “automatic”. This is a nice feature for videographers. If you set the aperture to f/16 in camera and “auto” on the lens, I believe it goes to f/1.4 during focusing. One small criticism I have with my Zeiss 21mm f/2.8 lens, is that when I want to achieve critical focus, I have to open the aperture, focus and then close the aperture. It is not much of a concern but having aperture by wire (is that a thing now?) would mean it’d be possible for the lens to open its aperture to obtain critical focus, and then close it to the desired setting.

 

I am interested to see how sharp the 70-200 f/2.8 GM lens is but I am also curious about the focus breathing. The Nikon breathes considerably more than the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L, and a few Sony lenses have somewhat heavy breathing. If it can equal the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 L for nearly everything and perhaps beat it slightly with sharpness, I believe many people will be extremely happy.

 

I am not particularly interested in the 24-70 f/2.8 GM lens, but I hope it’s better than their 24-70 f/4. The 24-70 f/4 lens isn’t anything to shout about.

 

One of the main reasons I moved to mirrorless was because of the size. Many people (mark my words) are going to complain about the size and say that the Sony mirrorless cameras are no longer small. This would be erroneous.

 

You can still go to a restaurant with a 35mm f/2.8 lens attached to the Sony mirrorless camera. It is nice to have the option of small lenses and also big lenses. Someone might only use the 70-200 f/2.8 GM lens for work based projects, and they can use the same camera for their leisure time.

 

A mirrorless user might leave their heavy lens behind, but a DSLR user often leaves their entire camera at home.

Camera Storage

I have recently written a post about camera storage, it can be found in the pages section.