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My Inquiry:

Dear Precision Camera,

You guys have provided me with excellent service and knowledge over the years. I need your help with another photographic venture of mine. Right now I’m working with a Sony A7r. I’m looking for a long telephoto lens, one capable of photographing images from an extremely far distance. Far enough that the subject being photographed would be incapable of seeing the photographer. Added to this, I would appreciate any info concerning a filter that is capable of diminishing glare caused by streetlight reflection on a window. For the lens, I am looking for one with a very low aperture, one capable of photographing in near darkness. The Sony A7r has very capable ISO potential, but I worry about the noise produced in the image, which must be of the highest quality. My customers expect no less than the best. Thank you Precision for all your help. You have impeccable customer service and I hope to hear from you soon. Thanks!

Regards,

Rick Cabrera

Their Response:

Rick,

Good afternoon, this is Ron at Precision Camera getting back to you about your question for an ultra telephoto zoom lens for your Sony A7R. There are several ways to attack this situation so I’ll offer some options all of which will be a two-part solution including both an adaptor of some kind as well as a Sony A Mount lens either made by Sony or a separate manufacturer like Tamron or Sigma. The reality is that you may have to choose one advantage over another with most of the choices; i.e. ultra telephoto zoom 500mm to 600mm versus fast aperture. Without knowing your exact set-up I am not convinced 300mm will be enough. As for removing light reflection off of a window a polarizing filter is an absolute must-have device for that type of application. Bear in mind a polarizer will also cut even more light but it will remove the reflection. All the options available to you will include lenses between 300mm to 600mm and will be A-mount lenses requiring the EA-4 A-mount to E-mount adapter. Prices will range greatly depending on which lens you may desire. All prices listed are after any current instant rebates.

Sigma 120-300 2.8 $3599

Tamron 150-600 4.5-6.3 $1069

Sony 70-400 4-5.6 $2199

Sony 300 2.8 $6999

Sony 500 4.0 $13,999

Sony EA-4 Adapter $349

My ultimate selection for you to achieve this goal is to do a combination of both the Tamron 150-600 for distance and the add in the phenomenally low light capable A7S camera which can easily compensate for lack of wider open aperture in the lens. The A7S is noted over and over for the incredible low light ability well beyond any other camera out there in the industry right now. The combination of an A7S along with the Tamron 150-600 would fully get your low light under control and the distance that you need all for the same price as the Sigma 120-300mm 2.8 by itself. The A7S body retails for $2499 and the Tamron 150-600 is $1069 as listed above. Those would be the best tools for the job.

Hopefully this gets you this information you need for what is available to you for the setup you are requesting. Please have a look over all the available options and let me know which direction you would like to pursue or with more questions. Have a wonderful evening and I look forward to talking to you very shortly.

Ron Jewell
Sales Associate
Precision Camera & Video

My Response:

Hey Ron,

Thanks for your expedient reply. You are absolutely right. The A7S is actually better suited for my business. I never thought about shooting video of my subjects. I wasn’t thinking outside-the-box, so to speak. The A7S is a ISO powerhouse that can shoot in 4K, given the right add-ons(i.e. Atomos Shogun). This would make my videos beautiful, more erotic, and easier with editorial pacing. But a mounted Shogun would require a lot lengthier set up time and would be more difficult to pack up and run unseen with if I had to quickly change locations. Or uncomfortable if shooting from inside my car. Are there more mobile 4K recording devices available? As for focal length vs. aperture, the focal length would be my priority (over aperture), because of the nature of my work. I need my depth of field to extend far enough for me to remain out of sight. I’m wiling to lose some of the silky contours of my subjects to be capable of keeping my distance from them. I don’t think that 300mm will be enough either. I would need something in the 500-600 mm range. The Sony 500A is a bit out of my budget range, at least until this photography (and now possibly video) business of mine takes off. It is a nice lens and would grab the sexiest images, but I just can’t afford it right now. The Tamron looks good, price-wise as well as focal length. Would there be any benefit to getting, given my goals, the other lenses? I already own a polarizing filter, but I still get glare when shooting through their windows. And I feel that mine causes chromatic aberrations, especially with skin tone. Don’t know if this is true with all of them. Maybe I need a better one. Any suggestions? Thanks so much for your help with this important matter and I await your suggestions.

Regards,

Rick Cabrera

Their Response:

Hi,

Any modern telephoto can be attached to any of the A7 line via a Metabones adapter. Most of the lenses can have a polarizing filter attached to either the front or dropped in via a slot in the lens. There are options starting around $1000 and going to above $15000.

I would suggest you consider the A7s rather than the A7r for its expanded ISO – up to 409,000 ISO. We can either sell you one or we have it in rental. As far as what can be produced, I believe this is as good as current technology can provide.

Best,

Park Street
Commercial, Educational & Government Sales
Precision Camera & Video

My Response:

Precision Camera,

Thanks for the reply. You guys have been very helpful. The A7S sounds like a great camera, with the functionality that I need. I do have a few more questions concerning my project. Does Sony A7S have internal effects features so that I can achieve a more seductive look? I played with a GH4 and it has some that would make my subjects look great and sexy. Or would I be better off going with lens filters? As for filters, I know that I do need Macro filters/lenses to get those extreme close ups that are required in this type of business. I need to be able to see the texture of their skin and undergarments. I don’t want to sell low-quality videos. Are there any good Macros that you would recommend?

And I might be able to, late in the night, make my way closer to the subject’s window. This could allow me to use a prime lens with better video quality. I would like to know if there are any portable cranes/jibs that would help me get my camera up to that distance. I have seen the Kessler portable crane, but I’m not sure if it’ll reach. Are there any longer ones that are portable, so I can quickly split if the authorities are contacted. But if I do get a crane, I would need a monitor to be able to effective view my images ( as I would be below the windows without the ability to see in myself). I have heard that the Shogun is great and also allows for recording in 4K with the A7S, which would be an major selling point for my customers.

Does the high ISO of the camera produce a noisy image? The subject will be in low-lighting conditions, which the A7S can handle, but I want to make sure that I can see most of her features. Added to this, she is a Nubian goddess (in my opinion), which might force me to higher the ISO level to get the image that I (and others) desire.

My last question concerns post-production. I will need the appropriate software to add effects, animation, and for, most importantly, overdubbing music. I want a kind of David Attenborough narrative, combined with some atonal operatic pieces. I have heard that Adobe makes some good software, but I have heard the same about Avid and Final Cut Pro. Which would you suggest?

Thanks for all your help there at Precision Camera. I look forward to hearing your advice.

Regards,

Rick Cabrera

Their Response:

Hi,

It would be best for us to talk rather than type. Can you call me at 512-470-9604 please?

Best,

Park Street
Commercial, Educational & Government Sales

My Response:

Hi Precision,

I’m sorry, but further communication will no longer be necessary. With your help, I believe that I have achieved my photographic and cinematographic aims. You were spot on with your advice on the A7S, which i picked up on Amazon. While Amazon was responsible for providing the camera, Precision provided the expertise. I can’t thank you guys enough. You understood my goals and helped in their realization. You even convinced me that I should shoot erotic video rather than just sexy photos. This is not only a good business move but it changed my paradigm on my art in general. Last night, I got the most beautiful footage of my subject, and know now how to consistently do so now. This is great news for my business (as well as for myself). Silky tones, well lit interior of a dark room, appropriate lens focal length for staying out of sight, polarizing filters to reduce glare coming from the streetlight unto the window, etc. I could not have figured all this out without the help of Precision Camera.You can see some of my Precision-inspired videos at SleepingbabesXXX.com.

I will be thanking you on the site (in big, bold letters—after all, you did, in part, make this happen) and, if you’d like, sell you web advertising space for cheap. Maybe I could help you get more customers! Quid pro quo! Thanks again.Your customer service is unparalleled.

Regards,

Rick Cabrera

 

Their Response:

Hi,

We will pass on any thanks on your web site.

Sincerely,

Park Street
Commercial, Educational & Government Sales

 

DONE

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