PhotoPlus Expo – 2014 in NYC w/ the Sony RX100 III and A7r!!

My Dad and I went down to the PhotoPlus Expo in NYC yesterday and had an absolute blast! We left early morning and in this article I will bring you along for the adventure courtesy of the New Sony RX100 III and my Sony A7r armed with the 50mm f/1.4 Rokkor-X lens!

I wanted to have the full frame Sony A7r for lens testing purposes and it worked out really well as you see below! We checked out pretty much everything at Sony and then moved on to the competition and accessories that were everywhere. Lots of new gear this year as well of all kinds that I will share with you below including links to the various new products and so on.

Here is a taste of what went down in our day:

Meeting Brian Smith, QX1 Lens Camera, Otus Lenses, FE 28-135mm f/4 OSS Powerzoom Lens, Killer Multi-rotor Copters of all kinds, amazing Cinematography Rigs, Tripods, Camera Straps, New Lighting Solutions, T-Shirt Printer, Curved Ultra-Wide Monitors, and much more from the day in NYC. We also went to the Empire State building. I’m telling you it was an awesome day and I got some great photos and video to help make it like you were their with us, so please read on…

The Departure

It was early and a bit brisk out when we departed from my parents house about 8:30am. My Dad offered to drive and I was totally down with that as I suck in the city and he knows his way around well.

Click Photos for Higher Res Versions!!

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III - Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 @ f/4, 1/160sec, 12.06mm, ISO 125

A few snaps from the drive and walk to the PhtotoPlus Expo 2014 at the Javitz Center.

We crossed the George Washington Bridge to get onto the island of Manhattan.

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III - Sample Photo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III – Sample Photo

Parking was a brutal wait!

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III - Sample Photo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III – Sample Photo
 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III - Sample Photo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III – Sample Photo

Tower cranes are amazing and we saw a ton of them as it seems construction is everywhere.

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III - Sample Photo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III – Sample Photo

The Jacob Javitz Center.

 Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III - Sample Photo
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 III – Sample Photo

Meeting Brian Smith

Brian_Smith

Next I was lucky enough to met the amazingly talented Sony Artisan and Pulitzer Prize-winning Bryan Smith (Click Here)!  I was amazed to see him sitting by himself at a little table just on the outskirts of the Sony area, which was packed by the way! I immediately recognized him and walked right over, even though I was really nervous. He was the nicest guy you could imagine and gave me a warm welcome. I told him was the SonyAlphaLab guy, and I think he might have heard of it. Either way awesome!

I really wish I was prepared to speak with him honestly, because I basically just complimented him his amazing work and then was at a loss for words. Star Struck? We did discuss the awesomeness of Sony for a few minutes and I got the impression he was extremely intelligent which I totally expected. He also had had a depth to him that I was intrigued by and drawn to. Meeting somebody of this caliber photography talent was really awesome, and perhaps I might be fortunate enough to get an interview with him at some point via skype or better yet, in person πŸ˜‰ I would clearly be more prepared for that though! Check out some of his latest work at BrianSmith.com

The Sony Booth

After running into Brian, my Dad and I ventured over to the Sony booth where lots of very knowledgeable folks were letting people play with all the goods! Oh yeah, and they had the Otus 55mm f/1.4, 85mm f/1.4 with a Metabones IV electronic lens adapter they let me play with πŸ™‚ I also saw the 28-135mm in action and the new QX1 interchangeable lens camera module. I asked for the 16-35mm lens, but I was told I could not shoot with it, because it was not an official copy. No big deal, because the Otus f/1.4 lenses were a huge treat to try out on my A7r!!
First look of the Sony booth area:

PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth

Check out this bad-ass Tali H500 Carbon Fiber Copter with a RX100 mounted underneath.

PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth

Joe Brady was giving a talk at the time and showing off some of his incredible photography on the killer 4k TV’s behind him. Some really impressive work and I overheard a killer tip from Joe, “know your gear” πŸ˜‰

PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth

Check out the Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens Style Camera:

 Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
 Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
 Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera
Sony ILCE-QX1 Mirrorless Lens-Style Digital Camera

The 28-135mm f/4 OSS Power Zoom lens (selp28135) in action:

PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth

I could not get my hands on it, but some other gentleman had the opportunity, so I took snap or two for photo journalism purposes πŸ˜‰

PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 - Sony Booth
PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – Sony Booth

The Zeiss Otus Lenses

The Zeiss Otus lenses are regarded as the best in the world by many and I was fortunate enough to try them out on my Sony A7r via the Metabones IV lens adapter that Sony had ready!
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens, Metabones IV and my Sony A7r:

 Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens

A few Sample Photos with 55mm Otus.

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens – Sample Photo

This Sony rep was awesome and I wish I had his name!

Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens – Sample Photo
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 55mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens – Sample Photo

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens, Metabones IV and my Sony A7r:

 Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens

A Sample Photo of my Dad with amazing 85mm Otus lens.

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens – Sample Photo

One of Vivienne Gucwa who was speaking at the time, and also showing off some awesome work!

Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Otus Distagon T* Lens

PhotoPlus Expo 2014 – New Gear

Check out some of the New Products and other Awesome Gear available these days!!
The Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder all pimped out on the Full Frame Sony A99 utilizing the Clean HDMI Output and 10-bit 4.2.2 ProRes quality recording options..

 Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder on Sony A99
 Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder
Atomos Ninja 2 Video Recorder

Lots of Multi-Rotor solutions on display including the DJI S900.

The DJI S900
The DJI S900
The DJI S900
The DJI S900


FreeFly Systems (Click Here) had some incredible products including the Freefly CineStar 8 was the most amazing fly machine I saw at the event! These guys had some of the most amazing rigs I have ever seen personally, and the quality was outstanding, innovative, and looked cool too. Really knowledgeable friendly people as well willing to let us play with the stuff and touch it πŸ™‚

The Cinestar 8 copter
The Cinestar 8 copter
Freefly CineStar 8
Freefly CineStar 8
Freefly CineStar 8
Freefly CineStar 8

The Tero was the coolest camera rig I have ever seen! Engineering on another level and has to be fun to drive, come on!

The Tero
The Tero
The Tero Car
The Tero Car Suspension
The Tero Car
The Tero Car Dampening Systems
The Tero Car
The Tero Car w/ Camera Rig
The Tero Car
The Tero Car w/ Camera Rig

Check out the Movi Controller

The Tero Car Controller w/ Fallow Focus
The Tero Car Controller w/ Fallow Focus
Tero Car Rig w/ Fallow Focus
Tero Car Rig w/ Fallow Focus

And the Movie M5 Rig I believe, and again the same incredible engineering plus quality!

Movi M5 Camera Rig
Movi M5 Camera Rig
Movi M5 Camera Rig
Movi M5 Camera Rig

If I had the money and was going into this field, these are the guys I would look at for sure based on what I saw at the show. The rigs are very expensive, but not when you consider the top quality you are getting!
The Cinestar 8 copter as shown goes for ~$13,000 or so the guy was saying and the the Movi Controller is ~$440o.
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More Gear

I came across these really interesting camera straps and it turns out they are all made by hand. Really nice quality also, but I can’t find the card I picked up for them at the moment, sorry…

Awesome Camera Straps
Awesome Camera Straps
Awesome Camera Straps
Awesome Camera Straps


NovoFlex had some really nice products that I was not aware of!

Novoflex Products
Novoflex Products
Novoflex Products
Novoflex Products


The MagicBall caught my eye and I must say it was a unique experience that I could see getting used to for sure!

Novoflex Magic Ball
Novoflex Magic Ball


The Epson F2000 T-Shirt printer was impressive and about ~$20,000 if you are in the market.

Epson SureColor F2000 Series
Epson SureColor F2000 Series
Epson SureColor F2000 Printer
Epson SureColor F2000 Printer


LG (Click Here) was showing off a Worlds First 34″ ultra Wide screen monitor and wow it was impressive to see. Oh yeah, they have a curved model as well that looks incredible twined together for a parabolic effect.

LG Ultra-Wide-Monitors
LG Ultra-Wide-Monitors
LG Ultra-Wide-Monitors
LG Ultra-Wide-Monitors
LG Ultra-Wide-Monitors
LG Ultra-Wide-Monitors

A interesting lighting solution from LEDLightCube.com which features a strobe and constant light in one unit!

LEDLightCube.com
LEDLightCube.com
LEDLightCube.com
LEDLightCube.com


WhiteWall.com had an amazing display with gigantic HD Metal Glossy and all sorts of other style prints.

WhiteWall Printing
WhiteWall Printing

Some motorized camera sliders were also on display.

SlideKamera
SlideKamera

Empire State Building – Sony RX100M3

My Dad and I decided to take a walk up to the Empire State Building, because I have never been up to the viewing deck and really wanted to see the view. Weather was pretty good so we went for it.
This first photo is actually from last year’s show (Click Here) courtesy of my Nex-6 and 18-55mm kit lens. We also walked past the building last year, but regrettably did not go up.

Click Photos for Higher Res Versions!!

Empire State Building
2013 – Empire State Building – Nex-6


The rest of these images are courtesy of the Sony RX100M3 which I am currently reviewing. Here is inside the building on the way through the stalls that weave all over the place.

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo – Lobby
Empire State Building
Empire State Building

The view was amazing and I can only say worth every penny of the ridiculous charge! The depth and scale of the height is so awe inspiring and horrifying at the same time πŸ˜‰ I felt it in my knees big time and my hands were actually sweating! I felt like I was going to fall through the fence when I was sticking the camera through for the pano shot! Clearly I am afraid of heights…

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo - Panoramic
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo – Panoramic
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo


Sony RX100M3 Auto HDR Sample Photos

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo Auto HDR

The Observation Deck.

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

Zoomed in all the way to the effective ~70mm.

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

Looking up and down verticals.

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

After this we went to the Intrepid Air Craft Carrier Museum, but I will save that for another post, because I have a lot of photos and this article is long enough already πŸ˜‰ Check out the forums here for some Intrepid Photos >>

Saw another Tower Crane on the way back to the car.

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

The Ride Home

We were both pretty tired and hungry after all that walking and viewing of amazing history, engineering, and architecture, so we stopped at this really good restaurant called Houston’s on the way home. They have awesome fall off the bone ribs that never disappoint and a loaded baked potato to die for as you will see below.

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

The Ribs and Loaded Baked Potato πŸ™‚

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

Destroyed it all πŸ™‚

Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo
Sony RX100M3 Sample Photo

Closing remarks

Thanks for checking in and coming alone for the ride to the PhotoPlus Expo 2014 in NYC with us πŸ˜‰ It was a lot of fun and I was very happy with the performance of both cameras in all regards.

PhotoPlus Expo Trip from 2018 >>

Jay

Support/ Gear Links:

Sony RX100 III for $798 US @ BHPhoto
Sony A7r for $2098 w/ $200 Instant Rebate @ BHPhoto

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