Colombian President Orders Investigation of Mexican Cartels

first_img Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos ordered the Colombian police, on February 14, to investigate the “increasing rumors” about the alleged presence of Mexican cartels in Nariño department, on the Pacific Ocean, near the Ecuadoran border. “There has been prominent rumors that members of Mexican cartels are allegedly present in Nariño department,” the head of state said in a public ceremony at the port of Tumaco. In this regard, he assured he had given the chief of police, General José Roberto León, and the prosecution instructions to proceed with the investigation. “We have no knowledge, no definitive information; however, I’ve heard about the growing rumors of the existence of cartels – especially the Sinaloa cartel – in the area of Nariño. We will fight against this scourge, and prevent them from carrying out their activities with no exception,” Santos stated. The FARC and ELN guerrillas, criminal paramilitary drug gangs and cartels have been involved in turf wars over the control of illegal crops, as well as cocaine and marihuana exports through the coasts of the Colombian Pacific Ocean, in Nariño. The local authorities seize dozens of tons of drugs annually from several criminal paramilitary drug gangs and from “Oficina de Envigado,” one of the most important Colombian drug trafficking organizations created in the 1980s by the late Pablo Escobar. Such drug cargos are mainly destined to Central American and Caribbean nations, as well as Mexico, where Los Zetas and Sinaloa cartels operate, the latter led by Joaquín “El Chapo” Guzmán. Furthermore, Colombia is extraditing people accused of being linked to Mexican cartels, as well as of drug trafficking and money laundering offenses, to the United States. By Dialogo February 19, 2013last_img read more

Manchester City Debunk Aguero ‘Collapse’ Rumours

first_imgEnglish Premier League (EPL) giants Manchester City have denied widespread rumours which stated that star striker Sergio Aguero collapsed during the halftime interval of the game between his Argentina team and Nigeria.The club dispelled those rumours via a statement from the club on Tuesday night. The statement said: “Sergio Aguero has been cleared by doctors to return to Manchester as planned after suffering a dizzy spell during Argentina’s 4-2 defeat by Nigeria in Krasnodar today. Sergio never lost consciousness, and was taken to hospital for precautionary medical checks. He will be assessed by the club’s medical team ahead of this weekend’s Premier League trip to Leicester City.”Update on @aguerosergiokun. #mancity https://t.co/e8oHWbIQ7F— Manchester City (@ManCity) November 14, 2017The former River Plate and Atletico Madrid man scored Argentina’s 2nd goal before being substituted at halftime. His team eventually lost a 2-0 lead to end up with a disappointing 4-2 defeat. RelatedManchester City Star Collapses During Nigeria GameNovember 15, 2017In “England”City Star Declares Himself Fit For Club After Health Scare Against NigeriaNovember 17, 2017In “England”Community Shield: Manchester City Outclass Chelsea With Aguero BraceAugust 5, 2018In “England”last_img read more

Florida man accused of threatening to shoot up Black Lives Matter rally

first_imgPolice say a Florida man made threats on social media to shoot up a Black Lives Matter rally.Sarasota County sheriff’s officials said in a news release that 22-year-old Quintin Adkins was arrested last week after an “old friend” alerted authorities to his Instagram and Snapchat messages.An arrest affidavit says Adkins threatened to attend a demonstration and shoot everyone.Investigators discovered videos showing Adkins in a car pointing guns at passing cars.He was then arrested and charged with one count of written threats to kill. He was released on bond Friday.last_img

Officials Plan “Reimagined” South Beach with More Culture, Less Party

first_imgIn the video, the mayor goes on to say, “This is precisely the right time. We cannot continue to kick this can down the road. When we emerge from this pandemic — and we will emerge — we should have a different kind of South Beach. A better one. Just as vibrant and iconic, but also cultural and safe. A South Beach for everyone.” See more details on the mayor’s proposal below: South Beach could soon be getting a makeover, and not in the way you may be thinking.Miami Beach Mayor Dan Gelber announced Wednesday that he plans to replace the famous entertainment district with an “Art Deco Cultural District,” where alcohol sales would stop at midnight at most places, in order to reduce crime and other issues.“The current entertainment district has become too difficult and costly to police and, equally important, too inconsistent with our brand. And it’s too special and iconic a place to be so badly underperforming,” Gelber said.The mayor talked through his vision during an eight-minute YouTube video in which he noted that the city’s commission plans to further discuss the plans next week.Gelber explained that the entertainment district has become “a victim of its success” and grown to resemble “a beachfront Bourbon Street,” where visitors act in ways they never would at home.With that in mind, Gelber’s proposal calls for alcohol sales to be cut off at midnight.However, certain businesses would be allowed to apply for conditional permission to extend that deadline, if they meet certain requirements.center_img Miami Beach implemented an 8 p.m. curfew last weekend for parts of its entertainment district, in an effort to prevent gatherings that could increase the spread of COVID-19.last_img read more

A lesson in teamwork the Rangers can’t forget

first_imgby Jim LitkeAP Sportswriter Getting the Texas Rangers to play the game the way he did was never going to be an easy sell. Tougher still was how Ron Washington got them to play for each other.Back when he was still cashing checks as a player, Washington was a skinny middle infielder, with no pop in his bat, who learned to make the most of every opportunity. He was good with the glove, smart on the basepaths and stubborn enough to make every swing count, especially late in games.The Rangers are hardly a “small-ball” team, not with the kind of power that Washington could only dream about, sprinkled throughout the lineup. But the Rangers have used those fundamental skills—plus solid pitching—to offset the Yankees’ edge in playoff experience and forge a 3-2 edge in the ALCS.“I’m just a guy that loves to stress the little things in the game of baseball,” Washington said after practice, “because those are the things that take care of business and the big things happen.”Nothing, though, may have had a bigger impact on his ballclub than Washington testing positive for cocaine during the 2009 season.He called Jon Daniels, the general manager who hired him, and learned the job was still his if Washington wanted it. Local hero and team president Nolan Ryan signed off on the decision.“Look at all the things a manager has to do. How he handles the media, the Xs and Os. How he handles a bullpen—and he’s doing it for 162 games, plus spring training, plus offseason camps,” Daniels recalled last Thursday.“When we looked at it through that prism, it was a real easy decision. We knew what kind of man he is and we believe in giving second chances.”Sports Illustrated reported the positive test in March, leading Washington to run the gauntlet in his own clubhouse. He called a meeting, but first he called in a handful of the team’s leaders and broke the news. Among them was Josh Hamilton, whom Washington had backed in his battle with substance abuse; another was Michael Young, the longest-serving Ranger and the same guy who wound up the center of an argument that earned Washington his first-ever ejection as a manager.Players don’t forget gestures like that, but Washington was always good at one-on-ones. He taught Eric Chavez the intricacies of fielding while coaching in Oakland and the six-time winner sent back one of his Gold Gloves in gratitude.But facing a clubhouse full of players wondering whether the man preaching patience and teamwork had the standing to do so was another matter. The moment Washington finished talking, he offered to field questions.Even a brief examination of their manager’s career should have been enough to answer any lingering doubts. Washington soldiered on 10 years in the minors with only one call-up to the bigs, which barely lasted a month. He spent 15 years after that coaching or managing at both levels to get his shot at running the Rangers.Whether Young knew that history or not, he knew enough to cut off the debate. He told his teammates forcefully that Washington was “our manager.”“At that point,” Young added in a recent interview with The New York Times, “it wasn’t just Wash’s issue; we made it our issue.”His ballplayers demonstrated that by marching from the locker room to the press conference to stand behind their manager. They’ve had each other’s backs ever since, showing it most recently by spraying ginger ale in the clubhouse after winning the division so Hamilton could join the celebration.That spirit, Daniels said, “is shining through in the playoffs. Guys feed off him, they believe in him.”Remember that when the camera cuts to Washington, still skinny, perched on a step in the dugout. He’ll look caught up in the moment, but that’s because most of the hard work is already behind him.“But why did it take four years?” a reporter asked Washington on the eve of Game 6.“Because I’m no miracle worker,” he replied evenly. “Everyone takes time to develop and understand what’s right and what’s wrong. If it was that easy, I think everybody would be able to go out there and create something.“But it don’t happen like that,” he added. “It’s a process.”(Jim Litke is a national sports columnist for The Associated Press. Write to him at [email protected])last_img read more

Thought before action when it comes to our nascent industry

first_imgDear Editor,I write to urge caution amidst the heightened passions and hollow promises which so often characterise Guyanese elections. This election is perhaps the most monumental in the whole of Guyanese history, for it comes at the same time when our oil industry is taking off. The wealth at stake, and the power of good or evil it will provide those who wield it, will surely set the tone for Guyana’s future.It is vitally important that the Government keeps those revenues flowing. It seems to be fashionable of late for politicians and other Guyanese to suggest that Guyana could benefit from attempting to reopen and renegotiate existing contracts. Of course, Guyana left some money on the table when they were first negotiated – that much cannot be disputed. But to suggest that we are best suited by reopening them now seems to me, simply, a farce.Why, you ask? Because to do so ignores the bigger picture. We may be producing oil now, but it is not in any meaningful quantity. That will come later, will the addition of more phases of development in the Stabroek and more discoveries elsewhere. What is the cost of disrupting that? We would also be fools not to consider what is taking place just next door in Suriname. If there is any indication that the reserves there might rival our own, what is to stop oil companies from fleeing Guyana if it seems that we do not respect the rule of law, or that they may get better terms there?On this latter point, Guyanese should consider the example of Mozambique and Tanzania, the neighbouring African states. East Africa has seen a budding rivalry between the two, which have both discovered major offshore gas reserves. Yet, it has been a lopsided contest. Mozambique has moved quickly and decisively, granting attractive terms and arranging for major international operators to get projects online within the shortest possible timeframe. Their regulatory framework and petroleum laws have also been clear and thoughtful, reassuring investors.Tanzania’s path has been one of errors and misjudgements. Its resources are still in the nascent phase after frequent construction delays for the onshore LNG export facility. The country has also established industry laws which provide no clear roadmap on production, commercial processing, liquefaction, transportation, storage or distribution of its natural gas resources. And amongst the most cited concerns for international investment is a new regulation that would allow the Government to apply laws retroactively, giving them the power to renegotiate already-signed contracts.Much of the Tanzania context should be startling familiarity to Guyanese. We sit now in a privileged and unique position with the advent of oil production. We are the darling of the world’s oil industry. Let us not get carried away with our newfound celebrity and let us not be tempted to rash action when patience and deliberation would serve us better. Certainly, every effort must be made to wring out as much benefit from oil operations as is possible for Guyana. That does not mean a blunt approach is the best approach.Yours respectfully,Gregory Lynchlast_img read more

Donegal trio named on Hoganstand team of the week

first_imgDonegal’s Ryan McHugh, Karl Lacey and Patrick McBrearty have all been named on the Hoganstand team of the week. Ryan McHugh is having an exceptional year, and kicked another three points on Saturday as Rory Gallagher’s side overcame a plucky Cork team.His teammate Patrick McBrearty probably had the one of his finest games ever in a Donegal jersey. He was unplayable on Saturday and kicked eleven points (six from play) in an incredible performance.Dublin manager Jim Gavin was in attendance on Saturday, and with question marks over their full-back line – Gavin will know McBrearty will have to be watched, but who will be tasked with the responsibility of marking him?The other Donegal player to be selected on the team was Karl Lacey who also enjoyed a fabulous display, his positioning and ability to know where to be is exemplary. Lacey is a four-time All-Star and won the Player of the Year award when Donegal won the All-Ireland title in 2012 – and is still, four years later a crucial player for Rory Gallagher’s side.All three will have to firing on all cylinders again this weekend, if Donegal are to have any chance of overcoming Dublin.Many pundits have already written them off, but that was the same in 2014, and we all know what happened that sunny August day!Donegal trio named on Hoganstand team of the week was last modified: August 2nd, 2016 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAHoganstandkarl laceypatrick mcbreartyRyan McHughSportteam of the weeklast_img read more

Eylure Pro Lash Individuals Combo : LOVE THESE THINGS!

first_imgI have been making use of comprehensive wrong eyelash strips for about six months now – re-making use of a new half-eyelash strip for every eye each working day (quite affordable for ten pair packs on ebay?). Even so, i discovered a close friend experienced pretty natural looking long glamourous lashes. And that’s why i finished up trying these ‘individual extension lashes’ which you glue in involving your very own lashes (or somewhat on major). The first endeavor was a minimal ‘gloopy’ – and a magnifying mirror is a need to, but by the 2nd endeavor i was a pro. If you also dye your very own eyelashes with a long term eyelash dye (long lasting mascara) initial, it provides an excess excellent result. I would absolutely recommend finding a black long-lasting adhesive, and trying to keep the amount utilized to a little dot per lash.Not as effortless as you may feel but worthy of the energy. Alright so i employed these for the very first time tonight with salon process semi long-lasting lash adhesive. Clear your eyelashes, i use bioderma crealine h20. Most effective eye make up remover i very own that is not oily. Pour a drop on some tin foilplace the eyelashes packet open with the flares absent from you. Select up a lash with some very good tweezers and dip the unflared close in the glue and if you have way too a great deal glue, drag it on the tin foil to get rid of the excesswhen you decide on up the eyelash with the tweezers, it should really be 50 percent way down the lashes with the flares pointing absent from you. Hover in front of your eyelashes and amend your hand placement so that you can ascertain what the most effective angle of your all-natural eyelashes are so that when you set the bogus lash on you really don’t have to wriggle to way too considerably on your natural lashes for the reason that this can disperse much too substantially glue on your purely natural lashes. At the time the lash is in location, you can use the foundation of the tweezers to push down on to your natural lashes or (and this is not for the faint hearted) you can use your tweezers to push the wrong eyelash and your all-natural lash alongside one another but this entails extremely pointy tweezers millimeters from your sensitive eye.I use salon system glue with them nevertheless. .I use salon system glue with them on the other hand.Pretty normal on the lookout lashes. When taking away them very a couple obtained damaged but way much less than the lashes i have applied previously. I like that its combo pack n that i dont have to go out n get two far more packs of lashes.I preferred this item very a great deal, nonetheless i choose the shorter lashes than the lengthier kinds, you only need a few of long lashes for the corners of your eyes to make them extra opened on the lookout. They are the most natural wrong eyelashes i have uncovered so significantly. Nevertheless, i agree with the other opinions that they wouldnt very last 4 months.Eylure Pro Lash Individuals Combo for short, medium and long, Knot Free : These lashes lasted a week on me. Very easy to apply will defo buy again but would recommend buy a different glue. Excellent benefit lashes that do the job properly. Very good worth lashes that get the job done nicely. I have lash extensions and use these to fill in when the extensions get started to appear out and prolongs the time between getting the extensions.Good do-it-yourself lash extension package. I have had lash extensions finished professionally a several times. In my encounter, personal lashes usually give the most effective benefits. These lashes are much more like cluster lashes which are not as goood as personal lashes. Having said that, these unique lashes appear very natural compared to other cluster lashes i have occur across. I would recommend making use of a unique glue simply because this one does clearly show up pretty easily. They are reasy to use with the bourjois lash tweezers and very last much more than a couple times. For these a small price tag, they are terrific.Particular person eyelashes appealed to me because i wanted to realize a a lot more purely natural, understated glance e. By making use of a number of in the corner of my eyes. The variety of thicknesses and lengths intended i could do this as effectively as check out a variety of seems to be. Nonetheless, i do uncover software quite really hard and there was not more than enough glue for much more than a handful of employs.These are unquestionably amazing, i bought one box and then went on to obtain a different 4 containers as they are so great. 50 % the value they are in superdrug you can not complain, normally delivered immediately and no fuss. These kinds of a superior solution at the time you’ve got got the knack. The 1st time i made use of these i did uncover it quite difficult but now i can place them on in minutes and they previous brilliantly. Alright the box does say a little something like four months but i will not consider everyone truly expects that. They tend to previous me about ten times nonetheless as i only use a little total of mascara on them they can frequently be cleaned with a make up wipe and re utilized. My guidelines for implementing would be to get comfy with some good lighting a little handheld mirror and a great pair of tweezers. After using as soon as or 2 times you will be a pro.These are wonderful for those who want to dress in particular person lashes not total significant strip kinds. They glimpse so all-natural, and really quick to apply and have on, fantastic.Enjoy these lashes but wish they would very last extended. I like these lashes and as i do not don them all the time only on activities these are rather suitable for me as they are far more all-natural then some lashes i just would like the glue was greater and they would remain on for a longer period.Just acquired some b4 they arrived 5. forty when i observed selling price u just have to purchase them, so uncomplicated to do appear incredible get invest in purchase.I requested these eyelashes a handful of days in the past and they arrived now. I have been so psyched to try these considering the fact that i browse all the great reviews on them.They took me under forty minutes to implement to each eyes, and they glimpse remarkable. My mum enjoys them and by now so numerous people today have complimented them. They are not too heavy on your eyes like strip lashes & the final result is just fantastic. I individually adore these lashes and i have previously been asked by people to do theirs. I’ve had them on in the shower now & they are fantastic you just have to pat your eyes with a towel and be watchful you do not use oily experience creams ect. The only downfall is the glue drys very swiftly so i observed it much easier to just dab the eyelashes on to the adhere that’s connected to the lid of the glue.Will make my eyelashes look so natural. I am definitely getting these once more.Would make my eyelashes glance so normal.I have these done in a salon but the salon employs eylure so i imagined i would try out executing it myself the moment you try out specific lashes you cant reside with out them.I would go through the reviews just before acquiring and i have to say i’m amazed. I experienced equivalent kinds earlier performed in a salon but resolved i might have a go doing them myself. The instructions say you require foil, so i utilized that only to obtain the glue dried on the foil too immediately, finished up dabbing every lash bud/clump alongside the glue applicator/suggestion each and every time – this was significantly more rapidly and considerably less fiddley. It took me forty mins to do both of those eyes giving a very purely natural appear, about eight eyelash ‘sets’ per eye. I located i employed only the medium and short lashes – even they can be trimmed if you discover they are far too long. I’ve had mine on two weeks now and the odd just one which has arrive out is conveniently replaced. I have been telling my close friends about this solution and even practised on a close friend who was delighted with the consequence. The only downside is that the glue is apparent in colour. You can see it if you glance closely.These eyelashes search so purely natural. Ive never bought unique lashes right before ive allways just made use of the comprehensive ones so i am really satisfied with these and will be buying yet again.I would defo buy have glue with this as the glue dried to swift on the foil so experienced to retain including yet another dollop of glue. Eyelashes fell off though sleeping so i pulled the relaxation off. Did not even pull off my possess eyelashes with it since the glue is that bad.I got the blended sizes to attempt them out getting under no circumstances employed untrue eyelashes ahead of. I like the short kinds ideal as i wished a delicate glance so will get the short lashes upcoming time. Having said that they are quite quick to slash to ideal size. They are a little bit fiddly but when you get hang of it they are not lousy. Adhesive and remover will come with. Mine dont final 4 months as i think they state but do last 7 days or 2. Odd one falls off which i have to exchange but would put that down to my inexperience rather than the lashes.Hii appreciate these lashes they are fantasticthese lashes give you a lot more all-natural seem the the common person lashes (with the bulbs on the conclusion) and are considerably less difficult to utilize. I individually would desire a little bit more variance in length options so i could give an even a lot more organic glance, due to the fact the variation in lengths are very noticeable when looking carefully, nevertheless that could just be me being a perfectionist?. Lolthe staying electric power of the lashes is pretty excellent but i wouldn’t say they very last 4 months like it suggests on the box.This does not set me off however purely since you can replace lashes as the fall out to keep them seeking sensible, compared with strip lashesthere are some down sides. . They give you too quite a few of the short lashes and not numerous of the long lashes. So masses of the short lashes get squandered. I feel if they have been to box all the measurements (moreover additional measurements) independently then this would give customers considerably much more overall flexibility and be much a lot more cost affective for them, admittedly for the to start with few of purchases this would be additional pricey (to get three or 4 packing containers to get the ideal influence) but up retain and repeat obtaining would be far more price productive and far considerably less wastefuli would suggest these lashes and i individually use them all the time, nonetheless i am always searching for anything that will tick all the bins for me :)hope this helps.Item was just as described and i’m super pleased with it :-).last_img read more

Stamps Plead Guilty in Bank Fraud Case

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Todd NeeleyDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — Former Stamp Farms owners and operators Michael and Melissa Stamp have pleaded guilty to charges in a bank fraud case connected to the bankruptcy of the 27,000-acre Decatur, Michigan-based farm.The 2012 bankruptcy case left southwestern Michigan landowners and creditors jolted by what legal experts believe was at the time, the largest grain-farm bankruptcy in U.S. history.Michael Stamp owned a number of related businesses that were part of the Chapter 11 farm bankruptcy. They included a custom farming operation, a trucking business, an excavating operation and grain elevator Northstar Grain LLC, which has a reported 4.2 million bushels of grain capacity.Michael Stamp pled guilty to conspiracy to commit bank fraud and providing false statements to investigators. According to court documents filed in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan, he faces up to five years in prison, three years of supervised release, a fine of $250,000 or twice the gross gain or loss from the offense, whichever is greater.The plea agreement includes Stamp forfeiting all of his assets acquired in the commission of the crime. In addition, he has agreed to cooperate in other investigations related to the case. As a result of the plea, prosecutors have agreed to dismiss the previous indictment of Stamp at the time of his sentencing set for August.Melissa Stamp pleaded guilty to misprision of a felony, which is concealing a felony. According to court records she could face up to three years in prison, up to one year of supervised release and a $250,000 fine. She plead guilty to hiding $40,000 from Wells Fargo and creditors of Michael Stamp, according to court records.In June 2015, Melissa Stamp was sentenced to 20 months in jail and 20 months of supervised release, and was also required to pay $184,500 in restitution and had to forfeit $151,915 as part of a plea agreement with federal authorities for her role in bankruptcy fraud.According to court documents in Michael Stamp’s individual bankruptcy case, Wells Fargo claimed it had made a $68 million loan in December 2011 based on representations that Stamp Farms and its affiliates farmed 46,000 acres. Audits later could uncover only about 27,000 acres, the bank claimed. Stamp Farms’ assets eventually were auctioned off.The farm and its related businesses at the time of the bankruptcy claimed assets valued at $131 million and a net worth of $39 million. An audit found those assets dwindled to about $93 million in a matter of months.According to court documents filed earlier in April, Stamp Farms submitted false claims to the Federal Crop Insurance Corp., in order to obtain payments to help pay for his operations and to make lease payments.“Stamp also conspired with James Leonard Becraft and Douglas Edward Diekman to defraud the Federal Crop Insurance Corp. and its reinsurers,” according to a court document.Becraft pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements on crop insurance forms. On Feb. 12, 2019, he was sentenced to a year in prison, a two-year supervised release and ordered to pay $648,188 in restitution to the Risk Management Agency in Kansas City, Missouri.Diekman pleaded guilty to conspiracy for making false statements on crop insurance forms. On Dec. 20, 2018, Diekman was sentenced to 13 months in prison, a two-year supervised release and ordered to pay $488,432 in restitution — $409,403 to RMA and $79,029 to the Farm Service Agency in Kansas City.On Dec. 13, 2017, a grand jury handed down an indictment of Becraft, Diekman and Michael Stamp in connection with the Stamp Farms Chapter 11 bankruptcy filed in November 2012. The bank found Stamp Farms in noncompliance on loan agreements, including working capital and other ratios.Stamp Farms filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in November 2012 after Wells Fargo initiated action against Stamp on June 30, 2012. The bank found Stamp Farms in noncompliance on loan agreements, including working capital and other ratios.Over the years, Stamp relied on “large” operating loans and credit agreements. In addition, the indictment said Stamp used crop insurance payments to pay for some of his operation, including covering lease payments.Todd Neeley can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @toddneeleyDTN(BAS/SK )© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Follow-Up Thoughts on My Sony a7S Critique

first_imgA few weeks ago, I posted an article titled 3 Reasons Why the Sony a7S Isn’t the Perfect Camera for Filmmakers. In this follow-up, I’ll clarify some of the points that I made.After reading my last article on the Sony a7S, many of you were shocked or even upset that I wasn’t raving about the camera and felt that my criticisms of the camera weren’t accurate. With that in mind, I felt that this follow-up article would be the best way to clear the air and address some of the comments that I made previously.Firstly, I want to point out that I really do think the a7S is a great camera. Understandably, this wasn’t made clear enough in my last post, which wasn’t intended to be a review, or a comprehensive look at the camera for that matter. It was just some food for thought, centered around three talking points related to the a7S.Before jumping into my rationale behind the three points I brought up in my previous post, I want to give all of this some context. In addition to writing for PremiumBeat, I have my own blog – www.noamkroll.com – where I have written extensively on the a7S. In fact, the a7S made my Top 3 list for best DSLRs for video.Yes, I know it’s a mirrorless camera and technically not a DSLR, but for the purpose of my list – it made the cut. I have also written articles on Sony as a company, and stated multiple times that I love how they are pushing the boundaries of camera technology forward.When read as a standalone article, my previous a7S critique may have appeared overly critical to some of you. But hopefully those of you that are familiar with the extent of my work (including the articles I referenced above) understand that my last post wasn’t meant to attack the a7S. It was simply intended to illustrate a few alternative points that I hadn’t seen addressed at that time.I don’t own an a7S, however I have shot with the camera many times  – all in professional environments. The first production that I used it on was a budgeted music video that I directed using two RED DRAGON cameras, and an a7S for all of the night exterior work. Since then, I’ve used it as a B camera on multiple shoots, and have continued to use it regularly because I think it’s a great piece of kit, and the best tool for certain shooting environments.Often when a great new camera is released, we hope it will be the perfect solution for all of our shooting needs. Unfortunately though, that is never the case. I own half a dozen cameras myself simply for that reason: No one camera does it all. There has been a whole lot of hype surrounding the a7S, and in my last post I simply wanted to put out some alternative view points for potential buyers of this camera that might want to take into account every last consideration.While the Sony a7S can certainly be used as a great A-Camera across a multitude of shooting environments, it isn’t usually going to be my first choice. Not because it isn’t a great tool, but rather because there are tools that are often better suited for my work. Personally, I would normally choose to use the a7S as a specialty camera (to be used in low-light situations, where I need a small camera footprint).This sentiment has been echoed by many of my professional colleagues who are working DPs that shoot large scale productions, owners of rental houses that I work with regularly, and producers that own multiple camera packages. Even still, that doesn’t mean it can’t be used as an A-camera or that I am claiming everyone should just use it for speciality shots. It’s just how I feel it fits best into the type of work that I do.Image from EOSHDSo without further ado, I want to address my three points from the previous article briefly:1. The low light isn’t useable past a certain point.Many readers were upset that I said I wasn’t happy with the results at ISO 25,600. There isn’t much I can say about this other than pointing out the fact that this is purely subjective. As far as my standards go for the work that I do, I am not satisfied with the quality of the images past that point.This isn’t strictly a comment on the noise/grain, but also on the image as a whole – including the color quality. But again, that’s just me. If you are able to get great results with it at high ISOs that are up to your standards, than more power to you. For me though, I would still rather keep this camera at 12,800 or lower. Which, by the way, is still impressive!2. The cost of shooting 4K nearly doubles the camera’s price.This point was simply intended to make potential buyers of the a7S aware of the additional cost of shooting 4K on the camera. I get e-mails from readers of my blog every day asking questions about different cameras, and more than once I’ve had people ask if internal 4K is an option on the a7S. Although this information is readily available, not everyone is as technically aware as you or I may be, and I felt that it was important to note that if you want to shoot 4K on this camera, you need to take the additional cost into account.3. Using a Speed Booster comes with its own set of issues.Many people commented on this point, stating the obvious fact that you aren’t going to use a Speed Booster on a full frame camera. However, on the Sony a7S, it can be preferable to shoot in APS-C mode in order to reduce rolling shutter, which is pretty dramatic when shooting in full frame mode.I should have made this clearer in the first post, and I apologize for any confusion. But my point is simply that a lot of a7S users are coming from Canon and therefore own a lot of Canon glass. Many of them are naturally going to want to use a Speed Booster to adapt their Canon glass to the A7S, so they can also benefit from the reduced rolling shutter in APS-C mode. For those shooters, they should be aware of the potential quirks of using a Speed Booster on the a7S.Final ThoughtsMy intention with the last article wasn’t to polarize users or upset any a7S owners. I am someone that (like many of you) has invested a lot of time and money into my equipment, and understand that it can be upsetting when you read something that comes across as negative about a tool you have spent your money on. That said, I hope that this follow-up post has clarified the fact that my original statements weren’t intended to be an attack on the a7S.No camera is perfect, and there certainly isn’t a single camera that can do everything. Is the a7S an amazing tool? Yes. I believe it’s capable of great things and I love what Sony is doing with their mirrorless lineup. Would I use the a7S as my only camera? No I wouldn’t, as it won’t cover all of my specific needs as a filmmaker. But that doesn’t mean that you can’t use it as your A-Cam, and that it isn’t capable of amazing things.Thanks in advance for sharing your thoughts in the comment section below.last_img read more