July 1, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Some A7000 sensor specs (via Fuji X-PRO2!)

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Fujirumors reports that the X-PRO-2 could use the same new Sony sensor that will be used by the future A7000. The Fuji camera will be released the first half of 2016 about six months after the A7000 announcement. And they report the sensors specs are those:

1) Sony has developed two new APS-C sensors: 24MP and about 30MP versions (not clear which one is used by Sony and then Fuji).
2) BSI (back-illuminated) Sensor
3) 4K-capable
4) Hybrid AF covering the whole sensor area
5) XAVC-S recording format and 60p (Fuji will use different code).

As you know the A7000 was scheduled to be released in May-June but got delayed by Sony for yet unknown reasons (maybe hardware/production issues). Next possible announcement period could be September/October. Fuji (and maybe Nikon and Pentax) are waiting in line to use the same sensor…

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July 1, 2015
Posted in news

Sony raises $4 billion to expand and develop their sensor business.

Nowadays almost all manufacturers of Digital cameras and Mobile Devices use Sony sensors on some (or all) their devices. The market is still exploding thanks to the selfie camera boom (oh gosh) and the automotive market (they need cams to develop self driving cars). Today Reuters reports:

Sony Corp plans to raise nearly $4 billion via new shares and bonds to plough into image sensors as it reinvents itself as a niche component maker, pulling back from consumer goods like TVs that dragged it into losses.

This means Sony will keep pushing innovation on the sensor front and we can expect that to have great positive effects on their future camera sensors too.

June 30, 2015
Posted in deals

New A7rII now available for preorder at SonyStore US. Says it ships on August 26.

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The new Sony A7rII is now available for preorder at SonyStore US too (Click here). The official Sony site also reports the estimated ship date which is August 26. Reminder: Today in Stock for he first time is the 90mm FE at Amazon and BHphoto.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

June 30, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

New Sony 90mm FE lens now in Stock at BH and Amazon. First SAR readers tests.

The new Sony FE 90mm macro lens is in Stock for the first time un USA via Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And here are a few new tests:

1) First SAR owners tests posted on SonyAlphaForum (Click here). Louis Berk:Bottom line, this is a very sharp lens, with very nice colouration. It compliments my A7R very well and I suspect it will also be very good on the upcoming A7RII. The AF to Manual override is very well thought out, you pull back the focus ring and it engages the distance scale. The scale itself is not only very clear but shows both the distance and the macro magnification factor (e.g. 1:1, 1:2 etc). The focus throw is large and very accommodating for macro purposes. The focus is very smooth but in my opinion not stiff enough. This means it is easy to overshoot your target but I expect with practise I will become more accurate. Viewfinder magnification and focus peaking are automatically engaged when manually focussing (although the magnification is a preference set in the camera and can be turned off). From these samples I cannot fault the image quality, the colouration or the ergonomics of the lens. But beware it is a very big object and will take up the space equivalent to a large zoom lens in your camera bag.

2) Gustav posted some early shots at Dyxum: “this new macro-lens is really great , the built-quality is very good , i love the AF-MF ring , when you push the ring to you ,you have MF , when you push back (to the sunhood) you have AF , very easy to work with…the price of the lens is high ..very sharp picture`s even in low light ,normal with post-procesing in RAW you must sharp your picture`s to a level , now it was almost already there.

3) The Japanese site Yodobashi also poste a review with amny nice image samples.

90mm links:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, eBay US (Click here).
In Europe at Fotomundus, Amazon Germany, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

June 30, 2015
Posted in rumors

Updated Sony 28-70mm lens could have a constant f/4.0 aperture.

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There is a new Sony patent disclosing a new 28-70mm f/4.0 FE lens design. It may be that a future updated 28-70mm lens will get a constant f/4.0 aperture instead of the variable f/3.5-5.6 aperture of the current lens.

Patent via Egami.

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