June 26, 2017
Posted in news

Firmware update on Metabones adapter adds Sony A9 support


Metabones released the new firmware update V0.57 for their Metabones Smart Adapter IV and EF-E Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x. You can download the firmware for WIN and MAC.

  • Benefits and improvements:
    • Added autofocus support during high speed and medium speed continuous drive (up to 10fps) on Sony A9 (“Green” mode only). Experiment with the “Priority Set in AF-C” setting for the best compromise between hit rate and frame rate for your shooting style. Overall performance depends on lens used. The camera does not use hunting while tracking is in operation. If subject movement exceeds the measurement range of the OSPDAF sensor, autofocus pauses. This is by design. The measurement range of the OSPDAF sensor decreases as the focal length increases. Except for the original Mark I Smart Adapter this feature is available for all subsequent Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters.
    • Enlarged PDAF area on supported cameras when adapter is in Advanced mode, with the advisory that AF performance may be unsatisfactory outside of the central portion of the frame.
    • Enabled AF illuminator (Advanced mode only).
    • There is an AF accuracy issue when using AF-S or DMF on Sony A9 and telephoto lenses with Metabones in “Advanced” mode, which affects this and all previous firmware versions. Green mode, which is set by default on Sony A9, is not affected (except for the original Smart Adapter Mark I, which does not support “Green” mode). A9 users are advised to not use “Advanced” mode but stick with the default “Green” mode. In addition, some telephoto lenses rarely exhibit this issue, such as EF 200/2.8L II USM, EF 400/5.6L USM and Tamron 150-600/5-6.3 VC USD A011. Investigation of this issue is still in progress.
    • Fixed AF issue with EF-S 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM and EF-S 18-135/3.5-5.6 IS Nano USM lenses.
    • Fixed smooth iris support for 40/2.8 STM, 50/1.8 STM and Sigma 50-100/1.8 DC HSM Art 016.
    • Fixed CN-E 18-80 T4.4 L IS KAS S servo zoom used by the camera’s zoom rocker and the lens’ rocker in alternation.
    • Fixed CN-E 18-80 T4.4 L IS KAS S auto iris when adapter is in Green mode, where extremely bright conditions no longer causes the iris to close completely.
    • Fixed aperture display with Canon EF 300mm f/4L IS USM lens and Kenko Pro 300 teleconvertter.
    • Corrected W-T zoom scale display in “Advanced” mode for Speed Booster and Kenko Pro 300  teleconverter (except Mark I/II/III and original Speed Booster).
    • Faster aperture diaphragm for still photography in Advanced mode when Live Vide mode is set to Setting Effect OFF.
    • LED (if available) now shows solid magenta when adapter is connected to USB waiting for Metabones App to run.

found via Brian Smith


June 26, 2017
Posted in reviews

New Sony A9 tests (shoots Premier League game)


Sports Photographer Hugh Hastings tested the Sony A9 on a Premier League game:

The feature set is outstanding, not just a whole lot lighter, but more useful too, such as the silent shutter that I was able to use in the press conference. Now I can’t wait to try the longer prime lenses and also the camera grip, I shot all these images without a grip as the new battery grip had yet to ship, which is pretty amazing from a handling point-of-view. So, I think it’s absolutely fair to say that the A9 is the start of a whole new ball game for sports photographers, action and wildlife shooters, right here, right now.”

Full review by TheDigitalDigest:

A9 Memory Card Test by Cameramemoryspeed.

Dmitry:I tested Sony A9 with 8 Canon EF Mount lenses and both Sigma MC11 and Metabones IV adapter.   Some of the lenses are tested are obscure, like Canon 85L Version 1 for example, so maybe interesting for someone.
I am not a professional reviewer, just someone who loves the gear.   Conclusion is that neither adapter works that great with A9, both Metabones and Sigma need to make firmware updates for A9.
Here is a link to my review

Emin:Yesterday I try to shoot on a Sony A9 (Continues Mode) Eye Af + Sony 85mm GM on f1.4.
here the gif file https://goo.gl/photos/xZ4xuhR613SfrWs79
here all 114 original jpegs http://dropmefiles.com/1ry6E
Light was bad I shoot against the source of light (window)

DavidI discuss 5 ways to use an overheating Sony a9

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Note: US readers preordering the A9 at BHphoto or Adorama using our links (and our affiliated links only!) have a chance to win a Sony A9.

And the fastest SD cards are now in Stock:
Sony SF-G 128GB: BHphoto, AdoramaAmazon. In EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, AmazonFR, AmazonIT, AmazonES.
Sony SF-G 64GB: BHphoto, AdoramaAmazon. In EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, AmazonFR, AmazonIT, AmazonES.
Sony SF-G 32GB: BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.

The new Sony FE lenses preorders:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

June 26, 2017
Posted in news

Sony announced a new 20 Megapixel 1 inch sensor for the RX100VI?


Sony announced a new 1 inch sensor with all-pixel global reset function (specs here). This will allow to drastically reduce rolling shutter. The sensor size and megapixel number suggest that this sensor may be used on a future RX100VI camera.

Sony also announced a Four Thirds sensor with an interesting Quad Bayer COding HDR function (specs here). It allows to take instant HDR pictures on moving objects too.

June 26, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony a99ii – Best Gear On The Planet 2017 – DSLR’s – Real World Shootout

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
We shot the Boeing 737 Max 9’s first flight with a Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (Dpreview).
Hands-on Sony 16-35 f/2.8 and 12-24 f/4 lens (Photorec).
Sigma 135mm F1.8 ART Lens Review on Sony A7RM2 | John Sison
Micro Four Thirds to Sony E-mount Lens Adapter: Rokinon 7.5mm Fisheye + Sony A7S (Fotodiox).
Batis 135mm FE test at Mapcamera.
Creativity & Awareness: Learning to See Before the Capture (ALC).
In the Field with the Freefly MōVI Pro (Explora).

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We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
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Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7sIII page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

June 25, 2017
Posted in deals

New ButtonBumps Pro Pack (also for the Sony A9)


SAR reader DEL sent me this:

I have a new product for Sony cameras – including the new a9  – called the ButtonBumps Pro Pack, in addition to the ShutterBands Enhancement Kit for Sony E-Mount:
 ShutterBands Enhancement Kit for Sony E-Mount at BHPhotoAmazon
ButtonBumps Pro Pak at BHPhotoAmazon

SF-G world’s fastest SD cards are now back in Stock at Amazon:

Sony A7 cameras:
$200 off and free extras on the A7rII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A7sII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$50 off on the A7II at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$50 off on the A7 at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.

Sony A6500-A6300-A6000-A5100:
$100 off on the A6500 at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
$150 off on the A6300 with 16-50mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$100 off on the A6300 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$300 off on the A6000 Dual lens kit sold by Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A5100 with 16-50mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

June 25, 2017
Posted in news

Look here: The full Sony 50mm E-mount lens group image!



From top left til bottom right these are all native 50mm E-mount lenses (with one 55mm lens included):
Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 macro (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Zeiss FE Loxia 50mm f/2.0 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Rokinon (Samyang) FE 50mm f/1.4 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Sony APS-C 50mm f/1.8 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Handevision Iberit APS-C manual focus 50mm f/2.4 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Zeiss 50mm FE f/1.4 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Rokinon (Samyang) APS-C manual focus 50mm f/1.2 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Rokinon (Samyang) FE manual focus 50mm f/1.4 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Zeiss Touit APS-C 50mm f/2.8 macro (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Mitakon FE manual focus 50mm f/0.95 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)

I may have forgotten some other third-party lens (or rebranded version of the same lens). I think we can safely say we have enough 50mm lenses :) Althoug I could really like to get two more 50mm lenses:
Sony FE 50mm f/1.2 GM
Sony FE 50mm f/2.5 pancake

Here is the size comparison aligned horizontally (Click on it to enlarge)


June 25, 2017
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection


Ilya Artemiev on SonyAlphaForum
Have tried Leica Summarit 50/1.5 (1952) on my a7rII, and fell in love (with this lens).

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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