May 26, 2016
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How to peel off Sony a7R built-in factory LCD protector (by José Ramos)

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This is a guest post from José Ramos.To write a guest post follow the instructions on that page. Thanks!

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I think you should share this with your fellow readers, as there isn’t any available info about this on the web.

As many people do know, Sony a55, a77 and the Nex series all had a removable factory built-in LCD protector. For those who didn’t put a new screen protector in their cameras when they bought them, the screen would soon start getting scratches and stains. Many photographers sent their cameras for repair and others tried to change the LCD, until David Kilpatrick found out that Sony was actually putting a factory built-in screen protector in their LCDs, which you could remove and then just put a brand new protector. It was a bit of a scary procedure, not because of technical difficulty, but because you had to pull the protector with considerable strength, as the glue was very strong. I did it to my a55, a77 and nex5 and it worked flawlessly.

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Last week I was trying to find a 2nd hand backup a7R for my Iceland photo tour next week, and found a portuguese photographer who had one. I bought it and upon close inspection the LCD was in very bad shape, with lots of scratches and small stains all over it. I immediately remembered the good old screen protector technique and decided to do a quick research about that procedure in the a7 series. To my huge surprise I found nothing about it being possible. As a matter of fact I found the opposite, with many photographers stating the a7 series LCD was different, and it was no longer possible to peel off the LCD protector. I started getting really worried, because not only I had spent a lot of money in the camera, but also because I had no time to return it and search for a new one before my trip. I spent several hours trying to find an answer on the web, including youtube and forums, and still got no answer. People who had damaged LCDs were going through the trouble of ordering new LCDs from ebay and doing a complicate procedure to install them, some of them ending up with non working LCDs.

Following a recommendation from David Kilpatrick, my usual savior and favorite Sony Guru, I decided to ask the question on the a7R Facebook group. Fortunately, not only I got the usual “it’s not possible!” answers, but also got feedback from three photographers who had done it to their a7 cameras with success.

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I checked and re-checked asking if it was really doable, and filled myself with courage and went ahead. As you can see by the images, the screen protector is fully removable, just like it used to happen with the previous Sony Cameras. I have no idea why this is not disclosed by Sony, and some people were actually advised by Sony to wipe their screens with lens wipes or to send the camera for repair! You need to apply a scary amount of strength while trying to remove the protector, and make sure you are properly grabbing the LCD with your other hand, to avoid damaging it. As you can see in the images there was a lot of residue accumulated below the built-in screen protector, and I had to spend a bit of time using Zeiss wipes to remove it, including glue residues in the LCD margins. There is still a bit more to clean, but at least I’ve finally solved it.

This was a nerve wrecking experience but all ended up well. I definitely think this should be shared with the Sony Community!

Cheers!
José Ramos

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May 26, 2016
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10 Bit vs 8 Bit – Sony FS5 vs Sony a7Sii a7Rii – Is 10 Bit Always Better?

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto, eBay and Amazon.com.
Sony A6300 Review: 48 hour affair (Ata Adnan).
2016 Roundup: Interchangeable Lens Cameras $800-1200 (Dpreview).
The Future of Image Sensor Technology – Beyond the Bayer CFA (Cinema5D).
Motorcycle Adventure in Italy – 5 Days with the a6300 (SonyAlphaForum).
Firmware update for the FS5 (Sony UK).

Loup:I have done a video with the A7R II and RX100 IV which in my opinion really shows the potential of what you can do with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qO603YjuIoY

Florian:Quick link to a cinema graph done with the sony a6300, 16-35mm f/4 (canon, adapter via commlite), nothing special but shows nicely how much detail in the shadows and highlights the a6300 can retain even in video mode. https://media.giphy.com/media/26vUucU5JEANiAvQc/giphy.gif Slog in that tiny body is incredible…still can’t wrap my head around the size and power of it!

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May 25, 2016
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Voigtlander 10mm FE lens in Stock for the first time at BHphoto.

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The new Voigtlander 10mm lens for Sony FF E-mount cameras is in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here).

Also check out the new Sony Open Box deals at BestBuy (Click here) and the Sony reconditioned deals at Secondipity (Click here).

One more new deal: $200 off on the grey imported Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens on eBay US (Click here). It does come with the US seller warranty.
FE-24-70mm

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May 25, 2016
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(SR5) 70-200mm GM pricing is £2999 on Jessops!

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The eagerly anticipated Sony FE 70-200 mm F2.8 GM OSS is listed at £2999.00 on Jessops.com.
Amazon US lists the lens with no price info yet but I guess the US price will be around $3499…

Thanks Danny W. for this!

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May 25, 2016
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(SR4) 70-200mm GM price confirmed ot be around 3.000 Euro

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I have been told the price listed by Kamerahuset.dk is the right one. The Danish Krone price equals to around 3.000 Euro (or $3350). Of course you have to expect the real Euro or Dollar price to be slightly different due the different tax system. Interesting details of the Kamerahuset image on top: It uses one of the new FE teleconverters (the 2.x).

70-200mm GM lens is listed with no preorders option at Amazon US, BHphoto, BestBuy, Digitalrev.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter BHphoto.

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