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October 4, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Tornado Tower in Doha, shot with a6000 and Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS Alpha E-mount lens at 18mm
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October 3, 2015
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Top Photographer Patrick Ecclesine shoots with the A7r for Vanity Fair.

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Just recently Ken Rockwell said Sony cameras are for hobbyist and not real photographers and artists like himself. Well it seems that person’s WAY more professional than him disagree with Ken:

Vanity Fair just posted a great piece about the photo shoot for Demi Lovato’s latest album Confident (written by the photographer Patrick Ecclesine,, and in one of the photos, she is holding, ostensibly, Patrick’s camera. It appears to be a Sony A7R with a Canon 24-70 2.8 on it. If Sony needed any further evidence that professionals will happily shoot the A7 with a quality 24-70 2.8 on it, this should just about do it.


October 3, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Low Key single light portraits AT MIDDAY by Matt Granger.

A set of great A7 with Helios-44-2 2/58 lens images by Phillip Reeve (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony A7R II vs Olympus E-M10 II: 5-Axis Stabilization Head-to-head (Digitalrev).
Street style photos with the A7 II and 55mm f/1.8 (Mike On The Street).
Sony PXW FS5 Camera Review (Cinescopophilia).
This is the Zeiss FE 16-35mm patent (Freepatentsonline PDF).
X-T10 vs E-M5 II vs a6000: Mirrorless Shootout! (Tony Northup).
Sony a7S II vs Panasonic GH4 (Digitalrev).

Bastian Kratzketo‎:Real time footage of the northern lights in iceland.Shot on Sony A7s + Nikon 14-24mm 2.8G

October 2, 2015
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Sony announces 14bit uncompressed RAW will be launched in mid October for the A7rII!


Sony Japan announced that it will release a firmware update for the A7rII in mid October. And it will add the 14bit uncompressed RAW file option!

October 2, 2015
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Kistar 55mm F1.2 lens announced and tested on the Sony A7II!


Kinoshita Optical announced the new Kistra 55mm f/1.2 lens. It comes in Contax-Yashica mount but it has been designed to be used on Full Frame mirrorless camera. The lens costs about $1,460 and can be bought on eBay (Click here). To use it on your A7 camera you will have to buy the Yashica to E-mount adapter (Click here)

The picture on top shows the A7Ii with the new lens. If you wonder what’s the “ornamental” stuff well there is a Biker-friendly 😉 strap you get at Rakuten. And the case is the Ulysses case you get on eBay in Black (Click here), Blue (Click here) or Brown (Click here).

Here are the lens specs and MTF graph:

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Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-02 um 08.50.33 posted the first test on the Sony A7II. Here are the images of the lens on the camera (Click on it to enlarge):

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And here some image samples all shot at max f/1.2 aperture (Click on it to enlarge):

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Image samples on the A7s can be seen here:

Kistar 55mm f/1.2 can be purchased on here on eBay (Click here).

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