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November 7, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(PZ 18-105mm lens gets a firmware update)


Sony Zeiss 35mm 1.4 lens review

Sony released a new firmware update for the PZ 18-105mm lens (Dc.watch).
Samyang 50mm f/1.2 E-mount review at Lenswork.
BIRTV 2015: Aputure DEC Pro Canon EF to M4/3 or Sony E mount focal reducer with wireless control (Newsshooter).
Shoe-Mount Flash Buying Guide: The Best Right Now (Adorama).
Week 38: Jordan Drake talks A7sii and FS5! Also, where’s Rich??? (Brutoncoxvisuals).
Sony RX100 IV review – with 1080p this good, 4K is merely a bonus (EosHD).
Test sony fe 24-240mm (leMondedelaphoto).
Sony A7RII + Pentax Takumar SMC 35mm f2 – ring shot (SonyAlphaForum)

Kevin: I just wanted to pass along several videos shot exclusive on the SONY Rx10ii and most are in 240fps.  Nothing like football shot in slow motion. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xRywygdN1JQ

Boon:I’ve done a few more threads using the Sony A6000 + Sony 500/8mm lens:
Lunar eclipse: http://myphotojourney.co.uk/lunar-eclipseblood-moon-28915/
Sony 500/8 + LA-EA4 continuous AF on Sony A6000: http://myphotojourney.co.uk/sony-500mm-f8-continuous-af/

November 6, 2015
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Stockholm event is for the A68. New real life pictures of the A68.

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Todays Stockholm Sony surprise event is for the A68 launch. As reported by SAR in these days the E-mount stuff will likely be announced in another separate event coming sometimes between mid and end November.

Thomas Ludwig from Cosyspeed sent me those images of the A68 displayed at Salon De La Photo. He also told me he can give you a free ticket if you contact him at info@cosyspeed.com. Chassimages also posted many photos from the Sony booth. And there is plenty of A-mount stuff to see (finally!).

And now stay tuned for the next E-mount lens and camera rumors! There could be some surprise ;)

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November 6, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


Understanding Focus Area on Sony Mirrorless Cameras

Low ISO printing test with the A7R II against the A7 II on Admiring Light.
55-210mm review at Joerghaag.com.
A6000 and continous autofocus at Joerghaag.com.
Considering Switch from Fuji X (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony RX10 II Field Test: Night shooting at the biggest fireworks show in the Southeast (Imaging Resource).
Five Handy Portrait Lighting Accessories that Make a Big Difference (WexUK).
Sony A7II + Tamron 150-600mm (SonyAlphaForum).

Jimmy:I am a Minolta and Sony camera user for many years, I enjoy to visit the sonyalpharumors every day. Here’s the video which I like to share with you, the video and photos were shot by Sony A7r, Sony 70-400mm, Sony Zeiss 135mm, and ZhongYi Speedmaster 50mm F0.95. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9eIg5-77O6k

Matt:Here’s my latest video. Shot handheld : a7s + FE 16-35mm F4 graded w/Adobe Premiere Pro’s new color engine. https://vimeo.com/133229885

William:Hello Andrea! I am a young film maker from BC, Canada now living in London England and noticed on your sony rumours site your postings of many films shot on the a7s! I have a short that got some good attention on Vimeo (over11k) and was shot in beautiful Canadian scenery with a message on my sony a7s and a Leica 35mm Summicron lens! I wanted to leave the HD vimeo link below and if you want to use it on the site please do! The film was shot in S-log 2 and much of it even upwards of 12,000 ISO! https://vimeo.com/109208332

 

 

November 5, 2015
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Announced! Sony introduces α68 A-mount camera with 4D FOCUS!

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It’s officially announced! Our soruces were spot on and here is the new Sony A68!  This is the full press text:

Uncompromising features and performance for demanding amateur photographers

  • 4D FOCUS for fast, accurate tracking autofocus with world’s highest[i] number of 79 AF points
  • Translucent Mirror Technology™ delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fps[ii] continuous shooting
  • 24MP[iii] APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor delivers wide ISO 100-25600[iv] sensitivity range
  • BIONZ X image processing engine enables the capture of high-quality images
  • Precise OLED Tru-Finder, tiltable LCD monitor, top display panel and custom controls
  • SteadyShot INSIDE works with all 34 A-mount lenses
  • Full HD video with high bit-rate 50Mbps XAVC S[v] format

The new α68 (ILCA-68)camera from Sony lets enthusiastic photographers discover even more creative opportunities with their precious collection of A-mount lenses.

Inheriting many pro-style features from the acclaimed α77 II, the α68 features Sony’s unique 4D FOCUS system that delivers extraordinary AF performance under any shooting conditions – even in lighting as low as EV-2 where other cameras struggle.

This phase detection system uses no less than 79 autofocus detection points including 15 cross points, plus a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dimly-lit scenes. It all adds up to fast, wide area AF with predictive tracking that locks faithfully onto fast-moving subjects.And thanks to Sony’s uniqueTranslucent Mirror Technology, the α68 delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fpsii continuous shooting.

Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, peerless image quality is assured by the 24MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor with wide ISO 100-25600iv sensitivity range. It’s teamed with Sony’s speedy BIONZ X image processor that uses Detail Reproduction and Diffraction-reducing Technologies plus Area-specific Noise Reduction for pristine, finely detailed shots every time.

Full HD movies use the efficient XAVC Sv format for high bit rate recordings at up to 50 Mbps with outstanding detail and low noise. And thanks to Sony’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology, you can enjoy non-stop continuous autofocus that effortlessly tracks moving subjects for crisp, professional looking footage, whichever format you choose to record in.

With a powerful array of creative features to explore, theα68 has plenty to offer experienced amateurs as well as step-up photographers and newcomers to interchangeable lens cameras.

Framing stills and movies is a pleasure through the clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder. 100% frame coverage ensures you see exactly what you’re shooting, with high contrast and faithful colour reproduction helping you focus manually with absolute confidence.

Complementing the Tru-Finder, the 2.7-type LCD monitor tilts up to 135 degrees upwards or 55 degrees downwardsfor comfortable composition from a wide variety of shooting angles. Serious photo enthusiasts will also value the backlit top display that allows quick confirmation of camera settings, whether you’re shooting handheld or on a tripod.

As found on the critically praised α7 series, there’s a control wheel on the camera’s rear that allows quick fingertip adjustment of camera settings. In addition, 10 customisable buttons can be assigned for instant access to frequently-used functions. There is a front control dial for quick adjustments of settings and a sturdy grip to ensure that you are balanced, even when using heavyweight prime or telephoto lenses.

SteadyShot INSIDE reduces the effects of camera shake for blur-free handheld shooting – at all focal lengths and with any compatible lens.

The inclusion of a Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal lets you expand creative options further with a wide range of optional accessories, including flashes, lights, microphones and remote commanders.

The new α68 A-mount interchangeable lens camera from Sony will be from March 2016 for approximately €600 body only or €700 with DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens.

– Ends –

α68 (ILCA-68) technical specifications

Lens mount A-mount
Image sensor APS-C (23.5 x15.6 mm)Exmor CMOS image sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24 megapixels
Recording format Still JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant),
RAW(Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movies XAVC S format /AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compliant/MP4
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card(UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card(UHS-I compliant, microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Focus system Type Phase detection AF
Focus point 79 points (including 15 cross points), F2.8 AF sensor point
Sensitivity range EV-2 – 18(at ISO 100 equivalent)
Exposure control Metering type 1200 zone-equivalent metering
Sensitivity Range Still Images: ISO 100 – 25600 (1/3 EV steps) Movies: ISO100 – 12800 equivalent (1/3 EV steps)
Shutter Shutter Speed Still images:1/4000 to 30sec, Bulb, Movies:1/4000-1/4sec
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes(On/Off)
SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilisation) Type Still: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism Movie: Electronic
Drive Continuous shooting speed Continuous Advance Priority AE: Max. 8fps, Continuous shooting Hi: Max. 5fps, Continuous shooting Lo: Max. 2.5fps
Movie Mode
(Resolution/
Frame Rate/
Bit Rate)
XAVC S HD 1920 x 1080 50Mbps (30p/25p[vii], 24p)
AVCHD 1920 x 1080 24Mbps(FX), 17Mbps(FH) (60i/50ivii)
1920 x 1080 24Mbps(FX), 17Mbps(FH) (24p/25pvii)
MP4 1440 x 108012Mbps , VGA3Mbps
Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder (OLED Tru-Finder)
Total number of dots 1,440,000 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.88x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.57x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1
LCD screen Type 2.7″ type TFT LCD
Total number of dots 460,800 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 135 degrees, down approx. 55 degrees
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Interface Multi Interface Shoe, HDMImicro connector (Type-D),Microphone terminal (3.5mmStereo minijack), Multi/Micro USB Terminal, DC-IN Terminal
Built-in Flash GN12 (ISO100, m, Flash angle 16mm)
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Weight Approx.610g (Body Only) / Approx.690g (With battery and media)
Dimensions (W x H x D, CIPA compliant) Approx. 142.6 × 104.2 × 80.9 mm
Operating temperature 0-40°C

Sony A68 images:
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November 5, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


PIX2015 – Cristina Mittermeier – Water’s Edge – Keynote – Sony

Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 reviewed on the Sony A7 (Phillip Reeve).
Why the Sony a7 II is Great for Event Photography (Digitalrev).
Getting to know the sony a7rii + fe 90mm/2.8 macro g oss lens (Tomnguyenstudio).
Tamron 16-300mm Sony mount lens review: Super-zoom reimagined (DxOmark).
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm/2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
Batis 25mm test at Ascii.jp.
Lensbaby Velvet 56 mm f/1,6 : le test (Focus Numerique).

Alexandre:I shot the candidates for the beauty pageant Miss Grand International 2015. I used my Sony A7rII, the Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and the flash Sony F43M.
http://traveljournalist.com/miss-grand-international-2015-beauty-pageant-in-bangkok/

Kabir:Figured I’d share some of my A7- series work with you given I haven’t seen much underwater work on the blog. I specialize in filming underwater predators and have been pleased with what these little cameras can do! Amazing times…
CARIBBEAN REEF SHARKS: https://vimeo.com/142458026
BULL SHARKS: https://vimeo.com/142452645

 

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