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July 20, 2015
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Sony to work with Invisage on new quantum film stacked sensors?

Invisage CEO Jess Lee stated that Sony is likely to become a Invisage partner to make the first mass production Quantum film stacked sensors in 2016. The sensors will be first used on smartphones because one of the main advantages of the new tech is the much thinner sensor. But the new tech could be used on larger Digital Camera sensors too because of the higher performance. Quantum Film sensor tech explained via Wikipedia:

QuantumFilm Technology involves the creation of a film to coat the image sensors used in a cellphone camera, allowing it to capture more light, improving the quality of the images taken.[9][10] A typical camera phone pixel sensor is made up of several layers, with a layer of colored plastic or glass acting as a color filter sitting on top of several layers of metal connecting silicon electronic transistors together, which is itself on top of a base layer of silicon used by the sensor’s electronic transistors and photodetectors. The light coming to the sensor has to pass through the layers of metal before reaching the silicon, a weak light absorber, so the sensor detects only about 25 percent of the light that makes up the image.[11] QuantumFilm Technology places a layer of semiconducting crystals – called quantum dots – on top of the chip, which allows the chip to absorb more light, place more pixels in a smaller space, and create sharper images.[12]
Using quantum dots is more efficient at capturing light than traditional silicon-based image sensor chips (capturing 90-95% of the light that hits it), giving the sensors higher sensitivity in low light as well as higher resolution.[3][13] And while traditional image sensors read an image from top to bottom (which can create a blurred image when the subject is moving), quantum dots detect the entire image at the same moment, reducing the chance for distortion.[14]
Invisage holds patents related to the development of QuantumFilm technology, as well as its applications toward optoelectronic devices.[15]

found via Image Sensor World.

July 20, 2015
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Sony A7rII to ship in mid August in Europe. Manual in different languages available!


Sony Europe changed the delivery date for the A7rII. If you preorder the camera now they will ship it to you in mid-August. European readers can also download that A7rII manual available in many different languages: (Thanks Martin for spotting this).

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

July 20, 2015
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New Nissin Di700a Speedlight Flash for Sony in Stock in Europe (Introduction via Gary Fong).

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The brand new Nissin Di700a Speedlight Flash With Radio For Sony in Stock in Europe at Amazon Germany (Click here) and via plenty of sellers on eBay (Click here). In US it will ship soon at BHphoto (Click here).

The video below has been hosted by Gary Fong Youtube channel. It’s an introduction to the brand new Nissin Di700a:

July 19, 2015
Posted in deals, news

The cheap E-mount lenses are the best sellers at Amazon.


We had a lot of new (and expensive) FE lenses. But a short look at the Amazon Mirrorless Lens ranking (Click here) unveils how the low-cost APS-C E-mount lenses are the most sold in USA. It would certainly be nice if Sony and Sigma would in future release offer some low-cost FE lens. It’s something we really do miss on our FF lens lineup!

And what about the cameras? Well again, APS-C Sony E-mount cameras are on top of the ranking (Click here).

July 19, 2015
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A Sony A7s video goes viral: “The Drone” by Jordan Rubin.

SAR reader Jordan Rubin realized that video gone viral on Youtube. He kindly explained me why he choose the Sony A7s to realize it:

As a huge Sony fan, we decided to shoot “The Drone ” at a friend’s house using my Sony A7s. It was a two day shoot and I was trying to accomplish the modern horror trailer look, with a very limited budget. Luckily my Zombeavers DP Jonathan Hall was available. He brought his set of Rokinon DS lenses which allowed us to pull focus legitimately. I love my Sony FE lenses, but the lack of geared focus and iris rings would have made it a nightmare for our 1st AC to properly follow the actors.

The A7s was great, obviously because it allowed us to shoot in low light conditions – plus, having been spoiled by shooting my first feature in ARRIRAW, it was exciting to be able to use the A7s picture profiles for more dynamic range and the RAW-like flexibility to accomplish legitimate color-timing in post. I didn’t want to limit my base ISO to 3200 (S-Log limitation on the A7s), so I chose these settings instead:

Gamma = cine 4
Color = s-gamut
Detail = 0 (default)

gamma = cine 2
Color = s-gamut
Detail = 0 (default)

Some people recommend dialing down the detail and adding sharpening in post, but I prefer to keep it set at zero. We also rented a modest light kit and a speed rail slider to add some production value – and I colored the project with a combination of FCP, Premiere Pro and the FilmConvert plugin.

I was very happy with the result. I switched over to Sony from Canon about a year ago and I couldn’t be happier. I’m looking forward to getting an RX100M4 this week to experiment shooting 4k and super slow-motion with a pocket sized camera!

Jordan Rubin, Director

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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