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April 1, 2015
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Reuters: “Sony Corp halves stake in Olympus to raise funds for growth”

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Reuters reports that Sony sold 50% of their Olympus stake. Now Sony owns 5% only of the Olympus company. The 46.8 billion yen ($390.4 million) capital gain will be used for investments in the sensor and video games business. Sony also said it will maintain its partnership with Olympus despite the lower stake.

April 1, 2015
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The Sony April Fools news roundup :)

New Sony Livra. A FF camera for 300 Euro at Lepidi.
Sony PXW-DCI at CameraDoe.
Giant 4.9mm f/3.5 270-degree fisheye and 150mm f/1.0 announced for Sony A7-series at Lensrentals.
Sony stellt Sensorproduktion ein (Heise.de).

If you find more of them let me know!

April 1, 2015
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FE 35mm f/2.8 fw update issues: Sony says it will repair affected lenses free of charge

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Sony issued the following statement regarding a possible issue with the FE 35mm f/2.8 lens:

Notice to Owners of the Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA Interchangeable Lens

March 31, 2015
Sony has recently become aware that some of the Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA E-Mount lenses sold during and after November 2014 are experiencing an issue when customers attempt to update the software to the new version released on March 4, 2015 (from Ver. 01 to Ver. 02).
Sony is planning to offer repairs for the affected lenses free of charge.
(Please contact the Sony Support Center listed below. Applications for repairs will also be accepted through the Sony website.)
In the case that the software update completes with no trouble, there is no need for repair.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused and thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

【Malfunction Symptoms】
The software update freezes at the screen below when the customer initiates the software update (from Ver. 01 to Ver. 02) that was made available on March 4, 2015.
Update that has frozen   Update that is proceeding normally

If the above symptom is exhibited, please remove the battery from the camera when the update freezes.
The lens can continue to be used with the pre-update Ver. 01 software.

※How to check the software version
1) Power on the camera
2) Select [Menu]→[Setup]→[Ver.]
The software version installed on the lens will be displayed (as below).

【Affected model and production numbers】
SEL35F28Z Sonnar T* FE 35mm F2.8 ZA
α™ (E-Mount) interchangeable lenses
Purchased during or after November 2014

※Affected production numbers
Some, but not all, numbers from
1812043 – 1851015 (AE Version)
1840715 – 1850381 (CN2 Version)

 

Thanks to the anonymous source who sent this!

March 31, 2015
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That’s smart! New smart cap for the 16-50mm lens.

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Oriental Hobbies announced that smart cap for the 16-50mm E-mount lens. It opens automatically when you “Open” the lens. The bad news is that you can buy it in Japan only.

P.S.: A curios coincidence: The Olympus OM lens caps fit E mount (SonyAlphaForum).

March 31, 2015
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Live Q&A with Sony Artisan Brian Matiash at 500px (and A6000 news roundup).

Quick note: 500px is hosting Sony Artisan Brian Matiash for their next Live Q&A session (next Tues, March 31st at 10AM Pacific/US). Part of the event is a contest where they’re giving away a Sony a6000 kit.

A6000 battery grip: Ownuser grip on eBay (Click here) or Amazon (Click here). “Neweer” battery grip for the A6000 is now for sale on Amazon (Click here). And the “Travor” A6000 battery grip is for sale on Alibaba (Click here).

„Neuer Fokus“: Manuel Neuer setzt auf die Alpha α6000 Systemkamera von Sony (Presscentre.sony.de).

Richard:Have shot a lot of with eh A6000 and A7R in the last few months of converting with teh Metabones from Canon 6D.: http://www.richardfoxphotography.com/blog/

Sony A6000 store link list:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
A6000 Gariz case on eBay in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Camel (Click here) and Red (Click here).

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