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February 27, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Real-world test: the Sony a6000 goes surfing with Chris Burkard

Sexy: A7S + Voigtlander Nokton 35mm 1.2 at SonyAlphaForum.
Best Sony E-Mount Lenses for Portraits, Landscapes, and Street Photography (SonyAlphaLab).
Tamron 15-30mm toma de contacto (DSLRmagazine).
Sony Aims at Automotive Cameras (Image Sensor World).
A7 MK II + lots of legacy lens (Pantip).
Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f1.4 test at SonyAlphaForum.
A Comparison of How Olympus and Sony’s 5 Axis Stabilization Work (ThePhoBlographer).
Subal Sony Alpha 7 Housing: First Look (DivePhotoGuide).
A Comprehensive Guide to Camera Lens Design and Zeiss Nomenclature (iLoveHatePhoto).

Luke:Just thought that I share a short video I shot this weekend with new Zeiss 16-35 F4 on my A7s. All of the footage is handheld using Hondo Garage’s Pop and Lock (an invaluable tool that I can’t recommend enough I am quite pleased with the results and am happy with how sharp this lens is even completely wide open.

Bernard:A new test has been added for the Sony A6000 with a Rokinon 7.5mm lens. For over a year, people visit the site to compare different possible combinations of cameras and lenses for panoramic photography. The addition of the Sony A6000 complements the range presented on the site. A modification was done on the Sony A6000. Improve the standard Sony E-mount with the Fotodiox TOUGH E-Mount. This all-metal mount replaces the two-part mount that comes with most Sony E-mount cameras. Of those two parts, the actual mount that holds the lens is made of plastic, which is susceptible to wear and lens movement. By removing four screws, taking out the two mount parts, and inserting the TOUGH E-Mount, you give your camera a stronger and more durable lens connection. Of all sets that have been tested by quebecpanorama, the Sony A6000 with Rokinon 7.5mm lens is the one that offers the best value for money. The impressive quality, coupled with the ease of transportation, seduced us, so it became the official QuébecPanorama set.

February 26, 2015
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Surprise: New Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens already on eBay. Ships on March 13 for $1,729.


Very surprising to see that. But eBay store Shenikon is already accepting preorders on the new Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 lens via their official eBay Store (Click here to see it).

Shenikon writes:

This is a brand new, unused and unopened Carl Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA Full-Frame Wide Angle Lens. It is made in Sony E Mount for all Sony mirrorless digital cameras. It comes with lens hood, tripod stand, lens case, front cap, rear cap and user manual and all original packaging.
This is a pre-order. Item will be shipped on or before 13th March 2015. If you have any question or want to combine shipments, please feel free to contact us. We look forward to serving you.

I would be surprised to hear that’s a mistake made by them. I really do hope this means all four new FE lenses will ship from March 13.

February 25, 2015
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Sony releases a new firmware udpate for the 4K E-mount FS7 camcorder.


Sony announced that it will release a new firmware update for the FS7 in March. What’s new in firmware Version 2.0:

1. Expands audio recording to four channels audio at 24-bit, 48 KHz.
2. Supports DCI compliant 4096 x 2160 XAVC-Intra-frame recording up to 60 fps.
3. Adds HD Apple ProRes codecs to enable progressive and interlaced HQ and 422 recording.
4. Eliminates “Magenta Cast” in WB preset mode.
5. Renames “Color Temp <P>” menu parameter to “Preset White”
6. Eliminates need to re-enable “Steady Shot” after power ON/OFF cycle.
7. Retains “Paint Menu” settings after power OFF/ON cycle.

FS7 store links:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto.
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto.
28-135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony 128GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.

February 24, 2015
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Oscar winner “Citizenfour” has been shot with the Sony E-mount FS-100 camera.

CITIZENFOUR UK Trailer – In Cinemas Now
from BRITDOC Foundation on Vimeo.

Maybe not all of you know it but an E-mount camera has been used to shot the Oscar Award Winner “Citizenfour”. It’s the Sony FS100.


February 24, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Long Exposure Photography – A Sony Alpha Tutorial

Sony A7 II Shooter’s Report: Improved ergonomics, performance and top-notch image stabilization (Imaging Resource).
Sony on CP+2015 by Cabala.
Canon FD lenses images (SonyAlphaForum).
We’ve Updated our Sony A7 Mk II Review (ThePhoBlographer).
6 Photography Tips You’ve Never Heard Of (iLoveHatePhoto).
Your manual focusing experience (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Low-Cost Global Shutter Sensor (Image Sensor World).
High Altitude with the A7 by Ivo Scholz.

Pascal:çoved the video of the UFOs made with the A7s. I wonder what these things are. On a more joking note, here are some UFOs I published a couple of days ago: My guess is what I’m seeing is shutter vibration, but I’m not entirery sure … Any ideas?

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