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June 2, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony IBIS vs No IBIS Test Using the Sony a7ii and a7S

A7+Voigtländer 15mm UWA + a cheap Helicoid adapter to capture small details (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony 28mm review at ThePhoBlographer.
India Digital Camera market registered an annual shipments of 1.62 million units in CY 2014. Advanced Digital Camera recorded a substantial triple digit growth (6Wresearch).
SONY Fisheye converter SEL057FEC (Yodobashi).
The Orlando Eye at Night HD Time-Lapse (A7s video on youtube).

Mopswerk:As I saw the announcement about the over the top Price Tag of the new to be released Trioplan (at 1500 you’d easily get some other photo gear … :) ), I thought I had to post one taken with my old 50ies Trioplan: SonyAlphaForum.

James Ng‎:User review of a highend Sony Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4…/…/344/sel35f14z-review-first-impressions. Join workshop, outing and gathering with us…

Amit:A music video I created once upon a time with the Sony A55:

June 1, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Review Sony E mount 24-240 review by Frank Doorhof.

Reality Check. A tale of two 35’s (Jorge Torralba).
Low Budget Monitor for 40€ HOW TO (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony and Apple Think Alike (Image Sensor World).
HX90V: Picture Quality of Sony’s Latest 30x Compact (Digitalversus).
24-240mm LAB testing (SonyAlphaLab).
Using a Hoodman with A7 Mk ii (SonyAlphaForum).

Michiel:found some thinks on the internet about the HX90v that might be worth sharing. Sony Japan posted the staggering number of 1 sample image taken with the HX90v: This example is interesting because it’s seems to have been made with the release software version unlike the other examples that we have seen so far that were made with test software versions. It looks to me that they have added some noise reduction. The second thing I found was this Japanese hands on video in which you can clearly see that the HX90v has a level gauge. That’s something I would not have expected to see on a camera this price range.

Lionel:Hi, I do some review of particulary (and usual) lenses. If you want you can share it.
500f4 sony
600f4 minolta
800f5.6 sigma
1x3x macro minolta
70-400v2 sony
alpha 99
and some other stuff


May 31, 2015
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Great A7II and A7s reportage photos shot in “Subzero Playground” conditions.

“I see the light”
A7s + Samyang 14/2.8
ISO 8000, focal length 14mm, f/2.8, shutter speed 20 sec

Our reader “Gift Of Light” worked with the A7II and A7s in extreme subzero temperatureconditions. These are soem of the pics and a short report of his adventure. The full reportage can be seen at SonyAlphaForum (Click here).

A7s + FE 70-200/4
ISO 100, focal length 200mm, f/4, shutter speed 1/5,000 sec

At lake Baikal, the average temperature is around -15 to -10 degree Celsius. All of my stuff, as in list, worked well, except the battery life. As all of us can expect, the battery life in a bit extreme cold weather should not be long. However, there is something more than that. Sometime I found that the battery status abruptly decreased from many percentages to exhausted, occurred in both A7II and A7s, but after the battery was changed both of them can work normally.

“Burning Cave”
A7 + FE 16-35/4
ISO 100, focal length 16mm, f/19, shutter speed 1/10 sec (HDR blend with +2 and -2 stops photos)

By the way, the exhausted batteries were found that they didn’t really exhaust because when I put them in the chargers, they didn’t charged from the zero. Moreover, I encountered a big problem once about this issue during the trip. At one morning, I went outdoors early since 4:00 AM and stayed there until 8:00 AM. At around 8:00 AM, my A7II abruptly showed exhausted battery status. I tried to replace the battery with many of unused batteries in my bag several times, but each time the A7II showed exhausted battery status after take a few shots. And as I told you earlier, all of them didn’t really exhaust. I don’t know what is the problem between the battery or the camera, but I think the latter is most likely. Otherwise, there is nothing to complaint about my Sony stuff.

“Dawn of The Coldest Desolation”
A7 II + FE 16-35/4
Blending two shots of
ISO 400, focal length 16 mm, f/16, shutter speed 2 sec (for a man)
ISO 100, focal length 16mm, f/16, shutter speed 8 sec (for whole photograph)

However, I want to request something from Sony. First of all, if it is possible, please make new battery with larger capacity. The A7 series is growing day by day and make attention from many professional photographers who want to use a smaller and lighter system for their work but still get image quality of full frame camera. But, to think that if you want to travel to remote areas without electricity for a while, you must bring a huge pack of your batteries to make sure that you will have enough power supply during your trip. That is not good. Another request, could you please add depth of field scale (or even hyperfocal distance) into the camera, just like when we turn the focusing ring and then the focusing distance pop up in the camera. It should be a great feature for landscape shooter like me. These are all I want to request for this time.

“A7 Mk II on Ice”
A7s + FE 55/1.8
ISO 100, focal length 55mm, f/11, shutter speed 1/60 sec

A lot more images can be seen at SonyAlphaForum (Click here).

May 31, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

Yuri Afanasiev
Morning in red. “Red dress” serial. Sony a7r + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS | 125mm | F / 6,3 | ISO 1000 | 1/40, light from windows + Reflector (Silver)
My Site

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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