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November 1, 2014
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Sony makes more money with Imaging Business (but still shows an overall company loss).

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Sony is till facing a deep crisis and they reported a quarterly loss that was seven times greater than a year earlier as the company loses ground in the smartphone market to Apple Inc. and Chinese rivals (Source: Bloomberg). The full financial report can be downloaded here: sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/er.html. There are a couple of considerations to take here:
1) It’s only the mobile business that it’s really showing huge losses. All other Sony company segments are doing fine (games, imaging, financial services, music and so on).
2) Sony is selling less cameras but more high end and high revenue cameras. In short this means less “cheap” compacts” but more high end mirrorless and fixed lens (RX) cameras
3) Sony predicts to increase revenue in the Imaging Business.

In very short: If Sony would fix the mobile division by cutting costs or selling the whole segment problems would be solved (Just like they did with the selling of the PC business). And what matters for us the digital camera business is doing fine!

November 1, 2014
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Sony TidBits…


Sony A7s Test – OVER a month

Sony Artisans Speak at PhotoPlus Expo 2014 (Brian Smith).
Sony A7r – Macbook – Lightroom workflow at Hikeventures.
Sony 10-18mm E-Mount APS-C Lens On ‘Full-Frame’ Sony FE A7r (Soundimagesplus).
Quick 1st Look: Voigtlander 40/2.8 Aspherical Heliar for Sony E-Mount (Steve Huff).
Sigma S 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM test at Lenstip.
Lens Style camera patent from Sony (Freepatentsonline).

David:I run a photography studio in Dublin and last April we switched over to using the sony A7 as our primary cameras. Our last shoot was shot exclusively with the A7 and FE55F18 which you can find here (http://www.lightexplorers.net/albums/autumn-in-trinity/), might be of interest to the other readers. Heres our Facebook page if you’re interested. https://www.facebook.com/lightexplorers.net

Matthias:I did a review of a good 4K Sony camera that gets looked past quite a bit… its the Z3 :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vELgDkjYi5Y

Zbigniew:I would like to show you timelapse/hyperlapse made with a6000. I took around 10.000 photos in three days. Whole project was made in cooperation with Tropical Islands resort. Maybe SAR readers would like to see what timeplase quality(4K) you can get using only a6000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Df7DZOr6U and https://vimeo.com/108408115

October 31, 2014
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Sony forgot to mention the fw update for the A7s.

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The official note from Sony Japan.

Sony Japan forgot to mention that also the A7s got an official firmware update (can be seen here on Sony US). At the time of writing als the few Sony Europe stores I have checked do not display the firmware update info for the A7s…

October 30, 2014
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Sony releases firmware update for the A7,A7r, A6000, A5100 and A5000 (nothing exciting)

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The official note from Sony Japan.

P.S.: I am continually updating this post with links and info (note that Sony hasn’t update all sites yet do it may takes 1-2 hours to have all download links!)

Sony just released the new firmware update for the A7,A7r, A6000, A5100 and A5000 (note only USA seems to have the new firmware yet!). The update is minor and Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps™:

A7R firmware download:
Mac – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
A7 firmware download:
Mac – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia

October 29, 2014
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Sony launches the PRO service in US!

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Sony US just announced the new PRO support service for the US. This is the official press release:

SAN DIEGO, CA (Oct. 29, 2014) – Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has announced the formal launch of their “PRO Support” service program, offering premium service, repair, support, equipment loans and more to working professional photographers.

“I’m very pleased to launch our PRO Support program here in the US” said Neal Manowitz, director of the a interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “We’ve seen such a strong response to Sony cameras from working pros, and are proud to offer this versatile program to cater to their demands. It’s a premium support experience that will ensure our pros are constantly ready for business and remain up-to-date with all of our leading innovations.”

Brian Smith, Sony Artisan of Imagery, added “As a professional photographer, my Sony cameras take a beating while they hold up to the rigors of the road. Yet it’s great to know that Sony PRO Support has my back – so I can finish the job even when shooting in the harshest conditions.”

The program, already in beta, will launch tomorrow, October 30th at (www.sony.com/PROServices). A formal overview of its membership benefits and requirements is below:

PRO Support Program Benefits:

  • Welcome Kit
  • Dedicated phone support
  • Expedited turnaround time for repair service
  • Repair facilitation loans
  • Access to loan equipment for evaluation purposes
  • Free camera maintenance services
  • No out-of-pocket shipping expenses
    • Discounts on out-of-warranty repairs

Membership Eligibility requirements:

  • Owner of two (2) Sony Alpha Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras and three (3) Sony ZEISS™ and/or G-Series Lenses
  • $100 annual membership fee
  • Active professional photographer (self-employed or member of professional imaging business)

For more information on Sony’s PRO Support Service program or to formally apply, please visit (www.sony.com/PROServices).

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Contact:

Matt Parnell

Sony Electronics Inc.

matt.parnell@am.sony.com

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