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October 22, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

The timelapse is complete. 8000+ frames, 100GB of images, over 10 hours of shooting and 2 hours of render. The mountain and the milky way (SonyAlphaForum)

Selling Nikon gear and making the switch (SonyAlphaForum).
Canon 5DS R & 20mm f/2.8 USM versus Sony A7R II & LEICA 21mm f/3.4 (Ken Rockwell).
ILCE-7RII: A-Mount with LA-EA3 or LA-EA4 ? (
3 jours en Pyrénées centrales avec le Sony a7ii (Herpetofocus).

Wade:Hi here is a video i’ve shot entirely on the Sony RX100IV at 240fps while making my a syphon coffee.

Nyrn:Here’s a 4K time-lapse video I made of Cambridge, UK. I used Sony’s angle shift app for some of the scenes, those are obviously not in 4k.. but the rest is. I hope Sony will soon update it’s time-lapse apps with 4K capability. Olympus already has this. I hope you’ll enjoy the video!

Robert:Sony Rx10ii on a Pilotfly H1+ filmed at ISO 10,000!

October 21, 2015
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Sony interview at Optyczne: New A-mount and APS-C E-mount products are being developed

The Polish site (google translation here) interviewed Masaaki Oshima and Yann Salmon-Legagneur from Sony.

Here are a couple of interesting info:

1) Astro-tracer function (known from the Pentax K-3 II):
Sony says they are currently investigating how to apply it in future products.

2) Touchscreen:
Once Sony has reached a high level of quality of the touchscreen technology they will implement it on high end cameras too (The A5100 is already touchscreen).

3) RX with APS-C sensor:
There is yet no plan to make a RX camera with ASP-C sensor.

4) A6000 successor:
Sony said they are continuing to develop APS-C cameras. They cant of course comment about a possible release date of the A6xxx.

5) A-mount:
Just like APS-C E-mount also A-mount is being developed.

October 20, 2015
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Leica launches the Sony A7 competitor. Claims to have world’s fastest AF!

Bildschirmfoto 2015-10-20 um 20.12.38

The new Leica SL surely is expensive (preorders and specs at BHphoto) but it’s also surprisingly capable! Leica claims that the SL is the world’s fastest autofocusing camera. It records 4K video, plus it has a massive 4.4MP EVF and 11 fps. If it wouldn’t be for the very high price the camera would certainly be a strong Sony competitor!

All news about that camera can be read at now!

Leica SL camera and lens specs at BH/Adorama:
Leica SL camera at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Leica SL 24-90mm at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

UPDATE: What we failed to see about Leica by Jorge Torralba.

October 20, 2015
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New reviews and preorders of the new stuff (A7sII, RX1rII, Loxia 21mm, Otus 28mm and Sigma 20mm).

There will be soon new product announcements from Sony: early November for the A-mount camera and maybe earlier for the new FE lenses. But before to talk more about the future stuff I have to catch up with tests and reviews done with the newly announced cameras and lenses:

New A7sII, RX1rII, A7sII, Loxia 21mm news:
Hands-on with the Sony a7S II (Dpreview).
Loxia 21mm FE image samples by Christian Dandyk.
Sony announces new RX1R II (WexUK).
Sony’s new rx1r ii variable optical low pass filter – could the new technology eliminate aliasing and moire in video forever? (Newsshooter).
Sony RX1R Mark II: First Impressions (Planet5D).
Sony Alpha 7S II: Erster Eindruck und Fotos des High-ISO-Monsters (Photoscala).
Sony RX1R II: la compacta que querrás comprar (Quesabesde)

New RX1rII, A7sII, Loxia 21mm and Sigma 20mm store links:
Sony A7sII is now shipping in USA at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama. And in Europe/Asia at ParkCameras, WexUK, Jessops and Digitalrev.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Nikon F mount version at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Canon EF mount version at BHphoto and Adorama.
Loxia 21mm FE lens at BHphoto and Adorama. In Europe at WexUK.
RX1rII at Bhphoto, Amazon and Adorama.

October 19, 2015
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Download now! Sony releases A7rII firmware with 14 Bit uncompressed RAW


Sony just issued firmware 2.0 for the Sony A7rII. Download links:
Windows:, Sony Australia.
Mac:, Sony Australia.

Those are the new features:

  • Adds the selectable feature for uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture
  • Adds support to output video via HDMI during use of the Remote Camera Control software (still mode only)

UPDATE: There seems to be an issue with the firmware update. If you have APS-C mode on “Auto” than once you install the firmware update you can only shoot pictures at a max resolution of 18 megapixel. You can still change the settings after the firmware update so don’t worry. But just in case you can’t take any 42MP pictures any more know it that the firmware seems to activate it as default! (Thanks Mirrorlessons for the tip).

Thanks Oliver, Mike, Craig for sharing the links!

A7rII store list:
In USA at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK and ParkCameras.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

October 19, 2015
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New FE lenses to be shown at the School of Visual Arts in NYC on October 20?


Many Sony Artisans and Sony manager Kenta Honjo will attend the Sony mirrorless expert panel at the School of Visual Arts in NYC on Ocotber 20. So many big names usually come together when there is also some new Sony products to be announced. Keep in mind the PhotoPlus show will start the day after and we are expecting Sony to announce their new FE lenses and an updated FE lens roadmap.

Here is the official event description:

MPS Digital Photography and Sony present department chair Katrin Eismann, Sony Alpha product manager Kenta Honjo, photojournalist Ben Lowy, photographer and filmmaker Ben Moon and portrait and wedding photographer Miguel Quiles in a panel discussion on how technological developments such as the mirrorless camera have improved the quality of digital photography, reduced the size and weight of cameras and increased accessibility to photography. Moderated by Pulitzer Prize-winning celebrity and portrait photographer Brian Smith.

It’s free for people to attend!

October 18, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

Yuri Afanasiev
Summer 2015 on Mars. Sony A7RM2 + SONY 16-35 mm F/2.8 (SAL-1635Z) | f / 8,0 |ISO 500 | 1/25000| JPG |
New photos on
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3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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