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February 22, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.


Warren Roos‎
A school girl gets a tattoo in New Orleans. A6000 w/ 10-18 lens.

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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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February 21, 2015
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RCCDroidPro provides real liveview for A7S, A7II and A77II.

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The new RCCdroid version has been announced an it adds liveview for the A7S, A7II and A77II. You can download it here:
Other features are:
  • Preview of taken pictures on an Android Display (Semi-Lifeview)
  • Change of Cameraparameter
  • Wireless shutter release over Bluetooth
  • Shutter release via sound monitor
  • Focus Trap
  • New: Phototrap (Cameratrap) via Motion detection
  • Long Term exposures without touching the camera
  • HDR without touching the camera
  • Timelapse
  • New: HDR Timelapse
  • Extended HDR up to 13 shots +-4EV
  • Bulb intervalometer (Startrail and HDR Options)
  • Start of Video
  • Write GPS-Data to JPG pictures (EXIF)
  • Selfporträts with correct focus

Official website here: rccdroidpro-en.glensk.com

February 20, 2015
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Tamron: “We do not plan to make lenses for the Sony A7 cameras”.

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Mr. Kenji Nakagawa (responsible for Tamron Marketing Communications) © Albedo Media SL

The Spanish site DSLRmagazine asked Tamron if they plan to make lenses for the Sony A7 system. But the official answer was: “Currently we have no intention to cover this line of business, although we have a very good relationship with that particular brand.

He also confirmed the new 15-30mm Sp lens can resolve the new 50 megapixel FF sensors. This fits with a rumor I got back many months ago. That source gave me the lens specs as first and also told me Sony would make a close to 50MP FF camera too. Question now is only WHEN that camera will be announced to fight back the Canon 5ds.

P.S.: The A-mount 15-30mm Tamron lens can be ordered at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).

February 20, 2015
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Japanese sales in 2014: Sony leads the mirrorless ranking. Looses on the DSLR market.

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Mirrorless system camera market share in 2014 (Japan only)

BCNranking published the full 2014 camera sales date in Japan. The good news is that Sony dethroned Olympus and is now number one in the mirrorless system camera market in Japan. And in Japan mirrorless is very strong and on par with DSLR in terms of cameras sales. The (unsurprisingly) bad news is that Sony really holds no more any meaningful share of the DSLR market:

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DSLR market share in 2014 (Japan only)

Sony really needs to reinvent the wheel with their A-mount system if they want to make it successful. They would certainly have the necessary tech for that but we have to see if the management really wants that.

February 20, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony α7 II (A7 II) 5-Axis Stabilization demo

Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f1.4 tested on the A7II at SonyAlphaForum.
My personal review on the Zeiss Loxia 2/35 and 2/50 on the Sony A7 (Stockografie).
Sony RX100III Field Report (Hikinginfinland).
A little 85mm comparison: Minolta 1.7/85, 2/85 and others (SonyAlphaForum).
Paris monuments and people : beautiful winter 2015 (Traveljournalist).
A Sony A7 camera spotted at the Grammy Award.
Special Sony QX iphone case (Ascii Japan).
Sony A7 with only Nikon F-mount Lenses? (SonyAlphaForum).
8 Valentine’s Day Dates for the Photographer in Your Life (ilovehatephoto).

Hikari:I have a website where I interview actors, directors, & athletes. I’m not sure if you would be interested in this type of news but I just shot & edited an interview with actor Thomas Jane (“The Punisher”, “”Deep Blue Sea”, “Boogie Nights”, “61*” & HBO’s “Hung”). The main camera used in the shoot was the RX100M3 in XAVC-S codec (1080p 24fps 50mb/sec) & the side angle was shot with the a99 Zeiss 24-70mm (AVCHD 1080p 24fps 24mb/sec), & edited & rendered in Sony Vegas Pro 13 in the XAVC 1080p 24fps setting. I have worked very closely with Sony Alpha Cameras & even longer with Sony Creative Software. The footages were shot extremely flat then color graded in Genarts Sapphire 8 Film Style (main camera) & the side camera graded in BCC9 Film Process (the camera on me was a Nikon D5200 which I have since got rid of. The flat profile produced colors that were completely different from the Sony cameras & sometimes flickered with the LED lights).
hikaritakano.co/index.php/video-interviews/thomas-jane

Elmar:I am a photographer and im using Sony cameras A7 / 7s / 7r / 7MII and Nex-7 my focus is underwater photography as well as landscape, events, sports, and so on. I m using Nauticam underwater housing, inon strobes, ports and more equipment from Nauticam. All fotos taken with cameras from above: http://www.blueworldpixel.com/

Amadeusz:Here’s a short from me – shot in 4K Prores on A7s and Atomos Shogun: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qpUOTCOU7do

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