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December 25, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

The Science of Camera Sensors

Today Gold Box deal on the Sony A99 at Amazon Germany.
Will the new fast F2.8 FE mount Zooms be smaller/lighter than the “old” Alpha mount equivalents? (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony RX10 II review (CameraLabs).
Sony Alpha A3500 Hands-On Preview (ePhotozine).
Miller & Schneider announce A-Cup eyecup for Sony mirrorless cameras (Newsshooter).
Sony Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4 review by SonyAlphaLab.
Sony A7 + LA-EA4 + Soligor AF Macro 100/3.5 (SonyAlphaForum).
A7sII test by Optyczne.
Bokeh with SEL55210 (SonyAlphaForum)
8 Mistakes I Have Made In Photography and How You Can Avoid Them (Explora).

December 24, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(FS5 firmware update)

Sony PXW-FS7 4K XDCAM Super35 Camcorder & 28 to 135mm Lens: Hands-On Review

Sigma 24mm f1.4 Art review (CameraLabs).
The Best Sony a7S II Cage / a7R II Cage – 8 Cages Reviewed (Cinema5d).
Diving deep: Jason Wingrove explores the PXW-FS5 (Sony UK).
Sony A7RII goes Canon (
Merry Christmas II you: RX1R II sample gallery updated (Dpreview).
Camera of the Year, Best Low Light Camera: Sony A7S II (Imaging Resource).
Zeiss Loxia 2.8/21 – first independent tests (Phillipreeve).
RX1rII really right stuff plate.
Sony’s Christmas surprise – FS5 firmware version 1.1 available for download (Newshhooter)

December 23, 2015
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Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki says: “Sony will be the major player in the photo industry”

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Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki released an interview to the Taiwanese site Mobile01. And he also talks about Sony:

  1. To us, it is very clear that Sony will be the major player in the photo industry. Because they have sensor technology. In order to differentiate the products. the sensor and lens are the most important. Other things can be shared by other companies. I think in the photo industry who has a good technology of making good sensor and lens could survive. That is why we acquired the Foveon company and try to retain the technology to us.
  2. He also recognizes that there is a big request from many countries to make Sigma FE lenses. And when asked if he will do it he simply answered “Everything is possible“.

As a side note it’s also interesting to read what Sigma lenses are generating the highest revenue for Sigma:
1. Contemporary/Sports 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM (Store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
2. ART 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
3. ART 50mm f/1.4 DG HSM (Store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).

You see Sony? We need more f/1.4 lenses and a telezoom!

Found via Mirrorlessrumors

December 23, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II: Hands-On Review

Sony A7S Mark II with the Sony Zeiss 24-70 F4 (SonyAlphaForum).
Plenty of Sony cameras in National Geographics Top 10 Compact Cameras for Travelers.
DPReview Recommends: Best compact cameras for travel 2015 (Dpreview).
Zeiss Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA – APS-C Format Lab Review at Photozone.
Hands-On Review of the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II (Explora).
The Best and Most Rented New Photography Gear of 2015 (Lensrentals).
Best of 2015: Notable Mirrorless Lenses (Explora).

Hanna Saba‎: Hey Guys and Girls here is my new video – Auto Focus test- Canon 100-400 and Canon 70200 f2.8 w/Viltrox V2 Adapter W/ Sony a7ii. The af is very fast kept up with the wildlife , I am very impressed. So Canon user if your thinking of jumping ship and don’t want to spend money on new glass this adapter and the a7ii or a7rii is well worth it. Recorded on the a7sii using 4k”

December 22, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Gamma Display Assist Explanation On The Sony a7Sii

Sony RX10 II review by CameraLabs.
Polarlicht Maerz 2015 extended 1280×720 (Youtube)
Contax Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 100-300mm f/4-5.6 on A7r (SonyAlphaForum).
Von Wong uses the A7rII in this storm video on Youtube.

Nehemiah: “I thought some of your readers would like this.  It’s a shoot out of legendary 85s–including the Minolta 85 1.4 Limited.  It’s almost impossible to find info on this lens, even in 2015 on the internet!

Chris Mabey:I recently picked up an RX10 II and wanted to test out the HFR capabilities so I decided to shoot a waterfall project with it. Aerials were shot with a DJI Phantom 3, the rest of the video was shot with the RX10 II.

M. Gilden:So, I’m trying to raise awareness of the “Skin smoothing bug” on certain current-model Sony cameras.
I’d be happy to share details of the bug if you aren’t aware of it, but in a nutshell: HDMI out from many current model Sony cameras default to Skin Smoothing ON with no way to disable it. That makes Atomos recorders and streaming boxes awkward to use, to say the least.
Is it worth making a post about for you guys? The bug effects the A5100 and A6000 that I know of, and used to also effect the A7S and RX100, but that was resolved in a firmware update it seems.
I started a thread about it on Sony’s community site here:


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