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April 21, 2015
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Announced: New Lightroom CC and Lightroom 6!

LR6

Adobe announced both the cloud and standalone version of the new Lightroom 6! Here are the preorder links (only Adorama now working):
Lightroom CC at Adobe (Click here).
Lightroom 6 at Adobe (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

New features:
Facial Recognition, new panorama, new brushes for graduated and radial filters, more slideshow options, HDR (high dynamic range), as well as significant speedups (up to 1000% faster!). Also the mobile APP of Lightroom got improved with segmented view, easier rating method, improved crop and copy and paste modus. Lightroom CC will be available as part of the Adobe Creative Cloud Photography subscription ($9.99 per month) or as a standalone for $149.

Video of the Facial Recognition in Lightroom CC:

via 43rumors:

April 21, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


The Reasons Why Gary Fong Switched From Canon and Nikon To Sony

Gold BOx on the Rx100m2 in Germany (via DL).
Lossless RAW petition on Change.
Zeiss Loxia 2/35 review on Fstoppers.
16-35mm review at Mirrorlessons.
Kathmandu, Nepal with the Sony A7s and the Mitakon 50mm f.95 by Judd Weiss
Pics with Zeiss Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 (SonyAlphaForum).
35mm Distagon review by Jorge Torralba.
Fog gallery taken with A7 II and X-T1 (Mirrorlessons).

Jerry:I have now owned both a Sony a7 and an a7II.
One of the very few shortcomings, as noted in practically all reviews on these cameras though, is the fact that if you want to use its LCD finder on the back, and hold the camera down at waist level, which in many cases shades the camera’s eyepiece sensor heavily, the sensor within the EVF’s rubber hood thinks the camera is being held to your eye and turns the LCD completely off in favor of the EVF only. Of course, there’s the menu setting on the camera to set one or the other SOLELY, but this is a hassle when you need to switch back and forth frequently .
I finally discovered a simple fix to remedy this very aggravating situation using a product called Light Dims, which are little  inexpensive, stick-on pre-cot pieces of a neutral gray shading material actually made for putting over glaring, bright LED’s that are overly bright and irritate you at night or in dark places.
By simply cutting a 3mm X 5mm piece of this material and applying it over the left half of the EVF sensor window, the sensor functions perfectly and the LCD remains on even in very low light, plus the EVF still switches on again automatically when the camera is held up to your eye! This is an incredibly simple fix that many Sony a7 users have wrestled with for months and have hoped and hoped that Sony would correct via a firmware update! It seems to work for all the Sony a7 models including the a7, a7R, a7II and a7S. These little gadgets are available on Amazon (http://www.amazon.com/LightDims-Original-Strength%C2%AE-Minimal-Packaging/dp/B00CLVEQCO/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1428490110&sr=8-1&keywords=lightdims) or directly from the company at: www.lightdims.com
I am in no way affiliated with the company and have no vested interest. I just discovered this from another post on a Sony a7 forum, tried it and was super impressed.

Peter:i Tried SONY a6000 + HOYA 28mm F2.8 reverse for macro shooting. This is probably cheapest alternative for macro lens. Work perfectly on Full Frame A7R as well.
http://www.izzino.sk/hoya-28mm-f2-8/
http://www.izzino.sk/hoya-28mm-f2-8-sample/

April 19, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

Bildschirmfoto 2015-04-12 um 19.11.39
David Mathar on SonyAlphaForum.
Bavarian mornings
sony a99 + 135 1.8 za

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos 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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April 18, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


Carl Zeiss 35mm F1.4 Lens Review

Sony a7R as a sports camera at NBA games (SonyAlphaForum).
Getting The Best From Your Camera Sony RX100 III (Bretthigginsphotography).
Exaltación de Bandas Semana Santa Almudévar 2015 Olympus E-M5 Mark II (Youtube).
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 real-world sample gallery posted (Dpreview).
5MM 1.4 ZEISS alla mano: prime impressioni! (MSCfoto).
Lucky octopus finds photography job at a New Zealand aquarium (Engadget).
Sony 55mm f/1.8 review by Michael Comeau.
Zeiss OTUS 85/1.4 & Sony A7r review at DearSusans.

Alexandre:I shot a famous Cosplay Event in Bangkok with beautiful models and costumes. I used my Sony A7R and the Zeiss Lens 55mmF1.8 .
http://traveljournalist.com/cosplay-pretty-thailand-japan-anime-music-5/

Jason:Thought I’d share a Teaser video produced for Alpine Electronics for their new Navigation Solution for the Jeep Wrangler! Was shot on the A7s with Atomos Shogun in 4K. Here it is: https://vimeo.com/124259341

Paul:I created a little blog post step by step tutorial on how to use the Sony PlayMemories app with the iPhone to move photos from camera to phone to web (also using Instagram and PicTapGo).
http://paulfgeroblog.com/step-by-step-guide-to-using-sony-wi-fi-with-play-memories-pictapgo-instagram/”

Jason:Its funny because I own an a7s and hated the monitor shut off problem because the sensor was too sensitive. A customer emailed me about this below showing how my invention LightDims solves the problem. http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/topic112228_post1352754.html#1352754

April 17, 2015
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How To share rumors about the soon to be announced new cameras! And rumor recap for readers.

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1) Use the “orange” contact form button you see on the right top of this site. You can avoid to share any info like name or email address and no IP info gets stored. If you like to become a “trusted” source just share a nickname so that I can recognize you in future. And if your rumor will become true I will know how to rank the rumors in future (SR1 til SR5).

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And for SAR readers this is the rumor recap so far:
SR5: New camera announcement on April 23
SR4: New E-mount camera announcement will follow in May
SR4: Either A-mount or/and RX announcement on April 23
SR4: A6000 successor is coming
SR4: RX100m4 with Four Thirds sensor
SR4: A7rII is in production
SR3: High Megapixel A-mount camera in development
SR5: Definitely a PRO E-mount camera in the works (release date unclear)

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