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April 26, 2016
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Few more info on the Sony hack

Yesterdays news about the new Sony hack software created some buzz on the web. I do hope this will become a sort of Magic Lantern for Sony! As mentioned by Ma1co on Github there are still about 15 000 entries in the settings file. Experienced hackers may help him to figure out how all those settings do work.
Here is some additional info on the hack:
The full list of “hackable” cameras can be seen here:
SAR reader

For those with trouble with Internet browsers such Chrome, Firefox, Opera must try:
1. download…
1.1. save or copy the pmca-v0.4-win.exe file to a folder. I use C:\PMCA

2. Into that folder create a file Install.cmd
2.1 Edit Install.cmd and paste this text:

C:\PMCA\pmca-v0.4-win.exe install -f *.apk

3. Download and copy… to that folder
4. Open a command prompt into that folder (use CTRL+SHIFT+RightMouseClick)
4.1 Install

SAR reader David made a short How To video

Ma1co is reading our site and will likely answer your questions. You can also follow him on the Personal View forum.

April 26, 2016
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Next pricing error: Sony says 70-200mm GM lens will cost $1498


Sony US (Click here) just updated the FE 70-200mm GM lens page and says it will cost $1498. I am pretty sure that is an error as the price is the same of the f/4.0 FE zoom version. I guess the real price will be at least twice as much! But don’t worry it won’t cost 9.999 Euro as listed on Cyberport 😉

UPDATE: Sony now removed the price info!

UPDATE: Amazon US (Click here) now lists the 70-200mm GM lens with a kit bundle. No pricing unveiled yet.

April 26, 2016
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Sony Japan issues new firmware update for the A7rII and A7sII cameras

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Sony Japan just issued a new firmware update for the A7rII and A7sII cameras. There is only one new feature: You can now record XAV-S on SDHC cards too (before that only SDXC cards were supported).

UPDATE: it’s now available at

April 26, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony A7 camera series and ZEISS Touit Lenses – The perfect addition for certain shooting situations

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at,, Bhphoto and
The Digital Minilux – Summarit 40mm conversion on the Sony a7RII (Chad Wadsworth).
The Progression Of A Professional by Douglas Dubler on Alphauniverse.
200/4.0 MicroNikkor (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony RX1R II: primeras muestras (Quesabesde).

James:I recently shot a little piece testing high frame rates on the Sony RX100 IV, conforming some of the shots to 1000 fps. Just wondered if this was the sort of stuff you like to the tidbits section? Here’s a link to the video-

Zack:The issue with my current sony alpha6300 video recording. The detailed of the complaint to Sony Singapore can be seen below:

Kin: Just posted a real quick test last night on a slow motion comparison between A6300, GH4 and A7s ii. Video Link:

Federico: I point out that our video, in Italian unfortunately, to show how Canon and Sigma lenses work perfectly on Sony A7RII through Commilite adapter ring. We also did a video review of the camera and the written review, but they are always in Italian.

April 25, 2016
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Zeiss confirms E-mount shorter flange distance brings advantages over DSLR lenses.

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Weeks ago Fuji photographer Sator claimed that E-mount has an inherent faulty design that makes it impossible to design lenses that are smaller than DSLR lenses.

Mike asked Zeiss about the E-mount flange distance influence on the lens design. And this is the official Zeiss answer:

Dear Mike!
We have an answer for you now: because of the shorter flange focal distance of mirrorless camera systems compared to SLR systems (e.g. E-mount: 18mm, F-mount: 46.5mm), some lenses could be designed differently. This could result either in a slightly smaller (shorter) barrel, or in a more complex, higher performing lens compared to a comparable SLR lens of the same focal length and speed. Of course, it is not possible to overcome the laws of physics. The diameter of the entrance pupil is always fixed by the focal length and speed.
Completely new optical designs like our Loxia Distagon T* 2,8/21 benefit from the short flange focal distance of the E-mount, leading to a more compact lens compared to the SLR lens with the same data.
Best regards
ZEISS Camera Lenses Team

This should put an end to the debate if E-mount allows lenses to be more compact than DSLR equivalent lenses! Godfather Zeiss just pronounced the final sentence 🙂

Links to all Batis and Loxia lenses:
Batis 18mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 25mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 85mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 21mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 50mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Thanks Lucas for spotting this!

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