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September 18, 2017
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Nikon says: “nearly no professional people uses Sony, Olympus, Fuji”

Mr. Goto Teng from Nikon got interviewed by the Chinese Weibo site. BeforeI start the mass discussion one important note: I relied on Google translation tool for this. I hope I didn’t misiniterpret something. But if I undertsood this correctly well Nikon was quite harsh towards Sony and the competition:

First: Nikon confirmed they will go Full Frame mirrorless soon

Second: They said they will not the modern design route from Sony A7 cameras. The google translation says: “Sony has a full frame but the shape we do not like

Third: Nikon says “Just a small part of the real professional people to use their cameras (referring to Sony-Olympus-Fuji)

Fourth: Nikon would not release so many cameras as Sony did. Sony had to go through a lot of failures before they came up with the A9. Nikon does not need to go through that process as they already went though that failures process due their long camera history.

Nikon really made some bold claims in this interview and in my opinione undermined the value of mirrorless players like Sony and Fuji. Probably this is a strategy to keep potential buyers from buying Sony and Fuji?

via Mirrorlessrumors


September 18, 2017
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Reminder: Sign the Star Eater Fix Petition

Frederic:

Please be informed that there are now more than 4200 sigs on the petition and it is now translated in spanish, russian and french. It would be – maybe – opportunate to post this information on the News section on your blog.

The link : https://www.change.org/p/sony-remove-the-star-eater-on-sony-a7-a7s-r-mk-i-ii-and-a9-cameras

September 18, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony A9 Sports Photography: Using the LA-EA3 with A-Mount Lenses

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony FE 55mm f1.8 ZA review-so-far (CameraLabs).
Sony FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Review at Photographyblog.
16-Time National Emmy Award Winner Jon Alpert Captures Boxing with Sony’s FS7 and SELP18110G Zoom Lens (Sony Blog).
Unraveling Mysteries in the Deep, Dark and Cold (Alphauniverse).
A Master’s Tools (Zeiss Blog).
Unterwegs mit der Sony Alpha 9 (Photoscala).
7 seasons of color on Game of Thrones, in one chart (Vox).

We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7III page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

September 17, 2017
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This week SAR readers photos selection


Bastian Kratzke‎
Queensferry Crossing
Opening Weekend with Walk-Over-Event
Shot on Sony A7rII + Venus Optics – Laowa 15mm 2.0

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/posts_to_page/ 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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September 16, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…


Week 7 Q&A: Is the Sony a6000 an Old Camera already?

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Japane reportage shot by Dario Cannone with the Sony A7RmkII (Zeiss 55mm, Zeiss Batis 25mm, Zeiss Batis 85mm)
Post Tips: Make Fast Work of Complex Adjustments (Alphauniverse).
Sony’s Full-Frame Mirrorless Lineup: Which a7/a9 is Right for You? (Explora).
UK deal: Free Sony SD card with the Zeiss Batis.

Ron Mart:

I thought you guys might like these shots that Douglas Dubler did with a RX100IV that destroy most DSLR shooters: http://www.ronmartblog.com/2017/09/a-point-and-shoot-beats-most-dslr.html The bottom of the article links to a couple amazing shots done with the A7 also!

Hrvoje:

“I am glad to announce another camera in our Primers sets family, having its final image quality improved by this methodology.
So far we have covered S35 and full frame cameras. Time for another sensor size.
Under many tests Sony RX10M2 has shown to be a very capable camera. Primers now empower it further by optimizing its signal and achieving more natural color response.
We have made two sets, for modded Cine2 gamma S-Log2 gammas. Camera settings for Primers base signal preparation are on the Primers web page and it takes a minute to setup the camera. We recommend using Cine2 gamma for most scenarios and S-Log2 only when necessary. In both cases using an external recorder which bypasses h.264 macroblock-based  compression will be very beneficial and is highly recommended. 
Combination of Primers and external recorder take this camera to a higher level and RX10M2 shooters get a powerful compact camera in today’s version of S16 format.
Moving on to other cameras.
Happy motion imaging to fellow shooters…”

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September 15, 2017
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Sony talks to Dpreview: S-LOG on A9 seems possible, A-mount and APS-C line will keep being developed.


A9 body picture posted by Dpreview

Dpreview posted a long report about their visit at Sony Tokyo. I invite you to read the full article. I will just highlight a few interesting talking points:

About the Sony A9:

At Sony, a new camera like the a9 takes two to three years to develop, we were told.
Yasufumi Machitani, project leader on the a9, talked to us about the development of the camera. A number of its features, like blackout-free shooting and fast AF/AE calculation, require sensor readout speeds conventionally thought impossible. A stacked BSI-CMOS sensor with integral memory was necessary for these technologies, and the camera division’s awareness of such coming sensor technology years in advance allowed it to plan the a9.

The High End strategy:

Sony believes there is a growing market of pros and enthusiasts, with shrinking demand at the entry level (it’s hard to argue with that, given the death of the compacts and the rise of the smartphone). This brings a higher demand for better performing products, be it in terms of autofocus, speed, resolution or sensitivity. Therefore, Sony says its product strategy is to pack as much available technology into each product as possible, barring hardware limitations, to meet a certain price point.

Sony’s unique advantage over the competition:

he communication between its image sensor development engineers at Sony Semiconductor and the camera teams at Sony DI give the company a unique advantage: an understanding of important sensor technologies to come two, five, or ten years down the line. The two-way communication between a cutting-edge sensor foundry and camera engineers that need sensor technologies to solve photographic problems is a unique advantage for Sony’s camera division.

Why Mirrorless is growing faster than DSLR:

Since much of the capability of mirrorless cameras is derived from the image sensor itself, its development speed is much faster than DSLR. So while mirrorless camera technology is a relative newcomer to the field, Sony’s insight into semiconductor advances puts its camera division in a unique position to innovate and iterate quickly, bringing greater speed and functionality to consumer products across shorter refresh cycles.

A-mount:

Tanaka-san assured us that ‘the A-mount customer base is small, but loyal, and we need to serve them.’ While Sony does not intend A-mount users to transition to E-mount, it does see the a9 as a potential body for A-mount lenses, via adaption. To that end Sony assures us the disadvantages associated with adapters – like the lack of proper subject tracking – are addressable, though it won’t officially support or offer a solution for Canon lenses natively.

APS-C:

Expressing very frank surprise at the idea that some of our readers feel Sony is less committed to APS-C, Sony DI executives assured us that, on the contrary, they are fully committed to APS-C. They pointed in particular to its potential to increase business by its adoption as a second camera for pros (a6300/6500) or a first-time camera for casual users (a5100/6000).

S-LOG on the A9

We asked Sony about the omission of S-Log2 and PlayMemories on the a9. We suggested it ostensibly appeared like forced product segmentation, uncharacteristic of Sony’s product strategy. While it still appears that may indeed have been the case, we were assured that Sony takes our negative feedback about these omissions seriously.

September 15, 2017
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First image of the Biotar 58mm f/2.0 E-mount

This is the first image of the new Biotar 58mm f/2.0 lens. It will be available as native E-mount option too on Kickstarter.

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