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March 23, 2015
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Shoten announces new focusing helicoid adapter for Sony E-mount.

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this image shows how the length changes when rotating the adapter.

With that kind of adapter it is possible to shorten the minimum focus distance of M-mount lenses just like the more expensive Voigtlander VM-E close focus adapter. The Shoten adapter costs $199 and is for sale on eBay (Click here).

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For German readers: You have a Gold Box deal on the Sony A5000 double lens kit (via DL) and on the 70-400mmII A-mount lns (via DL).

March 22, 2015
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Sony Q3/2014 financial results: Sells less cameras but makes more money.

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First of all let’s start with a good news: Sony is back to profit and is slowly recovering from the deep crisis they went into the last years. Good to know we don’t have to fear anymore that Sony will go bankruptcy :) The full financial report can be downloaded here: sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/14q3_sonypre.pdf

The second news is that while Sony sold less cameras it managed to increase the profit. This is mainly due the fact that Sony is selling much less unprofitable fixed lens small sensor compacts and is focusing on more enthusiast and high-end stuff like RX cameras and E-mount mirrorless. But there is still a lot to do from Sony to growth in terms of market share and customer confidence. How about making a roadmap for A-mount and APS-C E-mount products? About time to give those camera owners something to look forward too!

 

March 22, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.


Eric Scheaff‎
NYC, Sony A7r

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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March 21, 2015
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Camera Raw 8.8 adds Lens Profiles for all new FE lenses (and more).

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Adobe launched the new Camera RAW 8.8 you can download for Windows (Click here) or Mac (Click here). It adds Lens Profiles support on all new FE lenses and more:

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All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

March 19, 2015
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Great Stop Motion Trip Video by Ofer Rozenman.

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Ofer Rozeman sent me this video of his New stop-motion-road-trip-video which is gone viral on Youtube. He told me:

Last September my wife and I traveled with our friends to Eastern Europe. As designated shooter I’ve tried capturing the 3000km road trip with this stop motion video made of 200GB and 8000 stills.
The idea of a stop-motion travel video came up when I wanted that by the end of my trip I’ll have a high quality video + a stills album, without having to decide what to shoot next while I’m on-scene. I also took into consideration the fact that the RX1s video quality wasn’t that good. Eventually I came into conclusion that shooting a stop-motion has lots of advantages: smooth camera movement, 6K resolution, super-accurate AF, All of those with zero budget (except for the RX1 of course).

I chose the RX1 because of its excellent image quality and compact size – ideal for traveling. It is also very convenient for street photography: the silent shutter and 35mm lens make the objects act natural while being photographed.

Here is the video:

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