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August 24, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(with Star Trek Continues backstage film).

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Sony RX100IV + HX90V = Travelers Dream P&S Duo

Today Gold Box deal on the Wallimex 12mm f/2.0 E-mount lens at Amazon Germany (Click here and then scroll the bar).
Which “Super-Wide” Lens for an a7R ? (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 90/2.8 Macro short review (DearSusans).
Canon nFD 14mm f/2.8L (SonyAlphaRumors).
Atomos Shogun Firmware 6.4 Adds FS700 / FS7 Raw to ProRes, Anamorphic De-Squeeze, and More (BHphoto).
Sony 35/1.4 wide open samples at TalkEmount.
Generating 3D-images in the 19th century (TheNakedCamera).

Jared:https://vimeo.com/133890464. I filmed this while working on the set of Star Trek Continues. Filmed with the a6000 and 18-105mm f4. Not a true test of the cameras capabilities, but I would like to highlight the Timelapse App. Pretty great little app, easy to use, and pretty powerful. It gives the option to save as JPEG, Raw, Both, and/or MP4 or AVCHD movie. The Raw Images were so amazing for the all the pans, that I didn’t even use the AVCHD recordings. Also a plus that you can view the timelapse results without constantly scrolling a wheel or dial. Combined with the AC adapter, I just set it and left it.

Tom Stanworth:Hi there, I wrote a piece on my blog in response to the Photography Life article, ‘Debunking the Mirrorless Myth’ and have done my own comparisons, reaching very different conclusions. If you’re willing to post a link on SAR Fb or the website that would be great! http://thephotofundamentalist.com/?p=2619
August 23, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.


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Stormin’ the beautiful Kona Coast. Hapuna Beach, Hawaii
1/400, f8, iso 100, 24mm (FE16-35) SonyA7

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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August 22, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(A6000 firmware update intro video by Gary Fong).


Sony A6000 Firmware Update to 2.0

Venus Optics Introduces The Ultra-Wide-Angle Macro Lens and Flexible Macro Flash (BHphoto Explora).
Your top 3 favorite Legacy Lenses (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Review (Photographyblog).
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED 1:1 Macro Lens Hands-On (ePhotozine).
Two flashes for Sony Manual and TTL by Paul Gero.
Flying with a wingsuit through a 2 meter wide cave (TheNakedCamera).

August 20, 2015
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Sony Interview at Imaging Resource: DSLR market is shrinking. 4K market is growing crazy fast.

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Imaging Resource interviewed Mike Fasulo, Neal Manowitz and Toshifumi Okuda from Sony. Here are some key highlights of the interview:

1) DSLR market declinging: “So we see one of the challenges we have, as we were sharing last night, is that the DSLR market’s declining.”

2) 4K: “You’re looking at your personal creative work on a 4K monitor, there’s nothing more spectacular than that. You want to see a mom smile, just put her child in 4K on a television.”. Further there is a “Crazy-fast adoption for 4K TVs (4K is a really big deal)

3) Mirrorless is growing (but more slowly in USA): “if we look at the mirrorless market, it’s growing significantly. It’s been growing for years in Asia as well, but there’s quite unique differences, right? In the US market, as Mike pointed out, bigger is better.”

4) DSLR vs Mirrorless: “What’s exciting is simply that you can capture an image that you could have never captured before. You can do things that you couldn’t have done before. Forget about the technology, whether it happens to be mirrorless or DSLR, that’s not the real win here. What’s happening is that the technology enables you to do something special.”

5) System cameras vs Smartphones: “We’re competing against how we convince customers to come back to the imaging world. Everybody seems to feel good enough with a smartphone camera, but that’s not necessarily the case.”

6) Sony-Olympus partnership: “for now, I will say there is no impact or an influence in terms of the Digital Imaging product concerned”

7) High Frame rate on new cameras: “High frame rate is an area where it doesn’t show up as high in terms of the voice from the customer, but we see the opportunity. And there’s been many times in our history where there is that imagination, that ability and the conviction to go after that market, right?”

8) A7rII and A-mount lenses: “On the Sony A7R II, the technology lends to everything we were talking about upstairs, with the better focusing and the ability for it to now use A-mount glass as if it was native glass. And that’s a big benefit, especially for someone that’s already invested in A-mount cameras and their lens technologies. So there’s a huge value there.”

Imaging Resource conslusion is:

Bottom line, nothing’s ever a given in the camera business, and ongoing success is never assured. But Sony seems to have developed a set of successful strategies, has a good understanding of where their strengths lie, and shows no sign of letting up any time soon. Stay tuned; there’s never been a better time to be a photographer, and Sony certainly seems poised to do their part in continuing to let the good times roll :-)

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

August 20, 2015
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iFixit shows us the “naked” A7rII. Fascinating…and complex!

Image courtesy: iFixit.

iFixit ripped apart the new Sony A7rII camera. It’s quite fascinating to see how the camera is made! There is a lot of tech and features on this camera packed into a very small body. That’s also why the repairability Score is only 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

And Thurtlepower.com tested if the new A7rII is good enough for wedding photograpy use:

“So how do I rate the Sony a7RM2 as a camera for weddings? In short it’s great.”

As easy as that :)

For EU readers: Today Gold Box deal on Sandisk cards and Wallimex lens for Sony at Amazon Germany (Click here and scroll the horizontal deal bar).

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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