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March 14, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Chasing Aurora with the A7s

Why I don`t use DSLR cameras (Enrique Pacheco).
Should we really hate Sony ? (Dear Susan).
We pair the new Sony 35mm f/1.4 FE Zeiss Distagon with the A7 II for an initial gallery sampling (Imaging Resource).
The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review – Hand Held Video (Soundimagesplus).
Zeiss 50mm f2 Loxia review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony A7r with the Canon 11-24mm f4 : Ultra-wide angle on a high megapixel setup (Josselin Cornou).
Sony A7m2 with Samyang 14mm f2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).

Vytas:Some news for Sony A7 owners – proof positive that it is definitely worthwhile to upgrade to A7II if you are a night shooter. The two photographs below were taken of the same scene, lens, aperture, iso, etc. The first one was with an A7 and shows the nasty green goblins of flare, whereas the second one with an A7II is perfectly clear! All my night photos are flawless now, and while the A7II has the same sensor as the A7, the A7II has nevertheless definitely improved the overall quality of my photographs through better AF and IBIS.
A7 Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72914878@N04/15852608288/
A7II Photo: https://www.flickr.com/photos/72914878@N04/16037278864/

Boon:I’ve recently posted about the Sony A6000 and images of my Yorkshire terrier running in the field and of a Red Kite bird-in-flight with the Sony A6000 and FE 70-200mm lens.
http://myphotojourney.co.uk/rosie-in-the-park-sony-a6000/ And http://myphotojourney.co.uk/bird-in-flight-kite/

March 13, 2015
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Sony confirms a portrait lens will come in late 2015.

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The German Journalist Martin Vieten got had a meeting with Sony Germany. And they confirmed to him that “there will be many new fast primes” and “One of the new fast primes should be a portrait lens (around 90mm).” My guess is that most of these primes will be announced by end 2015 but available from early 2016 only. What lens do you hope to get? My wishlist: 24mm f/1.4, 85 f/1.4 and 135mm f/2.0.

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, 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 13, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


What’s in your kit bag with Matt Allard ACS
from RØDE Microphones on Vimeo.

What is in your bag (Newsshooter).
The Jesus of Low light Cameras, a Sony A7s Review (Bitt-N).
Manual lenses on the Sony a7 – A beginners guide (Philip Reeve).
A7R with Canon 17mm TS-E tilt/shift and Metabones adapter Mark III (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony NEX5 IR converted (hyryz)
Sony FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder 2015 Unboxing and First Look (Youtube).
10 Reasons To Switch From A DSLR To A Mirrorless System (With examples: Nikon vs Sony) at iLoveHatePhoto.
Lightroom and Photoshop Creative Skills (Youtube).
Short test with the 1957 Jupiter-9 85mm f/2 (SonyAlphaForum).

Anonymous:Very great video from the comet lovejoy in January 2015, with the a7s in real time! I think not one other camera can film it in real time video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lix4Zym-_HQ. Here a video from a Canon camera for comparison. The camera need 40 sec.!! shutter to film it….. its therefore only a timelapse possible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RshNt4a5UQ

Walter:I got an A7s, and I’m a videomaker. I override the 30 minutes time limitation of recordings thanks to InfiniREC. It’s an IR remote control that makes one and only simple thing: press rec and stop and rec again and stop again and rec again… and again… and again… for you. EVERY 29.30 minutes! So, no more forgetting to press rec and just 2-3 seconds of break time between recordings. It’s a small package, patchable to the camera. It’s also customizable (how much often and time between recordings). Since I didnt read about it around and everyone is complaining about this limitation… Here is the solution and I would like to tell you, if you do not know about it.

March 12, 2015
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Sony talks about the present and future of digital sensors.

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i-Micronews posted a highly interetsing interview with Yasuhiro Ueda (Sony Senior General Manager of Image Sensor Business). Here are some key info:

1) Sony steps out from the CCD sensor business:As a sensor division it was then just a matter of course to consider our transition to CMOS sensors, as they have much greater speed advantages.

2) Sony A7s sensor:Lately academic demonstrations have proven light can still be acquired even when the sensor’s aperture is extremely small. This kind of technology is applied in our bigger cell size α7S SLR digital camera, capable of taking pictures in a pitch dark environment.

3) Sensor development depends from the customers demand:Some people ask for greater pixel count as the application range is higher. On the other hand some find it bothersome and just ask for larger sensors.  The demand is coming from the customers and we are prepared to answer either way.

4) 3D sensor:We are and also have been interested in supporting the path of Dual cameras and likewise 3D camera to answer our customers’ needs, meaning the demand is coming from customers.

5) Mobile sensor:To reach that SLR level work has to be achieved with enabling technologies such as optical, image processing and sensors. We are and will continue challenging the SLR camera quality. Mobile phone cameras also have a bad video quality compared to broadcasting gear and similar to the SLRs we shall be aiming to challenge these quality levels.

6) The future three new application areas for CMOS sensors:First, it should be the automotive market. Then we believe the “new mobile imaging” market will grow. This is a field consisting of action cameras, drone cameras and new moving region concepts. The third is an area which we defined as a “sensing region”. Traditionally we defined sensing in respect to imaging to be an enabler in order to enjoy high quality images.

found via Image Sensor World.

March 12, 2015
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Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 A-mount lens officially discontinued. Replacement coming soon.

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Sony Japan officially marked the current Zeiss 16-35mm A-mount lens as discontinued. This means the new version anticipated at Photokina will be released within the next 1-2 months.

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The new 16-35mm and 24-70mm A-mount Zeiss lenses will have following improvements:
– Improved AF speed
– Updated design and weatherproof body
– Image Quality improvement (like ghost reduction)

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