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January 4, 2017
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Thanks for your superb help on the Sony mountain photography topic

The two lenses I will take on my mountain trip this Summer (70-300mm FE and 16-35mm FE)

On New Year’s Eve I asked the SAR community for help to choose the best gear for my upcoming major ALPS photography tour. The reason why I am writing this post is that I noticed one specific fact:

It has been a very constructive and civilized discussion and many readers gave very good tips that will help me and many other SAR followers a big help when choosing the best tools for work.

I realized with that specific article that there is a lot of “positive” potential in our community. We may have to do some brainstorming together to see how we can further develop that kind of positive collaboration!

Personal note: After reading all your comments I decided to go for the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss. And maybe the 70-300mm FE too. But I will have to see if it isn’t too much weight also because I will do a lot of climbing too. Probably the biggest problem I have to think about are the batteries. yes I can take 5 of them with me. But I am not sure if I can always find a spot to recharge them….

January 4, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony RX100 V review with Gordon and Doug

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
Best of 2016: Sigma Lenses (Explora)
Help! How Much Should I Charge For My Photography? (Adorama Learning Center).
Restaurant “Chamonix Mont Blanc” French cuisine | Sony A6300 (SonyAlphaForum).
Lensbaby TRIO test on the Sony A7II (
The future of photography looks lensless (Asian Review)
Sigma 85mm stomps all Otus lenses (Lenstip).

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Jay:Sony RX1R II Review – Real World, Lab, Sample Video, Menus System Overview, and Detailed Lightroom CC Photo Analysis

January 3, 2017
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This is the new Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 Fisheye E-mount Lens

The image above shows the new Meike 6.5mm f/2.0 Fisheye E-mount Lens. You can order it now at Amazon US, Amazon DE and Amazon UK.

These are the key specs:

  • Ultra-wide 190 degree diagonal field-of-view for APS-C size image formats
  • With a minimum focusing distance of 5 centimeter ,the lens enhances close-up shots
  • Featuring supeiror multi-layer nano coating reduce the flares
  • Two prime lens cap,rear and front protect the lens body from dust and damage
  • Compact-size lens body makes it easier to carry and us

via ePhotozine

January 3, 2017
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Sony announces World’s Smallest 1M-Pixel Lens Module

Sony announced the World’s Smallest Super Small 1M-Pixel Lens Module:

The world’s smallest 1M-pixel lens module (2.6 mm*2 (W) × 3.3 mm (D) × 2.32 mm (H)) was realized by newly developing a super small 1M-pixel image sensor with a chip size of 2 mm × 2 mm and a super-small low-profile lens with a head size of 2.6 mm × 2.6 mm. This lens module is also equipped with a low power consumption mode that reduces power consumption by approximately 10 % to 60 % compared to existing image sensors with an equivalent number of pixels for mobile applications. This makes it the ideal lens module for super-small and lightweight mobile devices.
The IU233N2-Z and IU233N5-Z will help to further reduce the size and weight of mobile devices such as head-mounted displays and smart watches, and to develop new markets such as IoT and drones.

This sensor is probably going used by future wearable devices.

January 3, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony 85mm F1.4 G Master Lens Review

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
Zeiss 16-70mm unboxing by Jason Vong.
T-Stops vs F-Stops: When to pick which (Wolfcrow on Youtube).
5 Most Expensive Mirrorless Cameras in 2016 (Adorama Learning Center)
Sony Zeiss 35mm F1.4 startup clicking noise and lens recommendation (SonyAlphaForum).
ms-optics 21mm f/4.5 perar (35mmc).
Best Photo-Editing Software (Explora).

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Don:My wish list for the A7iii.
Sensor.  The current 24MPixel sensor means I can print up to 20 x 13” at 300dpi.  As I never actually print larger than 16 x 12” then I have no wish for a higher resolution sensor.  But I do find it limiting that the A7ii has worse high ISO noise than both the A7Sii and the A7Rii, so I would welcome a move to a BSI sensor.  
Autofocus.  A similar system to the A6500 would be great, mainly to give fast focussing and good compatibility with Canon lenses.
Stabilisation. Just an update to make it as good as the A6500.
Battery. If Sony can pack all the electronics into an A6xxx sized body, then I’m sure that they could make room for a bigger battery in the A7 series. If not, then adding about 5mm to the height of the camera would make it easier to hold, and would give extra room for a new larger battery.
Video.  The A7S and A7R cameras are both great for video, so why not concentrate on stills photography for the A7iii?  No video would a smaller menu and make everything easier to find.
Backup.  No video would also mean that there is no need for microphone and headphone sockets.  These could be replaced with a full sized USB 3 socket.  With the correct firmware this could allow direct backup to a USM memory stick.  Or just add a second SD card slot instead.
Write speed.  Please increase the write speed to the SD card(s).
RAW and JPEG.  I find Sony colours a bit cool.  Could Sony add a menu item to allow you to choose between the standard Sony colours and a slightly warmer option?  And of course allow proper uncompressed RAW without wasting space on the SD cards.


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