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March 11, 2015
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New A7II reviews and new A7II Nauticam underwater housing.

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Nauticam announced the new housing for the Sony A7II. Full press release here: nauticamusa.com/news/2015/3/5/new-housing-for-sony-a7-ii.

And now let’s see a bunch of new A7II reviews. But first a Curiosity: With a sub $100 cheap Helios 53mm f/1.8 lens (here on eBay) you get those kind of results on the A7ii: SonyAlphaForum (DC.watch).

New A7II reviews:

The full A7II review has been published at Photographyblog and earned the “Essential” mark:

Despite these caveats, the Sony A7 II is the best-balanced of the four A7-series cameras currently on sale (the original A7 is continuing for the time being). It doesn’t offer the sheer resolution of the A7R or the low-light and 4K video capabilities of the A7S, but for the majority of users, it’s the best do-it-all model.

An ongoing review can be followed at Soundimagesplus:

Now I’m often critical of new versions of cameras that seem to be more about generating brand awareness and income rather than offering any substantial improvement. But, even from the couple of day I’ve spent using the camera, I don’t see that here. The improvements to the body are very welcome and the slight redesign has produced a much nicer handling camera. And I do like the new aesthetics as well.

Digitalversus says this is the best hybrid FF camera to date:

We had some excellent shooting sessions with the Sony A7 II. It’s very nice to use and offers all-round performance. The picture quality is excellent, and, with the help of a lens converter, you can re-use all your old full-format lenses from different manufacturers. As you can probably tell, we found there to be more than enough positives to outweigh the annoying oversights, like the relatively poor battery life.

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

March 11, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


Carl Zeiss 55mm F1.8 Lens Review

ABC TTL Transmitter For K4T Strobe Released Flashhavoc.
ISO-less Camera Presentation (Image Sensor World).
Leica M/39 on E-mount cameras (SonyAlphaForum).
Welcome the newest member of the TRP family, the Sony A7mk2 (Tyson Robichaud).
Canon FD lenses images (SonyAlphaForum).
SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x test with the A7s on Vimeo.
PlayMemories Camera Apps “Stop Motion+” (Youtube).
Sony A7II test at Optyczne.
Sony A7 II Sample Images (Photographyblog).

Paul:I thought you might be interested in a long term photo/video project I did on a local H.S. Football team – Tesoro HS here in Southern California. Dan Milnor, Blurb’s Book Evangelist, interviewed me for his blog site called Shifter and that audio interview is included, along with photographs of the physical book and printed pieces created from the project, as well as the Vimeo movie from the project. http://shifter.media/print-a-season-with-the-titans-by-paul-gero/

John:I am one of the few invited SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x-50 testers and I believe your viewers might like to see some test footage using the Sony A7s with the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8. I’m sorry but I can’t give away any info on the release date or price yet but it’s an amazing value for the money very much like the older Anamorphot 1.33x-50. https://vimeo.com/120444648

 

 

March 10, 2015
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Sony Europe removes the 70-200mm FE lens (UPDATE: now fixed).

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A couple of SAR readers (Thanks Jochen, Marc and Josi) noticed that Sony Europe completely removed the 70-200mm FE lens from their sites. You cannot find it on any specific country site like Sony Germany, UK, Italy and so on…

UPDATE: A couple of hours after reading this post Sony quickly reacted and fixed the site. The 70-200mm FE lens is back :)

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 at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev.

 

March 9, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


Off-Camera Flash on Location – Sony Alpha Tutorial

Sony 70-200G f4 compared to Leica 90mm f2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
A7II engagement shoot (HelloMikee).
Sony FS7 Review – Shooting 150fps in the dead of night (EosHD).
Sony engeneers interview at DC.watch.
Sony A7II test at Focuas Numerique.
E-mount savings in Japan (Sony Japan).
LensRacks now supports Sony E-Mount interchangeable lens systems (Kickstarter).
PlayMemories Camera Apps “Stop Motion+” Gallery1 (Youtube).
PlayMemories Camera Apps “Stop Motion+” Gallery1 (Youtube).
Sony to Discontinue CCD Products? (Image Sensor World).
Cinema 50-135mm T3.0 Lens hands-on at Newsshooter.

March 8, 2015
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World first Drop-in Filter Adapter for E-mount cameras on Indiegogo.

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If you like the idea of having am Drop-in Filter Adapter for E-mount cameras you can now join the crowfunding project at Indiegogo (Click here):

OWL combines camera adapter and exchangeable filter. User can change filters in a quick and convenient way during filming or photographing. It advances your workflow and cost saving. From now, you just need to prepare one filter to fit all your lenses. You will definitely have a total new experience in photography.

There are also two reviews of the OWL:
1. “The build quality looks and feels excellent and all parts are made from aluminium. The adapter lens mounts look high quality and durable, no lens wiggle here.” by Wim Arys https://www.wimarys.com/deo-tech-owl-filter-adapter-review/
2. “It has potentially less reflection and flaring than most front mounted filter ” by Nitsan Simantov https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XL4JuXaCsc4

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