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December 4, 2014
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Steve Huff unpacks the $2,300 discounted Hasselblad Stellar.

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If you want to know what you get with the $2,300 discounted Hasselblad Stellar on sale at BHphoto (Click here) just watch the video below (courtesy of Steve Huff).

Would you buy it now that it costs $999 only?

December 3, 2014
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New A7II tests at SLRclub and Quesabesde (with first shutter noise test video).


The Sony A7II shutter sound test by SLRclub

We have some enw A7II tests to report!

First a reminder: Sony A7II (or ILCE-A7m2) can be preorderd (again) at Amazon US and at Sony Europe stores at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.

1) The Korean site SLRclub posted the full review (google translation here). And there are some great Sony A7II AF test videos on youtube. There is also a 5 axis test video (Click here) and an autofocus speed test (Click here). They also posted that shutter tets video you see on top of this post. As usual keep in mind that keeping the recording camera on table dramatically increases the vibrations and therefore the noise. And the lens is also off. Therefore dear readers (and reviewers)…be warned of such videos ;)

2) On Youku you can see two videos, on comparing the A7 vs A7ii switch on time (guess who is faster) and an A7II autofocus demo.

3) The Spanish site Quesabesde (google translation here) posted that Youtube hands-on video you can see here below. They also said the quality differences between pictures taken with and without 5axis stabilization “are evident“.

P.S.: Post your A7II buying (or not buying) motivations at SonyAlphaForum.

USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
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 preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony 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 and at Wex UK. In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

December 2, 2014
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That Philip Bloom a7S Seminar will make you want to buy the A7s now :)

If you have some spare time watch this great Philip Bloom Sony a7S seminar video (courtesy of BHphoto). Philip is not only a very good filmmaker but also a very good teacher. Current A7s owners could learn quite some things from the video. And at the end of the seminar non A7s owners will probably be tempted to grab their credit card to buy the camera the second after the seminar video ends :)

If you have not so much time just watch the video from minute 20 to understand why the A7s is so special! Thanks Philip for sharing all your insights on the A7s!

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

December 2, 2014
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Big 3Dkraft wide angle test: New Zeiss 16-35mm outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar!

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3D-Kraft (Click here) made the very first serious wide angle lens comparison between the new Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens and those other lenses:

  • Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 21mm f/3.5
  • Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH
  • Leica Wide Angle Tri Elmar (WATE) 16-21mm f/4 ASPH
  • Leica Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

And at the end on the Sony A7r the new Zeiss even outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar! Of course note that the A7r is not really M-mount lens wide angle friendly. But it’s good to know the Zeiss 16-35mm FE is that good! 3D-Kraft writes:

At open aperture, the Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35 beats all other lenses and at 16mm it performs best. It delivers high and consistent performance across the whole focal length range only getting a bit weaker at the long end (35mm). It has the least vignetting and the good results at open aperture together with the optical stabilization make it a winner also for videos at low light.

New 16-35mm Zeiss FE lens store links:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

November 30, 2014
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New A7II previews by EosHD (5 axis not as good as on the E-M1) and Pocket-Lint (continuous AF much improved).

EOSHD Sony A7 II test shoot with 5 axis SteadyShot Inside from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

We finally have first native english hands-on previews with the new Sony A7II. As usual keep in mind those are previews and not full tests. So any conclusion you read here is subject to change after serious in deep testings.

EosHD focused his test on the video aspects of the camera and the 5 axis stabilization. He writes:

The 5 axis stabilisation system is also somewhat underwhelming. I didn’t find it as effective for video as the system Olympus employ in their OM-D E-M1. Handheld pans and tilts are not so much the issue, it is the lack of damping on very high frequency jitter. Granted it was a very cold day and my hand was a little shakier than it normally is! But the difference is obvious. Sony seem to have their own system and it just doesn’t work as well as the one in the E-M1 for video.
The system undoubtedly has an advantage for stills, but even then the advantages vs the A7S are debatable. The A7S can shoot at such high ISOs, you can use a shutter speed like 1/100 to avoid blur from camera shake in low light. The A7 II can certainly shoot at speeds like 1/10 handheld and get a sharp shot, meaning you can shoot at lower ISOs than on the A7S in low light but the A7S is pretty much as clean at ISO 12,800 as the A7 II is at 3200!

Pocket Lint tested the autofocus performance and writes:

We got to play with the original A7 and the A7 II and did find the new model to be quicker. Perhaps most notably in continuous autofocus, where it’s automated adjustment between subjects at different distances wasn’t as far behind our Nikon D810 (which we also had in tow) as the earlier system.

USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto (Click here).

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Sony UK (Click here), Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

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