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August 17, 2014
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Macro Photography on a budget: Part Two (By Menachem Goldstein)

Vivitar 49mm Close Up Lens Set (+1, +2, +4, +10)

SAR note: This is a guest post. If you want to write an article for SAR contact me (Andrea) at Thanks!
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August 6, 2014
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Philip Bloom reviews the A7s: Says it’s an “awesome” camera.

Video review of the Sony A7S from Philip Bloom Reviews & Tutorials on Vimeo.

Philip Bloom posted his Sony A7s video review. He really likes the A7s despite the camera having one major issue…Massive Rolling Shutter issues…

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s preorder in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s EU pages: 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).

July 28, 2014
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New big Sony A7s test roundup (ThePhoBlographer, Gary Fong, 3dkraft, Cinema5d and more!)

Sony A7S vs. A7R Video Comparison from Hacky on Vimeo.

I keep receiving links to new A7s reviews and tests. And they all have something in common: Every reviewer likes the A7s :) Here is the list:

A7s review by Doug Kay.
Full A7s review by 3Dkraft.
Unleashing The Power Of Your Sony A7S by Gary Fong.
Evolving Sony A7S Review (Part 1) at EosHD.
Sony A7s review by ThePhoBlographer.
Première vidéo avec le Sony Alpha 7S (Focus Numerique).
A7s vs Canon 5DmarkII at Redshark.
Rolling Shutter – Sony A7S vs. the others (Cinema5D).

Ryan: I picked up a Sony A7s on the first day it was available and shot this simple slow-motion test. I have more serious work in the pipe, but thought I’d share this early test. It was filmed with AWB at 120fps with the FE f/4 24-70.

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s preorder in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s EU pages: Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.

July 25, 2014
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World’s fastest lens for Sony E-mount gets tested at Ibelux 40mm f/0.85.

If speed is what you are looking for and money stagnates in mas son your bank account than you will certainly be interested in getting the new Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 APS-C E-mount lens. It’s the fastest native E-mount lens and as some said here on SAR this lens may be able to shoot ghosts at night :)

The lens is now in Stock at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And will ship soon in Germany too at Technikdirekt.

And finally we have a first review of the lens posted by (google translation here). They tested the X-mount version but results will be exactly the same on the E-mount version. This is what they say about the lens:

- lens quality is very high (made of metal and nice glossy painted black).
- smooth focus ring and very accurate. A bit weak click when using the aperture ring (sometimes you may don’t notice it and rotate further).
- sharpness is decent wide open and improves dramatically at f/2.8 towards.
- There is some fringe at wide aperture
- It has a “gentle” blur
- no major ghost or flare issue

Sounds good….but the price :(

July 24, 2014
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DxOmark sensor battle: Nikon squeezes out a marginal bit more of image quality from the Sony 36MP sensor.

DxOmark (Click here) tested the new Nikon D810 camera (specs and price here at Amazon). It’s 99,9999% likely the Nikon uses the same Sony A7r sensor but Nikon managed to squeeze out a tiny bit more performance. Therefore the new Full Frame leader is the D810 (at least based on DxO parameters).

The new Sony A99II could use the same 36MP sensor and we will see if Sony can beat the Nikon…

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