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December 28, 2016
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The 2016 Best Gear awards by Dpreview


That’s the bext gear of the year according to Dpreview:

Best compact camera: 2nd pace for the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 V (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
Best consumer stills/video camera of the year: Winner is the Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
Best mid-range ILC: 2nd pace for the Sony a6300 (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay).
DPReview innovation award: 2nd pace for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V

December 26, 2016
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Suggestion: A7II, A7rII, As7II Firmware Manual Focus Improvements That Are Easy To Implement

SAR reader Philip sent us this:

Firmware Manual Focus Improvements That Are Easy To Implement – Sony a7II, Sony a7sII and Sony a7rII

I would like to be able to compose the shot and magnify focus at the same time. At the moment, you can only do one of those at any given time.

There are multiple ways to achieve this:

  1. Create a small magnified square (like a loupe) around the point the user has selected to focus on and magnify said square when the focus ring is turned
  2. Create a small magnified square (like a loupe) in the centre of the frame that magnifies the point the user has selected, this method is similar to the first except the square remains in the centre of the frame at all times
  3. Split the screen into two halves and use the left half for composition and the right half for 100% magnification or vice versa

I have a few other ideas to improve the manual focus experience as well:

  1. User selectable magnification amount upon the lens being turned i.e. the user no longer has to press a button after turning the focus ring, to magnify the shot further, as it can go straight to 14x magnification when the lens is turned
  2. Facial recognition such that the selected focus area goes towards the subjects eye when the manual focus ring is turned and an eye is detected
  3. The same focus options available to autofocus should be available to manual focus (where applicable) e.g. if the user wants to have only a few different focus areas to select from, to speed up the process of selecting a focus point, this should be available
  4. The manual focus button (usually used for autofocus lenses) should act as a lock and will prevent magnification while the lens ring is turned–this would be particularly useful for video usage when the user simply wants to rely on focus peaking

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December 24, 2016
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New useful Radio commander tutorials at Alpha Creative skills

Sony’s Radio Commander and Receiver

Mark Galer posted three new Alpha video tutorials

Sony’s Radio Wireless Radio Flash v2

Sony’s Wireless Radio Flash

December 23, 2016
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TCSTV’s and Hugh Brownstones Best and Worst Camera Gear of 2016

Chris and Jordan from TheCameraStoreTV selected the best and worst gear of the year 2016. The only time they did mention Sony was in the best lens category. The 24-70mm GM lens got the second place.

24-70mm GM store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

And Hugh Brownstone also made a with with the best and worst gear of the year. Hugh says the Sony 85mm GM is the best lens of 2016.

85mm GM store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

December 23, 2016
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Loxia 85mm in Stock in Europe. New review by Alin Popescu.


The Loxia 85mm lens is now in Stock for the first time in Europe at and eBay Europe.

And Alin Popescu posted a new full review of the lens:

“This is not a cheap lens to buy, but if you’re in for the Zeiss look and awesome image quality, both sharp and with beautiful bokeh, then this might be a steal.”

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