June 23, 2017
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Sony A9 Lens Test with the massive Canon 400mm & 300mm F2.8 IS

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If you do own the Canon 400mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/2.8 you might wonder how these will work on the new Sony A9. Check out the video from Dan Watson to find out how it works:

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.

World’s fastest SD cards are now in Stock (perfect for your A9):
Sony SF-G 128GB: BHphoto, AdoramaAmazon. In EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, AmazonFR, AmazonIT, AmazonES.
Sony SF-G 64GB: BHphoto, AdoramaAmazon. In EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, AmazonFR, AmazonIT, AmazonES.
Sony SF-G 32GB: BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.

The new Sony FE lenses preorders:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

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June 23, 2017
Posted in news

Mr. Kenta Honjo no longer works for Sony

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SAR reader Federico sent me this:

Mr. Kenta Honjo, famous marketing guy from Sony Electronics in San Diego, CA. has just moved away from Sony to take a new position as Product Marketing Manager at RED, the revolutionary cine/video camera company, also in California.

https://www.linkedin.com/in/kentahonjo

Kenta has been notorious for his role in many YouTube and Sony’s own social media channel videos, always explaining with great detail new products. He also was instrumental in Sony’s marketing of the new RX and especially the Alpha line of cameras in the USA, which was actually critical for Sony to have a true global success with their mirrorless models, especially since so many consumers, fans, photographers, bloggers/vloggers and Pros hold the US market as a reference for the industry, online retailing, pricing, product evaluations and for influencers as well.

Having worked at Sony myself, I have to say I’m rather surprised by his move, by I suspect his career outlook wasn’t in symmetrical proportion to his outstanding efforts and more than multiple responsibilities in P.R., social media, event planning, marketing & business analysis (historically a very demanding job within Sony to the point of requiring dedicated people due to the sheer amount of data collected monthly), especially considering the rate of business growth and pace of model announcements.

Anyhow, I thought I’d mention it since the guy’s so recognizable from all of his participation in product launches, events and social media.
He’s a great and hard working guy, so I know he’ll do great at RED, and it’ll be a loss for Sony.

Cheers!

My thoughts on this: I liked Kenta and I will surely miss him.

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June 23, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Rokinon Samyang Xeen Cine Lenses, NAB 2017

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony Returns with the 2nd-Gen DPT-RP1 Digital Paper System (Explora).
Best Sony Lenses for Mirrorless Cameras (ALC).
$135 Cage for Sony a7R II & a7S II – SMALLRIG Initial Review by Jason Vong
Best Backpacking Cameras 2017 at Imaging Resource.
A6500 tested at Photoreview.
Sony Patent Infringement Claim Results in Investigation of FujiFilm Imports (TheStreet).
10 Things Photographers Can Do To Honor Earth Day (ALC).
Buying Guide to Projectors (Explora).

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June 22, 2017
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Now on preorder: Two new Sigma lenses with MC-11 adapter in bundle!

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Starting from today you can preorder two new Sigma lenses with the MC-11 adapter:

24-70mm f/2.8 ART and MC11 bundle at BHphoto.
14mm f/1.8 ART and MC11 bundle at BHphoto.

Also the new Zeiss MIluvs 35mm f/1.4 is available for preorder at BHphoto and Adorama (you need an adapter to use it on E-mount cameras).

New deals:
You save $10 by using the code “SAR” on the new Luminar Neptune software (Click here).
Rokinon 14mm FE AF for $615 only at Amazon US (Click here).
Open Box Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 AF lens sells for $499 only on eBay (Click here).
Grey imported deal on the A7rII is back on eBay (Click here).

Sony A7 cameras:
$200 off and free extras on the A7rII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A7sII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$50 off on the A7II at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$50 off on the A7 at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.

Sony A6500-A6300-A6000-A5100:
$100 off on the A6500 at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
$150 off on the A6300 with 16-50mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$100 off on the A6300 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$300 off on the A6000 Dual lens kit sold by Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A5100 with 16-50mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

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June 22, 2017
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Dpreview apologies: “Sony a9 is sharper than we thought”

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SAR readers already noted that in their Sony A9 review the studio shots looked somewhat soft or slightly out of focus. Well Dpreview just issued this statement

The lens was not optimally focused….To make a long story short, we’ve re-shot our studio scene shots of the Sony a9 with the FE 85/1.8 lens, and they’re much sharper. We apologize for misleading any of our readers, but it’s a long story..

You can check the update studio shots here: dpreview.com/reviews/sony-a9-full-review/5

In little over a month the Sony A9 had to hold the pressure of overheating stories, banding and the Dpreview soft shots. Seems like at the end everything got clear and we can finally talk about the many good things of the A9 :)

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.

World’s fastest SD cards are now in Stock (perfect for your A9):
Sony SF-G 128GB: BHphoto, AdoramaAmazon. In EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, AmazonFR, AmazonIT, AmazonES.
Sony SF-G 64GB: BHphoto, AdoramaAmazon. In EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, AmazonFR, AmazonIT, AmazonES.
Sony SF-G 32GB: BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon.

The new Sony FE lenses preorders:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

 

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June 22, 2017
Posted in rumors

Specs comparison: Future Sony A7III versus the soon to be announced Canon 6DII

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Sony’s next A7III camera will be announced in October-November. And it will be in the same pricing class of the soon to be announced new 6DmarkII (full specs and images at CanonWatch). So here is the question: Will the A7III trump the 6D mark II? Let’s compare the rumored specs:

  1. Sensor (A7III wins):
    The Canon has a 26MP sensor and the A7III will have a new 24MP sensor. I expect the Sony sensor to beat the Canon.
  2. Autofocus (A7III wins):
    The Canon has Dual pixel CMOS AF and 45 points cross type AF. The Sony A7III will have a much improved autofocus system. one of the sources even heard that it might have the same A9 AF system. If that’s the case the A7III will win
  3. Burst rate (on par)
    6.5fps for the Canon while the A7II should be on par with it (6-7fps)
  4. Video (A7III wins):
    1080p for the Canon. Yes, in 2017 Canon is still giving you no 4K on a $2,000 camera! Of course we know the A7III is going to have 4K.
  5. ISO range (on par)
    Canon goes up to 102.400. Sony should do the same
  6. Stabilization (A7III wins):
    5 axis electronic image stabilization on the Canon. Come one, you know that’s never going to be as good as a hardware stabilization system
  7. Display (probably Canon wins):
    Canon has a vari-angle angle screen. I am not sure the A7III will change their current tiltable screen mechanism. If they don’t the Canon will be superior. Also the Touch Panel of the Canon could be superior to the baby-version of the Sony.
  8. Ergonomic (Canon wins):
    It’s unclear if the A7III will keep the same A7II design or have the new A9 ergonomic. Any way, the Canon is still more ergonomic.

Any thought on this?

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June 22, 2017
Posted in deals

The new Sony 12-24mm G is already in Stock in Europe at PCHstore

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Small surprise: The new 12-24mm G lens is already shipping in Europ via PCHstore (Click here). Some real life pictures of the lens can be seen on their blog.

These are the US shipment dates for the new Sony lenses:
Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G Lens will start shipping out on July 6 at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Amazon. Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
Sony 100-400mm GM Lens will start shipping out on July 27 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy.
Sony FE 16-35mm GM Lens will start shipping out on August 31 at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus , Amazon. Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.

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