April 21, 2014
Posted in deals

Mother’s day Sony deals. A6000 Amazon preorders shipping.

If you want to know what Sony camera deal is going on check out Amazon. They are displaying all current Sony deals on their Mothers’day gifts page (Click here).

A couple of SAR readers sent me an email to confirm their A6000 preorder shipped at Amazon. Enjoy the unboxing time! :)  In the meantime the camera is in Stock via third-party resellers at Amazon US (Click here).

And the (very useful) eBay dela of the day is the portable 1 Terabyte WD hard disk (Click here).

April 21, 2014
Posted in rumors

A77II, RX200, Sony 20mm, FE lens and Mitakon 50mm rumor roundup.

Short roundup of rumors about the things to come from Sony:

To be announced around May 1-2. Is an evolution (not revolution) of the current A77. New 24MP sensor, terrific AF speed and improved EVF (article here).

Sony 20mm:
Some stores reported it “on clearance”. Could be that Sony will announce an updated version soon (article here).

RX200 will become superfast at the tele end with a new 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens (article here).

Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount:
Costs $799 and will ship in mid May. Full specs can be read here.

FE lenses:
14 FE lenses within 2014. Including the new manual Zeiss lenses. I am still not sure if the first new lenses will be announced in May 1-2 along the A77II announcement (article here).

April 21, 2014
Posted in rumors

Samyang says they have issues with Sony to add autofocus on E-mount lenses.

What you see here on top is the teaser launched by Samyang Europe on Facebook. Most rumor sites write they will annnounce their first autofocus lenses. But the truth is that this will NOT happen any time soon. And in an interview from Samyang with Dicahub they said they are having issues with Sony to add autofocus on E-mount lenses. This is the inetresting part of the interview:

Q(=DicaHub): are you working on AF lenses?
A(=Samyang Optics rep.): we aren’t working on AF lenses.

Q: Is it difficult to work on AF lenses of open mounts like Micro Four-thirds or E mounts?
A: Open mounts like E mount also open only basic informations, so we need more discussion to develop AF lenses. In this case such issues weren’t solved also.

Q: What lenses will you announce on April 28th?
A: We are preparing cine lenses and other stuff also. (note: I don’t remember whether he said other stuff or stuffs.)

In summary:
- It is true Samyang Optics had discussed with Canon, Nikon, Sony, and Micro Four-Thirds.
- They aren’t working on AF lenses because there are some issues like licensing, even about open mounts.
- They want to support A contact.

Following lenses are expected to be announced at April 28th:
- Cine lenses(not lens!) → 2 or more. The cine version of 7.5mm F3.5 Fish-eye MFT lenses could be announced.
- Other stuff or stuffs → 1 or more. The lens supporting A contact for Canon could be announced.

April 20, 2014
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…

Cool! Making Sony a7 / GX680 technical camera

Sony A6000 review at LesNumeriques.
Sony A7 review: Is the best full-frame mirrorless camera also the most affordable? (Imaging Resource).
Sony A5000 review at SonyAlphaLab.
24-70mm FE lens test at Pchome.
Alexander Heinrichs about the new 50mm ARt lens on the A7r (Youtube /German).
How to do Car Photography – Shooting Guide by ItsDanKReviews on Youtube (he used the A7 for that video).
a7 with optical viewing lens on Flickr. Image samples can be seen here on Flickr.
orean A6000 Af test at SLRclub.
German 24-70mm FE lens review At Cetus-a.
A7R not weatherproof. £175 repair confirms (Tobinators).

Jacek: It seems that the recent Sony Image Data Converted is unable to process properly raw files from A6000. I have the camera from yesterday and I was in shock how bad IQ it has. Finally I found a reason – take a look at: http://www.dane.pixel-tech.pl/jpytportfolio/A6000/idc_raw.jpg

Jeff: A5000/A7/A6000 lowlight af test http://youtu.be/G4gfAZgH0yM. Continuous focus test http://youtu.be/DELBkI6kyeM. AF-S focus test http://youtu.be/Lra77vXaxXs

Jimmy:I upload a review of the A6000 for Sony Singapore a week ago; especially on the AF system against the NEX 5R and the viewfinder. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KM1JF4yUZig

Craig:I’ve come from the Minolta ages and moved into Sony, finally buying an A99 when it was first released. I had to drop it off for a warranty repair that turned into me getting it replaced under warranty as that was their quickest solution. The whole process has taken 2 months though as Sony Australia didn’t have any A99’s in stock – I couldn’t believe it, they replaced the camera because parts were going to mean waiting 3 months instead! I would have happily paid the freight from Japan if they’d given me the option!
I wrote about the whole process in detail here à http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/a99-replaced-under-warranty_topic105572.html

Edward:Last week I converted a Sony A7 into Full-Spectrum. So far I’ve concentrated on the infra-red abilities, but I hope to do more soon. With it’s EVF and great lens compatability the A7 makes a great camera to convert, so I thought some of your readers might appreciate my first impressions review here: http://infraedd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/cameras-sony-a7-converted-to-full.html

April 20, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony A6000 in Stock at Amazon (via third party) and BergerBros.

A couple of A6000 cameras are in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here). Two cameras are also in Stock at BergerBros one Bay (Click here). Other US stores like BHphoto and SonyStore will ship the camera from April 23. Note that at Amazon the A6000 keeps getting in and out of Stock all day :)

UPDATE: A6000 now sold out at Amazon and BergerBros :(

Sony A6000 store link list with US and Europe links:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
Silver A6000 at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore, Sony Canada, WexUK.
Silver A6000 with lens at Amazon US, BHphoto, WexUK.
Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

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