January 18, 2017
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(SR3) Sony A7III to start shipping mid 2017 for 2299€

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Image above shows the A7II with Gariz case

Previously a source told us the A7 mark III is due for a Q2 release. We received a small update:

A European source confirmed the release schedule. He added the camera will start shipping in mid 2017 and the yet “unconfirmed” price for Europe will be 2299€. The new A7III will not replace the current A7II. The A7II will continue to be produced and sold for a lower price tag.

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January 18, 2017
Posted in news

CMOS sensor demand is increasing and supply becomes tight

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Sony is the world’s number one CMOS sensor producer. And it looks like the market is still booming. Digitimes reports that supply is becoming tight. Image Sensor World sums up the reasons for that:

Handsets with dual-lens cameras spurs demand for CMOS sensors
More mid-range smartphones are expected to feature a dual lens cameras in 2017
Mobile devices consume 70% of CMOS sensors
Automotive market has expanded for CMOS image sensors

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January 18, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony A6500 Review | John Sison

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony a99 II real-world sample gallery (Dpreview).
New ShutterBands Enhancement Kit for Sony E-Mount Cameras at Amazon US.
Really Right Stuff Now Available at B&H (Explora).
Cumberland Wildpark with the Sony A7II VLOG (DSphotoblog).
Zooms VS Primes – the real trade off (Matt Granger)
Can I Charge Batteries Through Sony a6300 Meike Grip? (ThatCameraGuy).

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January 17, 2017
Posted in deals

Up to 5% reward on Sony and Zeiss lenses

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BHphoto added new rewards on many Sony and Zeiss FE lenses:

5% reward ($80 value) on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE
4% reward ($60 value) on the Zeiss Batis 18mm FE
4% reward ($60 value) on the Zeiss Loxia 21mm FE
5% reward ($80 value) on the Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 FE
5% reward ($67 value) on the Zeiss 16-35mm FE
4% reward ($52 value) on the Zeiss Loxia 35mm FE
4% reward ($52 value) on the Zeiss Batis 25mm FE
4% reward ($48 value) on the Zeiss Batis 85mm FE
5% reward ($60 value) on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 FE
5% reward ($55 value) on the Sony 90mm macro FE
5% reward ($50 value) on the Zeiss 55mm FE
5% reward ($50 value) on the Sony 24-240mm FE
5% reward ($38 value) on the Zeiss Loxia 50mm FE
5% reward ($40 value) on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE

You get free gift cards on three Sony cameras:
$200 gift card on the Sony A7rII by Adorama.
$200 gift card on the Sony A7sII by Adorama.
$100 gift card on the Sony A6300 by Adorama and BHphoto.

Reminder:
You save $250 on the Rokinon FE autofocus lens kit sold at BHphoto.
$200 off on the A77II sold by Bhphoto, Amazon and Adorama.
Full list of deals at BHphoto (Click here).

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January 17, 2017
Posted in news

These are the most requested FE lenses by our SAR community…

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Full poll results can be seen here.

This is the message sent by the SAR readers community to Sony. Almost 10.000 unique(!) voters selected the 3 most important FE lenses Sony should make as next. The full poll results can be seen here. So let’s shortly discuss the top lenses:

1) 24-105mm f/4.0
This was the most requested lens by our community. It got 2,074 Votes which means 21% of all voters did choose that lens. In Short SAR readers feel like a proper FE travel zoom is missing yet.

2) 135mm f/1.8 (20%, 1,974 Votes)
The A-mount version (here on Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay) of that lens is simply amazing. And it doesn’t come as a surprise that SAR readers would like to get an E-mount version of it!

3) 12-24mm f/2.8 (14%, 1,403 Votes)
This is a bit an unexpected result. That wide-angle zoom lens got 70 votes more than the 16-35mm f/2.8 GM!

A few more interesting notes:

  • On fifth position we got the FE 35mm f/2.0 (12%, 1,199 Votes). This is somehow unexpected as we already got a Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens. It looks like SAR readers would like to get a faster option which isn’t as expensive as the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4.
  • 85mm f/1.2 (9%, 860 Votes). This is also a small surprise. Zeiss made a 85mm f/1.8 Batis and Sony the 85mm f/1.4 GM. Is there really a need for a tiny bit faster 85mm lens? Seems like SAR readers absolutely want it!
  • There is also a need for a telephoto zoom in the 100-400mm lens range. We got three lenses that scored good results: 150-600mm f/5.6 (9%, 847 Votes), 100-400mm f/4.0-5.6 (8%, 768 Votes) and 70-400mm f/4.0-5.6 (8%, 743 Votes)
  • Of course we also need more options in the 50mm prime range :) We want the 50mm f/0.95!!!! :)
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