February 3, 2016
Posted in rumors

Sony press event starts in 1 hour (Tony Northup and Gary Fong are present and will live tweet)


Tony Northup and Gary Fong are attending the Sony presentation and he will live tweet from it. The Sony press event starts at 15:00 (3pm) London time! Stay tuned!

So if Sony really has an announcement today than the following source was probably right:

A6100 coming feb 3
4k video
Brand new EVF top notch refresh rate
No stab
4D autofocus
Brand new sensor BSI illuminated
Very very fasst
Not sure about touchscreen though

February 3, 2016
Posted in news

Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger for Sony announced (ships in April)



Phottiz announced the new Odin II TTL Flash Trigger. The Sony version will be available in April (Now only Canon/Nikon versions are available for preorder). Here is the full press text:

Introducing the Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger

Phottix adds cutting edge functionality and features to its flagship trigger
Eagerly anticipated by thousands of Odin customers, the Odin II is the result of requests from Professional Photographers demanding more from their TTL flash systems.  Phottix is delivering on its promises to provide the very best system available today.
Unrivalled Control and Streamlined User Interface
The Odin II allows more control than ever before.  The controls are logical, simple to use, and allow extremely fast adjustments.
With five groups, A, B, C, D and E, the dedicated quick access buttons allow changes to be made by simply turning the new thumb wheel which is perfectly placed below the improved large LCD screen to adjust the compensation.  The backlit LCD panel shows the settings at a glance.  Now you can control five channels or groups of lights at the touch of a button, in TTL Mode or in a combination of full manual mode and TTL – the choice is yours.  When switching a group off, its display line disappears from the screen, showing just the groups remaining active.

Backward Compatibility
The Odin II system is compatible with the original Odin system, Phottix Mitros+ Speedlights, the award-winning Indra360 and Indra500 TTL Studio lights, Strato and Strato II receivers, and Atlas II in receiver mode.  Using channels 1 to 4 you can work with the kit you already own with the Phottix Odin II.

More Channels and Digital ID
To take advantage of the Phottix Odin II, a total of 32 channels can be used, channels 5 to 32 use the full functionality of the Odin II receiver, including a user-set digital ID for the ultimate in secure triggering.  Users can remotely control Speedlight zoom settings, providing the perfect coverage from a wide angle to a spot light.  When shooting with the Phottix Indra360/500 series, the Odin II transmitter also offers remote modelling light control and full light ratio controls.

High Speed Sync and Overdrive Sync
High Speed Sync with TTL flashes and Overdrive Sync with manual enable flash photography at up to 1/8000 second for creative photographers.  The newly added AF assist light makes autofocus a breeze in dimly lit locations.  An additional ten custom functions allow users to customise the Odin II, including switching on/off the audible beep, screen brightness, an AF Illuminator function and the ODS system control functionality, as well as a full factory reset should you need it.

Firmware Updates
Firmware upgrades for the Phottix Mitros+ and Phottix Indra360/500 will soon be available to take advantage of the new features of the Odin II – these will be announced shortly via the Phottix Journal and on the Phottix.com website.

Major Features 

  • 5 groups A, B, C, D and E
  • 32 channels with user-set Digital ID on channels 5 to 32
  • Group buttons and thumbwheel control for fast operation
  • TTL Power Control +/- 3EV
  • Manual Power Control 1/1 to 1/128th
  • High Speed Sync – up to 1/8000s on compatible cameras
  • Second Curtain Sync (Nikon and Sony only)
  • AF Assist Light
  • Flash zoom control
  • Modelling Light Control with Indra500/360
  • 2.4 GHz, Range up to 100 metres
  • Compatible with Indra500/360 TTL, Mitros+, Odin, Strato, Strato II and Atlas II
  • Always up to date via the latest Firmware.

Odin II for Nikon and Canon will be available from all Platinum Dealers week commencing 15th of February 2016, the Sony Odin II is expected to arrive in late April.

February 3, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony A7s II vs A7r II review : 4k noise compared

Loxia 21mm test at Itmedia.
Mirrorless vs. DSLR Mount Question (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Earnings Call Transcript (Image sensor world).
Sony RX100 IV review at Joerghaag.com

Bernie Aniciete:Almost at 11k views in 4 days. Filmed with a6000, LX100 for time-lapse, and DJI Phantom 3 Pro in Saint Louis.

Hanna Saba:Here is a short video i did on what is in my camera bag. This is all the gear i have and use. Hope you guys enjoy. Please don’t forget to like, share and subscribe smile emoticon

February 2, 2016
Posted in deals

Up to $200 off on Sony-Zeiss A-mount lenses (Open Box at Kenmore). Batis will ship aftertomorrow!


If you want to save some bucks on A-mount lenses grab those:
Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 for $1,089 at Kenmore eBay (Click here).
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 for $1,299 at Kenmore eBay (Click here).
Sony 24-105mm for $379 at Kenmore eBay (Click here).

And after tomorrow the Batis 85mm lens will ship at BHphoto (Click here). This should put an end to a very long wait for this lens. Now we are ready for the new 18mm Batis which will be announced around April!

February 2, 2016
Posted in rumors

Sony meeting starts on Wednesday (A6100, HX80, HX350, X2000). And Five low ranked A6100 spec rumors



A trusted source told us the UK and US Sony meetings with journalists, photographers and employees are starting tomorrow (Wednesday). The people invited by Sony have not been told anything about a new product announcement although everyone seems to expect this to happen. If the camera will be announced tomorrow or the days after is also unclear. But so far we heard about those cameras:

A6100: Similar A6000 body with new EVF, new image processor, touchscreen
HX350: no info yet.
the new Sony compact camera will feature the IMX300 sensor originally designed for smartphones. 21MP, 4K video. First consumer camera that combines 30x zoom with 4k video recording

X2000 action camera: The new action Cam X2000 will feature the IMX377 with 12MP capable of 4k@60fps, 1080P@120fps and 720p@300fps
Surprise camera: Possible “surprise” high-end camera with some kind of new unique sensor tech

And here some bit of very low ranked rumors:

Five different anonymous sources sent me five A6100 rumors. The chance that those rumors are correct is very very very low (I would say close to 0%). And as you see they contradict each other. But it happened in the past some of those rumors became true. And readers recently asked me to post some of those super low ranked rumors from time to time. So let’s have some fun and read them all:

Source 1:
Hello, I’m happy to tell you that Sony is going to announce A6100 on February 10. However, it’s going to be sold first in Japan and the rest of the world won’t see the camera until autumn. The 36-megapixel sensor incorporates a DRAM chip, whereas the same sensor without integrated DRAM memory will be put in an update to A5100 which will be released sometime during the summer, but I don’t know what its model number is going to be. The IBIS (on both cameras) is not of the same league as used on A7 Mark II but it’s a less-capable version to keep the costs down, so OSS lenses will still be required for proper stabilization. There’s also timelapse as a standard in-camera feature (it won’t require an app download). A6000 will continue being sold at least for a year at a much lower price.

Source 2:
Sony A6000 successor is the A6100 with specs: 36mp BSI, silent electronic shutter mode, IBIS, 4K and touchscreen.

Source 3:
Here is a something of an Information I am not sure where to place exactly – either it is the a6100 or another model anounced soon
But the sensor will be the most shocking change:
To further improve lens quality and consolidate lens focal length …[it] will feature a full frame sensor. It is designed to increase the market share in the prosumer area, while popularizeing the E-mount with the consumers and manufactors.
If this is true it would be set appart as the smallest FF camera, also filling the now evident price gap between the a5000/6000 APS range and FF range  
My personal guess would be the non BSI sensors for the A7 or A7R (both mark 1) resulting in the often quoted 24 / 36 MP for the a6100

Source 4:
A6100 coming feb 3
4k video
Brand new EVF top notch refresh rate
No stab
4D autofocus
Brand new sensor BSI illuminated
Very very fasst
Not sure about touchscreen though

Source 5:
Hi, a6100 announcement date: 7 Feb; availability by mid-March. It’s 30.2 MP, has 4K and GPS.

To all five sources: As it’s your first rumor I have to rank them very low. And if you are a “serious” source with real info please use an acronym so that I recognize you in the future. Thanks!

Personal note: I would like Source 3 to be right :)


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