September 15, 2015
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Breaking news! Sony Announces Addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW Still Image Capture for New α Cameras!!!!

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A7r (not new A7rII) vs D810 RAW comparison by Photographylife

Sony Alphauniverse just broke the news! Sony will add uncompressed 14-Bit RAW on the A7sII and via firmware upgrade on the A7rII and later to many more cameras. Read here:

Sony Electronics, a worldwide leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer, has today announced user selectable Compressed and Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW image capture will be featured in the new α7S II once it arrives in stores this October.

Additionally, they have announced plans to add user selectable compressed or uncompressed 14-Bit RAW still image capture via firmware update to additional cameras beginning with the recently introduced α7R II full-frame mirrorless model.

“The voice of our α community remains the most important guiding force of our product development plans,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy Vice President for Digital Imaging at Sony Electronics. “The addition of Uncompressed 14-Bit RAW processing is a direct result of customer feedback. Widely requested by photo and video enthusiasts, we believe the choice of RAW processing types will further elevate the performance of these extraordinary cameras.”

The α7S II and α7R II are compatible with Sony’s growing lineup of α -mount lenses, which now totals 63 different models including 12 native ‘FE’ full frame lenses. By early 2016, Sony will add an additional 8 new lenses to its FE full frame lineup, bringing the FE total to 20 lenses and the overall α -mount assortment to over 70 different models.

Wow! That’s a huge news! And as I reported yesterday the new FE lenses will be announced right before the Photoplus start in October! Expect new 24-70m GM, fast prime lens, telephoto len, 21mm FE Loxia and more.

And I can’t wait to see how much difference the 14BIT will make on my Sony A7rII! Thanks Sony for listening to your customers!

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September 15, 2015
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(SR3) Sigma 24mm f/2.8 APS-C E-mount lens to be announced soon.

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Image on top shows the current Sigma ART E-mount lens lineup.

We just got five new Cine FE lenses from Schneider and on Tokina FE Cine lens. And it sounds like another “third party” company will launch an E-mount lens soon. But this time it’s a cheap “noraml” photography lens:

Sigma is readying a new 24mm f/2.8 DN Art lens for APS-C E-Mount. Expect higher sharpness when compared to the 30mm, about the same level of sharpness as with the 60mm. Autofocus is speedier too compared to the 30mm. Announcement will come very soon within September.

Reminder: More Sony and Zeiss FE lenses will be announced within 3-4 weeks.

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September 15, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony FE 70-200 f4 – Photoshoot REVIEW by Matt Granger

First time out wih the FE16-35 (SonyAlphaForum).
Chromasira RX100m4 test videos on Youtube: One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.
Generating 3D-images in the 19th century (TheNakedCamera).
Sony RX10 II First Shots posted! Take a look at the new stacked-sensor high-speed superzoom (Imaging Resource).

Martin Wagner:My SloMo-Tutorial for the RX10M2 and RX100M4 …in German, but a lot of clips and the Menu…enjoy! https://vimeo.com/134112362

Alex:I am planning to shoot an indie feature film and I started to do some gear testing. Because of budget and features (codec, touch screen focus…) one of my main options is the A5100.
I heard a lot about the overheating issues, but sadly there is very little accurate information in the internet besides some random comments. So I put together a little video to show some real data before deciding whether or not buying an external recorder because of that. I hope it can be useful to some other Sony (future or current) users in case you want to share it on your “Tidbits” section.
Here is the link: https://youtu.be/M14jS5Hb9js

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September 14, 2015
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First Batis 25mm lens via third party reseller at Amazon (overpriced!).

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The very first Batis 25mm is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) via third party resellers. It ships directly from Japan and you have to pay quite a price to get it! Let’s hope this means Zeiss will start to ship the very early May preorders soon too.

New Batis reviews:
DearSusans reviewed the 25mm Batis and writes:

“It’s easy to see why Zeiss ran out of these sweeties so quickly. In this short period of ownership, there was nothing but good stuff to write about. In truth, the new AF and build place a question mark over long-term reliability, since Zeiss is a newcomer in that field. But having seen its test procedures, and given its numerous technical partnerships, I wouldn’t lose sleep over this.

ePhotozine posted some Batis 85mm image samples. Ilovehatephoto tested the 85mm Batis.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

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September 14, 2015

(SR4) Mark this: Sony Online Store Europe will close at midnight (and A6xxx hint)

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This comes via a highly trusted source: Sony Online Store Europe will close tonight. The website will remain online as it is but they will not directly take orders anymore.

One more thing: And if what the source is right on this…well than you should know this too: He also told me Sony plans to release the A6xxx as next E-mount camera within 1 month. So if he is right on the store closure there is a fair chance he is right on the camera too…

Link to EU Sony stores: Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT.

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