October 18, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony will announce a new A-mount camera in early November!


At last I have some good rumor for the A-mount folks! According to two trusted(!) sources Sony will announce one new A-mount camera in early November! Stay tuned on SAR to get more info the coming days!

Reminder: The new FE lenses should be announced at PhotoPlus. The new A-mount camera will be announced after the PhotoPlus show.

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October 18, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sony Australia will not sell any A-mount camera/lens anymore.


Today I reported how Sony will announce a new A-mount camera in early November. But that new camera will certainly not go on sale in Australia and New Zealand because Sony Oceania decided to not sell any A-mount camera and lenses anymore.

Sony’s strategy is to sell A-mount only in areas where it sells well and where mirrorless is having a hard time to eat the DSLR market share.

Here is the official news reported by SAR reader John on Twitter:


October 18, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony A7rII gariz case in Stock through US sellers.


You can now buy the Gariz Leather or Alcantara A7rII case directly from californian eBay US seller. Check the item in Black Leather (Click here), Black Alcantara (Click here), Red Leather (Click here) and Orange Leather (Click here). The same sellers sells them also on Amazon US (Click here).

Open Box Sony and Zeiss lenses for sale at Samys:
$300 off on the A7rII on eBay (Click here)
$500off on the 70-400mm SSM lens on eBay (Click here).
FE 24-240mm on eBay (Click here)
FE 24-70mm Zeiss on eBay (Click here)
E-mount APS-C 16-70mm Zeiss on eBay (Click here)
E-mount APS-C 18-200mm on eBay (Click here)
Silver A6000 kit on eBay (Click here)

New RX1rII, A7sII, Loxia 21mm and Sigma 20mm store links:
Sony A7sII is now shipping in USA at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama. And in Europe/Asia at ParkCameras, WexUK, Jessops and Digitalrev.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Nikon F mount version at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 Canon EF mount version at BHphoto and Adorama.
Loxia 21mm FE lens at BHphoto and Adorama. In Europe at WexUK.
RX1rII at Bhphoto, Amazon and Adorama.

Sony A7rII savings:
$310 off on the Grey imported an 1 year seller warranty Sony A7rII at Deals-All-Years eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the Open Box Sony A7rII at Samys eBay (Click here).
$$$ of feee extras on the normal US warranty A7rII sold at BuyDig eBay (Click here).

October 18, 2015
Posted in reviews

(Guest Post by Dierk Topp) The new Nissin Di700A & Air 1 wireless TTL flash for Sony


The new Nissin Di700A & Air 1 wireless TTL flash for Sony

I used the great wireless i-TTL flash for many years with my Nikon DSLRs and after switching to Sony some time ago I was missing this wireless TTL flash most.
Many weeks ago I read about the new Nissin flashes here at SAR and tried to order them. Many dealers offered the flash and some the commander Air1 too, but no one could deliver! I had to wait several weeks, till I got the kit set and one extra flash unit.

I want to mention, that I payed for the gear and do this post for the readers of SAR!
you find the following pictures here in my flickr album

Here is what I got.

The camera is the A7RII with the Zeiss Batis 2/25mm. The Air 1 commander is mounted on the camera, the two flashes are mounted on the included stands and you can see the box with the batteries. Nissin offers extra battery holders for a fast replacement of batteries during shooting. They also offer extra power boosters. If you want more info go to the Nissin homepage.

The A7RII with the Zeiss Otus 1.4/85 and the Nissin Di700A (do some exercises
for you arm befor you start shooting :-) )


I would like to share with you how I used the flashes.

Let’s start with a typical setup for a portrait.

One flash simply bounced against the white wall and ceiling.

Sony A7RII with Zeiss Makro-Planar 2/100@f/5.6

And one flash with a silver umbrella reflector

Sony A7RII with Zeiss Otus 1.4/85@ f/4

Next is a test with the use of HSS (high-speed synchronization)

This HSS also works with the A7R and even with the NEX-6!!

A7RII with Otus 1.4/85@ f/4 and 1/640. One flash and umbrella reflector.

I reduced the exposure of the background by -3 EV. With shorter exposure times you can of course eliminate the ambient light completely.

the same situation with automatic exposure without flash, f/4



Sony A7RII with Zeiss Makro-Planar 2/100 ZE@ f/11,

one remote flash outdoor

Sony A7RII with Micro Nikkor PC 85mm/2.8
light tent, two flashes left and right



Sony A7RII with Zeiss Makro-Planar 2/100@ f/11 light tent, two flashes left and right

Same set up, the exposures with white object and black object are both perfect!


All with Sony A7RII and Zeiss Batis 2/25mm@ f/2.5, 1/250, ISO 100 first without flash

Two flashes in front of the building, same camera and lens, same time

Again two flashes positioned next to the camera, f/2.0, same time, distance to the building about 40m!

and last but not least

Digitizing with Sony A7RII for slide/film

copy slides and negatives with 5.300 DPI, exposure controlled with TTL

The set up:
this is a normal bellows, in this case for Nikon, with a slide duplicator adapter. The lens is a Leica Focotar 4.5/50mm enlarger lens. You will get enlarger lenses for very good prices now. It is set on f/11. Or look for “Slide Duplicator”, I just saw one for 87$ including the bellows.

There are not many scanners, that can do it and with this set up you need only seconds per “scan”, no scanner is that fast. For 6 negatives you need about 20 seconds, every image ist perfectly exposed.

To protect the lens against the flash, I put some dark paper over the lens and the slide holder. Not used here for better demonstrating the set up.

What I like:
the price
the menu system
wireless radio (tested up to 30m, may be more), not IR
zoom reflector from 24-200mm and 16mm
three groups of multiple flashes
individual remote control of exposure and zoom reflector for every group
remote control of TTL with/without HSS or manual exposure from 1/1 to 1/128

What I don’t like


I hope, these infos are helpful for you




October 18, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Yuri Afanasiev
Summer 2015 on Mars. Sony A7RM2 + SONY 16-35 mm F/2.8 (SAL-1635Z) | f / 8,0 |ISO 500 | 1/25000| JPG |
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3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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