July 5, 2015
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Guest post by Andreas Peters: A-mount vs E-mount (A77II vs A7II).

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A77II

This is a Guest post from Andreas Peters:

Last weekend I did some image tests that could be of interest for all SAR readers (and may also be published in your rumors blog)…

As an APS-C camera owner (first Samsung NX11, then Sony Alpha 65 and since last year Sony Alpha 77II) I’m currently tempted to switch to a full frame Sony camera but I prefer a-mount to e-mount as the current A7 series autofocus technology does not convince me (I’m therefore waiting for the A99 successor as I also own some very good a-mount full frame lenses).
One of my colleagues recently sold his complete Canon equipment and switched over to a Sony A7II. This was a perfect situation to do a direct comparison of the image quality under bad light conditions. The idea of this test was to have a 1:1 comparison of an identical low light scene shot with two cameras that have a lot of the technical specifications in common (identical 24.3MP resolution, same sensor generation, same BIONZ X image processor).

** Equipment **
Sony A7II with FE 55mm F1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T*
Sony A77II with Sigma 18-35mm F1.8 DC HSM Art

** Test setup **
All pictures were taken in the same room with the only light provided by a single light bulb.
The cameras were (one after another) mounted on the same tripod.
The Sigma lens was zoomed in to 35mm (in order to have the same image frame).
Focus was set manually to the white glue bottle (in the center of the frame)
Cameras were in Aperture priority mode and the aperture was fixed at F2.8
ISO was set to 100, 200, 400, 800, 1’600, 3’200, 6’400, 12’800 and finally 25’600
A shutter delay of 2s was used to prevent any shaking of the camera
No flash was used

Pictures were taken in RAW and converted to JPEG (in original resolution) using Lightoom 6 (without any noise reduction and other optimizations).
Please also check the comments section of my flickr album which contains more details about the exact Lightroom settings used for the JPEG conversion.

Link to my flickr album which contains all images in full resolution:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/andip66/sets/72157651289277893

** Results **
I was astonished to see that even a full frame sensor creates a lot of noise in higher ISO settings (honestly much more than I personally expected) when there is no noise reduction applied.
The amount of noise of the A77II in one ISO setting is – in best case – about the same as the A7II with 1 ISO setting higher (e.g. A77II at ISO 800 is similar to A7II at ISO 1’600).
At higher ISO’s (3’200 and above) this tends to go more towards a difference of almost 2 ISO settings higher.
When you furthermore take into consideration that the A77II even looses some light (due to the SLT technology) this result even more astonishing.

** Additional remarks **
It was not my intention to do a scientific test (those you can find all over the internet or in special photo magazines containing detailed Dead-Leaves, Kurtosis, etc. measures) but one from the real world which simply compares the images quality of two cameras which both provide optimal image quality for their sensor size.
All images are available in full resolution and can be downloaded – for your own pixel peeping comparison – from my flickr set “ISO comparison Sony A7II vs A77II”.
The tests at ISO 12’800 and 25’600 were done just for fun (in order to have a complete set of test results) as such high ISO values usually produce image quality which will not be satisfying (if you expect a perfect image quality).

kindes regards and greetings from Switzerland

Andreas

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July 5, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Anders on SonyAlphaForum.
Blossoming [A7II + 55mm in Japan]

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

Read the rest of this entry →

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July 4, 2015
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New lens deals on the Rokinon 85mm FE and Sigma lenses. $300 off on the A7s.

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We have some brand new deals on lenses!

$30 off on the Rokinon 85mm f/14. Full Frame lens:
E-mount (FE) 85mm at BHphoto (Click here).
A-mount 85mm at BHphoto (Click here).

$300 off on the A7s:
eBay Deals is promoting that $300 off deal on the A7s sold by DealsAllYear (Click here). It comes with 1 year US warranty and many free extras.

$200 off on those Sigma A-mount lenses:
Sigma 10-20mm at Adorama (Click here).
Sigma 17-50mm at Adorama (Click here).

$200 off on refurbished A7II cameras:
A7II body at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
A7II with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).

4th of July special deals page at BHphoto (Click here).

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July 4, 2015
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A7rII with canon glass test by Paul Gero!

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Sony a7rii with Metabones III and Canon 70-200 f2.8 IS II

SAR reader Paul Gero just sent me his feedback about the A7rII with canon glass test he made yesterday:

Yesterday I had a chance to get my hands on the Sony a7rII camera (it’s at Image One Camera and Video in Riverside today (7/3/15) until 5 PM, if you want to try it yourself!). I was especially interested in seeing how well the camera works with a Metabones III adapter and Canon EF glass — since so many pro photographers use EF lenses. I was very pleased with the results and I think Canon pros who want to use the glass they own on the smaller, lighter and full-featured Sony a7rii when it comes out very soon.
Please check out my blog post which includes some still photographs of the camera as well as a couple iPhone videos I did for Periscope yesterday.  Apologies in advance for the audio — busy store — but I think you’ll be able to get the sense that this camera will indeed work incredibly well with EF glass.  Note: the camera is not a final production model so the firmware will be even better and my Metabones probably should have updated firmware too.
Truly excited about what this camera is going to mean to my upcoming photography and projects!
Thanks to Rob Shelley​ from Sony and Shadi Sayes from Image One Camera & Video.
http://paulfgeroblog.com/hands-on-with-the-sony-a7rii-metabones-iii-adapter-and-canon-zoom-lenses/


Sony a7rii with canon 24-105L IS and Metabones 3

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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July 4, 2015
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New A7rII extensive autofocus test (in chinese!).

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The video you see here on top (via Youku.com) is a very extensive autofocus test of the new A7rII. Sadly it’s in Chinese only so only a small part of our readers will understand what they are talking about. Still you can scroll to the following minutes to see the autofocus speed: Minute 1:15, Minute 2:25, Minute 3:10 and Minute 4,47.

Our reader Jack also provided with a short description of the video (Thanks!):

This video is published by a group of Chinese professional photographer.They tested the A7r2 focusing ability using the native FE 70-200 f4 G lense , Alpha 70-200 f2.8 G lens with LA-EA3 and Alpha 70-200 f2.8 with LA-EA4.It’s obvious that the focusing speed is almost the same no matter using LA-EA3 or LA-EA4.
Besides, they also tested what they call the Eye Tracking AF.We can see that the focusing point  keeps trying to catch the tester’s eyes.
According to the testers, they are the only photographers who are permitted by Sony to release these review videos.So my advice is to hire a Chinese editor and translator because they will release another video about a7r2 using Canon ef lens and Nikon f lens tomorrow.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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July 4, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony SEL 24-240mm FE Lens Review

Current State of Camera Industry is like Star Wars~!? (SonyAlphaForum).
NEX-7 with a 140mm f/1.8 Projector Lens Makes the most beautiful photos (Diyphotography).
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II Hands-On (ePhotozine).
Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV Hands-On (ePhotozine).
α7 II + Prominar 12mm F1.8 (Dc.watch).
New Lens Profiles in Camera Raw 9.1 for three new A-mount lenses.
Sony A7II w/ Olympus 100mm f2 (SonyAlphaForum).

Thibault:I am B&W long exposure fine art photographer and a member of the Sony Artisans of Imagery Program
I wrote a blog article on my opinion on the new a7RII camera specs and in particular their implications in the domain of long exposure photography.
I thought your readers might be interested:
https://thibaultroland.wordpress.com/2015/06/11/new-sony-a7rii-release-my-opinion-in-7-points/

Anonymous:Not really a rumor, but there was another Sony camera (well… camcorder) that was announced also using a back-illuminated EXMOR R 1″ sensor: the HXR-NX100 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FEGbZZnFSlM

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July 3, 2015
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4th of July deals at BHphoto!

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A long list of 4th of July deals has been posted on a special BHphoto page (Click here). A special mention goes to the big price drop on the Manfrotto Agile II Sling Bag (Star White).

Reminder: The A7II Gariz cases fit on the A7rII too! Get them here at Amazon US (Click here) or on eBay here:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).

RX100m4 is in Stock for the first time today at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.

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