August 3, 2015
Posted in reviews

RX100m4 is a dream for videographer and has surprising RAW files too. New Nauticam housing announced.

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Jordan from Thecamerastoretv team reviewed the Sony RX100 IV. And in very short he claims this is the best pocketable camera you can get, a dream for videographer and what’s more surprising is that the RAW files show a huge(!) dynamic range improvement you don’t see on the normal JPG files.

And Nauticam announced the new RX100m4 housing. It costs $995 and it will ship…now!

A7rII and RX camera store links:
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 DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DEUK, 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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August 3, 2015
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A7s vs A7rII low light battle. 40 year Hasselblad shooter sells everything and buys the A7rII.

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Image of the A7rII vs A7s by Cinema5D.

Cinema5D posted a A7s vs A7rII ISO (video) comparison (on vimeo here). They write:

– The Sony A7RII is good in terms of lowlight and certainly very good in comparison to many other 4K cameras out there.
– The noise floor of the Sony A7RII vs A7s seems similar, but the footage is cleaner on the Sony A7s.
– In terms of detail the Sony A7s can retain usable quality up into high ISO’s while the Sony A7RII lacks detail much sooner. We start to notice this in the shadow areas around 6,400-10,000 ISO. Shadow areas get washed out and become less usable even on an HD downconversion that we compare to the Sony A7s original as seen in the video above.

A 40 year long Hasselblad photographer finally sells everything to buy the Sony A7rII (SonyAlphaForum).
Richard Banton posted a full A7rII ISO range test shoooting on Flickr and on his blog rickybanphotography.com.
Wayne’s got G.A.S. posted two new A7rII videos on Youtube:
Sony A7Rii / A7R ii Still image noise tests at ISO 100 through to 25,600!
A 181 MegaPixel Panorama shot with the Sony A7Rii / A7R ii at 100% zoom to show the amazing detail
a7rii EFCS and Canon+adap​ter lenses: Work ok? Manual seems to indicates “no”. (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 25mm Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony A7rIi test images at Fotopolis.

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

A7rII Gariz case
The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too:
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).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

Reminder:

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Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.

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August 3, 2015
Posted in news

Sony aims to beat Nikon and Canon by focusing on the Full Frame market!

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Image from the Korea A7rII event by Koreatimes

Last Monday Sony had a big A7rII event in Korea. Koreatimes interviewed Sony Korea Manager Bae Ji-hoon and he said:

Sony will concentrate on full-frame cameras in the future. In the short run, we will target existing full-frame camera users and then attract those who use entry and mid-class models to upgrade their cameras in the long run, raising the popularity of full-frame cameras. To do so, we plan to boost our presence in the professional market such as photo studios and wedding photography. Besides the stagnant growth of the camera market, the entry-class segment of the lens-interchangeable camera market is slowing down drastically.
We held a 59 percent share in the mirror-less camera market last year and have been the top seller of mirror-less cameras for the last five years, but we have never topped the gross lens-interchangeable camera market on a yearly basis. Our goal this year is to become the leader in this market for the first time.

Koreatimes writes that Sony Korea pledged to focus on the full-frame camera market. Expectations are that Sony will seek to outperform Canon and Nikon, adding another blow after its success in the high-end compact camera and entry into the mid-end mirror-less camera segment.

And here are some videos from the event:

Two videos Showing a7rII – Burst and AF-C test
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TAzAlw6Kg_0
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IvotUOQiU78

And some from Korean a7rII event ( don’t understand a word)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZwhZrbZtv2c
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-mp0ZiN5ooM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yyr3Ck1Jb68

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

Thanks Matt!
via Dpreview.

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August 3, 2015
Posted in deals

Gold Box deal on the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 E-mount lens at Amazon US.

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There is a Gold Box deal on the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 E-mount lens at Amazon US (Click here). Don’t forget that aftertomorrow the first US bacth of A7rII cameras will ship at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.

For German readers: Heard the first A7rII stock will ship in 2 weeks from now at Fotomundus.

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August 3, 2015
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New A7rII videos (Newsshooter 5-axis test)

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Newsshooter tested the A7rII 5 axis system:

In short the 5-axis stabilisation worked a treat. As long as I was relatively steady the system kicked in and provided the extra bit of stability I needed. I found I could move very quickly between shots and get results that looked they had been shot using a shoulder rig.

Alex Pasquini posted that slow motion A7rII test video (via our SonyAlphaForum)

And here is a side by side comparison with the Sony RX1R, Fuji X100T, Canon 6D 7D, NX3000, Ricoh GR by Wayne’s got G.A.S.:

(found via TheNakedCamera).

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

Reminder:

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Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.

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August 2, 2015
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Cinema5D reviews the A7rII and says you should sell the A7s :)

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Reminder: 3 days only until the new A7rII ships at in USA at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto!

BBC camera man Johnnie Behiri posted the A7rII first impression review from a film makers point of view on Cinema5D. And he simply say:

Let me summarise it for you in two sentences:
– Sell your A7s (or any other photo camera that shoots video you currently have)
– Buy the new Sony A7rII ….

LOL :)
For him the A7rII “is currently the best photo camera that shoots video in the market“. Here is a video he shot with the A7rII:

One more thing: Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.

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And there is also a first super-super-superkit A7rII buy option at Amazon US (Click here).

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

 

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August 2, 2015
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New Batis lens test by Cinema5D (great video), Popphoto, Saihati and Miguel Quiles.

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“Those Goddamn Hippies” – DRIFT – Music Video – ZEISS Batis Review
from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

And Nino Leitner from Cinema5D posted that great video shot with the new Batis lenses and writes:

The Batis lenses should be considered by video shooters who need a very lightweight option on their E-Mount cameras, who don’t work with a focus puller or focus marks, or who own a gimbal like a MoVi M5 or DJI Ronin, as the low weight is perfect for these devices. Photographers who shoot on E-Mount cameras like the A7 series should get the Batis lenses if they are looking for decent autofocus, low weight and a very sexy new kind of bokeh. It goes without saying that these lenses are extremely sharp, which is usually ZEISS’s top priority when designing lenses. They are certainly not as sharp as the OTUS line, but they also come in in a different price bracket!

Popphoto posted a short Batis lens hands-on report:

In terms of sharpness, my eyeball tests suggests what you might already suspect: When you get the focus right, both lenses are extremely sharp, even under scrutiny available thanks to the A7r’s big resolution. The bokeh on both lenses is nice and smooth, with round specular highlights thanks to the circular aperture.

Miguel Quiles shot a BTS video for Rangefinder Magazine using the new Batis 85 and the A7II: youtube.com/watch?v=sMaX6gAH4FM

Fe 90 vs Batis 85 AF by Ahmed Saihati on Vimeo.

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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