November 5, 2015
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Preorder the new RX1RII. Ships on November 25.

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RX1RII

You can finally preorder the new RX1RII at Amazon US (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). According to them the first shipment will start on November 25. The RX1RII is world’s first FF camera with optical variable low pass filter and is assembled by experts in Japan for prefect alignment between lens and sensor.

US deal reminder:
The grey imported (1 year US warranty) Sony A7rIi now sells for $2,699 on eBay US (Click here).OneCall is having some cool Sony Open Box offer. All items come with regular 1 year US Sony warranty:
$200 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens (Click here).
$220 off on the Sony A7II (Click here).
$700 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 A-mount lens (Click here).
$160 off on the 55-210mm E-mount lens (Click here).
$60 off on the A6000 with kit lens (Click here).
$30 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens (Click here).

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November 5, 2015
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(SR4) Looks like the Sony A6100 will be announced (at last!) by mid-end November?

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A6000gariz
Image on top shows the current A6000 with Gariz case.

Sony just announced the new Sony A68. And the Sony A6100 should come very soon too! One of the sources who shared the A68 release info also said he knows the ASP-C E-mount camera will be announced within weeks in a much more “bigger event”.

So far we have some undconfirmed A6100 specs and info via three new sources:

28MP Exmor R sensor (SR2 from Source_1)
399 AF points (SR2 from Source_1)
4D autofocus (SR3 from Source_2)
internal 4K recording (SR3 from Source_2)
shipment late 2015 (SR3 from Source_2)
A6xxx announcement soon (SR4 from Source_3)

Stay tuned on SAR! More rumors and info coming the next hours!

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November 5, 2015
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Announced! Sony introduces α68 A-mount camera with 4D FOCUS!

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A68

It’s officially announced! Our soruces were spot on and here is the new Sony A68!  This is the full press text:

Uncompromising features and performance for demanding amateur photographers

  • 4D FOCUS for fast, accurate tracking autofocus with world’s highest[i] number of 79 AF points
  • Translucent Mirror Technology™ delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fps[ii] continuous shooting
  • 24MP[iii] APS-C Exmor™ CMOS image sensor delivers wide ISO 100-25600[iv] sensitivity range
  • BIONZ X image processing engine enables the capture of high-quality images
  • Precise OLED Tru-Finder, tiltable LCD monitor, top display panel and custom controls
  • SteadyShot INSIDE works with all 34 A-mount lenses
  • Full HD video with high bit-rate 50Mbps XAVC S[v] format

The new α68 (ILCA-68)camera from Sony lets enthusiastic photographers discover even more creative opportunities with their precious collection of A-mount lenses.

Inheriting many pro-style features from the acclaimed α77 II, the α68 features Sony’s unique 4D FOCUS system that delivers extraordinary AF performance under any shooting conditions – even in lighting as low as EV-2 where other cameras struggle.

This phase detection system uses no less than 79 autofocus detection points including 15 cross points, plus a dedicated F2.8 AF sensor point for dimly-lit scenes. It all adds up to fast, wide area AF with predictive tracking that locks faithfully onto fast-moving subjects.And thanks to Sony’s uniqueTranslucent Mirror Technology, the α68 delivers constant AF tracking at up to 8fpsii continuous shooting.

Whether you’re shooting stills or movies, peerless image quality is assured by the 24MP APS-C Exmor CMOS image sensor with wide ISO 100-25600iv sensitivity range. It’s teamed with Sony’s speedy BIONZ X image processor that uses Detail Reproduction and Diffraction-reducing Technologies plus Area-specific Noise Reduction for pristine, finely detailed shots every time.

Full HD movies use the efficient XAVC Sv format for high bit rate recordings at up to 50 Mbps with outstanding detail and low noise. And thanks to Sony’s unique Translucent Mirror Technology, you can enjoy non-stop continuous autofocus that effortlessly tracks moving subjects for crisp, professional looking footage, whichever format you choose to record in.

With a powerful array of creative features to explore, theα68 has plenty to offer experienced amateurs as well as step-up photographers and newcomers to interchangeable lens cameras.

Framing stills and movies is a pleasure through the clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder. 100% frame coverage ensures you see exactly what you’re shooting, with high contrast and faithful colour reproduction helping you focus manually with absolute confidence.

Complementing the Tru-Finder, the 2.7-type LCD monitor tilts up to 135 degrees upwards or 55 degrees downwardsfor comfortable composition from a wide variety of shooting angles. Serious photo enthusiasts will also value the backlit top display that allows quick confirmation of camera settings, whether you’re shooting handheld or on a tripod.

As found on the critically praised α7 series, there’s a control wheel on the camera’s rear that allows quick fingertip adjustment of camera settings. In addition, 10 customisable buttons can be assigned for instant access to frequently-used functions. There is a front control dial for quick adjustments of settings and a sturdy grip to ensure that you are balanced, even when using heavyweight prime or telephoto lenses.

SteadyShot INSIDE reduces the effects of camera shake for blur-free handheld shooting – at all focal lengths and with any compatible lens.

The inclusion of a Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal lets you expand creative options further with a wide range of optional accessories, including flashes, lights, microphones and remote commanders.

The new α68 A-mount interchangeable lens camera from Sony will be from March 2016 for approximately €600 body only or €700 with DT18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM II lens.

– Ends –

α68 (ILCA-68) technical specifications

Lens mount A-mount
Image sensor APS-C (23.5 x15.6 mm)Exmor CMOS image sensor
Number of pixels (effective) Approx. 24 megapixels
Recording format Still JPEG(DCF Ver.2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant),
RAW(Sony ARW 2.3 format)
Movies XAVC S format /AVCHD format Ver.2.0 compliant/MP4
Media Memory Stick PRO Duo, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo, Memory Stick Micro (M2), SD memory card, SDHC memory card(UHS-I compliant), SDXC memory card(UHS-I compliant, microSD memory card, microSDHC memory card, microSDXC memory card
Focus system Type Phase detection AF
Focus point 79 points (including 15 cross points), F2.8 AF sensor point
Sensitivity range EV-2 – 18(at ISO 100 equivalent)
Exposure control Metering type 1200 zone-equivalent metering
Sensitivity Range Still Images: ISO 100 – 25600 (1/3 EV steps) Movies: ISO100 – 12800 equivalent (1/3 EV steps)
Shutter Shutter Speed Still images:1/4000 to 30sec, Bulb, Movies:1/4000-1/4sec
Electronic front curtain shutter Yes(On/Off)
SteadyShot INSIDE (image stabilisation) Type Still: Image Sensor-Shift mechanism Movie: Electronic
Drive Continuous shooting speed Continuous Advance Priority AE: Max. 8fps, Continuous shooting Hi: Max. 5fps, Continuous shooting Lo: Max. 2.5fps
Movie Mode
(Resolution/
Frame Rate/
Bit Rate)
XAVC S HD 1920 x 1080 50Mbps (30p/25p[vii], 24p)
AVCHD 1920 x 1080 24Mbps(FX), 17Mbps(FH) (60i/50ivii)
1920 x 1080 24Mbps(FX), 17Mbps(FH) (24p/25pvii)
MP4 1440 x 108012Mbps , VGA3Mbps
Viewfinder Type Electronic viewfinder (OLED Tru-Finder)
Total number of dots 1,440,000 dots
Field coverage 100%
Magnification Approx. 0.88x (35mm camera equivalent: Approx. 0.57x) with 50mm lens at infinity, -1m-1
LCD screen Type 2.7″ type TFT LCD
Total number of dots 460,800 dots
Adjustable angle Up approx. 135 degrees, down approx. 55 degrees
Audio Microphone Built-in stereo microphone
Speaker Built-in, monaural
Interface Multi Interface Shoe, HDMImicro connector (Type-D),Microphone terminal (3.5mmStereo minijack), Multi/Micro USB Terminal, DC-IN Terminal
Built-in Flash GN12 (ISO100, m, Flash angle 16mm)
Battery Rechargeable battery pack NP-FM500H
Weight Approx.610g (Body Only) / Approx.690g (With battery and media)
Dimensions (W x H x D, CIPA compliant) Approx. 142.6 × 104.2 × 80.9 mm
Operating temperature 0-40°C

Sony A68 images:
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November 5, 2015
Posted in rumors

Hot! First picture of the new Sony A68!!!

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This is the very first picture of the Sony A68! It’s displayed at the Salon De La Photo show in Paris. Image courtesy: Fisheyelemag on Twitter!

The known specs so far are:
SLT A-mount model (translucent mirror)
24 megapixel sensor
79 AF points
19 AF Cross points.
4D autofocus (seems to be the same as the A77II)
LCD info display on top of the camera
Price around $600
Shipment early 2016.

Stay tuned on SAR as more hot rumors are coming!!!

Thanks Alex!

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November 5, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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PIX2015 – Cristina Mittermeier – Water’s Edge – Keynote – Sony

Zeiss Milvus 1.4/50 reviewed on the Sony A7 (Phillip Reeve).
Why the Sony a7 II is Great for Event Photography (Digitalrev).
Getting to know the sony a7rii + fe 90mm/2.8 macro g oss lens (Tomnguyenstudio).
Tamron 16-300mm Sony mount lens review: Super-zoom reimagined (DxOmark).
Carl Zeiss Jena Flektogon 35mm/2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
Batis 25mm test at Ascii.jp.
Lensbaby Velvet 56 mm f/1,6 : le test (Focus Numerique).

Alexandre:I shot the candidates for the beauty pageant Miss Grand International 2015. I used my Sony A7rII, the Zeiss lens FE55mmF1.8 and the flash Sony F43M.
http://traveljournalist.com/miss-grand-international-2015-beauty-pageant-in-bangkok/

Kabir:Figured I’d share some of my A7- series work with you given I haven’t seen much underwater work on the blog. I specialize in filming underwater predators and have been pleased with what these little cameras can do! Amazing times…
CARIBBEAN REEF SHARKS: https://vimeo.com/142458026
BULL SHARKS: https://vimeo.com/142452645

 

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