June 19, 2015
Posted in news

Interview with Sony managers Y. Hori and R. Noguchi: DSLT development is continuing and A7sII hints….



First a heads-up: The Sony A7rII and the new RX cameras are now available for preorder in USA and in Europe. So check out the updated preorder list here:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, 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.

Mirrorlessons interviewed the Sony Europe Product Managers Y. Hori and R. Noguchi. And here are some of the key info they shared:

1) Image stabilization: The A7r II image stabilisation unit itself is more advanced and complicated than the one used on the A7II. This because it has almost double the number of pixels of the A7II. That said the A7rII has same 4.5 step compensation as the A7II.

2) A-mount future: Sony answered that yes they are still developing the DSLT line and: “SLT cameras still offers some advantages like longer batter life, better grip, and whole functionally is still like DSLRs. We believe customers are still there and that they will love these DSLT cameras.

3) Uncompressed RAW: Mr Hori simply says: “I’ve heard of this request. If there is a high demand, we can consider developing it in the future.

4) A7sII: When asked if we can expect to see a new A7sII Mr. Hori answer is: “I hope so. *laughs* Of course I cannot comment but you can imagine, before today, the people wanted in-body stabilisation for the A7r. That was the most frequent feedback from the consumers. So we made this A7r II with even higher resolution. But I cannot comment on future products.”

To sum up: I really do hope Sony will at last announce a new A99II sometimes in September to give the A-mount line a proper “revival”. And on the E-mount front I guess no SAR reader has any single doubt there will be a new A7sII within 6-9 months from now :)

June 19, 2015
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Interview with Zeiss about the new Batis lenses: “We made them because the A7 system is exploding” :)


Cine Gear interviewed the Zeiss US manager and here are some info spilled out:

– Batis is a “progression” of the Touit lens series.
– A7 platform is “exploding” on the market. It’s a hot camera mount system and our job is to do lenses for it.
– Also women are interested in the A7 series
– Batis focusing is quick and silent
– Documentary shooters prefer autofocus lenses like the Batis
– Strategy with Batis lenses is not to compete with other lenses from Sony
– Difference between Sony-Zeiss lenses (like 55mm FE) and Zeiss lenses (like Loxia and Batis):  Sony follows Zeiss and design protocol but manufacturers and distributes the lens independently from Zeiss

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

June 19, 2015
Posted in news

DxO uses the Sony 1 inch sensor and makes a (smarter?) plugin smartphone camera!



The software maker DxO just made their very first hardware. And it’s a Sony QX competitor, a plugin photocamera! The “DxO One” uses the Sony 1 inch 20MP sensor in a very compact and portable device which unlike the QX cameras you simply plugin into your iPhone. I have not tested that jiggle yet but from the pictures it really looks like a more handy solution than the Sony QX. it’s more compact, it has a hardware connection (no Wifi or Bluetooth connection needed) and also from the ergonomic it looks more “balanced”.

There is a short video and many more info on their DxO website. What do you think about it?



June 19, 2015
Posted in rumors

UPDATED: Sigma to announces the first Full Frame f/2.0 zoom lens!



UPDATE: Sigma announced an amazing f/2.0 constant aperture Full Frame zoom lens! It’s a 24-35mm f/2 DG HSM Art Full Frame. But there is a bad news…there will be no A-mount version yet. But as it happened in the past a Sony A-mount and Pentax K-mount version are likely to be announced 6-12 months after the first Canon/Nikon/Sigma mount release.

P.S.: Their 24-105mm FF A-mount lens is still not in Stock yet :(

Images via Digicameinfo.


June 18, 2015
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Sony A7rII to ship in late July in USA and Australia. Early August in Europe.


There is some confusion about the shipping date of the new A7rII. Sony officially stated the camera will ship in August. But different stores give different dates:

July 28 at BHphoto (Click here)
August 30 at Amazon (Click here)
August 7 at Cameta Germany (Click here).
August at Wexphotographic UK (Click here).
Late July at CameraPro Australia (Click here).

Let’s see what store placed the correct “guess” on the date :)

More A7rII news:
Sony A7R II, RX10 II, RX100 IV Hands-on Photos (Photographyblog).
Sony A7R II: primeras impresiones (Quesabesde).
Hands-On with the Sony RX10 MKII and RX100 MK4 (Mirrorlessons).
Field test by Brian Smith.
Sony brings all its new tech to A7 line (Cnet Youtube)
SONY A7R II – toma de contacto y analisis (DSLRmagazine).
Sony Alpha 7R II, CyberShot RX10 II und RX100 IV: Revolutionäre Sensortechnologie? (Photoscala).

USA preorders:
A7rII at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Uniquephoto.

Europe preorders:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT.
RX100m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT.

June 18, 2015
Posted in rumors

New Nikon F to Sony E-mount electronic autofocus adapter coming soon!



Electronic E-mount adapters are highly requested but difficult to make. We have electronic adapter for Canon EF from Metabones (Click here) and Kipon (Click here). And also an electronic adapter for Contax from Techart (Click here).

But now we are close to get a very important new electronic adapter for Nikon F lenses! Xjirumo spotted that adapter made by an unnamed chinese company. It’s said that the adapter is almost ready for production. This really would be a BIG good news for all those Nikon lens owners that want to use their lenses with full autofocus and electronic aperture control on the Sony E-mount cameras! And in particular those of you who preordered the new Sony A7rII can epxect the autofocus performance to be “decent” thanks to the hybrid AF system! I hope to get some more info about the adapter soon.

USA preorders:
A7rII at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Uniquephoto.


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