August 14, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony A7 with lens now sells for $1,519 (almost $300 off).

The A7 series cameras are seeing many deals lately. And the A7 with kit lens now sells with an almost $300 rebate at 6ave on eBay (Click here). And the A7r sells for $200 off at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click here). And there is also a $900 A7/A7s/A7r reward deal at Amazon US (Click here).

Despite all those deals I have no info yet about a replacement for the A7 series. The chances are higher we will simply see a new “different” line of Full Frame E-mount cameras soon :)

 

August 14, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Multiple Sony announcements (August 19, Sept 3 and more).

There will be definitely multiple Sony announcements the coming weeks:

- On August 19 will announce the new A5100 E-mount camera
- On September 3 Sony will announce the new QX30 (30x zoom lenscamera)
- The “heavy stuff” will be announced right before Photokina. This will likely include the new RX and A-mount cameras and the many(!) new E and A-mount lenses.

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August 13, 2014
Posted in news, rumors

First image of the new Speedmaster Dark Knight PRO 50mm f/0.95 FE lens.

This is the first image of the new Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount “Dark Knight” Pro edition lens. It will soon replace the current “normal” version which is sells for $849 at BHphoto or $899 on eBay.

As reported before these are the improvements of the new version:

1. Improved lens coating, which makes the lens have better performance
2. Filter thread changed to 67mm from 58mm
3. New bayonet lens hood to prevent light flare and improve “back light “s situation performance.

August 13, 2014
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…


Sony 70-200mm F4 G series FE Lens Review

A7s for Astrophotography at 3D-Kraft.
A7s vs GH4 at DSLRmagazine (google translation here).
capturing still frames off Sony video footage (PMRphoto).

JT:people always asking which 135mm ZA or ZF. Have a look at this: http://jorgetorralba.com/?p=166

Andrei:I’m Andrei, a happy new owner of the A7s. As a long time reader, I wanted to share with you a slow motion S-Log 2 evening rain test and some first thoughts. https://vimeo.com/102817633
Everything was shot at 120 fps 270p with ISO values over 3200. Light was less than ideal and I had a hard time getting perfect exposure because of the pouring rain. The lens is the Sony Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS. Shot in S-Log 2, with modified profile, graded with Film Convert.
Observations:
- The lens is much better than some say. It’s just not as great as the 55mm 1.8 or 35mm 2.8, but OSS is very good and colour reproduction very nice. I’m not a pixel-peeper.
- The A7s held up well in the pouring rain, I only had an umbrella so lots of raindrops spilled on the camera and the lens.
- After some 2 hours of shooting, some blue hot pixels appeared which I noticed only afterwards. Scared, I thought of sending the camera back as it is still new, but then I read online that sony maps out “bad” pixels in software and fixes them on the fly. To force a remap just set the date to a month in advance and turn the camera off. It will take a picture before shutting off, after which they’re magically gone. You can set the date back afterwards. Hope the sensor is fine though…

Jorge:Good story on Sony 50 http://jorgetorralba.com/?p=28

August 13, 2014
Posted in deals

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