November 23, 2013
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In France: A7 for EUR 1.269 costs less than high end APS-C cameras.

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For unkown reasons Amazon France (Click here) sells the A7 for 230 Euro less(!) than other EU prices. I don’t know if non-french residents can order it.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT
Sony G 28-70mm lens at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

November 23, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Sony RX10 in Stock in USA/Canada. New reviews roundup!

EOSHD Sony Shootout Part 1 – RX10, A7R, FS100, RX1 from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

For the first time the new Sony RX10 superzoom camera is marked as in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Henrys (Click here). And we also have new reviews to link to:

EosHD posted that comparison video you see on top. And he writes:

The RX10 is really impressing me. Considering the sensor is stuffed full of megapixels (20MP) it has a very clean image. Obviously that full pixel readout is really helping. The RX10 handles beautifully. The lens just feels fantastic. Never used such a nice aperture ring before on a fixed lens camera. In stepless mode it’s smooth and ultra precice.

There is also one full new review at ePhotozine:

The RX10 feels extremely well built, with a solid body and ample rubber grip, making it feel comfortable to hold in hand. The large number of manual controls on the camera, such as aperture and exposure compensation makes the camera feel like a real camera, rather than just an electronic gadget, and the build quality and large high quality lens goes a long way to justify the price of the camera.

UPDATE: A little italian story with the RX10 at Cinema5D.

P.S: One more Review at DigitalcameraHQ.

November 23, 2013
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7 and A7r readers tests…


SONY A7R Unboxed, Size comparison with M9 & OM-D, plus lens adapters for M Mount and Canon

SAR readers are receiving their A7-A7r cameras. You are free to send me your testings so that I can post them on SAR. Here is a first roundup (more will follow soon):

Readers mail:

Chandler:I found some really interesting video quality tests featuring the a7, a7r, RX10, and the 7D:
Part 1 – Noise in Video Mode (a7r, RX10, 7D): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fnXYhXPvXeo
Part 2 – Dynamic Range/Noise (a7, a7r): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cch1LJxP634
Part 3 – Underexpose > bringing it back in post (a7, a7r, RX10, 7D): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5zYH7YhRW8
Part 4 – Moire and Image Detail (a7, a7r, RX10, 7D): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3zEQlGd0FC8
Part 5 – Video Autofocus (a7, a7r): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmj17IFjyT4
On personal note, I am utterly shocked at the quality of the RX10 footage. It clearly surpasses the a7r and a7 not only in the image detail/moire test but matches it on the noise front and holds detail in the blacks better! Whatever Sony did to get that full-read-out of the 1″ chip on the RX10 is amazing, and I hope they find a way to implement that feature on APS-C/Super 35mm sensors in the near future!

Ohm:Though I may be in the minority here, I would like to share with Ai/S Nikon lens users the ins and outs of the Sony a7r, which I picked up just today. I’ve put up a few pictures showing Nikon lenses attacked to the a7r via the excellent Novoflex adapter.
I feel that the a7r will be a good system, but it isn’t ready to replace a dedicated Nikon SLR- at least not for manual focusing. Even with focusing aids, it seems that the a7r isn’t as good a platform with fast glass like the Nikkor 50/2 Ai. It works, but it works as via proxy- and at times slowly.
But I’m a still life audio photographer. The D800 got in my way. I have time to shoot and Sony’s live view is far better than Nikon’s. So is its wireless tethering options for iPhone and iPad. I use these tools as I set up a shot, often moving reflectors and flags a hundred times in order to get the right light.
Anyway, I am putting together a few thoughts (and images) of the a7r with the tools of my trade and will compile a list of do’s and don’ts for the system. I’m quite excited, but am not confident that the a7 or r will replace a good OVF system for fast manual glass usage for event photographers who are on flashes and strobes and in need of the best interface for their lenses.
You can find my growing summary here:
http://ohm-image.net/opinion/photophile/sony-alpha-a7r-and-novoflex-nexnik-and-astatnex

Miguel:RAW2NEF support for SONY A7 and A7r ARW files is complete, and ready to receive the A7s next week. Find here a complete release, including Windows binaries for 64 and 32 bit, a Mavericks Mac Os binary, and the source code to compile it in any other Mac OS version. http://bagnonm.blogspot.com.es/search/label/RAW2NEF

Albert:Just got my a7r, put it on Noctilux 0.95…Woo, I am 100% impressive. The color it render (even jpg) is better than M240 in my mind. Still, M9 is still the best but the details it brings, IMPRESSIVE! These may be news anymore. Use as you want. Or just enjoy how Sony bring to us.  Have Fun!
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68666702@N00/10867671625/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68666702@N00/10867954923/sizes/o/in/photostream/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/68666702@N00/10867980193/sizes/o/in/photostream/
All are full size jpg.”

Byhyew:Admin, I just did a review with a production sample A7 and Voigtlander 21 1.8 combo.
It was freezing on the Eiffel Tower and I didn´t bring a tripod.
But I was able to quickly snap some shots at ISO400 and ISO800, if I recall correctly, with the camera held on the fence.
I posted my review on xitek, at http://forum.xitek.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1237149&pid=50839317&ordertype=1&extra=#pid50839317
The 100% images are available on FLICKR, at http://www.flickr.com/photos/23000374@N05/10967370475/

Cityusam:Legacy lens test:
http://cityusam01.blogspot.com/2013/11/sony-a7-with-21mm-28mm-leica-ltm-m.html
http://cityusam01.blogspot.com/2013/11/sony-a7-with-35mm-leica-ltm-m-mount-lens.html
http://cityusam01.blogspot.com/2013/11/sony-a7_14.html
http://cityusam01.blogspot.com/2013/11/sony-a7-with-75mm-leica-ltm-m-mount-lens.html

Anonymous: “Sony A7R Menu Walkthrough on Youtube.

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT
Sony G 28-70mm lens at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

November 22, 2013
Posted in reviews

DxO: Best lenses for the A77. NEX-5t test too.

Best normal-tele primes list.

Dxomark posted a double Sony related testing:

1) Best lenses for the Sony A77 (Click here to read). As expected most of the times Zeiss lenses are on top :)

2) NEX-5T sensor text (Click here to read). They write: “It’s human nature to feel disappointed that Sony didn’t improve the sensor between this and the NEX-5R but the few improvements in features over that model are welcome nonetheless.

November 22, 2013
Posted in reviews

First Zeiss 55mm FE lens review via SLRgear! Says it “is a fantastic fast prime lens”

We finally got a first review of the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE. Thanks to SLRgear.com (Click here to read it). And the testing show an impressive performance of the lens! SLRgear writes:

Optically, this lens is a stellar performer, as many Zeiss lenses are, with very sharp images on both the new full-frame cameras as well as sub-frame Sony cameras. Other factors like chromatic aberration and distortion are practically nonexistent with this lens, but there is noticeable vignetting, particularly on full-frame cameras at wider apertures — a pretty small price to pay for outstanding performance otherwise.

This lens is a real surprise. I want one, I preordered one :)

It will ship in late December and you can get it at (Click on the shop name to check lens price and availability): Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT.

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT
Sony G 28-70mm lens at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

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