October 5, 2014
Posted in news

New FS7 test (And Sony freezes bubbles in 4K)


This is a first video sample shot on that fantastic new 4K E-mount FS7. XDcam-User writes:

Where this camera will be really good is when combined with the new 28-135mm f4 servo zoom lens. Typically par-focal lenses with this kind aperture and zoom ratio cost in excess of $30K. The FS7 combined with this lens will be a killer combination and that’s why I have ordered one.

Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto (Click here).
28-135mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.

And to promote 4K Sony Germany had the strange idea to show how bubble freeze 🙂 The effect is quite cool although I don’t see what’s the 4K advantage here. But that doesn’t matter i guess…it’s all about going viral here:

October 4, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Austin Troth‎
Self Portrait
Sony a7r + Canon FD 20mm f2.8

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: https://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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October 4, 2014
Posted in deals

First $100 off on the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A-mount lens.


This is the first deal I ever saw on the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A-mount lens: You grab it for $100 less at CameraLand one Bay (Click here). Full 4 year warranty and free shipping included!

Other current Sony deals:
1) Sony RX100 sells for $329 only at eBay US (Click here).
Up to $100 mail in rebate on four Tamron A-mount lenses sold at BHphoto (Click here).
3) $300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
4) The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
5) The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
6) 46% off on the Sony double SD card pack sold by FocusCamera on eBay (Click here).

Sony refurbished deals:
Sony FE 70-200mm for $1.199,99 at eBay US.
55mm f/1.8 FE Zeiss now sells for $887 on eBay US (Click here).
RX100m2 with bag and SD card for $474 at eBay US.
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore and on eBay US.
SonyA77m2 for $899 at eBay US.
RX1 for $2,099 at SonyStore.

October 4, 2014
Posted in reviews

First Loxia lens tests at Dearsusans, BMCR and BerlinBackstage.



Image courtesy: Berlin Backstage.

Berlin Backstage (google translation here) tested both Loxia lenses and explained that these lenses are completely different from the current 35 and 55 FE from Sony. With the Loxia you will approach the photography in a complete other way. These lenses are made for manual focusing lovers! For Berlin-Backstage Zeiss was 100% spot on to release those focal length lenses first!

DearSuasans tested the 50mm Loxia:

It is not a spectacular lens, like a Macro when it comes to detail, or the FE55 when it comes to sharpness, but it just does everything so well. Colours are first rate. Detail is excellent, including at infinity. Sharpness is excellent.

Hands-on and few image samples at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews:

When Zeiss made the announcement, I couldn’t help but wonder why they decided to release two focal lengths that already exist in Sony’s AF series…But after trying them today, I have to admit that my first impressions are really positive about the two lenses. The image quality they produce seems really exceptional on both the A7r and A7s. But most importantly, they perfectly suit Sony’s full frame mirrorless system because they are small and therefore enhance the portability of the system.

P.S.: The Loxia 50mm is alreayd shipping in Germany (like here on eBay).

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

October 3, 2014
Posted in news

Protecting your Intellectual Property as a Photographer (by Robert Kramers)



This is a guest post from Robert Kramers. If you want to write an article for SAR just contact me (Andrea) at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

Protecting your Intellectual Property as a Photographer

It goes without saying that photographs are the most important part of a photographer’s job.

The images they snap are what gets them recognition and ensures that the bills are paid at the end of the month. Therefore, as a photographer it is vital that you preserve these images – stamp them with a mark of your identity and let the world know that they’re yours.

Protecting your intellectual property applies perhaps more to photographers than to any other art form. Everyone knows that they can’t use and resell music without the permission of the artist, just as much as they know that they can’t use and resell works of art, novels or even articles, but in the modern age – mainly thanks to social media and the popularity of “picture posts” and of sites like Instagram – photographs are being widely used without the permission of the photographer.

A pitcure is worth 1000 words, as they say – and it’s true. Being able to capture moments with no more than a lens and an eye for some detail is truely a powerful art in itself. Images, photographs and pictures resonate with human beings on almost all emotional levels. It’s for that reason that professional photograhpers are so often sought after and why many of us as individuals like to capture those photo book moments.

Photography and Copyright

As a photographer you have as many rights as a musician or a writer, and the way you safeguard your work from copyright theft, and the way you claim ownership of said work, is exactly the same for you as it is for them. Essentially as soon as the work is created then the copyright is established. So, from the moment you snap that picture, then the copyright has been created. The trick is for you to then prove that the work is yours, which can be done in a number of ways

  • If you have the original photograph still stored on the camera then this might be all the proof you need, a negative of the photograph will work in the same way.
  • Embedding copyright details into your images with the use of EXIF data is possibly one of the best ways as it is hidden from the untrained.

Avoid having to take action

If anyone uses that image without your permission then you are in a position to take legal action against them, although this doesn’t have be the first move that you make and there are likely to be simpler ways to resolve any issues.

Many instances of copyright “theft” are mistakes made by innocent members of the public. Sending them a email that lets them know that you own the image and you want them to take it down, is often all that is required. If they refuse, then you could take matters further. Of course, if someone is actively selling your image then you should take immediate action.

To stop any ”accidental” theft, you can add trademarks and copyright notices to your images, known in the industry as watermarks. This will stop the casual user from stealing your images, and the ones who do will often just leave your trademark in. There are, of course, those who will just crop the picture to remove it, and to stop this there are more elaborate trademarks that you can use where the name of the owner, or a single word or logo, is superimposed / watermarked over the image to render it useless to anyone who intends to steal it for their own gain.

Sure, there are of course ways around this, but these are not commonly known and take a lot of time to execute, so you are limiting the amount of people who can and will steal your images.

Watermarking images with logos.



Adding trademark or copyright notices to the bottom of your images.



Finding and proving it!

Checking to see if your photographs are being used without your permission is easier these days, thanks to Google Image Search.

There are also companies out there that will provide this proof for you and work on behalf of many artist mediums. They work by asking you to upload your files (images, documents, etc) which are then stored on a database. If a problem arises and proof is needed, they can access that database to provide proof of when the image was taken and when it was uploaded, which is usually all that is required. These can be costly though and often you can replicate these services by simply creating an email account and then mailing all of your work to that account.

Robert Kramers (robertkramers.com).


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