November 4, 2014
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Sony says there is no collaboration with Olympus on the camera business (and hints some medium format poker face)

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Sony unveiled at DSLRmagazine (google tranlsation) that they still are not working together with Olympus when it comes to develop cameras. For now the only real collaboration is on the medical business.

An interesting “psychological” analysis from DSLRmagazine. When they asked Sony about a possible future RX medium format camera Sony didn’t answer but the “poker face interpretation” from DSLRmagazine makes them believe the camera is coming for real 🙂

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November 4, 2014
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New great Sony A7s reviews and work roundup!

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Cool 4k timelapse videos and photos from Alpha user in Iceland and Guatemala  (part one and part two). Shot on A7r and A7s and pictures can be found on Flickr.

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Sony A7s store links: Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada. Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
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It’s time for the next great A7s reviews and work roundup! And til now I didn’t find one single reviewer hating the A7s. Quite the opposite…all do love the cam!

Josh McLeod did a full model shooting with the A7s:

Lately I seem to be shooting more and more with the Sony cameras, and the more I shoot with them the more I like them (both the A7 and A7s). I love pretty much everything about them, and for my shooting style they are pretty close to the perfect tool.

EosHD posted the second part of the A7s review:

The Sony A7S is the first camera to really beat the Canon 5D Mark III across the board at almost every level for both stills and video, especially the latter. The A7R did not have the video quality to rival the Canon, but the A7S is a different proposition altogether and raises the bar to another level, possibly signalling the end of DSLR domination in this area at the same time. I can think of no reason to shoot on stock Canon 5D Mark III video settings when you can shoot XAVC-S on the A7S.

Imaging Resource posted the second part of their A7s shooter report:

I love the shoot-anywhere-in-any-lighting capabilities with the A7S’ insane high ISO sensitivity, and the smaller 12MP images are a breeze to work with on most any computer and save a ton of space on hard drives and memory cards. Plus, the solid build and cool design make it easy and comfortable to use, and the completely silent shooting mode makes the Sony A7S great for candid street, travel and event photography.

Slow motion and low light test at Westcoastvisualfx:

Overall, I feel this camera meets and exceeds my needs allowing me to shoot in greater variety of situations more efficiently and quickly. I love the menu system, and do not mind the record button being on the right. You have to be careful with the rolling shutter, which when shooting cinematically is not a problem. The low light is so fun to play with, and I am very impressed with the slow motion. There are so many benefits to this camera over the Mark III and even the 7d Mark II (Not even release yet). I was able to switch without a problem. Oh, and it takes a pretty great photo too.

Great Chinese fireflies video shot on the Sony A7s (Youku.com with english subtitles).

Full Spanish A7s review at Quesabesde and said it’s the new “reina de la noche”…Queen of the night 🙂

Jeffrey sent me this: “I recently competed in Pittsburgh PA’s first ever 48 Hour Horror Film Project. It’s a film festival in which you are given certain elements to put into a film and you have 48 hours to write a script, shoot it, and edit a short movie, and my film, “RUNNER”, took the runner up prize in the festival. The reason I am telling you this is because the film was shot entirely on an a7s in a dimly lit basement and a dark park. Most of the shots in the basement were filmed with only one or two 60 watt lightbulbs to light the whole scene, and the images look great.
I would be flattered if you would be interested in sharing it on your site if you need some Halloween type content for the 31st. I’m very proud of the film, even with the few flaws it has — remember it was written, shot and edited in just two days. Also, if you do decide to use it, be sure to mention that it is a horror film, so it may not be safe for work, or for small children. Here it is: http://youtu.be/aTC9wd47ZQo

Andy:My team and I made a part time lapse/part urban exploration video of Miami shot with the Sony A7S, filmed entirely with just moonlight and street lights as light sources. The middle portion of the video was shot on Miami Beach under a full moon at 2 am (you can see the sequence of shots begin at the 1:06 mark of the video), and we were really stunned and satisfied with the results. Everything came out surreal, almost as if there were a green screen or dreamy backdrop against the ocean. Almost CGI like, but much more natural than CGI. I’ve included a link to view the video below. We’d really appreciate your feedback, and if you like the video, please feel free to post on your site! We’d truly be flattered! Thanks again for being such a great site! Link to video: https://vimeo.com/109654084

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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November 4, 2014
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Sony 70-200mm FE lens reviewed at CameraLabs and StuckinCustoms.

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Image sourtesy: Photozone.de.

The Sony FE 70-200mm f4G OSS has been reviewed at CameraLabs:

 I think you’ve got the message by now: if you want a decent 70-200mm in the native FE-mount, this is your only choice, so thank goodness it’s a decent one. Highly recommended.

StuckinCustoms also tested the lens and writes:

This lens is supa-dupa-light! It doesn’t have all that heft and size of its Nikon counterpart. It’s just amazing, really. I gave it to all my DSLR-carrying friends and they just look at me with a bitter expression. I love it.

Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here). In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

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November 3, 2014
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Last day of BHphoto special. $500 off on A77II and $100 off on A6000. last day of BHphoto special:

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Today is your last chance to grab a long list of special PhotoPlus deals offered at BHphoto (Click here). And those are the new really great Sony savings. Up to $500 off on the A77II kits and the $100 off on the A6000 (to “make room” for the A7000?). Here they are:

A77II: Up to $500 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A6000:
$100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5100: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

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November 3, 2014
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Copernican revolution: Next Canon DSLR to use Sony Foveon alike sensors?

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Image of the Canon 6D sensor.

My friend Steve from CanonWatch got a quite strange rumor. According to one of his sources Canon will announce a new DSLR in 2015 which uses a Sony Full Frame and Foveon alike sensor! I haven’t heard any word about this from my trusted sources. But I can confirm a really completely new Sony sensor will be launched in 2015. Maybe the sensor is that good that Canon cannot keep up and has to buy the Sony sensors just like other companies often do?

I think it would be wiser for Sony to use the new generation sensor for their own new FF cameras. Although Sony could do a lot of $$$ selling sensors to Canon…

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