December 29, 2014
Posted in rumors, top_header

My mix of prediction and rumors for 2015 (A9, A99II, RX2, A7000 and more).


One of the weird A9 photoshopped cameras floating on the web.

So you want to know what I think could be announced in 2015 based on the rumors and “feelings” I have? Here is my list with the most likely announcements on top:

90% chance – New Loxia FF E-mount lenses:
At least two new lenses will be announced in 2015. Not yet sure about the focal length but a 85mm and a 24mm version could come as next.

90% chance – Sony High Megapixel E-mount FF camera:
I don’t know if it will be called A9 or A7rII or what. But I really think the rumors about that camera are true and that it will raise the Megapixel bar above the current 36Mp Sony sensor used by the A7r and Nikon DSLR cameras. When is it coming? Around mid 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

90% chance – One surprise:
More about it in a soon to be posted rumor ;)

90% chance – E-mount camcorders:
There is at least one more to come priced below the FS7.

75% chance – Fast 85mm FE:
Announcement late 2015. And of course there will be the FE lenses already announced at Photokina plus new FE lenses that will be announced late 2015 but to be released in 2016 only.

75% chance – Sony RX2:
If the rumors and patents we got are correct than this should be the RX2 will feature the first curved Full Frame sensor of the world. Sony said it’s production ready and we also spotted official Sony patent describing the sensor and the lens designed for it (35mm f/1.8). Around mid-end 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

75% chance – Sony A7000:
High End APS-C E-mount camera with 5 axis stabilization. Around early-mid 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

75% chance – New A-mount “updated” lenses:
Sony seems to be focused on update some of the current A-mount lenses rather than introduce completely new lenses.

60% chance – Sony A99II:
Actually in a “normal condition” I would rate the rumor much higher. But seeing how Sony is focusing on E-mount first I don’t know when they will decide to release the new A-mount FF. So let’s keep the rate at a save 60%. Around mid-late 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

60% chance – Sony A3100:
E-mount APS-C entry level and DSLR styled camera. Around early-mid 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

50% chance – Updted A7s and A7r with 5 axis:
Sony did it with the A7II. Although I have no rumors about that yet I think it

50% chance – RX20:
4K updated version.

30% chance – RXm:
Fixed lens medium format camera.

Extremely unlikely to happen:
A-mount FF with integrated vertical grip, Interchangeable medium format system camera.


It’s always hard to guess what’s coming in future. One thing I am sure about is that it’s going to be again a very exciting year of rumors and news :)

December 29, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony a7R shutter shake test. Super High tech!

What does the arrival of the Carl Zeiss Loxia mean for Sony A7 owners? (GardnerCreative).
The Next Generation of DSLR (Sony Blog).
Zeiss 16-35mm FE unboxing and test at Zapanet.
Sony RX100 III Review at SonyAlphaLab.
Tokina AT-X 2.5/90 Macro review by Philip Reeve.
Review of the A77ii on Youtube.
Sony A6000 review at Jarrodlyons.

Jay:I created a really high quality Sony RX100M3 Comprehensive Breakdown Video!! How to use the camera and more advanced features and so fourth. Great and applicable to all the newer Sony cameras as well ;)

Morgan:This is some photos i made with my A7s :

Jacob:Conowingo Migration Final product of the Sony FS700 and Canon 40x via Fotodiox adaptor. Additional footage shot on A7s.”

Christian:Last September I had the opportunity not only to interview but also follow a professional wildlife and macro photographer during 2 mornings. This was a magical experience and a real boost in terms of creativity.
All the pictures featured here are taken with my Sony NEX-5T and sigma 60mm f/2.8 ART. Just a few ones are even taken with the 16-50mm kit lens!

Vincenzo:I’m an Italian photographer & artist based in Berlin. I recently moved from digital to analog photography, but I still like to capture digital images. So, I decided to find a “digital back” in order to shoot the glass I use with film cameras. This is an artistic choice since I looked for consistency throughout my works. I found the Sony A7 a perfect tool: good neutral color rendition (unlike Fuji X) which coupled with Canon FD glass makes easy to mimic the Kodak Portra look. Having such a “digital back” is GREAT and I plan to keep having this sort of parallel path: analog + digital with shared glass. It’s all about the lenses… it is the glass that makes the picture!
I show my images and share my experience on and here there is my last post.

December 28, 2014
Posted in deals

Atomos 4K recorder for your A7s now in Stock.



Sony A7s owner can grab the 4K Atomos recorder which is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). Also in Stock are the new:
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART A-mount lens is now in Stock in USA via Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and CameraLand (Click here).
Sony FS7 4K E-mount camcorder is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

Sony deals:

At BHphoto:
Up to $300 off on Sigma lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
Free $50 gift card and free extra stuff ($79 value) witht he A6000 double lens kit sold by BHphoto (Click here).

At Amazon:
Free $50 Gift Card with the Sony A7S Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here).
Save $400 on Sony Alpha A7 and A7k Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here).
Save $200 on Sony Alpha A5100 Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here).
Save $200 on Sony Alpha A6000 Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here).
Get a Free Case with the Sony RX100MIII Fixed Lens Camera (Click here).
$300 Off the Sony NEX-5TL (Click here).

At Adorama:
And check out the overall Sony Deal Page at Adorama (Click here).

December 28, 2014
Posted in deals, reviews

A7II hands on by Cameralabs measures 3 stop advantage with 5 axis.


First a quick note: The A7II kit is in Stock at BestBuy eBay (Click here) and via third party resellers at Amazon (Click here).

Of course the big feature of the new camera is the 5 axis system. CameraLabs (Click here) tested it and writes:

On the conditions of the day, I required a shutter speed of at least 1/25 to handhold the 55mm for a sharp result without stabilisation. With stabilisation enabled, I could achieve the same result at 0.3 seconds, which represents three stops of compensation.
The built-in stabilisation definitely helps, at least with the FE 55mm lens, but it won’t smooth out wobbles to anywhere near the same degree for video as the Olympus IBIS. I’ll add many more examples and comparisons in my final review.
One of the most compelling aspects of the A7 series was being able to adapt lenses from any system without a crop, and now to have them all stabilised (even if it’s by a small degree) will make the A7 II an extremely tempting proposition – even more so since the launch price is the same as the A7 before it, while the original model becomes discounted.

P.S.: Some image samples with the A7II have been posted on SonyAlphaForum.

December 28, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Alain Deflesselles‎
A7 II 24-70 mm f4@f4 1/200s Led.
Less PS as possible, camera works…
Low Resolution for the Web.

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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