December 2, 2014
Posted in news

Newsshooter additional info on the Sony A7II (On few Sony lenses “only” 3 axis stabilization works).



Note: Amazon (Click here) is again taking preorders on the A7II!! Europe too at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.

Newsshooter spoke with Sony Europe at length about the new Sony A7II. And this is ome of the key info they got:

1) the A-mount 16mm f2.8 fisheye, 20mm f2.8, 28mm f2.8 and 500mm f8 AF mirror lens when used with a Sony A-mount to E-mount adapter only offer three axis stabilisation.
2) With third party lenses without electronic communication on the a7 II you can program the focal length into the menu for optimal operation. I was told you set the focal length closest to the one you are using – although I don’t know what you are supposed to do when using a manual zoom that doesn’t communicate with the camera.
3) Changing of the programmed focal length can be assigned to a custom button to make changes quicker. Sony say the stabilisation system will likely perform well with third party lenses, but there are no guarantees.
4) They were keen to point out that the roll axis stabilisation is likely to aid video shooters the most. When running-and-gunning this is often the hardest motion to stabilise.
5) One added bonus of the sensor shift system is that is also improves the sensor cleaning as the camera is now able to physically shake dust off the sensor.
6) I was told the a7 II uses the same sensor as the original a7, but has some improvements in the way it processes that data which may improve image quality.
7) Interestingly the lowest ISO setting for S-log 2 in video mode seems to be ISO 1600 as opposed to 3200 on the a7S.

Thansk Newsshooter for prividing that additional info!

SAR reader Michael had the chance to play with the A7II in UK and told me that:

I played with it extensively in the past two days and it is a nice upgrade. The focusing is much much better and I like the implementation of the tracking more along the lines of the a7S, The stabilisation works on just about any lens, The Camera is definitely a little heavier which is a good thing as it feels more solid less plasticy and the way the camera sis in ones hand makes it a pleasure to use.

And Ilovehatephoto wrote the Reasons why A7 Owners Should and Shouldn’t Upgrade to the Sony A7II.

USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany and at Wex UK. In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

December 2, 2014
Posted in deals

Preorder the Sony A7II now at Sony Stores in all Europe!!!!


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At last! All European readers can now preorder the A7II at Sony Store here:

Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.

The Sony Europe store say the camera will ship from December 17-18 already!

December 2, 2014
Posted in reviews

Big 3Dkraft wide angle test: New Zeiss 16-35mm outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar!



3D-Kraft (Click here) made the very first serious wide angle lens comparison between the new Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens and those other lenses:

  • Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 21mm f/3.5
  • Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH
  • Leica Wide Angle Tri Elmar (WATE) 16-21mm f/4 ASPH
  • Leica Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

And at the end on the Sony A7r the new Zeiss even outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar! Of course note that the A7r is not really M-mount lens wide angle friendly. But it’s good to know the Zeiss 16-35mm FE is that good! 3D-Kraft writes:

At open aperture, the Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35 beats all other lenses and at 16mm it performs best. It delivers high and consistent performance across the whole focal length range only getting a bit weaker at the long end (35mm). It has the least vignetting and the good results at open aperture together with the optical stabilization make it a winner also for videos at low light.

New 16-35mm Zeiss FE lens store links:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

December 1, 2014
Posted in deals

Great Cyber Monday deal: Up to $110 off on Sony SD cards. Up to $10 off on any Amazon book!



There is a great new Flash sales of Sony SD cards at SonyStore US (Click here). For example you get $110 off(!) on the 64GB UHS-1 SD card. And there are not only deals on cameras but also on camera books on Amazon US (Click here). Just enter the “HOLIDAY30” code at checkout to get the up to $10 off! Find your book in that photography category section. There is also a Gold Box deal on PNY and Transcend SD cards at Amazon (Click here). Scroll the horizontal bar to find them all. UPDATE: There is als an ulterior $100 off on the Double E-mount Zeiss Touit offer at BHphoto (Click here).

All Cyber Monday deals can be found here at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon photo (Click here), SonyStore general (Click here) and SonyStore photo (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BestBuy (Click here), eBay (Click here).

Other new Cyber Monday deals:
$520 off on Zeiss Touit 32mm and 12mm lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam at BHphoto (Click here).
$67 off on the 256GB(!) PNY card at Amazon (Click here).
$17 off on the PNY High Performance 32GB High Speed SDHC Class 10 at Amazon (Click here).
Over 25% Off Select Samsung EVO Flash Memory Cards at Amazon (Click here).
$9 off on the SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I Speed Class 3 SDHC Memory Card at BHphoto (Click here).
Huge dicounts on the collection of Lightroom presets (Click here).

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December 1, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony’s new A-mount FF is an “evolution” of the A99. Has no “Foveon” sensor and no Z-shift.


I can confirm via a very highly trusted source that Sony is working on a new Full Frame A-mount camera. He told me that this camera is still in prototype stage and will not introduced along the Sony A9 (E-mount FF) which is likely to come in February already. He also told me the camera is an evolution of the current A99 and not a “revolution” as some may expected. This means it has no Z-shift or no “Foveon” alike sensor for example. He also told me E-mount is priority yet and he hasn’t been told if and when the camera will be announced.

My guess is that it’s coming the second half of 2015.

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