August 6, 2015
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New A7rII tests. Gary Fong Introduces The New Sony a7Rii.

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A7rII image samples by Mark Galer (http://adobe.ly/1ItECWN).

Note: UK readers can grab the A7rII right now at Amazon UK.

Marc Galer’s A7rII RAW files can be downloaded at http://adobe.ly/1ItECWN

And Gary Fong posted that A7rII introduction video:

Live panel discussion with Sony on August 12 at BHphoto (Click here to read detailed info).
Low Light and Metabones test at Newsshooter.
Sony α7R II review – DAY 5: ClearImage Zoom and Detail setting test by Davide Roveri on Youtube.
A7rII test at Fengniao.
Brian Smith talking about the A7rII at Uniquephoto (Youtube).

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 6, 2015
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Lensrentals says the Sony A7rII is the real first alternative to your big, bulky DSLR!

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A7rII is now shipping!
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.

In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

The Sony A7rII is climbing the Amazon mirrorless ranking (Click here). And it will keep going up if more reviews like those will be published the coming days:

Lensrentals writes:

If you’ve been waiting for a better alternative to your big, bulky DSLR, this might finally fit the bill. I’ve been hesitant to say that for the a7S, a7R, and the a7 II, even though I love those cameras, but the a7R II, I think this is the one. Try it out ASAP!

Alin Popescu writes:

How much details the new and first full frame BSI CMOS sensor holds? Well, plenty of! I have yet to find anything to not like about the new Sony A7R II. Until then, I’ll go shoot more with this little gem!

Wimarys writes:

The BSI sensor can capture beautiful images with lots of dynamic range and I’m sure it will score top of the list in technical tests. The slow autofocus which plagued the original A7r is completely gone, and this camera is now quick and responsive. With a burst rate at 5 fps and good follow autofocus and an the improved object tracking capabilities, the A7R II can be used in many photographic fields.

German A7rII test at D-Pixx:
Test:  http://www.d-pixx.de/2015/08/sony-a7r-ii-1-test/
ISOs: http://www.d-pixx.de/2015/08/sony-a7r-ii-iso-reihe/

Plenty of A7rII owners discussions ongoing on our SonyAlphaForum.

And here is the embedded Youtube video of the A7rII live stream event from Uniquephoto:

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 5, 2015
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New A7rII tests: RAW file opening in Adobe improved. Legacy lenses performing much better.

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LR RAW vs JPEG Sony A7RII
(Click on image to enlarge)


A7rII in Stock now
at BestBuy eBay (Click here) and BestBuy (Click here)
A7rII preorders are now shipping in USA
at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto, BestBuy.
One more quick news: Live panel discussion with Sony on August 12 at BHphoto (Click here to read detailed info).

New A7rII tests

Alin Popescu sent me that image (posted on top) and the following text:

I just updated to last version of LR and I am now able to see my RAW files from the Sony A7R II. What came to my surprise was to see the interpretation of the RAW files by the LR engine. Until now, you could see for a fraction of a second the embedded jpeg in the RAW file and then, the LR engine interpreted the file in a more washed-out, uglier version. You had to use Camera Calibration profiles to get closer to the JPEG look.
With this last version it interprets almost perfectly the RAW file, less the DRO shadow boosting on the Jpeg file.Is it just my brained fooled or is there a real RAW engine shared by Sony to the Adobe team ?!

AustroWiki on SonyAlphaForum noticed that Legacy lenses appear to perform better on A7rII:

I have tried two legacy lenses briefly on my new Sony A7rII. I haven’t done any proper testing. With those points made I have observed that the legacy lenses are performing much better. CA seems to be markedly less. This was particularly noticeable on the Minolta MD 135mm F2. At F2 on the first A7r purple fringing was always present now it is much reduced. I had a similar problem, though not so great with the Minolta AF 500mm reflex lens.. there are still hints of CA… but that lens now produces phenomenal pictures. What has Sony done? Tomorrow I am trying the beer can and the MD 24mm VFC I will see if the same occurs.

Readers Write on the Sony A7R II (Diglloyd).
We take Sony’s A7R II street shooting in Portland (Imaging Resource).
Some sample videos with the Sony A7R II at all of the available settings, from 4K, then AVCHD, through to MP4 (Photographyblog).
Tutorial Sony A7RM2 Autofocus mit Metabones-Adapter und Canon EOS-Objektiven (Martin Wagner on Vimeo).
Sony a7RII AF test with Canon lenses (Learningcameras on Youtube).
Sony a7RII Sample Footage in 4k (Learningcameras on Youtube).
Never ending new A7rII owners discussion at SonyAlphaForum.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 5, 2015
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Sony A7rII is now in Stock at BestBuy. Cool image of 300 A7rII boxes :)

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At the moment of writing this we have a couple of A7rII in Stock:
In USA at BestBuy eBay (Click here), BestBuy (Click here). In Germany at Fotomundus.

Of course the Stock status keeps changing so check these links from time to time:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

And Ringfoto manager Martin Wagner just got his first batch of over 300 boxed A7rII cameras :)

A7rII Gariz case
The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

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August 5, 2015
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New A7rII review by Mark Galer. A7rII now shipping at SonyStore Europe and US.

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A7rII review by Mark Galer

SAR readers notified me that their US preorders and EU preorders (Sony Germany and Fotomundus) are shipping the camera today! Check out the usual A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto, BestBuy eBay, BestBuy.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

Marg Galers review:

Here is a review movie on YouTube (embedded on top).: https://youtu.be/uu43uhx8gsI
Here is a 4K sample movie on YouTube at ISO 3,200: https://youtu.be/vJQs3IwzjLU
Here is a link to a folder of Raw files captured with the A7RII: http://adobe.ly/1ItECWN
Gallery of 4K files on Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/markgaler/sets/72157655787552128

New A7rII test:

Plenty of readers and bloggers keep sending me links to their A7rII test. So here is a new roundup and to start with something different let’s talk about the “negatives” listed by Alex Pasquini:

There are a LOT of cool things about this camera but for now I’m just going to concentrate on some negatives.

  • Switching between Full Frame and Super 35 has to be through the menu. You’re unable to assign it to a shortcut. Sony please fix this through a firmware update!
  • I’ve found Peaking to be a little buggy, sometimes it just stops working, haven’t narrowed it down to why just yet!
  • Magnify during recording to check focus is awesome. Downside is, it’s still quite hard to tell without peaking. In the Canon 5dMk3 the image kind of popped into focus. With the Sony it’s a little more subtle. Need to get used to this.
  • You can’t take photos in video mode. Pretty annoying. 
  • When shooting 4k it can be a little slow to start. Not an instance record, a lag of a second or so. A bit frustrating when shooting fast action like skateboarding but not a massive deal. 

More A7rII tests:
Ongoing A7rII owners report at SonyAlphaForum
Long time Nikon (D4/D4S) wedding photographer’s first thoughts on the a7rII with examples. She will be selling the Nikons and replacing with Sony (Agatomaszek.com).
Handheld shooting and grading test (Youtube).
Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 55mm Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 28mm Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony A7R II with the Sony FE 90mm Sample Images (Photographyblog).
New RAW and JPG files availabe at SonyAlphaForum via Le Butler.
Slow motion and slow shutter test at Newsshooter.
Image samples by Brian Smith.
Sony a7R II – First hand impressions + RAW Download (Brian Matiash).
A Mega Star is Born: Sony Singapore unveils its much anticipated full frame mirrorless A7RM2 camera (Stardoms).


Sony α7R II review – DAY 3: FIRST IMPRESSIONS AND LOW LIGHT TESTS

The A7II bug found by David Sampson is also “valid” on the new A7rII:

If you attach a 3rd party lens after using an OSS (eg the 24-70 FE) lens then IBIS does not work
If you attach a 3rd party lens after using a non OSS lens (eg the 55 f1.8) then IBIS does work.

There is a workaround to fix the issue when it appears. David S. sent me this:

If you unmount (take off) an OSS lens without turning the camera off (or at least turn it off after you have removed the lens) then when you attach a third party (dumb) adaptor ‘steady shot’ (IBIS) continues to work normally. Of course this is not a thing a photographer would normally do as it usually common sense to turn the camera off when changing lenses so would still benefit from a firmware upgrade

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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