April 7, 2015
Posted in news

Konica-Minolta is designing the lenses for Sony curved sensor (for the iPhone?)


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This is NOT surprise. While Konika-Minolta HAS stopped MAKING their own lenses they still are in the business to design lenses for others! And a brand new Japanese patent spotted by Egami shows how they are working on a 20mm f/2.8 lens designed for a small-sized curved 1/3.2 inch sensor. I guess that kind of sensor will find his way in future iPhones as first. Just recently Sony also patented a 35mm f/1.8 lens for a Full Frame sensor. I guess we are now really close to see such kind of sensors used on smartphones and high-end cameras.

The advantages of having a curved sensor is that lenses do not have to correct for corner issues. It means lenses can be smaller and/or brighter compared to classic lenses designed for flat sensors.

April 7, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony Tidbits…


10 Reasons You Don’t Need a DSLR

Sony Camera Club Challenge Winners (Sony Blog).
Planet Alpha is giving away a new Think Tank Urban Approach 15 backpack to one lucky forum member.
A Comparison Between the Canon 70D and Sony A7 (ilovehatephoto).
Professional Photography with E-Mount (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony’s 4K FDR-X1000V Vs. GoPro 4K GoPro Hero4 Black (ActionCameraRumors).

Eric:I have a Kickstarter up and many of the images were shot on the A7r: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/ehodgesphoto/alpamayo-to-yerupaja

Andrea:I’m Andrea Corticelli of CP tech srl Italy. The b-grip line. We have released a new holster specifically designed for mirrorless and compact sized cameras: http://www.bgrip.com/uno-en/

April 6, 2015
Posted in deals

Price of the refurbished Sony A7 drops down to $899.


You now can grab a refurbished Full Frame E-mount camera for under $1,000. You get it for $899 only at Secondipity eBay (Click here).

More refurbished deals:
Refurbished A7r sells for $1,399 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished Zeiss FE 55mm lens for $749 at Secondipity eBay US (Click here)
Refurbished RX100m2 sells for $379 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).

April 6, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR2) First very wild rumors about the April 23 products (A-mount and RX).



I am now 99% sure Sony will announce new (non E-mount) products on April 23. And E-mount stuff will be announced soon after in May! So as you see there may be something nice coming for everyone :)

I got this very wild rumor from a Japanese store. They told me that but kep it with a grain of salt as usual:

1.) A9 Almost sure to happen. Almost sure to be A-mount and 50MP. And, you can check current 50MP camera from Canon to get an idea on what it’s going to cost.
2.) RX series, from what I heard, going to be RX100-IV (or 4). NOTHING on a RX10 sequel. (i.e., RX20, etc.)

Again keep in mind that “store rumors” are never really reliable stuff! But I will keep my fingers crossed for a new A-mount cam to be released!

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April 5, 2015
Posted in reviews

Best cheap gear: 70€ Minolta 50mm MC Macro Rokkor QF 3.5 on the A7II.


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Image by Drasko (SonyAlphaForum). 500px.com/DraskoStojadinovic  and facebook…tojaphotography

The Sony A7II is capable of fulfilling two tasks that only 2 years ago where pure dreams:

1) Use any kind of third-party lens on an affordable Full Frame camera
2) Improve the image quality with those lenses by adding on sensor stabilization.

So I figured out it would be nice to show you how you can spend $100 or less for a second-hand lens and take great pictures with it.

SAR reader Drasko tested the 70€ Minolta 50mm MC Macro Rokkor QF 3.5 on the A7II. You can find all the pictures on our SonyAlphaForum (Click here). Those images are simply great!

The lens only way to grab the lens is on eBay (search results here).

Image by Drasko (SonyAlphaForum)

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