September 1, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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CRAZIEST Real Wedding Day Beach Shoot Ever w/off camera flash w/ Flashpoint RL600B & Sony A7ii

Sony Double Cashback deal at Amazon UK.
Great RX100m3 deal at Amazon France.
and I replaced my Nikon D800E with Sony A7II… (Hmeye).
Underway at Sea | Sony a6000 w/ kit lens (SonyAlphaForum).
Hong Kong & Macau 2014 | Sony Action Cam (HDR-AS100V) by John Sison on Youtube.
InDepth Sony HDR-AS200V vs Sony FDR-X1000V (Actioncamerarumors).
MC* Carl Zeiss Jena Sonnar 180mm f/2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
Too many photos to look at and judge? Luckily, in the near future programs will do all the work! (TheNakedCamera).

Rowan:Here’s a video I shot entirely on the RX100II with natural light: https://vimeo.com/130079493

Reynolds:A7II + Distagon 35 F1.4. Timelapse 4k https://youtu.be/HsbmDDgBPUg

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August 31, 2015
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A7rII in Stock at BestBuy and BH (tomorrow). $60 off on the Rokinon 8mm at BH.

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The A7rII is in Stock now(!) at BestBuy on eBay (Click here) and tomorrow at Bhphoto (Click here).
And today only you get $60 off on the Rokinon 8mm Ultra Wide Angle f/3.5 Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha Mount sold at BHphoto (Click here).

More deals:
You save $220 on the grey imported, 3 year seller warranty Sony FE 70-200mm sold by GetDigital on eBay (Click here).
You save $160 on the grey imported, 3 year seller warranty Zeiss FE 55mm sold by GetDigital on eBay (Click here).
$13 off on the superfast Lexar 64GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card with SD UHS-II Reader at BHphoto (Click here).
Big A and E-mount lens savings overview pages at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
You get 40% off onDavid Busch’s Sony Alpha a77 II/ILCA-77M2 Guide to Digital Photography when you use the coupon code “sonya7740” after clicking on that link: rockynook.com/shop/photography/david-busch-rsquo-s-sony-alpha-a77-ii-ilca-77m2-guide-to-digital-photography/?ref=35/. The deal only works if you click on that specific link on SAR!

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August 31, 2015
Posted in reviews

CameraLabs A7rII review: “a true game-changer!”.

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A7rII

Note: A7rII is in Stock now(!) at BestBuy on eBay (Click here) and Digitalrev. And tomorrow at Bhphoto (Click here).

Our mate Gordon Laing from CameraLabs published his final full Sony A7rII review and writes:

It all adds up to a camera that becomes the most practical and affordable way to enjoy very high resolution images and video, and as such one that easily earns my Highly Recommended rating. I’m not overly fond of modern marketing terms, but the A7r II really is a disruptive product that should have a serious number of high-end DSLR owners considering a switch when it comes to upgrading. Yes there are still a number issues, but the sheer quality, feature-set and price make it a camera that everyone at this end of the market should seriously consider. Meanwhile other companies should thank Sony for proving there’s not only a market for a truly high-end mirrorless camera, but high demand for it too.

For Gordon the A7rII is a true Game-changer!

Als interesting to read: Sony A7R II: the EVF (and why Canon and Nikon suck and are clueless about what is useful) at Digglloyd.

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 31, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sigma CEO is considering to develop compact FE prime lenses!

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Image courtesy: Ming Thein (original file on Flickr).

Premise: Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki  is a person I highly respect for his very personal approach on photography. Unlike so many CEO’s out there he is a visionary and a dreamer. Something we deeply miss in our current business culture :(

Ming Thein interviewed Mr. Kazuto Yamaki during his visit in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a very interesting article I invite you to read. There is also a small hint about what could be the first Sigma lenses for the Sony FE system:

A fast FF lens or lens of a certain resolving power is still going to be a certain size regardless of flange distance. Though they are looking into Sony FF lenses, there may be compromises made for size/resolving power/cost reasons – similar to the f2.8 M4/3 and APSC lenses they have made previously.

The current Sony/Zeiss lens line up is very pricey. I certainly would like to get some nice cheap but also good quality f/2.8 prime lenses!

Question to SAR readers: Let’s say Sigma would launch a range of 24mm 35mm 50mm 85mm f/2.8 FE lenses…

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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August 31, 2015
Posted in reviews

Techart Contax G autofocus adapter gets full A7rII support via firmware update!

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Techart updated their Contax G to E-mount autofocus adapter firmware to support the full 399 phase detection autofocus system of the new Sony A7rII. You can get it here: techart-logic.com/2015/DL.html.

Chad Wadsworth already tested the new version and there is on bad and one good news:
Bad news:I’ve found that when attempting focus at the minimum focus distance (MFD) of each lens, the adapter will hunt badly and worse, slip into a contrast detection mode that will continue to hunt when focused at longer distances.
Good news:On the upside, the 90/2.8 is very fast to focus – as fast as my Batis 85/1.8 and is sure footed, finding focus in situations where even the Batis struggled. Truly remarkable.

You can find the Techart Contax to NEX adapter on eBay (Click here).

These are the Contax Full Frame lenses you can use on the A7-A7r-A7s and APS-C E-mount camera with full autofocus and electronic aperture control:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

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