December 23, 2014
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Sony Tidbits…

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Calibrated Nebula 4000 Lite – quick test shots from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

SONY A7S + CINOFLEX + 4K + FULL FRAME + ANAMORPHIC + ODYSSEY 7Q+ = New Possibilities (Cinoflex Facebook).
Novoflex Adapter Review by Philip Reeve.
What model from the Sony Alpha 7 series best suits me? (Allin Popescu)
Zeiss 16-35mm review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony F5 and F55 firmware update at Sony Community.
Comparison between Sony RX10 and Nikon D3300 +18-140mm lens at Digimanie.cz
Primoplan 58mm F1.9 tested on the Sony A7 at DC.watch.
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 50 Optic (Sony E-mount) at ThePhoBlographer.
Rx100m3 test at Marc-charbonnier.
Japanese A7II Hands-on at DC.watch.

Simeon:Fotomieten mit professionellem Service:
Bessere Fotos für Sony-Fotografen. Unter diesem Motto startete der Kamera- und Objektivverleih Fotomieten Ende 2013. Heute stellt Fotomieten eine komplett neu gestaltete Homepage vor. Ziel der neuen Internetseite ist es, den Bestellprozess für den Kunden so einfach wie möglich zu gestalten und somit die Marktführerschaft im Verleih von Sonykameras und -objektiven auszubauen. Die Vorteile für den Kunden liegen in einer übersichtlichen Gliederung in A- und E-Mount, einer ausführliche Artikelbeschreibung und einer genauen Verfügbarkeitsanzeige Des Weiteren entfällt das Unterschreiben eines Mietvertrages, da die Mietbedingungen online bestätigt werden können. Fotomieten setzt auch weiterhin sowohl auf A- als auch E-Mount Kameras und Objektive.
Aber Fotomieten ist damit noch nicht am Ziel. In Zukunft soll der Mietservice auch auf die Länder Belgien, Dänemark, Luxemburg, Niederlande und Österreich ausgeweitet werden. Doch am wichtigsten ist für Fotomieten den Kunden auch weiterhin einen pünktlichen Service anbieten zu können. Denn dadurch hat sich der Mietservice inzwischen auch bei Profi-Fotografen einen guten Ruf erarbeiten können.
Pressekontakt: Herr Simeon Schlenker
Telefon: 074252481179
Email: info@fotomieten.de
Internet: www.fotomieten.de

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December 22, 2014
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New Sony A7II tests by Alex Koloskov, Tony Northup, Planet Alpha and more!

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Sony a7II review: 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Stabilization vs optical stabilization (OSS)

Sony A7II and Zeiss Sonnar 35mm 2.8 Unboxing *UPDATE V1* (MirrorlessReview).
Sony a7II vs a7S vs Nikon D810 Low-light/High ISO Video Test (Youtube)
Sony A7 II First Impressions at Planet Alpha.
A7II is part of the best Camera Equipment of The Year – 2014 at Luminous Landscape.
Sony a7 II Review by BeforeYouBuy on Youtube.
Plenty of new videos posted last week on Youtube.
A7II image samples by Gustav on Dyxum.
A Comparison of How Olympus and Sony’s 5 Axis Stabilization Work (ThePhoBlographer).
Japanese test at DC.watch and Itmedia.
Capture one (now 8.1) supports the new sony a7ii

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
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 A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops 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, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

A7II Bug Reminder:

The A7II has a strange bug on the 5 axis stabilization settings. David Sampson (Viramati) found the bug and Jono Slack sums it up at Dpreview:

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

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December 22, 2014
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Small bad news: Tokina will not make an A-mount version of their 11-20mm lens.

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SAR reader Chris got that official answer when he asked Tokina if they will make an A-mount version of their 11-20mm lens:

We are sorry to inform you that we will not produce AT-X 11-20 mm for SONY mount.
Best regards,
A.T.
Tokina/HOYA div.  Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd

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December 22, 2014
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Reminder: A7II shipping at Sony Europe stores. And new Gold Box on E-mount stuff in Germany.

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Last but not least also Europeans can put their new A7II camera under the Christmas tree. It’s now shipping here:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops 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, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

And Germans also got two Gold Box deals today. Keep in mind you will see the blitzdeal price only at the exact time mentioned here:
A6000 with kit lens starts at 10:00 (via DL).
Zeiss 35mm FE lens starts at 12:00 (via DL).
Zeiss 16-70mm FE lens starts at 14:00 (via DL).

 

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