August 29, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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50mm f0.95 Speedmaster Review (Zhongyi Mitakon)

Park Cameras UK (Click here) has a voucher code for £45 of the Sony A7 ii, meaning including the double cash back we have taken it to under £1000. The voucher code is “SONY-A72-SAVE
Sony 28mm f/2 — Extended Review W/ Tons of Image Samples (SonyAlphaForum).
90mm macro FE review by Admiringlight.
Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V: análisis (Quesabesde).
Lightroom Dashboard – Free Tool (SonyAlphaForum).
Seagull steals GoPro, shoots some nice aerial footage and even a selfie (TheNakedCamera).
Zeiss Batis 1,8/85 in action (Flickr).
Sony HX90V review (CameraLabs).

Peter:Bagan, Myanmar using Sony A7 and 24-70FE. https://vimeo.com/110650618

Eric:I show how to use Yongnuo Flash triggers to make a long range RF remote for Sony a6000 and a7 cameras. I have tested the range to 400 feet and it works great. Would be ideal for wedding and sports photographers who use remote cameras. Possibly wildlife photographers now that we have a silent shutter option. http://youtu.be/m9Ob2CMTUOc

 

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August 28, 2015
Posted in deals

Amazon gives you 1 year of unlimited storage for your photos when you buy a camera or lens.

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I imagine many of you do buy camera/lenses on Amazon. Well you now get 1 year free unlimited cloud storage when you buy a new camera or lens at Amazon US (all info here).

More deals:
Grey imported (with 3 year US seller warranty) Zeiss 55mm FE for $739 at GetDigital 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). These are the FE lens rebates only:
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-70mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

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August 28, 2015
Posted in reviews

Diglloyd: “A7rII Focus Accuracy Better than Any DSLR I’ve Ever Used”.

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Sony A7rII with Leica Summicron tested by DSLRmagazine.

Digglloyd has the merit to have the guts and the skills to highlight both the Sony negatives (SAR article here) and the Sony positives: He just posted (article here) his final thoughts on the A7rII and also noticed one thing:

Something strange happened on my recent trip: I did not see any mis-focused images from the Sony A7R II. I mean, none. Try doing that with a Nikon D810 or Canon 5DS R with an autofocus lens—I have and never come close.

further:

The DSLR is looking like not just a dinosaur, but a lame dinosaur, given these advances. How long will CaNikon watch Sony advance without responding? The Sony A7R II makes outstanding images with low noise and excellent dynamic range at 42 megapixels that are always in focus. Notwithstanding some file quality limitations and disappointing 12-bit behavior in certain situations, nothing else can touch this track record of ultra-high hit rate. And it does so in a relatively compact form factor. I think it is a mistake to ‘diss’ the Sony A7RII for its faults, which most of the time either have a workaround (very careful exposure) and/or are unusual or rare. Trade that off against focus errors of all kinds, size and weight, etc. It’s a fair trade. When and if Sony can fix the few image quality issues, and perhaps add a bit more dynamic range with a Nikon D810 style ISO 64, it’s going to be very hard to argue in favor of any DSLR for 99% of shooters, including my workhorse Nikon D810.

Note: Full Diglloyd A7 Blog post article index here: diglloyd.com/topics/topic-SonyA7.html#BlogPosts

And here is a very long list of A7rII news and tests:
A7RII autofocus test: Commlite and Fotodiox Pro Adapters (SonyAlphaForum).
High speed burst shooting A7R2 not sorting correctly in LR (SonyAlphaForum).
A7RII Boston – Amazing dynamic range! (SonyAlphaForum).
A7RII SD card speed and continuous mode (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony a7Rii High ISO Interview Test 6400 to 25600 – RC Sailplanes (Learningvideo).
Test at Japanese DC.watch.
Spanish test by DSLRmagazine.
A7rII review by Simon Cocking.
Sony A7RII Children’s Clothing Line Photoshoot (SonyAlphaForum).
Shot using Silent Shutter and Continuos Bracket (-2,0,+2) at FredMiranda.

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 28, 2015
Posted in news

Sony USA Manager Mark Weir explains why the a7rII can’t do 10bit and why it has no flip screen.

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Resourcemagonline posted the content of an interesting chat with Sony US manager Mark Weir:

1) Why the A7rII has tilt and not a flip out screen:
they made a conscious choice to make their rear LCD a tilt screen rather than a full flip-out screen. They believed that the compactness of the camera trumped the space it would take to add a hinge and provide a full flip-out screen.

2) Why the A7rII doesn’t record 10bit video:
The inability to shoot 10-bit is because of the processor. The BIONZ X processor in the Alpha series cameras can’t actually process anything past 8-bit 422.

3) Why the A7rII cannot do RX100m4 alike frame rates at 1080p:
The sensor Sony is using in the cameras that have HFR, the RX’s EXMOR RS sensor, is a stacked CMOS sensor. Such a sensor uses a different means by which the info is taken off the photo sensitive layer of the imager: the destination is behind the imager instead of going around it. The upside is that it is a transfer that is drastically faster than other means, and it opens a drastically larger pipe for information. Transfer rates are up to 5x better than before.
The EXMOR R sensor found in the a7r Mark II does not enjoy that structure, so cropping in on the sensor would not realize the transfer rate necessary nor does the a7R II have the D-RAM required for it to process that amount of data. So the problem is two fold: the data can’t flow off the sensor fast enough, and there is no place to put that data even if it could.

4) Difference between Exmor RS (Stacked) and Exmor R sensors:
The capabilities of the EXMOR RS sensor are meant to be fast readout, and that’s where it excels. The EXMOR R sensor excels at balance between sensitivity and high resolution.

5) So why can the GH4 handle slow motion, internal 4K and 10-bit 422 recording with an external recorder?
Well, the GH4 is bigger (if you can believe it, yes it totally is bigger than the Alpha series cameras) and therefore their issues with thermal management (which, if you read around you’ll find is a common complaint even with the newer, beefier bodies found in the a7 and a7R II) are not nearly as extreme. Also, Sony has added that internal sensor stabilizer, meaning they’ve got even less room to use in that tiny body than you might think. And then of course you look at Panasonic’s processor, which however it works, manages to do the things the Sony one cannot, given the size of the sensor and the heat situation with the body.

And here is a very long list of A7rII news and tests:
Model Shoot with Sony A7RII at Traveljournalist.
German A7rIi review at mactechnews.
A7rII review at Thisweekinphoto.
Sony Alpha A7R Mark II Sample Photos (ePhotozine).
A7RII battery drain in Power Save Mode (SonyAlphaForum)
A7s / A7R II off-camera HSS Elinchrom flash confuuuuusion …. (SonyAlphaForum).
A7rII clunks when I switch the camera off !!?? (SonyAlphaForum).
Confessions of a Canon Fanboy – A Review of the Sony A7RII (Robert Turchick).
A7R (ICLE-7R) or the A7RII (ICLE-7RM2) – Initial Impressions by Richard Fox.
Anoynmous: “Great A7rii video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYGM5u35Gcw

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 28, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Tamron will soon announce two new A-mount primes: SP 35mm f/1.8 Di-USD and SP 45mm f/1.8 Di-USD!

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Within the next few weeks or even days Tamron will announce two new A-mount lenses:

SP 35mm f/1.8 Di-USD
SP 45mm f/1.8 Di-USD

There is yet no info on price and availability.

via Digicameinfo.

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