November 9, 2013
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7-A7r and RX10 test roundup. Free metabones adapter with A7r in Australia.

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Sony A7 Eye AF Test

A7r images samples in New York by Marc Morris.
A couple of new legacy lens tests at Siammirrorless. Go one page further to see more test images.
RX10 hands-on and samples (on second page) at Fotopolis.
Sony RX10 images at Digitalcamerareview and CameraLabs.
RX10 english manual download at Sony Asia.
SLRclub RX10 videos on Youtube.
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 Real-world Samples (Dpreview).

Anonymous:Photovision (like BH in NYC) announces the presentation of the Sony A7, 7r in the following citys and dates: http://photovision.ch/neu/index.php?menu=Aktuell&teaser=ja&lan=d&aktuellid=3

Anonymous:Apparently in Australia you can order the a7r & a7 with a bundled metabones adapter: http://www.digidirect.com.au/slr_cameras/sony/sony_alpha_a7r_full-frame_mirrorless_camera_body has that made it to the US yet?”

Miguel:See this tool to convert Sony A7r files to Nikon raw format, NEF: http://bagnonm.blogspot.com.es/2013/11/raw2nef-converting-sony-a7r-raw-files.html. Having a workflow based on Nikon cameras, I started sometime ago using a Leica M9. The DNG files that it produces forced me in principle to add another RAW developing program, so I chose to write a tool to convert from DNG to NEF, and keep rolling without modifying my setup.

Beta with support for Sony A7/A7R (ILCE-7/ILCE-7R):
http://www.raw-photo-processor.com/RPP/Overview.html
http://www.raw-photo-processor.com/RPP/RPP64_1655Beta.zip

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

November 9, 2013
Posted in deals

The A7 effect: Plenty of refurbished or open box RX1 for sale :)

Curiosity: After the A7-A7r launch I noticed a dramatic increase of Open Box RX1 offers. It may be a good chance to grab that camera that still has plenty of reasons to exist. It’s damn small, and has a fast compact lens (one stop faster than the Zeiss 35mm FE). Here are the auctions I found:

Open BOX sales on eBay US:
Cameta ($2349), KenmoreCamera ($2389), SanJoseCamera ($2399), BeachCamera ($2449), NYcameravideo ($2599) and Adorama ($2599),

Refurbished sales on eBay US:
Dealsboom ($2199), Dealsboom ($2350),

November 9, 2013
Posted in news

New Adobe Release Candidate adds support for the A7-A7r-RX10 and 28-70mm FE lens.

Adobe just added the support for the new A7-A7r and RX10 cameras. And there are also new lens profiles for the 20mm f/2.8 E-mount and 28-70mm FE lenses. Download them here:
Adobe Lightroom 5.3
Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 for CC
Adobe Camera Raw 8.3 for CS6

Now it will be nice to hear your comments about the A7-A7r RAW files converted in Lightroom. Let the testing begin!

UPDATE: SAR reader Nekton did run Imaging Resource RAW images thru Lightroom 5.3:
A7: ISO 6400 f/8 1/1600 https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4096871/AA7hSLI06400NR0.jpg
D600: ISO 6400 f/8 1/1250 https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/4096871/D600hSLI06400NR0.jpg

November 8, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony A7 has “sort of” offset microlenses.

Sony sensor engeneers told at Imaging Resource that “the A7 use the same sensor as the Sony A99, which does in fact have offset microlenses.

Honestly, didn’t know the A99 had offset microlenses. I have searched the web and found no info about the A99 having that. Did you know it? Would like to find some hard evidence somewhere…

Note: Siammirrorless site crashed after me linking to his site. His Legacy Test will be posted soon on another site with stronger server. Will link to it as soon as it is there!

November 8, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony A7r and A7 test roundup: Leica M vs Sony A7r.


Image courtesy: Yuri Afanasiev

On Mclassic and on Flickr you can see a first image comparison between the Leica M and Sony A7r. This is just a rough comparison but you can easily see how much more detail the A7r resolves. And at first glance it looks like the A7r has a tiny better performance on corners too.

A7r vs A7 High ISO samples at CameraLabs:

In my view I’d say the A7r is the winner here, capturing finer details at the lower sensitivities and only barely falling behind at higher ISOs – an advantage which is effectively eroded if you down-sample the A7r images or print them the same size.

Full Sony A7r review at Fotopolis (google translation here). The camera got the highest ranking because of the “sensational picture quality” and “To sum up, the Sony A7R are currently the best offer on the market photo“.

Also the German site Chip.de (google translation here) ranked the A7r as one of the best camera ever tested while the A7 is the best camera in terms of value for money.

Unwire Hong Kong posted sample images of A7r. In short, they don’t think the AF is fast enough, but the EVF is so good that he feels like viewing through a OVF.

A7 vs other 24MP cameras at Imaging Resource.

Sony A7 review at Clubsnap. Sony A7r test at Clubsnap.

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

 

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