May 15, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(Tony Northup debunks the high megapixel=high noise myth).

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Pixel Density vs Noise: Do Higher Megapixels make Noisier Pictures?

Talent matters: Model shooting with an eight(!) year old Sony A-mount camera at SonyAlphaForum.
Sony Showdown: A7II vs. A7R vs. A7S (Adorama Blog).
Optical Advantages of Curved Image Sensor (Image Sensor World).
Pentax FA 43mm F1.9 on Sony A7 (FocusPeaking).
Sony to Sponsor PAGB Inter Federation Cup (Photographyblog).
IISW 2015 Program: All-Pixel PDAF, Global Shutter Stacked Sensors, and More (Image Sensor World).
Sony A7II + Minolta APO 100-300mm (SonyAlphaForum).
Animation to show how CMOS and CCD image sensors work. This animation was used in a trial against Canon Inc (Gizmodo).

Niklas:I saw that you posted some videos and just wanted to share a video I shot entirely on the RX10 compact camera. t’s a great camera and I just wanted to prove that you don’t need an a7s to get a cinematic look. https://vimeo.com/98879187. Swedish midsummer in the archipelago, shot entirely on the rx10, enjoy.

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May 14, 2015
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(SR3) Two new FE cameras coming?

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Back in March a trusted source told me two things:
1) The A7rII is already in production and will likely ship in June (article here).
2) Sony has also a second 50MP camera model in the works (article here).

And right now I just got that directly from another Sony “insider” anonymous source:

We heard from our rep yesterday that there would be two new ff cameras announced both a7rmkii and a8?! He seemed to think that the a7rii would be as the a7ii, just better erg and is. The a8 is apparently the high MP 50+ body.

First of all thanks to the anonymous source! And damn, let’s hope this one now becomes real just like the SR3 Batis lens rumor we posted in January :)

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May 14, 2015
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Some more Sony Australia info…

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Sony Alpha – Mirrorless 60″ Commercial

I have been told that tomorrow Sony Australia meeting is a “sneak preview” of Sony products. It’s still unclear if Sony will announce a new camera within the next 24 hours. But if it’s not than we will definitely see them next week. UPDATE: One of the members said:

My feel is that its the RX100M4 and A6xx and not the A7Rii … although I might be wrong.

UPDATE_2: RX100m3 preorder page leads to a blank page now. Doens’t mean anything at all yet. So don’t read too much into it…for now.
Bildschirmfoto 2015-05-14 um 10.08.21

Sony lately is known for playing a lot of cat and mouse game on the real announcement date. The new FE lenses example were shown at CP+ but pricing was announced 10 days later. That said it’s pretty clear what Sony want to launch in May-June: New A6100, A7rII and new RX cameras.

A tidbit: The commercial video you see above is running on Australian TV’s this week.

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May 14, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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The Angry Photographer: REVIEW: Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100MIII . What!? Point and shoot? Yes

Voigtländer 40mm f/2.8 Heliar samples and impressions (Dpreview).
Creativity, Style & Gear: The latest 500px Q&A with Sony Artisan, Brian Matiash (Sony Blog).
Sony FE 28mm samples and review at Sonymirrorlesspro.
Sony Image Sensor Demand Said to Exceed Supply (Image Sensor World).
Sony FE 24-240mm lens test at Itmedia.
A7s Reader Photo Shades of blue (Los Angeles Time).

Anonymous:This wasnt reported at the time but there was an interview at dc home a few months ago which i think would be an interesting discussion. In the interview the interviewer asked about the A77II AF module in the LA-EA6. The Sony engineer says the size of the module is a problem for an adapter. It would be an interesting discussion around would the readers accept a larger bump in the LA-EA4 to get better AF?
Link:http://dc.watch.impress.co.jp/docs/news/interview_dcm/20150220_688742.html

Translated:
–The mount adapter equipped with translucent mirror technology isn’t made denial, but I think I’m incapable to use 15 point AF sensor of LA-EA4 by full-sized α as expected. I think thing asking I don’t have is understood sufficiently, but there should be LA-EA6 α 77 II treated to 79 AF sensors (temporary)…,….

Hosokawa: The size of the AF module also becomes big to achieve a wide AF area.

It’s a problem whether it’s put in the size which can permit that as a mount adapter and after all whether the usual type phase contrast AF system by translucent mirror technology is a good one or, is a system using image face phase contrast AF good? The place where I’d like to reduce what kind of merit there is to a customer and think as technological directionality.

Japanese Text:
――トランスルーセントミラー・テクノロジーを搭載したマウントアダプターを否定はしませんが、やはりLA-EA4の15点AFセンサーは、フルサイズのαで使うには力不足だと思います。ないものねだりは十分承知していますが、α77 IIの79点AFセンサーを奢ったLA-EA6(仮)があればいいな、と思うのですが……。

細川:広いAFエリアを実現するには、AFモジュールのサイズも大きくなります。

それをマウントアダプターとして許容できる大きさに収められるかどうかが問題ですし、そもそもトランスルーセントミラー・テクノロジーによる従来型位相差AF方式が良いのか、それとも像面位相差AFなどを使う方式が良いのか? 技術の方向性としてお客さまにどういうメリットがあるのかを整理して考えていきたいところです。

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