September 18, 2015
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Pentax Full Frame DSLR camera with Sony sensor to be launched in Spring 2016.

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Today Pentax released the official teaser for their new upcoming FF camera. It’s highly likely the camera will feature a Sony FF sensor although it’s not clear if it will use the 36MP or the new 42MP sensor from the A7rII. A very interesting info is that the camera will feature a High Resolution shooting mode according to the reliable source Thistanaka.

As I reported in a previous post:
The same high resolution shooting mode feature is already used by their brand new K-3II:

The K-3 II is the first camera in the PENTAX line to incorporate Pixel Shift Resolution® for capturing still life subjects with ultra-high resolving power. Pixel shift technology uses the camera’s in-body Shake Reduction mechanism to move the image sensor at single pixel increments, capture 4 separate images, which are subsequently combined into a single high definition image. Benefits include higher resolving power, reduced false color and improved overall image quality of non-moving subjects. 

If Pentax can use Sony sensor and their on sensor stabilization for high-resolution mode…than Sony should do this too! As Diglloyd reported such a feature on the A7rII could generate 144MP raw files of your…dead cat :)

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Image of the Pentax FF prototype at CP+ (Source: DC.watch).

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September 18, 2015
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Metabones adds phase-detect autofocus (PDAF) support for the Sony Alpha 7RII.

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Metabones just sent me the following press text:

Vancouver, Canada, September 18, 2015: Metabones® adds phase-detect autofocus (PDAF) support for Olympus OM-D E-M1 and Sony Alpha 7R2 to its EF-mount Speed Boosters and Smart Adapters through firmware update version 1.8, available from Metabones’ web site for download.

Free of any potential misalignment issues, on-sensor phase-detect autofocus is capable of attaining excellent accuracy. Overall, phase-detect autofocus offers a significant performance improvement over contrast-detect autofocus, and for shorter focal length lenses the autofocus speed approaches that found in digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) cameras. Performance, features and limitations of our solution are comparable to other on-sensor PDAF systems involving adapted DSLR lenses on mirrorless cameras, such as A-mount lenses on Sony Alpha 7R2 with LA-EA3 adapter, Four Thirds System DSLR lens on Olympus OM-D E-M1 with MMF-3 adapter or Canon SLR lens on EOS M3 with Mount Adapter EF-EOS M.

Limitations include:

  1. During video recording there is no AF (Olympus) or only slow contrast-detect AF (Sony).
  2. Continuous AF may have unsatisfactory performance (phase-detect AF) or not supported (contrast-detect AF).

Also added to Metabones firmware update version 1.8 is fast contrast detect AF for other Olympus cameras including E-M5II, E-M5, E-M10 and E-P5. Contrast-detect AF accuracy on Olympus is lens-dependent with most Canon-brand lenses introduced over the last 10 years working satisfactorily. However, some older Canon lenses and some third party EF-mount lenses may not be able to achieve pinpoint-accurate focus on Olympus cameras with contrast-detect AF. These lenses should be used on OM-D E-M1 instead.

In addition, AF support for JVC GY-LS300 is added to this new firmware version. Existing Panasonic contrast-detect AF support is enhanced with 24p added as a supported frame rate for single-autofocus (AFS) during video recording.

By simply downloading and running Metabones App Version 1.8, new autofocus support is added to the following Metabones products:

  • EF-E Smart Adapter Mark IV (model number MB_EF-E-BM4)
  • EF-E Speed Booster ULTRA (model number MB MB_SPEF-E-BM2)
  • EF-E T Smart Adapter Mark IV (model number MB_EF-E-BT4)
  • EF-E T Speed Booster ULTRA (model number MB_SPEF-E-BT2)
  • EF-Micro Four Thirds Smart Adapter (model number MB_EF-M43-BM1)
  • EF-Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BM1)
  • EF-Micro Four Thirds Speed Booster S (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BM2)
  • EF-Micro Four Thirds T Smart Adapter (model number MB_EF-M43-BT2)
  • EF-Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster ULTRA 0.71x (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BT4)
  • EF-Micro Four Thirds T Speed Booster XL 0.64x (model number MB_SPEF-M43-BT3)

The following discontinued products must be updated by factory service. Please contact Metabones customer service for details.

  • The original EF-E Smart Adapter
  • EF-E Smart Adapter Mark II
  • EF-E Smart Adapter Mark III
  • The original EF-E Speed Booster
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September 18, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony RX10 II Unboxing

Gold Box on the Samyang 8mm A-mount lens at 18:00 at AmazonDE.
RX10ii samples at Optyczne.
CEA Introduces New Terminology for Digital Imaging Sector (MirrorlesRumors).
Cheap lenses are not good (Joerghaag.com).
Your top 3 favorite Legacy Lenses (SonyAlphaForum).
The winners of the “2015 Drone Aerial Photography Contest” (TheNakedCamera).

Emon:I’m a director & photographer based in NYC (www.emonhassan.com) and have recently started filming a documentary on BMX (www.fb.com/genbmx.com) with the Sony A7s. During my trips around the country for the doc I’ve been taking some time out to shoot stills. Shot a lot of assignments for The New York Times with the A7s since May and this did an amazing job despite being “just” 12 mp.
I’ve been a dedicated Canon 5D Mk II shooter for 6 years but can’t wait to get my hands on the upcoming A7r II because it promises to be exactly what I need for my work. Been putting the A7s through its paces (it’s a BorrowLenses.com rental) to see if it fits with the type of work I do. The answer, it seems, became a “yes” with the A7rII announcement..
I most recently filmed for five days at the Las Vegas BMX Nationals with the A7s and also took some time to make photographs at Red Rock Canyons (coming soon).
Check out my growing Montana gallery & my info:
http://emonhassan.photoshelter.com/…/G0000…/C0000NpbSwwKdRao

Quinn Willoughby:A short blog written on using my old Sony A77 and and Nikon D750. See if you can tell the difference. http://www.quinnwilloughby.com/blog/2015/7/22

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September 18, 2015
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A7rII vs 5DSr by Digitalrev. A7rII vs D810 by Matt Granger.

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Matt Granger shared his impressions on the new A7rII he used on his Bhutan trip. There are also a wish list for the future A7rIII or A9…just watch the video to hear them all!

On the video above Kai compares the Sony A7rII vs the Canon 5DSr. And for him the winner is the A7rII because “Sony is showing the way in terms of new technology” and it’s the “most exciting camera“.

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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September 17, 2015
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Hot! Preorder the Sony A7sII now at Amazon, BH, Adorama and FocusCamera!

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Finally you can preorder the new Sony A7sII at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), FocusCamera (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). In Europe at Fotomundus and Wexphotographic (Click here). In Asia soon at Digitalrev. So be quick on your preorder to the first shipment in late October!

And here are new Gold Box deal running at Amazon US and Amazon DE:

GoldBox

At 11am New York time you have a Gold Box deal on the huge Sony 256GB(!) SD card at Amazon US (Click here).
At 11am New York time you have a Gold Box deal on the Samsung 16GB SD card at Amazon US (Click here).
At 18:00 Berlin time you have a Gold Box deal on the Samyang/Wallimex 85mm f/1.4 Full Frame E-mount lens at Amazon DE (Click here).

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