October 27, 2013
Posted in reviews

New A7-A7r-RX10-Touit hands-on reports at PDNshow

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The video on top has been posted by ThePhoBlographer. It’s Mark Weir talking about the new A7 camera.

ThePhoBlogrpaher also shared the first impressions about the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and about the RX10 (article here).

Also dpreview posted a couple of pictures. Also SonyAlphaLab posted a longer article about the Sony stand at the show.

Those of you that speak spanish may read the long and very detailed article at DSLRmagazine (google translation here).

SAR reader Richard sent me his PDN impression review:

Just returned from Photo Expo – Here are some first impressions on the A7r:
It’s a nice compact camera, hefty (but not heavy) for it’s size. I was worried that with the center viewfinder, my nose would end up in the screen (using my right eye), but the body was small enough that my nose was to the side of the body. But, I feel that it will be a pain for left eyed people, with the controls and such in the way. The shutter is very loud. No, THE SHUTTER IS VERY LOUD.
But, I was impressed that I was not able to feel any shake or vibration from the shutter, and I felt confident hand holding it at slow speeds. The viewfinder seemed ok, but not exceptional. The autofocus did seem to jump around quite a bit, and the face detection feature only seemed to get in the way, jumping from face to face. The menu was very hard to navigate – when you tried to use the scroll wheel, sometimes the pressure used to turn it, activated the 4 way navigational click feature. Maybe it was just this particular camera. Of course, I was not familiar with the menu structure, so that didn’t help either. The guy next to me had a couple of Leica M lenses, and they seemed to work fine with his adapter, but of course we were not allowed to take any shots and we could not get a magnified view on the screen. One problem with manual focus – with a Sony FE lens, the magnify activates when you touch the focus ring, and stays on for at least two seconds. Also we couldn’t see how to enable it with the Leica lenses (got an error message on the screen about that feature not being supported with that lens). Maybe there is a way, but we couldn’t figure it out, and the Sony rep didn’t know. All in all, I rate it as a maybe purchase for me – there is a lot to like about the camera, but it’s not perfect. It is frustrating – Sony seems to come out with cameras that are just one or two steps away from being great – the biggest negative for me is the loud shutter.
BTW – spoke to the guy at the RX1 counter – asked when the 36mp sensor was going to get put into it – he said that was a question for someone higher up, but he expects Sony would want to put their best technology into the next RX1, if there is one.

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Support SonyAlphaRumors: After months of FF mirrorless rumor work I would be glad if you can support my work by making your A7-A7r purchase by using these links below. I will earn a small commission and you don’t pay one single penny more! Thanks!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page):
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

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

October 26, 2013
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


DSLR Video Capture: David McLain shares why a99 is his main camera

I have to catch up with some non A7-A7r related news. So here is what have been posted in these busy days:

I’m glad that to see that in the last time the 2 riflessifotografici-guys Max and Donato are writing more and more reviews about Sony gear. They definitely know their work! Street photographer Donato wrote a review about the Sony E-Mount Lenses, with plenty of beautiful images shot in the streets of Milan, Rome and Cottanello here (English version). On the other hand Max just posted his RX100II review. He tested the camera on an Italian island and compared it with also with the RX100. Enjoy also this review and the great shots here (English version).

image courtesy: riflessifotografici


Sony NEX-5T review at Photographyblog.
QX100 anlaysis by Quesabesde
Hasselblad Lunar y Steallar at Quesabesde.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 review at Digitalversus.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 review at Digitalversus.
Sony E-Mount Lenses Field Test (Riflessifotografici).
Sony Alpha 3000 review at Pcmag and Photographyblog.

October 26, 2013
Posted in reviews

New A7-A7r tests and image samples (and video tests)


Sony A7, A7R Eye-AF Test

It’s time for a new roundup of A7-A7r tests. There is plenty of things to see today! First of all the great Korean site SLRclub (Click here) posted a full A7 review. As you know koreans like to post articles as jpg images so translation is not available. But you can see plenty of image samples, crops and ISO tests. They also posted a dozen of test videos on their youtube channel.

Image samples:
A7R + LA-EA4 + Sigma 150mm F2.8 Macro at SLRclub.
A7r with 55mm Zeiss at Pixinfo.
A7 with some M-mount glass at cityusam01.

Articles:
Is the new Zeiss 35/2.8 Z better than the RX1 ? (Dearsusans).
Dean: Huge fan of you and your site from Canada here!  I went into Henry’s (local camera store) and played with an A7.  I took some pics with the SEL35F18 and SEL50F18 to show the image circle, and multiple pictures with the SEl1018 at different focal lengths.  I also compared crops between the 5R and A7r with the 10-18mm (edge and center) both in crop mode and FF mode.  Perhaps the SAR readers might be interested in having a look?
http://www.adventuristo.com/sharpness-comparison-of-nex-5r-and-a7r-with-the-10-18mm-sel1018-lens/
http://www.adventuristo.com/how-the-10-18mm-sel1018-e-mount-lens-looks-on-the-full-frame-a7r-and-a7/
http://www.adventuristo.com/how-existing-e-mount-lenses-look-on-the-a7r-and-a7-including-the-50mm-sel50f18-and-35mm-sel35f18/
http://www.adventuristo.com/sony-a7r-image-samples-with-the-fe-zeiss-55mm-f1-8-lens-and-the-fe-zeiss-35mm-f2-8-lens/

Videos:
A7 Shutter sound with and without front curtain on youtube.
German hands-on video by ClubSonus on youtube.

Images for download:
A7r with 55m Zeiss images at Wetransfer.
A7 with 28-70mm image samples on Dropbox (one) and Dropbox (two).
A7r RAW files at pan.baidu (for download)

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Support SonyAlphaRumors: After months of FF mirrorless rumor work I would be glad if you can support my work by making your A7-A7r purchase by using these links below. I will earn a small commission and you don’t pay one single penny more! Thanks!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page):
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

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

October 26, 2013
Posted in news

First image of the A7-A7r underwater housing

SAR reader Phil sent me the image of the new A7-A7r underwater housing. He writes: “The housing appears to be rated to 40 meters, it has fiber optic cord points for external strobes and should be priced in the $2500.00 range.

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Support SonyAlphaRumors: After months of FF mirrorless rumor work I would be glad if you can support my work by making your A7-A7r purchase by using these links below. I will earn a small commission and you don’t pay one single penny more! Thanks!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page):
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

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

October 25, 2013
Posted in deals

BHphoto special PDN deals page (Includes also the A99 superkit deal). Rokinon lens for A7-A7r discounted.

There is a new special PDN show related Deals Page at BHphoto (Click here). You can find also some great Sony deals on the A99 (Click here), A77 (Click here) and RX100MII (Click here).

And if you will be a future A7-A7r camera owner you may get the Full Frame Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Aspherical Cine Lens fo Sony FE or Alpha at Buydig on eBay (Click here) It sells for $249 only which is $70 less than all other US store prices.

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1) 20% off on all Zeiss Touit ASP-C E-mount lenses:
The 12mm f/2.8 Touit now sells for $999 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The 32mm f/1.8 Touit now sells for $720 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

2) Today eBay launched a special Sony deals page (Click here). And these are the best NEX and Alpha deals:
Sony NEX-F3 Kit w/ 18-55mm / 55-210mm Lenses Black for $539.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony NEX-5R White w/16-50mm Lens 16GB Package for $608.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony NEX-7 w/ 18-55mm Lens Black 2 Batteries, UV Filter for $955.00 on eBay(Click here)
Sony SLT-A58 w/18-135mm Lens, 32GB & More for $711.00 on eBay(Click here)
Sony NEXVG900 (Black) for $3,018.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony RX100 Digital Camera (Black) + 16GB, 2 Batteries + More for $543.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony DSC-RX100 II Digital Camera + 2 Batteries, 16GB & More for $671.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony E-Mount 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS Zoom Lens for $234.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony NEX-VG30H Camcorder w/18-200mm + 2 Batteries, 32GB + More for $2,210.00 on eBay (Click here)
Sony SLT-A99 Black (Body) + 2 Batteries, 32GB, Flash + More for $2,361.00 on eBay (Click here)

Two more deals info:
Don’t forget to claim the 2% back in reward on the A7r-A7 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony FDR-AX1 Digital 4K Video Camera Recorder is in Stock for the first time in USA at BHphoto (Click here).

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