October 16, 2014
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony Alpha A6000 Revisited: Best Mirrorless APS-C ILC 2014

Sigma Art on the A7r at Soundimagesplus.
First impressions of the 16-35 at Brianmatiash.com.
10 ways to optimize your gear for awesome Travel Photography (Inmybag).
Loxia 2/35 und 2/50 Flickr Album.
Spanish Zeiss Otus review at DSLRmagzine.

Michael:Now I can feel the Full-Frame on my APS-C camera SONY A6000 with Mitakon Speedmaster 50mm F/0.95. Full album @ http://goo.gl/x7wuJz
Pros:
– The build quality of lens is excellent, solid and HEAVY (in good way!)
– The box that made by leather do feel good too!
– The focus ring do turn smoothly.
– The aperture ring a bit hard to turn, but I personally take that as good to avoid change the aperture accidentally.
– Do feel nice on hand with the A6000 for the size and the look.
Cons:
– The plastic hood do feel “cheap” (just a little bit), therefore I get a metal one.
– The weight made it a bit hard to manual focus, because the hand must support the lens more than the body.

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October 16, 2014
Posted in deals, news

You can now change the E-mount of your camera with a “wiggling-free” full metal mount!

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Maybe not all of you know the E-mount is made of an outer metal and inner plastic ring. Fotodiox writes:

The lens mount is a two part construction, with the critical component that holds the lens in place made of plastic. This is why any lens you attach to an E mount camera is prone to wiggling, especially longer pro lenses.

That’s why Fotodiox came up with a solution to entirely replace the ring:

Anyone can replace the original 2 piece NEX mount on their camera with an all-metal one in about five minutes. All you need is a jewelers screwdriver (phillips) to remove and replace four little screws.

The Fotodiox full metal E-mount ring can be bought now at Amazon US (Click here).

Here is a video to show you how easy it is:

via MirrorlessRumors.

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October 16, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Some more detailed A-and E-mount rumor by an anonymous source.

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An anonymous sources who claims to be in contact directly with Sony Japan told me the following tidbits about Sony A and E-mount development. As usual with new sources take the info with a grain of salt and as a chance to discuss the content based on that hypothetic scenario:

1) The a-mount will keep going with the existing lenses. Sony will support those lenses.

2) The engineers have 6 prototypes for new (A-mount) cameras.  Two are very different than previous cameras, but are in early stages and would take much longer to develop.  The other four are refreshes of current cameras.  NOTE: he said definitely not all of these will be made.

3) The engineers feel management was disappointed in the A77ii.  They feel it was a mistake to keep the same shape because people didn’t know it was very different.  Almost all components in A77ii were new.  For that reason, they are looking at new designs for anything else they come out with, but new designs take longer to make and more money and durability testing.

4) There are more e-mount lenses coming, and some a-mount lenses will be upgraded.

5) The engineers have not heard of a new 24-105 for a-mount.  Might be for e-mount.  There have not been prototypes of a-mount lenses since CZ50, but lenses are designed elsewhere and there might be more — not sure.

6) Management feels a-mount is well supported the way it is, and that FE lenses and accessories are the priority.  Especially lenses that are not on the a-mount already.

7) IBIS on E-mount is possible but not as good as on A-mount.

Thanks to the anonymous sources! Hope he will become one fo my trusted sources soon 🙂

 

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October 15, 2014
Posted in reviews

Sony RX100 III vs Fujifilm X30 by Kai.

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Fuji lover and not so Sony lover Kai from Digitalrev compared the stylish Fuji X30 versus the Sony RX100M3. The news here is that even Kai had to admit the Sony is the better camera 😉

P.S.: I am joking Kai 😉

RX100M3 store links:
RX100M3 in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA and FocusCamera.
RX100M3 in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PT. And Wex UK,
RX100M3 in Asia at Amazon Japan, Digitalrev and Sony Australia.
Gariz announced the new RX100m3 leather case and you can have it on eBay in Black (al auctions here) and Brown (all auctions here).

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October 15, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony A7 and A7r deal reloaded: $200 off and free bag, free card, and 5,000 reward points at SonyStore.

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You get $200 off, free case, free 65GB SD card and 5,000 reward points on the A7 and A7r cameras sold at SonyStore (Click here). The reward points have $50 value and can be spend on other Sony products. All other current Sony deals are listed here:

Full Frame E-mount:
$200 off on the Sony A7s sold by GetItDigital on eBay (Click here).
Sony A7-A7r trade in program is back at Adorama (Click here).
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

A-mount:
$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.

RX cameras:
Sony RX100M2 for $499 at BeachCamera (Click here) and BuyDig (Click here).
Refurbished Sony RX100M3 for $699 at Secondipity (Click here).

Extras:
Rocky Nook sells all their Sony eBooks with a 35% discount when you sue the code “RNSY14“.

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