May 24, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Yuri Afanasiev‎
Red dress. Continuation of the story. Sony a7r + FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS | 26mm | F/9 | ISO100 | 1,3s
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1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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May 24, 2015
Posted in news

UPDATE: Strange Student(?) poll hints a launch of a completely new mirrorless system camera.



UPDATE: It seem liks a Student and not Sony(!) launched that new survey at the University of Amsterdam: So this is no relevant news anymore. Anyway, just for the record:

They ask many question. And once they go in detail with a camera proposal:

Sony is considering the introduction of a new model of Mirrorless Digital Camera at the price of 1300€.
This new camera will be the first model of an entire new producline Mirrorless Digital Cameras priced at the same point of Sony’s Mirrorless Digital Cameras price range, which fluctuates from 400€ to 2300€.
The new model will be named ”PicYou” and will include models for both amateur and professional photographers. A wide range of lenses and accessories will be available as well. Sony PicYou will provide to the users exactly the same quality features of current Sony’s Digital Mirrorless Cameras.

If it’s a student than for sure there will be no such new system :)

found via Mirrorlessrumors.

May 23, 2015
Posted in deals

Up to $370 off on Open Box A7s at Samys and BuyDig.


We have three Sony A7s Open Box deals:
$2248 at Samys (Click here).
$2208 at Samys (Click here).
$2123 at BuyDig (Click here).

There are also three different refurbished offers listed at Amazon US (Click here).

May 23, 2015
Posted in reviews

Full FS7 review by Philip Bloom .


This is an almost one hour-long FS7 review by famous cameraman Philip Bloom. The FS7 E-mount is a yet unmatched camera in that price category. Watch the video!

FS7 store links:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto.
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto.
28-135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony 128GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.

May 23, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony FE 28mm is finally in Stock in Europe too.


At last also European readers can get their new Sony FE 28mm lens! it is now in Stock and shipping in many stores like:
Germany: Fotomundus, Amazon DE, Sony DE.
UK: Amazon UK, Sony UK.
Other countries: Sony FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.

May 22, 2015
Posted in deals

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 Gold Box ($250 off). New refurbished Sony E-mount stuff (30 day back guarantee).


You have few minutes left to grab the Sigma 70-200mm Sigma A-mount lens with a $250 Gold Box disctount at Amazon US (Click here). UPDATE: Deal now over!

And here is a new list of Sony refurbished cameras. These cameras/lenses have been refurbished by Sony, but are sold with a 1 year warranty from Secondipity. Some readers expressed concern about the seller but note that there is a 30 day return guarantee. I listed all E-mount stuff with the biggest savings on top:

$400 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens (Click here).
$330 off on the 18-200mm lens (Click here).
$300 off on the Sony A7II with kit lens (Click here).
$270 off on the NEX-F3 with kit lens (Click here).
$260 off on the Sony A6000 double lens kit (Click here).
$230 off on the Sony FE 28-70mm lens (Click here).
$200 off on the Sony A5100 double lens kit (Click here).
$200 off on the Sony A7II body (Click here).
$270 off on the Sony A7II with kit lens (Click here).
$170 off on the Sony 55-210mm lens (Click here).
$170 off on the Sony 55-210mm lens (Click here).
$120 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony A5100 with kit lens (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony A7 body (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony NEX-3n with kit lens (Click here).
$90 off on the 20mm lens (Click here).
$80 off on the Sony 30mm lens (Click here).
$20 off on the Sony 50mm lens (Click here).

Not that the same stuff can be found on their Amazon store too (Click here).


May 22, 2015
Posted in news

Jesse Lim: “I Have a Dream – Mirorless A Mount with on Sensor PDAF?”


Our reader Jesse Lim raised an important aspect of the future A-mount strategy. And his “dream” could really become true in the near future:

I Have a Dream – Mirorless A Mount with on Sensor PDAF?

I know this might sound ridiculous or not economical realistic, or technically impractical, but as a long time FF A mount user who haven’t made the move to FE just yet, I always had this thought in my mind.
I was wondering will Sony ever consider making the next FF A mount body mirrorless with on sensor PDAF? If so, it will be great beause I don’t like the idea of adding a LA-EA4 between my lenses and the FE body since I have bad experience with the A77 and its SLT mirror.
Do educate me if I’m wrong because for the last few years, CDAF on mirrorless seems to be fast enough to compete with traditional phase detection AF (Well, at least for a portrait photographer’s pont of view). My OM-D EM-5 focus as fast or faster than my A850 / A300 and it is using only CDAF, of course m43 have a deeper DOF thus much more easy to focus. And the A6000’s4D Focus seems fast enough to fulfill many photographic challenges.
So, if FF E mount can achieve adequate AF performance with I don’t know CDAF? Why can’t A mount just be made the same way while be able to maintain legacy lenses mount without adapters and the beefy ergonomics I like because in my experience I tend to grip more harder on smaller bodies, which is not comfortable.

A Mount = Mirrors, Traditional Ergonomic, Bigger Battery,
     E Mount = Mirroless, Compact Form Factor ?
             The Mirror, it is still necessary? Flange Distance, Achilles Heel? T

he Paradox always kept me thinking… or maybe I’m just plain silly…

For 2 mount system with identical sensor size (Different in flange distance of course), what is the best strategy for Sony to differentiate both product rage while both series are getting more and more convergence in terms of IQ, feature and characteristic for each iteration of product release. Of course if the key factor is the flange distance which ultimately decides the ease, size and quality of the lens designed for both cases (I don’t know, longer flange distance is better or the shorter one for the long run? do let me know)
Imagine fitting the entire A7mk2 architecture inside a A99 body size, with less volume/size constrain to worry with, Sony can really go creative with A mount system with ample amount of card slots, ports, dials & knobs real estate, and maybe fitting in a bigger EVF, Display, bigger buffer memory, on-board storage and file manager, bigger heat sink for sensor thus 4K with 5-axis IBIS… I don’t know, creativity is the limit.

Anyways, just sharing my thoughts~ no biggy~ and cheers~

First posted on SonyAlphaForum.

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