March 27, 2015
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First Sony A7II bundle deals.

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The A7II FE camera now comes with some new extra bundle deals:
13(!) free etxras with the A7II sold by Focuscamera on eBay (Click here).
Again 13 free extras with the A7II and kit lens at BeachCamera on Amazon (Click here).
Free Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone witht he A7II sold by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Open Box Sony A7II with 28-70mm sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).

More new Sony deals:
A7/s/r lens/case superbundle again at Sony Store US (Click here).
Sony A77II bundle deal at SonyStore (Click here).
NEX-7 with kit lens for $498 only at BHphoto (Click here).
The Sony A3000 with kit lens sells for $249 at BHphoto (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
50% off on refurbished 55-210mm sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
RX100 with $100 free extras (SD card, LR5) and a $50 gift card when using the code “trade50328” at FocusCamera (Click here).
A77II kit with free grip at Sony Store US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$300 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$221 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
FE 24-240mm is in Stock at BestBuy eBay, Adorama and Sony US

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March 27, 2015
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New FE lens tests roundup! Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 to ship on March 31 already in USA.

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US customers will get their preordered Zeiss Distagon 35mm FE lens much earlier than expected. It will ship on March 31 already according to BHphoto (Click here). And it’s in Stock in Germany at Fotomundus (Click here).

And here are also some new 24-240mm and 28mm FE lens samples:
Sony FE 28/2 image samples on SonyAlphaForum.
Quick 24-240mm lens review at Velgos.
24-240mm FE test at Yodobashi.
First Look: Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35MM F1.4 (SonyMirrorlessPro).
Image samples including RAW files at Mobile01.
Hands-on photos at Photographyblog.
Hands-on at Mirrorlessons.

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

 

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March 27, 2015
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Brand new Sony patent shows Curved Sensor FF camera with 35mm lens (and some variations).

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RX2

The newly published (March 19) US patent “20150077619” describes what will likely become the first Curved Sensor Full Frame camera (probably the RX2). That’s what Sony writes:

Patent Background:

In recent years, the need for brightness of a shooting lens and an increase in the size of an imaging element which is effective in implementing low-noise shooting and a high dynamic range has increased, not to mention the need for an increase in image quality, a reduction in size, and a reduction in thickness.

Patent Summary:

The present technology is made to solve the above-mentioned problems, and it is desirable to provide a lens optical unit and an imaging device, which are capable of implementing high optical performance by performing size reduction and sufficient field curvature correction.
An imaging plane of the solid-state image sensor has a non-planar shape that causes a sag amount in an optical axis direction to increase as a distance from an optical axis increases, and a conditional expression (1) is satisfied (1) ρ×Sag>0, where ρ represents a Petzval curvature of an optical unit represented by

SAR resume: The patent says “non-planar” (curved) sensor allow lenses to be more compact compared to lenses designed for “planar” (flat) sensors. And they actually share full specs of those lenses

Full Frame lenses (RX2?):
29.96mm f/2.06 (likely to become a 30mm f/2.0)
36mm f/1.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/1.8)
36mm f/2.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.8)
36mm f/2.26 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.0)

For smaller sensors (1 inch RX100m4?):
10,79-25mm f/2.8-5.4

 

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March 27, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Champs-Elysées – A night in Paris | Sony A7s
from emeric on Vimeo.

Rolling Review of the Sony A7 at Planet Alpha.
Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony A7 II + Samyang (Walimex) 85 mm 1.4 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony actioncam video on remote use for wedding photos and video (Youtube).
16-35mm Zeiss FE test at Yodobashi.
Messages on Sony CCD Discontinuation (Image Sensor World).
The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review – How Low Can It Go? The In-Body IS Tested (Soundimagesplus).
Loxia 35mm vs. Sonnar 35mm Lens Comparison (Ilovehatephoto).
Helios-103 53mm F1.8 tested on the A7II (SonyAlphaForum).

Martin Segredo‎:Low light video | Slow motion. Sony a7s + Minolta 50mm | f1.7 | 120 fps | Iso 32000 https://vimeo.com/121177035

Marvin Francois‎:Sony SLT-A65v using 85mm lens with multiple shots stitched back together with AutoPano Giga. Final size, ~500 Megapixels.. http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/157808

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March 26, 2015
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New Voigtlander Heliar 15mm III lens designed for Sony FE is in Stock at BHphoto.

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The new Voigtlander Heliar 15mm III is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). This is an M-mount lens but Voigtlander redesigned the lens so that it performs much better than the older version when used on the Sony FE cameras. The lens is also in Stock in UK at RobertWhite.

More new Sony deals:
A7/s/r lens/case superbundle again at Sony Store US (Click here).
Sony A77II bundle deal at SonyStore (Click here).
NEX-7 with kit lens for $498 only at BHphoto (Click here).
The Sony A3000 with kit lens sells for $249 at BHphoto (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
50% off on refurbished 55-210mm sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
RX100 with $100 free extras (SD card, LR5) and a $50 gift card when using the code “trade50328” at FocusCamera (Click here).
A77II kit with free grip at Sony Store US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$300 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$221 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
FE 24-240mm is in Stock at BestBuy eBay, Adorama and Sony US

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March 26, 2015
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Sony releases firmware update for A7/r/s and A6000 cameras.

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The new firmare adds support for the new FE lenses. Enter your model name and download the software on Sony sites like Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony CH, Sony Austria, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Finland.

Thanks David!

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

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March 26, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Some more HX60 and WX350 successor camera info.

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I got some info about the new Sony fixed lens compact cameras (Thanks A.!):

1) HX60v successor will be essentially the same camera but smaller. It will be the size of the existing WX350 and include a viewfinder (TZ61 like).
2) WX350 will also be updated to include 30x Zoom without viewfinder.

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