May 10, 2015
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Field test with the $70(!) used Minolta APO 100-300mm (Guest post by Drasko Stojadinovic).

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The following is a guest post from Drasko. And has been first posted on SonyAlphaForum.

Sony A7II + Minolta APO 100-300mm
by Drasko Stojadinovic

Here is my first impression with the Minolta APO 100-300mm F4,5-5,6 Telephoto Lens:
First or all i got this 15 year old lens from a local photostore very cheap for only 70€. You can probably get it even cheaper on ebay.
This lens is very lightweight and small for 100-300 mm zoom. I was really impressed it still fits in my old, small Sony Bag with the A7II.

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I didn`t expect anything from this tele lens for that small price but I’ m really surprised how well it performs. Its not uber sharp like a modern lens but it delivers good enough quality and no sharpening is needed in lightroom. You have to boost the colors, saturation quite a lot. Make shure you get the right Adapter for this lens with aperture dial!
This lens works great in manual with my A7II and the 5axis IBIS.

Click on the images to enlarge:

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The lens cna be found used on eBay (Click here to see current auctions).

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May 10, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Andreas Elste‎
Sony A7 + Zeiss FE 55 1.8
@55mm | F2.8 | 1/200s | ISO50

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos 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!

Read the rest of this entry →

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May 9, 2015
Posted in deals

$200 off on Open Box Sony A7II at Samys!

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You save up to $200 on the Open Box or on the Refurbished A7II sold by Samys and Secondipity:

Open Box A7II body for $1,329 at Samys (Click here).
Open Box A7II with 28-70mm lens for $1,598 at Samys (Click here).
Refurbished A7II body for $1,299 at Secondipity (Click here).
Refurbished A7II with 28-70mm lens for $1,598 at Secondipity (Click here).

New Sony US rebates:
Price drop and lot of free stuff on the A7II at FocusCamera.
Price drop and lot of free stuff on the RX100 at Adorama.
Price drop and lot of free stuff on the A5000 at Adorama.
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,498 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,798 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony Alpha a7 (Body Only) for $998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony Alpha a7 with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,298 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
$100 off on the A6000 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Price drop and lot of free stuff on the HDRCX405 HD Handycam at FocusCamera.

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May 9, 2015
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Sony doesn’t repair the A850 anymore (parts no more in production).

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Sony will no more be able to repair a broken Sony A850 camera. The parts necessary to fix the A850 are no more in production. SrapDsign reports on SonyAlphaForum:

I got 2 a850 and had use it almost 4 years since i bought it. I was very disappointed when i send my a850 to sony service to replace it with a new shutter box because my shutter count already reach the limits. They told me that the parts are no longer been produce because sony decided to stop it.

So if you still own the A850…take care of it!

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May 9, 2015
Posted in reviews

A7R and venus 60mm macro samples (Guest post by Chris from Luxembourg).

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This is a short Guest Post written by Chris from Luxembourg:

I didn’t see a lot of example of use of this cheap apsc macro lens from Venus with an A7R. Optically, it gives over the apsc area better results than a Nikon 105 macro with the A7r. But it is totally soft and full of vignetting in the corners if you use it in FF mode. Sharpess is quite amazing even at F16 as you can see on my pic. Build quality is correct but the ring is not smooth. Not a problem in normal use, thanks to focus peaking but focus stacking is nearly impossible as you will move the setup easily. Aperture ring is not very smooth too and you don’t really know where you are between F11 and F16…
The nikon adaptor is very cheap but does the work. Anyway a good solution if u cant afford the Sony macro or can’t wait until July just because of the outstanding sharpness and overall render.
Definitely worth the price.

There is a lot of PP on these pic but well, no good pp without good source, isn’t it? Click to enlarge the images:

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You can buy the lens for $379 from eBay Hong Kong sellers (Click here).

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