January 9, 2015
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A7II gets DxOmarked. New α7Ⅱ Promotion Video from Sony. And a review by Tony Northrup.

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DxOmark (Click here) published their A7II sensor results. And it’s really no surprise that the sensor performs very close to the A7:

Improvements to build quality and handling alongside the addition of a new sensor shift image stabilisation system make the new Sony A7II an even more appealing prospect to both serious amateur and professional photographers. Packing essentially the same 24.2Mp full frame sensor there’s no discernable improvement in image quality over its predecessor the Sony A7, but it still remains one of the best scoring sensors on our database ranking in 11th place overall.

At CES Sony also launched that new A7II promotion video. And there is also a new review by Tony Northrup:

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

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January 9, 2015
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First test video shows how new A7II firmware improves the 5 axis stabilization!

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Note: There was an error on the video on my original post. I now updated it with that new video.

This video shows the difference improvement with the 5 axis stabilization with the new 1.10 firmware. The first part of the video shows you the “older” A7II firmware and the second part shows you the A7II with the new 1.10 firmware. The lens he used is the Minolta MD Tele Rokkor-X 135/3,5.

I have to confess I didn’t expect to see such a big improvement! Now reviewers have to do their A7II test from scratch :)

You can download the software here: Sony USA. Soon it will be available also on those pages at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony Fance, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland.

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January 8, 2015
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New Sony eBay deals: FE 55mm lens for $799. A7r for $1,599.

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Today eBay listed a couple of new Sony deals. Here they are:
1) A7r sells for $1,599 via CameraLand on eBay (Click here). That’s $500 off!
2) FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens + 3 Year USA Warranty for $799 on eBay US (Click here). At the moment of writing that deal is on hold (says out of Stock). But it should be back soon I hope! Anyway, 6av sells the same lens for only a ouple of bucks more..$817 on their eBay page (Click here).
3) Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).
4) Refurbished RX100M3 for $664 on eBay US (Click here).
5) RX100 II Digital Camera + 2 Batteries, 16GB & More for $534 on eBay US (Click here).
6) Refurbished NEX-5T double lens kit for $399 on eBay US (Click here).

Reminder: Many Sony deals have been added on the Amazon Photo deal page (Click here). In detail we have:
Save $200 on the Sony A77II Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save Up to $400 on the Sony A7 Family of Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony A5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony RX100MII Fixed Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony QX Family (Click here)
Save Big on the Sony Family of Action Cameras (Click here)

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January 8, 2015
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Zeiss announces new firmware update for the 12mm and 50mm Touit.

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Zeiss issued a new firmware update for their 12 and 50mm E-mount Touit lenses. This is what you get:

Touit 2.8/50M E-mount:
A firmware update to Version 02 is now available for the Touit 2.8/50M with E-mount. It corrects the following behaviour that may have occurred with the previous lens firmware version with particular camera menu setting and in particular situations:

  • clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash
  • ‘hunting’ for the focus point with the camera in AF-C mode
  • all Touit 2.8/50 macro lenses for E-mount cameras ever delivered already support phase detection autofocus and the fast hybrid autofocus of newer Sony E-mount cameras with their proprietary firmware.

Touit 2.8/12 E-mount & Touit 1.8/32 E-mount:
An update to firmware version 02 is available for the Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 lenses with E-mount. With this version, the lenses also support phase detection autofocus and the fast hybrid autofocus of newer Sony E-mount cameras.

Zeiss Touit lens pricing and specs at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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January 8, 2015
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Sony releases firmware update 1.10 for the new Sony A7II!

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Sony just released the new firmware update for the A7II. It improves the image stabilization performance. You can donwload the software here: Sony USA. Soon it will be available also on those pages at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony Fance, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland.

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