April 29, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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a7/a7R/a7S/a7 II Overview Training Tutorial

For German readers: A7 kit Gold Box at 12.00 (via DL).
Portraits with the 90mm Macro Lens (SonyAlphaForum).
Loxia 35mm review by Louis Berk.
Sony FE 2/28 – Rolling Review (Phillipreeve.net).
FE 55mm lens review by Mikeonthestreet.
Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Quality Control Issues, Right Side Blur at f/1.4 (Diglloyd).
Sony A7II + Zeiss FE 35 mm 2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
FE 28mm test at Kasyapa.
One more curved sensor patent spotted by Egami.

Magnus:I just saw the post about using the A7R as a sports camera and would like to share my experiences. I think it works great and regularly use my A7R with Sigma 70-200/2,8 and LA-EA4 adapter shooting floor hockey. It’s really not the fastest camera regarding auto focus and continous shooting but it works! For close up action I have my old A580 with Sony 16-50/2,8.
Here is a sample folder with pictures scaled to 4k (2160p height), most of them are ISO3200-6400:
https://onedrive.live.com/?cid=5EB650FD44E6A38A&id=5eb650fd44e6a38a%217736
…or if you prefer facebook but these are scaled to 1280 pixels width:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.767273960016818.1073741853.157736730970547&type=3
This might be interesting too, It’s the same floor hockey team at the same arena shot with Tamron 150-600 and LA-EA4 adapter on my A7R. This combo sure gets waaay to close indoors but although its ISO6400 I think it works great:
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.764185910325623.1073741852.157736730970547&type=

Christian: “I got the opportunity to test my Sony NEX-5T in extreme conditions. I went for a 2:30 hour walk through the city and next to the Charles River. The temperatures were -24F (-31C) degrees with the windchill! I had to face a lot of wind when next to the Charles River, changing lenses was a challenge and quite risky for the sensor. The camera performed really well during this hike, I did not notice any change working in these temperatures. The screen, AF and battery worked perfectly well. Even if the grip is very small, I could still use it with my gloves but I must admit that it wasn’t very convenient. Against all odds, this little camera passed the extreme weather test!
http://ilovehatephoto.com/2015/03/02/photographing-2015-boston-blizzard-part-1-the-ghost-city/
http://ilovehatephoto.com/2015/03/11/photographing-2015-boston-blizzard-part-2-the-artisticmacro-approach/

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April 28, 2015
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First Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 preorder for $799. A7, A7II and A6000 USA rebate will run till May 31.

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The worldwide first preorder option of the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 E-mount Full frame lens is now available through eBay (Click here). But far more important than that are the new Sony US deals:
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.

Those deals are valid till May 31 reports Amazon US. And looking at Sony’s history of those kind of long time deals these are likely going to be extended permanently.

AmaoznSony

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April 28, 2015
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New Sony A7s tests (Vice News shoots with the A7s in the dark).

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A7s at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

Vice News shot a series about Boko Haram and used the Sony A7s to record in complete dark scenes. You can see the full video on Youtube (Click here). That kind of reportage would be almost impossible to make without the A7s.

3Dkraft (article here):

The video from the “Carnival of Venice 2015” is now public. It was recorded with Sony A7S, Atomos Shogun, Zeiss FE 16-35/4 OSS and Zeiss FE 1.8/55. The wideangle clips shot from tripod show the real potential of this combination. Unfortunately, the handheld portrait shots moving around the masks show the loss of quality due to the lack of stabilization of the A7S and the FE 1.8/55 even after digital stabilization (warp) in post processing. Scenes like that require a glidecam, brushless gimbal and additional OSS for professional demands. Irrespective of these little technical imperfections, this video shows the art and beauty of the masks and the scenery in Venice Carnival. Beside that, the article shows some zoomable images taken out as single frames from the video showing the quality of the 4K recording (still in process..).
YouTube (4K/2160p): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1sTOu1e6wk
Vimeo (Download of the original 4K file for Vimeo members): https://vimeo.com/124041563

Sony A7s Supercut Review by Stronzvanderploeg:

Overall the Sony A7s an incredibly specced camera especially considering the relatively low price point. If you need low-light or mirrorless full frame, it’s definitely the camera for you but just know, you’ll have to deal with a lot of workarounds and you’ll have to learn and adjust to some of the backwards design decisions.

Mark:

I’m a long time reader of Sony Alpha Rumors (I’ve been using Sony since the A900), and would like to pass on my recent experiments with combining the A7s with a Microsoft Kinect for a mixture of 2D video and 3D animation. I put together a blog article and some example videos showing how to combine the two devices using DepthKit software, and thought it might be interesting for your readers:
DepthKit with Microsoft Kinect + Sony A7s
http://idezo.ch/depthkit-with-microsoft-kinect-sony-a7s/
DepthKit – NASA Space Sounds Experiment
https://vimeo.com/124230332
idezo Labs: DepthKit with Microsoft Kinect + Sony A7s
https://vimeo.com/124167201

Kay Burn:

“My name is Kay Burn and I shoot photos and video underwater (and aerial work too).  
I recently housed my A7s with a Metabones adapter and the Canon 100mm f2.8 IS L in a Nauticam housing and used a prototype port and focus gear to shoot some macro video in the Lembeh Strait in Indonesia. I thought you might be interested to see how it performs;
https://vimeo.com/124127993
More details are available on the vimeo page itself.

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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April 28, 2015
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(SR3) A6100 has no 4K yet?

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The rumor comes from an old source who shared correct info in the past. After two-year absence he contacted me back. This doesn’t mean we can be sure the info he shares is correct. As it happened in the past also those kind of source may get wrong info from their contacts. Anyway, this is what he wrote to me:

there’s no A7000 (NEX-7 replacement), but rather an A6000 replacement coming soon. The A6100 has 24.3MP with 1080p XAVCS codec, so looks like no 4K for now. But this is just the info from the importer, so not 100% confirmed :-/

So far the rumors are that new E-mount stuff will come soon: The A7rII will be very likely announced in May. The A6100 may come son the same event or a month later in late June.

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April 28, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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a7S vs GH4 vs NX1: 4k UltraHD Video Camera Comparison

Tearing Down the Sony 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS Vario Tessar (Lensrentals).
Fotopraxis mit Zeiss Loxia-Objektiven und Sony A7-Kameras (Traumflieger).
Cheap tilt lens Olympus OM alternative for landscape use (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony to Boost Image Sensor Production to 87K 12-inch Wafers per Month (Image Sensor World).
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix (Eetimes).
What’s in my Camera Bag – Caroline Jensen (Sony Blog).
Spanish Diston Zm lens test on the A7r at DSLRmagazine.
SONY a6000 + Hoya 28mm revers (Facebook).

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