November 12, 2014
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In Stock: Tamron SP 150-600mm for Sony!

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The Tamron SP 150-600mm for Sony is finally in Stock in USA at Amazon (Click here), KenmoreCamera (Click here), Cameta (Click here), Samys (Click here) and Photo4less (Click here). A larger Stock will ship in a few days at Adorama (Click here).

And the great sniper-lens-cover :) you see on top can be ordered at BHphoto (Click here).

Reminder: Full Black Friday deals can be seen on at that Amazon US page (Click here to see the long list). Specific photo deals of Sony/Sigma and accessory stuff can be see on that Amazon page (Click here).

More Sony US deals:
Tough E-mount replacement is finally in Stock at Amazon again (Click here)
A7/A7r: trade-in program at Adorama (Click here).
A77II: Up to $500 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A6000:
$100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5100: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Open Box Sony A7 for $1198 only(!) on eBay (Click here)
$200 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$150 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$80 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$75 off on the Sigma 12-24mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sigma 8-16mm lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sigma 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Rebates on Sigma Flashes and Teleconverters at Amazon (Click here to see the full list).

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November 12, 2014
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(SR4) Hot news! Sony revolutionizes the sensor world? Makes world’s first Active Pixel Color Sampling sensor (APCS).

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Important Note: I got this image from Cnbeta. But I already saw patents of that tech before and that’s why I rate the rumors with SR4!

Sony kills the long Bayer Sensor story:
If  what you see here on top will become true than this will change the photography industry! Say goodbye to the classic RGB Bayer sensors because Sony is going to announce a new “Active-Pixel Color Sampling sensor (APCS)” in 2015! The specs sheet above shows the new 1.5 inch sensor with 4,8 million pixels. And I guess some of you would think that’s way to low but here comes the big news:

Every single pixel can take the full color info with the help of an electrified moving color filter!
How this works in detail is yet not described on that paper. But basically instead of having four pixels “RGBG” interpolated into one single pixel information (as it happens on usual Bayer sensors) every pixel on the APCS sensor grabs the full color information. On paper there is no need of interpolation (we still don’t know exactly how this works). But please keep in mind that in real world the difference may be much smaller (current RGB sensors indeed also uses all sort of interpolations to increase resolution).
This is a more advanced solution than Sigmas Foveon sensor used on DP cameras. Sigma uses three vertically ordered R-G-B layers. But also here you need to merge three pixel information into one and you also struggle with noise level because electrons get absorbed (or lost) on each layer.

Positive effects of such a sensor design are:
– Bigger pixels compared to same resolution Bayer sensor. This means more electrons captured and therefore higher dynamic range and lower noise (crazy ISO possible…even crazier than those of the Sony A7s).
– No moire issues anymore. No Anti Aliasing filter needed (increases per pixel sharpness).
– That tech also allows to make crazy high megapixel sensor. For example if you keep an Sony’s APCS pixel size same as the current Sony A7r 36MP RGB pixel size sensor you could in theory make a much higher resolution sensor with same noise level.
– Less pixels to read means also faster processing and readout.
– You actually can have a “full-monochrome” sensor :)

Other key features of the new APCS sensor:
– Electronic Global shutter. No more “jello” effect on videos!
– Records 2K with 16,000 frames per second (processor doesn’t have to be interpolate between RGBG pixels and therefore can use full power to read out more frames per second!). Note that the current Arri Phantom Flex shoots 4K at 1,000 frames per second.

When are we going to see that sensor?
I believe that sensor will make it into a Z4 phone first. “Classic” Alpha photocameras will get the same sensor tech on APS-C and FF sensors later!

What I know beside that spec sheet:
Trusted sources told me “complete new” sensor tech would be introduced on the verge between end 2015 and early 2016. I also saw plenty of sensors describing such kind of pixels with electronic color filter. I will now try to collect some of them to show them to you in a future post. So while I posted this rumor with an SR4 ranking only (see ranking description below) I have a strong feeling this rumor is true. I will wait for my trusted sources to upgrade this to SR5 as soon as I can!

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Hot: The full Black Friday deals can be seen on at that Amazon US page (Click here to see the long list).

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November 12, 2014
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rumor coming soon :)

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I swear this isn’t intentional guys! Just got an image from an INCREDIBLE new Sony APS-C sensor. I don’t know if it’s true as I didn’t get it from trusted sources. So once again, please stay tuned. Will try to get 30 min off from work to post it as early as I can. This is SR3!

Again, I swear, this is not an intentional tease! I really got the rumor while I am busy at work! Really strange how things do happen sometimes…

One more thing: If true this is a MASSIVE improvement in terms of image quality! GAME CHANGING. Wanna bet I am right? Stay tuned ;)

 

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November 12, 2014
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(UPDATE) Sony A7s for $1,999.00 only at Abes of Maine!

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That’s the lowest price I have seen so far in USA. $400 off! Brand new A7s cameras for $1,999 only at Abes of Maine (Click here). UPDATE: Thanks to SAR readers for making me notice that this is an imported model :(

Reminder: Full Black Friday deals can be seen on at that Amazon US page (Click here to see the long list). Specific photo deals of Sony/Sigma and accessory stuff can be see on that Amazon page (Click here).

More Sony US deals:
Tough E-mount replacement is finally in Stock at Amazon again (Click here)
A7/A7r: trade-in program at Adorama (Click here).
A77II: Up to $500 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A6000:
$100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5100: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Open Box Sony A7 for $1198 only(!) on eBay (Click here)
$200 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$150 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$80 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$75 off on the Sigma 12-24mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sigma 8-16mm lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sigma 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Rebates on Sigma Flashes and Teleconverters at Amazon (Click here to see the full list).

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November 12, 2014
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New E-mount lens reviews at Photozone (Touit 12mm and 32mm) and DSLRmagazine (Loxia 50mm).

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Image courtesy: Photozone

 

Zeiss Touit 12mm at Photozone:

Ultra-wide angle lenses are never really perfect. However, within its scope the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 delivers decent results. The center quality is great and the border and corner quality are good to very good at mainstream settings. The low lateral CAs contribute to the high sharpness perception. The distortions are fine at 2% – this is a normal value for such a prime lens and lower than on most conventional zoom lenses for sure. However, the vignetting is very high especially at max. aperture.

Photozone also reviewed the 32mm Zeiss Touit and writes:

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 didn’t really convince us – at least on the NEX 7. The image center is sharp straight from the max. aperture and even stunning when stopping down. However, the borders aren’t all that hot at large apertures although at least very decent beyond f/4. Lateral CAs may be just visible without being disturbing. Distortions are usually auto-corrected either by the camera or your favorite RAW converter. However, when looking behind the scenes, you can spot higher than expected issues here – which is a bit disappointing for a pricey Zeiss lens.

DSLRmagazine (translation here) compared the new Zeiss Loxia vs the Leica Summicron:

The Leica Summicron-M shows its classical analog in nature, being the center pointer on the corners, while the Zeiss Loxia shows a more “docile” nature’s own “flat curve” of digital optics with corrections computer support.

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