June 5, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Finally some A99 successor rumor. Coming mid September and has 4K recording.

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A source finally managed to gather some info about the next A-mount camera. He told me that:

– A99II was planed to be released along with the A7II back in November. But Sony decided to work on a more advanced version of the camera.
– The A99II is now scheduled to be announced in mid-September
– It has internal 4K recording and new sensor
– It will be launched along a new 24-105mm f/4.0 lens and a new Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 SSM.
– Still not sure if also the 135mm f/1.8 SSM will be announced among the A99II

p.S.: Discuss the specs on our new SonyAlphaForum (Click here).

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June 5, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony a7S underwater macro footage by Kay Burn on
SonyAlphaForum

Sony A7II first impression review at Ilovehatephoto.
Legacy and ALT Lenses (SonyAlphaForum).
An Introduction to the Wide World of Lens Adapters for Video Production (BHphoto).
The 28mm FE is a very good lens with a “distortion compromise” (Diglloyd).
Great image smaples by Thai photographer Gift of Light on Pantip.
Invest in FE lenses (SonyAlphaForum).
Zeiss 24-70mm lens patent from Sony at Freepatentsonline.

Mick: “Hi. I’m a pro photographer. I’d describe myself as a working stiff. Not famous or rich but I make a living from it shooting mostly industrial and corporate photography. I used to use Canon exclusively until about a year ago and now I am using only Sony gear. I have written a blog entry about it though it’s mostly a lens focused article rather than camera focused I thought you and your readier might be interested: http://www.mickryan.com/blog/2015/5/19/going-solo-with-sony

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June 4, 2015
Posted in rumors

New Sony “foveon” alike sensor patent.

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Egami spotted the next Japanese patent disclosing a Sony three layer sensor similar to Sigmas Foveon tech. It’s now many years we such kind of patent and as far as I know Sony still is not ready to launch such a sensor yet. But I am pretty sure Foveon or similar multilayer sensors could come in future because they bring some inherent advantages like:
– Every pixel captures the full color info
– On paper multilayer sensor have bigger pixels compared to Bayer sensors (with both having the same resolution).

More info: Foveon X3 sensor (Source: Wikipedia)

P.S.: Sigma uses the Foveon (3 layer) 46 Megapixel sensor on ompact cameras like:
DP1 with 28mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto and of course on eBay.
DP2 with 45mm lens at BHphoto and on eBay.

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June 4, 2015
Posted in news

Press: Sony Boasts Record Growth in Expanding Mirrorless Digital Camera Market!

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While the Sony US website is still doing a big mess by NOT displaying the A6000 and A7r we have at least some other good news to report. Sony is growing fast in the US market as you can see from those charts. Here is the full official Sony press text:

SAN DIEGO, June 3, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics – an overall leader in digital imaging and the world’s largest image sensor manufacturer – is experiencing record growth in sales of mirrorless cameras, a rapidly expanding segment of the interchangeable lens camera (ILC) business.

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According to The NPD Group, overall mirrorless camera revenue has grown 16.5%  over the past 12 months, with DSLR sales declining approximately 15% over the same period.  During this time, Sony has experienced a robust 66% boost in their company’s mirrorless camera sales, strengthening their dominant position as the #1 overall mirrorless brand, a position they have held for 4 consecutive years.

“Growth in the mirrorless segment shows this new technology and form factor are resonating with consumers,” said Ben Arnold, executive director, The NPD Group. “Going forward, mirrorless will continue to command a greater share of the interchangeable lens camera category.”

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On top of the sales momentum, InfoTrends’ customer surveys demonstrate how strong innovation in the mirrorless space is continuing to attract a younger and more photo active ILC customer.  The latest data shows that over 61% of first time ILC buyers are under the age of 35, up from 54% approximately two years ago.  Key motivating factors for their photography include travel and family.

“First time buyers in today’s ILC market will play an integral part in future growth of the segment, especially considering the increasingly younger customers that are buying into new systems,” said Ed Lee, group director of the Consumer and Professional Imaging group at InfoTrends.

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This news comes on the heels of the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA) decision to recognize “Mirrorless” as the official term for interchangeable lens cameras that do not include a mirror mechanism.

“This information shines a spotlight on where the mirrorless market has been, where it is today, and the bright future it presents,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the still image business at Sony Electronics.  “Our business continues to thrive based on strong innovation and the unique value propositions we are delivering with products like the a7 series and the a6000.  Their impressive imaging credentials allow photo enthusiasts, hobbyist and professionals to capture content in ways they never before thought possible.”

Source: Prnewswire.com

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June 4, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony 28mm F2 Lens Review

Your instagram-photos at a museum, sold for 90k$ each, without your consent (TheNakedCamera).
Using a Hoodman with A7 Mk ii (SonyAlphaForum).
Zeiss Batis 25mm and 85mm hands-on, plus FE 28mm f/2 comparison (Steve Huff).
Unveiled: Sony NXCAM Camcorder HXR-NX100 (BH Explora).

Brian:The photographic artist, Carol Roullard, will be one of the featured artists at the HUD Gallery in Ventura, California. All her images were taken with a Sony A77 camera mounted on a microscope. She will display three large, 24” by 36” aluminum prints and several smaller pieces of her Micro-Crystal fine art photography. Her images are unique recordings of the minute crystals she grows and illuminates with polarized light. After years of experimentation, Ms. Roullard found that the Sony cameras were the best interchangeable lens cameras for recording high-resolution images of minute crystals. She has co-authored four Sony camera books and is currently working on her fifth book on the Sony a7 II camera. Examples of her work can be seen by visiting her web site www.CarolRoullardArt.com.
The show starts on Friday, June 5th with the show reception from 6-10pm and runs through the end of the month. For those who will be in Southern California during June, the HUD Gallery is at 1793 East Main Street Ventura, California 93001.  Check out their website for more information: http://www.dabart.me/the-hud/”

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June 3, 2015
Posted in deals

Sigma 24-105mm A-mount lens will ship in late June.

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This has been again a very long wait for a new Sigma lens to be available in A-mount. According to Hong Kong eBay sellers (Click here) the new 24-105mm f/4.0 ART A-mount lens will ship in late June. You can also preorder the lens at BHphoto (Click here) but there is no shipping info on their side.

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