May 28, 2014
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Sony A7s to be priced at 2299 Euro in Germany!

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The June magazine issue from fotofrenzel Germany unveils the price of the new A7s in Europe: 2299 Euro! That’s about 550 Euro more than the current price of the A7r at eBay or Redcoon.

Thanks Helmut for sharing this! Note: Image on top is a low quality scan from the paper magazine. UPDATE: The price is now visible on their pdf magazine (Click here).

A7s and RX100M3 Preorders:
Sony A7s preorder in USA/CA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Sony (Click here), Sony Canada.
RX100M3 preorders in USA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Sony (Click here).
RX100M3 preorders in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PT.
RX100M3 in Asia at Amazon Japan and Sony Australia.
Sony A7s EU pages (no preorder yet): Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.

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May 27, 2014
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New Nauticam Housing for the Sony A6000.

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Nauticam announced a new Housing for the Sony A6000. These are the key features:

Signature Nauticam Port Locking System
The iconic red locking lever is right at home on the NA-A6000; lens/port changes made quick, easy and secure.
Vacuum System:
The integrated vacuum check and leak detection system adds extra assurance of watertight integrity. Use it without an optional vacuum valve and it serves as a audible/visual water ingress detector. Add the vacuum valve, and get watertight integrity indication via a color coded LED light.
EVF/LCD Switch:
Switch between EVF and LCD with the flick of a switch. And for an even better view, add the optional LCD window to utilize one of Nauticam’s legendary enhanced viewfinders!
Locking Latch:
The locking latch, proven in use with thousands of housings, is secure and easy to use.
Ergonomic Controls:
Controls on the housing are designed with shooting in mind, and each control is clearly labeled.

Full details at Nauticam USA.

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May 27, 2014
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A77II gets DxOmarked. Closes the gap vs non-SLT Sony sensor cameras (Nikon D7100 and Pentax K-3)

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We saw it in the past that the semitransparent mirror did come to a small cost. The A77 and the A99 didn’t manage to match the performance of the other cameras with Sony sensor (although the difference was really minimal). But this seems to have changed. Today DxOmark (Click here) posted the A77II sensor test. The new camera performs four point better than the predecessor and now matches the best APS-C camera int he class, the Sony powered Nikon D7100 and Pentax K-3.

DxO writes:

The slight gains in sensor performance over its predecessor are welcome and place the A77 II on a level with rivals. Whether it’s enough to counter as yet unannounced models from Nikon and Canon, however, only time will tell.

And only Photokina will tell us if the next Full Frame A-mount cameras will have a “flipable” mirror to squeeze out the latest tiny bit of image quality from the class leading Sony sensors!

Sony A77II specs, preorders and shipment date:
Sony A77 body in USA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 body in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, PT, NO, SE, FI and Wex UK.
Sony A77 in Asia at Digitalrev and Sony Australia.

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May 27, 2014
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Sony waiting for Canon’s move and evaluating the A7 cameras. Let them know what you think should be improved!

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Within six months Sony launched three different A7 cameras: The Sony A7 for daily family use, the Sony A7r for landscape photographers and resolution maniacs and the Sony A7s for 4K shooters and ghost hunters :)
But now let’s talk about the next generation Full Frame E-mount cameras. I got the following info from many anonymous and trusted sources:

1) Sony is waiting for Canon’s move before to define the next generation camera key specs. Trusted sources told me Sony is trying to see how Canon (and Nikon) will react on the A7-A7r-A7s launch. An example: If Canon is going to launch a 3-layer (Foveon alike) sensor than Sony will be ready to outperform them.
2) Sony is evaluating the A7 cameras by contacting some of the camera owners, talking with journalists and photographers. The next generation of F E-mount cameras will be very much be influenced by them.

And now it’s your turn! Please share your A7 improvements and features suggestions by commenting this post. I will later sum them up in one poll to see what SAR reader would like to see on future FF E-mount cameras. This would be my list:

– Improved A6000 alike autofocusing system
– Improved corner performance for wide angle lenses (for lenses like my Voigtlander Ultron 21mm).
– Make camera really fully weatherproof
– 5 axis In body stabilization
– 48 megapixel foveon sensor

I know you will call me a dreamer :)

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May 27, 2014
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A77 II test shoot and review with Eric Levin

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Sony just published that A77 II test shoot and review with Eric Levin (video on top). And while you watch the video I will keep working on the next A99II rumors… 😉

Sony A77II specs, preorders and shipment date:
Sony A77 body in USA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 body in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, PT, NO, SE, FI and Wex UK.
Sony A77 in Asia at Digitalrev and Sony Australia.

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