December 26, 2014
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Sony interview at DC.watch: Says no (interchangeable) medium format system camera to come yet. New A-mount stuff will come.

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Sony manager Maki Kimio has been interviewed at DC.watch. In short this is what he said:

1) SLT cameras have the advantage of larger bodies. There is more space we can use to implement certain tech (SAR note: He doesn’t mention what exactly they plan to do). And he confirms they will continue to develop A-mount cameras and lenses.

2) Increase sensor size or increase Megapixel numbers is things we will do if customers demand for it.

3) Main demand for now is improve the autofocus performance

4) It is very likely to see different kind of (non-Bayer) sensor in future. But it’s not a concrete matter yet. Vertical layered RGB sensor (like Foveon) are yet very difficult to “process”

5) Light Field camera is something Sony is studying and may could come in a not so distant future.

6) In near future we wills ee more advanced Hybrid Mechanical-electronic shutters

7) Sony says DSLR sales are down because of lack in innovation. Sales of mirrorless are up because they became more advanced (not only because of the more compact size).

8) Both APS-C and Full Frame sensor cameras have a future. Wild life photographers prefer APS-C while landscape photographers prefer FF.

9) We will not make a Medium format system camera yet because we are already busy working to broaden our A and E-mount lens line.

10) It might not be so important to add 5 axis on the A7r yet.

Just a note on medium format: So far the rumors about medium format Sony cameras talk about fixed lens cameras. Sony is for now only excluding that it’s a system camera.

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December 26, 2014
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Sony FS7 4K E-mount test roundup and firmware upgrade.

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Climbing the Cathedral – a Sony FS7 first impression from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Review at Zach Ashcraft Photo Video.
Extensive review at Cinema5D.
Sony FS7, Alpha7S, Canon C300: color science comparison (Part 1) at Keyframe.tv.
New FS7 rig by Tilta (Newsshooter).
Odyssey 7Q recorder adds FS7 support (Newsshooter).
Sony PXW-FS7 Hands-on Video by Adorama on Youtube.

P.S.: Sony FS7 4K E-mount camcorder is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

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December 25, 2014
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NEX-5t superbundle deal. A7II will ship in US from January 7.

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There is still a limited amount of refurbished NEX-5t double lens kit (with bag) for sale for $399 on Secondipity eBay (Click here). And Sony US now says new A7II Stock will ship from January 7.

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Four brand new Sony (or Sony related) products are now shipping:
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART A-mount lens is now in Stock in USA via Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and CameraLand (Click here).
Sony FS7 4K E-mount camcorder is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
Atomos informed us that their preorders are now shipping in Europe and USA like at BHphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 35mm FE lens preorders are now shipping at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Sony A7II is now shipping in most worldwide stores:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada. In Europe 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. In Asia at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore. In Europe at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

Current Sony US deals:

A-E mount cameras:
Free $50 gift card when you buy the A7s at Amazon US (Click here).
$200 off and free $50 gift card on the A58 with kit lens sold at BHphoto (Click here).
Free stuff worth $299 along the A7r (Click here)
Free stuff worth $219 along the A7s (Click here).
Free $50 gift card with the A6000 kit (Click here).
Lot of free extras with the A6000 double lens kit sold at BHphoto (Click here).
$400 off on the Sony A5100 with 16-50mm & 55-210mm Lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$2,300 discount on the Hasselblad Stellar on sale at BHphoto (Click here)
A6000 double lens kit with free $50 Visa gift card and LR5 for $748 on eBay (Click here).
A6000 with kit lens, LR5 and 64GB SD card for $598 on eBay (Click here).
A5000 with kit lens, LR5 and 16GB SD card for $298 on eBay (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5t double lens kit for $399 on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A7 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Free card and bag ($200 value) with all A7/r/s cameras sold at SonyStore.
$300 off on the Sony A77II with grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
$600 off on the Sony A77II with lens and grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
15% credit you get when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or Fe lenses at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
If you trade-in an older camera you could now pay down to $950 only for the new A7 at Adorama trade-in (Click here).

E-mount lenses:
$150 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 24mm Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 10-18mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 35mm 1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 5omm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$25 off Sony 30mm f/3.5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for E-mount at BHphoto (Click here).
$500 off on the world’s fastest native E-mount lens: Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 sold at BHphoto (Click here).

A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 85mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for A-mount at BHphoto (Click here).

Sigma A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$25 off ont he Sigma 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 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.

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December 25, 2014
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Merry Christmas dear SAR fellowship!

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This is a day I will spend entirely with my family, drinking, laughing, and snoring on my couch after hours of talking and eating. I Wish You and your beloved all the best too! Have a great time!

P.S.: Dear Sony Santa Claus. This is what SAR readers do Wish to have under next years Christmas tree:

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.
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December 25, 2014
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Strange but true: Blitzangebot on the A7s in Germany…now :)

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On Christmas Day German readers have the chance to grab the A7s with a huge discount on Amazon Germany (via DL).

And tomorrow they will have those two deals at 11:00 Berlin times:
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 (via DL)
A5100 double lens kit (via DL).

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