November 30, 2014
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New great Cyber Monday deal: trade in your camera and get 15% off on Sony A7 cameras and FE lenses.

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As usual after Black Friday event follows the Cyber Monday Deals time! The best new deal is that 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).

All Cyber Monday deals can be found here at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon photo (Click here), SonyStore general (Click here) and SonyStore photo (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BestBuy (Click here), eBay (Click here).

New (or previously non mentioned) Cyber Monday Sony deals:
15% credit when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or FF lens at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
Receive 4% Reward + Includes free items (Value $101.80) on the A7 kit at BHphoto (Click here).
Receive 4% Reward + Includes free items (Value $69.90) on the A7 kit at BHphoto (Click here).
Up to 70% off SanDisk Memory Products at Amazon (Click here).
Deals on Sony SD cards at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony KDL48W600B 48-Inch 1080p Smart TV for $478 at Amazon (Click here).
Up to 30% Off Select Sony 1080p 3D Smart LED TVs at Amazon (Click here).
20% off on the 60″ (diag.) R510A Series LED HDTV at SonyStore (Click here).

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E-mount cameras:
$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.
$2,300 off(!) on the Hasselblad Stellar which now sells for $999 only at BHphoto (Click here)
$400 off on the A6000 double lens kit at Amazon (Click here).
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).
Save over $400 on the Sony Alpha a6000 Holiday Bundle at Amazon (Click here).
Free card and bag ($200 value) with all A7/r/s cameras sold at SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A5100 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off and free LR5 and SD card with the A6000 kit at Buydig.
$400 off on the Sony Alpha a5000 (Black) with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lens + Free Accessories at Amazon.
$300 off on the A600 superbundle in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here) at Focuscamera.

A-mount cameras:
$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.
Sony A58 with lens for $399 at Sony eBay (Click here).
Sony a58 SLR Kits with 18–55mm and 55–200mm Lenses and Optional Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 at Groupon (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
$420 off on the Double Touit lens kit at BHphoto.
$200 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 at Adorama.
$140 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 at Adorama.

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.
$100 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 17-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Tamron 16-300mm at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$250 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at BHphoto.

 

 

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November 30, 2014
Posted in reviews

New A7II previews by EosHD (5 axis not as good as on the E-M1) and Pocket-Lint (continuous AF much improved).

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EOSHD Sony A7 II test shoot with 5 axis SteadyShot Inside from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

We finally have first native english hands-on previews with the new Sony A7II. As usual keep in mind those are previews and not full tests. So any conclusion you read here is subject to change after serious in deep testings.

EosHD focused his test on the video aspects of the camera and the 5 axis stabilization. He writes:

The 5 axis stabilisation system is also somewhat underwhelming. I didn’t find it as effective for video as the system Olympus employ in their OM-D E-M1. Handheld pans and tilts are not so much the issue, it is the lack of damping on very high frequency jitter. Granted it was a very cold day and my hand was a little shakier than it normally is! But the difference is obvious. Sony seem to have their own system and it just doesn’t work as well as the one in the E-M1 for video.
The system undoubtedly has an advantage for stills, but even then the advantages vs the A7S are debatable. The A7S can shoot at such high ISOs, you can use a shutter speed like 1/100 to avoid blur from camera shake in low light. The A7 II can certainly shoot at speeds like 1/10 handheld and get a sharp shot, meaning you can shoot at lower ISOs than on the A7S in low light but the A7S is pretty much as clean at ISO 12,800 as the A7 II is at 3200!

Pocket Lint tested the autofocus performance and writes:

We got to play with the original A7 and the A7 II and did find the new model to be quicker. Perhaps most notably in continuous autofocus, where it’s automated adjustment between subjects at different distances wasn’t as far behind our Nikon D810 (which we also had in tow) as the earlier system.

USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto (Click here).

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Sony UK (Click here), Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

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November 30, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection (with new like record on photo)

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https://www.facebook.com/beboy.photographies
“Here is a photo of Sathorn, the Bangkok business district. I took this photo with my Sony A7R + Canon prime 14 mm lens mounted via a Metabones adapter. I’m amazed how this combo works great to catch insane details” Beboy photographies — in Bangkok, Thailand.

Note: The photo o top got a record of 153 likes on SAR’s facebook page. That’s a new record…congratulations Beboy!

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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November 29, 2014
Posted in deals

The Hottest Sony deals of today’s Black Friday!

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Again a new day of Black Friday deals and all of them can be seen on those special pages at Amazon (Click here)BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BestBuy (Click here), eBay (Click here) and SonyStore (Click here).

So far the A5000 and the A6000 are th hottest deals according to the Amazon mirrorless sales ranking (Click here).

And these are the SAR most clicked Sony deals:
$400 off an free bag and card on the A6000 at SonyStore (Click here)
$400 off on the A6000 double lens kit at Amazon (Click here).
A5000 with lens and free LR5 and SD card for $299 at BuyDig on eBay (Click here).
$420 off on the Double Touit lens kit at BHphoto (Click here).
$300 off on the A6000 superbundle in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here) at Focuscamera.

Full Sony Black Friday deals overview reminder:
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Sony store: There is the specific camera/lens deals page (Click here) and the full electronics deal page (click here). Their superdeals are the $400 off an free bag and card on the A6000 (Click here). Same optional double lens kit deal runs on the A5000 (Click here).

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The best Sony deal overview page is from Adorama Sony camera deals (Click here) and Adorama Sony Lens deals (Click here).

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The only trade-in offer now is available at Adorama (Click here).

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A funny Black Friday deal is that one from BHphoto (Click here).

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Less funny but certainly the largest deals page ever is on Amazon (Click here). And there is also a specific Photo deal page (Click here).

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And here is the overall Sony deals overview:

Today’s new Sony deals:
$2,300 off(!) on the Hasselblad Stellar which now sells for $999 only at BHphoto (Click here)
$34 off on the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Plus UHS-I SDXC Memory Card (Class 10) at BHphoto (Click here).
$400 off on the A6000 double lens kit at Amazon (Click here).
Save over $400 on the Sony Alpha a6000 Holiday Bundle at Amazon (Click here).
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).
A5000 with lens and free LR5 and SD card for $299 at BuyDig on eBay (Click here).
Save 50% on Select Lexar Flash Memory Cards at Amazon (Click here).
Sony a58 SLR Kits with 18–55mm and 55–200mm Lenses and Optional Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 at Groupon (Click here).
$100 off o the Sony HDR-AS20 HD POV Action Cam and free SD card at BHphoto (Click here).
$200 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 at Adorama.
$140 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 at Adorama.
Sony A58 with lens for $399 at Sony eBay (Click here).
$50 off on the Rokinon 85mm F1.4 at Amazon (Click here).
Rx100 with many extras for $372 at eBay (Click here).
Save 60% on PaintShop Pro X7 Ultimate at Amazon (Click here).

E-mount cameras:
$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.
$200 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A5100 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off and free LR5 and SD card with the A6000 kit at Buydig.
$400 off on the Sony Alpha a5000 (Black) with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lens + Free Accessories at Amazon.
$300 off on the A600 superbundle in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here) at Focuscamera.

A-mount cameras:
$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.

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
$420 off on the Double Touit lens kit at BHphoto.
Full lens deal special page at Adorama.

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.
$100 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 17-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Tamron 16-300mm at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$250 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at BHphoto.

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November 29, 2014
Posted in news, reviews

Amazon explains why they do not accept A7II preorders anymore. And new A7II previews!

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SAR reader Oleg (Thanks!) got this mail from Amazon which explains why they removed the A7II preorder option (Click here):

Since Sony hasn’t given us a date that we will receive and be able to ship these, we do not have a date listed. I checked on your order and it is still in effect. We are not allowing more pre-orders at this time as we have filled our pre-order slots.

A new A7II preview has been posted on the Korean SLRClub site. The reviewers first impressions are:

– He thinks the A7II grip is the best of all mirrorless system cameras.
–  A7II is matt like the A99. Therefore, It is mightier than A7 on the scratches and dusts.
– Boot up time is faster than on the A7. You can press the shutter button before display is turned on!
– A cons is the body weight and size.

He also posted a Simple AF Tracking Test (GIF included): http://www.slrclub.com/bbs/vx2.php?id=minolta_forum&divpage=168&no=897313

Plenty of A7II image samples have been posted on Fengniao.

USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto (Click here).

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Sony UK (Click here), Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

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