September 29, 2015
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(SR3) No new A-mount camera coming at Photoplus (now 17 months without A-mount camera announcement).

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One trusted source who lately shared some correct news sent me a disappointing info on A-mount. On his latest meeting with Sony managers he has been told there is no new A-mount camera coming at Photoplus this year. Now, the only hope left is that Sony somewhat lied to him to hide some surprise. But I really don’t think that’s the case.

It’s really sad that Sony is leaving A-mount owners in the dark. Despite their official statement that A-mount will “continue” the truth is the following:

1) The last A-mount camera they announced was the A77II in May 1, 2014. So it’s now 17 months without any new A-mount camera announcement.
2) The high end A99 camera got announced three years ago on Sep 12, 2012. It would be about time to announce a new camera!

And A-mount owners are not the only guys concerned. Also E-mount APS-C E-mount camera owners are waiting to get some new APS-C E-mount lens and new camera to upgrade. You can’t just ask A3000/A5000/A6000 camera owners to buy expensive and much to big FE lenses for their cameras…

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September 29, 2015
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Running now: Gold Box deal on the Sony 128Gb SD card!

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The 128GB(!) Sony SD card sells for a new record price of $57 only at Amazon US (UPDATE: now sold out). And if you use disk space like crazy than know that today only you get up to 40% off on many Hard Drives at Amazon US (Click here).

And at Amazon.de:
A77II at 18:00 (Click here).
WX500 at 18:00 (Click here).

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September 29, 2015
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Sony new microlens design could dramatically improve phase detection autofocus performance.

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Egami spotted a new Sony patent that could dramatically improve the autofocus performance on future Sony cameras. Imaging Resource writes:

Sony’s patent publication (which means it has been filed and acknowledged, but not yet denied or approved), lays out the groundwork for being able to create unique microlenses with different profiles (shapes), so that the microlenses over the phase-detection pixels could direct light coming only from the desired direction onto the surface of the pixel, without requiring shading. This technology is significant and unique for the fact that the patent implies this would be done on a pixel-by-pixel basis.
This change would give the pixels and overall system much more information to work with in low-light situations.

We are slowly getting there…catching up with Nikon and Canon AF performance!

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September 29, 2015
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You can win 6x Sony A6000 cameras at Amazon Germany photo contest.

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German folks can join the photo contest organized by Amazon Germany (details here) to win one of the six A6000 or…one Vespa :)

And from now till October 11th Amazon Germany (Click here) runs daily deals on camera stuff. Among them today we have a Gold Box on the A77II and WX500 Sony cameras. All EU folks can actually buy from Amazon Germany if you understand the language to hit the right buttons :)

Two Amazon.de Gold Box on SD cards and two on cameras:
32GB at 10:00 (Click here).
64GB at 11:30 (Click here).
A77II at 18:00 (Click here).
WX500 at 18:00 (Click here).

Two Amazon UK card deals:
44% off on the Lexar 8GB SD card (Click here).
26% off on the Transcend 32GB SD card (Click here).

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September 29, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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35mm Full Frame, APS-C, and 1.0-Type Sensor Depth of Field Comparison

Rokinon 135mm f/2.0, Manual Focus Lens – Product Review at Adorama Blog.
Pictures taken with Sony Alfa Cameras and Contax Zeiss lenses (SonyAlphaForum).
Gorgeous pictures taken with the A7II by Albert Dros at SonyAlphaForum.
FE 28mm review at MoveToMirrorless.
Sony’s RX10 II is a powerful superzoom camera with some quirks (Engadget)
Sony RX100 IV Field Test: Plenty of power in your pocket (Imaging Resource).
Sony Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 ZA lens (Neilvn.com).
Build Your Composition, Then Wait For The Light (Alphauniverse).

Kevin:I did a 4k test video on the RX100IV with Nebula 4000 lite on S-Log2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IBAxiD4mpCQ

Paul:A7ii + outex housing at 500px.”

Boon:I managed to use the Sony A6000 + FE 70-200/4 lens for shooting some waterskiing at Cotswold Country Park. http://myphotojourney.co.uk/watersports-cotswold-country-park/

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