May 14, 2014
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(SR5) Official Sony Luxemburg store partner leaks A7s and RX100M3 price (2295 and 849 Euro). Shipment in July.

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UPDATE: Sony announce the stuff today (May 16):
Sony A7s preorder in USA at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
RX100M3 preorders in USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (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.
Sony A7s EU pages (no preorder yet): Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.

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Tomorrow (May 15) is the big Sony announcement day and you have to follow it live on May 16 (5-6 am London time) on SonyAlphaRumors.

A7s: And right now the official Sony Luxemburg store has listed the final A7s price which is set at 2295 Euro! Shipment will be late July! The same store sets the price of the A7r at 1899 Euro. That makes the A7s 20% more expensive. We can speculate the price in US to be 20% higher than the A7r too ($2295 here at Amazon). It would mean the A7s could price could be around $2750. UPDATE: The site now removed the pricing info!

RX100M3: Sony Luxemburg also leaked the RX100MIII price which is 849 Euro (which confirms our rumors were right!). Shipment July 8!

Stay tuned on SAR!!!

Thanks to the anonymous source for sending me the links 😉

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

Reminder: You will need the Atomos Shogun at BHphoto (Click here) to grab 8bit 4:2:2 4K video.

RX100M3 specs reminder:
20MP sensor (same as RX100M2 model)
ISO 125-25600
24-70mm f/1.8-2.8 lens
Built in View finder (SVGA OLED Tru-Finder 1440k dots)
Tiltable screen (180 degrees up)
Record in XAVC S format (Same format of the Sony A7s but with no 4K output option).
Almost same size and weight as the current RX100/M2 models.
I have been told all other specs are the same of the current RX100II model.
Price is said to be around 800-850 Euro in Europe. Should be around $800-850 in USA (US price is my guess)

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May 13, 2014
Posted in deals

New Lens Turbo II generation now available for Canon, Nikon, Minolta and Pentax lenses.

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The new Lens Turbo II focal reducer adapter is now available in four different versions at MXcamera:
Canon EOS EF to E-mount (Click here).
Nikon F AI-S to E-mount (Click here).
Minolt MC MD to E-mount (Click here).
Canon EOS EF to E-mount (Click here).

The optical performance should now be very close to the one of the double as expensive Metabones Speedbooster. A first unboxing article with pictures of the new Lens Turbo II has been posted at Kameravalg.dk.

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May 13, 2014
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Silver A6000 and Zeiss kit in Stock at Bhphoto and Amazon. Mitakon 50mm FE for $750.

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The Silver A6000 is for the first time in Stock in USA via BHphoto (Click here). And so the Silver kit (Click here). The kit is also in Stock at Amazon (Click here). Also the great A6000+Zeiss kit is in Stock in all combinations at BHphoto (with $300 off).

The superfast 50mm f/0.95 Mitakon Full Frame E-mount lens can be preordered at MXcamera eBay store (Click here). There is also another (to me unknown) store selling the same lens for $50 less at MXcamera eBay store (Click here).

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May 13, 2014
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(SR5) Sony A7s price to be announced within May. Official shipment June. Real is July :)

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UPDATE: Sony announce the stuff today (May 16):
Sony A7s preorder in USA at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
RX100M3 preorders in USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (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.
Sony A7s EU pages (no preorder yet): Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.

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I have been told the A7s pricing will be announced soon and also that Sony will say the A7s will ship in June. But like I told you before expect real shipment in early July as best. I am yet not sure but the pricing could be announced on Thursday already because by then Sony will have an official press release for the RX100M3 launch.

I really do hope Sony doesn’t go crazy high with the price. The current only competitor is the Panasonic GH4 (priced at $1699 at Amazon). While the A7s has a larger sensor and superb High ISO performance the Panasonic can do internal 4K, has much faster AF and 10 bit 4:2:2 output. In my opinion the price should be just below $2,000 for the A7s too!

A7s tests:
Still ISO test (Click here). Full size images and video test (Click here). Low light video test (Click here).

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

Reminder: You will need the Atomos Shogun at BHphoto (Click here) to grab 8bit 4:2:2 4K video.

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May 12, 2014
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…

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PlayMemories Camera Apps “Smooth Reflection”

Best primes for the A5000 (DxOmark).
IBELUX 40mm f0.85 lens first seen in flesh at Newsshooter.
Making compact technical camera for A7/A7r at Chiek.co.kr. youtube http://youtu.be/YdYB3BWE08c
Quick test of A6000 with Zeiss lenses (in Swedish) at Fotosidan.
A7r RAW is not all that raw. The full discussion is at Dpreview forum.
Zeiss is having a Touit photo contest, 1st prize is a free touit (including the new 50mm)… “One year of Touit – show us your best image!” http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/?p=4948

Alex:Now I did something new. Again with the A7R + 50 Summilux 1.4 ASPH FLE I had an event at a bar where people had the chance to get a professional portrait. The best pictures I posted on my new Facebook page: Faces. All of them where shot at 1.4 or 1.8 and the difficulty was to get the people motivated while try to stay on focus because only a slight movement of few millimeters was enough to get the whole picture blurry. The challenge was also to not get one guy shot right but 12 on the same evening. I was very happy that I could hold my promise and every one got one really nice and professional portrait :)
So even though I wished I had autofocus it’s also possible to shoot manual if you try hard enough.

James: Sony HK has brought their pro camera support program online. I hope we get this in the US soon.”

Andres:Not a rumour, but some findings about A6000:s PDAF system. It does not work with all lenses, and I guess it depends on what kind of focus motor is used. Here are the findings with the lenses I’ve tested:
Sigma 19mm f/2.8 – does not work
Sony 18-55/3.5-5.6 (old kit zoom) – does not work
Zeiss 24mm f/2.8 – works
Zeiss 16-70 mm f/4 – works
Sony 35mm f/1.8 – works
Sony 50mm f/1.8 – does not work
Zeiss FE 55mm f/1.8 – works
Kinda dissapointing since the 50/1.8 is one of my favourites, and I was looking forward to fast AF performance with that lens :(SAR answer: Tried to perform the firmware upgrade??? :)

Michael:Know you´re busy with the a77 stuff. But found this in a forum, and thought it was funny and a nice little feature (had in my powerzoom Canon years ago) that nobody talks about. I mentioned it to you some weeks ago: in a video it seemed as if the a6000 in fact allows you to take a still-picture while video-recording. Apparantly it does :)

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