October 30, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR1) Zeiss Ikon (made by Sony) coming late 2014.

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This is one of the most curious (and highly unlikely to happen) rumors I received the last couple of weeks:

“Sony/Zeiss manufactured by Sony will release a FF camera similar to the 35mm Ikon (here on eBay). No optical viewfinder. Will be announced before the end of the year. Manual controls. No REAR LCD!!!”

I certainly would like Zeiss to make some “retro” styled E-mount camera. But I really don’t think Zeiss will do that…

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October 30, 2014
Posted in news

Sony releases firmware update for the A7,A7r, A6000, A5100 and A5000 (nothing exciting)

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The official note from Sony Japan.

P.S.: I am continually updating this post with links and info (note that Sony hasn’t update all sites yet do it may takes 1-2 hours to have all download links!)

Sony just released the new firmware update for the A7,A7r, A6000, A5100 and A5000 (note only USA seems to have the new firmware yet!). The update is minor and Improves the power-on time after downloading the Smart Remote Control application of the PlayMemories Camera Apps™:

A7R firmware download:
Mac – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
A7 firmware download:
Mac – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia

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October 29, 2014
Posted in deals

Meike Sony A7/r/s and A6000 vertical grip now shipping for $85!

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For the very first time the new Meike A7/r/s vertical grip is in Stock and shipping via eBay Hong Kong seller (Click here), Alibabaexpress (Click here) and Amazon US (Click here). It costs just $85. The cool thing is that it also comes with a wireless remote control!

UPDATE: There is also the new Ownuser Sony A6000 grip (Click here).

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October 29, 2014
Posted in reviews

First Fotodiox Tough E-Mount review by David Kilpatrick.

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The Fotodiox Tough full metal E-mount replacement is shipping at Amazon (Click here to preorder). And finally we have a first serious review from David Kilpatrick (Click here). He writes

It looks a touch classier than the cheaply machined soft metal Sony original, it is a snug and perfect fit, and lens mounting has a slightly more solid feel without resistance or any scraping sensation.Everything worked perfectly as expected once fitted. Cost – $39.95 plus shipping. I consider it a good upgrade.

David just updated his review and added an important note:

Footnote – one day later – while Sony E mount lenses seem fine, some of my third party adaptors are not fitting well, and very short focal length lenses indicate that the infinity focus may not be accurately retained as they claim. Due to weather conditions I’ve not been able to check properly. If you use lenses 12mm to 20mm on adaptors, proceed with caution.

If you want it grab it now at Amazon!

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October 29, 2014
Posted in news

Sony launches the PRO service in US!

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Sony US just announced the new PRO support service for the US. This is the official press release:

SAN DIEGO, CA (Oct. 29, 2014) – Sony, a worldwide leader in digital imaging, has announced the formal launch of their “PRO Support” service program, offering premium service, repair, support, equipment loans and more to working professional photographers.

“I’m very pleased to launch our PRO Support program here in the US” said Neal Manowitz, director of the a interchangeable lens camera business at Sony. “We’ve seen such a strong response to Sony cameras from working pros, and are proud to offer this versatile program to cater to their demands. It’s a premium support experience that will ensure our pros are constantly ready for business and remain up-to-date with all of our leading innovations.”

Brian Smith, Sony Artisan of Imagery, added “As a professional photographer, my Sony cameras take a beating while they hold up to the rigors of the road. Yet it’s great to know that Sony PRO Support has my back – so I can finish the job even when shooting in the harshest conditions.”

The program, already in beta, will launch tomorrow, October 30th at (www.sony.com/PROServices). A formal overview of its membership benefits and requirements is below:

PRO Support Program Benefits:

  • Welcome Kit
  • Dedicated phone support
  • Expedited turnaround time for repair service
  • Repair facilitation loans
  • Access to loan equipment for evaluation purposes
  • Free camera maintenance services
  • No out-of-pocket shipping expenses
    • Discounts on out-of-warranty repairs

Membership Eligibility requirements:

  • Owner of two (2) Sony Alpha Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Cameras and three (3) Sony ZEISS™ and/or G-Series Lenses
  • $100 annual membership fee
  • Active professional photographer (self-employed or member of professional imaging business)

For more information on Sony’s PRO Support Service program or to formally apply, please visit (www.sony.com/PROServices).

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Contact:

Matt Parnell

Sony Electronics Inc.

matt.parnell@am.sony.com

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