July 2, 2015
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Dpreview tests the A7rII and RX100m4 Eye AF: “has far more accuracy than a DSLR!”.

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Sony a7R II – Eye AF (AF-C)

Dpreview posted a full A7rII and RX100m4 Eye AF testing report. You can see the videos on Youtube:
Sony a7R II – Eye AF (AF-C) (video embedded on top of this post).
Sony a7R II – Continuous AF with Sigma 50mm F1.4 (Canon EF Mount)
Sony RX100 IV: Eye AF (AF-C)

Their conclusions are rather impressive:

1) A7rII with adapted 50mm Sigma EF lens: In fact, it’s this accurate phase-detect AF that allows the a7R II to focus the Sigma 50mm F1.4 lens with far more accuracy than a DSLR. We have to microadjust F1.4 primes all the time on DSLRs to get accurate focus out of them, and even then, peripheral AF points may continue to be off

2) A7rII with 24-70mm FE lens: The camera automatically finds the nearest eye, and continuously focuses on it, despite rather drastic and fast movement along the X, Y, and Z (distance) axes. No hunting, no jumping off to some other subject, just fast and effective AF on Richard’s eye.

3) Eye AF on the RX100m4: it’s really, really good, especially when you consider the RX100 IV has a contrast-detect only AF system.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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July 2, 2015
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Competition news: Nikon launches two $10,000+ 600mm and 500mm lenses!

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A7with600mmNIkon

Sony recently confessed they need to address the lack of telephoto prime lenses for the FE system. Something Nikon users have not to worry about: Today Nikon announced the 500mm f/4.0 ($10,300 here at Amazon) and the 600mm f/4.0 ($12,300 here at Amazon). What massive lenses! Of course it makes little sense to use them on your A7 camera. If you really need such a long focal length than jump on the Sony 500mm f/4.0 which is $2700 more expensive than the Nikon version but at least gives you full autofocus.

Let’s see if Sony will ever make such huge lenses for the FE system….

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July 2, 2015
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This is the best Sony A7s unboxing video yet :)

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Sony a7S Unboxing. . . f11 Style
from FiveSix Productions on Vimeo.

CamFan on SonyAlphaForum shared this A7s unboxing video. It shows how we “feel” when unboxing a new camera :)

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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July 2, 2015
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Plenty of new A7rII autofocus videos (first test with Viltrox adapter).

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There has been a new A7rII presentation in Asia and we have plenty of new videos:
Jim Lin (video 1, video 2 and video 3).
Report with one video at Engadget China.
First test with the Viltrox EF-NEX II adapter (on eBay here). With Canon 35L&A7RII AF&AF-C TEST (video 1 and video 2).

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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July 1, 2015
Posted in deals

Gariz Leather and Alcantara case for the new Sony A7rII.

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A7rII_Gariz_alcantara

If you need a case for your brand new Sony A7rIi camera well there is good news: The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too. Gariz now has them for sale in both leather and alcantara versions:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

I highly recommend the Alcantara case over the Leather version for the following reasons:
– It feels like leather but it is not.
– Increased durability and stain resistance over leather.
– It doesn’t make you sweat.
– It’s flame retardant in case your camera gets launched in an open fire :)

P:S.: Alcantara is composed of about 68% polyester and 32% polyurethane and is very much used in Sports cars because it feels good but you don’t sweat in it.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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