April 16, 2015
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There is a new firmware update for the A6000/A7 series in Japan.

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There seems to be a firmware update in Japan which is not available in any other country.

Version 1.21 for the A6000: http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/update/ILCE-7_7R_7S_7M2_6000_win.html. European and US Sony stores only have version 1.20 yet.
Version 1.21 for the A7II: http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/update/ILCE-7_7R_7S_7M2_6000_win.html. European and US Sony stores only have version 1.20 yet.

Our reader Nippa from SonyAlphaForum tested the new firmware and says:

Apparently improves low light focusing in some instances. Can’t say that I see any difference but the update using Win7 went smoothly.

Our reader David says:

I updated my A7r recently to 1.21 from 1.20 and noticed much better low light AF with the 28/2. Haven’t checked other lenses yet. It’s been available in Japan for about five days. Weird that it’s not on other Sony sites yet

And Flavio said:

On the website says the 1.21 replaces 1.20 because was found a bug on the 1.20 where the camera don’t start.

I have no info yet if that’s a mistake on Sony side or if the firmware will be released within days for all other countries too.

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April 16, 2015
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Zeiss confirms again a wide angle Loxia is coming later this year.

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At minute 4.25 of that Zeiss interview from Abel Cine they confirm they will launch a wide angle Loxia later this year. We can expect that wide angle lens to be based on one of the current ZM lenses listed below.

Wide primes:
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).

Zeiss Loxia store links:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

Thanks Stanly for spotting the news!

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April 16, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony HVL-F32M Flash Review

Loxia 50mm review at Billdanby.
Rolling Sony A7II review at Planet-alpha.
Announcing the release of the 7sII!! (Instagram fool’s day joke).
Comparison between Sigma 50mm f/1.4 Art vs. Sony 55mm f/1.8 vs. Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 (IloveHatePhoto)
Sony A7 II Review at Imaging Resource.
Sony A7II review at Mirrorlessons.

Don:If you are having issues with the Flash Hotshoe on your a6000, here is a quick video to explain how to easily repair it.  This fix worked with strobes mounted to the camera as well as  radio triggers.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1vHxp3EZS8

Christopher:Sony A6000 + Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN E + Gimp processing + Rouen cathedral bells recorded using the A6000: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dK8iB_h2cs

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April 15, 2015
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$500 mail in rebate on the Sony A7s with Atomos Shogun 4K recorder.

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There is a brand new $500 mail in rebate on the Sony A7s with Atomos Shogun combo. Full details can be read at BHphoto (Click on the blue link to open the pdf file). (Thanks to the anonymous source who sent me this).

NAB specials and rebates:
A long list of deidcated NAB deals has been posted on that special BHphoto site (Click here).
A7r for $1,898 only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
FE Distagon 35mm f/1.4 lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Sony’s new World’s Smallest 30x Zoom Cameras preorders:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V for $428 at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera for $328 at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Sony refurbished deals:
Refurbished A7r sells for $1,399 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished Zeiss FE 55mm lens for $749 at Secondipity eBay US (Click here)
Refurbished RX100m2 sells for $379 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).

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April 15, 2015
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This is the first image of the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 Sony A-mount lens.

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The store Genustech is already showing the new Mitakon/Zyoptics 85mm f/1.2 lens. And it says it will come for Sony E-mount too but I think that’s a typo because Zyoptics said it’s A-mount.

Reminder: Mitakon-Zyoptics already make a long list of Sony E-mount lenses. You can find them on eBay (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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