July 29, 2015
Posted in reviews

Yes, the new 90mm FE autofocus is that good you can focus on the ant eyes!


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SAR reader Albert tested the new Sony 90mm FE macro lens autofocus performance and posted the results on SonyAlphaForum (Click here). He noticed the autofocus is fast even at full aperture and so reliable that it can focus on the ant eyes! Check all the autotofocus macro pictures on SonyAlphaForum! P.S.: And be sure to join our new forum :)

This is really a great lens and cause of sleepless nights because I don’t know if I should get that one or the new 85mm Batis :(

90mm links:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, eBay US (Click here).
In Europe at Fotomundus, Amazon Germany, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

Batis links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

July 28, 2015
Posted in reviews

RX100 IV tested at Dpreview. New Slow motion at 100, 250, 500 and 1000fps.


Dpreview (Click here)
posted the full RX100m4 review. The camera gets an impressive 85% score and the Gold Award:

The RX100 IV gains some headline-grabbing features such as high frame rate and 4K video but it’s the smaller features that most impressed us. Continuous eye tracking, fast Raw burst modes with AF, and small user-interface changes have made the Mark IV the most responsive and enjoyable RX100 yet. It’s the most expensive in the series but is peerless in terms of capability.

And Mirrorlessons posted the slow motion test video at 100, 250, 500 and 1000fps with the RX100 IV:

A funny 1000 fps slow mo test by Joyce on Youtube.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
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 DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DEUK, 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.

July 28, 2015
Posted in deals

Amazon US makes it clear what your rights are when buying Sony refurbished stuff.


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It was often not 100% clear what your rights are when buying refurbished stuff at Amazon. Luckily they now added that special graph showing what kind of guarantee you get. You have that epxlanation on many Sony products I am going to list here (sometimes with additional link to same auction on eBay):

Sony A6000 with 18-55mm and 55-210mm lens for $619 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony 24-70mm FE lens for $799 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A5100 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens for $469 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A5000 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A6000 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens for $619 at eBay (Click here).
Sony A7r for $1299 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A7 for $829 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A7s for $1899 at eBay (Click here).

July 28, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony A7rII vs Sony A7 shutter sound comparison! And camera now shipping in UK.


If you own the very laud Sony A7r than you may be really interested how much more silent the new A7rII shutter is. Check out the video above!

And two readers from UK confirmed that they will get their A7rII preorder from Wex UK on July 30 already! Damn lucky guys those brits! But hey, there is no sun there so let them enjoy the camera as first :)

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

July 28, 2015
Posted in news

Sony enters the Drone Business with the new company “Aerosense”.



Well I guess soon SAR will have to talk a bit about Drone Cameras too! Sony officially announced their new “Aerosense” company that will focus on Drone development. It may be possible that they will even use E-mount cameras on those. The QX1 E-mount camera is already used for this. For example on that Skywalker 1900 (here on eBay).

This is the official press text from Sony:

Tokyo, Japan – Sony Mobile Communications Inc. (“Sony Mobile”: President and CEO Hiroki Totoki) and ZMP Inc. (“ZMP”: CEO Hisashi Taniguchi) have agreed to collaborate on the development and launch of enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing. Sony Mobile and ZMP will jointly found “Aerosense Inc.,” a new company slated to be incorporated in early August of this year.

Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network, and robotics technologies will be leveraged alongside ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies together with their business experience in industrial fields. Aerosense Inc. will combine these assets and develop comprehensive solutions that meet needs including measuring, surveying, observing, and inspecting. It will aim to roll out these services for enterprise customers beginning in 2016.

Sony Mobile is proactively engaging in new business creation initiatives, with a particular focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) sector. This joint venture represents a part of this push into IoT, as Sony strives to provide its customers with additional value by developing and managing total package cloud solutions.

ZMP’s stated mission is “Robot of Everything: To create a safe, fun and comfortable lifestyle with robotics technology.” In line with this, ZMP has developed its automated driving technology and put it into use in various fields. To date these solutions have been limited to the ground; with this joint venture, ZMP will take to the skies and apply its expertise in an entirely different realm, as it aims to create new services that were not possible on land.


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