August 19, 2015
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Sony RX10m2 review by TheCameraStoreTV. London in Slow motion by Nicholas Goodden.

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TheCameraStoreTV posted their Sony RX10m2 field test video. Just hit the play button on the video above to see what they think about the new camera!

And Nicholas Goodden posted “This is London (slow motion) – Shot on Sony RX100 IV”:

New RX cameras store links:
In USA:
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
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:
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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August 18, 2015
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First A7rII user reviews on Amazon/BHphoto. Live streaming event from Adorama and Rooftop meeting from FocusCamera.

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Unboxing The Sony Alpha 7Rii, RX100-4, RX10-ii by Gary Fong.

You can now read plenty of A7rII owner reviews at Amazon (Click here scroll down) and BHphoto (Click here). Many readers don’t like the quick overheating of the camera. But I guess you have to live with that if you want to shoot long 4K videos. If that’s an issue for you better get the A7s with external recorder. That said all reviewers really do like the camera!

There is also an upcoming new double A7rII US event:
1) Adorama on August 19th: Transitioning from DSLR to Sony Mirrorless Cameras
http://www.adorama.com/alc/browse/pages/seminar-transitioning-dslr-sony-mirrorless-cameras
Live Stream Link> https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xcSNoMEnIf0
2) Focus Camera on August 25th: http://www.focuscamera.com/sony-portrait-photography-roof-top-event.html/?___store=default

New A7rII tests:
Sony Alpha A7r II review-in-progress (CameraLabs).
Anyone else getting a lot of chroma noise/ noise on a7rii? (SonyAlphaForum).
A7RII with dust spot or oil spot (SonyAlphaForum).
Long Exposure Examples at ISO 100, Including Raw Conversion and RawDigger Exposure Info (Diglloyd).
Sony’s A7RII (formerly Leica it or not) by DearSusans.
Battery Life in the Field (Diglloyd).

James sent me this:

Really Right Stuff just added A7RII baseplate and ‘L’ plate for preorder.  New feature according to sales person is they have managed to allow for FULL LCD ARTICULATION with the new A7RII baseplate. Also this is a full width plate that surrounds the battery door (with access for battery)….  IMO this is much more comfortable to shoot handheld with the baseplate attached vs. the shorter plates that don’t surround the battery door…
I have the original RRS baseplate for the A7R and it is by far the most solid and best finished plate I’ve seen for the A7R..  It’s more expensive than other brands but worth it for the more solid and robust design and superb finish.  I have one on preorder for my A7RII

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.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 18, 2015
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EISA awards for the 90mm FE and Sony A7II cameras.

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Like any year websites report about those new EISA awards. Sony won two of them with the 90mm FE and Sony A7II. And just like any year these kind of awards look like made in a way that every company gets a price in at least one of the many categories. Yeah, I guess companies need that award logo to promote their brand in stores.

Photographyblog reviewed the 90mm FE lens and writes:

It delivers outstanding sharpness in the centre of the frame almost throughout its aperture range and it also doesn’t suffer from distortion even when shooting in the RAW format. It offers quite fast and reliable auto-focusing on the new A7R II that we tested it with, plus intuitive manual focusing thanks to the push/pull collar and an outstanding level of build quality given the budget price – it’s even usefully weather-tight too.

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.

For UK readers:
You have a big Gold Box deal on the Zeiss 16-70mm E-mount lens at Amazon UK (Click here and than scroll the horizontal bar).

 

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August 18, 2015
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Personal note: Need more time to answer your mails. New Baby is here (and my A7rII too).

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On Saturday I received two new babies. One is a real baby (a daughter) and one is my own new Sony A7rII :)

The reason I am disclosing this personal event is that my mail box is exploding with messages I didn’t answer yet. And the next few days I will keep not answering most of your messages to spend more time with my newborn. So please excuse me for the next 1-2 weeks if I do not answer you. I will catch up by end of this month. Some sources also hinted to me a Sony announcement is not far away so I will still work on the rumor front to get some info about the new cameras and lenses.

First personal A7rII test: I used the A7rII for the first time on Saturday night when my baby was born. I will not post these images for obvious privacy reasons. But I want to say having a silent shutter was super! And so the ability to shoot 4K videos! I loved the new EVF and it made it very easy for me to manually focus with my favorite lens which is the Canon FD 55mm f/1.2. A personal thanks to Sony for creating a camera capable to shoot such beautiful images and videos.

The present I would like to get from readers :)
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Thanks for your patience! Wish you all a Good Day! :)

P.S.: Message to real sources and Sony itself: Of course a nice present would be to get some real new camera and lens rumors :)

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.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

 

 

 

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August 18, 2015
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Interesting info from Sony at Dpreview: Claims BSI indeed improves performance on third party wide angle lenses.

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There is a closer look at the Sony a7R II by Dpreview that unveils a couple of interesting info:

1) Something we think is very interesting is Sony’s claim that, due to the effective increase in lateral space for the active pixel area from going backside-illuminated (BSI), pixels are able to receive more oblique light rays, which helps with issues like extreme vignetting and color shifts at the peripheries of the image.
The current design in the a7R II should allow for high resolution (small pixels) and the ability to accept very oblique light rays – particularly important for legacy glass that has an exit pupil located very close to the sensor. This ability essentially makes the sensors more ‘film like’: film avoided many of these issues by having an essentially flat, 2D structure with very little depth.

2) The faster sensor in the a7R II allows it to reset all 42 million photosites fast at the start of the exposure, meaning the mechanical shutter doesn’t even need to be used at the start of your exposure.

3) So what’s the big deal? Electronic front curtain plus no mirror is the big deal. No moving parts around the sensor means you don’t have to worry about keeping your shutter speeds high to make use of the full potential of all of those pixels. And on top of that, you’ve got in-body image stabilization (IBIS) to stabilize things for you further. And no shutter movement at the beginning of your exposure either, so nothing sudden for the image stabilization system to respond to and make matters worse.

4) Dual-gain implementation like the one found on the a7S exists in the a7R II. This architecture essentially boosts the signal even more, at around ISO 640 on the a7R II (and at 1600 in the a7S), really early on in the signal pathway, to ensure that any noise added by the camera has minimal effect on the (now ‘louder’) signal. This essentially means increased dynamic range at higher ISOs

5) The Sony RAW compression can limit dynamic range: The posterization artifacts are due to Sony’s lossy compression, which you can read more about in Iliah Borg’s excellent study here. You’ll also see in Iliah’s article that this can particularly be an issue with star(trail) shots, which tend to have sharp, high contrast transitions.

6) Sony claims a 40% increase in AF response compared to the original Alpha 7R, in particular because of faster contrast-detect AF, but we actually think this estimate is underselling the capabilities of the a7R II. Considering the accuracy of focal plane AF points, which is far higher than most AF points of DSLRs, the ability of the a7R II to focus quickly and continuously is no small matter.

7) Eye AF is potentially game-changing for wedding photography, newborn photography, and generally photojournalistic and candid photography where you need to react to a subject quickly. Combine this with the focus accuracy of on-sensor AF implementations, and you have a usable way of instantaneously and accurately focusing on the eye of a subject, even at 35mm F2

Really a very interesting contribute from the Dpreview team! And again, a big statement in favour of real lossless 14 bit RAW. I will keep annoying Sony until they will deliver it to us via firmware upgrade :)

New Forum discussions:
A7RII autofocus test: Commlite and Fotodiox Pro Adapters (SonyAlphaForum).
A7RII Backyard Hostas (SonyAlphaForum).
My Sony A7RM2 First Images From J Cole Forest Hills Drive Tour (SonyAlphaForum).
kingfisher , A7rII + SAL500mm F4 G (SonyAlphaForum).
Cleaning the New SteadyShot Sensor (SonyAlphaForum).
LR vs Capture1 for a7rii – help needed, c1 looks sharper (SonyAlphaForum).

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.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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