March 29, 2015
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Firmware 2.0 for the E-mount FS7 gets released!

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PXW-FS7 firmware
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/HXR/0sMtGAHDwD/PXW-FS7_V200_firmware.zip?fm=na
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/HXR/0sMtGAHDwD/PXW-FS7_Update_manual_eng.pdf

XDCA-FS7 firnware and installation manual
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/HXR/0sMtGAHDwD/XDCA-FS7_V200_firmware.zip?fm=na
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/HXR/0sMtGAHDwD/XDCA-FS7_Update_manual_eng.pdf

User Manual
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/HXR/0sMtGAHDwD/PXW-FS7_V200_manual_eng.pdf

New features:
Expands audio recording to four channels audio at 24-bit, 48 KHz.
Supports DCI compliant 4096 x 2160 XAVC-Intra-frame recording up to 60 fps.
Adds HD Apple ProRes codecs to enable progressive and interlaced HQ and 422 recording with XDCA-FS7.
Eliminates “Magenta Cast” in WB preset mode.
Renames “Color Temp” menu parameter to “Preset White”
Eliminates need to re-enable “Steady Shot” after power ON/OFF cycle.
Retains “Paint Menu” settings after power OFF/ON cycle.

Found via Sony Community.

FS7 store links:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto.
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto.
28-135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony 128GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama and BHphoto.

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March 29, 2015
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Distagon 35mm f/1.4 now in Stock in Europe (and new Sony Germany Gold Box deals).

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The very first bunch of new Zeiss Distagon 35mm FE lenses are in Stock in Europe via Fotomundus eBay (Click here). It’s in Stock in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here). A full review of the lens can be read at SLRgear (Click here) and a few user pictures on SonyAlphaForum (Click here). And the 28mm FE lens is in Stock in Europe via Richmond eBay UK (Click here).

Germans also have two E-mount Gold Box deals today:
16-70mm Zeiss at 11:00 (via DL).
White A6000 kit at 14:00 (via DL).

The Zeiss can be preordered here:
in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
in Europe at 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/Australia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

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March 29, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Sergey Kuznetsov‎
Sony Nex-7 + CZ24 1.8, Yangdi, Guilin, China.

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

Read the rest of this entry →

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March 28, 2015
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Free case and filter kit with the 50mm E-mount lens. A3000 kit for $249 at Amazon too.

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You get a free lens case and filters with the 50mm f/1.8 E-mount lens sold at Adorama (Click here) or by Adorama on Amazon (Click here). And the A3000 with kit lens now sells for $249 at Amazon US (Click here).

More new Sony deals:
A7/s/r lens/case superbundle again at Sony Store US (Click here).
Sony A77II bundle deal at SonyStore (Click here).
NEX-7 with kit lens for $498 only at BHphoto (Click here).
The Sony A3000 with kit lens sells for $249 at BHphoto (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).
50% off on refurbished 55-210mm sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
RX100 with $100 free extras (SD card, LR5) and a $50 gift card when using the code “trade50328” at FocusCamera (Click here).
A77II kit with free grip at Sony Store US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$300 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$221 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
FE 24-240mm is in Stock at BestBuy eBay, Adorama and Sony US

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March 28, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Samyang 135mm lens tested at Photozone, ePhotozine and Per Kylberg.

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Peter Kylberg tested the Samyang 135mm f/2.0 Emount lens on the A7r and A6000:

135mm is a very interesting focal length, for its perspective and creative possibilities. The Samyang is affordable, not too heavy and the image quality is better than Sony 70-200/4. I like it a lot.
Ergonomic it is a mixed bag: Nice to hold and handle on both A7R and A6000, but the grip on the aperture ring is too slippery in relation to its firmness.
Compared to the 70-200 it is of course not very versatile. The zoom has OSS, the 135 has 2.0
Using enlargement on the EVF it is rather easy to nail sharpness – essential on a tele. Color peaking is not accurate enough. Above image is free hand but at 1/2000 sec.
Another thing of interest for A7R owners: No problem at all with shutter vibration loss of sharpness! I can’t say that about the 70-200 which can have that problem (also on tripod) 1/40 to 1/250sec.
Color: Sony(Zeiss) lenses on A7R tends to go towards yellow. (create color profiule with colorchecker passport i my solution). The 135/2 tends to go in the opposite direction, to be a bit cool.
Finally: I really like this lens! Planing to go to the mountains as soon as midnight sun sets in I will probably chose the 135 over the 70-200. Despite versatility, despite OSS.
Want to check out more test shots?
http://perkylberg.smugmug.com/

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Both lenses also got tested on a Canon camera at:

Photozine (Click here) tested the Samyang 135mm T/2.2 ED UMC Cine version:

The image quality is almost stunning with very good results at T2.2 and an excellent if not outstanding quality at medium aperture settings and across the image frame. A very low amount of lateral CAs also helps to increase the sharpness perception. Distortions are absent whereas the vignetting is quite typical for a full format lens in this class.

ePhotozine (Click here) posted the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens Review:

Those interested in a fast 135mm, who are either on a budget or don’t need autofocus for their work, should certainly consider this lens. It’s more than capable of delivering sharpness on a par with high-end lenses, but at a fraction of the cost. This, coupled with the excellent build quality and smooth manual focus action make this lens an excellent buy overall.

You can get the lens at BHphoto:
135mm f/2.0 for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
135mm t/2.2 Cine for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
And via Korean sellers on eBay:
Samyang 135mm E-mount (here n eBay)
Samyang 135mm A-mount (here n eBay)

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