November 1, 2014
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$149.98 off and free extras on the A6000 super bundle at Sony Store US. And BH superdeals reminder.

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You save $148 and get free etxras on the Sony A6000 superkit sold directly by Sony Store USA (Click here). And do not forget to check out the massive BHphoto special deal (Click here).

US deal reminder:
The world’s largest SD class 10 card, the Sandisk 521GB(!) is in Stock now at Adorama (Click here).
Meike A7/r/s vertical grip at Amazon US (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Alibabaexpress (Click here).
Ownuser Sony A6000 grip (Click here) is shipping.
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.

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November 1, 2014
Posted in reviews

Does the Sony FS7 kill the Canon C300? Oh yes says Newshooter!

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Image courtesy: Newsshooter

Newsshooter (Click here) posted the Sony FS7 4K E-mount camcorder field test impressions:

So has this camera won me over from the C300? Well actually yes, so far – with the exception of the waveform/histogram issue which I assume Sony will solve. I need to test more but at this point I’m confident that it will replace the C300 (and possibly my F5 too) as a daily workhorse. Ergonomically it bests the C300 and it suits my style of shooting. It has the 4K option but, just as important for me, it has all the flavours of HD that I need including good old MPEG. Slow motion is a big deal too. I still prefer Canon colours out of the box – but the FS7 produces some nice looking images that I’m pretty happy with.

But Canon lens owners ready to jump on the FS7 should be aware of that:

Don’t rush to buy this camera expecting it to work flawlessly with the Metabones Speedbooster Ultra or EF to E-mount adapters – it doesn’t for now at least. Hopefully there may be a fix from Metabones but this isn’t a combo I recommending at the moment.

An interesting thing I didn’t notice before is that the FS7 is the first E-mount camera that has an “Alpha Mount” mark on the mount. And not the usual “E-mount” as seen on current E-mount photocameras:

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Image courtesy: Newsshooter

Camcorder preorders:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto (Click here).
28-135mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
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 (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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November 1, 2014
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Sony makes more money with Imaging Business (but still shows an overall company loss).

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Sony is till facing a deep crisis and they reported a quarterly loss that was seven times greater than a year earlier as the company loses ground in the smartphone market to Apple Inc. and Chinese rivals (Source: Bloomberg). The full financial report can be downloaded here: sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/library/er.html. There are a couple of considerations to take here:
1) It’s only the mobile business that it’s really showing huge losses. All other Sony company segments are doing fine (games, imaging, financial services, music and so on).
2) Sony is selling less cameras but more high end and high revenue cameras. In short this means less “cheap” compacts” but more high end mirrorless and fixed lens (RX) cameras
3) Sony predicts to increase revenue in the Imaging Business.

In very short: If Sony would fix the mobile division by cutting costs or selling the whole segment problems would be solved (Just like they did with the selling of the PC business). And what matters for us the digital camera business is doing fine!

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November 1, 2014
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Sony TidBits…

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Sony A7s Test – OVER a month

Sony Artisans Speak at PhotoPlus Expo 2014 (Brian Smith).
Sony A7r – Macbook – Lightroom workflow at Hikeventures.
Sony 10-18mm E-Mount APS-C Lens On ‘Full-Frame’ Sony FE A7r (Soundimagesplus).
Quick 1st Look: Voigtlander 40/2.8 Aspherical Heliar for Sony E-Mount (Steve Huff).
Sigma S 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM test at Lenstip.
Lens Style camera patent from Sony (Freepatentsonline).

David:I run a photography studio in Dublin and last April we switched over to using the sony A7 as our primary cameras. Our last shoot was shot exclusively with the A7 and FE55F18 which you can find here (http://www.lightexplorers.net/albums/autumn-in-trinity/), might be of interest to the other readers. Heres our Facebook page if you’re interested. https://www.facebook.com/lightexplorers.net

Matthias:I did a review of a good 4K Sony camera that gets looked past quite a bit… its the Z3 :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vELgDkjYi5Y

Zbigniew:I would like to show you timelapse/hyperlapse made with a6000. I took around 10.000 photos in three days. Whole project was made in cooperation with Tropical Islands resort. Maybe SAR readers would like to see what timeplase quality(4K) you can get using only a6000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Df7DZOr6U and https://vimeo.com/108408115

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October 31, 2014
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Plenty of deals on Sony stuff at BHphoto (lenses, flash, cards and more).

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There is such an extremely long list of deals going on at BHphoto that you better check out that special page to see them all (Click here). There are deals goin on on Sigma, Rokinon, Tokina and Zeiss lenses. On Flash, cards, grips, lights and so on and so on…Keep in mind that certain specials are valid only by using this promo code during checkout: “BHPPE14“.

More US deals reminder:
The world’s largest SD class 10 card, the Sandisk 521GB(!) is in Stock now at Adorama (Click here).
Meike A7/r/s vertical grip at Amazon US (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Alibabaexpress (Click here).
Ownuser Sony A6000 grip (Click here) is shipping.
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.

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