June 30, 2015
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New A7rII now available for preorder at SonyStore US. Says it ships on August 26.

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The new Sony A7rII is now available for preorder at SonyStore US too (Click here). The official Sony site also reports the estimated ship date which is August 26. Reminder: Today in Stock for he first time is the 90mm FE at Amazon and BHphoto.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, 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.

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June 30, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

New Sony 90mm FE lens now in Stock at BH and Amazon. First SAR readers tests.

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The new Sony FE 90mm macro lens is in Stock for the first time un USA via Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And here are a few new tests:

1) First SAR owners tests posted on SonyAlphaForum (Click here). Louis Berk:Bottom line, this is a very sharp lens, with very nice colouration. It compliments my A7R very well and I suspect it will also be very good on the upcoming A7RII. The AF to Manual override is very well thought out, you pull back the focus ring and it engages the distance scale. The scale itself is not only very clear but shows both the distance and the macro magnification factor (e.g. 1:1, 1:2 etc). The focus throw is large and very accommodating for macro purposes. The focus is very smooth but in my opinion not stiff enough. This means it is easy to overshoot your target but I expect with practise I will become more accurate. Viewfinder magnification and focus peaking are automatically engaged when manually focussing (although the magnification is a preference set in the camera and can be turned off). From these samples I cannot fault the image quality, the colouration or the ergonomics of the lens. But beware it is a very big object and will take up the space equivalent to a large zoom lens in your camera bag.

2) Gustav posted some early shots at Dyxum: “this new macro-lens is really great , the built-quality is very good , i love the AF-MF ring , when you push the ring to you ,you have MF , when you push back (to the sunhood) you have AF , very easy to work with…the price of the lens is high ..very sharp picture`s even in low light ,normal with post-procesing in RAW you must sharp your picture`s to a level , now it was almost already there.

3) The Japanese site Yodobashi also poste a review with amny nice image samples.

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.

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June 30, 2015
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Updated Sony 28-70mm lens could have a constant f/4.0 aperture.

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There is a new Sony patent disclosing a new 28-70mm f/4.0 FE lens design. It may be that a future updated 28-70mm lens will get a constant f/4.0 aperture instead of the variable f/3.5-5.6 aperture of the current lens.

Patent via Egami.

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June 30, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Maarten:Just completed and posted three videos reviewing the A7M2
One detailing the still features and the lenses: https://youtu.be/QqjcRHzj9as (video embedded on top)
Another detailing video features including picture profiles https://youtu.be/BegPyKgwIos
And also the accessories – battery grip, flash, audio adapter and monitor https://youtu.be/BM-ixBsMPSs

alternatives to NP-FW50 batteries (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 28mm f/2 review at Admiringlight.
Sony 21mm Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens review at Admiringlight.
“Every photo that you take is a once-in-a-lifetime photo – make it awesome!” (TheNakedCamera)
Sony A7rII is the second system camera after the Samsung NX1/NX500 to use a BSI sensor (SamsungCameraRumors).
Simply magnificent: Das Sonnar T* FE 2,8/35 ZA an der Sony alpha 7 – Teil 3 (J.Haag).
28mm conversion lens test at SonyAlphaLab.
Sony A7s + Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4 low light action (SonyAlphaForum).

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