December 25, 2013
Posted in news

SAR note: Wish You Merry Christmas!


Today is Christmas and I wish you and your family all the best for these days of rest and for the coming year. I Thank You all for the company on this site. It’s a real fun (and sometime it’s a terrific busy fun) to be here with you every day!

And as promised, it’s going to be again a very busy A and E-mount rumors time on SAR. So try to recover soon from the party to be ready for some exciting time 😉

December 24, 2013
Posted in rumors

Sony A7r is the best and Hasselblad Lunar the worse camera of the year 2013 (says TheCameraStoreTV team).


Watch this great (as usual) video done by TheCameraStoreTV team. As you see Sony-Hasselblad are playing the main role as both best and worse camera of the year :)

The Sony A7-A7r has been chosen as best camera of the year (second place for the Pentax K-3 and third place for the tiny Panasonic GM1).

The Hasselblad Lunar is the worse camera of the year and on second place guess what you will find…the Hasselblad Stellar :)

P.S.: The best video camera is the Sony F5 and the best lens the 18-35mm Sigma which should be available as A-mount in January

December 23, 2013
Posted in reviews

A7r shutter vibration is a non-issue (test by Ferrell McCollough)


The shutter vibration measured by Beforethecoffee

There has been a great discussion about the possible Sony A7r vibration issue posted here on SAR by John Holmes. But SAR reader Ferrell McCollough doesn’t seem to see it this as a real issue. On Beforethecoffee (Click here) he writes:

“I found that there is no discernible difference between an image taken with a strobe while the shutter was open for 10 seconds ie. no shutter vibration and a normal exposure with shutter vibration. I checked with a 35mm FE lens and a Nikon 85mm 1.4 and metabones adapter. I also did not see any difference in the A7R mounted on a sturdy tripod or resting on a table top. Both had image quality matching the strobe image with no shutter vibration.
I feel very comfortable in my conclusion that the A7R is not losing image quality due to shutter vibration.

December 23, 2013
Posted in deals

Sony A99 for $2,000. First Sony A7r deal at BH.



A new Full Frame A-mount camera is on the horizon and the A99 just got the next price drop. You can grab it with free extras at 6ave on eBay for $2,033 (Click here) or $2.046 (Click here).

And there is also a last-minute special Sony A7r deal at BHphoto (Click here). You get a TX30 for free ($248 value) and a 4% reward which drops the real A7r price down to $2,207.

Reminder: The Zeiss 55mm FE is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).

December 23, 2013
Posted in rumors

Full Frame price war. 6D sells for $1399 (UPDATE: Now $1,499)


With the announcement of the Sony A7 the Full Frame price war has been heated up. Today with $1,399 the cheapest camera is the Canon 6D on eBay US (Click here) (UPDATE: It’s now sold out and sells for $1499 at Amazon).

I am sure that in 2014 we will see further price drops and maybe some new low budget FF that will sell close to $1,200-$1,300. And I think Sony is prepared for this. I have been told many new FF cameras will come, and some of them are “low budget” cameras.


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