August 24, 2015
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New Nissin Di700A Flash Kit for Sony in Stock at BHphoto and Amazon Europe.

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The new Nissin Di700A Flash is in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). And it is also in Stock in Europe via Amazon Germany and Amazon UK. Sar reader Alastair writes:  “I’ve done an unboxing and quick look at the Di700A and Air 1 Commander: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AntR86uawDY

BIG Sony US lens savings ongoing!

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 28-70mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

APS-C E-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-70mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 16mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the lens 30mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$200 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

A-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 100mm macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 11-18mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 135 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 16-105mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm II  lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-80mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 16mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 18-135mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 18-250mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 20mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 28-75mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 30mm macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
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$25 off on the 50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 50mm DT lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 50mm macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 55-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 55-300mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-300mm II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 85mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 85mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 135mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-400mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

 

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August 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

Dpreview: “A7rII has posterization artifacts in certain conditions”.

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Note: The A7rII waiting list is getting shorter. If you order the A7rII now at Amazon (Click here) you will have to wait 2-5 weeks to get it.

Dpreview just posted an article about the ISO behaviour of the A7rII. While the state that the A7rII has a very high dynamic range they also complain about the lossy Raw files showing some posterization artifacts in certain conditions:

With the a7R II, Sony continues the tradition of lossy Raw files, with no option for lossless 14-bit Raw. This isn’t going to affect all your photographs, but it can rear its unsightly head at high contrast boundaries of pushed files. The area around the sign in the ISO 100 + 6EV and ISO 200 + 5EV shots have artifacts not present in the higher ISO shots. These posterization artifacts are due to Sony’s lossy compression, which you can read more about in Iliah Borg’s excellent study here.
We think this Raw compression is particularly a shame, especially when you consider how ISO-invariant this camera is otherwise. As you saw above, the pushed ISO 200 shot has very little additional noise compared to the ISO 6400 shot. This is because of the high dynamic range, and ISO-invariance, of the camera, which means that realistically you can save much of your image brightening for post-processing as opposed to increasing your ISO setting in-camera. However, you’ll be limited in your ability to do so because of Raw compression, essentially meaning the camera isn’t as ISO-invariant as it could be.

I am 100% sure Sony will release a firmware update to allow current A7 owners to shoot real 14 bit RAW. The pressure on Sony is too high to not bring this feature.

One more interesting note: DearSusans actually claims the Sony RAW files on the A7rII are “tweaked”. They shoot stars with the A7r and A7rII and noticed a clear improvement on the A7rIi files:

Doing so with files from the A7r produces square artifacts around stars, as seen above. The same intermediate processing on A7rII files did nothing of the kind. Now, this is not to say lossy compression is ideal or perfect. And, if it adds significantly to the already improved image quality, we’re all for lossless RAW compression, here at DS. But something already has changed and, apparently, in the right direction.

Give us 14 bit Sony, we on SAR want to get the best out of our great Sony sensors! P.S.: My personal request…add 64 ISO too :)

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 24, 2015
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Diglloyd says that Sony is “a company that really does not understand photography”

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A7R II vs Leica Q (Camerasize).

Diglloyd is criticizing Sony for many reasons like their subpar repair service in US, poor product quality control (assimetry issues on some lenses) and the missing real lossless 14 bit raw. He is one of the very few bloggers/reviewers who openly critizes Sony:

I like the A7R II a lot in various ways, but what I want to see is Nikon D810 quality in the compact form factor Sony A7R II. There is no technical reason Sony can’t do it right, but it looks like we’re in for a long wait from a company that really does not understand photography.
Sony cameras feel like camera imitations, not the real thing (the Leica Q feels like the real thing, as does the Nikon D810 or Canon 5DS R). The Sony gestalt seemd to be deeply cultural and it may take a long time, if ever, to overcome. Which gives NiCanon some breathing room, in theory.

Beside that (too?) harsh statement the issues raised by Diglloyd are definitely real. But maybe he is too extreme in the way he puts in on words. And in Sony’s defense Sony is innovating very hard and that of course makes it more vulnerable to issues and problems that have to be fixed in future generations of cameras/lenses or (hopefully) via firmware upgrade. Nikon and Canon simply do rely on the same “old” and solid tech. And even then they have still major issues (D810 had huge thermal issues leading to bright spot problems). And yes, while the Leica Q feels certainly “the real thing” it has much fewer features and costs more than the A7R II. Diglloyd says that that for Sony “it may take a long time, if ever, to overcome“. This is just my very personal impressions: Yes Sony has to learn a couple of important things, but from what I have seen the past years I am pretty sure they will improve those areas where they don’t offer a decent quality. And there is already a good news that backups my claim: Sony contacted Diglloyd to get feedback about the service and quality issues…

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 24, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sony A99 gets completely removed from the official Sony.net site.

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The official Sony.net site removed the Sony A99 from their product page. We have to see if that’s just a “mistake” or if Sony really discontinued the camera. It will be interesting to see if Sony Tokyo will decide to release the long due new A99II or not. Because so far from what I heard the A99II development has finished. But Sony Tokyo is evaluating if there is still a demand for such a camera or not.

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August 24, 2015
Posted in deals

Gold Box deal on Sony SD card (US) and Wallimex 12mm E-mount lens (DE).

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There is a Gold Box deal on the Sony 32GB Calss 10 SDHC card at Amazon US (Click here and check the horizontal bar).

And there is also a Gold Box deal on the Wallimes 12mm E-mount lens at Amazon Germany (Click here and check the horizontal bar).

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