February 22, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Warren Roos‎
A school girl gets a tattoo in New Orleans. A6000 w/ 10-18 lens.

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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!

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February 21, 2015
Posted in deals

Cheapest E-mount cam so far: Refurbished A3000 with lens for $179 only!


This is part of the top official eBay deals: The refurbished Sony A3000 with kit lens sells for $179 only at Secondipity eBay (Click here). The same store also sells the refurbished NEX-5T with two(!) lenses for $399 (Click here).

Reminder: There is a new updated special Sony deal page at Adorama (Click here). Check it out! And we also have those deals listed at Amazon US:
1) Save Big on Select Sony RX Series Cameras with a Qualifying Trade-in (Click here).
2) Free Premium Jacket Case with the RX100m3 (Click here).
3) Free case with the A7,A7s,A7r cameras (Click here).
4) Up to $200 off on A5000/A5100/A6000 double lens kits (Click here).

February 21, 2015
Posted in news

RCCDroidPro provides real liveview for A7S, A7II and A77II.

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The new RCCdroid version has been announced an it adds liveview for the A7S, A7II and A77II. You can download it here:
Other features are:
  • Preview of taken pictures on an Android Display (Semi-Lifeview)
  • Change of Cameraparameter
  • Wireless shutter release over Bluetooth
  • Shutter release via sound monitor
  • Focus Trap
  • New: Phototrap (Cameratrap) via Motion detection
  • Long Term exposures without touching the camera
  • HDR without touching the camera
  • Timelapse
  • New: HDR Timelapse
  • Extended HDR up to 13 shots +-4EV
  • Bulb intervalometer (Startrail and HDR Options)
  • Start of Video
  • Write GPS-Data to JPG pictures (EXIF)
  • Selfporträts with correct focus

Official website here: rccdroidpro-en.glensk.com

February 21, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

New Loxia 35 and 50mm review.


lox35The 35mm Loxia (Image courtesy: Stockografie).

Stockografie (Click here) tested both Zeiss Loxia lenses:

The Zeiss Loxia 2/35 as well as the Zeiss Loxia 2/50 is a wonderfully crafted lenses. They are built to withstand almost anything a photographer could run into. I would not hesitate to use these lenses under harsh conditions such as rain, dust or any other kind of influences.
If I would have to choose between one of the two I would go for the Zeiss Loxia 2/35 but that is only my personal preference as I like the 35mm field of view better than that of the Zeiss Loxia 2/50. In terms of image quality both lenses are amongst the best you can get for your A7 series camera with a native E-Mount.

The Loxias are in Stock in:
50mm in Europe at Photo Porst eBay (Click here) and Photo Petzold eBay (Click here).
35mm in Europe at Photo Porst eBay (Click here) and Photo Petzold eBay (Click here).
50mm in USA at PoppFlash eBay (Click here).
50mm in Asia/Australia at DigitalRev (Click here).

February 20, 2015
Posted in news

Tamron: “We do not plan to make lenses for the Sony A7 cameras”.


Mr. Kenji Nakagawa (responsible for Tamron Marketing Communications) © Albedo Media SL

The Spanish site DSLRmagazine asked Tamron if they plan to make lenses for the Sony A7 system. But the official answer was: “Currently we have no intention to cover this line of business, although we have a very good relationship with that particular brand.

He also confirmed the new 15-30mm Sp lens can resolve the new 50 megapixel FF sensors. This fits with a rumor I got back many months ago. That source gave me the lens specs as first and also told me Sony would make a close to 50MP FF camera too. Question now is only WHEN that camera will be announced to fight back the Canon 5ds.

P.S.: The A-mount 15-30mm Tamron lens can be ordered at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).

February 20, 2015
Posted in news

Japanese sales in 2014: Sony leads the mirrorless ranking. Looses on the DSLR market.


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Mirrorless system camera market share in 2014 (Japan only)

BCNranking published the full 2014 camera sales date in Japan. The good news is that Sony dethroned Olympus and is now number one in the mirrorless system camera market in Japan. And in Japan mirrorless is very strong and on par with DSLR in terms of cameras sales. The (unsurprisingly) bad news is that Sony really holds no more any meaningful share of the DSLR market:

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DSLR market share in 2014 (Japan only)

Sony really needs to reinvent the wheel with their A-mount system if they want to make it successful. They would certainly have the necessary tech for that but we have to see if the management really wants that.


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