May 19, 2015
Posted in news

New A7s/A6000 Cineasy Touch Video Record Button Enhancement.

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SAR reader Tom Altman created a new tool that some of you could find useful. He sent me this:

The Sony A7S camera is the best video camera in the market. But it has one major challenge when using the video feature. The video record button is too small, awkwardly placed and slightly recessed. This makes it very difficult to activate without much fumbling around. You usually have to remove your eyes from the viewfinder to even locate the button. All this searching and fumbling around can cause shaky footage or missing the action all together.
This is why we created the Cineasy Touch Button Enhancement. This Patent Pending device, for the Sony Alpha line of mirrorless cameras will help your camera to capture pristine video just as easily as it does still images. The Cineasy Touch installs in just minutes and is super intuitive and very responsive. The Cineasy Touch provides a larger point of contact that can easily be found without taking your eye off the action. Simply press the Cineasy Touch and record video intuitively and effortlessly.
You will love it so much you will never remove it from your camera. It simply attaches to the neck strap eyelet nearest the video button with the included screw. Its that simple to make your camera capture video like a professional. And for a limited time you can get yours for the low introductory price of $24.95.

More info
https://vimeo.com/128038653

Model for Sony A7S
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221773014854?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

Model for Sony A6000
http://www.ebay.com/itm/221773016602?ssPageName=STRK:MESELX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1555.l2649

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May 19, 2015
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(SR3) More A6xxx and A7rII rumors!

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The rumor background noise is increasing and a Sony announcement is coming the next days. Here are the rumors I got the last couple of hours from anonymous sources:

Source_1:

Spoke to a Sony representative today and he told me that this week Sony will announce a new APS-C camera to replace the NEX-7. He said once that camera is out there will be discounts on the a6000. He said a7r II might be announced together with the new APS-C camera or within a month. He also said that nothing suggests release of ultra high resolution camera soon.

Source_2:

A7rII: Speaking to a Sony rep he gave a knowing smile and said it definitely might have a silent shutter, I said so it will? He nodded. He said there would be an announcement before end of month.

Source_3:

Over 20 people have gotten the new A7R II though. Heard they gave it to some photographers to test out the new Zeiss lenses, and to test a new mode. From what I understood, it supports a high res handheld mode, but I did not get that confirmed.  They will be shipping the a6XXX model out soon also, so that might be ready for release by June 2015 :)

Source_4: The sealed Alpha Box has 60x50x28cm in size (SonyAlphaForum).

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May 19, 2015
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First Sony cashback A7s offer to be launched on May 21.

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Sony is rumored to launch a cashback offer on the A7s on May 21. I don’t know if that cashback offer will also run on other cameras and in what countries. I have heard of UK and Germany so far. Let’s hope it will run worldwide. This is the first cashback offer on the A7s yet.

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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May 19, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 Lens Review

Gold Box deal on the A6000 double lens kit at 12:00 at Amazon DE (Click here) and on the 16-70mm Zeiss at 18:00 again Amazon DE (Click here). Gold Box deal of the day is the White A6000 kit for 549 Euro at Amazon DE (Click here).
Distagon 35mm review (ThePhoBlographer).
Zenitar 16mm f/2.8 Fish-eye and A7r (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 24-240mm review on Pixelmania.nl.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony will increase the RX10-QX100-QX10 price in Japan (Dc.watch).
A600 pictures form the sky (Russos.livejournal).

Josh:With the big shift toward mirrorless cameras, my friend Jay and I decided to start a new YouTube channel called, The Camera Project. The point of the channel is to explore and review recent cameras, but instead of doing it in a clinical and technical way, our goal is to explore a city or neighborhood, and take our viewers through that neighborhood while exploring the latest gear. The series is from the viewpoint of photo enthusiasts as opposed to professional photographers.  We’ve been following Sony’s outstanding innovations over the past few years and felt that the Sony a7II was the perfect first subject for us. While we do intend to explore other brands, we’ve just published our first 3 part review series on the a7ii. Overall, we were quite impressed, please take a look at the channel. We’d love go garner feedback on our first videos and see what the viewer response is: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLL58CQzpUWd36VoEG4FwxZ3Z9-9c8E2eC

Kristian Maglalang:Take a look at this VIMEO video (not mine) featuring Vietnam: https://vimeo.com/126747807. Shoot using: Sony A7ii @ 1080 60p PP7 (Exposed in S-Log2). Video Stabilization: Nebula 4000. Lens used: Zeiss 35mm 2.8 and Zeiss 55mm 1.8

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May 18, 2015
Posted in deals

New Sony ECM-CG60 Shotgun Microphone preorders.

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Back in April Sony announced the new Sony ECM-CG60 Shotgun Microphone. And it’s now available for preorder in USA at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). (Thanks to the reader who sent me this)

Sony refurbished stuff with 90 days warranty from Secondipity:

E-mount ebay:
Sony A7s for $1899 (Click here).
Open Box A7r for $1599 (Click here).
A7r for $1299 (Click here).
Black A5000 with double lens kit for $349 (Click here).
Black A5100 with double lens kit for $489 (Click here).
Black A6000 with double lens kit for $659 (Click here).
Zeiss 24mm lens for $589 (Click here).
Zeiss 16-70mm lens for $749 (Click here).
18-200mm lens for $569 (Click here).
18-104mm lens for $419 (Click here).
55-210mm lens for $174 (Click here).
18-55mm lens for $99 (Click here).
28-75mmm FE lens for $269 (Click here).
Silver C3 with lens for $569 (Click here).
Black C3 with lens for $569 (Click here).
CL-ECU1 Wide Angle Conversion Lens for $74 (Click here).
LAEA3 A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter for $126 (Click here).
LAEA4 A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter for $215 (Click here).

E-mount amazon:
Sony A7s for $1899 (Click here).
Sony A7r for $1299 (Click here).
A5000 double lens kit for $329 (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm lens for $799 (Click here).
Zeiss 35mm lens for $559 (Click here).
30mm macro for $199 (Click here).
A5100 double lens kit for $469 (Click here).
FE 28-70mm for $269 (Click here).
55-210mm for $164 (Click here).
18-55mm for $99 (Click here).
Sony LAEA3 for $126 (Click here).
F3 with lens for $189 (Click here).
NEX-3 with lens for $199 (Click here).
A7r for $1299 (Click here).
Black 55-210 for $179 (Click here).
NEX-5t double lens kit for $399 (Click here).
A7 for $899 (Click here).
A6000 double lens kit with SD card for $649 (Click here).
A500 double lens kit for $329 (Click here).
NEX-5r for $199 (Click here).
Zeiss 16-70mm for $749 (Click here).

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