March 20, 2014
Posted in deals

Up to $460 trade in credit on the A7 and A7r at BHphoto! A7r for $1,838.

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You almost can’t believe this: You can get up to $460 credit on the A7-A7r cameras when you trade in an old camera at BHphoto (Click here). And you can add the up to $650 lens and flash savings on top of that too!

Now I think the next FE camera isn’t really that far away from an announcement…

 

—Current Sony US deals:

Sony A99:
A99 with a free(!) grip for $2299 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click bere).
Buy.com (now Rakuten) is selling the Sony A99 for $1,899.99 only. The offer runs out of time within the next couple of hours.

Sony A7 and A7r:
A7-A7r up to $650 savings are still running at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click bere).
You can trade it any camera you have (also a $10 cheap used compact) and get a $300 credit for the A7 or A7r purchase at Focuscamera (Click here) , Adorama (Click here) or BHphoto (Click here).

Sony RX10 and RX100II:
Save $240 on Select Accessories with the Purchase of the Sony RX10 Digital Camera at Amazon and SonyStore.
Save up to $550 on Select Sony Accessories with Sony RX1 Series Camera Purchase at Amazon.

“Old” NEX series:
Total of $398.90 free extras comes along the NEX-6 body at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony NEX-6 double lens kit for $869 via third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony NEX-7 with two lenses and extras for $899 (substract the $100 gift card) at BHphoto (Click here).
NEX-3n with kit lens is again back in Stock for $299 only at Amazon US (Click here).

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March 20, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5 updated) Correction: Samyang will launch a fast 35mm Full Frame lens for Canon (and for Sony coming later). 10mm coming too.

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Image found by CanonWatch.

UPDATED: DicaHub (translated) clarified the rumors and said while they are sure there will be a fast 35mm lens they still don’t know if it’s an autofocus lens. The lens will be announced tomorrow morning (March 21). They will unveil a Canon mount version with a Nikon and Sony versions likely to follow later during the year. One more thing: I read on other rumor sites that this could be a f/1.2 fast 35mm lens!

There will be also a new Samyang 10mm f/2.8 ED AS NCS CS (manual focusing) lens and the picture can be seen here:

I still don’t know if the 35mm autofocus lens will come for both A and E-mounts!

P.S.: Currently Samyang sells their lenses under different brands:
Samyang
Walimex
Rokinon
Opteka
Falcon
Vivitar
Bower

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March 19, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Japan officially launches the PRO support service.

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Sony Japan officially launched the Sony PRO support. The admission fee is 5,000 YEN ($50) and the annual fee 100 Yen ($1). This is what you will receive in exchange:

  • 50% discounts on repairs
  • discount on Image sensor cleaning
  • you will receive rented equipment while your gets repaired
  • discount on product purchase
  • extra information (?)
  • dedicated support

Let me know if you can find the PRO support advertised in other countries! Thanks!

UPDATE: The same service is offered via Sony Hong Kong.

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March 19, 2014
Posted in reviews

First feedback on the A7-A7r firmware update improvements.

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A first menu and on/off speed test after the upgrade

The A7 and A7r firmware update is finally available. Startup time, autofocus and the quality of high ISO JPG images improved. I would greatly appreciate if someone can share an image quality comparison to see the difference. I am at work now and have no time to do a proper testing yet. Anyway, here are a couple of feedbacks from SAR readers:

UPDATE: Here is a video from Jason Perry (Instagram) showing an increased AF performance.

Rowland: “I just updated my a7, it looks like sony did a great job this time. The camera do turn on quicker(not much but quicker is better 😛 ), and it seems the autofoucs speed is also incresed. And for the image quality, I think the greatest change is high ISO performance, especially form 1600 to 6400, the noise is reduced and maintain more details, and the false color is reduced dramatically.”

Minipixels: “Awesome! Definitely some improvements to AF and start up time but I’m still uncertain where the “image quality improvements” are….has anybody done any in-depth comparisons??

Roy:A7r: Startup is now 1 sec..Much faster. AF seems faster now as i tested it with the same lens on the NEX6 and it used to be slower now it’s faster!
NEX6: my 2470Z and 55Z are both now supported byt he camera with OSS (2470) and PDAF. Previously wasn’t.. Overall, it’s an update that actually improved something..Let’s hope Sony keeps this up.

ArneStartup time reduced from about 4 seconds to 1. AF in challenging low contrast against backlight seems to be improved too.

Firmware download links:

A7R
Mac – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
A7
Mac – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Spain, Sony Italy, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Finland, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Portugal, Sony Australia
NEX5R
Mac – Sony US, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Australia
NEX5T
Mac – Sony US, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Australia
NEX6
Mac – Sony US, Sony Australia
Windows – Sony US, Sony Australia

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March 19, 2014
Posted in news

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