July 27, 2015
Posted in news

BIG Giveaway: Iridient Developer is giving away Five Free Licenses + Ten discounts of 25% !


a Rafflecopter giveaway

Brian at Iridient Digital is happy to offer five free licenses along with ten 25% discounts to our Mac OS X readers! Iridient Developer is highly regarded for its exceptional RAW processing quality, sharpening, noise reduction, lens corrections, monochrome conversions and more. Check it out at:

For this Giveaway, Brian is offering

– A total of five free Iridient licenses (one for each site: Iridient, SonyAlphaRumors, 43rumors, FujiRumors, CanonWatch)
– A total of ten 25% discounts (two free licenses for each site)

You can enter our giveaway and win simply by visiting any of the participating sites on Facebook and/or following them on Twitter. To win one of the prizes use the dedicated giveaway box above.

The more sites you visit on Facebook and follow on Twitter, the more entries you’ll gain and hence increase your chances to win one of the prizes.

If you instead visit just the SonyAlphaRumors Facebook page, then you’ll enter SonyAlphaRumors’ giveaway, but you are missing the chance to win anything on the other sites. So, like and follow to increase your chance to win! The more social you are, the more chances you have to win.

PLEASE NOTE: To enter this Giveaway, the OptionFollow Iridient on Twitter” is mandatory.

Good Luck,
The Rumor Guys

Learn more about Iridient here

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July 27, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV spinner high frame rate sample video (960 fps)

German Gold Box deal on the Tamron 16-300mm at Amazon (Click here and than scroll the horizontal bar to find it).
Slow-motion video samples from the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 IV (Dpreview).
Astrophotography with the Sony A7II (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Alpha a7s Travel Photography: Filmmaker and Pro Surfer Cyrus Sutton (Adorama Blog).
Review of Venus Optics LAOWA 15mm f/4 1:1 Wide Angle Macro Lens (SGmacro).
A7s and A7II test at Nikkei.jp.
Keeping photographers and reporters at distance: The “Clinton-rope” (TheNakedCamera).
A7s Slog2 Shogun (SonyAlphaForum).

Wes:Shot my first wedding a week and a half ago on an a6000. Using the SEL35f18 and SEL70200G mostly.

July 26, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss Batis news roundup: User reports doens’t read manual and complains about the OLED screen :)



The very first user review at BHphoto (Click here) is negative because the user didn’t get it how to use the manual :). He writes:

“I just received Zeiss Batis 85mm. Well, the OLED just stopped working. I am returning it. So so disappointed.”

But as our reader Aldro noticed this is not a fault on the Zeiss lens:

Something tells me that guy didn’t read the manual. I had mine ‘die’ on my first day of my hands on review too. It didn’t die. I just turned the focus ring too far and somehow the setting switched it off. You can configure the display by turning the focus ring very far. It’s described in the manual.

ThePhoBlographer posted a first impression review:

“So far, we’re really liking the image quality that this lens can deliver. But we have a lot more testing to do. Autofocusing with this lens seems to be the way to go over manual focusing in the current weather conditions as we stated earlier.”

Zeiss Batis 25mm semi Review with alot of photos by Albert Dros. Discussion on SonyAlphaForum.

A beautiful lens that without a doubt will sell very well. It’s beautifully designed both inside and outside. It’s tack sharp wide open from corner to corner, suffers from little distortion (without lens profiles for LR) and little CA.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

July 26, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Miguel Quiles
I managed to get my hands on the Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8 last week and used it at my “Dramatic Portrait” class at Adorama. The lens feels well built, focus is quick and is one of the sharpest native lenses I’ve used so far! Here’s an example shot taken at f/1.8.

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
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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