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
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March 18, 2014
Posted in deals

$180 off on the Rokinon 14mm lens.

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You have 19 hours time to grab a $180 discounted Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 A-mount lens on eBay (Click here).

And you get a $450 off on that new NEX-6 with Zeiss zoom and pancake at BHphoto (Click here).

Note: Still the hotseller in the mirrorless category…the NEX-3n!

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March 18, 2014
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Sigma Bielorussia says the 50mm ART lens will cost $790.

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I don’t know how much we should trust this but Sigma Bielorussia is the first Sigma site that unveils the pricing of the new 50mmf /1.4 ART lens. it should cost around $790. The lens will ship in May. $790 would be a super low price for a lens whos aim is to almost match the Zeiss Otus lens ($3999) performance!

Link found via Sigma-Rumors.

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March 18, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Samyang announcement on March 21. Likely first AF lenses to come!

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Samyang launched that teaser image on their Facebook page. A couple of weeks ago I told you that Samyang is ready to launch their first autofocus lenses. And this is likely what athey will announce now! It will be exciting news for Sony too because Samyang is currently the only third party lenses offering APS-C and Full Frame lenses for the A and E-mount cameras (including FE lenses for the new A7-A7r series).

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

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