June 12, 2015
Posted in news

Everything you need to know about the new RX10m2.

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The new RX10m2 uses the same 1inch stacked sensor as the RX100m4. This means slow motion capability, resolution, 1/32.000 shutter speed and 4K capability are the same. See the full RX100m4 SAR report if you want to know more about those features. So let’s just see the differences between the RX10m2 and RX100m4:

The RX10mw uses a 24-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens (same as previous RX10).

AF performance of the RX10 II reaches speeds as fast as 0.09 second. To help you capture momentary shutter opportunities without fail, the adaptable lens also provides the rapid, reliable Direct Drive Super Sonicwave Motor (SSM) for smooth and highly precise focus driving that works together with Fast Intelligent AF.

The RX10m2 records up to 14fps compared to the 16fps of the RX100m4.

RX10m2 image samples can be seen at Sony.net. Videos can be seen here:
RX10 II – High Precision 4K on Youtube.
RX100 IV & RX10 II – Super Slow Motion- Insects on Youtube.
RX100 IV & RX10 II – Super Slow Motion- Children on Youtube.
RX100 IV & RX10 II – Super Slow Motion- BMX Air Turn on Youtube.
RX100 IV & RX10 II – Super Slow Motion- Apple & Water on Youtube.
RX100 IV & RX10 II – Super Slow Motion- Snowboarder on Youtube.
RX10 II – Product Design | Cyber-shot on Youtube.

Store links:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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June 11, 2015
Posted in deals

Also Amazon lists the A7rII. Mitakon 85mm and Loxia in Stock.

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A7rII

At last also Amazon (Click here) added the A7rII. But also they will have to wait til June 17 11am New York time to start accepting preorders.

For the first time the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 FE lens is in Stock in USA via Popflash (Click here). Also the Loxia 35mm is in Stock again via Popflash (Click here).

There is a new $50 off on the A7 which now sells for $949 at ThePixelHub on eBay (Click here). This is a brand new US warranty item! This makes it officially the cheapest new FF camera ever sold in US!  The Open Box A7 even sells for $888 only at OneCall on eBay (Click here).

Store links:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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June 11, 2015
Posted in reviews

A great Sony A7rII introduction from Tony Northup.

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Our friend Tony Northup made a very simple introduction video to the new A7rII based on the information he gathered online. Unlike the Canon 5Ds 50MP camera which is just a normal 5DmarkII cam on steroids the new A7rII packs a lot of innovations! Tony explains them all and the A7rII seems to be not only a good A7r successor but also adds features missed on the A7s (like internal 4K and good phase detection AF system). Sony did indeed listen to the customers feedback and fixed most of the stuff that did not work well or that were missing. I can’t wait to see how the A7sII will be :)

My only major Drawback of the A7rII is the quite high price :(

One more thing: One of the very few differences with the A7II is the lock mode on the dial:
A7rII

Store links:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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June 11, 2015
Posted in news

Is the A7rII the first proper A-mount lens compatible camera? (A7rII also gets after the Canon user)

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The new Sony A7rII autofocusing system marks a new high standard for third party and A-mount lens support:

Dpreview writes:

PDAF will work even with third-party lenses via existing adapters, including in continuous AF tracking mode.  This is potentially a huge deal – especially for Canon users. We’ve used an a7R II with a Canon 24-70mm lens and a Metabones adapter, and focus is indeed very fast indeed. We’ll be looking at this in more depth as soon as we have a production sample camera, but for now, we’re highly impressed. 

Sony correctly recognized that they need to add high quality autofocus support for Canon lenses if they want to gain Canon customers!

Sony press text says:

Additionally, the focal plane phase-detection AF system on the α7R II works well with Sony A-mount lenses when they are mounted on the camera using an LA-EA3 or LA-EA1 mount adapter. This allows users to enjoy the wide AF coverage of 399 focal plane phase-detection AF points, high-speed response and high tracking performance with a wider range of lenses. This marks the first time that the AF system of a mirrorless camera can achieve high performance with lenses originally designed for DSLRs.”

The A7rII is certainly the best “A-mount lens friendly” camera yet. I can’t wait to see a focusing performance comparison between the A99 and the A7rII. If the A7rII is really as good as Sony marketing says well….I will let you guess what this could mean for the A-mount system future…

Store links:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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June 11, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7rII tests and image samples!

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Store links:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

Sony A7r Mk II Autofocus Demo (video on top) by The Phoblographer:

The original Sony A7 has terribly slow autofocus performance–slower than molasses. But from what we’re seeing so far, the Sony A7r Mk II is incredibly fast. In fact, it’s faster than the Sony A7 Mk II and about as fast as the Leica Q.

Dpreview had a short hands-on and writes:

Ergonomically, the a7R II is to the original a7R what the a7 II is to the a7. The grip is much deeper and more defined, the control dial layout is different and the body is a little chunkier. If you’ve used an a7 II, the new a7R II will feel immediately familiar. Near-identical in fact. Interestingly, in a highly unscientific test, it did seem to us that the a7R II’s control dials move a little more freely than the somewhat stiff dials on the a7 II.

Interview with Interview with Sony Artisan Brian Smith about the A7rII:

More tidbits: First look by Adorama (Click here). 5 Reasons Why You Will Want One by Patrick Murphy.

A7rII Image samples via Sony.net:

Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (SEL55F18Z), M mode, 1/160 sec., F11, ISO 100, Manual white balance

Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA (SEL55F18Z), M mode, 1/160 sec., F11, ISO 100, Manual white balance

FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (SEL90M28G), M mode, 1/8 sec., F8, ISO 100, Manual white balance

FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS (SEL90M28G), M mode, 1/8 sec., F8, ISO 100, Manual white balance

Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z), M mode, 2.0 sec., F8, ISO 100, Auto white balance

Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS (SEL1635Z), M mode, 2.0 sec., F8, ISO 100, Auto white balance

Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (SEL35F14Z), M mode, 2.5 sec., F11, ISO 100, Manual white balance

Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA (SEL35F14Z), M mode, 2.5 sec., F11, ISO 100, Manual white balance

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Reminder:

Sony decided to allow preorders of the three new camera starting from June 17 at 16.00 London time (confirmed via BHphoto). In other timezones this means:
8am Los Angeles time
11m New York time
17:00 Berlin time
24:00 Tokyo time.

Be sure to be online on SAR on that hour as I will link to all major stores offering preorder options on the very first minute! If you want the camera as soon as it gets stay tuned on SAR :)

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