March 18, 2014
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(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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March 17, 2014
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New A9 design sketches from Robert Russell (Just an imagination).

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Industrial Designer Robert Russell designed a possible A7 successor camera with a different and more “rounded” design. This is pure imagination and not based on any real or rumored camera. Here is his text:

Sketches for a new design direction for the SONY A7/A7R (by Robert Russell)

I feel a camera of this importance should reflect that in its physical appearance as well as its revolutionary concept. my primary effort was to eliminate the “boxy” look and feel to the camera. I kept the functions/controls in their existing locations and tried to only effect the styling of the body. I have also improved the grip and finger placement for comfort as well as for access to controls. Also I placed a thumb rest on the left side of the body for additional stability, particularly when using prime lenses.
I have not physically held an A7, but I own and love my NEX-7! The A7 is such an exciting camera I hope some day to own one. I follow all rumor sites (Sony Alpha Rumors) and press releases from SONY and have a great admiration for its products and overall design philosophy.

Please let me know your thoughts on my ideas.

Please do not use/publish these images without the permission from Robert Russell (russell.design@comcast.net).

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March 17, 2014
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Tuesday March 18 at 1:00pm EST: Live Discussion with Mark Weir!

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Tomorrow (March 18 at 1:00pm EST) BHphoto will host a Live Stream Event about the Sony A7 series. You can read more about the event and submit your questions on that BHphoto page (Click here). The guest list includes Mark Weir from Sony, Pulitzer prize winner and Sony A7r user Brian Smith.

Let’s hope Mark Weir will take the chance to talk about both Sony A and E-mount strategies! Be sure to send in the “right” questions :)

—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 17, 2014
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(SR5) The Sony 2014 rumored camera and lens timeline roundup (A77 successor, FE high end camera and lenses, RX and 4K).

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The Sony roadmap that hinted a new A-mount camera release. A camera positioned between the A77 and A99.

I don’t want you to get lost on rumors so here is a roundup of SR5 rumors only. This is what you can expect in 2014:

1) Sony A77 successor. The camera will be announced in early May and is supposed to have a terrific AF speed. It will hit the stores in June.
2) New FE lenses. Three new Sony FE lenses will come in 2014. If we are “lucky” two of them will be announced along the A77 announcement.
3) New Full Frame E-mount camera(s). Definitely to come right before Photokina. And they will not be a direct replacement of the A7-A7r cameras.
4) New 4k photocamera. There is definitely at least one 4K capable camera to come. No 100% reliable specs yet. Coming end of summer.
5) New RX cameras. One new Full Frame and probably new RX100 cameras to come too. No exact announcement date yet (but RX FF likely at Photokina).
6) New manual focusing Zeiss FE lenses. Definitely to be announced at Photokina. Likely “based” on the great Zeiss ZM (here on eBay) series.

Still to be confirmed as SR5: A-mount Full Frame. I still didn’t manage to get 99% reliable info about it.

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March 16, 2014
Posted in deals, reviews

A5000 is now shipping in Asia and Europe. First reviews roundup!

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With all the A6000 buzz we forgot there is another new Sony camera that is now starting to ship in Asia and Europe!

In Europe it in Stock at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, NO, FI, SE, CH, PL and at non Sony stores like Redcoon DE, Amazon DE and Amazon UK.
In Asia it ships at Digitalrev (Click here) and Amazon Japan (Click here).
In USA it will ship soon at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and at SonyStore US (Click here).

First A5000 test:
You can read full reviews of the camera at Trustedreviews and ePhotozine. And some mroe image samples at Photograpbyblog.

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