January 22, 2015
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Sony TidBits…

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Capture Professional Looking Portraits with a Sony Alpha Camera and Kit Lens

Conquering the dimension of time with 4D autofocus (Sony Blog).
Sony Low-Cost Global Shutter Sensor Features in Point Grey Cameras (Image Sensor World).
The Zeiss Distagon ZM 35/1.4: First Impressions on a Sony A7r (DearSusans).
AdoramaPRO and SONY Present: The New PXW-FS7 (Youtube).
Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai (Dpreview).
Comparing several Sony microphones by Dave Tameling.
Sony A7R: Sensor Glass Thickness, Ray Angle and Image Degradation: Kolarivision Modification (Diglloyd).
a7S power solution from Hawkwoods (Newsshooter).
We redesigned cinema5D and open our doors for your films (Cinema5D).

Anonymous:Just love this example on how to color grade the Sony a7S SLOG: https://vimeo.com/116417752

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January 21, 2015
Posted in rumors, top_header

What Sony manager “X” says about A and E-mount future…

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A person I highly trust talked to a major Sony manager (I cannot unveil his name). Now as usual the info spilled out by such “managers” have to be taken with a grain of salt too. They often “hide” or sometimes even really don’t know exactly what’s going to happen in the near future. But the info he shared was the following:

1) Many FE lenses have a larger Filter size because it’s more practical for video usage. And Sony wants to make lenses that can suite well both kind of customers: Stills and Video photographers

2) A High End E-mount FF (rumored to be named “A9”) is indeed on the roadmap for a 2015 release. But he doesn’t think it will be announced from here to March. Before the A9 Sony will announce the price and release of the new FE lenses.

3) In the Sony managers region (can’t name it but it’s big) 80% of the interchangeable cameras they sell are E-mount and only 20% A-mount. Most A-mount cameras sold are A99’s.

4) According to him Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron and other third-party lens makers have more interest in making lenses for the E than for the A-mount system. Mainly because the E-system has little to offer while there are plenty of A-mount lenses around.

5) A-mount sales are just enough to cover initial development costs. While the money is coming from E-mount.

6) There will be new and “updated” A-mount lenses that will mainly focus on improving the lens usefulness in video.

I repeat it. Take that info with a grain of salt. But this is the kind of info that the manager (and likely other too) are spreading around when talking with customers and business partners.

 

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January 21, 2015
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Sony TidBits…

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How To Configure Sony Autofocus (Moving Objects Or People)

Tiny macro lens on the A7 (SonyAlphaForum).
A Thinner Sensor Stack on the A7r (Lensrentals).
Sony A7 II First Impressions (Photographylife).
Updated Sony SELP18105 F4 review Luxorphotoart.
Quick Comparison – Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux and Mitakon Speedmaster II “Dark Knight” 50mm f/0.95 (Talkemount).
Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens test at PhotoClubAlpha.
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM II (ThePhoBlographer).
A7 shoots the Andromeda Galaxy (SonyAlphaForum).
Hawkwoods have released the BP-FS7U power solution for the Sony FS7 (Newsshooter).

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January 20, 2015
Posted in deals

Big FE deal reminder: $223 off on FE 55mm and $450 off on A7r.

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Two big FE deals at the moment:
Mint Open Box A7r camera with a $450 discount on Samys eBay store (Click here).
$75 off on the RX100M3 and free extras at 6ave on eBay (Click here).
$223 off and 3 year US warranty on the 55mm FE Zeiss at GetDigital on eBay (Click here). UPDATE: Now sold out!

And then we more Refurbished/Open Box stuff:
$200 off on the Open BoxA7 with kit lens sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7r sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7s sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Refurbished A7 with kit lens sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the Refurbished A7 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$900 off on the RX1 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the RX1R sold by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
$130 off on the Zeiss 55mm FE sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 E-mount sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the A99 superkit sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the RX1 sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
$1,200 off on the RX1 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).

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