October 13, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR4) What I heard about the A-mount future so far: Going Pro, slow release cycle, lenses.

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While E-mount news and rumors are pretty reliable and stable the A-mount future is quite more…unpredictable. The last couple of weeks I got in contact with as many as source as possible to try to gather some reliable info. And this is what I got:

1) A-mount is certain to continue.
2) Sony E-mount success caught Sony a bit “unprepared”. Therefore many A-mount product released have been “delayed” to focus resources and production on E-mount. This because that system needs to be broadened as soon as possible before the competition catches up. Editor’s note: This could be a reason why some of the rumored A-mount lenses planed for 2014 haven’t been released yet
3) Release cycle of A-mount products is getting longer.
4) New A-mount cameras will focus on a more high end market (likely no cheap entry level A-mount camera to come anymore?).

LIke I told you before the next VERY BIG(!) Sony announcement is scheduled for January-February 2015. But none of the sources could yet confirm this is for A-mount. I hope to get mroe about it soon. If you have some “rumor” to share just send me an anonymous messages here:

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October 12, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


10 Reasons Why a Professional Photographer Left Nikon and started shooting with Sony by Jason Lanier

RX100 III and whether we think it is worth upgrading from the RX100 II (BMCR).
The Pro-Democracy Protests in Hong Kong shot on the A7s (Sinosphere).
Philip Bloom Sony a7S Seminar Trailer
Sony A77II first impression/review by a former Sports Illustrated photographer and Sony Artisan Associate (PMRphoto).
German A7s review at Digitalkamera.
Kickstarter campaign for the Infinity Arm has officially launched
RX10 is making my job easier (Soundimagesplus)
Sony A7r field report at Hikinginfinland.
The Sony FE 16-35mm F4 vs Delicate Arch (Brianmatiash).

Oleg: “I filmed some swans with my Sony a65 and created this clip just for fun https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5yRuj1hraE. I used old but nice Tamron 200-400/5.6 lens with manual focus and aperture-proirity mode on f13-f16.
Quality of final video was slightly decreased because it was re-encoded on youtube with stabilizer feature. In windy weather is so difficult to get nice picture with software Anti-shake on 400mm focal. But anyway, i like results getting with this camera and this lens, and filming process too :)

Edward:I found out about the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 first on your website. After a really long wait for the lens to arrive, I’ve finally managed to get some decent samples for a review. I’ve just finished it and thought some of your readers might like see what I found: http://infraedd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/10/lens-review-mitakon-50mm-f095.html

 

October 12, 2014
Posted in deals

$65 off and free extras on the Sony A6000.

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eBay added one more Sony deal on their Sony deals page. It’s the A6000 with $65 off and plenty of free extras sold by 6ave (Click here).

Here are the other most interesting deals:
1) A7r with free extras for $1864 at 6ave (Click here).
2) A7 with lens and with free extras for $1630 at 6ave (Click here).
3) A6000 with lens and with free extras for $684 at 6ave (Click here).
4) RX100 with free extras for $370 at 6ave (Click here).

P.S.: There are now five different Sony cameras and lens deals running at Amazon US (Click here to see them all).

October 12, 2014
Posted in news

You didn’t see that coming: High demand warning on the QX1 and QX30!


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Many of us still struggle to understand the utility of the QX camera line. But it looks like Sony was spot on to make those weird cameras :)
Sony Japan just issued an official statement sying that because of the exceptional high demand we can expect some delays in shipments. Literally they say preorders were “much higher than the expectations“.
Well done Sony! And now give us those new RX cameras with curved sensor as next :)

QX1-QX30 store links
E-mount QX1 in USA at Amazon (Click here), SonyStore US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), FocusCamera (Click here).
E-mount QX1 in Europe at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony ES, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony NO, Sony BE, Sony PT, Sony SE, Sony FI.
E-mount QX1 in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).
QX30 in USA at Amazon (Click here), SonyStore US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), FocusCamera (Click here).
QX30 in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

October 12, 2014
Posted in news

New Sony RX-100 MK III book by Gary Friedmann!

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All RX100M3 owners can now buy a great book to learn more about their camera. Gary Friedmann just released the complete RX100m3 guide available in DRM-free, .pdf, .mobi, and .epub (and a new process for creating the e-reader formats resulting in superior user experiences!) available for one low price: http://friedmanarchives.com/RX-100MK3.

RX100M3 store links:
RX100M3 preorders in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA and FocusCamera.
RX100M3 preorders in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PT. And Wex UK,
RX100M3 in Asia at Amazon Japan and Sony Australia.

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