October 23, 2014
Posted in news

First shortfilm shot with the A7s at High ISO only!

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Tyler Bourns posted that first creative shortfilm shot entirely at High ISO (12,000 and 40,000 ISO) with the Sony A7s. He writes:

A short film shot as a test for the new Sony A7S camera. Everything was shot using the metabones ef adapter and rokinon/canon lenses. We made it a point to go with as minimal light as possible and really push the low light capabilities of the camera. Most shots averaged between 12,000 and 40,000 ISO. Feel free to ask questions in the comments.

And SAR reader Joel sent me this:Not a rumour, but you might find this A7s video worth linking…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HXNFRA1hTic. It’s interesting because it does something most other cameras couldn’t do. Also, it’s good hip hop dance. The understated filming is better than most professionally made dance video — TV-level pros don’t understand dance, and they insist on cuts and close-ups which break the flow of something that is all about the flow. Cameras like the A7s, and youtube, are starting to let us see and appreciate art that would be dumbed down for mass consumption by TV if they ever showed it.

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

October 23, 2014
Posted in deals

Official eBay deal of the day: Sony A7 with kit lens for $1,549 ($250 off).

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Today’s official eBay Deal of the day list has the Sony A7 with kit lens for $1,549 sold by GetItDigital (Click here). That’s $250 less than you pay in any other US store!. This is a brand new US camera (no grey market no refurbished) and comes with full 1 year warranty. Really a great deal!

P.S.: There is still one 50mm Loxia in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Full Frame E-mount:
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

A-mount:
$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.

Sony refurbished stuff:
The refurbished A7 with kit lens sells for $1,329 at eBay US (Click here).
55mm f/1.8 $789 (Click here).
24 -70mm f/2.8 A-mount for $1399 (Click here).

Extras:
Rocky Nook sells all their Sony eBooks with a 35% discount when you sue the code “RNSY14“.

October 23, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sony RX1 marked as discontinued at Digitalrev…

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The Sony RX1 is marked as discontinued at Digitalrev (Click here). They invite you to buy the RX1R instead but a real successor is likely to appear in early 2015. And I bet high this will have a curved sensor and 35mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens as shown on the patent here:
http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/sony-patent-discloses-the-new-35mm-f1-8-for-full-frame-mirrorless-nex-with-curved-sensor/

October 23, 2014
Posted in reviews

Big Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 FE review at Mobile01!

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Image courtesy: Mobile01

Note: UPDATED Zeiss FE 16-35mm preorder links list:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Australia and Asia at Sony AUS and Digitalrev.

The very first full Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens review has been posted by the Chinese site Mobile01 (bad google translation here). Note that google translation tool misses to load all images therefore click on the original korean link to see them all. You can download all images (RAW and JPG) here. Because the google translation tool sucks on showing the images I directly link you to the test images:

Sharpness test at 16mm (center left and corner right): image here
Sharpness test at 35mm (center left and corner right): image here
Distortion at 16mm: image here
Distortion at 35mm: image here
Vignetting test: image here
Cool “astral” test: image here
Flare test: image here
aperture dispersion suppression test: image here

These are some of the reviewer thoughts on the lens:
– Very high optical quality (good resolving power even on the edge). It only gets soft from f/16 towards at 35mm
– Slight flare issues in some conditions
– autofocus is slow on the A7s but quite reliable.
– Some purple fringing wide open (easily to correct in PS)- not really fast autofocus on the A7s
no barrel distortion, results are perfect (and that’s one of the key reasons you buy a wide angle lens!).

Zeiss FE 16-35mm preorder links:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Australia and Asia at Sony AUS and Digitalrev.

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And this is just one of the great images posted at Mobile01:

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Image courtesy: Mobile01

October 22, 2014
Posted in deals

For our Australian friends: Big Sony A7 flash sale! $300 off! And Sony flash deals in UK/DE.

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Lucky dy for our Australian readers: You get $300 off on the A7 cameras sold at CameraPRO (Click here) and SonyStore (Click here). Deal lasts til October 26 only!

There is also a double Amazon Europe Gold Box deal:
Sony 10-18mm lens at Amazon DE (via DL).
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon UK (via DL).

Reminder: The price of the Sony A7 dropped down to $1,299 or €1.200 at Digitalrev (Click here). I contacted them and the price includes free(!) FedEx or UPS express shipment (3-6days) and in case of Europe all import taxes are included! And the 55mm FE Zeiss got a great price too. It sells for $759 or €755 at Digitalrev (Click here).

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