June 13, 2014
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Sony Tidbits…

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DEO Contax G – Sony E AF adapter Mk III a6000 AF test

Imaging Resource posts RX100 III Gallery.
Canon FD 4/300 L reviewed on the A7 at Phillipreeve.
DCfever posted an early A7s image test.
Sony RX100 III sample gallery images: Small in the pocket, Big on the trail (Imaging Resource).
A7s test at DC.Fever.
A6000 is the best mirrorless camera for SonyAlphaLab.

Maarten:Here’s my video review of the A6000 with the SEL1670Z and the Zeiss Touit 12mm. Lots of great photos from Ottawa’s Tulip Festival and detailed visual demos of features. http://youtu.be/hkBnze9wUQU

Massimiliano:it’s my pleasure to invite you to my upcoming exhibition at Gallery Imagineo in Paris where I’ll be showcasing Oculus Asini in a collective show named “S”. More info here: http://massimocristaldi.us1.list-manage.com/track/click?u=d0a83849f8161130788a06474&id=f54cda2255&e=50aba2f4c4

Tomer:I would like to share with you the best two weeks of my life. It was a combination of of a great location (NY), great camera and equipment and a seven month pregnant amazing wife. For years I have been using Sony cameras and a year ago I’ve decided to “switch camps” and go with Nikon’s DSLR. Short while after I moved to Nikon, the passion of spontaneously taking the camera and take photos simply faded, it was not as fun as it used to and I really felt bad about that. After a year of long and hard work, I have decided to do a vacation together with my wife in NY. I have visited all over Europe but never been to the states. I timed the trip to the launch of SONY A7 and sold my Nikon camera along with all other equipment, wanted to do a fresh start, who knows, maybe the passion will come back with the A7. This meant that I flew to NY without a camera, something I would never do because taking photos is one of the most important parts of my every day life. I remember the fear I had of being in NY, the place I always wanted to explore without a camera or worse, being with a camera and equipment I have no idea on operating, did I do the right move? First photo I did was with the Iphone, it was a photo of “We’ve landed and we are safe” for family and friends. The hotel informed us that we have to wait 5 hours for check in, I left my wonderful seven month wife in the lobby after 16 hours of flight (Tel Aviv to New York City) so she can rest and i ran to B&H to get my hands on the A7 with 20% battery on my phone and google maps…
2 hours later and 3 hours for the check in, I studied the camera and its features as much as I possible could because this was the only free time I had for it, afterwards my wife’s vacation starts and I have to focus on her.
So, here it goes, these are the photos I’ve took with the best camera I’ve ever held in my life while traveling with the woman I love in the greatest city on earth. If you like my post you can see some of the picture in
www.tomervaknin.com”

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June 13, 2014
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Updated Sony A and E-mount US deals list! A7r for $1799!

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I updated the weekly Sony US deals list with a couple of new deals:

You save $40 on the Sigma 10-20mm lens by using the code “1SIGMASALE” at Adorama (Click here).
Demo Sony A7r for $1799 at Samys (Click here).
$800 off on the double Zeiss Touit kit at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony NEX-5T with lens and with external flash sells for a $399 only at eBay US (Click here).
The A7 body is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The A7 with 16-50mm lens is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
World’s fastest E-mount lens now available for preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and at eBay Germany (Germany shipment).

Sony A6000:
$400 off on the A6000 with 55-210mm and 50mm f/1.8 prime lens at Amazon US (Click here). Use discount code “NGWGUS3ZKG“!
$350 off on the A6000 with Zeiss 16-70mm lens kit at BHphoto. You get it in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here).

Sigma and Touit deals:
$800 off(!!!) on the Sony E-mount double Touit lens kit at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The 12mm f/2.8 Touit now sells for $799 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The 32mm f/1.8 Touit now sells for $520 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$200 off on Sigma A and E-mount lenses at Amazon (Click here to see the full list).

A7 and A7r:
Buy the Sony A7R Interchangeable Lens Camera and Save on Select Lenses and Accessories at Amazon US.
Save up to $200 on Sony A7 Interchangeable Lens Cameras at Amazon US.

E-mount lenses:
$200 off on the 24mm Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS PZ at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 10-18mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$25 off Sony 30mm f/3.5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.

A-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G II at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 85mm f/1.4 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 85mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 300mm f/2.8 G II at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

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June 13, 2014
Posted in news, rumors

First image of the Full Frame Curved sensor!…made for the RX2?

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Image courtesy: Sony via Spectrum.

What you see here is the first image of the Sony CMOS curved sensor! Sony says they create a unique bending machine to curve it and after that they use ceramic to stabilize the sensor. Interesting: The sensor has the same level of curvature found in the human eye!

On a curved sensor light rays will hit the corner pixels straight on instead of obliquely. The lens doesn’t have to use extra lenses to correct for distortions, vignetting, aberrations in corners and other issues. Therefore you can pair the sensor with flatter and larger aperture lenses. Curved sensors are 1,4 times more sensitive in the center and 2 times more sensitive in the corners.

Sony showed a 43mm (Full Frame) and 11mm (for mobile devices) curved sensor at the 2014 Symposia on VLSI Technology and Circuits. And as we reported earlier on SAR the Full Frame curved sensor is likely to come on the new RX2 paired with a 35mm f/1.8 Zeiss lens! Exciting tech!

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June 12, 2014
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Sigma 24-105mm A-mount not coming any time soon…

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SAR reader Adam sent me this:

Sigma 24-105mm not coming any time soon for Sony A-mount.
Sent an E-mail to Sigma inquiring about it’s availability for A-mount and received this response:

Good morning,
Unfortunately we do not have a release date for this yet.  My parent company hasn’t put it on our backorder report yet which means it’s at least 3 months out.  So I would estimate maybe late September but unfortunately I cannot know for sure.
Please let me know if you have any questions.  Have a great day!

Best regards,
xxx
Sigma Corp of America

The lens can be preordered at Amazon US (Click here).

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June 12, 2014
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Save 40% or More on Select Kingston Class 10 Flash Memory.

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Until June 16 you save up to 40% on those Kingston Class 10 SD cards sold at Amazon US (Click here).

Hot US deal reminder:
$800 off on the double Zeiss Touit kit at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony NEX-5T with lens and with external flash sells for a $399 only at eBay US (Click here).
The A7 body is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
The A7 with 16-50mm lens is in Stock now at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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