April 26, 2015
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Great official Sony US rebates! $200 off on the new A7II. And A7 now sells for $999 only!

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This is a great news! Sony lowered the prices on the newest A7II camera by $200! And for the first time you can get the first generation Sony A7 for under $1,000 thanks to a big $300 off!

Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,498 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,798 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.

Sony Alpha a7 (Body Only) for $998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony Alpha a7 with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,298 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.

The A7r got a major price drop weeks ago ($1898 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto). In that case the reason for the price drop is that the new A7rII will be available in June!

UPDATE: There is also a $100 off on the A6000 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.

Sony refurbished deals:
Sony A7r for $1,399 (Click here).
Zeiss 16-35mm for $1,199 (Click here).
16mm for $149 (Click here).
55-210mm for $164 (Click here).
Sony A3000 for $199 (Click here).
Zeiss 55mm for $1749 (Click here).
A5000 double lens kit for $399 (Click here).
A6000 double lens kit for $649 (Click here).
NEX-5T double lens kit for $399 (Click here).

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April 26, 2015
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Sony announces Best Quarterly Profit in 7 Years.

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The new revised Sony financial forecast report.

It really looks like the big Sony financial crisis will be over soon. Playstation sales and Imaging Sensor Business made Sony post its best quarterly profit in seven years and increase its projection for annual sales. Sony now expects a full-year operating profit of 20 billion yen, compared with an earlier forecast for a 40 billion-yen loss.

Smartphone-selfie ready cameras and autocar cameras are pushing the Sony sensor sales. There is yet no specific info about how good the Alpha-RX cameras business is doing. But having a booming sensor business certainly helps the digital camera division to keep costs down and to get the best tech :)

Source Sony via Bloomberg.

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April 26, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Anders Wotzke
Eye of the storm
A7II + 16-35mm f/4
35mm f/11 1/200 ISO200
http://flickr.com/photos/anderswotzke
http://instagram.com/anderswotzke

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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April 25, 2015
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$100 off on the A5000 with kit lens (limited quantity). FREE 246 SSD card with Atomos Shogun.

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Camerland is selling a couple of brand new (US warranty!) A5000 kit cameras with a nice $100 discount on their eBay Page (Click here).

More new deals:
New Rokinon A and E-mount 100mm lens is in Stock at BHphoto.
Lexar SD cards savings at Amazon US (Click here).
The Atomos Shogun 4K recorder for the A7s comes with a free 256 SSD card at Adorama (Click here).
Free $50 gift card with the Sony CLM-V55 at Adorama (Click here).
$300 off on the A58 with lens and Flash kit at BHphoto (Click here).
There is a long list of Mother’s Day deals on that special eBay page (Click here). Here is the direct link to the Sony stuff:
Sony Cameras (Click here).
All lenses (Click here).

And the new Lightroom 6 (or CC as cloud version) is now available for preorder:
Lightroom CC at Adobe (Click here).
Lightroom 6 at Adobe (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

The four new Batis and A-mount lenses:
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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April 25, 2015
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Samyang 135mm f/2 first impressions and samples (Guest post by Tomasz Kałużny).

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This is a Guest post from Tomasz Kałużny. The text and images are copyrighted and have been reposted on SAR from the orginal authors site Darkshape.

Samyang 135mm f/2 first impressions and samples
by Tomasz Kałużny

Today I had a rare pleasure to lay my hands on an extraordinary lens: Samyang 135mm f/2. Thanks to the guys at infoto.pl who made this possible. It’s one of the latest releases from Samyang and I have been waiting for this for quite some time since the lens had a pretty good word of mouth right from the moment it was announced.

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