January 8, 2015
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Sony releases firmware update 1.10 for the new Sony A7II!

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Sony just released the new firmware update for the A7II. It improves the image stabilization performance. You can donwload the software here: Sony USA. Soon it will be available also on those pages at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony Fance, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland.

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January 8, 2015
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Venus Optics Announces the Venus 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro A-mount Lens, the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus

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Kelvin from Venus Optics sent me an interetsing news about their new 60mm Ultra-Macro lens which comes for A-mount too. The lens can be bought already on eBay (Click here).

My name is Kevin and I am from Venus Optics, a new Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses. We have just launched the world’s first 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens with below key features.

– Magnification range from 0.1x to 2x. Easily alter the magnification ratio without installing any extension tube or teleconverter. Ideally suited for rapidly changing macro photography scenarios.
– Wide magnification range also makes it extremely useful for shooting macro objects (e.g. insects) with different sizes.
– Designed also for normal shooting purposes with a 60mm focal length. An all-in-one solution for normal portrait shooting as well as ultra-macro photography.
– Houses with 9 elements in 7 groups patented optical structure to provide great deal of image clarity and color renderness.
– The optical system consists of 2 major moving lenses groups in order to minimize the barrel distortion.
– 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view.
– The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.
– A complimentary lens pouch and filter are included in the package.
– Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mount are available

Kevin
Sales Director
Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics)
Email: sales@venuslens.net
Web: http://www.venuslens.net/

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January 8, 2015
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CES news: Sony FDR-AX33 Review and the new actioncamera Advanced SteadyShot feature.

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The Drone market is exploding since years and Sony added one special feature to stand out with their new 4K action camera. It’s the “Advanced SteadyShot” feature. The video on top shows how it works. And Cinema5D (Click here) posted the very first AX33 review. This is a 4K camcorder for $999. There is also a Vimeo video here.

New CES stuff preorders:
USA: 4k action camera at BHphoto (Click here). 4k camercorders at BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click here).
Europe: Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Holland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Norway, Sony Finland.

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January 7, 2015
Posted in rumors, top_header

(SR2) First rumor about a super cheap FF E-mount camera. Costs 799 Euro with lens?

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Low rated SR2 rumors should always taken with a grain of salt. They are sent to me by new anonymous sources and very often are not correct. But sometimes unlikely rumors happen to be true and the following rumor at least has some small real chance to become true. The source told me:

super cheap full frame beginner mirrorless is coming! 799 us for the kit.

Well, it may or may not be true but Sony really patented such a compact and cheaper FF camera design back in October 2013 (SAR article here). And a highly trusted source told me that Sony has such a prototype in their labs for real!

Those of you arguing that such a price is impossible well…the A7 sells for 1.050 Euro on eBay (Click here). Now imagine a more compact camera without EVF…799 is really not that impossible!

So let’s take the chance to let Sony know if SAR reader would like to get such a camera:

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

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