November 15, 2014
Posted in deals

(Updated) Sony A7r with vertical grip for $1,396 only at Amazon US!



Update: now soooold out!

Amazing! Sony A7r with vertical grip, SD card and bag for $1,396 only at Amazon US (Click here). This is directly sold by Amazon!!!! It’s $700 lower than the sole body and you get all that stuff extra too!

found via MirrorlessRumors (Thanks!).

November 15, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Detailed spec sheet of the new Sony APCS (active pixel color sampling) sensor!

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It’s Saturday and I actually had the plan to go out with my family. But an anonymous source just sent me those images (via I have to post straight away :) Tech freaks will be happy to see the details of the world first Sony APCS (active pixel color sampling) sensor! The full document can be download here. Be kind note :) If that news is helpful for you link back to SAR when reposting, retweet it and like it on facebook. Thanks!

Like I told you a couple of days ago this is a 1.5inch sensor likely to be introduced in early 2015 in some video cam. The Sony sensor has the world first sensor capable of capturing the full color spectrum info in one single pixel. Sigmas Foveon sensor used on DP cameras uses three layered RGB pixel ordered vertically but the new Sony sensor has just one single layer. The sensor is also capable of Global Shutter and 2K recording at crazy 16,000 frames per second.

Today I got those detailed graphs showing how the sensor works. “Structure 1” shows how there is a color filter on top of the sensor that moves horizontally. There are three different exposures for each color (Red-Green-Blue). It’s basically a “color HDR” picture instead of a “dynamic range HDR” picture :)


The sensor has a native ISO of 5120 and an impressive dynamic range of 127,69DB at that setting.


On paper that’s a hell of a sensor! Having the full color info in one a single pixel allows to have larger pixel compared to modern RGB Bayer sensors (which means less noise or higher resolution possible at same noise level). It also doesn’t need an Anti Aliasing filter anymore (increases per pixel sharpness and gets rid of moirè issues). Global Shutter is also an amazing feature (faster frames per second, no more jello effects). The only question is how this triple exposure time will work on moving subjects and long exposure shots. But I guess Sony knows well how to overcome this. Now I am curious to read the comments of SAR experts on this! Comment here or on our new SonyAlphaForum!

It’s likely that future Alpha Camera will use that kind of sensor too! Stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors because there is really an amazing amount of rumors to come!

To not miss any of the (I promise you) damn exciting rumors follow SAR here:
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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
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SR2=rumor from unknown sources
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Hot: The full Black Friday deals can be seen on at that Amazon US page (Click here to see the long list).

November 15, 2014
Posted in reviews

A7 with 16-35mm versus A6000 with 10-18mm (by Jörg Haag).



You can download the A7 with 16-35mm versus A6000 with 10-18mm comparison images at Jörg Haag’s website.

In contrary to what I did in the hands-on review of the FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS I will not give any comments or a verdict on the images and will leave that fully to the readers.

So what do you think of that comparison?

Preorder the 16-35mm Zeiss lens here:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

November 15, 2014
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…


Sony QX1 Update and Review

Sony Cyber-shot H400 review at CameraLabs.
Commlite Auto-focus Mount Adapter for Sony A7 Review (Movingelectrons).
The Voigtlander 40 2.8 Heliar Aspherical Lens for Sony FE Review (Steve Huff).
Petition on wants firmware upgrade for RX1/RX1R
PhotoPlusE Expo 2014 report by SonyAlphaLab.
New A7s Birdcage (
Invitation au salon de La Photo by Sony France.

Riaan: “I have no idea how many other have discovered this…and if they have they must be keeping it secret. The Sony A99 can sync a studio strobe outdoors in certain conditions. I am still testing how/why this happens…

Darren:So I had a recent project which I thought you may find interesting. I was recently graced with the opportunity to film a short with Daniel Ilabaca who is one of the top parkour athletes (traceurs) in the world. In this short Daniel traverses through the Los Angeles landscape in ways and places that are rarely seen. It is a unique glimpse into a city that everyone knows but that few have known like this. 90% of this short was shot on the Sony FS700. It has been my go to camera for actions sports for a couple years now.

Ross:Wanted to share some of my Halloween pics … on the Waikiki streets and in two Rooftop clubs … that I only shot with the Sony a77 m2 + 16-35mm f2.8 and a few with the 50mm f1.4 ZA SSM. More on the links This is the Hyatt Buho Rooftop Restaurant, and some Waikiki:

Jorge:The Online catalog feature on which allows a user to inventory his or her photographic equipment is now up and running. Furthermore, The Group Valuation feature which allows other members to value your equipment in addition to your own personal estimate, can provide a graphical presentation of your items values from other photographers. This is a great way to provide real estimates to insurance companies and validate insurance claims if any. As always, you can make these features private by turning them on or off in your settings.
The Member Wanted list is up and running as well. This is a fantastic way for dealers or individuals to monitor what potential buyers are looking for and connect with them if you have what they are seeking. A simple click of a button from within the Wanted List allows you to post an item in the market which will notify members immediately. You can also grab the RSS feed which will keep you up to date on wanted items.
For an example of an Online Catalog, visit and click on the Graph Icon.
For the Wanted List, visit and click on the RSS icon to subscribe to the list.

November 14, 2014
Posted in deals

Big Sony US deals roundup: A7/A7r trade in, A77II and more rebates.



To not miss any possible Sony deals here is the big roundup:

Black Friday:
Full Black Friday deals can be seen on at that Amazon US page (Click here to see the long list).
Specific photo deals of Sony/Sigma and accessory stuff can be see on that Amazon page (Click here).

A7/A7r: trade-in program at Adorama (Click here).
A77II: Up to $500 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A6000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5100: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Meike grip on Amazon US (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Alibabaexpress (Click here).
Tough E-mount replacement is finally in Stock at Amazon again (Click here)

$300 off on the A77II and many free etxras at Sony US (Click here)
$500 off on theA77II kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

Refurbished stuff:
Refurbished RX100M3 for $669 on eBay US (Click here).
Refurbished RX100M2 for $399 on eBay US (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 with kit lens for $339 on eBay US (Click here).
Refurbished A6000 body for $498 on eBay US (Click here).
Refurbished RX10 body for $799 on eBay US (Click here).

Sigma A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$150 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$80 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$75 off on the Sigma 12-24mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sigma 8-16mm lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sigma 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Rebates on Sigma Flashes and Teleconverters at Amazon (Click here to see the full list).



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