September 25, 2014
Posted in deals, news

New Photoshop Elements 13 released. Reloaded Sony ref stuff.


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Adobe released the new Photoshop Elements 13 software. You can buy it at BHphoto (Click here) and of course at Adobe (Click here).

Current deals list:
Sony SD double pack at Adorama (Click here).
Free bag, SD card and Lightroom 5 with the A6000 sold by Groupon (Click here).
NEX-5T with bag and two(!) lenses for $449 on eBay US (Click here).
Sony A7 for $1,399 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 55mm FE for $874 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm FE for $999 on eBay US (Click here).
Distagon 24mm for 984 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-5T with kit lens for $349 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-6 for $324 on eBay US (Click here).
A full list of refurbished cameras and lenses can be seen on SonyStore (Click here).
E-mount QX camera is now shipping fo the first time worldwide through Digitalrev (Click here) and on plenty of eBay Hong Kong dealers (Click here).

September 25, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sony interview at DPreview: Alpha mount confusion. Fast primes coming. Medium format (RX?) is possible.


Sony Manager Shigeki Ishizuka have been interview ad Dpreview and let’s start right now with one big mistake they made…again! When asked about the future of A and E-mount systems Sony answered:

We have one system – the Alpha system” and “They are fully compatible with one another using adapters. I don’t want to separate those mounts into two ‘systems’. That’s why we stopped using ‘NEX’ in favor of using a single family name – ‘Alpha’.”

Fully compatible?  So A77II or A99 camera owners can buy those new FE lenses? Really, they are not fully compatible Sony! You are confusing the customers…again! :(

That said let’s move forward to the other highlights of the interview:

1) One of the reason why they moved all camera to “Alpha” name is that the “NEX” brand seemed to be more cheap than the “Alpha”.

2) Sony is focusing on serious high end cameras “to earn a good reputation among professionals and higher-level amateurs

3) Full Frame E-mount roadmap: One consistent request from customers is macro lenses and wide-aperture lenses.

4) Next generation of FE cameras will obviously have faster autofocus

5) Interesting part about sensor business: “When we make sensors we put them in several categories. [At any given time] one category of sensors is reserved purely for Sony cameras – we don’t sell them to other companies. Like the sensor in the A7S. But once we’ve enjoyed this advantage we might sell them on later, after some time has passed. This is the second category. The third category of sensors is completely generic – the sensors are created for use internally and to sell externally, to anybody. China or Taiwan or wherever.

6) When asked about a possible Sony medium format camera Mr. Ischizuka said: “there may be room to explore this opportunity [in the future].

If Sony and Mr.Shigeki Ishizuka: I am not mad at you but it just need a little bit more of effort to clear out the confusion: Just say there is and “Alpha” system with two camera lines: A and E-mount. Make it clear on your website and in your interviews. Thanks :)


September 25, 2014
Posted in rumors

Competition on the horizon: Canon new camera mount system? Megapixel race is restarting again!


Mark my words guys. Early 2015 will be very exciting for the whole photographic industry with many new cameras and what’s more important new sensors and advanced features. I already told you there is something big from Sony on the horizon (coming January). The Megapixel war is restarting and Canon will likely try to fight back Sony too. There is finally going to be a big battle on the Full Frame Mirrorless and on the sensor ground. These are the reasons:

1) Canon is seriously considering to launch a complete new mount system (Source: MirrorlessRumors). Likely a Full Frame mirrorless system to fight back the A7 series

2) At Dpreview Canon said “In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.

It’s going to be strong battle. If Canon gets “serious” with the new FF mirrorless mount system Sony will have to fight against a very strong PR machine. Sony really has to do things right in 2015 to not lose their current advantage. And it’s certainly a good news for us to know they have finally some competition!

September 24, 2014
Posted in reviews

New A7s reviews from Cinema5D, BestMCR, GVFX and more…


Shooting Sony A7s & S-Log2 – A closer look & downloadable footage from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Let me catch up with some interesting Sony A7s tests and review I got the last coule of weeks:

Shooting Sony A7s & S-Log2 – A closer look & downloadable footage (Cinema5D).
Full A7s review at BestMirrorlessCameraReviews.
Urban Exploration with the Sony A7S (GVFX).
Shooting Ephemerisle with the A7S and Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 (Judd Weiss).
kingfisher picture`s A7s + LA-EA4 + SAL500mm F4 SSM G (Dyxum).
Somewhere there you see the A7s (SAR twitter).
Sony A7s against Panasonic GH4 by Dave Dugdale.
Michaela Baranov and the Sony A7s at JoshMcLeod.

Luke:Shot a short test video with my new A7s this last Saturday and am pretty happy with the results. Using SLOG2 was a little trickier than I had imagined so I think a few of the scenes are a little underexposed/overexposed, but by the end I think I had a handle on 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).

September 24, 2014
Posted in deals

The preorder roundup of all new Photokina stuff (Sony, Zeiss, Sandisk, Samyang and more).



I hope I didn’t forget to add anything but this is the list of products from Sony or third-party companies that you can preorder right now:

Sony FE lenses:
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.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.

HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Sony FS7:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto (Click here).

Zeiss Loxia:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Sigma 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM Contemporary Lens for Sony A at BHphoto (Click here).
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO HSM Contemporary Lens for Sony A at BHphoto (Click here).

New Leica, Voigtlander and Zeiss M-mount lenses (good for A7 camera owners).
Zeiss Distagon 35mm 1.4 at BHphoto.
Summilux 35mm Silver at BHphoto.
Summarit 35mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 35mm Silver at BHphoto.
Sumamrit 50mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 50mm Silver at BHphoto.
Summarit 75mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 75mm Silver at BHphoto.
Summarit 90mm at BHphoto.
Summarit 90mm Silver at BHphoto.

Zeiss Otus:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.

Speedbooster Ultra:
Metabones Canon EF-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt at (BHphoto).
Metabones QBM-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones Contarex-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones OM-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones MD-Emount Speed Booster Ultra -Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones FD-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones Alpha-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones Alpa-Emount Speed Booster Ultra -Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones Nikon G-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).
Metabones Leica R-Emount Speed Booster Ultra-Black Matt (BHphoto).

Sandisk cards:
SanDisk 512GB for $729.00 at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SanDisk 256GB for $359.00 at Adorama (Click here).
SanDisk 128GB for $189.00 at Adorama (Click here).

September 24, 2014
Posted in reviews

First full ILCE-QX1 review at Photographyblog and says it’s and “expensive gimmick”.


Image made by Usperedi.

Photographyblog just posted the full ILCE-QX1 review and the camera score is just “above average”:

While it is great that you can interchangeable lenses with your smartphone, the Sony ILCE-QX1 is fairly unwieldy to use when attached to a phone itself, and having to attach it and set it all up is a bit of a faff that sometimes ultimately leads you to not to bother.
Where it is more fun, and you can see it being more widely used, is when used remotely – whether that’s for selfies or when attached to a smartphone. Here you can experiment a bit more widely with the Sony ILCE-QX1 and really get the best from it – that said, it’s quite an expensive gimmick for doing such a thing with.

Yep, it’s a strange product but Sony itself said they are selling more of those things than expected. I would never buy one but maybe one day the QX line will become more mature and make more sense to me…maybe :)

Preorders of the new QX cameras (Click on store name to open the exact product page in a new tab):
E-mount QX1 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
E-mount QX1 in Europe at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony ES, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony NO, Sony BE, Sony PT, Sony SE, Sony FI.
E-mount QX1 in Asia at Digitalrev.
QX30 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
QX30 in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

September 24, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR2) New Sony 12 Megapixel Fulll Frame global shutter sensor specs.


The Chinese site Cnbeta claims to have got that image of a new Sony sensor. It’s a 12 megapixel Full Frame sensor with Global shutter.

While I am absolutely not sure if that’s a true image I am sure Sony will make such kind of FF sensors within the next 1-2 years. Sensors with Global Shutter take a snapshot representing a single instant in time and therefore do not suffer from the motion artifacts caused by rolling shutters.

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