April 12, 2015
Posted in deals

For German readers: You have a Gold Box deal on the A7 (sells for under 1.000 Euro)



German readers have a Gold Box deal on the Sony A7 at 11:00 (via DL). The price will go under 1.000 Euro for the first time.

April 12, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Remon Fotografía‎
“Tsunami”. RX1. (f8,1/4000.ISO400)

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 11, 2015
Posted in deals

New 70-300mm SSM II lens is now in Stock in USA and Europe.



I admit I forgot to report about this :) Our reader SurfHawk (Thanks!) noticed that the newest 70-300mm II A-mount lens is now in Stock and shipping in USA at BHphoto (Click here) and in Europe at Sony Store DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, CH, NL, BE, PT, NO, SE, FI.

Two more “updated” A-mount lenses should be released soon (I guess on April 23).

April 11, 2015
Posted in reviews

Triple FE lens review: 55mm, 16-35mm and 70-200mm.


Bildschirmfoto 2015-04-02 um 12.04.24
The lens size comparison via Camerasize.

Photoreview tested the Zeiss 16-35mm lens and writes:

Subjective assessments of test shots showed the review lens to be a good performer, delivering good centre-of-field sharpness, well-resolved detail and accurate colour rendition. Quite a lot of corner softening was found at the shorter focal lengths, probably caused by curvature of field, which is not uncommon in ultra-wide-angle lenses. Stopping down largely eliminated it.However, even at the smallest aperture settings, there was high enough resolution for the lens to be useful, which makes this lens a good choice for landscape photography.

SLRgear reviewed the Sony FE 70-200mm lens:

Optically, the lens is very good and carries many of the technical bells and whistles that an enthusiast to professional photographer demands — good image stabilization and well-built construction (though we have our doubts about the lens’s purported dust and moisture resistance). But for all other avenues, the 70-200 ƒ/4 FE lens is solid choice for Sony mirrorless shooters looking for a high performance telephoto zoom.

Mirrorlessons tested the 55mm FE lens:

I think that the 55mm paired with any of the Sony A7 cameras produces a fantastic combo and I wouldn’t renounce it even now. It was also very helpful for the last wedding I shot in Italy. The only lens I could perhaps consider to replace the 55mm is the Loxia 2/50. The quality is basically the same and I really liked my time with the two Loxia lenses when I reviewed them in November last year. But there is no question that autofocus is a nice feature to have.

16-35mm Zeiss FE lens store links:
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.
Sony 70-200mm FE lens store links:
USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT
Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens store links:
USA/Canada: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore US and Sonystore Canada.
Europe: Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT

April 11, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony Alpha Tutorial – Setting up a Sony Flash as the Wireless Remote

Sony A7r with the Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 by Josselin Cornou.
2015 Sony world Photography Awards Shortlist anounced! (Worldphoto).
Comparison between the Contax G 45/2, the Zeiss Loxia 50/2, and the Sony 55/1.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
Loxia vs Sonnar comparison at iLoveHatePhoto.
Professional Photography with E-Mount (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Imaging PRO Support (Sony Europe).
Olympus pen F 60/1.5 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony A7m2 with Samyang 14mm f2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).

Free promotion for one of our friends who created a new APP: SCNX is the Photography App for the purist who loves to tell Visual Stories (here on iTunes).

Richard:I made a small test video with Sigma lens 30mm f2,8 on a6000. I am really pleasantly surprised, how good is AF in video with this non-Sony lens, especially when this lens is not last Art version (but quality of this lens is unbelievable for this price) and PDF is with this lens on a6000 very limited. Look on video and sorry for my bad english :)
This video is with older basic lens 18-55mm from Nex-5, with updated firmware for right PDF support:
αLens Promotion Video shown at CP+ (Youtube).
a7R as a sports camera at NBA games (SonyAlphaForum).


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