April 22, 2014
Posted in rumors

Glimps of a new digital photography revolution: New Lytro Illum camera announced!


The day will come, you will forget about what the word “autfocus” means. And looking at the newly announced Lytro Illum camera (https://www.lytro.com/) we will certainly not have to wait for a very long time! Unlike anything else you have seen before this camera has a 1 inch Light Field sensor. Which means it captures ALL the Light from all angles. You don’t have to focus at all because everything is “in focus”! You can add out of focus blur effect in post production if you want. That’s it. It is also simultaneously a 2D and 3D camera. You can change the perspective (to a certain degree) in post production too!

Just play with the image sample below. As you can see you can do quite a lot in post production:

And I am pretty sure Sony is working on a camera like that too…would you like an A7 or A6000 camera with such a sensor? Me yes!

UPDATE: There is a great interview at Theverge.com. This is an interesting line:

This is the future. Not the Illum, necessarily, though it’s one of the more exciting cameras I’ve seen in a while. Maybe not even Lytro, though it’s built a huge lead in its nascent industry. But light-field photography — the notion that the future is about turning the complex physical parts of a camera into software and algorithms, that capturing beautiful photos is little more than a data-crunching problem — seems almost obvious. Why capture one photo, from one angle, with one perspective, when we could capture everything? When I can explore a photo, zooming and panning and focusing and shifting, why would I ever want to just look at it?

The dead of classic photography?

April 22, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Sony RX2 with 35mm f/1.8 Zeiss and curved sensor to be announced in Summer?



Well, almost two months ago when an anonymous source told me Sony would release a half a million ISO camera I didn’t believe him and missed to report about it on SAR. I guess I have to post more SR2 ranked rumors in future because as I learned some of them actually become truth 🙂

So here is one of these SR2 rumors I received in these days:

I received some information directly from Sony that the RX2 with curved sensor will likely be released this summer

As you know Sony patented such a sensor for a Full Frame camera and they also patented the 35mm f/1.8 lens designed specifically for a curved sensor camera:

So I guess this is more than just an “impossible” rumor. This would become the worldwide first consumer digital camera with such a sensor! The benefits are equal sharpness across the Full Frame. Something you don’t get with any lens yet. The lens ould be also become much more compact.

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April 21, 2014
Posted in news

Garrett Brown (inventor of Steadicam and Stanley Kubrick cameraman) is “excitied” about the Sony A7s!


NAB 2014: NewsShooter – Panel: To 4k, or not to 4k from Teradek on Vimeo.

If you watch the video on top you will hear Garrett Brown’s excitement about tha A/s (although he didn’t see it). But he loves the fact you can shoot 4K on a compact Full Frame camera. Quite a statement from the inventor of Steadicam and cameraman of Stanley Kubrick’s “The Shining” movie! If you don’t know Garret he is the guy on the extreme right of the guest plot. And here is his Wikipedia page: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Garrett_Brown.

And Shawn had the pleasure to interview Sony manager Juan Martinez and writes:

I wanted to share with you an interview I conducted at NAB that will be of interest to SAR: streamingmedia.com. In it, I discuss the upcoming firmware update for the Sony FS700 and 700R video larger sensor video cameras.  Specifically support for shading and geometric distortion.  We also talk about the new zoome lenses – the 28-135mm f/4 FE concept lens and 18-105mm f/4 E-mount lens. The support for geometric distortion is huge because the otherwise great 18-105mm powerzoom f/4 lens can’t be used for video as it has way too much pin-cushion distortion.

A7s sites in different languages at Sony US, DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.

April 21, 2014
Posted in deals

Mother’s day Sony deals. A6000 Amazon preorders shipping.


If you want to know what Sony camera deal is going on check out Amazon. They are displaying all current Sony deals on their Mothers’day gifts page (Click here).

A couple of SAR readers sent me an email to confirm their A6000 preorder shipped at Amazon. Enjoy the unboxing time! 🙂  In the meantime the camera is in Stock via third-party resellers at Amazon US (Click here).

And the (very useful) eBay dela of the day is the portable 1 Terabyte WD hard disk (Click here).

April 21, 2014
Posted in rumors

A77II, RX200, Sony 20mm, FE lens and Mitakon 50mm rumor roundup.


Short roundup of rumors about the things to come from Sony:

To be announced around May 1-2. Is an evolution (not revolution) of the current A77. New 24MP sensor, terrific AF speed and improved EVF (article here).

Sony 20mm:
Some stores reported it “on clearance”. Could be that Sony will announce an updated version soon (article here).

RX200 will become superfast at the tele end with a new 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens (article here).

Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount:
Costs $799 and will ship in mid May. Full specs can be read here.

FE lenses:
14 FE lenses within 2014. Including the new manual Zeiss lenses. I am still not sure if the first new lenses will be announced in May 1-2 along the A77II announcement (article here).


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