December 22, 2014
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New Sony A7II tests by Alex Koloskov, Tony Northup, Planet Alpha and more!

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Sony a7II review: 5-Axis Sensor-Shift Stabilization vs optical stabilization (OSS)

Sony A7II and Zeiss Sonnar 35mm 2.8 Unboxing *UPDATE V1* (MirrorlessReview).
Sony a7II vs a7S vs Nikon D810 Low-light/High ISO Video Test (Youtube)
Sony A7 II First Impressions at Planet Alpha.
A7II is part of the best Camera Equipment of The Year – 2014 at Luminous Landscape.
Sony a7 II Review by BeforeYouBuy on Youtube.
Plenty of new videos posted last week on Youtube.
A7II image samples by Gustav on Dyxum.
A Comparison of How Olympus and Sony’s 5 Axis Stabilization Work (ThePhoBlographer).
Japanese test at DC.watch and Itmedia.
Capture one (now 8.1) supports the new sony a7ii

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

A7II Bug Reminder:

The A7II has a strange bug on the 5 axis stabilization settings. David Sampson (Viramati) found the bug and Jono Slack sums it up at Dpreview:

If you attach a 3rd party lens after using an OSS (eg the 24-70 FE) lens then IBIS does not work
If you attach a 3rd party lens after using a non OSS lens (eg the 55 f1.8) then IBIS does work.

There is a workaround to fix the issue when it appears. David S. sent me this:

If you unmount (take off) an OSS lens without turning the camera off (or at least turn it off after you have removed the lens) then when you attach a third party (dumb) adaptor ‘steady shot’ (IBIS) continues to work normally. Of course this is not a thing a photographer would normally do as it usually common sense to turn the camera off when changing lenses so would still benefit from a firmware upgrade

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December 22, 2014
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Small bad news: Tokina will not make an A-mount version of their 11-20mm lens.

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SAR reader Chris got that official answer when he asked Tokina if they will make an A-mount version of their 11-20mm lens:

We are sorry to inform you that we will not produce AT-X 11-20 mm for SONY mount.
Best regards,
A.T.
Tokina/HOYA div.  Kenko Tokina Co., Ltd

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December 22, 2014
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Reminder: A7II shipping at Sony Europe stores. And new Gold Box on E-mount stuff in Germany.

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Last but not least also Europeans can put their new A7II camera under the Christmas tree. It’s now shipping here:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

And Germans also got two Gold Box deals today. Keep in mind you will see the blitzdeal price only at the exact time mentioned here:
A6000 with kit lens starts at 10:00 (via DL).
Zeiss 35mm FE lens starts at 12:00 (via DL).
Zeiss 16-70mm FE lens starts at 14:00 (via DL).

 

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December 21, 2014
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Next day delivery at Amazon and BH. New A5000 double lens kit superdeal!

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Ther eis a long list fo products with next day delivery guarantee at BHphoto (Click here). Among them we have a new A5000 double lens kit deal (Click here). For $446 you get camera, two lenses, $50 gift card and $47 value on extra free stuff. Amazon US is promoting a fast and free One Day shipment on many Sony cameras:
Free One Day Shipping on Qualifying Sony Mirrorless Cameras (Click here to see the list).
Free One Day Shipping on Qualifying Sony Fixed Lens Cameras (Click here to see the list).
Free One-Day Shipping in Camera, Photo & Video (Click here to see the list).

Current Sony US deals:

A-E mount cameras:
Free $50 gift card when you buy the A7s at Amazon US (Click here).
$200 off and free $50 gift card on the A58 with kit lens sold at BHphoto (Click here).
Free stuff worth $299 along the A7r (Click here)
Free stuff worth $219 along the A7s (Click here).
Free $50 gift card with the A6000 kit (Click here).
Lot of free extras with the A6000 double lens kit sold at BHphoto (Click here).
$400 off on the Sony A5100 with 16-50mm & 55-210mm Lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$2,300 discount on the Hasselblad Stellar on sale at BHphoto (Click here)
A6000 double lens kit with free $50 Visa gift card and LR5 for $748 on eBay (Click here).
A6000 with kit lens, LR5 and 64GB SD card for $598 on eBay (Click here).
A5000 with kit lens, LR5 and 16GB SD card for $298 on eBay (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5t double lens kit for $399 on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A7 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Free card and bag ($200 value) with all A7/r/s cameras sold at SonyStore.
$300 off on the Sony A77II with grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
$600 off on the Sony A77II with lens and grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
15% credit you get when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or Fe lenses at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
If you trade-in an older camera you could now pay down to $950 only for the new A7 at Adorama trade-in (Click here).

E-mount lenses:
$150 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 24mm Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 10-18mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 35mm 1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 5omm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$25 off Sony 30mm f/3.5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for E-mount at BHphoto (Click here).
$500 off on the world’s fastest native E-mount lens: Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 sold at BHphoto (Click here).

A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 85mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for A-mount at BHphoto (Click here).

Sigma A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$25 off ont he Sigma 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 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.

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December 21, 2014
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First Atomos Shogun A7s tests.

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Atomos Shogun meets Sony A7S in 4k & GH4 get 10bit 4:2:2 and more… from Stefan Czech on Vimeo.

The Atomos Shogun 4K recorder preorders for your Sony A7s are now shipping at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here). And these are the very first two video (p)reviews to check out if you want to see how it works!


Atomos Shogun feets Sony A7S..best of…in 4k UHD

Atomos Shogun Introduction from Atomos Video on Vimeo.

P.S.: First firmware update at atomos.com/support/. And do not forget there is also an Atomos Sony A7/r/s compatible power station you can preorder at BHphoto (Click here).

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).

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