January 1, 2014
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2013 sales: Sony NEX-5r is the most sold mirrorless camera in Japan.

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BCnranking reports that the Sony NEX-5r was the most sold mirrorless camera of the year in Japan. That’s a good result for Sony. Things are considerably worse when you look at the DSLR ranking:

As you can see only the Sony A65 managed to get into the top 20 and with a marginal 1,5% share. A99 and A77 probably didn’t sell as well as expected. Let’s hope this will change with the soon to be announced new A-mount cameras!

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January 1, 2014
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Happy New Year ;)

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Wish You all a great new Year! As usual I try to express my wishlist for 2014 and this is what I plan to do:

SAR:
– Redo the full website and make it more community driven
– Just have again a fun time with you with all these great stuff Sony will launch in 2014

Personally:
– Have more free time for me an my family.
– Climb more mountains, swim more seas, drink more red wine at Sunset.
– Train my mind to not waste energy on minor problems.
– Read and study more (Physics and German Literature are high on my list).

Yep, that’s it. What do you plan to do? :)

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December 31, 2013
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Kai kills the Nikon DF “myth”. SAR reader also do not want a Sony retro camera.

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I was used with Kai ranting against Sony products (he didn’t do it with the A7-A7r). But he now killed the Nikon DF myth with this video. Just watch it!

This is interesting because it also supports the SAR poll. Only 19% want Sony to make a “retro styled” SLT/DSLR camera (Source: SAR POLL). And as far as I know from my sources the soon to be announced new A-mount cameras will keep the modern design (with some smaller improvements).

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December 31, 2013
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(SR4) 4 mio dot EVF for the next generation of A.mount cameras.

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And the next source claims to know that the new generation A-mount cameras will feature a brand new EVF. This time the resolution will go up to around 4mio dot. And he also confirms that at least two A-mount cameras are scheduled for a Spring release!

We have an exciting time ahead of us! Wish You a good jump into the new year 😉

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

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December 30, 2013
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(part four) Sony A7-A7r legacy lens test from SAR readers (Roy, Gerald, Darren, Nicolas, Franky, Mike, Sunil, Michal, Pedor, Pascal).

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Pedro Collares – Voice & Hang from Rafael Lopes on Vimeo.

This is the fourth part of the SAR readers legacy lens test roundup. Thanks for sending me all your work and reviews at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com!

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Roy Teo:
I have been a Canon shooter for the past few years and have been shooting the 5Dmk3 for the last 2 years with various L lenses. However, recently i made the big decision and switched to the Sony A7R. I sold all my Canon gear and bought into the Sony system. Most recently, i did my very first shoot with the A7R. No major editing was done as i was still experimenting with the Sony camera as it is vastly different from anything i’m used to on a Canon.
Comparing to the Canon, the major difference was the AF method. The face detection works flawlessly and unlike the Canon where you have to select the focus point, on the A7R, the face detection does everything for you.
The magnification and peaking mode worked amazingly for manual focusing.
The resolution of the raw files are better than anything i was used to on the Canon.I did not have to adjust the level much in order to get the image exposed correctly.
The captured image is accurate straight out of the camera. The dynamic range is better than the Canon files I was used to.
To sum it up, I am really happy i made the switch. It’s lightweight and handles files way better than the 5D3.
Although the AF is slower and continuous focusing doesn’t keep up, for my line of portrait shooting, those do not matter. Resolution and dynamic range and colour tones matter more and in this aspect, this is where the A7R truly shine unlike any other camera i have used.
This is a set of photos taken during a test shoot with the A7R and 3 different lenses.
The Zeiss FE35mm F2.8
The Zeiss 135mm F1.8 A-mount with LEA4 adapter and
The Canon FD 55mm F1.2 (here on eBay).
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.479300242187334.1073741850.266838383433522&type=1

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Gerald: “Hi Andrea! This has got to be the first wedding shot with the new Sony A7r and A7 using Leica manual lenses!!! They ate the first unit owners here in the Philippines! https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.605369739499836.1073741832.468714236498721&type=1

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Darren:I’m an architecture and landscape photographer from Singapore. I’ve had the A7R for two weeks now and am happy to say it will replace my Canons for any architectural work I need to do. I’ve written a short report on using the 7R together with some real world images published on the Invisiblephotographer.asia site here: http://invisiblephotographer.asia/2013/12/14/sonyalphaa7r-darrensoh/

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Nicolas:I’ve found some great infos on sonyalpharumors before buying A7R, and have write something that could interest you:
http://www.nicolasgenette.com/blog/sony-a7r-for-canon-users/

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Franky:Minolta MD on A7: http://forum.mflenses.com/minolta-rokkor-lens-with-sony-a7-t63296.html”. Minolta MD lenses on eBay (Click here).

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Mike Kobal:nikkor super wide on a7, a7r: http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=10083“. Nikkor lenses on eBay (Click here).

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Sunil:I am regular reader at your site. I got my A7R a few weeks ago and though I have not had the chance to shoot extensively with it, I have had the opportunity to shoot a few images with it. I was primarily a DSLR shooter using a D700 + 24-70 setup and after I received my A7R I am yet to use the D700 :-) I am really impressed with what Sony has done. This is a breakthrough imaging making device. No question. Is it perfect ? No. I cannot fathom how Sony did not include a charger and the battery life is atrocious. Having said that it does the one thing that it is supposed to do really well. Make wonderful images. The manual focus on this camera is a dream. It has an amazing EVF. I don’t miss the OVF at all. I am yet to shoot with my other Leica lenses (28 and 90 Elmarit). So far, I have shot the images using a Novoflex adapter and a modern Summicron 50 (11816). I love this setup and now take it everywhere with me. It makes for a superb portable system.
Images at http://discretememories.com/cameras-and-lenses/the-sony-a7r-is-a-fine-travel-camera/

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Michal:

the second part of the non-FF lenses and adapters: http://per-analogia.blogspot.com/2013/12/a7-i-obiektywyadaptery-nie-kryjace-ff.html
This time Lens Turbo was tested and a comparison of A7 + FD lenses versus NEX-5N + Lens Turbo + FD lenses was made.
First part of the test: http://per-analogia.blogspot.com/2013/12/A7crop.html Third part is coming soon.
A7 + Sigma 30mm f/2.8 short test: http://per-analogia.blogspot.com/2013/12/a7-sigma-30mm-f28-dn.html

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Pedro: “I have now tested the A7r with 3 different Zeiss 35mm lenses (Zeiss FE 35mm Distagon, Zeiss Contax 35mm Distagon, Zeiss Jena 35mm Flektogon) and the Leica 35mm Elmarit. The images are posted to Flickr here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lastingimages/sets/72157638858397944/

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Pascal:here’s a little article that presents the M vs R lens choice on the A7r. I own quite a few Leica-R lenses and love them to bits: http://www.dearsusan.net/2013/12/19/188-leica-m-or-leica-r-which-red-dot-for-your-sony-a7r/

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Specs and Preorders in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT
Sony G 28-70mm lens at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

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