May 8, 2014
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Sigma 18-35mm A-mount still scheduled for a late May release!

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A couple of SAR readers contacted Sigma to ask if the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A-mount lens will inded ship in May as previously stated by Sigma. They got a positive answer and expected first shipment for end of May! So if you want to preorder it click over at the Sigma page on Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Note that also Redcoon Germany (click here) says the lens will ship by End of May:

Reminder: DxOmark tested the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens and said:

The Sigma 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM A remains an outstanding example of what’s achievable with modern lens designs. And at $799, it’s reasonably accessible in price as well.

Reminder_2: The very best Sigma lens, the new 50mm ART can be preordered at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here)

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May 7, 2014
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First real Sony A7s High Iso test!

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Click on image to enlarge (Courtesy of DCfever).

The Chinese site DCfever posted the first real Sony A7s High ISO test. Please remember that firmware of the camera is 0.01 only! And these are Jpegs too (as usual RAW will show a better performance). At first glance all I can say is that up to ISO 25,600 images do look pretty good. Real huge deterioration happens only from 102.400 ISO towards.

Again, I repeat: The A7s images with final firmware will look even better! And if you buy the new Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here) you will be able to shoot ghost at night too 🙂

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

Reminder: You will need the Atomos Shogun at BHphoto (Click here) to grab 8bit 4:2:2 4K video.

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May 7, 2014
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Exclusive: First Full size Sony A7s images (including 40.000 ISO photo).

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[ArtBenny Video] Sony A7s iso test from benny wong on Vimeo.

Today Sony announced the A7s in Hong Kong and Japan. And our reader Benny shared videos and image to SonyAlphaRumors. The video on top shows you the High Iso performance in complete darkness. He also sent me the first full size image samples taken with the A7s. These go up to 40.000 ISO and you can download them here at Wetransfer (10MB zip file). Please do not remove the copyright note if you share them (and kindly link back to SonyAlphaRumors as source).

This is the image taken at ISO 40.000 in complete darkness and with the Canon 50mm f/0.95 lens. I know it’s noisy but as you see on the video on top the room is really COMPLETELY DARK!

And this is ISO 800 with the small lights on:

If crazy High ISO is what you need than the A7s is for you. And remember that since today you can also buy a “cheap” native Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 on eBay (Click here). Also note that the A7s hd a very early 0.01 firmware version. Image Quality will improve with the final firmware which will be ready right before the first July shipment.

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

Reminder: You will need the Atomos Shogun at BHphoto (Click here) to grab 8bit 4:2:2 4K video.

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May 7, 2014
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A6000 back in Stock at Amazon.

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After a couple of weeks the Sony A6000 with kit lens is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).

E-mount deal Reminder:

1) The great package you see on top (NEX-5T + two lenses + bag) can be bought at BestBuy (Click here).
2) Up to $300 off on all NEX (including the Alpha A6000) at Amazon (Click here)BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here and click on save bundle).
3) The NEX-6 with lens sells for a very low $524 at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
4) $300 off on the A6000+16-70mm Zeiss is now back at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
5) Up to $650 off on the Full Frame A7/A7r bundles at Amazon US (Click here).

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May 7, 2014
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Buy the new Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame lens via MXcamera eBay store!

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You can now buy the brand new and terrific fast Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens on Mitakon’s official MXcamera eBay store (Click here). Buying through that link will give you full PayPal guarantee. And the lens ships worldwide with the exceptions of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Yemen, Mexico, Latvia, Monaco, Ukraine. Ukraine I cna undertsand but why not Brazil? 🙂

This is a hell of a fats lens which costs 14 times less than the Leica Nocticlux 50mm f/0.95. Of course you cannot expect the Leica quality but first full size images on Flickr (Click here) do look good to me.

The Lens will ship the first week of June. So preorder now at MXcamera eBay store (Click here).

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