October 27, 2014
Posted in news

Sony finally releases full new XQD 4K card specs (preorder now at Adorama and BHphoto).


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Sony finally disclosed the full details of the new XQD 4K ready cards. The new E-mount FS7 cam uses that kind of cards. You can preorder them already here:

Sony 128GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

That new XQD G card line is  has a max read speed of 400MB/s, a max write speed of 350MB/s, and up to 128GB of storage. Those speeds make them three times faster than the “N” cards that came before them, and more than two times faster than the second-generation “S” series (Source: Petapixel).

And here is the full press text by Sony.net:

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October 27, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Only the A7x and A9x line will remain. Tilt Shift lens coming?


Rumors from Russia disclose some possible scenario for the future A-mount development. A source who claimed to be in contact with Sony said:

1) A-mount will be developed in parallel with the E-mount.
2) Development is only in the direction of expensive high-quality optics.
3) The A-mount development will be limited to the A7x and A9x line (possibly A9x FF cameras will be more).

4) Sony plans to release 2 A-mount lenses, one of them tilt-shift.

Of course I cannot trust those kind of rumors from unkown sources. But it’s not the first time I keep receiving that exact kind of info and there is a fair chance the rumor may be true!

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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!

October 27, 2014
Posted in news

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 for Sony will ship from October 30 in Japan.


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The Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 for Sony A-mount will ship from October 30 in Japan. Worldwide shipment will follow soon after. Preorders are up at BHphoto (Click here).

Source: Tamron Japan.

October 27, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Chasing Lights Trailer
from Ronn Murray on Vimeo. (shot on A7s)

How to create captivating pictures, grow as a story-teller and engage your viewer (InMyBag)
Sony A7 fun at JoshMcLeodPhotography.
Awesome Surf Photography by Sony Associate Artisan of Imagery Chris Burkard (Brian Smith).
Timbling waters and the Sony A7s at JoshMcLeodPhotography.
Sony RX100 head-to-head: all three versions compared (TechRadar).

Florian:I’ve just released the first part of my series “Urban Conformation”. I’ve created a parallel universe where time and space have been deformed. http://www.expandtheinstant.com/?dt_portfolio=urban-conformation-3141

October 26, 2014
Posted in deals

$100 off on the A6000 double lens kit. A7 kit for $1,549.



You save $100 on that A600 double lens kit sold by Amazon (Click here). And the $250 savings on the A7 with kit lens is back at GetDigital on eBay (Click here).

US deal reminder:
The world’s largest SD class 10 card, the Sandisk 521GB(!) is in Stock now at Adorama (Click here).
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.


October 26, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss Loxia 50mm tests by DSLRmagazine and Dirk de Paepe.


Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

DSLRmagazine (google tranlsation here) posted the MTF graph along other test images. The Loxia 50mm shows “superb resolution” straight form the maximum f/2.0 aperture:


Interestingly DSLRmagazine noted there is chromatic aberration correction on RAW files.

Also Vignetting and Distortions are well controlled. The conclusion is:

The lab test not only confirms the good results on the field, but certifies the superb technical performance of this light, both in itself, and especially in combination with the firmware of the Sony A7 R

The next short review comes from Dirk de Paepe on Flickr:

I took this shot to demonstrate the detail rendering power of the new Zeiss Loxia Planar 2/50. IMHO, this comes very close to Otus (really, I see no difference with my A7r), although the Otus 55 is of course the superior lens, with virtually no flaws at no matter what aperture. The Loxia has some flaws, although only very slight ones that in most cases are very easy to correct in Photoshop.
This was shot at the minimal focal distance of 45cm (the ZM Planar has 70cm mfd), to see how much enlargement one can generate, when looking at 100% (next picture).
Regarding its price, size, weight and extra functionality, I can only say: the Loxia Planar is without any doubt a stunning lens! Once this line will be complete, I expect the Sony A7x/Loxia combination to outclass the Leica M system on (almost) all fronts – all that really matter (to me) anyway.
When looking at full size, this picture doubles the real life size of this money on my 27″ iMac monitor (surface x4) – this is to give you an idea of the detail enlargement in the 100% crop of the next picture. When you click on “View all sizes” and choose “large 1024”, this picture pretty much shows the actual size of the €50 banknote (140x77mm).

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.


October 26, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Austin Troth
A7r + Samyang 24mm f1.4
Self Portrait

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: https://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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