December 8, 2013
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Hurry! Sony A7r in Stock at Amazon and via Amazon itself!

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For the first time the A7r is in Stock and shipping via Amazon US itself (Click here to grab it). Amazon says that it’s in Stock but requires 1-2 days of process! UPDATE: It is also in Stock (with free extras) at Focuscamera (Click here).

P.S.: Deal of the day on eBay is the Sony 2 Pack of 32GB SDHC/SDXC Class 10 UHS-1 (Click here). grab them if you buy the 36MP A7r :)

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December 8, 2013
Posted in deals

$200 off on the A7 kit. RX100 price drops to $479. A7r is on it’s way to warehous (says Adorama).

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We have the first $200 off on the A7 kit at CameraLand (Click here). There is only one in Stock but it’s a great deal from a 100% reliable seller.

There is a “hidden” RX100 deal at BuyDig (Click here). You get a free case and if you proceed to checkout price willd rop further down to $479.

Adorama (Click here) updated the A7r page and writes “This Item is on the way to our warehouse and is expected in a few days.

NEX-3n with kit lens for $369 at Amazon US (Click here).

All other current Sony deals can be found on that overall deal page at Amazon US (Click here).

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December 8, 2013
Posted in reviews

SAR readers A7 and A7r test roundup (Chad, Mike, Pascal, Lawrence, Buzz, Sanji, Tobin, Paul, Michel, Alik).

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Lawrence: “Some people are wondering how loud the shutter sound of the a7R actually is. I did a quick comparison between the a7R and some other cameras (M3, E-M5, OM-2)”

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SAR editor’s note: All SAR reader are free to submit links or full articles to be posted on SAR. Just contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!
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Pascal:my A7r finally arrived and what a machine it is ! It is the first camera I have owned (Nikon D800e included) that gives that elusive medium format look to photographs. I was expecting a lot from it but it delivers even more. What a fantastic machine. The more I use it, the more I love it !  If you’re interested, here’s my review (with more to follow) : http://www.dearsusan.net/2013/12/07/sony-a7r-first-impressions-the-magnificent-seven/

Chad:First paid work with the A7 at http://chadwadsworth.blogspot.com/2013/12/first-paid-work-with-sony-a7.html

Mike:Bokeh comparison: Sony A7, Nikkor 50mm 1.4D vs Fuji X-E1, Fuji FX 35mm 1.4: http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=9907

Marcus: “I have added a Album to Facebook and uploaded some pictures in flickr from the A7.
https://www.facebook.com/marcus.rosth
http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrosth/

Sanji:You posted a video unboxing I did of the Sony A7R. Well now I have a follow up in the form of a full blown review having purchased the camera. It’s done using a bunch of lenses – m-mount, zeiss, sigma, canon from 15mm to 300mm. It would be great if you could share this with your readers as I believe they will find it entertaining and very useful.
Sony A7r, Fuji X-E2, Panasonic GH3 – DOF and Noise comparisons (<a href=”http://soundimageplus.blogspot.be/2013/11/sony-a7r-fuji-x-e2-panasonic-gh3-dof.html”>Soundimagesplus</a>).You don’t need to wait for FE lenses to have a good time with the A7R :)
http://sanjio.com/wp/blog/2013/11/22/sony-a7r-review/

Buzz:Confessions of a Camera Addict — How Sony Breaks My Bank: http://www.the.me/confessions-of-a-camera-addict-how-sony-breaks-my-bank/#ixzz2ms88Kmub

Tobin:Hot on the heals of my riveting A7R shutter sound comparison video, here’s an in depth review of the A7R and various Leica R lenses, includes usability, size comparison etc.
http://tobinators.com/blog/index.php/2013/11/everything-else/sony-a7r-review/
Eddy: a number of people have been complaining about the battery life of the A7R. My experience is otherwise: last Saturday I went to the Zoo in Antwerp, to try the A7R. I had the 24mm f2 and 70-400 GII with me, including the LA-EA4, AF was used all the time. I had only one spare battery with me and changed this only when I was back at home. I had 777 images (RAW+JPEG) on my memory card… So this is about double of the ‘official’ battery life.
What might be the difference: I immediately put the camera in ‘airplane mode’, which cuts the WiFi and NFC. I know from my smart phone that  those options can draw a lot of energy. Also I put the ‘Auto Review’ to off. I guess these small tweaks can make a big difference.
I assume that the official battery life is measured with everything turned on. And that some people who are complaining, base their judgement on these official figures, not on real life tests like mine.
I’ve also put this info into this thread:
http://www.dyxum.com/dforum/battery-life-a7-a7r_topic103190.html

Paul:Just find some lightroom developed samples on web (In Chinese) text: http://www.dcfever.com/sony/readnews.php?id=9490&page=4
sample gallery: http://www.dcfever.com/cameras/viewsamples.php?set=937

Michel:I’ve shot a few pictures of some of my manual lenses on the Sony A7. I hope this gives an idea about the size of various combinations. Here is the album: http://imgur.com/a/IhReb

Alik:I’ve got some low light test shots of the Sony A7r. The high ISO performance is kind of mind blowing. In the next day or two I’ll also be doing a speed comparison video for the Metabones EF to E mount adapter. I hear it’s a littler slower. I’d like to see. I’ll let you know when that’s done. But check out my samples images. http://alikgriffin.com/sony-a7r-mirrorless-review-and-sample-photos. You can get full size original images by clicking them.

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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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December 7, 2013
Posted in reviews

(part two) Sony A7-A7r legacy lens test (Helge, Eakchat, Bao, Xexets, Lupico, Martin).

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This video was recorded using two Sony A7R in 1080p50 mode. Lenses used were the Zeiss FE 2.8/35 (long shot) and the Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/85 for Contax (hand-held camera) – both used wide open. from Hacky on Vimeo.

This is the seocnd part of SAR readers “homemade” legacy lens test :) Feel free to share your reviews and tests by sending links at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Helge:

Helge posted the full test of the wide angle lenses that will work absolutely fine on the A7r at 3D-kraft (Click here). This includes the:
Tri Elmar 16-18-21mm (here on eBay)
Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH (here on eBay)
SEL 10-18mm (here at Amazon)

Helge writes:

Those who asserted that the Sony A7R is not suited to be used in combination with Leica (and other range finder) wide angle M lenses propably arrived at a too vague conclusion. In fact it depends on the particular lens design. Lenses with an extremely compact and symmetric design may produce problems with color shift and edge smearing even on the sensor of the A7R with shifted microlenses whereas lenses with a more telecentric design like the Leica WATE perform perfectly fine without color shift and without edge smearing on the A7R.

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Eakchat:

Infinity: A7 + 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE (here on eBay):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eakakeeak/sets/72157637971621114/

Infinity: A7 + 35mm Biogon ZM (here on eBay):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eakakeeak/sets/72157637971932445/

Infinity: A7 + Nikkor 35/1.4 AI-S (here on eBay):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eakakeeak/sets/72157637973004986/

Falloff: A7 + 35mm Summilux ASPH FLE (here on eBay):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eakakeeak/sets/72157637970103166/

Falloff: A7 + 35mm Biogon ZM (here on eBay):
http://www.flickr.com/photos/eakakeeak/sets/72157637969915845/

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Bao:

BTW, I’ve updated the post to include 3 tests,
1. Infinity at night
2. Infinity at day
3. Close up on a white wall

The original post:
http://forum.xitek.com/forum.php?mod=viewthread&tid=1237149&page=1&ordertype=1#pid50853112

The direct link to orignal images of all three tests on flickr is:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/23000374@N05/sets/72157637885106276/

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Xexets:

Small nitty gritty test I did with A7R + Zeiss biogon 35/2 ZM (here on eBay) and Planar 50/2 ZM (here on eBay)

http://xexets.blogspot.co.uk/2013/11/a7r-test-with-zeiss-zm-biogon-352-and.html

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Lupico: 

Super-Elmar 21 on the Sony A7 at http://www.lupico.com/cameras/quick-snap-leica-super-elmar-21mm-on-sony-a7/

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Martin:

Sony Alpha7 with Zeiss C Sonnar 50 1.5 ZM(here on eBay)

http://martinlux.tumblr.com/post/67837101571/freiburg-november-2013-sony-alpha7-with-zeiss

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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.

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.

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

 

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December 6, 2013
Posted in rumors

Current & Future Sony Alpha System Flow chart based on my vision and your latest rumours (by Derek)

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Bildschirmfoto 2013-11-04 um 17.19.27
SAR reader Derek created that chart of the possible future Sony cameras (Click on it to enlarge). Would you like it if it becomes true? :)

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