November 28, 2014
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(UPDATED) Sony UK takes A7II preorders!

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UK: Sony UK (Click here) now unveiled the A7II price and added a preorder option!

USA: Also in US there is some weird issue with A7II preorder at Amazon US (Click here). They had wrong kit options the first day and they fixed it by now. But preorder option is gone. Your preorder can be placed at at BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and SonyStore (Click here).

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USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto (Click here).

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Sony UK (Click here), Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

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November 28, 2014
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First “Chinese” Sony A7II review and new image samples.

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Reminder: The new A7II preorders are up at BHphoto , Adorama and SonyStore!

The very first full Sony A7II review has been posted in China at Dc.it168.com (google translation here). Image samples can be seen on that page (Click here). These are the reviewers conclusion:

– A great evolution but not a revolution over the A7
– Autofocus Speed is faster than the one from the A7 but still slower than the A6000
– Image quality is the same of the A7
– Ergonomic is much improved and also the camera “feels” better in terms of build quality

Pretty “obvious” conclusions I would say :)

P.S.: A7II announcement at Fotointern.ch.

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

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and 1299 pounds at Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and 1699 pounds at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

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November 28, 2014
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Big Megapixel war: Sony 46 versus Canon 50 megapixel cameras.

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There are more and more rumors confirming the High Megapixel war will tak place during the first half of 2015. And it will be a big Sony versus Canon battle. Sony should release a close to 50 megapixel sensor while Canon will also offer one (or maybe two) such cameras (Canonwatch).

I am yet not sure if it’s the upcoming Sony A9 E-mount FF that will feature that “almost” 50 Megapixel sensor. But it’s certainly going to be a hell of a rumor time after Christmas here on SAR!

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November 28, 2014
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New Sony Europe deals.

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So the Sony Europe deals are now listed here: Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway. There is only a 1 year extra guarantee offer on cameras and lenses (for 1 Euro).

Much more interesting are those Gold Box deals coming today in Germany and UK:
A7II at Amazon de (via DL).
A6000 at Amazon de (via DL).
RX100m2 at Amazon de (via DL).
16mm f/2.8 at Amazon de (via DL).
A5100 at Amazon UK (via DL).

P.S.: Hopefully you find some for you interesting Black Friday deals in these days. Me in the meantime are working hard to get some bits on the new A9 and eventual new A-mount camera. Hard work but I am getting every week a bit closer to some SR5 info.

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November 28, 2014
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November 27, 2014
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Strange: Amazon removes A7II preorder option (still working in other stores). Great Black Friday Sony deals reminder!

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For some unknown reasons the new Sony A7II preorder option at Amazon US has been removed. Anyway all other preorder options are available as usual:

USA preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon (non available), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), SonyStore (Click here).
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto (Click here).

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and 1299 pounds at Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and 1699 pounds at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

The great Sony Black Friday deals roundup:

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Today we have a lot of new Sony and non Sony Black Friday deals at Amazon (Click here)BHphoto (Click here), eBay (Click here) and SonyStore (Click here). The most amazing deals are the A5000 with lens for $298, the Sony A7 for $1,298, the Sony A6000 kit for $599, free LR5 and SD card with the A6000 kit at Buydig, $420 off on the Double Touit lens kit at BHphoto….But there is a huge list of all brand new Sony deals that started today:

E-mount cameras:
$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.
$200 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A5100 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off and free LR5 and SD card with the A6000 kit at Buydig.
$400 off on the Sony Alpha a5000 (Black) with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lens + Free Accessories at Amazon.
$300 off on the A600 superbundle in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here) at Focuscamera.

A-mount cameras:
$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.

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
$420 off on the Double Touit lens kit at BHphoto.
Full lens deal special page at Adorama.

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.
$100 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 17-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Tamron 16-300mm at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$250 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at BHphoto.

More Photo deals:
Up to 40% Off Select Samsung Flash Memory Cards at Amazon.
Up to 80% Off SanDisk Memory Cards, USB Flash Drives, and SSDs at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Up to 60% Off Select PNY Memory at Amazon.
Upt to 60% off on Lexar cards at BHphoto.
$40 off on the SanDisk 64GB Class 10 at Adorama.
$15 off on the SanDisk 32GB Class 10 at Adorama.
$80 Off the Sony AS100V and AS100VR Action Cameras at Amazon.

Audio Video:
Great Holiday Prices in TV, Video & Audio at Amazon.

European readers:
You will get Black Friday deals tomorrow at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.

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November 27, 2014
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Short A7II hands-on report by ItsDanK! UPDATE: additional korean test.

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Since yesterday the A7II is available for preorder in USA and in few Eu stores (strangely still no preorder options at Sony EU). ItsDanK is one of the very few lucky guys that got his hands on the A7II and he writes:

Things to note:

  1. The dials are quite nice and rubberized now
  2. The entire body is quite a bit thicker, noticeably.
  3. Weight is also increased.
  4. There’s a manual function for the steadyshot to adjust for third party lenses all the way up to 1000mm.
  5. I’m so use to the shutter button being on top that it’s almost weird to use the grip shutter.
  6. New mag alloy rubberized spec finish for the body, quite grippy.
  7. Steadyshot is pretty awesome and more noticeable with longer focal lengths (obviously).
  8. a6000 like AF box dots whilst focusing. This uses hybrid AF with contrast and phase detect (on sensor) working together at the same time.

All good news so far!

UDPATE: A Korean readers sent me info on Korean A7II tests:

http://www.slrclub.com/bbs/vx2.php?id=minolta_forum&divpage=168&no=896986
http://www.sony.co.kr/alpha/handler/AlphaIndex-Start
Sony Korea announced that Sony A7II will be launched at 12/2 Tue.
That means its a first launch in the world and so many sony mirrorless cameras sold in korea.

http://www.slrclub.com/bbs/vx2.php?id=minolta_forum&no=896844
BTW, here a short review of Sony A7II. That explains
– a7ii is more heavier than a7 but the hand grip is better than a7.
– (just felling)viewfinder is better than a7’s one. he felling that framerate is increased.
– AF is more more faster than a7 but not good at low light scene (compare with A7s).
– AF Tracking is better like A6000 in the phase detection area.
– 5-axis stabilization is nice. check that article. (he succeed with 55F18 lens and 1/8)
– boot time is much faster than A7, feels like 2x.
– does not show the flare (halation) — check: http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1247655/144 (http://www.vahonen.com/2013/A7temp/20131226chruchFlareCrop.jpg)
he feels that new A7II is like A8 not A7II. :p
and the here is some shots taken with A7ii : http://www.slrclub.com/bbs/vx2.php?id=minolta_forum&divpage=168&no=896978&category=3

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

EU preorders:
Sony Alpha a7II  (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and 1299 pounds at Wex UK (Click here).
Sony Alpha a7II  with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany (Click here) and 1699 pounds at Wex UK (Click here). In Finland at Verkkokauppa.

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