October 28, 2014
Posted in rumors

First time in Stock: The new special design Voigtlander Heliar for the Sony A7!


The brand new New Voigtlander Aspherical 40mm f/2.8 40/2.8 Heliar is in Stock for the first time at CameraQuest one eBay (Click here). This is a very unique lens made specially for the Sony A7 series (obviously it works on APS-C E-mount camera too). And you need to buy the VM-E Close Focus Adapter Required (here one Bay) to make it work!

As Voigtlander writes: “The Heliar 40mm F2.8 is manufactured only for the purpose of using this lens onto E-mount camera body via VM-E Close Focus Adapter. You can not do focusing when you mount this lens via adapters not designed with built-in focusing-function or M-mount camera body directly.

So why is this lens interesting on the A7? Because it is very compact thanks to the collapsible desing.Because it’s well-built and has a nice handling and should give you an “analogic” (old-look) image rendering. I like it :)

UPDATE: It’s also in Stock at Fotomundus (via DL).

October 28, 2014
Posted in news

Sony manager Kenta Honjo says new Full Frame E-mount cameras are coming very soon!


Mr. Kenta from Sony has been interviewed by Dpreview and he spilled out some info particularly about the next generation E-mount FF:

1) We will try to get A6000 AF performance on the next generation FF E-mount cameras
2) New generation of Full Frame E-mount cameras is coming very soon.
3) we are aiming sport and pro photographers with the next generation(s) of FF E-mount
4) We are seeing the transition from DSLR to Mirrorless happening. DSLR will remain in a very high end niche.
5) The Telephoto prime lens (300mm) is something we get asked to make from our users
6) We don’t know if A and E-mount will merge one day. For now we keep developing booth.
7) The number one key tech to acquire customers is develop autofocusing
8) Next generation FF E-mount cameras will get more customizability

So what are yout thoughts about that interview? It’s very clear Sony is betting high on the new FF E-mount generation cameras. And like I told you many times in those weeks…something big is coming early 2015! Stay tuned on SAR!

October 27, 2014
Posted in news

Atomos Sony A7 power station to ship in November!



Atomos announced that new Sony A7/r/s compatible power station you can preorder at BHphoto (Click here). It will ship in November for $295. Those are the great features of the power station:


Here is the full description:

The Atomos Power Station is a dual battery system for powering your camera and additional devices in the field. It mounts underneath your camera using a 1/4″-20 screw with thumbwheel and features slots for two Sony L-series type batteries. Two DC outputs and an included splitter cable allows powering of up to three devices, such as an LED light, a monitor, and a recorder. Optional DC adapters are available to provide power to popular cameras. And because batteries are hot-swappable, you can replace batteries on-the-fly without losing power to your devices.

In addition to the two DC power outputs, the Power Station also features a flexible dual USB power source which can power can power two USB devices, or one high-powered 2A device, such as an iPad. Two 2600 mAh batteries come included, which can charge an iPhone 5 from 0 to 100% three times. To monitor the power remaining on your attached batteries, there are independent left and right LED displays on the front of the Power Station, providing a quick 5-step guide from 100% to 10% battery life.

  • Dual battery system
  • Compatible with Sony L-series batteries; optional adapters available for Nikon EN-EL15 or Canon LP-6 batteries
  • Batteries are hot-swappable
  • 1/4″-20 Camera screw
  • Dual DC power outputs provide 8.2 V, 5A power on DC input power, and 6.2 to 8.4 VDC on battery power
  • Splitter cable to powering two devices from single DC output
  • Optional DC adapter cables available for popular cameras
  • Dual 5V DC USB power outputs; charge a single high-powered 2A device or two 1A device
  • Independent 5-step battery level meters
  • Includes two 2600 mAh batteries
  • Works with Atomos monitor/recorders

Get it at BHphoto (Click here) or MotionMedia (Click here).

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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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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