August 24, 2016
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Sony announces the new HXR-NX5R camcorder, new remote control and All-in-One Switcher

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Today Sony announced the new HXR-NX5R camcorder a new Remote Controller and All-in-One Switcher. The new camcorder offers upgraded network functions and a choice of advanced XAVC-S 50Mbps or established AVCHD/DV recording formats to help users meet diverse workflows and client requirements.

Full PRess text can be read at Sony Blog. Watch the introduction video here:

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August 24, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

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AF-C vs. LOCK ON AF

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto, eBay and Amazon.com.
Iceland with the Sony A7s (SonyAlphaForum).
Canon EOS 80D vs Sony a6300: vying for the stills/video hybrid crown (Dpreview).
How to Set Up Your Camera for Night Photography (Explora).
Batis 2.8/18 Review by Vladimir Morozow (Lenspire).
High-Value Lenses for Up-And-Coming Photographers (Adorama Learning Center)
To write a guest post on SAR follow the instruction on that page.

Fred: “We discovered something very important while testing this lens.
With the A7RII, setting EFCS (Electronic First Curtain Shutter) to “On” will affect bokeh rendering when shooting the 50/1.4 ZA wide-open combined with high shutters speeds (> 1/1000s). This is actually true for all large aperture lenses (f/1.4).
Look at the out of focus rendition difference with EFCS set to “On’ and “Off” (at f/1.4):
http://www.fredmiranda.com/forum/topic/1443700/7#13668940
Of course this won’t be an issue with lenses without EFCS like the original A7R.

Mario:I want to show you my video https://vimeo.com/158621612. A7s and A7RII in 4K. Sony 28-135 + basis 25 and 85

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August 23, 2016
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$300 off on your best A6300 kit lens, the Zeiss 16-70mm!

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Sony A6300 camera owner may be very tempted to catch the following deal: $300 off on the Open Box Zeiss 16-70mm E-mount lens sold by BestBuy (Click here).

Reminder:
Students can get a nice up to $220 discount on Sony A7 cameras sold by BHphoto (Click here)
Up to $280 off on Sony E-mount cameras and lenses at BestBuy (Click here).
The brand new Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Full Frame E-mount autofocus lens can be preordered bow at BHphoto (Click here). It costs $849 and it will ship on October 4.
For a limited time and quantity you can buy the fast Lexar SD dual pack card for $34.95 at BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Lens for Sony E-Mount at BHphoto (Click here).
The Easycover for the Sony A63000 is in Stock at BHphoto and Amazon.
The new Sony Water/Dust/Shock/Bend Proof SD cards are now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
The new Rokinon 50mm FE f/1.4 autofocus lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here).

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August 23, 2016
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(SR2) Sony will adopt new RAW format for new High Resolution and High Dynamic sensor generation?

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What we could see from Sony in 2015.

For sure Sony is going to bring a new generation of High Resolution sensors. And the question arises if there is a necessity of a new RAW format to handle the ever increasing amount of data. I don’t know if the following rumor from an anonymous source is correct. But this what it says:

“In order to take advantage of future image sensor dynamic range Sony will switch to a different raw format.
Current Sony cameras utilize like most digital cameras 14 bit for their raw format. Although delivering a huge advantage over the 8bit and compressed jpeg images this is not longer suitable for all future image sensors.
More and more image sensors, most noticeable in the current A7 lineup are ins some rare usage scenarios constricted.
Future image sensors featuring even higher intrinsic dynamic range and thus providing HDR like image quality in difficult lighting scenarios will require a change in raw file format.
Currently two format types are in discussion: A uncompressed 16 bit format or a compressed 21bit format”

Well, one thing is certain, many will have to buy new large and fast capacity flash cards, new computers and new hard disks to be able to work with future Sony cameras!

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August 23, 2016
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SAR reader Dan Huerta loves his Sony A7rII so much he tattooed it!!!

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Sony’s biggest fan of the year is definitely Mr. Dan Huerta! He just sent me this picture of the Sony A7rII tattooed on his body!

 

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