September 15, 2017
Posted in news

First image of the Biotar 58mm f/2.0 E-mount


This is the first image of the new Biotar 58mm f/2.0 lens. It will be available as native E-mount option too on Kickstarter.


September 15, 2017
Posted in news

Sony announces three new camcorders with 273-point phase-detection AF sensor and 4K HDR recording


Sony announced three new 4K camcorders. This is the press text:

The new XDCAM® PXW-Z90, NXCAM® HXR-NX80 and Handycam® FDR-AX700, equipped with 1.0-type stacked Exmor RSTM image sensor,offer an optimal choice to a wide range of users from professionals to video enthusiasts.

Sony has today announced three new 4K HDR¹camcorders: the XDCAM® PXW-Z90, the NXCAM ®HXR-NX80 and the Handycam® FDR-AX700. Featuring Sony’s ground-breaking Fast Hybrid AF system, all three palm camcorders combine a fast and reliable autofocus (AF) function adapted for shooting with a 1.0-type stacked Exmor RS CMOS image sensor, delivering stunning image clarity alongside a range of versatile shooting features. The new camcorders all support an instant HDR (High Dynamic Range) workflow, enabling users to produce breath-taking HDR content with minimum post-production to suit a range of content creation scenarios and applications.

The Fast Hybrid AF system ensures highly accurate focusing and tracking during shooting, delivered by 273 phase-detection AF points that cover approximately 84% of the shooting area, high-density placement of autofocus points and a newly developed AF algorithm. This reduces the burden of focusing, especially when accurate focusing is required for shooting 4K[i] films. In movie recording mode, the appearance of phase-detection AF frames indicates the focused area and easily allows users to monitor a subject that is in focus. The new camcorders feature a high-resolution OLED viewfinder (0.39-type OLED, 2,359k dots) and advanced touch screen operation, on the 3.5-type large LCD screen (1,555k dots), to allow users to quickly switch focus from one subject to another, while the AF Drive Speed, Tracking Depth Range and Subject Switching Sensitivity can all be configured as required for different subjects and content styles.

The new camcorders support 4K HDR¹ recording with HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma), offering an instant HDR workflow. This enables users to reduce the post-production work and produce high-quality HDR content without grading, which usually requires a highly skilled technique and specialist knowledge. They also have the following key technology features to support versatile shooting, including;

  • 4K²full-pixel readout without pixel binning, using an enhanced BIONZ X™ image processing engine
  • Super Slow Motion[ii]recording up to 960fps[iii], which is industry leading among palm categories and Slow & Quick Motion[iv]Full HD recording up to 120fps[v]
  • S-Log3/S-Gamut3 capabilities for users to create and work with images as they desire.
  • 29mm[vi] (35EQ)wide-angle ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 12x optical zoom lens and 18x Clear Image Zoom[vii]
  • Less image distortion (rolling shutter phenomenon), in comparison to conventional models when shooting subjects in motion

Workflow efficiency benefits such as Proxy recording, relay recording and simultaneous backup recording are also delivered thanks to the new camcorders’ dual memory card slots and multi-camera operation capabilities supported by TC (time code)/UB (user bit). The three new camcorders also have REMOTE terminals, Multi-Interface Shoe™, and HDMI Type A to ensure enhanced operability.

“We strongly believe in empowering customers to tell amazing stories, whether it’s a journalist out in the field covering a breaking news event, or a freelancer working under the tight deadline pressures of a one-day corporate shoot” explained James Leach, European Product Manager, Sony Professional Solutions Europe. “Our new palm camcorders do exactly that. By minimising the efforts required to focus on a subject in-frame and streamlining the post-production workflow, we’re helping users concentrate on what they do best: storytelling.”

In addition to the above key features as series, the XDCAM® PXW-Z90 and NXCAM® HXR-NX80 also feature dual XLR audio input, a detachable handle, and access to Content Browser Mobile – a supporting smartphone application to enable Wi-Fi® monitoring, Camcorder remote control and wireless timecode sync[viii] between multiple cameras.

The PXW-Z90 also includes several features to suit broadcast-specific requirements including XAVC®format recording, which provides high-quality images at 4:2:2 10 bit (HD) and 4:2:0 8 bit (QFHD) in addition to conventional broadcasting MPEG2HD9 format recording, 3G SDI connectivity for compatibility with existing broadcasting equipment, and networking functions to support news reporting, such as compatibility with XDCAM® air, the Sony cloud-based ENG subscription service.

NXCAM® HXR-NX80 and Handycam® FDR-AX700 adopt XAVC S®[ix],an extended format of XAVC for consumer use which can record high-defined 4K2 films.

The XDCAM® PXW-Z90, NXCAM® HXR-NX80 will be available in December and Handycam® FDR-AX700 will be available in October. For more information on Sony visit, or visit stand 13.A10 at IBC 2017.


[i] 3840 x 2160 pixels

[ii] 4K recording is not available. Sound cannot be recorded. A class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required.

[iii]960fps in NTSC, 1000fps in PAL

[iv] Sound cannot be recorded. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC memory card is required

[v]120fps in NTSC, 100fps in PAL

[vi]35mm equivalent

[vii]18x(4K), 24x(HD)

[viii] Optional licences required

[ix] A Class 10 or higher SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S format. UHS-I (U3) SDHC/SDXC card is required for 100Mbps

September 15, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


How we made a Video out of a series of pictures shot by SONY A9?

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay,,,,,
10 Great Tips for Shipping Your Valuable Camera Equipment (Explora).
Inside the black market for Instagram verification (Mashable).
In praise of the Voigtlander 65/2 apo lanthar (Dpreview Forum).
Nikon keeps all options open: Patents 24mm f/1.8 for new FF and new APS-C mirrorless system camera (Nikoneye).
Rotolight NEO 2 LED combines the best of both continuous and strobe lighting (Newsshooter).

Christoph:Andreas Altendorfer and I produced the music video called “Breaking Bad” by the band “Elephants in Paradise”.
 All recordings were filmed with a Sony A7sII and Zeiss Loxia 21mm f2.8, Zeiss Loxia 35mm f2, Zeiss Loxia 50mm f2, Sony FE 90mm f2.8 Macro. We used an Atomos Ninja Flame to record the S-LOG 2 files in ProRes. For camera movements we used a CAME-TV Argo Gimbal and a Manfrotto Slider. We illuminated the scenes with 3 Litepanels Astra Bi-Color and 1 Litepanels Sola 6 Daylight LED Fresnel.
 It was my first production with this equipment. I was particularly enthusiastic about the A7sii in dark situations, where you can work with little extra light and an open aperture. For bright situations in the sunlight, I would prefer an e-mount adapter with an electronic ND filter, like the one built in on the FS5 or FS7ii, with the same functionality (Auto ND), from Sony. Andrea, please put in a good word to Sony for this! 😊
 I love the Zeiss Loxia lenses, especially the 35mm. The picture quality is simply super and the handiness is an advantage in many cases. For example, to balance the camera on the gimbal or when filming out of your hand. However, this advantage is also the only disadvantage. The aperture ring is so narrow and the lettering so small that it is very difficult for the camera assistant to adjust from the side in low light conditions.
 The Atomos Ninja Flame Recorder was an indispensable tool for exposure and focusing. The ProRes files were free of compression artifacts and banding. (… to end heavily compressed on YouTube 😉) During the shooting I noticed that the Ninja Flame can record 1080p, 120, but the A7sii can only play beyond hdmi up to 1080p, 60. Workflow with SSD hard disks is simple and fast. Larger batteries are recommended.
 When it comes to light, the Sola 6 is my favorite, which I mostly used as the main light source because of the natural shadows. Most of the time I used the astras with a softbox. The lamps can also be operated with rechargeable batteries, which is pleasant for outdoor shots. (Of course, the setup will soon reach its limits in sunlight due to the light intensity.)
 It was a low budget production and all actors were amateur actors who made it for fun and free. I hope you will enjoy the video still or even because of that.
Best regards
We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7III page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.
September 14, 2017
Posted in deals

Now $70 off on the Sony SF-G 128GB card


You now save $70 on the Sony SF-G 128GB card sold by FocusCamera (Click here). That’s a $70 saving compared to the original price and $50 less than the best Amazon price. And you save $20 on the 64Gb card version too.

Reminder: Preorder the new Aurora HDR which comes for both Mac and Windows at Macphun (Click here).

Trade-in deals:
Up to $500 trade-in credit for the Sony A9-A7 at Adorama, Bhphoto, FocusCamera and BuyDig.

New Camera savings:
$200 off and free extras on the A7rII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$200 off on the A7sII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A7II at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A7 at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.

New Lens and accessory savings:
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the HVL-F43M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$100 off on the HVL-F60M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC1EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony ECM-CG60 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 underwater housing at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.

September 14, 2017
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 preorder start on October 5 in Japan!


Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 on the Sony A7 (image by

The new Voigtlander 40mm f/1.2 manual focusing FE lens will be announced soon! The lens preorders will open on October 5 in Japan. And the price should be 132, 300 yen including tax. Converted in Dollar this is $1,200 (but the real US price might be different).

via Digicameinfo

September 14, 2017
Posted in deals

RX10m4 preorder start. New test by Paul Gero.


Preorder for the new RX10m4 are now open at Bhphoto and Adorama.

And Paul Gero tested the new camera:

Reminder: Preorder the new Aurora HDR which comes for both Mac and Windows at Macphun (Click here).

September 14, 2017
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Leaked images of three new Sony 4k camcorders


There is one more announcement to come from Sony. But this time it’s for camcorders. We will get the new PXW-Z90, HXR-NX80 and FDR-AX700. And those are the leaked images

And after that camcorder announcement expect another E-mount announcement in October.

via Nokishita


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