May 18, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(with five Gold Box deals for Germans today)

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Quick Look: Lensbaby Velvet 56

For Germans: At 10:00 Gold Box on the A58 kit (Click here). At 11:00 on the AS200 (Click here). At 16:00 on the RX1R (Click here). At 18:00 on the RX100m2 (Click here). At 18:00 on the Tamron E-mount zoom (Click here). Full Gold Box deals list here.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Review (Photographylife).
Image samples from A7 II and Canon FD 100mm f/2 and 135mm f/2 lenses (Flickr).
Venuslens/Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro Objektiv (Joerghaag.com).
Sony to Increase Image Sensor Capex 4.8x in FY2015 (Image Sensor World).
Miguel Quiles Goes Behind the Scenes on His Lighting Setup for Beauty Shoots (Wppionline).
Field Test: Sigma 19mm, 30mm and 60mm F2.8 DN lenses (Dpreview).

Fiberstobe:I’ve just finished a review of the sony VCL-ECU1 adapter, which might be interesting for the readers of sonyalpharumors. I know that it’s not a very new lens but I show some tricks how can it be used on the SEL30M35 lens for wide angle macro photography: http://fiberstrobe.blogspot.de/2015/03/sony-vcl-ecu1-ultra-wide-converter.html

May 17, 2015
Posted in reviews

Mark Galer finds faults in Tony’s Northup “Pixel Density vs Noise” test.

On that Youtube video (Click here) Tony Northrup claims that there is actually almost no noise performance difference on still images between the A7s and D810 (once you downsize the D810 images). Mark Galer spotted some “problems” with Tony’s test:

In response to Tony’s Northup “Pixel Density vs Noise” test.

There are a couple of problems with Tony’s argument. He is basing most of his judgement on a photograph of a white wall at ISO 6,400. The highlights of an image are more of an even playing field. The problematic area for noise in our digital images is to be found in the shadows and not the highlights. The test ISO has been capped at ISO 6,400 and the A7S low-light performance really becomes noticeable when the ISO is raised beyond ISO 6,400. 12,800 is the maximum ISO for the Nikon D810 (without artificially pushing it) and 25,600 is the maximum ISO for the A7m2 and A7R.

I would like to quote Ian Norman from the Lonely Speck website: “The sensor on the a7S is relatively ISOless between ISO 3200 and 51200. This means that for any given shutter speed and aperture setting, changing the ISO between these values shouldn’t change the relative level of noise in the image.”

http://www.lonelyspeck.com/sony-a7s-astrophotography-review/

This means that the A7S has two full stops more light collecting potential compared to the Nikon D810 for recording information in extremely low levels of ambient illumination, whilst holding onto the same levels of noise that is present in the files produced by the Nikon D810. I am not sure why Tony forget to mention this in his 22-minute video – but I can see why some people would begin to question his motive or expertise in making this assessment. This is a failure to recognise a significant leap in sensor development – and as Tony pointed out, the Video comparison at ISO 51,200 is profound – but Tony dismisses the A7S advantage as ‘in-camera software processing’ – truly bizarre.

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Click on image to see the full set of comparisons from Mark Galer.

Here is a link to the gallery of sample images.
https://www.flickr.com/photos/markgaler/sets/72157652903515692

This is a ‘real world’ test. No white wall and ISO values above and beyond the maximum setting capable by the Nikon D810.
I ‘exposed to the right’ and processed each file using the same settings in Adobe Lightroom. Noise reduction was switched off in camera. White balance was adjusted slightly to render the same colour for the pairs of files and a moderate amount of sharpening and noise reduction applied (+40 & +40).
The A7R stacks up well in these conditions (especially when expositing to the right) but the A7S still shows a clear advantage in additional detail and with less noise when the files from both cameras are exported as 4K files. The A7S still has a stop up its sleeve with noise at 51,200 not climbing above that being recorded at 25,600 although the low light conditions did not require any higher ISO values.

You can also discuss the matter on Mark Galer’s SonyA7 Facebook group:
https://www.facebook.com/groups/AlphaA7/

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

May 17, 2015
Posted in reviews

A6000 with 500mm & 850mm telephoto (Guest post by Barry Wells).

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The following review is a guest post by Barry Wells. It has been first posted on SonyAlphaForum. Test with the Kowa 500mm (here on eBay) and Kowa 850mm (here on eBay) lenses.
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May 17, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Jamie Black‎
Found a Coke bottle on the beach
Equipment: Sony A6000 + E PZ 16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS Kit lens
Location: Barbados

Quick note: It’s getting harder and harder for me to filter out pics. SAr readers are posting more and more great pictures as you can see from this week collection. Chapeau to all photographers! :)

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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May 16, 2015
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Today only: $200 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount lens.

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You get a $200 discount on the Zeiss 24mm APS-C E-mount lens sold at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click here). That deal expires at midnight!

Plenty of Sony delas can be seen at Amazon US (Click here and than scroll down) and Adorama (Click here).

Sony refurbished stuff with 90 days warranty from Secondipity:

E-mount ebay:
Sony A7s for $1899 (Click here).
Open Box A7r for $1599 (Click here).
A7r for $1299 (Click here).
Black A5000 with double lens kit for $349 (Click here).
Black A5100 with double lens kit for $489 (Click here).
Black A6000 with double lens kit for $659 (Click here).
Zeiss 24mm lens for $589 (Click here).
Zeiss 16-70mm lens for $749 (Click here).
18-200mm lens for $569 (Click here).
18-104mm lens for $419 (Click here).
55-210mm lens for $174 (Click here).
18-55mm lens for $99 (Click here).
28-75mmm FE lens for $269 (Click here).
Silver C3 with lens for $569 (Click here).
Black C3 with lens for $569 (Click here).
CL-ECU1 Wide Angle Conversion Lens for $74 (Click here).
LAEA3 A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter for $126 (Click here).
LAEA4 A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter for $215 (Click here).

E-mount amazon:
Sony A7s for $1899 (Click here).
Sony A7r for $1299 (Click here).
A5000 double lens kit for $329 (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm lens for $799 (Click here).
Zeiss 35mm lens for $559 (Click here).
30mm macro for $199 (Click here).
A5100 double lens kit for $469 (Click here).
FE 28-70mm for $269 (Click here).
55-210mm for $164 (Click here).
18-55mm for $99 (Click here).
Sony LAEA3 for $126 (Click here).
F3 with lens for $189 (Click here).
NEX-3 with lens for $199 (Click here).
A7r for $1299 (Click here).
Black 55-210 for $179 (Click here).
NEX-5t double lens kit for $399 (Click here).
A7 for $899 (Click here).
A6000 double lens kit with SD card for $649 (Click here).
A500 double lens kit for $329 (Click here).
NEX-5r for $199 (Click here).
Zeiss 16-70mm for $749 (Click here).

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