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December 14, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Shot with my Sony A7 with Zeiss 55mm 1.8. This is my grandmother holding a pair of baby booties after I told her that me and my wife are having a baby…her first great grandchild.

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December 13, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony US deals: $200 free extras with the RX100m3.

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You get a lot of free stuff ($200 value) along the RX100m3 sold at FocusCamera (Click here). You get that along the camera:

  • Sony LCJRXF/B Premium Jacket Case (Black)
  • Sony 64GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card
  • Two Focus Rechargable Lithium-Ion Battery Pack for Sony NP-BX1
  • Battery Charger for Sony NP-BX1
  • Standard Large Digital Camera Case
  • Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 OEM PC/MAC

 Still running are thre great SonyA 6000 deals
Free bag and card at SonyStore (Click here).
Lot of free extras with the A6000 double lens kit sold at BHphoto (Click here).

 

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Current Sony US deals:

A-E mount cameras:
Lot of free extras with the A6000 double lens kit sold at BHphoto (Click here).
$400 off on the Sony A5100 with 16-50mm & 55-210mm Lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$2,300 discount on the Hasselblad Stellar on sale at BHphoto (Click here)
A6000 double lens kit with free $50 Visa gift card and LR5 for $748 on eBay (Click here).
A6000 with kit lens, LR5 and 64GB SD card for $598 on eBay (Click here).
A5000 with kit lens, LR5 and 16GB SD card for $298 on eBay (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5t double lens kit for $399 on eBay (Click here).
$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.
$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.
15% credit you get when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or Fe lenses at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
If you trade-in an older camera you could now pay down to $950 only for the new A7 at Adorama trade-in (Click here).

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
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for E-mount at BHphoto (Click here).

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.
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for A-mount at BHphoto (Click here).

Sigma A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$25 off ont he Sigma 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$75 off on the Sigma 12-24mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sigma 8-16mm lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

December 13, 2014
Posted in reviews

News Sony A7II tests by Dennis Biela, Paul Gero and Allin Popescu.

Reminder: A7II now in Stock at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Sony US and Digitalrev.

Dennis Biela posted the video you see on top with the following comment:

Sony loaned me a production a7II camera for a upcoming photo shoot and in testing out the camera I found that it has a huge image buffer. If you shoot in jpg fine and use a fast SD card like Sony’s new high speed SDXC memory cards you will not fill the buffer to the limit and can shoot continuously at 5 frames per sec. all day. In the video I only stopped shooting so not to bore people. As to raw files they are different you can shoot up to 25ish images still a respectable amount. Another interesting fact is the camera does not have a high speed mode like the a77II meaning that you can shoot at 5 fps at what ever f-stop you want unlike some cameras where shooting at high speed means you shoot at the maximum lens opening. 5 fps is not extremely fast like 12 or 8 but with the fact that you can keep shooting for a long duration of images and the camera can track focus at this speed I feel its a big leap for the a7 class of mirrorless cameras.

Allin Popescu (Click here) wrote a very detailed A7II test with many samples and videos. His findings on the 5 axis system and autofocus are:

To conclude on the stabilisation subject, I must say that 5 axis IBIS in Sony a7II works best on wide to medium focal lengths, but looses its effectiveness while you go towards tele zone (over 135-180 mm and beyond). At those focals, any simple movement translates to long jumps over the image sensor, and it’s movement to compensate for it it’s limited to millimetres. That’s why, for tele lenses, the best system is the Optical Stabilisation.
I tell you that this new model behaves excellently at focusing, much better than it’s older brother, especially in low light.

Paul Gero (Click here) writes:

I have been testing this camera and as you can see from the photographs below being able to shoot handheld at 1/4 of a second with a 200mm focal length is pretty impressive.  As long as your subject is stable, then sharp photographs are now possible in what we jokingly referred to as the “Hail Mary” range of light (hold your breath, dig your elbows into your body and say a prayer before you shoot at a slow shutter speed shot — thank you Bill Allard for that description). 

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USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

December 13, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Carl Zeiss Lenses – “Stress test”

Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 4/16-35 FE ZA OSS Full Review by Drew Steven.
Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera Review and Example Images (DigitalPhotographySchool).
Sony A5100 review at CameraLabs.
This is not a test! The Zeiss FE 16-35 ZA on the Wye Downs (XeXets).
Sony A7R in “not weatherproof” shock (Tobinators).
A7 with tri navi rendering at Fredmiranda.
Working with Sony A7S’s S-Log2 Footage in Post (Planet5D).
Shoulder Mounted Options from Zacuto for the Sony FS7 (Cinema5D).
Most Popular Compact System and Mirrorless Cameras with Our Readers (Digital Photography School).
Sony a77 Mk II review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony Updates Semiconductor Business Flyer and icnreases sales forecast (Image Sensor World).

Jobe:B&H shipped the HVL-F32 flash yesterday. I thought it wasn’t due to ship until mid December so this might be an accident. Figured I’d shoot you a quick snap of the boxes: https://imageshack.com/i/ipPYfcE5j

JJ Sereday:I am a professional who used to be a Canon DSLR user (5D Mark II, 7D etc.) but switched to Sony 2 years ago when Canon released the 5D Mark III. I was very disappointed with their upgrade which took over 4 years to come. From that moment I realized that Canon’s philosophy was to only implement advance technologies when the market demands it. I didn’t want to be with a company that become complacent.
So I switched to Sony, picked up an A99 and never looked back. By all means Sony is far from perfect and I do get frustrated with their customer service and communication. (Or lack of communication rather) But the gamble turned out to be a smart bet since Sony has been really pushing the market. I am now fully invested with just about all of the Amount full frame lenses an A99 and an A65. I also picked up the A7s since it is probably the best camera on the market in its class.
Sonys division between A mount and E mount is a little frustrating as well. Im more accepting of it since I can use all my Amount lenses with the Emount system but there are some caveats. Non the less – I will be riding it out and hoping for Sony to make some smart decisions.
One decision they made well was with the Sony FS7. They actually listened to their customers and gave them MANY of the features and ergonomics requesting. While it is on my TO GET list, I came across the contest Sony has to win one. (it actually may have been from your site). So I decided to work on a film Ive been too busy to work on and submit it.
The short film is called : In The Details. I shot some footage on a trip I took when I first got my A99 and told myself once I finished it I would send it your way since it was done entirely on Sony A99.
http://vimeo.com/jsaycreative/inthedetails”

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