October 20, 2016
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Sony is rumored to announce a new FS7 mark II E-mount camcorder in November



As I’ve told you previously there is one more Sony announcement that will happen in November. I got two messages from new sources:

Source 1:

http://www.inter-bee.com/en/ announcement coming, e-mount camcorder”

Source 2:

“In case you didn’t know already, I just got confirmation on the upcoming Sony event mid November where they will announce their new fs7ii camera :)”

Trusted sources confirmed that this Sony announcement is not about a new A7 or A9 camera. So it is very possible the these two new sources are spot on with their info.

October 20, 2016
Posted in news

Top 20 Features I Want in the Next Sony a7Riii and a7Siii Cameras (by Dave Dugdale)


Dave Dugdale (Learningvideo) listed the Top 20 Features he Wants in the Next Sony a7Riii and a7Siii Cameras:

  1. Better AF. The algo they have in the Sony fly-by-wire lenses is very frustrating when shooting video. Touch screen for pulling focus would kind of fix that.
  2. The colors science improved from the original a7s, but keep working on the colors. Perhaps they can come up with another Color Mode that emulates Arri, just call it Arri I am sure they would not mind.
  3. Touch screen (I skip 4 in the video because I combined it with the touch screen)
  4. Flip out to the side screen
  5. A easy to edit codec for Davinci Resolve. Not asking for Prores, but something that cuts like butter in Resolve like Prores and is not so CPU intensive when editing in 4ktop 20
  6. Custom WB in movie mode
  7. Assign APS-C to button!
  8. Film with shutter button
  9. Create another log profile that is a combination of slog2 and slog3. Slog3 is too flat but easier to grade by hand, Slog2 is about as flat as I want it to be but is harder to grade by hand. Keep the min ISO to 800 for this new log profile.
  10. Allow 3rd party besides Zeiss AF information to they can design lenses that work just as fast as the native glass, the more you can expand the E mount system the more you will sell these cameras.
  11. Faster chips to improve rolling shutter.
  12. Better menus, sounds like they are coming
  13. Apps don’t lose settings from before
  14. Make it so simple to transfer images to my smart phone
  15. Increase Battery life
  16. Improve IBIS
  17. Usb3
  18. Distance scale in movie mode
  19. Louder speaker like on the iPhone.
  20. RGB Histogram for video
October 20, 2016
Posted in deals

Up to 100 Euro off on Sony FE lenses in Germany



Sony Germay launched a new action:
Up to 100 Euro off on lenses purchased with a new camera at Calumet.de.
Up to 50 Euro off on lenses purchased with a new camera at Amazon.de.

I don’t know if that deal is available in other EU countries too…


October 19, 2016
Posted in deals

$500 off on the A7sII and $150 off on the A6300



On eBay Electornicsvalley is selling the grey imported Sony A7sII (Click here) with $500 discount and 1 year US seller warranty. They also do sell the imported A6300 with a $150 savings.

New Sony A6500 and RX100m5 preorder links:
A6500 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at Calumet.de. WexUK. PCHstore.
RX100m5 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. In EU at Calumet.de. WexUK. PCHstore.
New Underwater housing for all RX100 cameras at BHphoto, Adorama.

All other new Sony stuff on preorder:
Sony A99II at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. Calumet Germany and WexUK.
Loxia 85mm f/2.4 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Tamron 150-600mm G2 A-mount lens at Bhphoto.Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 APS-C E-mount lens at BHphoto.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 autofocus FE lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
Lensbaby Trio 28mm E-mount lens at BHphoto, Adorama and WexUK.

October 19, 2016
Posted in rumors

Sigma debunks the rumor suggesting they are quitting A-mount production



A rumor on Diyphotography hinted about the possibility that Sigma may quit their A-mount lens production:

“According to our source, Sony makes a fraction of the business for Sigma. They also note that Sigma wants more focus in their factories on their cine line, and resources are shifting.”

But asked by Photoscala Sigma Germany stated that the “suggestion” about them stopping their A-mount lens production as a whole are untrue and they will keep making A-mount lenses. The only thing they did is stop producing a few older A-mount lenses:

105mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Macro
70-200mm f/2.8 APO EX DG HSM OS FLD
150mm F2.8 APO EX DG OS HSM Macro
12-24mm f/4.5–5.6 AF II DG HSM

Sigma also said that while it’s true that demand on A-mount lenses decreased the past years there could be also a return of interest thanks to the new A99II.

To paraphrase Mark Twain: The reports of A-mount being death are greatly exaggerated …. :)


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