November 19, 2017
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Sony 24-105mm review by Marc Alhadeff: “Sony has delivered a superb lens, much better than the 24-70mm Zeiss”

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Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Marc Alhadeff posted the detailed review of the new 24-105mm lens. I did actually preorder this lens before to read any review and I was worried that once first reviewes would be released I might would be disappointed. But luckely this doens’t seem to be the case:

The Sony 24-105 F4 was longly awaited by Sony users as a key trans-standard zoom

Sony has delivered a superb lens , much better than the Sony FE 24-70mm F4 Zeiss OSS, way above the Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-F6.3

  • The lens is always excellent in the center and corners are just 1 grade below but can always reach the very good grade
  • Bokeh is very nice, with beautiful blurry background
  • Very good resistance to flare, no CA
  • Very nice results in video with nice blurry background
  • Construction is very good  and lens is equipped with all relevant knobs : button than can be assigned to eye AF, AF/MF switch, Optical stabilisation

The tradeoff made to sacrifice distorsion (quite important) for sharpness is a good one to my opinion as those will be automatically corrected by a lightroom lens profile very soon

With its correct price tag of 1350 euros, I expect this lens to become the standard high quality zoom lens for A7RIII/A9 if you don’t want to invest in the Sony FE 24-70mm F2.8 GM

Highly recommended !

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

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November 19, 2017
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The Black Friday deals overview: Sony A7 for staggering low $798!

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Sony launched new deals and below you can see all links. I will mention two hot rebates: A7 for $798 (with kit lens for $998) at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. Never has been a new Full Frame camera so cheap to buy! And one of my favorite lenses got a $50 rebate: Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 now for $548 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.

Specific Sony deals:
Special Sony deals overview page at Adorama, Buydig, BestBuy, BHphoto.

Camera specific Black Friday pages:
USA at Amazon US. BHphoto. BestBuy. Adorama. Amazon CA.
EU at Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES. Amazon IT.

General Black Friday pages:
USA at Amazon US. BHphoto. BestBuy. Adorama. Amazon CA.
EU at Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES. Amazon IT.

Sony deals in detail:
Cameras:
$500 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$500 off on the Sony A7sII with free extras at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama.
$200 off on the Sony A6500 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$70 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the A6000 dual kit at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 gift card with the RX10m5 at Adorama.
FF E-mount lenses:
$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.
$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.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G 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.
APS-C E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-70mm Zeiss lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony E PZ 18-110mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 30mm macro at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Accessories:
$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.

Other cool deals:
$100 off on the Sigma MC-11 E-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sigma savings at Adorama.
Zeiss lens savings at Adorama.
Save $300 on the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 FE autofocus lens at Amazon and Adorama.
Save $115 on the Rokinon 12mm f/2.0 APS-C E-mount lens at Amazon and Adorama.
Apple savings at BHphoto.

Sony and Sigma preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 E-mount at BHphoto, FocusCamera and Wex UK.

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November 19, 2017
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection

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3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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November 18, 2017
Posted in deals

Sony RX0 in Stock in USA. Big Sony deals coming tomorrow!

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The new Sony RX0 is in Stock at BHphoto and Amazon. But the very hot deals are coming tomorrow with big savings on A7, A6 And A5 cameras along rebates on lenses:

Specific Sony deals:
Special Sony deals overview page at Adorama, Buydig, BestBuy, BHphoto.

Camera specific Black Friday pages:
USA at Amazon US. BestBuy. Adorama. Amazon CA.
EU at Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES. Amazon IT.

General Black Friday pages:
USA at Amazon USBestBuy. Adorama. Amazon CA.
EU at Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon FR. Amazon ES. Amazon IT.

 

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November 18, 2017
Posted in reviews

This is how weird moving objects look in Sony A7rIII Pixel Shift mode

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Darren Soh from our Sony A7rIII FB group (join here) shared some more findings on the A7rIII Pixel Shift Mode (Click on images to enlarge). First let’s see that image of a jogger in the Park:

Darren writes: “100% crop comparison of one shot (left) and pixel-shifted image (right). A glitch in the matrix occurs when any changes happens between the four exposures – here, a jogger is running by. Even his shadow is recorded as a glitch.

Of course this was expected. It’s nearly impossible to avoid such artifacts on moving objects. Maybe some future algorithm could make it possible to remove moving objects from the frame. But for now you have to deal with these kind of issues when you don’t shoot absolutely static objects.

That said the new Pixel Shift model really delivers superb results. Darren writes:

(image on top) 100% crop comparison of one shot (left) and pixel-shifted image (right). Notice the elimination of moire in the staircase grille.
(image below) 100% crop comparison of one shot (left) and pixel-shifted image (right). The gain in microcontrast is astounding.

Sony and Sigma preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.
Sigma 16mm f/1.4 E-mount at BHphoto, FocusCamera and Wex UK.

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November 18, 2017
Posted in reviews

Full Size image samples shot with the Sigma 16mm f/1.4 E-mount lens

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You can check out full size samples shot on the new Sigma lens at Sigma Canada and Sigma Global.

For $449 you get this new fast lens at BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera and Wex UK. Shipment start is November 22.

 

Sigma CEO Yamaki-San talks about the new lens:

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November 18, 2017
Posted in reviews

New A7rIII Pixel Shift report by Darren Soh and Albert Dros

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Albert Dros (video on top) tested the Pixel Shift feature and concludes:

This function is not a gimmick, it really works. Will I use it as a landscape photographer? I will definitely try. I love to shoot images with as much detail as possible. In reality I will often not be able to use this function because of moving subjects. However, as I am blending images lots of times I can definitely see this function being integrated in my photography. Think of very fine stones on buildings, churches, mostly ancient structures. I would sometimes see slight moire when shooting these. Shooting with Pixel Shift completely eliminates the moire. I could blend a pixel shift image with ‘normal’ images to overcome the moving scene issues. There are definitely possibilities in which I will use this technique. It’s super fast to activate anyway, and if you have your camera on your tripod waiting for a sunset, why not shoot a pixel shift image while you’re waiting?

Darren Soh (Click on image on top) shared his Pixel Shift test findings on our Sony A7rIII Facebook group:

A7rIII pixel shift comparison.
Because of the 1 sec lag in between each of the four exposures, pixel shift imaging has unfortunately been quite limited. Once you are shooting outdoors, many things can happen in the +/-4 secs that you need to get the shot. So I decided to shoot my bookshelf instead. But even then, at 100% the differences were quite subtle.
So this is what I did. I up-rezed both 16 BIT TIFF files that came from the Sony Imaging Edge software in Adobe Photoshop using the new Preserve Details 2.0 algorithm and only then (with an approximately 95 MP file) did the differences show.
So I learnt something today – if you used pixel shift successfully, you’ll be able to interpolate the resulting file 100% with little loss in detail.
Amazing indeed, if only Sony would cut the lag time in the future.

Eddy Hagen (Click on image on top) sent me this:

I got my A7R III yesterday and today I wanted to test the Pixel Shift Multi Shooting. I’ve taken a few pictures and there is definitely a big difference. Attached is a screenshot from Photoshop, at 200%, with at the left the regular image, at the right the PSMS. Both images were converted with the default settings in the Imaging Edge software. The subject is part of an artwork, a screenprint.
I’ve just send out a tweet about it (@insights4print), by mid next week I’ll publish a full report on this at https://www.insights4print.ceo.

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

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