July 18, 2018
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The new Rokinon AF 24mm f/2.8 FE Lens is in Stock at BHphoto

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Rokinon 24mm f/2.8 FE is in Stock for the very first time in the USA via BHphoto and in Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

And the Sony A7III body only is in Stock at BuyDig:

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July 18, 2018
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New Sony A7III reviews by Kai and Imaging Resource

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On top you can watch Kai’s take on the Sony A7III. And Imaging Resource published the final A7III review conclusion:

Sony keeps knocking it out of the park with their full-frame mirrorless cameras. Each generation gets better and better, and with the A7 III, especially, they’ve created an impressive all-around camera with professional-level image quality, performance and features, while at the same time maintaining a price point that’s attainable for a lot of photographers. Sure, if you need more resolution, the A7R is there; and if you need crazy-fast burst speeds, the A9 is waiting. But you’ll pay a lot for these upgrades. The Sony A7 III, on the other hand, is all about balance; it’s a “Goldilocks” camera in a way. The A7 III offers such a well-balanced mix of performance, quality and features that it suits many different types of photographers and many photographic disciplines, and it’s worth the current ~$600 premium over the Mark II model in our books. As we said earlier, if you’ve been pondering the move to a mirrorless camera, especially full-frame, the Sony A7 III should absolutely be at the top of your list.
As you can guess, the Sony A7 III definitely gets the thumbs-up as a Dave’s Pick!

Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, BestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig.
Sony a7III in Europe at Amazon DE, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK, ParkCameras UK, WexUK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

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July 18, 2018
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RX100 guide by Dpreview and new RX100VI test by Jared Polin

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With so many different RX100 cameras on market it’s easily to get confused :) That’s why Dpreview published a guide which helps you to understand which Sony RX100 is right for you. And Jared Polin published the video review of the new RX100VI:

 

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July 18, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 GM: Best Landscape Lens?

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony A7III + Canon 85mm f1.2L Harsh Sun Portrait Photoshoot Behind the Scenes (Julia Trotti).
Review: Sony FE 85mm 1.4 GM (Phillipreeve).
Behind The Scenes: Breaking Out Of My Shooting Funk! (Miguel Quiles).
Zeiss Batis 25mm F/2 review by Enthusiastphotoblog.
Sony RX100 VI Hands-on Review (Digitalrev).
Vinten Vantage Motorized Head, µVRC Control System Handle Heavier Cameras (Explora).
Insta360 Pro No-Stitching Solution for Adobe Premiere Pro (Personal View).

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

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July 17, 2018
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Last hours of the Amazon Prime deals: Savings on Adobe plan, Sandisk cards, Macbooks, hard disks, battery packs and printers

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The Prime Deals Day are about to end soon at Amazon US (click here to see all deals). Photo related deals can be found here. Here is an updated list of some of the hottest deals:

Big Savings on Sandisk cards.
1-Year Subscription to Photoshop CC & Lightroom (PC/Mac Download) for $95.90 with 20GB included.
Save on new Apple Macbooks.
Save $40 on HP Blue Sprocket Portable Photo Printer.
Save up to 44% on Anker PowerCore Power Banks.
45% off on Amazon photo prints.
Save big on Chromebooks.
Save on Pelican hard cases.
Amazon.com is offering an extra $5 Off $20+ or More on Select Books (Shipped & Sold by Amazon) w/ promo code PRIMEBOOKS18
NP-FW50 RAVPower Camera Battery Charger Set for $44.
Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 40% on select Seagate Hard Drives.
$100 off on the portable WD 2TB hard disk.
Godox Ving V860IIS on Amazon Prime.
Godox TT685S HSS 1 on Amazon Prime.
Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE SP-2 Smart Phone Printer (Gold)
Up to 50% off on Amazon devices.
Save on Laptops.

The Amazon Prime Deals are running all over the world: Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES, Amazon CA.

UPDATE:

The eBay super deal is back: Today only you save 25$ on all eBay products (Click here!) including Sony gear with the coupon code “PRIMO119” at checkout.

How to redeem your Coupon:
  1. Shop for eligible items. (See below for exclusions).
  2. Pay for your item by 11:00 PM Pacific Time on July 17, 2018
  3. Enter the Coupon code in the redemption code field: PRIMO119
Terms & Conditions:
This Coupon is a $25 discount off a minimum purchase of $119, valid from 5:00 AM PT on July 17, 2018 until 11:00 PM PT on July 17, 2018. Discount applies to the purchase price (excluding shipping, handling, and taxes) of eligible items on ebay.​com. Eligible items exclude warranties and protection plans, as well as items from the Coins & Paper Money, Gift Cards & Coupons, and Real Estate categories.

Coupon must be used within a single transaction (and can include multiple eligible items), while supplies last. Max one-time use. Only eBay users registered with an address located in the United States, Latin America or the Caribbean are eligible for the Coupon. Valid only for purchases from ebay.​com. Any unused difference between the discount amount, as shown on the Coupon, and the purchase price of an item(s) in a single transaction (or cart) will be forfeited.

Coupon is subject to U.S. laws, void where prohibited, not redeemable for cash, has no face value, and cannot be combined with any other Coupon, or when paying with PayPal Credit Easy Payments or Gift Cards. eBay may cancel, amend, or revoke the Coupon at any time.

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July 17, 2018
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New Sigma ART lens tests by Marc Alhadeff

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Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (1000 euros) is a very good lens optically for a wide angle with fast aperture
Centre sharpness is excellent , and closed down to F4 corners are very good
The F1.4 allows for some unique effect for a wide angle that has no equivalent
However at F1.4 you get medium corners and field curvature is visible , so far from a perfect lens
The biggest issue is certainly its weight : 1 kilo
So if F1.4 is a must for you , Sigma is the way to go , otherwise other options are lighter and as (globally) performant

Sigma 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (850 euros) is an excellent lens that has no equivalent for Sony FE mount
Size and price remains reasonable and optical performance is excellent wide open with very good sharpness in real life and very nice blur effects for close subject
For landscape where you will close the aperture, corners sharpness is excellent as of F4
Highly recommended if you like this focal length

Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (800 euros) is a excellent lens optically
Excellent sharpness , low distorsion , low CA, better than Sony Distagon FE 35mm F1.4 Zeiss on this point
The Sony has still the edge in term of Color rendition and Aperture ring for video and most importantly in term of AF reliability
Unfortunately, the not reliable AF in AF-S is a big hurdle and you will need to stick to AFC. I hope Sigma can fix it with a firmware update or better quality control with other samples of this lens
If you don’t have the money for the Sony Distagon FE 35mm F1.4 Zeiss (1100-1500 euros) take a look at the very good Samyang 35mm F1.4 AF which has also a very good sharpness, fast AF (even if not as fast as Sigma and Sony) and reliable AF (better than Sigma)

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 DG Macro Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Art (550 euros) is a Macro lens offering excellent optical results with top sharpness, good bokeh, low CA, low distorsion at a very reasonable price. AF is on the slow side like any macro lens, and you will need to correct the lens fall off wide open (no Lightroom lens profile for the moment (July 2018). The Sony 90mm F2.8 macro does not do better in term of sharpness but well in term of ergonomics but it costs almost 2 times the price of the Sigma

New Sigma FE lenses:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

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July 17, 2018
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Amazon prime ending soon: Big up to 64% discount on Sony cameras and lenses!

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A bit unexpected but Amazon EUrope deals are way more interesting than US deals because of the massive discount on Sony cameras and lenses. Check out the list below!

Check out all deals by clicking on those direct links: Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES, Amazon CA. There are thousand of deals but I will only mention the

Amazon Germany:
Up to 64% off on lenses!
Up to 46% off on cameras!
Sandisk card deals.
All photography related prime deals here.
20% warehouse rebate (shows at checkout).
Sony A7II kit for 1229 Euro.
sony A6500 for 1169 Euro.
Sony A6000 kit for 479 Euro.
Zeiss Batis 85mm FE lens superkit for 1149 Euro.
Zeiss Batis 135mm FE lens superkit for 1599 Euro.
Zeiss Touit 50mm FE lens superkit for 899 Euro.
Sony 24-240mm FE for 769 Euro.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 159 Euro.
Sony 10-18mm APS-C E-mount lens for 629 Euro.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount lens for 199 Euro.
Sony 50-200mm E-mount lens for 569 Euro.
Sony RX100IV for 629 Euro.
Sony WX350 for 139 Euro.
Samyang 24mm f/1.5 FE for 476 Euro.
Sony RX10m2 for 799 Euro.

Amazon UK (UK time):
Sony A7 kit for 719 pounds.
Sony A6300 for 599 pounds.
Sandisk card deals.

Amazon France (Paris time):
Up to 30% off on Sony Cameras and Lenses!
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 169 Euro.
Sony A7II for 1059 Euro
24-240mm for 779 Euro.
Sony RX100IV for 629 Euro.
Jusqu’à 400€ remboursés sur une sélection de produits photo et vidéo Sony Offre valable du 16 mai 2018 au 31 juillet 2018 inclus.
Sandisk card deals atAmazon FR.

Amazon Italy:
Up to 40% off on Sony cameras and lenses!
Offerte su Sandisk cards.

Amazon Spain:
Sony 24-240mm for 729 Euro.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 159 Euro.
Sony A7II for 949 Euro.
Sony A6300 kit for 679 Euro.
Savings on Sandisk Cards.

Note:
You have to be a prime member to grab the deals
Discounted price will be seen only at deal start time
Europeans can buy from any different country store (Example: Germans can buy from Amazon France)

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