April 19, 2018
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First image of the new Laowa 10-18mm FE zoom lens!


A source just sent us this image of the new Laowa FE zoom. And he said:

The new lens is an FE10-18 zoom (99% confirmed). The aperture seems to be F3.5-F4.5 but this part I’m not sure.

The lens should be announced in 2-3 weeks. This is a manual focus lens only but the specs are quite amazing: Compared with my Sony 12-24mm FE (see image below) this new Laowa is more compact, lighter (I guess) and takes filters too. And I don’t mind the shorter tele end because the extra 2mm on the wide end are way more interesting for my kind of shooting.

And our reader Jmar made a another accurate size comparison based on the Laowa teaser image we posted earlier today:

UPDATE: Our reader ZM said this lens should cost around $600. It would be amazing if this would be true! Sadly I cannot confirm it yet. Fingers crossed!

Stay tuned on SAR!


April 19, 2018
Posted in news

Capture One 11.1 released: Now supports A7III RAW files and adds Capture Pilot 2.0 for Sony!


Today Phase One released a major software update for Capture One. It also adds two specific new Sony features:

  1. RAW files support for the A7III andnew lens profiles for the 24-105mm FF and 18-135mm E-mount lenses.
  2. Capture Pilot 2.0 adds camera control support for Sony, allowing users to change camera settings of the tethered camera directly from your iOS device.

Below you can find the full press text. Keep in mind you get a 10% discount on Capture One 11 (Click here) and Capture One 11 for Sony (Click here) by using our coupon code “AMBSAR“.

Phase One Releases Capture One 11.1
Update Provides New Resource Hub, Expanded Camera Support and Improved Workflow

COPENHAGEN, Apr. 19, 2018 – Phase One, the world’s leading manufacturer of high-end digital camera systems, today released Capture One 11.1, a service release to the industry’s premier RAW conversion and image editing software. The release enhances the Capture One user experience, through a new support platform and functionality updates to ensure a faster, smoother workflow. Improved Styles and presets workflow, support for 11 new cameras, including Sony A7 Mk III and Fuji X-H1 and 10 new lenses, including Tamron lenses for both Nikon and Canon, and an all-new Resource Hub are among the latest updates.

“Capture One remains dedicated to the needs of ambitious photographers. These latest updates introduce an extension to camera and lens support, as well as an all-new Resource Hub. The Resource Hub is an in-app portal that allows users to easily access news, tutorials, updates and much more – all designed to inspire photographers and ensure the best workflow and user experience in Capture One,” said Jan Hyldebrandt-Larsen, VP Software Business at Phase One.



A new workflow adds a much faster way to apply both Styles and Presets to a Layer on one or multiple images, offering a direct control of opacity, imperative to wedding and portrait photographers.
Furthermore, a new Spring Styles Pack is included, offering bright pastel color grading to images, particularly helpful to wedding, portrait and landscape photography.


The Resource Hub has been introduced to offer quick access to free learning resources via a dynamic on-screen portal. Tutorials, news, webinars, blog posts and much more are offered in one convenient location to improve the user experience and learning curve with Capture One.


The normalization tool provides a reference point for exposure and white balance for batch adjustments, now allowing any color to be used when previously the only option was a neutral grey.


The Capture One R&D team, alongside our color scientists, analyze hundreds of images from each camera to provide photographers access to the best out of box experience with natural profiles. Below outlines the new camera and lens additions that Capture One 11.1 supports. A full list of supported cameras can be found here: http://www.phaseone.com/supported-cameras

New camera support includes:

  • Fujifilm X-H1
  • Leica M262
  • Leica CL
  • Leica X-U
  • Leica V-Lux Typ 114
  • Leica TL2
  • Olympus OM-D E-M10 Mk III
  • Olympus E-PL9
  • Panasonic G9
  • Panasonic GH5S
  • Sony A7 Mk III

New lens support includes:

  • Canon lens:
    o CanonEF24-105mmf/4LISIIUSM
  • Leica lenses:o Leica Elmarit M 2.8/90
    o Leica Summicron M 2/90
  • Sony lenses:
    o Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (SEL18135)
    o Sony FE 24-105mm F4 G OSS (SEL24105G)
  • Tamron lenses:o Tamron SP 70-200mm F/2.8 Di VC USD G2 A025
    o Tamron SP 35mm F/1.8 Di VC USD F012
    o Tamron 28-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD A010
    o Tamron SP 90mm F/2.8 Di MACRO 1:1 VC USD F017
    o Tamron 16-300mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO B016


Capture Pilot 2.0 adds camera control support for Sony, allowing users to change camera settings of the tethered camera directly from your iOS device.


Capture One 11.1 is available now for the Mac and Windows operating systems online at www.phaseone.com/store and from Phase One authorized partners worldwide www.phaseone.com/partners.

Capture One Pro (click here and use code “AMBSAR” to get a 10% discount):
Owners of Capture One Pro 11 perpetual and subscribers can update for free by downloading. New customers can purchase Capture One Pro 11 for 299 USD or 279 EUR.
Owners of Capture One Pro 9 and 10 can upgrade for 119 USD/EUR

Capture One Pro Sony (click here and use code “AMBSAR” to get a 10% discount):
Owners of Capture One Pro Sony 11 can upgrade for free by downloading. New customers can purchase Capture One Pro Son: y 11 for 79 USD/EUR.
Owners of Capture One Pro Sony 9 and 10 can upgrade for 69 USD/EUR.

April 19, 2018
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Venus Optics is going to have “one of the biggest launch for Sony FE mount users”

Venus Optics will announce a new Laowa FE lens at the upcoming Beijing P&E show in early May. Venus Optics teases this to be “one be the biggest launch for Sony FE mount users”.
The Silhouette image on top shows the new lens. It appears to have 3 rings which suggests this might be a Zoom FE lens!
April 19, 2018
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony 16-35mm F2.8 G Master Lens Review

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Howto Connect Zhiyun Crane Wireless Remote with Sony Cameras (The Hunter Report).
Sony A7R II vs A7R III – The complete comparison (Mirrorlesscomparison).
Review: Sony 24-105mm f4 G OSS (ThePhoBlographer)
Voigtlander Nokton Classic 35mm F1.4 FE Review (Photographyblog).
New from Syrp, the Genie II 3-Axis Motion Control System (Explora).
IK Multimedia iRig Pre HD Interview (Personal View)

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

Share your best pictures on our new Instagram SonyAlphaGallery.

April 18, 2018
Posted in deals

First Wasabi Sony NP-FZ100 “clone” is in Stock at Amazon US


The world’s first third-party NP-FZ100 clone is now in Stock for the first time at Amazon US. They are $30 cheaper than the Sony original. And usually Wasabi has a good reputation…let us know if you tested them!

Sony A7III preorder links:
Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphotoAmazonBestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig.
Sony a7III in Europe at Amazon DE, Calumet Germany, Amazon UK, ParkCameras UK, WexUK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES.

Sigma FE lens preorder links:
All lenses listed on one page at BHphoto (Click here). In detail:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama.

Zeiss launched new savings on Batis-Loxia lenses:
You save $500 on the Batis 135mm lens at Bhphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
You save $200 on the Batis 85mm lens at Bhphoto and Adorama.
You save $200 on the Loxia 85mm lens at Bhphoto and Adorama.
You save $130 on the Batis 25mm lens at Bhphoto and Amazon.

April 18, 2018
Posted in news

There is now a fix for the Sony “stripe” issue!


You surely remember the big discussions on Dpreview because of the A7III stripe issue that appears i certain limited conditions. Well there is good news for you! This comes in straigth from today’s Dpreview post:

This fix is courtesy of Professor Hank Dietz, who is none other than the guy who developed a fix for Sony compressed Raw artifacts. His tool is available here. For now, it only works on compressed Raw files, but it works on any compressed Sony Raw file. That’s important, because this issue is not isolated to the a7 III by any means (though its predecessor the a7 II doesn’t appear to have any issues). It occurs with the a7R II/III, a9, R100 V – pretty much most cameras with masked pixels for on-sensor phase-detect AF (and that’s not just limited to Sony).

Higher resolution bodies are less problematic because a single pixel stripe is a smaller proportion of the image. The a7 III and a9 also have more phase-detection pixels than any other camera Sony has introduced, which makes the issue slightly more of an issue on these cameras.

Download link: http://aggregate.org/DIT/KARWY-SR/karwy/test/karwy.html

To take advantage of Professor Dietz’ work, you simply drag-and-drop a compressed Sony Raw file into the web application, wait a few seconds, and download the resulting file (you’ll want to add ‘.ARW’ to the end for your Raw software to read it properly). And voila – almost every trace of the striping is removed. Oh, and if you have any feedback, please PM Hank via his DPReview profile.

We’ve been in touch with the good folks at RawTherapee as well, and they have confirmed that they have implemented a fix internally, which will be released to the public in due course. There’s even a Photoshop fix developed by DPR forum member Magnar W, if you’re past the Raw development stage.

Thanks Rishi for this!

April 18, 2018
Posted in reviews

Sony versus Sigma FE size comparison!


Demis sent me these images with the following text:

I don’t know, if someone already send you that kind of layout with the forthcoming Sigma FE lenses, but I did it because so much people asking about real world comparison.
If it can helps that’s good 👍🏻

Insta: @demiscourquetlesaulnier

The first new Sigma FE lenses will start shipping out in 10-15 days:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama.

So it’s really “just” the 85mm Sigma that is really a lot bigger. Sigma also promised to make new lenses designed for Sony FF mirrorless only which should help to reduce the size. Can’t wait to see them!


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