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September 4, 2018
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What’s the Nikon Z or Canon R lens Sony should make as an E-mount version?

The Canon R and Nikon Z lens roadmap includes some lenses that are currently NOT available as a Sony E-mount version. So here is the question:

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September 4, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


A Swiss army knife for Sony L series batteries. Power any camera, device or gadget anywhere using the legendary Sony NP-F series on Kickstarter (Click here).

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Leica 50mm f/1.4 test on the Sony A7II (STKB).
Fuji Wedding Photographer: Why I swapped to Sony (CameraJabber).
Samyang 12 f2 – Well worth the price (Theweekendlens).
Sony RX100VI test at DC.watch.
Sony 20mm f2.8 vs Sigma 19mm f2.8 for APS-C at MirrorlessComparisons.
Get Big Impact Protection with Lowepro Hardside Series (Explora).

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

Join the new Sony Alpha Camera Facebook group.
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September 3, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony In Body Stabilization vs Canon Image Stabilization Which Is Best: IBIS vs IS

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
The Sony Story No One Tells, Not Even Sony | It’s Not In Our Nature To Snuff Out The Fire (SLRlounge).
Reports: CMOS Sensors in Short Supply, Prices Rising (Image Sensor World).
Sony A9 + Sony 100-400G Master + Sony 1.4x TC (Alex Phan).
In the Field with the Lensbaby Sol 45 (Explora).
SLR Magic releases 50mm f/1.1 CINE Version II E-Mount Lens (Newsshooter).
Is the VIDEO AUTOFOCUS Reliable?! – Sigma Art Lenses for Sony a7III a7RIII a9 (Jason Vong).

Mathieu:here is my new video : 5 Creative ideas for amazing Portraits. Shot on A7III. https://youtu.be/iK36LLiy_Cw I hope you like the result

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

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To get news from our Forum subscribe that RSS feed.
I kindly invite you all to follow our RSS feed, follow us on Facebook and Twitter to not miss news and rumors

September 2, 2018
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This week SAR readers photos selection


Hamed Shahnam‎
We had some challenging weather in Rome but managed to snag this shot on an epic sunrise. Taken with the Sony a7riii 16-35mm f4 lens.
instagram.com/hamed_shahnam/
#sonyalphagallery

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August 31, 2018
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New Photolemur 3.0 released, the world’s first fully automated solution for creating perfect photos

Skylum released the new Photolemur 3.0 (Click here). The software allows you to take of all image correction automatically without you having to move one finger:

Here are the most essential changes:
Automatic Face Enhancement with skin retouching and teeth whitening
Smart Eye Enlargement
Adding Styles to photos
New menu for opacity settings
Quick access menu for face enhancement, lens correction and eye enlargement
Apply settings from one image to all images in batch
SmugMug Export (for Mac version)
Performance and stability boost

About Photolemur:

Photolemur is the world’s first fully automated solution for creating perfect photos.
It works on Mac and PC, automatically analyzes and perfects your images, and doesn’t require any manual involvement.
Photolemur is powered by artificial intelligence that recognizes objects, faces, trees, sky, foliage and more; distinguishes between portraits, landscapes and macro photographs; and applies the appropriate enhancements for each type of image.
Photolemur 3.0 includes the world’s first fully automatic processing and retouching of faces: skin smoothing, removing skin defects, smart eye enlargement and hair structure.
The new Photolemur 3.0 version has six new styles along with the ability to impose them on images. The program is also able to enhance a large number of photos simultaneously: more than 200 images at the same time, which will speed up a workflow considerably.
Photolemur 3.0 is possibly the greatest time-saver in the history of photo editing!

Offer Availability:
Photolemur 3.0 will be available for pre-order on August 22, and released on September 14.

Pre-Order Pricing:
Current users may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $19
New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Family at a special pre-order price of $49
A collection of bonuses will also be included in every purchase.

Photolemur 3.0 Regular Pricing:
Current users may upgrade at a special pre-order price of $19
New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Family at a price of $59
New users can purchase Photolemur 3.0 Single at a price of $39

August 30, 2018
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Sony A7III is again outselling the new Nikon Z cameras according to Amazon US

Note: The Amazon ranking gets updated hourly. Ranking may change after my post.

First of all Amazon US ranking (Click here) isn’t a scientific tool to measure a cameras success. But from experience I know that newly announced cameras that sell well are usually on top for weeks. So it’s interesting to see that four days after the announcement the Sony A7III is selling better than the Nikon Z7 and Nikon Z6 cameras.

Also Google trend seems to confirm that the A7III is more popular than the Z cameras:

I repeat, this is not a scientific analysis. But we can safely say the Nikon Z isn’t the big dealbreaker…yet. Let’s see if Canon will have a major impact with their FF mirrorless when they will announce it on September 5!

August 30, 2018
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Sony Announces World’s Smallest Travel High Zoom Cameras with 4K Movie Capability and Upgraded Image Processor

Sony announced the new HX95 and HX99 compact cameras. You can check the product page at Sony UK for more info

Press text:

Sony Announces World’s Smallest Travel High Zoom Cameras with 4K Movie Capability and Upgraded Image Processor

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-720mm[i] High Magnification Zoom and High Image Quality Lens packed into compact body
Stunning 4K[ii] video with full pixel readout and no pixel binning
BIONZ X™ image processing engine and newly implemented front-end LSI for seriously impressive stills
Versatile operability and shooting capabilities including Eye AF, EVF, Control Ring[iii], Touch Focus/Touch Shutteriii, Tiltable LCD and more for flexible shooting options

Sony today boosted its Cyber-shot® line-up of travel high zoom cameras with the launch of the DSC-HX99 and DSC-HX95.

Designed for users who want an unobtrusive camera that can be carried at all times, the new models are packaged in the world’s smallest[iv] body and offer a truly versatile zoom range from 24mmi at the wide end up to 720mmi super-telephoto. In addition to stunning 4Kii movie footage,at the heart of both models sits the powerful BIONZ X image processing engine combined with a front-end LSI that delivers high-speed continuous shooting at up to 10 fps with a buffer limit of up to 155 images[v]. Furthermore, these new models present a fast AF speed of 0.09 seconds[vi]. Some newly added features are Eye AF, RAW format image recording, touch focus/touch shutteriii function, and location data acquisition[vii] via Bluetooth®.

ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-720mm High Magnification Zoom and High Image Quality Lens

The huge zoom range offered by the HX99 and HX95 means that they are ideally suited to the varied demands of travel photography and capturing daily life. Image stabilisation is controlled with Optical SteadyShot™ which effectively negates the camera shake blur that often occurs during handheld and telephoto shooting. The models are also equipped with a Zoom Assist function that allows the user to zoom out temporarily and displays a wider area when shooting a subject at the telephoto end.

Processing Power

The HX99 and HX95 can capture 4K video footage with full pixel readout and no pixel binning. This means that fine details are beautifully rendered and ‘moiré’ and ‘jaggies’ are significantly reduced. The new models can shoot fast-moving subjects withhigh-frame rate HD[viii] recording at up to 100fps[ix] to produce impressive slow-motion sequences during editing.

As the perfect picture often occurs unexpectedly, photographers need to be able to trust their camera to react quickly. With a Fast Intelligent AF speed of just 0.09 secondsvi and an upgraded BIONZ X processor[x] and front-end LSI, the HX99 and HX95 are a perfect fit, delivering high speed continuous shooting at up to 10fps (buffer limit of up to 155 images)v. For beautifully focused portraits, the new models inherit the much praised Eye AF technology from their α™ siblings and for photographers who prefer to enhance their photos with image editing software, the HX99 and HX95 offer the option to shoot in RAW. Fading light? A maximum ISO6400[xi] means that this isn’t a concern.

Intuitive and Comfortable Operation

Embracing feedback from users of the HX90 series, Sony has implemented Touch Focus and Touch Shutter functionality on the HX99 so that the photographer can directly select their shooting subject and fire whilst also implementing a Touch Pad function for smooth focus point shifting while using the retractable OLED Tru-Finder™. For those who wish to take command of their settings, the Control Ring of the HX99 can be customised with functions such as manual focus or step zooming and both HX99 and HX95 also offer My Menu personalisation for instant recall of up to 30 items and the ability to create custom menus.

A 180-degree tiltable LCD screen allows for easy framing of selfies and group shots whilst an upgraded gripx offers a firm hold and greater stability during shooting. Location data acquisition via Bluetooth® can collect and record location data from a mobile devicevii (Location Information Link) and small size Proxy recording allows transfers to smartphones or uploading to websites for quick sharing.

The new Sony Cyber-shot HX99 and HX95 will ship in Europe from October 2018, priced at approximately €520 for HX99 and €500 for HX95.

Please visit Sony.co.uk for more information: HX99 / HX95

[i]Angle of view (35mm format equivalent)

[ii]3840 x 2160 pixels. Continuous recording time is approx. 5 minutes, and may vary with recording environment

[iii]DSC-HX99 only

[iv]Among fixed lens digital cameras with a built-in viewfinder and telephoto end 700mm or above (angle of view, 35mm format equivalent) lens. As of August 2018 press release, based on Sony research

[v]With “Continuous shooting mode: Speed Priority Continuous Shooting” and “Image quality: Fine”

[vi]CIPA standard, internal measurement, at f=4.25mm (wide-end), EV8.5, Program Auto, AF area: Wide, NTSC mode

[vii]Can be connected via Bluetooth with smartphones featuring (as of August 2018 press release):

Android smartphones: Android 5.0 or later and compatible with Bluetooth 4.0 or later,

iPhone/iPad: iPhone 4S or later/iPad 3rd generation or later

[viii]Class 10 or higher micro SDHC/SDXC memory card is required to record movies in the XAVC S™ format. UHS-I (U3) is also required for recording at 100Mbps

[ix]PAL. 120fps in NTSC

[x]Compared to DSC-HX90 series

[xi]When expanded ISO sensitivity is enabled

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