April 19, 2018
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(SR5) Venus Optics is going to have “one of the biggest launch for Sony FE mount users”

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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!
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April 19, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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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.

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April 18, 2018
Posted in deals

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

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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.

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April 18, 2018
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There is now a fix for the Sony “stripe” issue!

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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!

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April 18, 2018
Posted in reviews

Sony versus Sigma FE size comparison!

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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 👍🏻

Demis COURQUET-LESAULNIER
Insta: @demiscourquetlesaulnier
www.demis.nu

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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April 18, 2018
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New firmware update for the Sony A7III resolves “blinking pixels” issue

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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.

Sony issued a new firmware update for the Sony A7III (download here).

Benefits and improvements
– Resolves a “blinking pixels” phenomenon at the bottom edge of the image during XAVC S 4K (PAL 25p) recording (depending on the combination of camera settings)
– Resolves an issue where the touch panel could occasionally become unresponsive
– Improves the overall stability of the camera

And here you have a size comparison with the Canon 1DXII:

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April 18, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony FE 100-400 F4.5-5.6 GM OSS | Initial Sports Review

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Laowa 15mm f/2 Sony FE Review (Albert Dros).
Review: Sigma 14-24mm f2.8 Art DG (Canon EF, Tested on Sony FE) by ThePhoBlographer.
Cascable 3.4 adds support for Sony α7R III, α7 III, α9, and more
Microsoft Surface Pro, an Ideal Mobile Video Editing Machine? (Explora)
IK Multimedia ARC System MEMS Microphone Interview (Personal View)
Sony’s 1.2x Crop in 30p mode – Does It Matter To You? (Peter Gregg).

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

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