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Reminder: There is one registered Sony (RX?) camera and a press event on April 20

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There will be a new Sony product announcement on April 20 at 9:00am PST / 12:00 EST. And I do expect those news:

  • 99% chance: New Cine E-mount lenses
  • 60% chance: New camcorders (maybe E-mount FX6?)
  • 10% chance: Sony might share some “general” development news about the A7sII successor

Back in January Sony also registered a new fixed lens camera using the NP-BX1 battery. But with the Covid19 outbreak I don’t know if this camera will be announced on April 20…

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Sony 20mm f/1.8 FE review by CameraLabs: “performance even surpasses the very good Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM”

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CameraLabs published the Sony 20mm f/1.8 FE review:

“The Sony FE 20mm f1.8 G is an ultra-wide prime lens designed for Alpha mirrorless cameras and corrected for full-frame sensors. It delivers an ultra wide field-of-view that captures comfortably more than a 24mm, making it ideal for expansive landscapes, tight interiors, wide astro photography, as well as vlogging or environmental portraiture. It has a decent feature set including a de-clickable aperture ring and multi-purpose focus hold button plus its optical performance even surpasses the very good Sony FE 24mm f1.4 GM. This deserves a Highly Recommended!“

Sony 20mm f/1.8 FE G:
In USA at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama. FocusCamera.
In EU at Amazon DE, Calumet DE. Amazon UK. Parkcameras UK. Amazon FR. Amazon IT. Amazon ES.

Thanks SansM. :)

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Press text: Timelapse+ VIEW 1.8 update adds more camera support and includes a brand new USB Camera driver

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Press text:

Timelapse+ VIEW 1.8 update adds more camera support and includes a brand new USB Camera driver

Minneapolis, MN — Friday March 13th 2020– ​ Timelapse+ today announced two exciting news: Timelapse+ VIEW v.1.8 and Timelapse+ CORE.

VIEW 1.8 is a firmware update to their popular intervalometer and Timelapse+ CORE is their new USB Camera driver.

The last couple of years has seen a major trend toward mirrorless from pretty much all camera manufacturers. From the perspective of time-lapse, this has been good news since you now have the option of electronic shutter (time-lapse no longer needs to wear out the camera) and many of the new cameras can be powered over USB as well, extending the battery life (and making up for the tiny batteries in most mirrorless).

New Camera Driver: Timelapse+ CORE
Over the last year and a half, we built a 100% new camera driver from the ground up, we’re calling ​Timelapse+ CORE​. It’s designed to work optimally for time-lapse, giving us more flexibility and making it much easier to quickly support new cameras. It’s more reliable, faster (allowing shorter intervals) and is also much easier on the development side to maintain and keep up with new cameras.
While the new driver was written first for use in VIEW, Timelapse+ is packaging it and licensing it as a separate product. The CORE driver is a perfect solution in other applications where high-performance USB camera control across a broad range of cameras is needed. It’s free for personal use and paid for commercial use. Contact Timelapse+ if you’re interested in learning more.

Timelapse+ VIEW New Camera Support

● Canon EOS and EOS R
● Nikon DSLR and Nikon Z
● Fuji X and Fuji GFX
● Olympus
● Panasonic.

Sony Updates
Sony cameras have been supported since the beginning of the VIEW, but it’s better than ever now with the CORE driver. 1st and 2nd generation Sony cameras don’t allow saving to the camera’s SD card while connected via USB. This requires that the images be copied to the VIEW’s SD card, which takes a little time. With the CORE driver, however, it now takes less than half the time it did before, so the 1st and 2nd generation Sony cameras can support much shorter intervals and become a great option.

Timelapse+ VIEW Additional Improvements

Besides the new camera driver, there are hundreds of minor improvements and bugfixes. Here are a few of the more noteworthy:

● Live adjustments: change time-lapse parameters across a series of frames while it’s running● Long-term time-lapse: Weekly schedule can be configured with daily start/stop times.
● The auto ramping ​starting exposure is now decoupled from the post-transition exposure​. Now if there are lots of blown highlights due to a backlit scene at sunset, the night exposure won’t also be blown out. Instead, the post-transition exposure is based on an absolute luminance preset and can be adjusted in Ramping Options. This handles a wide variety of scenes much better with fewer “surprises”.
● Support for the ​eMotimo ST4​ using a USB data adaptor cable, but we’re also working on a simple solution that will allow full control over just the AUX2 TRS interface, so the USB can stay open for the camera without a hub.

Experimental

● We’ve started work on supporting the DJI Ronin S and SC gimbals. The goal is getting it to provide keyframe motion control through the VIEW’s app. We have control and setup working but the resulting motion is not smooth — there’s likely more work to be done figuring out the commands for motor stiffness, etc. It’s a tedious process trying to decode a stream of numbers and finding patterns so we can’t say when this might be complete yet. If interested in being a beta tester, email: mail@Timelapseplus.com

Website:
https://www.Timelapseplus.com

Pricing, updates, and availability for the Timelapse+ VIEW Intervalometer
Retail Price: $399. ​Pricing may vary by country for non-USD purchases, and additional fees may apply, including tax and shipping costs.

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This week SAR readers photos selection

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Paul Tan‎
SupaflyKingfisher.
a9 + FE200-600mm/Handheld
#sonyalphagallery

1) You can submit one single picture per week only.
2) To submit your picture for the weekly readers roundup post you can choose one of the following three options:
Instagram: Follow @sonyalphagallery and tag us on your picture to give us the permission to repost your image on the instagram gallery and on SAR (we will credit you)
Facebook: Submit your picture on our group: facebook.com/groups/sonyalphacamera. Please add the hashtag “#sonyalphagallery ” to grant the permission for reposting on SAR. Without the hashtag we will not add your picture!
Forum: Submit your picture on the SonyAlphaForum image section and add the hashtag “#sonyalphagallery
3) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: instagram.com/sonyalphagallery, facebook.com/groups/sonyalphacamera and on SonyAlphaForum.
4) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself! And please do share one single picture per week only. Do not spam :)

 

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