August 15, 2018
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Sony wins 6 of the 18 EISA awards

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Sony won Seven out of Eighteen EISA photography awards. You can check the list here: eisa.eu/awards/photography/. Here is Sony’s official press text:

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EISA CAMERA OF THE YEAR 2018-2019: α7 III

Sony’s unmatched innovation within the image sensor space is at the forefront of the new α7 III, as it features a brand new 24.2MP[i] back-illuminated Exmor R® CMOS image sensor with increased sensitivity, outstanding resolution and an impressive 15 stops[ii] of dynamic range at low sensitivities. By combining this sensor with a variety of impressive features including extreme AF area coverage of 93%, fast shooting at up to 10 fps[iii] with AF/AE tracking with either mechanical shutter or silent shooting[iv], diverse 4Kvivideo capabilities and more, Sony has created a new tool that gives all types of creators – from enthusiast to professional – the ability to capture content in new and different ways than they ever have before.

EISA PROFESSIONAL MIRRORLESS CAMERA 2018-2019:α7R III

Thanks to an evolutionary leap in image processing power and efficiency, the new α7R III combines a high-resolution 42.4 MPi back-illuminated Exmor R CMOS image sensor with impressive shooting speeds at up to 10 fps[v]with full AF/AE tracking, as well as beautiful image and 4K[vi] video quality, wide 15-stopiidynamic range, high sensitivity with noise reduction of almost a full stop[vii] and more. With these immense capabilities and a compact, lightweight body, it’s an extremely versatile tool for photographers, videographers, multi-media creators and all other types of professionals that demand reliability, flexibility and versatility.

EISA SUPERZOOM CAMERA 2018-2019: RX10 IV

Featuring the world’s fastest[viii] AF acquisition time of 0.03 seconds[ix] and up to 24 fps continuous shooting[x] with full AF/AE tracking, 315 phase-detection AF points that rivals those the fastest professional interchangeable lens cameras and an exceptionally versatile ZEISS® Vario-Sonnar T* 24-600mm[xi] F2.4-F4 lens, the new RX10 IV model delivers an unmatched combination of mobility and speed for imaging enthusiasts and professionals looking for the ultimate ‘all-in-one’ solution.

EISA MIRRORLESS WIDE-ANGLE ZOOM LENS 2018-2019: FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM

The FE 16-35mm F2.8 GM wide-angle zoom is equipped with a variety of Sony’s most advanced lens technologies, it is the first wide-angle G Master™ model, making it ideal for an extensive variety of shooting situations – landscapes, architecture, close up portraits, sports, action and much more. It is also exceptionally lightweight and compact, maximising portability and usability. The lens features exceptional corner-to-corner sharpness, with an optical design that includes five aspherical elements, two of which are Sony’s original XA (extreme aspherical) elements that reduce aberration and deliver ultimate resolution throughout the entire zoom range and aperture range.

EISA MIRRORLESS TELEZOOM LENS 2018-2019: FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS

The FE 100-400mm F4.5–5.6 GM OSS Super Telephoto Zoom lens maintains the high standard of resolution that is the hallmark of Sony’s flagship line-up of G Master lenses, while also offering incredibly fast, precise AF capabilities, a lightweight, portable design and a variety of professional functions and customisability. It’s an exceptionally powerful photographic tool for a variety of enthusiast and professional shooters, particularly those that are commonly shooting sports or wildlife.

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August 15, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sigma 105mm f/1.4 ART: Hands On First Look | 4K

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Carl Zeiss 50 f1.7 Planar T – An affordable Zeiss (Theweekendlens).
Sony RX 100 VI: High ISO Performance, Exposure Recovery, and Sample footage (LensProToGo).
In the Field with the Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE for Sony E-Mount Cameras (Allan Weitz).
The New Zacuto Cage for the Sony a7 III, a7R III, and a9 Cameras (Steven Gladstone).

Andrew:Sony UK & Ireland will be attending the Rutland Birdfair from Friday 17th August to Sunday 19th August. They will have the 400mm lens on the stand for the 3 days.

Oliver: ” Thank you for all you do for crazy Sony mirrorless users like me!  I have made two review videos that heavily feature the many uses of the Sony Alpha line and would love to get a feature if at all possible.  Please take a look if you have time and use however you see fit! Links below:
https://youtu.be/ly3zitAJJ0w
https://youtu.be/beiKXQ1oEec

TheUpperLeft:I sold my Sony A7RIII and bought the Sony A7III. Here’s Why. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UzhW2SbN6E

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August 14, 2018
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Unexpected: Sony US lowers the price of the newly announced RX100VA

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The new RX100VA just got a $100 discount at Adorama and BHphoto. I can only think of one reason why this newly announced camera got a price drop…poor sales?

P.S.: Sony 24-105mm lens is back in Stock via FocusCamera (Click here).

Preorders:
Voigtlander 110mm FE lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Tamron 28-75mm FE lens at BHphotoAmazon, BuyDig, FocusCamera and Adorama. In Europe at Amazon DE and WexUK.
Sony A7III in USA at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, BestBuy, FocusCamera, BuyDig.
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 35mm f/1.4 for $899 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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August 14, 2018
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Sony “serious” answer to Canon and Nikon’s new FF mirrorless will follow soon after their announcement

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Image of the new Nikon FF mirrorless

On August 23 Nikon will launch the new Z6 and Z7 camera along an impressive 58mm f/0,95 lens (full specs here). And Canon is rumored ot announce their FF mirrorless on September 4/5 (info here).

In these days had an informal chat with people close to Sony. They have been told by Sony managers that Sony is not “unprepared” by Canon and Nikon’s FF mirrorless launch. I guess with not unprepared they mean they more or less know what kind of specs those cameras will have.

And they also said Sony has new tech and the necessary resources to outperform both systems. They told me to “expect a serious answer after the Canon/Nikon announcements

Of course Nikon and Canon folks can argue that this might be only some bullish manager talk. But somehow I got the feeling that in this case Sony is telling the truth. Canon and Nikon surely can make cameras with better ergonomy. But Sony is learning fast and after all they have the leading tech when it comes to sensor quality and other electronic parts (like the new 5.6 million dots EVF).

It would be nice to get a new stunning Sony A7sIII right after the Canon and Nikon announcements. Something that will “out-wow” them :)

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August 14, 2018
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Sean Tucker: Why I made the Big Switch to Sony

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Sean Tucker:

I recently made a total switch in my gear from Canon/Fujifilm to Sony. This video gives my reasoning and why the Sony system is best for my needs as a travelling hybrid shooter. I also give my thoughts on how we should be choosing gear in general, avoiding brand loyalty, gear snobbishness etc, and dispassionately choosing the right tool for the job.

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August 14, 2018
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Great deal for Europeans: Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE for just 510 at Amazon

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This is one of the best lens in the FE range. And you get it for 510 Euro only sold directly by Amazon Spain (Click here). All Europeans can buy it from there!

More EU deals:

– Save 100 Euro on the Sony A6500  with the coupon code at Amazon Germany (login to get the discount).
– Save 70 Euro on the RX100IV with the coupon code at Amazon Germany (login to get the discount).
– Save 100 Euro on the Sony A77II with the coupon code at Amazon Germany (login to get the discount).

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August 14, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS lens review with samples

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony A7 III vs A7R III – 4K Video Comparison (Mathieu Gasquet).
In the Field with the Tokina FiRIN 20mm f/2 FE AF Lens (Allan Weitz).
SmallRig L-Brackets/Grips for Sony Mirrorless Review | 4K (Dustin Abbott).
Recommendations for Hands-free Headlamps, Lanterns and Area Lights (Explora).

Dvir:My name is Dvir Barkay and I am a professional nature photographer. I have been a Sony user since the Alpha 100 and still use my Sony A77 for travel but my predominant gear is now a Canon 1Dx and Canon 200-400 lens. I recently did a review of the Sony A9 camera, which I really loved and I really feel Sony has finally caught up to Canon and Nikon (at least in most respects) in regards to the focusing capabilities which on every Sony camera I used before it felt as though it was not up to par for the sort of work that I do. I thought the review would be of interest to your readers. You can find a link to the page with all the photos taken with the Sony camera below along with a link to the review.

Photos taken with the A9 on my website
https://www.dvirbarkay.com/single-post/2018/07/26/Mexican-Wildlife-With-The-Sony-A9
My review for Photographylife
https://photographylife.com/reviews/sony-a9

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

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