December 9, 2017
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Curious note: Sony announced four cameras this year. Lowest number ever since 1998.

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Chart by Personal View

This year Sony announced the A7rIII, RX0IV, A9 and the niche oriented RX0. This is the lowest number ever since 1998 (where we had also four cameras only). This is the sign of the times. Smartphones killed the compact camera lines and manufacturer are now oriented on the high-end market only. These are the numbers showing this decline:

4 cameras announced in 2017
7 cameras in 2016
8 cameras in 2015
17 cameras in 2014
20 cameras in 2013
23 cameras in 2012
22 cameras in 2011
24 cameras in 2010
19 cameras in 2009
18 cameras in 2008
18 cameras in 2007
12 cameras in 2006
14 cameras in 2005
12 cameras in 2004
15 cameras in 2003
13 cameras in 2002
14 cameras in 2001
10 cameras in 2000
5 cameras in 1999
4 cameras in 1998

Database source: Dpreview

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December 9, 2017
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Iridient Developer 3.2.1 now supports the Sony A7R III including pixel shift RAW mode

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Iridient Developer 3.2.1 now supports the Sony A7R III including pixel shift RAW mode both as multiple ARWs straight from camera and in the new ARQ format.


Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests.

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December 9, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

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Should You Buy the Sony alpha a6000, a6300, or a6500? Holiday 2017 Buying Guide

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Best Sony Lenses of 2017 (Explora).
Lensbaby Trio 28mm F3.5 (SonyAlphaBlog).
Sony Cyber-shot RX10 IV Review (Photographyblog).
10 Camera Shots I Rely On When My Mind Goes _________! (Wolfcrow).
90mm macro FE review by Ken Rockwell.
The Sony A9. Will it fly as a wildlife camera? (DearSusans).

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December 8, 2017
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Imaging Resource claims the A7rIII is the “best overall professional camera on the market today”

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Imaging Resource really likes the new Sony A7rIII:

Does the Sony A7R III deserve the hype and excitement it has been getting across the photo community? After several days shooting with it and numerous hours working with both photos and videos produced by it, I have to say yes, it absolutely does. The Sony A7R III does a fantastic job addressing the concerns fans of the A7R II had, while simultaneously introducing new features perhaps few asked for.
It’s pretty clear that Sony was actively listening and taking notes on what improvements they needed to make to their third-generation A7R camera. This is probably the first camera I’ve personally ever shot with that feels like a true advancement in areas in which its predecessor was decidedly weak.

Also Jim Kasson is happy with the camera:

The camera is faster and more responsive than the a7RII in almost every way, which translates to greater confidence and less tension when shooting an event. That seems to include the autofocusing, although I can’t be sure without a real test.

ThePhoBlographer posted their full review too:

I mean, what is there to not like. Anything that isn’t that great about the Sony a7r III can be overcome and in no way do I see it being a burden in the long run. The Sony a7r III is replacing my Sony a7 as my main camera, although I still still keep the original due to just how good it still is. I recommend the Sony a7r III for working professionals and semi-professionals. And if you get it, I strongly recommend using it with Capture One to make the most of it.


Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests.

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December 8, 2017
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BHphoto is shipping two A7rIII instead of one to its customers

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Many SAR readers reported that they got not one but two A7rIII cameras shipped by BHphoto.

Alex Workman form our A7rIII Facebook group shared these pictures and writes:

Over the last 24 hours, I have been battling a HUGE moral dilemma…
Yesterday morning, I woke up like a kid on Christmas morning. After waiting 40 days since preordering my Sony a7Riii from B&H, it was waiting at the UPS depot for me to pick up. I was there at 8:00am sharp with a huge grin on my face.

I got home and sat down with the fam to experience the excitement of our new gear together. My wife, Chelsea, loves opening boxes, so I wanted to make sure she got to partake in the fun. As soon as she opened the box, my jaw dropped to the floor. There was not just one camera in the box, but two. Two brand new Sony a7Riii camera bodies.

Not going to lie, I didn’t “want” to do anything. I had dozens of justifications running through my head.
-They will never know
-They have insurance anyways
-I have ZERO legal obligation to contact them, let alone return it
-They will just write it off/shrink is a part of the retail life
-#christmasmiracle

After the nudging from Chels to call B&H and let them know what happened and after 30 min on hold, I spoke to a customer service staff who didn’t seem too phased about the fact that they made a $3200 mistake. After each exchange of the phone call, I kept justifying (or trying to justify) a reason to keep the camera (I mean, there is so much good I could do with that piece of gear). When I asked to speak to a manager, the customer service representative told me that managers were too busy and he would pass my message along (even another justification for me to keep the camera since a manager is too busy to talk with a customer about a mistake). The representative informed that they could probably send out a return label (Could probably‽ I mean “probably?” Yet another justification).

Then, I had a thought. When I was expecting to receive one camera body, I was content. When I opened the box to see two camera bodies, that contentment went out the window. I instantly wanted, and told myself I needed, more. Especially in this holiday season, it is so easy to get our contentment out of whack. I never want anyone to say that I do not (to the best of my ability) live out what I say I believe. We have hustled hard to build a business that champions everyone’s story and does so with integrity. Even though I don’t want to, the camera is going back to B&H. My integrity is worth more than $3200.

I hope B&H or Sony (or whomever made the mistake) will have grace on those individuals who made the error.

This season, let’s champion integrity. Do what is right and remember to keep our level of contentment in check.


Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests.

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December 8, 2017
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15% off Sony at KEH!

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Today only KEH (click here) is offering 15% off Sony gear with code “SONY12A” tomorrow only (12/8). Only valid on used gear (here the full list)

Cameras:
$500 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$500 off on the Sony A7sII with free extras at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama.
$200 off on the Sony A6500 at BestBuy, Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$70 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the A6000 dual kit at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 gift card with the RX10m5 at Adorama.
FF E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at BestBuy, Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
APS-C E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-70mm Zeiss lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony E PZ 18-110mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 30mm macro at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Accessories:
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the HVL-F43M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$100 off on the HVL-F60M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC1EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony ECM-CG60 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 underwater housing at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.

Other stuff:
The new Vello adapter is now in Stock at BHphoto.
Save 25% when buying 3 or more Sony FZ100 batteries at BestBuy.
After Adorama also BHphoto has the new Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens in Stock.
Novoflex Reverse Adapter is now available for preorder at Amazon US.
On the grey market the A7rII price dropped down to $1,899 on eBay US (1 year seller warranty).

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December 8, 2017
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Sony to showcase two new sensors at the ISSCC conference in February

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At the ISSCC conference in February Sony will showcase those two new sensors:

– A Back-Illuminated Global-Shutter CMOS Image Sensor with Pixel-Parallel 14b Subthreshold ADC
– A 1/4-inch 3.9Mpixel Low-Power Event-Driven Back-Illuminated Stacked CMOS Image Sensor

via Image Sensor World

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