December 8, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS Review (2017) | Sony a6000 Image Samples

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
The Sweeter the Better with the Lensbaby Sweet 80 Optic (Explora).
Primoplan 75mm F1.9 by Meyer Optik Görlitz (SonyAlphaBlog).
Ikan Beholder DS2-A Gimbal (Personal View).
Trioplan 100mm FE review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony 100-400 vs Nikon 80-400 at 100mm (Jim Kasson).
Sony A9 sport photography test at DC.watch.

Maarten:To show what the RX10IV can do in HFR mode: here is a video showing all HFR modes from 100FPS, 250FPS, to 500FPS and 1000FPS: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wxsKSK4bvyA
For more details on shooting HFR (High Frame Rate) slow motion with the RX10IV: here is a post explaining the big differences in shooting with the different modes, it includes videos and frame-grab examples to show the quality differences. http://www.maartentoner.net/filmmaking/summer-in-october-hfr-with-the-rx10iv/

We have our own Facebook camera groups and pages you can join to discuss the upcoming new cameras in detail:
Sony A9 group and Sony A9 page.
Sony A7rIII group and Sony A7rIII page
Sony A7sIII group and Sony A7sIII page
Sony A7III group and Sony A7III page
Note: In groups you can post your own stuff like images, news and questions. While on pages you will read the specific camera news from SAR.

More informal and personal photos from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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December 8, 2017
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New firmware update for the Sony 70-200 GM lens

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Download it here: esupport.sony.com/US/p/model-home.pl?mdl=SEL70200GM&LOC=3

This update (version 05) improves the accuracy of the contrast AF at distant shooting, making it easier to focus when the aperture is narrowed down to F11 or higher.

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December 7, 2017
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Great deal: Open Box Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE for $525

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The Open Box Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE sells for $525 only at BestBuy on eBay. It means you save $175 over the regular price.

And these are the great deals today on BHphoto.

For the next three days you save $$$ on a huge amount of video accessories at BHphoto (Click here to see the full list).

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December 7, 2017
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Rumored Sony roadmap recap: A7III, A7sIII and lenses (135mm, 20mm and 200-600mm FE)

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Before we move on tonew 2018 rumors let’s recap what we have so far. This recap is based on sources who were right in the past, some new sources and stripped off the info from sources who were wrong in 2017:

Sony cameras:

1) Sony A7sIII: 95% chance it’s shipping in Q2 2018 (between April and June).
Shoul dbe announced at or before the NAB show and have 4k60fps and A9 autofocus system.

2) Sony A7III: 80% chance it’s shipping within first half 2018.
This mini brother of the Sony A9 is going to ship in early 2018. Exact announcement date is still unconfirmed. Hopefully February-March at or around CP+. The camera is rumored to have a new updated 24MP sensor, 6fps, joystick, touchscreen, 4K 30fps and same or similar A9 autofocus system.

3) Sony A77III (A-mount): 50% chance this is coming in early 2018
This could be the next A-mount camera. Still not info about the possible release. Spec wise we expect this to have the same A77m2 AF-phase detection module combined with a new Hybrid-AF (on sensor AF of the A6500). It uses the 24MP A6500 sensor and has 4K recording.

Still no info about the new RX or A6xxx cameras. Now let’s move on to lenses:

E-mount lenses:

First a non-rumor: The Sony 400mm FE will ship in September 2018 (see BHphoto)

1) Sony 135mm FE: 70% chance to get this within 2018. Probably f/1.8 aperture.

2) Sony 20mm f/2.8 FE: 50% chance to get this within 2018

3) Sony 200-600mm lens: 50% chance to get this within 2018.

4) Zeiss Batis and Loxia:
I have no specs yet about the upcoming lenses but there might be two lenses in 2018.

5) Sigma 35mm f/1.4 FE other FE lenses:
Announcement likely in February 2018 for the 35mm f/1.4 FE. More lenses should be released after that within 2018.

6) Voigtlander FE:
The 35mm f/1.4 lens will come in ealry 2018 (a fact and not a rumor). After that we might get a new 125mm f/2.0 macro FE lens.

7) Tokina FE:
They plan to release a new Super Wide and a fast wide FE autofocus lens in 2018. A Standard zoom is expected to be released in late 2018 or early 2019.

8) Samyang FE:
135mm FE will be announced and maybe a new zoom FE lens too.

Source are welcome to update or eventually correct this list by sending me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Or use the contact form you see on the right top of this site. Thanks!

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December 7, 2017
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Meyer Optik Goerlitz launches the new generation Primoplan 75/1.9

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Meyer Optik Goerlitz is developing the second generation of their Primoplan 75/1.9 lens. You can buy the lens Indiegogo. Here is their press text:

Meyer Optik Returns a Lost Treasure

New Primoplan 75 Sets Bar Even Higher for Versatility, Optical Performance

Meyer Optik Goerlitz announced today that it is developing the next generation of the Primoplan 75/1.9, its premier portrait lens known for its versatile bokeh that spans from dreamy and swirly to circular, along with melting colors and smooth transitions from sharpness to soft blurs.

The company is calling the new version of the Primoplan 75 the P75 II, and is launching a campaign for the lens today on Indiegogo. Backers can be the first in line to get the lens for as low as $629 during the first 24 hours of the campaign. The upcoming P75 II maintains the special character of the original Primoplan 75, but the new lens follows an innovative optical design making use of Schott and OHARA glass and coatings.

In its new P75 II, Meyer Optik has reduced the lens’ minimum focal distance by almost 30% to just 55cm or 1.8 ft. The company is also offering a specially designed achromat front lens as a possible add on by which the minimum focusing distance can be reduced to 25 cm or less than a foot. The designers have also enlarged the image or frame size so that image contrast and resolution in the P75 II are dramatically improved, making the lens idea for black and white photography, as well as the perfect tool for portrait and nature photography. Furthermore, the lens can now cover mirrorless medium format cameras, such as the Hasselblad XD 1 or Fuji’s GFX 50s

The new optical innovations for the P75 II are an advancement of the Primoplan 75, which had been last produced in the 1950s in East Germany. The lens was originally developed in the 1930s by legendary German designer Paul Schaefter for Meyer Optik Goerlitz.

To see the Indiegogo campaign, go to https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/return-the-lost-treasure-create-the-p-75-ii-f1-9-camera-photography#/

To see product and sample images, go to https://www.dropbox.com/sh/s25nuqmemkrwqnu/AABPMLgH7cQtlXRB2h1BTRYea?dl=0

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December 7, 2017
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New Sony deals in Europe on Sony RX cameras and 85mm FE

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You save up to 39% on Sony compact cameras sold by Amazon Germany.
Up to 38% off on Sandisk cards at Amazon France.
You get the 85mm FE for 517 Euro only on Amazon France.
Check out these links for the big Cashback action: Amazon Germany special page, Wex UK, Sony Netherland, Amazon France.

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.

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December 7, 2017
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Pat Nadolski says the Sony A7R III Weather Sealing is “much better than its predecessors”

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Pat Nadolski from Kolarvision examinated the A7rIII weather sealing. These are his findings:

Sony A7R III Weather Sealing Examination

When we finished our teardown article for the A7R III last week, we didn’t anticipate just how badly people wanted to see the new camera body’s weather sealing. This may seem like a no brainer since weather sealing is something avid Sony mirrorless camera shooters like myself are pining for (not that it’s stopped my A6000 from weathering the occasional shower). But, the truth is that the A7R III is not sealed the same way as an underwater camera or the more extreme weatherproof DSLRs. If you open the new Sony up, you won’t find gaskets or air tight rubber seals on each individual button and screw like you might on a Pentax. Instead, Sony appears to have taken a subtler approach to protecting their latest full frame from the elements. A mix of some rubber, a tight fit, and rather large lips at the edge of each piece of the chassis seem to do the job when it comes to keeping the rain out of sensitive components.

The first thing we noticed was this long edge that the top cover attaches to the main body by.

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