August 21, 2015
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Kai from Digitalrev: “The A7rII is bloody awesome!”

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Kai from Digitalrev tested the new Sony A7rII. And he surprisingly has really nothing negative to say about the A7rII. For him the camera it’s just ” bloody awesome!”.

A7rII in Stock in USA and Germany too: The A7rII is in Stock at Amazon USA (via third part resellers) at eBay Germany (Click here) at E-infinity on eBay (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

New Sony A7rII tests:
Sony a7R II Camera: AdoramaPro with Daniel Norton (Adorama Blog).
Apple adds A7r2/RX10m2/RX100m4 RAW formats support (Apple Support).
A7Rii Performance… Am I Missing Something? (SonyAlphaForum)
The a7R II is the Best Camera Sony Has Ever Made (Resourcemagonline).
A7RII vs A7R Dynamic Range test at HIGH ISO (Fred Miranda).
How To Light & Photograph a Silhouette Indoors- Sony A7Rii Studio Shoot by Jason Lanier A7Rm2 (Jason Lanier on Youtube).
Sony A7R II Memory Recalls Gone – Issue? (Yannick Ciancanelli).
A7r II low light gallery (Mirrorlessons).
Sony A7R II and A7 II ISO Series Comparison: http://www.talkemount.com/threads/13566/
Sony A7R II, A7 II Shutter Sound Comparison: http://www.talkemount.com/threads/13556/
ISO 100 Dynamic Range Test – A7R II vs A7 II: http://www.talkemount.com/threads/13544/

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 20, 2015
Posted in deals

Big Sony A and E-mount lens deal reminder (up to $200 off).

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The Big A and E-mount lens savings is still running and a full overview can be seen on those special pages at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). These are the rebates in detail with Amazon links included:

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-70mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

APS-C E-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-70mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 16mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the lens 30mm macro at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$150 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

A-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 100mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 11-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 135 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm II lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-80mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 18-135mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 18-250mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm II lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 28-75mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 30mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 35mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 50mm DT lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 50mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 55-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 55-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm II lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 85mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 85mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 135mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-400mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

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August 20, 2015
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Dpreview’s autofocus test: “Sony Alpha 7R II can match or beat DSLR low light AF performance”!

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A7rII in Stock in USA and Germany too: The A7rII is in Stock at Amazon USA (via third part resellers) at eBay Germany (Click here) at E-infinity on eBay (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Dpreview posted their big autofocus Sony A7rII test and their conclusion is absolutely sensational:

The a7R II, when paired with a bright lens, can match or exceed the performance of the best DSLRs with respect to low-light AF ability. And we haven’t even shared the most exciting thing with you yet: although in this video we show you results at -2EV, our ‘extinction’ tests measured -3EV as the failing point of phase-detection with the a7R II + 35mm F1.4 combo. That’s very dark, and represents potentially game-changing performance, in our opinion.4

Sounds like for the very first time Canon and Nikon managers will REALLY have to worry about Sony taking away the spotlight from their Full Frame Pro market!

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 20, 2015
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DSLRmagazine: Sony A7rII JPG files are as good as the Canon 5DSr and Phase One XF RAW files!

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The SPanish review site DSLRmagazine (translation here) posted a detailed Sony A7rII vs Canon 5DSr vs Phase One XF comparison. Of particular interest is that very big comparison chart image you can see here: dslrmagazine.com/images/stories/Pruebas/Sony_A7RII_Captor/SCP.jpg. In very short the conclusion of the reviewer is:

1) Sony’s JPG files show excellent processing. It significantly increases the feeling of sharpness rivaling even with RAW versions of the 50 Megapixel models (Canon-Phase One) showing a larger but not sharper file.
2) The overall quality of the new Sony A7RII is really noticeable until it reaches ISO 6400 / ISO 12800.

Focus Numerique also posted a new A7rII ISO test. Their graph below shows how up to ISO 12,800 noise is acceptable and then suddenly doubles with the next stop and goes crazy high at ISO 102,400.

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They also compared the A7rII against the Nikon D810, A7s and Canon 5ds:

Ultimately, it is the new Sony A7R II and BSI sensor that wins this comparison. The progress made by Sony in the management of electronic noise when creating JPEGs are really impressive

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 20, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Interview at Imaging Resource: DSLR market is shrinking. 4K market is growing crazy fast.

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Imaging Resource interviewed Mike Fasulo, Neal Manowitz and Toshifumi Okuda from Sony. Here are some key highlights of the interview:

1) DSLR market declinging: “So we see one of the challenges we have, as we were sharing last night, is that the DSLR market’s declining.”

2) 4K: “You’re looking at your personal creative work on a 4K monitor, there’s nothing more spectacular than that. You want to see a mom smile, just put her child in 4K on a television.”. Further there is a “Crazy-fast adoption for 4K TVs (4K is a really big deal)

3) Mirrorless is growing (but more slowly in USA): “if we look at the mirrorless market, it’s growing significantly. It’s been growing for years in Asia as well, but there’s quite unique differences, right? In the US market, as Mike pointed out, bigger is better.”

4) DSLR vs Mirrorless: “What’s exciting is simply that you can capture an image that you could have never captured before. You can do things that you couldn’t have done before. Forget about the technology, whether it happens to be mirrorless or DSLR, that’s not the real win here. What’s happening is that the technology enables you to do something special.”

5) System cameras vs Smartphones: “We’re competing against how we convince customers to come back to the imaging world. Everybody seems to feel good enough with a smartphone camera, but that’s not necessarily the case.”

6) Sony-Olympus partnership: “for now, I will say there is no impact or an influence in terms of the Digital Imaging product concerned”

7) High Frame rate on new cameras: “High frame rate is an area where it doesn’t show up as high in terms of the voice from the customer, but we see the opportunity. And there’s been many times in our history where there is that imagination, that ability and the conviction to go after that market, right?”

8) A7rII and A-mount lenses: “On the Sony A7R II, the technology lends to everything we were talking about upstairs, with the better focusing and the ability for it to now use A-mount glass as if it was native glass. And that’s a big benefit, especially for someone that’s already invested in A-mount cameras and their lens technologies. So there’s a huge value there.”

Imaging Resource conslusion is:

Bottom line, nothing’s ever a given in the camera business, and ongoing success is never assured. But Sony seems to have developed a set of successful strategies, has a good understanding of where their strengths lie, and shows no sign of letting up any time soon. Stay tuned; there’s never been a better time to be a photographer, and Sony certainly seems poised to do their part in continuing to let the good times roll :-)

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 20, 2015
Posted in deals

Gold Box deal on the Sony 64GB SD card. A7rII in Stock at Amazon US (third party) and Germany.

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Right now there is a Gold Box deal on the Sony 64GB Class 10 SD card at Amazon US (Click here).

And the new Sony A7rII is in Stock via third-party resellers and some extra $$$ at Amazon USA (Click here). And two cameras are in Stock for the regular price at eBay Germany (Click here).

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August 20, 2015
Posted in news

iFixit shows us the “naked” A7rII. Fascinating…and complex!

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Image courtesy: iFixit.

iFixit ripped apart the new Sony A7rII camera. It’s quite fascinating to see how the camera is made! There is a lot of tech and features on this camera packed into a very small body. That’s also why the repairability Score is only 4 out of 10 (10 is easiest to repair).

And Thurtlepower.com tested if the new A7rII is good enough for wedding photograpy use:

“So how do I rate the Sony a7RM2 as a camera for weddings? In short it’s great.”

As easy as that :)

For EU readers: Today Gold Box deal on Sandisk cards and Wallimex lens for Sony at Amazon Germany (Click here and scroll the horizontal deal bar).

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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