August 10, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR1) I really do not think this is the A6100 (or A7000)

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Mirrorlesrumors posted that image of a supposed new A6100 (or A7000) camera. I’d say it’s 99% a fake. And so the specs they mention:

24.3 MP sensor (different from A6000)
Tri-navi control system
Mag. alloy body
1/32000 electronic shutter
4K Video (10 min limit)
No IBIS
No weather seal
Announcement in 2-3 weeks
Body only price is expected around 900 USD.

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August 10, 2015
Posted in news

New XEEN Cine lenses for Sony E-mount from Samyang!

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And now it’s official: The new Samyang Cine lens line “XEEN” has been announced. And full specs and preorder are available at BHphoto:
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).

There is also a first impression review at BH Explora (Click here):

I found the Rokinon XEEN Cine Lenses to be well made, easy to work with, and overall I enjoyed the image quality. They rendered naturalistic images with good contrast and a pleasing, slightly warm feel. Intercutting between the lenses required no additional color correction beyond applying the same LUT to the footage. It is my preference to shoot more closed down than wide open, and I did feel the lenses performed best starting around T4, but I was still satisfied with footage shot at T1.5. Overall, I was pleased with the XEEN lenses and look forward to working with them again.

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August 9, 2015
Posted in deals

Super US deals: Up to $200 off on Sony and Zeiss A and E-mount lenses!

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Sony US just launched a massive discount on almost all A-mount and E-mount lenses. A special full overview page can be seen at Adorama (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here). And those are the savings in detail and with direct link to three major US stores:

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

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

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

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August 9, 2015
Posted in reviews

Debunking A7rII myths? No real improvement on M-mount lenses. Image quality on par with the usual cams (D810 and so).

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The first wave of enthusiastic A7rII reviews is over. Now let’s jump into more detailed testing made by two famous reviewers:

1) Sensor performance on par with other cameras:
On the video above Tony Northup compared the new Sony A7rII vs the 5DS-R, D810, GH4, a7 II & a7S. In his testings the A7rII doesn’t show any Dynamic Range or resolution advantage over the Nikon D810 camera. At Low ISO Nikon and Sony are on par with a slight edge in favour of the Nikon because of super clean 64 ISO setting the Sony doesn’t have. But where the A7rII beats the ass out of the competition is the on sensor stabilization. When it comes to Handheld shooting the A7rII clearly is by far the best camera form the bunch!
In Short: On the “pure” image sensor level there is little improvement. But on a “real-world-handheld-shooting” level the A7rII is way better than the competition.

2) No visible improvement with M-mount lenses:
Diglloyd tested M-mount lenses on the A7rII and writes:

The internet is abuzz with claims from those who think that the laws of optics have been repealed for the Sony A7R II, just because it has a new sensor. These claims seem to be based on seeing less color shading, but this has always varied by sensor (magenta with some Sony sensors, green with others). Better neutrality is good, but it’s silly to think this means a whole lot. Sony cannot change the thickness of the sensor cover glass without altering the optical path, and this would wreak havoc on image quality with lenses designed for it.
The sharpness losses outside a small central area are severe, just as expected, very badly blurred/smeared over most of the frame.

As you have seen sometimes reviewers feedback do not match. 3D-Kraft and Bat (leicaboss.com) noticed and improvement on M-mount lenses. Diglloyd is not. This is just a reminder that every review you read is not a 100% perfect fact.

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 9, 2015
Posted in reviews

Battery Grip Comparison For Sony A7II & A7RII (Miguel Quiles).

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Miguel Quiles tested the Sony battery grip and the third party Meike battery grip. The Meike grip is a great solution for those who want to spend less and you can buy it at Amazon US (Click here) or via many eBay sellers (Click here).

Current A7rII discussions at SonyAlphaForum:
Questions about A7r II
A7RII + Canon EF/Metabones IV AF Early Results/Questions
What is a good off camera flash solution for the A7R II
A7Rii first impressions thread (incl RAW downloads)
A7RII + 90 mm f2.8 G macro video test .

First Look with the Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Diglloyd).
Updated first impression report at Proimagenz.
Sony a7rii – Test Footage 2 – Full Frame & Super 35 – Day 4 from Canon to Sony – 4k (Alex Pasquini on Youtube).

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 9, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Sandro Cecchini
Baikonur photospace with Sandra Twigg
https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1605932503022219

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) 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!

Read the rest of this entry →

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August 8, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony A7 back to $999 price at FocusCamera. Zeiss 55mm FE for $888 at PopFlash.

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The cheapest S7 camera got a $200 off and now sells for $999 at FocusCamera on eBay (Click here). And the Zeiss FE 55mm is available with a $120 discount at Popflash on eBay (Click here).

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.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

 

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