August 4, 2015
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First A7rII vs 5DSr comparison: Sony outperforms the Canon and is “nothing short of incredible”!

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This is the very first Dynamic Range image test comparison between the Canon 5DSr and Sony A7rII done by Tim Parkin from On Landscape. Tim writes:

“We can obviously see a considerable difference here and so straight out of lightroom the A7Rii is nothing short of incredible. Let me remind you, this is +5 exposure and +100 shadow recovery!”
Tim still wants to make more tests to confirm this so take it with a grain of salt. And obviously we have to see more test made by different reviewers before to draw any conclusion. But if those will confirm Tim’s conclusion well the new Sony smokes out the new 50MP Canon
UPDATE: Tim sent me an additional note: “Might be worth putting a little note on the blog post that the Sony A7Rii had more headroom in the highlights and the 6 stops was measured from there – hence why the exposures aren’t the same.
Also Gordon from CameraLabs posted a first hands-on review:
With the Mark II the A7r has grown-up quickly to become a camera that needs no excuses. I still lament the absence of a touch-screen, but otherwise the A7r Mark II is shaping up to be an extremely promising camera.

Ongoing A7rII owners discussion can be followed on our SonyAlphaForum.

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 Gariz case
The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

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August 4, 2015
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A7rII rolling shutter tests by Cinema5D and Newsshooter.

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Image courtesy: Cinema5D

Reminder: A7rII shipping in USA! The first preorders will ship tomorrow from all major stores like Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto. Plenty of SAR readers got notified by those stores their camera will ship tomorrow or aftertomorrow :)

The cine sites Cinema5D and Newshsooter are eagerly testing the video quality of the new A7rII. Today both posted their rolling shutter test and both came to the same conclusion:

Cinema5D writes:

Rolling shutter on the new Sony A7RII is both good and bad. If you need a camera with good rolling shutter performance in 4K (UHD) you can either resort to the Sony A7RII Full Frame Mode or avoid this camera altogether and go with the Panasonic GH4 instead. The Sony A7s performs better, but the difference isn’t huge.

Newsshooter writes:

The results re-affirmed to me what I knew from my earlier tests. The jello effect is pretty bad when the camera is set in S35 mode. It is very similar to the performance of the sister a7S in full frame mode. For fast moving subjects and sports this could be a real problem. Luckily if you switch to full frame mode its a different story. The rolling shutter is much reduced. How much? well it is very close to the M4/3 sensor of the GH4. This comes as quite a surprise as the GH4 sensor is much smaller.

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 Gariz case
The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

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August 4, 2015
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(SR2) Sony A7sII will give up the classic A7 form and become more like a Canon CX10?

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An anonymous source told me the A7sII is close to the release and it has one major surprise. It will have “a new body design similar to the Canon XC10“. Don’t know if people will like the A7sII to have a XC10 alike design. But after the A7rII release I guess it makes sense to create a new more advanced design for the A7s to differentiate it from the A7rII.

He also told me it has a “Handgrip similar to the FS7 (lanc controller) for use on shoulder rigs or jibs.“.

If the rumor turns out to be true would you be happy having a “bulkier” but probably more ergonomic style?

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August 4, 2015
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New A7rII tests: Minor Miracle on wide angle M-mount lenses. How to avoid 12 bit shooting.

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A very first fully detailed A7rII review has been posted by Mobile01. It’s not in English but there are plenty of pictures and tests you can check.

First impressions by DearSusans:

A minor miracle appears to have occurred in that two of my favourite M lenses – the 18mm Super Elmar and 24mm Elmar – appear to show no colour fringing, whereas they were simply awful on the original A7. The 18mm Super Elmar and 24mm Elmar still have some problems (vignetting and softness at the edges) but are much, much better than they were on the A7r1. I would think anything from 35mm on will perform well.

A7RII 12-bit mode. How to avoid it by Fred Miranda.
The Sony A7RMII does 10 frames with auto bracket for an extreme HDR pic (Flickr by Richard Banton).
Sony A7RII 1st Thoughts, Images & Video by Steve Huff.
A7rII cage from Varavon (Newshhooter).
This is a 181mp panorama which turns out to be a 153mb file (Wayne G on Flickr).
New A7rII image samples and owners reports on SonyAlphaForum.

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 Gariz case
The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

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August 4, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…A7II with huge Nikon 500mm f/4P video test.

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Sony A7II 3 Axis IS with Nikon 500mm f/4P and Canon FD200mm f/2.8 (found via SonyAlphaRumors).

Sony wants to raise €3.2 billion so your phone can take better pictures (The42).
Alpha Festival in Berlin (alpha-festival.com).
First shots from FE 2.8/90 Macro G OSS (SonyAlphaForum).
Every photo that you take is a once-in-a-lifetime photo – make it awesome! (TheNakedCamera).
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Review (Photographyblog).
Shogun Firmware Update V6.4 (Atomos).
AX100 review at Cinema5d.

Filipe:Hi my name is Filipe Abreu, i am from Portugal and Starded a new Channel on YouTube in Portuguese. I don’t know how many users you have that speak this language. I have a lot os Sony stuff and will review another sony cameras and lenses, if you think this is interesting you could share it ;) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cdl9OxYkcIA

Walter: The address link of the moonlight music video shot with the Sony a7s from Lady B. (alias Roberta Serrati): https://youtu.be/8frSSFTuOsg

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August 3, 2015
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RX100m4 is a dream for videographer and has surprising RAW files too. New Nauticam housing announced.

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Jordan from Thecamerastoretv team reviewed the Sony RX100 IV. And in very short he claims this is the best pocketable camera you can get, a dream for videographer and what’s more surprising is that the RAW files show a huge(!) dynamic range improvement you don’t see on the normal JPG files.

And Nauticam announced the new RX100m4 housing. It costs $995 and it will ship…now!

A7rII and RX camera store links:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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August 3, 2015
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A7s vs A7rII low light battle. 40 year Hasselblad shooter sells everything and buys the A7rII.

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Image of the A7rII vs A7s by Cinema5D.

Cinema5D posted a A7s vs A7rII ISO (video) comparison (on vimeo here). They write:

– The Sony A7RII is good in terms of lowlight and certainly very good in comparison to many other 4K cameras out there.
– The noise floor of the Sony A7RII vs A7s seems similar, but the footage is cleaner on the Sony A7s.
– In terms of detail the Sony A7s can retain usable quality up into high ISO’s while the Sony A7RII lacks detail much sooner. We start to notice this in the shadow areas around 6,400-10,000 ISO. Shadow areas get washed out and become less usable even on an HD downconversion that we compare to the Sony A7s original as seen in the video above.

A 40 year long Hasselblad photographer finally sells everything to buy the Sony A7rII (SonyAlphaForum).
Richard Banton posted a full A7rII ISO range test shoooting on Flickr and on his blog rickybanphotography.com.
Wayne’s got G.A.S. posted two new A7rII videos on Youtube:
Sony A7Rii / A7R ii Still image noise tests at ISO 100 through to 25,600!
A 181 MegaPixel Panorama shot with the Sony A7Rii / A7R ii at 100% zoom to show the amazing detail
a7rii EFCS and Canon+adap​ter lenses: Work ok? Manual seems to indicates “no”. (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony A7R II with the Zeiss Batis 25mm Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony A7rIi test images at Fotopolis.

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 Gariz case
The current A7II Gariz cases suite perfectly for the A7rII too:
Alcantara case in Red (Click here) and Black (Click here).
Leather case in Orange (Click here), Red (Click here), Black (Click here) and Brown (Click here).
As this is the same A7II case you can buy them all also at Amazon US (Click here).

Reminder:

Bildschirmfoto 2015-08-02 um 06.52.12

Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.

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