July 23, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7rII tidbits (Samys launch event, using heavy lenses, Auto ISO and Record button settings)



Soon the A7rII will ship worldwide and here is a new roundup of camera related news:

SAR reader hands-on:

We got our first hands on with the Sony A7r Mk2 today and there were a couple of big features or rather fixes which haven been published anywhere significant.
First, you can now map the video record button to any custom button you want! In the Custom Key Settings, you’ll now see a new option called MOVIE. This has been a massive pain point so far and setting C1 for video record just solves everything!!
Next, you can now set the minimum shutter speed in Auto ISO. Something that has been default in Canon and Nikon since 2012/2011, but missing in the Sony line up till now. This is huge too and it can even be mapped to a custom key for a super fast experience.

Diglloyd Sony A7R II with Otus and other Lenses:

A one kilogram lens attached to a lens adapter adding 29mm of extension from the lens mount places a large torque on the mount. Even 5 or 10 microns out of kilter means asymmetric blur, not to mention possible static sag even if the lens mount were of superman genre. Hence the need for a tripod collar (which is not and cannot be particularly solid on such adapters), hence the need for a vibration free shutter. The Sony A7R II delivers that vibration-free EFC shutter at last.

Sony A7RII Launch Event at Samy’s Camera Los Angeles:

The A7RII is here! Come join Samy’s Camera and Sony on August 22nd for a 90-minute event brought to you by Sony. Meet Sony Senior Tech Rep, Rob Shelley, and attend his in-depth class on the A7RII, followed by a live model shoot with Sony Artisan, Paul Gero. Rob and Paul will then hold a Q &A session to recap all of Sony’s innovative technology.
Score your chance to win a Sony A7 full frame lens ($1000 value) when you attend this event. Full info at http://samysphotoschool.com.

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.


July 23, 2015
Posted in news

Sony’s new Dual layer sensor has phase detection pixels on the full area.


Sony patented a new sensor having two layers. It has one classic RGB pixel layer on top and one phase detection pixel layer below. This means that the phase detection works on every single R or G or B pixel and covers the full sensor area. Quite amazing! Let’s hope this one will be implemented on a real camera n the near future.

via Egami.

July 23, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…(Watch a Turtle moving in Moonlight….shot on the A7s).


Moonlight Turtle – Sony a7s Low Light Test
from Freddy on Vimeo.

Zeiss Batis 25mm in Stock at Amazon Germany.
Sony A7 and Minolta 50mm review by Philip Reeve.
My first five years with NEX cameras (SonyAlphaForum).
70-300mm II test at Yodobashi.
16-35mm II test at Yodobashi.
Pay your bills by shooting a selfie! (TheNakedCamera).
Save the Freedom of Photography in Europe (Change.org).

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

July 22, 2015
Posted in reviews

New 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II gets DxOmarked


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DxOmark (Click here) published the full 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM II A-mount lens test. The performance is virtually on par with the predecessor:

New coatings rarely bring improvements under ideal conditions, such as those found in the labs, but it’s good see Sony update premium lenses like the Zeiss 16-35mm f2.8 ZA SSM II. Even if it’s just a minor upgrade, it’s more than either Nikon or Canon have done with their models, at least as far as we know. While there isn’t any real improvement in our lab tests, the Zeiss 16-35mm f2.8 ZA SSM II remains a competitive model in terms of optical quality, although at well over $2,200, it’s even less accessible now than its predecessor.

One more news: That 16-35mmII lens got an issue warning from Sony Japan. A few lenses from the first batch have some problems with the filter mount. Sony will repair those lenses for free.

The new Zeiss A-mount lenses are in Stock in USA:
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in USA at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.

July 22, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony RX10m2 for the first time in Stock in USA and Europe!


The brand new RX10m2 is now in Stock for the first time in USA while it’s in Stock since a few days in Europe and Asia:
USA at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
Europe at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.


July 22, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Trusted source: Yes, Sony will launch a 85mm G lens soon.



The same trusted source who shared the 100% correct Zeiss Batis lens specs contacted me to confirm that Sony will launch a new “85mm G lens” this year. He didn’t share any more detail but other sources said the lens should have a f/1.4 aperture and very creamy bokeh performance.

I only have one very small doubt: The source didn’t actually tell me if the lens is A or E-mount. I just suppose he meant E-mount based on the roadmap we have from Sony. I hope the source will correct me if I am wrong!

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July 22, 2015
Posted in reviews

RX100m4/RX10m2 tests roundup…


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A slow motion test to have a laugh :) https://www.facebook.com/danulis/

EosHD published a detailed look at slow motion on the Sony RX100 IV / RX10 II:

My favourite way to capture slow-mo on the Sony RX100 Mk IV and RX10 Mk II is the regular 1080/120fps mode. It is the first recording mode circa-100fps I have used that doesn’t resort to heavy pixel binning on the sensor like with Sony A7S, Samsung NX1 and Panasonic GH4. The image is flawless, detailed and sharp. You can work in stills mode for faster one-shot AF to establish focus on a quickly moving subject for instance.

Henry:I recently purchases the sony rx100 iv and shot a video of my daughter and I thought you may be interested in posting the content on your blog to show people what the camera is capable of. Here’s the link if you’re interested: https://vimeo.com/134107105

Kristoffer:Went to a mini festival this weekend to try out the new Sony RX10 II. https://vimeo.com/133881621

Ovidiu:Here is a cool slow motion test with the new RX100 MK IV :) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zKWXJ3otEnQ

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
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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