July 11, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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RX100 IV and RX10 II Hands-On Review (RX100 Mk4 / RX10 Mk2)

Lens by lens on the Sony a7II…(Tysonrobichaudphotography).
Camera Power Rankings: The Best Overall Modern Cameras Available (ResourceMag).
Minolta MD 50mm 1:2 review on SonyAlphaforum.
InDepth Sony HDR-AS200V vs Sony FDR-X1000V (Actioncamerarumors).
Light variations and their massive effect on our feelings (TheNakedCamera).
World’s smallest 4K system mirrorless camera from Samsung (SamsungCameraRumors).
New Sony Store Fukuoka Tenjin (DC.watch).

Jordan:I wanted to test out my A7s while shooting something more legitimate than home videos so I used it for this trailer called The Drone which I directed and released this past week. Thought you might want to pass it on. The first shot (crane) was stock footage, but everything else was in camera on the A7s: http://youtu.be/O1Hhvdpvp5o
Here’s some press about it:
http://www.ew.com/article/2015/06/02/zombeavers-drone-fake-trailer
http://gizmodo.com/in-this-short-film-your-drone-really-is-trying-to-kill-1708361001

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July 10, 2015
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Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 FE lens now sells for record low price of $249!

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Rokinon85mmFE

If you cannot afford the new Batis 85mm f/1.8 you may jump on that deal: The cheaper and faster Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 FE lens now sells for a new low price record of $249 at BestPriceOptics on eBay US (Click here). It’s manual focus only but it’s also a very good lens!

Batis 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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July 10, 2015
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Dan Chung previews the A7rII and says it has a surprisingly good performance!

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The A7rII with Canon EF lens (image courtesy: Newsshooter).

Video expert Dan Chung from Newsshooter had the chance to test the preproduction Sony A7rII and writes:

1) The S35 4K image really is free of any obvious errors – fine detail was incredibly well resolved and there was virtually no evidence of aliasing and moire at base ISO. When I looked at the image on a monitor it was very clean. It had excellent detail and in S-Log2 there was certainly a lot of information in the shadows and highlights. There was some noise in the shadows but nothing excessive.

2) The second big surprise is that the full-frame 4K mode also looks remarkably good. I assume that pixel-binning is being used to reduce the output of the 42-megapixel sensor to achieve this. The 4K full-frame output of the a7R II is really excellent. There are some traces of aliasing visible on lines of high contrast, but you really have to look for them. 

3) Low light performance was the third big surprise. I wasn’t expecting great things from a camera with such a high pixel count – I was wrong. The camera acquits itself very well even at 6400 ISO. Noise is present but the image was still usable.

4) The fourth big surprise came when I panned the camera from side to side looking for evidence of rolling shutter.

5) A small bad news: Autofocus with adapter EOS lenses does not work as well in video as it does in stills mode. The only way to get the PDAF working continuously in video is to use Sony’s own E-mount lenses. It doens’t work with A-mount or Canon EF lenses.

You can see all his four A7rII test videos on Vimeo (Click here).

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
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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July 10, 2015
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Sigma 24-105mm A-mount lens is now in Stock and shipping worldwide.

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The new Sigma 24-105mm A-mount lens is at last in Stock and shipping in many stores like eBay (Click here) an BHphoto (Click here).

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July 10, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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PlayMemories Camera Apps “Time-lapse” & “Angle Shift Add-on”

Sony RX1 – Maintaining its Relevance (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Lens Review w/ Both Conversion Lenses (Youtube).
Moving to Mirrorless (Apertureaddict).

Andre:Completely shot on the Sony FS700. https://vimeo.com/131722892

Sean:I just saw a sponsored ad on Facebook for an article in The Verge about the Co-founders of VSCO and I noticed that one uses a Rollei TLR and the other uses a Sony A7. I remember when vsco first came out I sent them email after email asking them to support Sony cameras and it took them forever to do it. So it’s truly a sign of the A7 series’ popularity that the guy running the company now uses one. http://www.theverge.com/sponsored/8361251/greg-lutze-and-joel-flory

Jeffrey:Filmed Bar11’s infamous Summer Solstice Rain Party in Pittsburgh, PA last week with my a7S in it’s brand new Meikon waterproof housing.  They turn on sprinklers, and it rains INSIDE the bar all night so we got soaked, but the waterproofing worked great and (of course) the camera performed brilliantly in the low light.  Watch in HD for maximum enjoyment.  Hope you like it!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u5c8cSzYU7A

Peter:Sharing this video/timelapse that I shot in Tasmania with the Sony A7S and 16-35mm FE.  Now is probably a good time to grab bargains on used A7S at half the price of a new Sony A7R ii.  www.vimeo.com/peteramber/tasmania

Alex:It is a sedcard video i made for a friend and i shot it exclusively on my a6000 and a7. https://vimeo.com/131071014

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July 9, 2015
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DxOmark says the Canon 5Ds sensor is “far behind” the Sony 36MP sensor quality!

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The new Canon 5DS 50 megapixel sensor got tested at DxOmark (Click here). And the big surprise is that it doesn’t even come close to the Sony 36 Megapixel sensor performance! DxO writes:

Thee EOS 5DS is far behind the best sensors we’ve tested. The Nikon D810 and the Sony A7R, for example, both offer around two-thirds of a stop better image quality, with overall scores of 97 and 95 points, respectively, compared to 87 for the 5DS.
For Color Sensitivity, the D810 and the A7R are also two-thirds of a stop better than the 5DS at base ISO.
For Dynamic Range, there’s a much bigger difference among the three sensors at base ISO, where the Nikon D810 and Sony A7R sensors are far ahead. Landscape scores of 14.8Ev for the D810, compared to 12.4Ev for the 5DS, put the Nikon over two stops ahead, and the A7R just under two stops ahead with 14.1Ev.

Now you can only imagine what score the new A7rII sensor will get. I bet it will break the 100 points barrier :)

Editor’s note: As usual some fanboy attacked me for using the term “far behind” in the title of this post. Please note that this what DxOmark said and not me…SonyAlphaRumors! As usual with those tests you have to take them with a bit of grain of salt. A good camera is not defined by the sensor quality only.

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
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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