July 9, 2015
Posted in reviews

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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July 9, 2015
Posted in news

Images of the first Minolta Vectis V-Mount to E-mount adapter.

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SAR reader John sent me these pictures and the following text:

This is my Minolta Vectis V-Mount APS film camera lens to Sony E-Mount adapter, you got exif, aperture control and manual focus with this adapter. Those lenses are fully electronically, including  electronic focus ring and electronic aperture.
The picture attached shows V17mm f3.5 and V400mm f8 reflex attached on A7.
I made this for fun, currently it’s not for sale.

I spoke a bit of John and if there is some interest in such an adapter he may could make some of them for our readers. So let me know if you are interested to get some of those!

Minolta Vectis cameras and lenses on eBay (Click here).

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July 8, 2015
Posted in deals

Today is Sony cards deals day at BHphoto and Focuscamera!

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Big savings on the Sony 64GB and 128GB SDXC Class 10 UHS-I at BHphoto (Click here). And here are the extended card deals links on FocusCamera:
Sony 64GB Micro SDXC Class 10 Memory Card with SD Adapter (Pack of 4) $89.99 at Focuscamera (Click here).
Sony SR32UYA/TQMN microSDHC High Speed Memory Card (Pack of 4) $39.99 at Focuscamera (Click here).
Sony 64GB Class 10 UHS-1 SDXC Memory Card (Pack of 4) $84.99 at Focuscamera (Click here).
Sony 128GB SDXC CLASS 10 UHS-1 Memory card (Pack of 4) $199.99 at Focuscamera (Click here).

More Sony deals:
Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 FE lens for $249 at BestPriceOptics on eBay US (Click here).
35mm Loxia is back in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The 50mm Loxia is in Stock at Popflash (Click here).
Fotodiox Lens Hoods for E-mount lenses:
24mm, 35mm and 55mm: BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
Special for 55mm lens only: BHphoto (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

$30 off on the Rokinon 85mm f/14. Full Frame lens:
E-mount (FE) 85mm at BHphoto (Click here).
A-mount 85mm at BHphoto (Click here).

$300 off on the A7s:
eBay Deals is promoting that $300 off deal on the A7s sold by DealsAllYear (Click here). It comes with 1 year US warranty and many free extras.

$200 off on those Sigma A-mount lenses:
Sigma 10-20mm at Adorama (Click here).
Sigma 17-50mm at Adorama (Click here).

$200 off on refurbished A7II cameras:
A7II body at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
A7II with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).

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July 8, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Sony A7000 is the first E-mount camera with 15.5 stops on sensor HDR!

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We are all excited about the latest Sony A7rII and RX cameras. So what could be so special on the rumored “a7000” APS-C E-mount camera to make as “Wow” again? Well, we have the answer: The Sony A7000 is rumored to be the first system camera of the world having a native “on sensor HDR” feature. This means both images and recorded video are capable of 15.5 stops of dynamic range!

I don’t know yet in detail how this works on the A7000. I know the Xperia Z smartphone has a similar on sensor HDR tech. If they use the same technique on the A7000 than this is how it works (via Image Sensor World):

How HDR video recording works
To achieve true HDR video recording, the advanced Exmor RS camera sensor in Xperia Z changes the exposure every two lines of pixels. This creates a spatially varying exposure (SVE) array image, which is then used to make an image that is perfectly exposed in both dark and light areas.
To simplify the concept, for each frame the camera shoots one picture with two different exposure levels at the same time, one light and one dark. Then, an intelligent software algorithm is used to combine (synthesize) the two shots into one picture, pixel by pixel. This allows you to see the details of both the dark and the bright parts of the picture.

HDR for still images
With HDR for still images, the camera quickly captures the image twice with different exposure levels and stitches the two shots together to create one optimised photo. This way, HDR lets you capture clear photos even against strong backlight. HDR is automatically activated when Superior Auto detects scenes with strong backlight.
The A7000 is now rumored to be released sometimes in late Summer! Stay tuned on SAR while I hope to get more specs of the camera!

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July 8, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Picking the Right Lens for Your Photography: Lens Buyer’s Guide

Moving To Mirrorless – From Canon To Sony (SonyAlphaForum).
FIirst hands-on review of the Venus Laowa 15mm f/4 1:1 acro lens (Diyphotography).
No more photos of public buildings in Europe? (TheNakedCamera).
Sony HX90V Initial Gallery Impressions (Imaging Resource).
Blossoming [A7II + 55mm in Japan] (SonyAlphaForum).
5 Things You Should Do First When Opening A RAW Image in Photoshop (Adorama Blog).
What species of photographer do you belong to? (TheNakedCamera).

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July 7, 2015
Posted in deals

FE 70-200mm sold for $12 only! And Zeiss Loxias in Stock at BH.

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A couple of SAR readers wrote me because they managed to buy the Sony FE 70-200mm for $12 only(!) on eBay US (Click here). It will be interesting to see if the seller will honor those orders ( I don’t think so). Some time ago Sony sold the A7r for just $199. And a bunch of SAR readers really got the camera shipped for that price!

Zeiss Loxia: The 35mm Loxia is back in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). The 50mm Loxia is in Stock at Popflash (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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