June 26, 2015
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$750 off on the NEX-7.

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There is a big $750 price drop on the Sony NEX-7 at BHphoto (Click here). That’s now almost a third of the price it had two and a half years ago when it was launched.

More deals:
Open Box A7r cameras for sale at Samys (Click here).
Sigma 50mm ART A-mount lens got a $100 discount at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the new Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 FE lens at eBay US (Click here). This is a manual focusing and high quality piece of glas.
For the first time the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 FE lens is in Stock in USA via Popflash (Click here)

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.

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June 26, 2015
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Competition rumors: Canon A7 competitor, Pentax FF may uses 42MP Sony sensor.

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Image of the Pentax FF prototype at CP+ (Source: DC.watch).

Sony is taking the full spotlight with their new cameras. But there are also some interesting rumors coming in from the competition:

Ricoh-Pentax:
Ricoh will launch a new Pentax FF DSLR camera in October. And Pentaxforums says the camera could use the new Sony 42Mp sensor from the A7rII. My personal bet is that this rumor is false. Don’t see Sony selling their brand new sensor 2 months after the A7rII is in Stock. Pentax is more likely going to use the current 36Mp Sony sensor.

Canon:
There is a new FF mirrorless system camera patent from Canon (Source: MirrorlessRumors). Impossible to say when Canon will launch such a camera on the market. But for sure they will do it.

Samsung:
Samsung has launched the smallest 4K system camera yet (SamsungCameraRumors).

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, 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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June 26, 2015
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Hasselblad strategy change: No more luxury Sony cam versions for David Beckham (LOL). Focus on unique Medium format cameras (made with Sony?).

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This is a very bad day for David Beckham (see him here with the HV). Hasselblad just “unofficially” confirmed they will stop selling “redesigned” Sony-Hasselblad cameras for 10x the regular Sony price. The newly announced the new “Lusso” A7r clone camera is the last of such “luxurified” Sony cameras. They also dramatically dropped the price of current “Sony clones” like the Hasselblad HV (-$8,000 at BH!).
New Hasselblad CEO, Perry Oosting released an important interview at Dpreview. And here are some key info:

1) Hasselblad Lusso: The Lusso is a strictly limited edition of fewer than 100 units that will be sold mostly through Hasselblad distribution channels in Hong Kong. It will not be sold elsewhere, and there will be no more units made.

2) Sony Luxury clones: Hasselblad will from now on “go back to our core and make the most of the expertise that exists in this company“. In short this means no more Luxury Sony camera clones will be made.

3) Partnership with Sony: Oosting says: “We still have a very good relationship with Sony, and in fact we have recently restarted that good relationship. In the long term we will work together, but there are no co-branded products on the horizon. All our design work will be done in Gothenburg, along with our concepts and production.

Summary: It’s very clear from the interview that Hasselblad wants to focus on medium format cameras. And I bet they will work together with Sony to develop new sensors. As the Ceo said they “recently restarted” the partnership. It means something completely new is on the horizon.
My very personal dream-wish to Hasselblad: Make an interchangeable mirrorless medium format system with Sony sensors. A sort of digital Hasselblad X-Pan (here on eBay). That would be amazing or not?

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June 26, 2015
Posted in reviews

First Sony 90mm FE unboxing reports. Review at SLRgear.

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Sony SEL 90mm Macro UNBOXING

The 90mm FE lens is now shipping and readers are no posting their first unboxing pics and tests. Feel free to comment this post and add your findings and links about the new FE lens!

UPDATE: There is a full lens review at SLRgear. They write:

It’s a pricey lens, but right now it’s the only E-mount option that works out-of-the-box for macro photography. It might be expensive, but you get an exceptionally sharp lens with some great features – certainly, worth the investment.

90mm links:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, eBay US (Click here).
In Europe at Fotomundus, Amazon Germany, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

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Round Planet (Source: AlphaDXD) sent me this pic: “Just received my brand new Sony 90mm F2.8 in France; a couple of photos and initial feelings on this link: http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=158&t=101471

Robbert:Today I got the new Sony 90mm f2.8 macro. Some shots are on my flickr account: https://www.flickr.com/photos/robbertvw/

Mars:I was very fortunate to be able to shoot with the new 90mm macro lens tonight.  It’s very sharp, and renders beautifully. It’s also much lighter than it looks. All-in-all a beautiful piece of glass! Some images can be found at my blog site: https://marsweekly.wordpress.com/ (all are portraits shot wide-open with the 90mm and a few other lenses)

Discussion: Sony 90mm Macro, or Zeiss 85 Batis, which will you be more likely to get? On SonyAlphaForum.

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June 25, 2015
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$100 off on the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART A-mount lens.

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The superb Sigma 50mm ART A-mount lens got a $100 discount at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. This is a no brainer deal for a lens that is almost as good as the $4000 Zeiss Otus!

More deals:
Open Box A7r cameras for sale at Samys (Click here).
$100 off on the new Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 FE lens at eBay US (Click here). This is a manual focusing and high quality piece of glas.
For the first time the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 FE lens is in Stock in USA via Popflash (Click here)

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.

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June 25, 2015
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Coming soon: World’s first translucent E-mount adapter for Canon lenses!

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Lately we have quite some good news for Canon owners here on SAR. The new Sony A7rII with Canon lenses focuses as fast as on “native” Canon cameras. And now we have another great news:

DEO Techart is about to release a the world’s first E-mount translucent adapter for Canon EOS lenses! The adapter is scheduled to be released in August and I hope to get final specs and images soon. B

UPDATE: For unknown reasons MXcamera removed the three videos showing the adapter at work. Hope they will be back online soon :(

 

 

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June 25, 2015
Posted in rumors

A7000 delay and some more info about it (via Ricoh/Nikon sources)

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As you can see from the Sony October roadmap leaked by Wikileaks Sony announced all stuff  (Z4 smartphone, new 4K TV’sA7rII, RX cams). But there is one single exception: The new A6000 series camera which we think would have been named A7000. Trusted sources kept saying this was due to release sometimes in April/May but Sony had some kind of issues with the hardware of the camera.

I now got info from Ricoh and Nikon sources:
They told us that Sony developed a new sensor for the A7000. By contract that sensor could be used by other companies six months after the Sony A7000 announcement. The delay of the A7000 release also changed their product roadmap. To use the new Sony APS-C sensor with hybrid autofocus tech they will have to release their camera sometimes in 2016 instead of late 2015.

Let’ hope Sony will announce the A7000 during the next announcement session in September/October!

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