June 1, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Review Sony E mount 24-240 review by Frank Doorhof.

Reality Check. A tale of two 35’s (Jorge Torralba).
Low Budget Monitor for 40€ HOW TO (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony and Apple Think Alike (Image Sensor World).
HX90V: Picture Quality of Sony’s Latest 30x Compact (Digitalversus).
24-240mm LAB testing (SonyAlphaLab).
Using a Hoodman with A7 Mk ii (SonyAlphaForum).

Michiel:found some thinks on the internet about the HX90v that might be worth sharing. Sony Japan posted the staggering number of 1 sample image taken with the HX90v: http://www.sony.jp/cyber-shot/products/DSC-HX90V/sample.html. This example is interesting because it’s seems to have been made with the release software version unlike the other examples that we have seen so far that were made with test software versions. It looks to me that they have added some noise reduction. The second thing I found was this Japanese hands on video in which you can clearly see that the HX90v has a level gauge. That’s something I would not have expected to see on a camera this price range. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eguLhr6xOg

Lionel:Hi, I do some review of particulary (and usual) lenses. If you want you can share it.
500f4 sony http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=92609&hilit
600f4 minolta http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=98080
800f5.6 sigma http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=98814
1x3x macro minolta http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=97519
70-400v2 sony http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=96247
alpha 99 http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=175&t=96066&hilit
and some other stuff http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=97680&hilit



May 31, 2015
Posted in deals

A new toy for Leica Lens fans: The Summilux-M 28mm f/1.4 ASPH. Lens.


Bildschirmfoto 2015-05-31 um 22.10.47

If you like to use Leica lenses on your A7 camera than you have a new toy to play with. Leica announced their fastest 28mm lens ever and you can have it for $5,950 on BHphoto. A real bargain as usual :)
Note: To save money you can buy the Nikkor 28mm f/1.4 on eBay (click here). Don’t know if the Nikkor can match the quality of the Leica…

May 31, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony US lists crazy low prices: A7r for $199 only! $11,700 off on the 500mm G!!!


Bildschirmfoto 2015-05-31 um 13.13.58

At SonyStore US (Click here and see for yourself) you can get plenty of Sony cameras for a ridiculous price. The A7r for example sells for $199 only (Click here)! And the Sony 500mm f/4.0 got a $11,700 off on Amazon US (Click here to see it).


This obviously has to be a mistake! Anyway, if you buy the camera you may get the cam for the currently displayed price?

UPDATE: Sony now pulled the A7r page and Amazon corrected the 500mm lens pricing!

May 31, 2015
Posted in news

Great A7II and A7s reportage photos shot in “Subzero Playground” conditions.


“I see the light”
A7s + Samyang 14/2.8
ISO 8000, focal length 14mm, f/2.8, shutter speed 20 sec

Our reader “Gift Of Light” worked with the A7II and A7s in extreme subzero temperatureconditions. These are soem of the pics and a short report of his adventure. The full reportage can be seen at SonyAlphaForum (Click here).

A7s + FE 70-200/4
ISO 100, focal length 200mm, f/4, shutter speed 1/5,000 sec

At lake Baikal, the average temperature is around -15 to -10 degree Celsius. All of my stuff, as in list, worked well, except the battery life. As all of us can expect, the battery life in a bit extreme cold weather should not be long. However, there is something more than that. Sometime I found that the battery status abruptly decreased from many percentages to exhausted, occurred in both A7II and A7s, but after the battery was changed both of them can work normally.

“Burning Cave”
A7 + FE 16-35/4
ISO 100, focal length 16mm, f/19, shutter speed 1/10 sec (HDR blend with +2 and -2 stops photos)

By the way, the exhausted batteries were found that they didn’t really exhaust because when I put them in the chargers, they didn’t charged from the zero. Moreover, I encountered a big problem once about this issue during the trip. At one morning, I went outdoors early since 4:00 AM and stayed there until 8:00 AM. At around 8:00 AM, my A7II abruptly showed exhausted battery status. I tried to replace the battery with many of unused batteries in my bag several times, but each time the A7II showed exhausted battery status after take a few shots. And as I told you earlier, all of them didn’t really exhaust. I don’t know what is the problem between the battery or the camera, but I think the latter is most likely. Otherwise, there is nothing to complaint about my Sony stuff.

“Dawn of The Coldest Desolation”
A7 II + FE 16-35/4
Blending two shots of
ISO 400, focal length 16 mm, f/16, shutter speed 2 sec (for a man)
ISO 100, focal length 16mm, f/16, shutter speed 8 sec (for whole photograph)

However, I want to request something from Sony. First of all, if it is possible, please make new battery with larger capacity. The A7 series is growing day by day and make attention from many professional photographers who want to use a smaller and lighter system for their work but still get image quality of full frame camera. But, to think that if you want to travel to remote areas without electricity for a while, you must bring a huge pack of your batteries to make sure that you will have enough power supply during your trip. That is not good. Another request, could you please add depth of field scale (or even hyperfocal distance) into the camera, just like when we turn the focusing ring and then the focusing distance pop up in the camera. It should be a great feature for landscape shooter like me. These are all I want to request for this time.

“A7 Mk II on Ice”
A7s + FE 55/1.8
ISO 100, focal length 55mm, f/11, shutter speed 1/60 sec

A lot more images can be seen at SonyAlphaForum (Click here).

May 31, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Yuri Afanasiev
Morning in red. “Red dress” serial. Sony a7r + FE 70-200mm F4 G OSS | 125mm | F / 6,3 | ISO 1000 | 1/40, light from windows + Reflector (Silver)
My Site http://www.photoru.ru/

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

Read the rest of this entry →

May 30, 2015
Posted in deals

There is a “sort of” new A-mount camera as Pen stick :)


SAR readers noticed that appearance of a tiny A900 A-mount PEN stick on eBay (Click here to see/buy them). And you can really take off the lens! Cute :)

Now let’s hope soem real A-mount camera will follow as next ;)

May 30, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7s video and tests roundup!


Sony A7s VS Panasonic GH4

Ryan:I shot this feature for /DRIVE run-and-gun style with the Sony A7S a couple months ago. The A7S was rigged with a SmallHD DP4, JuicedLink XLR, Westside AV Sony L battery adaptor and a Movcam cage. Filming took three very long days in direct Arizona sun. The full 27-minute piece was edited and graded in 2 days with Final Cut Pro X. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-SwWoTYJp9A

Almos:his a super low light test I did with the sony A7s, testing out how well the autofocus works in very low light at f5.6 for video. I used the stock 28-70FE lens. Let me just say, it works unbelievably well (in addition to the A7S being an unbelievable low light camera, that we already know). I did this test when recording a BTS footage of a band recording in a pitch dark studio. I like it so much I cut it into a Birdman tribute, enjoy :) https://vimeo.com/122160970

Sean:I made this during the Sony/B&H/Philip Bloom event, and was hoping you might share it on your sight: https://vimeo.com/115041588

Danas:Maybe you would like to see and post a short video done with A7s – perfect travel partner https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0DXPiK6R2Mc

Florian:May I ask your attention a moment to introduce the first film project “WAITING” made in Lisbon. All clips are shot up with sony A7S. This project aims to provide an artistic vision of a city, a country, a place … The films of this project are available in several more or less short formats. Some were processed in time “capsules”, while others have been so longer and documented. https://vimeo.com/123554872

Jannik:I found it to be very easy compared to the conventional way of grading, because the Software seems to handle the footage better. And best of all, it’s free! Here’s the link to my video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yCmnuYXl7Gw

Peter:Not a rumour but just sharing my wedding video production shot with a pair of A7S. Quality from these cameras are just amazing! https://www.facebook.com/PETERTAN.Photography/videos/vb.115270480558/10153295662500559/?type=2&theater. Am waiting for A7sII now to buy more!

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).


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