April 15, 2015
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This is the first image of the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 Sony A-mount lens.

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The store Genustech is already showing the new Mitakon/Zyoptics 85mm f/1.2 lens. And it says it will come for Sony E-mount too but I think that’s a typo because Zyoptics said it’s A-mount.

Reminder: Mitakon-Zyoptics already make a long list of Sony E-mount lenses. You can find them on eBay (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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April 15, 2015
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(SR4) Sony will launch a new RX100 camera with LX100 similar sized sensor!

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LX100 vs RX100m3 by Camerasize.

One trusted source heard from his “Sony sources” that they are “field testing” a new RX camera. It’s  a little bit bigger RX100m3 alike camera with larger sensor. The sensor size is said to be similar to the one used by the Panasonic LX100 (images on eBay). But the camera is a bit more compact than the LX100. And just like it happened with the A6000 successor also the new RX100 large sensor camera “won’t release just yet, due to heat issues with the updated BIONZ X“.

UPDATE: Just lately Sony listed two new Four Thirds sized sensors with 16MP and 20MP. One of them could be used by the new RX100m4 camera:

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April 15, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Off-Camera Flash Part 2: Sony Alpha Tutorial

Head To Head – Fuji X-T1 And SONY A7 II (Soundimagesplus).
Is the A7 successor still the king of sub-$2000 full-frame cameras? (Imaging Resource).
A day with the Sony Zeiss 35mm f1.4 ZA (Jorge Torralba).
16-35mm Zeiss lens review at Boksis.
Loxia 35mm VS 16-35 at 35mm test (GetDpi).
Using the Metabones mk 4 EF>Emount smart adapter on the A7II, a user review (Tyson Robichaud).
Sony A7II + Minolta 55mm MC Macro Rokkor QF 3.5 (SonyAlphaForum).

Anonymous:The Odin for Sony is currently not compatible with the Indra500. The new firmware to make it Sony-compatible is in the works, however no release date is known so far.

Gary:Hey guys I just finished a video showing a review for an older Teleconverter that I picked up to use with the CX900. Its an Olympus Tcon 14B 1.45 converter. 62mm. I could not find any video samples online showing teleconverters so I bought both the Tcon and an Olympus Wcon 8b to test. You can check out the Tcon Video here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OY0rbfVqpxQ

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April 14, 2015
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New smallest 30x zoom cameras now for preorder. New NAB deals at BHphoto. A7r for $1,898.

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A long list of deidcated NAB deals has been posted on that special BHphoto site (Click here). And in case you missed it the A7r got a new $200 off in USA! You grab it now for $1,898 only at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And the FE Distagon 35mm f/1.4 lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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Sony’s new World’s Smallest 30x Zoom Cameras preorders:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V for $428 at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera for $328 at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Sony refurbished deals:
Refurbished A7r sells for $1,399 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished Zeiss FE 55mm lens for $749 at Secondipity eBay US (Click here)
Refurbished RX100m2 sells for $379 at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).

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April 14, 2015
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A6000 discontinued in Australian Stores.

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I got word via Australian Stores that the A6000 is officially discontinued. It means they cannot order new Stock of A6000 cameras. Last week I reported how the camera successor release got delayed because of heating issues. I hope Sony fixed that and the camera will be announced soon anlong the A7rII.

Sony A6000 store link list:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
A6000 Gariz case on eBay in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Camel (Click here) and Red (Click here).

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April 14, 2015
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HX90V and WX500: Sony Introduces Duo of World’s Smallest 30x Zoom Cameras!

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I posted rumors about both compact cameras the past months and I am glad to hear my rumors were spot on! Finally they have been announced: The HX90V and WX500! You can preorder them at BHphoto:
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX90V for $428 (Click here).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Digital Camera for $328 (Click here).

Here is the full press release from Sony:

SAN DIEGO, Apr. 13, 2015 – Sony today has introduced a pair of the world’s smallest 30x optical zoom cameras, the new HX90V and WX500 models.1

DSC-HX90V_Front-1200 The new compact cameras boast a variety of impressive imaging credentials including high-resolution 18.2 MP2 Exmor R CMOS Sensors, 30x optical zoom ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* lenses, powerful BIONZ X processors and Optical SteadyShot® stabilization, making them the ultimate companion for any travel photographer or casual weekend shooter.

The new HX90V model features the same type of high-quality retractable OLED Tru-Finder found on the acclaimed RX100 III model, making it the first truly ‘pocketable’ compact high-zoom camera with a built-in electronic viewfinder.  It also includes a variety of adjustable dials and functions including a customizable control ring, and has GPS functionality for automatically tagging photos and videos3.

Each of the new cameras also features high-resolution, 921k dot LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees for comfortable arms-length portraits or “selfies” and is Wi-Fi / NFC compatible.

“These two new models serve as great examples of how Sony is driving innovation throughout all aspects of the imaging business,” said Neal Manowitz, director of the still imaging business at Sony.  “With these new cameras, we’ve taken some of the most unique, advanced imaging technologies from our RX and α cameras and leveraged our unique ‘miniaturization’ ability to deliver a high-zoom shooting experience unlike anything else in the compact camera market today.”

A complete outline of key features for two new cameras is included below:

DSC-HX90V_image_EVF-closeup-1200Compact Hi-Zoom HX90V Camera w/ Built-in Retractable EVF
Available in June for about $430

  • – Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
  • – Built-in pop-up OLED Tru-Finder EVF w/ high contrast and vivid colors
  • – 18,2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
  • – Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
  • – 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
  • – Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 mbps
  • – Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
  • – Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps

 

DSC-WX500_Black_Left-1200Ultra-Compact WX500 Camera w/ 30x Optical Zoom
Available in June for about $330

  • – Premium 30x ZEISS Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens with 60x “Clear Image” digital zoom capability
  • – 18,2 MP Exmor R CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor ensure the finest capture details for still images and Full HD videos in all lighting conditions
  • – Optical SteadyShot with 5-axis image stabilization minimizes effects of camera shake
  • – 921k dot, 3.0 type LCD screen that tilts a full 180 degrees
  • – Full HD movie shooting capabilities including high-speed XAVC S format at 50 mbps
  • – Built-in ‘pop up’ flash for low-light shooting support
  • – Compatible with Wi-Fi / NFC for seamless wireless transfer of content and with select Sony PlayMemories™ Camera apps

New Cyber-shot®Accessories

Sony has also introduced new accessories for its Cyber-shot line including the LCJ-HWA body case and the ECM-CG60 shotgun microphone .

The new body case, compatible with both of the new HX90V and WX500 cameras, features a high-quality quality black leather-style finish for protection while offering a sure, stable grip.  The new CG60 mic attaches to the multi-interface shoe on Sony’s RX camera line to enable crystal clear audio recording during movie shooting.

The new HX90V and WX500 compact high zoom cameras and all relevant Cyber-shot® accessories will be sold at all authorized retailers throughout the Sony dealer network.


Thanks Manoy for sharing the press release!

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April 14, 2015
Posted in news

Plenty of TIPA awards won by Sony.

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We have this years winners of the TIPA award. Sony cameras won in thee categories:

1) Sony QX1 as the Best Mobile Imaging Device

2) Sony A5100 as the Best Entry Level

3) Sony A7s as the Best Photo/Video Camera Professional

Thanks Vicente for sharing this!

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