December 5, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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Best Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera?

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
7 Ways to Accessorize Your Sony Camera (Explora).
The ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF Experience (Zeiss Youtube).
Low Light photos with Google Pixel 3 VS Sony A7R3 (Pierre T. Lambert).
Review of the Yasuhara Nanoha X5 super macro lens for APSC (Sonyalpha.blog).
Is this 2000 $ Meyer Optik LENS a SCAM ? (Mathieu Stern)

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December 4, 2018
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Sigma 40mm f/1.4 DG HSM Art Lens for Sony to ship from beginning January

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BHphoto now reports the new Sigma 40mm f/1.4 FE lens will start shipping out beginning of January. Reminder: The Sigma 56mm f/1.4 APS-C E-mount lens is in Stock via FocusCamera and BHphoto.

Capture One 12 officially released. It adds a ton of new features and if you want to buy it (Click here) you get additional 10% off using our code “AMBSAR“.

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December 4, 2018
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(SR4) Sony rumored to announce 8k gear including an 8K camera/camcorder at the CES conference on January 7

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Sony will have an official press conference and product announcement day on January 7 at 5pm Las Vegas time. Usually Sony doesn’t announce new E-mount gear at CES. Last time this happened was in 2014 for the A5000. But you never know. And from a reliable source we heard Sony’s focus will be on unveiling a full 8K platform which includes:

8K Television/CLEDIS
8K Laser projector
8K camera/camcorder
8K postprocessing platform

I have no detail about this 8K camera/camcorder. Don’t know if it has E-mount or not. By the way, the first 8K transmission at NHK just started. And by 2020 most camera manufacturers promised to release 8K cameras.

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December 4, 2018
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Surprise! There will be no Photokina in 2019 :(

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Well this is an unexpected and sad news: The Photokina 2019 event has been canceled. We will have to wait til May 2020 to get the next one. Read the full Press release.

via Fujirumors

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December 3, 2018
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(SR5) Another new Sony sensor: IMX455, a stripped down version of the 60MP IMX551 available off-the-shelf.

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So a new sensor (variant) just surfaced, IMX455, a stripped down version of the 60MP IMX551 available off-the-shelf.

Effective pixels: 9600×6400
Recommend recording pixels: 60MP
11/12/14/16Bit ADC
Full Pixel 9fps/14Bit ADC
SLVS-EC 8Lane
Single ADC in Video Mode
12-ADC in Still Picture Mode
Native ISO 64/400
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December 3, 2018
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(SR5) More info about the new Sony 60MP 8k Full Frame Sensor: Has 64 native ISO

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I got some more screenshots unveiling tidbits about the new Sony 60Mp 8K Full Frame sensors:

What’s interesting is that it has 64 native ISO.  This is a hell of sensor! But keep in mind that usually cameras do not use the full potential of the sesnor because of processing hardware limits and overheating issues.

SAR note: I keep reading on other news-rumors-blog sites that the new Sony 36MP FF 8K sensor will be used by the Sony A7sIII. I want to repeat it that there is absolutely NO guarantee this is the sensor that will be used by the A7sIII. asll we heard is that this sensor is open to be used by third manufactures too. I find it a bit hard to believe Sony will use the 36MP sensor knowing everybody can use it.

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December 2, 2018
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Sony A7III is the camera of the year according to Dpreview

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DPreview published the full list of their “DPReview Awards 2018”

The bets camera of the year is the Sony A7III (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):

And the winning spot this year is taken by the Sony a7 III. Arguably the best-value full-frame ILC available right now, the a7 III is a superbly versatile camera for both stills and video imaging, at a great price. Other cameras in Sony’s lineup offer higher stills resolution and some nice extras, but the a7 III takes most of the essentials, and packages them inside an attractive, very usable and affordable body. As such, the a7 III is a worthy winner of our most important award – the best product of 2018.

The best compact camera is the Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX100 VI (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):

Another year, another Sony Cyber-shot RX100-series compact camera. What will it be this time – a faster lens? Better 4K video? Boosted continuous shooting? Well, in fact the RX100 VI offers none of those things compared to its predecessor the RX100 V/A, but instead adds a more versatile 24-200mm zoom to the lineup, which trades brightness (and a built-in ND filter) for extra telephoto reach.

The RX100 VI doesn’t replace the older RX100 V/A, but it does fill a gap in the established RX100-series lineup for a true ‘travel zoom’ camera, offering advanced video and stills features in a compact package, with a versatile zoom lens. Photographers have been asking Sony for a longer zoom in the RX100-series for a long time, and with the RX100 VI, Sony delivered, without compromising too much of what we love about the series as a whole. As such the Sony Cyber-shot RX100 VI takes our award for best compact / fixed-lens camera of 2018.

The best zoom lens is the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):

At the other end of the scale from Canon’s behemoth is the Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD. It might not be the widest or fastest (thanks to our runner-up), standard zoom of its kind, but it’s the smallest and lightest, and one of the best nonetheless.

The Tamron 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD has the distinction of being the first third-party zoom lens designed from scratch to be compatible with Sony’s full-frame mirrorless cameras. It has seriously impressed us with its optical quality, close-up ability, relatively fast (and silent) autofocus, pleasant handling and excellent value for money. A perfect companion to Sony’s a7 III, we hope that the 28-75mm F2.8 Di III RXD is the first of many future mirrorless-oriented lenses from Tamron, which has really impressed us in the past couple of years with its range of high-quality Di prime and zoom.

The best prime lens is the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM (Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay):

We’ve seen a lot of small, OK lenses this year, and a lot of very large, very good lenses, but it’s really nice when we see a manufacturer make a small excellent lens. The Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM is exactly that.

This medium-wide prime lens for Sony’s a7-series and a9 mirrorless cameras (it’s also a useful 36mm F2.1 equivalent on APS-C) is a great example of the lens-maker’s art. Superbly suited to landscape and astrophotography, the 24mm F1.4 is equally useful for low-light candid photography and portraiture. It’s uncannily sharp edge-to-edge wide open with little to no coma, bokeh is smooth, and longitudinal chromatic aberration – that purple and green fringing we loathe on many fast wide primes – is well controlled. Our decision this year was unanimous – the Sony FE 24mm F1.4 GM takes the well-deserved top spot in our award for best prime lens of 2018.

This year I agree with all their choices!

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