January 24, 2015
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Sony A7 now sells for less than 1.000 Euro in Germany…

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I believe the Sony A7 is the first Full Frame camera that is now selling for less than 1.000 Euro in Germany. You can get it for 983 Euro at Pixmania Germany (Click here).

P.S.: The Sony UK cashback will end tomorrow.

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January 23, 2015
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NEX-7 kit now sells for new low price ($749 at BHphoto).

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There is a new price drop on the NEX-7 kit which now sells for $749 only at BHphoto (Click here) and $769 at Amazon US (Click here).
And after Adorama (Click here) also BHphoto (Click here) is accepting preorders on the new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 A-mount lens.

Refurbished/Open Box stuff:
$200 off on the Open BoxA7 with kit lens sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7r sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7s sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Refurbished A7 with kit lens sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the Refurbished A7 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$900 off on the RX1 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the RX1R sold by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
$130 off on the Zeiss 55mm FE sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 E-mount sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the A99 superkit sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the RX1 sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
$1,200 off on the RX1 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).

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January 23, 2015
Posted in rumors, top_header

(SR3) New DSLR styled APS-C E-mount camera coming soon.

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A3000

The current Sony A3000

An anonymous source told me a DSLR-sized E-mount camera has been spotted “testing in Shanghai“. He says “from the actual size, I would think it is an E mount camera instead of FE mount“. It’s likely that he is talking about the A3000 replacement which is likely to come this Spring.

The Sony A3000 has been announced one and a half-year ago (Aug  2013). It’s main goal is to appeal the mass market by offering a SLR-alike design. I don’t know what you think but I would also like the A9 to have a more DSLR design too. Mainly because it means bigger size with better placed controls and better grip.

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January 23, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony A7s Low Light test for CNN by Philip Bloom. What I Learned from the A7s by David Dugdale.

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SUPERMOON: Low light test for CNN’s “The Wonder List” from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

The Sony A7s is really the one camera that gathers most of the attention from blggers, photographers and filmmakers:

Philip Bloom posted the video I embedded on top to show the Low Light qualities of the A7s.
David Dugdale posted an article with video with the title “Few Months with the Sony a7S – What I Learned”:

More A7s video:
Great Toronto Rooftopping vide on Youtube.
Ronn:More magic created with the Sony a7S https://vimeo.com/113253279. And we even managed to livestream Northern Lights with it. Mind Blown!  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jToHnMLsmjA

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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January 22, 2015
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A7s/A7r/A7 trade in runs til January 31. Get up to $375 for your camera!

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The trade in offer running at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) will end on January 31. You get up to $375 for your “older” camera.

Reminder:
A7 with kit lens for $1,450 at GetDigital on eBay (Click here).

Amazon Sony deals:
Save $200 on the Sony A77II Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save Up to $400 on the Sony A7 Family of Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony A5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony RX100MII Fixed Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony QX Family (Click here)
Save Big on the Sony Family of Action Cameras (Click here)

Refurbished/Open Box stuff:
$200 off on the Open BoxA7 with kit lens sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7r sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7s sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Refurbished A7 with kit lens sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the Refurbished A7 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$900 off on the RX1 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the RX1R sold by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
$130 off on the Zeiss 55mm FE sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 E-mount sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the A99 superkit sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the RX1 sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
$1,200 off on the RX1 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).

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January 22, 2015
Posted in news

First “50 megapixel capable” Tamron lens now available for preorder for Sony A-mount.

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Over a month ago I told you that the new Tamron 15-30 f/2.8 lens was the first lens designed by Tamron that is capable of resolving the future Sony (and Canon) FulL Frame 50 megapixel sensor resolution. It’s rumored that both Sony and Canon will launch those cameras this year. And starting from today the Tamron lens can be preordered for the first time for Sony A-mount at Adorama (Click here).
Now let’s hope it wont take to long until we get a proper A-mount camera to take advantage of that lens :)

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January 22, 2015
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Lenstip writes the best SLT tech article to date (must read for all SLT camera owners).

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Lenstip (Click here) wrote a very detailed and so far best article I have ever read about the Sony SLT tech. The title of the post is: “Everything you always wanted to know about the semi-transparent mirror technology (but were afraid to ask)“.

You absolutely have to read it because it’s really showing on  a scientific way how the Sony SLT system works. At the end those are their conclusions based on they tests they made:

A fixed film mirror has a lot of advantages over the classic solution:

  • Burst mode can be faster
  • Dirt won’t invade the interior of the camera so easily
  • The camera might be more reliable
  • The camera is physically lighter and can be potentially cheaper
  • The camera might offer continuous preview (not necessarily if you deal with an electronic viewfinder, though)
  • Phase-detection AF in the LV mode and during registering a movie

Of course there also many reasons why classic reflex cameras have been sold on the market up to now. Some of them are listed below:

  • Bright optical viewfinder
  • 1/3 more of light = faster speeds or lower ISO, an advantage in dynamic range and noise
  • The mirror can be cleaned without any risk and it’s less prone to damage
  • A damage of a film mirror influences the resolution of photos; a damage of an ordinary mirror won’t have such consequences.

What I write now is just my private opinion and not based on rumors: I think the SLT tech will not live long. The chance is high on sensor PDAF will become mainstream in the coming years and therefore semitransparent mirror (and even classic DSLR mirror) may become obsolete. Of course this doesnt mean A-mount has to go. It means A-mount becomes mirrorless just like E-mount and as Sony stated recently, they can use the “free space” to explore other new tech (Z-shift and so on).

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