November 7, 2017
Posted in rumors

One “SR1 source” had it all spot on!

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Back in July I posted one of my rare SR1 ranked rumors roundup (read the article here). Those are rumors I get from completely anonymous sources with no previous track of rumor sharing. Well it’s interesting to see that three of the four rumors were very accurate (with some minor errors)

Particularly “Source 2” was spot on predicting the right models

Summer usually is the time for announcements for Sony
This year
no new RX100 will be announced
No new APS-C Camera will be announced
a new consumer compact / travel zoom is down the pipeline and one new A7 series
also there will be a new action cam sporting ultra slowmo

The travel zoom is the RX10m4, the A7 camera is the new A7rIII and the ultra slowmo camera is the RX0. I hope that source is reading this post and will give us the pleasure to tell us what might be coming as next in 2018! And if possible I would be happy if he could use a “nickname” to make it possible for me to recognize him again :)

To SAR readers:
It’s ten days now I am working with all my sources to re-organize my rumor work. Two former trusted sources whom shared correct rumors in the past got mislead with the A7III and A7sIII they got. They were genuine in their intentions but wrong in the info they conveyed to me. This all lead me to ignore all A7rIII rumors I was getting. Such big mistakes should no more happen in the future as I worked out new strategies. The good news is that the A7III (Q1 launch, 24MP, same A9 af) and A7sIII (same A9 pdaf) specs shared on SAR still seem to be correct.
Expect me to post new rumors soon from sources who also shared the correct 400mm and 24-105mm FE rumors and the unposted A7rIII rumors. All I can tease for now is that 2018 will be a more “camera focused” year than 2017 with many new models introduced.


UPDATE with message to a source: Nothing to apologize for :)

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November 7, 2017
Posted in news

Affinity Photo 1.6 released

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You can now buy the new Affinity Photo 1.6 (Click here). This is a nice Photoshop alternative. The new features are described within the following video:

And don’t forget you have one more week to preorder the Luminar 2018 software (purchase here).

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November 6, 2017
Posted in deals

Limited time deal: Sony A6000 with two lenses for $699 only at Amazon US

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For a limited time you get the a6000 with two lenses for $699 only directly at Amazon US (Click here).

And sill hot: $100 off on the new Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 FE lens via third party seller at Amazon US (Click here).

Reminder: The preorders for the new Luminar 2018 (for Mac and Windows) are now open at Macphun.com. This is the first serious Adobe Lightroom alternative too as it includes a new DAM module.

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November 6, 2017
Posted in reviews

Sony a7R III – Early Review, Wrap-up from Press Event by Photorec and a Demo with Marc Weir

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Toby from Photorec posted this short A7rIII early review video:

There is also demo with Mark Weir

And here is a list of A7rIII features missing on the Sony A9:

Preorders:
Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo-Porst.de. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests!

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November 6, 2017
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(SR2) Sony working on a new 200-600mm E-mount “beast” lens?

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At the begin of July I got this mail from a new source. I did post this rumor as SR1 only as I had nothing to back up his info. But now we know that two of the lenses he mentioned were announced with the new A7rIII. I am not sure if this was just a “lucky” guess or if he really knows stuff.

But if he really is right than we should expect Sony to announce quite a curious lens beast: A new 200-600mm lens! I wonder if such a lens would make sense in the E-mount line up anyway.

The only comparable lens on market is the Sigma or Tamron 150-600mm lens. Below you can see the Tamron next to the Sony 100-400mm lens (via CameraSize).

This would be definitely a niche lens. Probably wildlife shooters and sport photographers could be interested in this?

One more thing: That very same 200-600mm source said within the same email that the A7III launch was delayed til early 2018.

Note: The screenshot shows a German text because that’s how my mail is set up.

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November 6, 2017
Posted in news

Sony’s New Autonomous Car Camera Sees Road Signs at 160 Meters

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This has yet nothing to do with the regular Alpha news. But it’s still interesting to see what Sony sensor can achieve nowadays. Technologyreview writes:

The new $90 IMX324 has an effective resolution of only 7.42 megapixels, which sounds small compared to your smartphone camera. But with about three times the vertical resolution of most car camera sensors, it packs a punch. It can see road signs from 160 meters away, has low-light sensitivity that allows it to see pedestrians in dark situations, and offers a trick that captures dark sections at high sensitivity but bright sections at high resolution in order to max out image recognition. 

Some of this new sensor tech may be used on future Sony cameras too.

Full Sony sensor press text here.

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November 6, 2017
Posted in deals

In case EU readers missed this: Up to 1000€ Cashback on Sony stuff in Europe

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In case you missed the news on the very big new Cashback action check out these links: Amazon Germany special page, Wex UK, Sony Netherland, Amazon France.

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