October 7, 2017
Posted in deals

New Sony Europe deals: 500 Euro trade-in for the A9

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Sony Europe launched a new trade-in program that let’s you save up to 500 Euro when buying the A9. Ask your prefered store for more info. Thanks PCHstore and Foto-woehrstein.de for sharing the news.

P.S.: The new Voigtlander 40mm is in Stock at PCHstore.

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October 6, 2017
Posted in reviews

DxOmark sensor test: Nikon D850 tops the Sony A7rII by a margin of two points

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DxOmark tested the sensor of the new Nikon D850. It beats the over two years old Sony A7rII by a hair. The Sony has a better High ISO performance but it’s the one stop imrpoved dynamic range performance at Low ISO that gives the Nikon the edge:

Against the Sony A7R II and Canon 5DS, the Nikon D850 offers an advantage at base ISO of around one stop against the Sony, and a massive 2.5-stop advantage over the Canon. The gaps narrow as sensitivity increases, though, so from ISO 1600 and above, the D850 and Sony A7R II offer broadly the same dynamic range, with the Sony just edging them. The Nikon and Sony both continue to offer around a one-stop advantage over the Canon for dynamic range between ISO 1600 and over the Canon 5DS’s top sensitivity of ISO 12,800. So good dynamic range above or around 10 EV is possible on the Sony and Nikon up to ISO 3200, compared to ISO 1600 for the Canon.

I bet the new Sony A7rIII (or A9r) will get on top of the DxO rankings when it will be announced in 2018.

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October 6, 2017
Posted in rumors

Nikon and Canon both going FF mirrorless in 2018. What will be Sony’s reaction?

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Both Nikon (rumor here) and Canon (rumor here) are finally going to compete against Sony in the Full Frame mirrorless segment. Both companies should launch their new FF system cameras in 2018 (probably at Photokina in September).

I honestly think Sony is not going to change their camera roadmap release to wait and see how those cameras will look like. We are going to probably see a new A7III and A7rIII before the Nikon and Canon release.

But for sure Nikon and Canon are looking at the weak spots of the Sony system and will try to exploit them. I hope Sony will “prepare” for this and improve a couple of things like:

1) Lower the price on Sony cameras and lenses. Make them more accessible for people to join the E-mount system!
2) Improve on delivering more “mature” software (Example: fix star eater issue bug)
3) Rework the APP system so that third party developers can sell their APP’s
4) Improve the service (still issues in some countries)
5) Add functions that are long available on other camera system like real full touchscreen functionality, real 64 ISO, and so on…
6) Don’t do unnecessary “cuts” on hardware: A9 should have had 2 fast SD slot cards! USB 3.0 should have been long standard too. Improve the focus by wire (which I personally dislike).

It’s time for Sony to really growth up and give a really hard time to Canon and Nikon :)

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October 6, 2017
Posted in news

Nikon said nearly no PROS using mirrorless yet? Watch the amazing documentary from Chris Burkard about surfing on the Arctic (shot with Sony)

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Just recently Mr. Goto Teng from Nikon said that mirrorless ain’t really for Professionals yet. So let’s see some of these Sony amateurs at work:

Sony Artisan of Imagery Chris Burkard shot this breathtaking documentary about surfing on the Arctic. On Adventurejournal you can see what gear he is using to create his work.

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October 6, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony 100-400mm F4 Lens First Look

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
HDR Photography w/ HDR Efex Pro II & Lightroom Using Sony A99 II Image Files (SonyAlphaLab).
65/2 Apo-Lanthar 1:2 field flatness (Jim Kasson).
Laowa 15mm macro review by Mark Alhadeff.
Top Memory Cards for Photo and Video Recording (Explora).
Falcon Eyes Sophiez SO-108TDX Led Lights (Personal View).

Oliver:Ich habe mit der Sony A7sII und der Sony A6300 einen Film über einen Extreme Full Distance Triathlon gemacht. Würde mich freuen, wenn Du den Link bei den Sony Tidbits integrierst…http://bit.ly/2hSsMoW

 

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October 5, 2017
Posted in reviews

Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 E-mount lens review by ePhotozine: “excellent photographic, creative qualities”

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Image by ePhotozine

This is the cheapest fastest APS-C E-mount lens you can buy: It costs $169 on Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT and Amazon ES.

And ePhotozine posted the full lens review:

KamLan has a simple, ambitiously specified lens for a very low price. It is well made, performs well and, within the limitations of manual focus and lagging edge quality, it is still a lens that delivers something very useful. The bright f/1.1 aperture is one thing and the gorgeous bokeh is another. The lens is not technically perfect, but it does have excellent photographic, creative qualities that could be used to advantage. At £126, there is little to lose.

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October 5, 2017
Posted in reviews

First image samples show with the new and very fast 40mm f/1.2 Voigtlander FE lens

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Image courtesy: Mapcamera

Mapcamera posted a set of image samples shot with the new 40mm f/1.2 FE lens. This lens looks so sexy on the A7 I might buy it too :)

The lens is listed without preorder option at BHphoto. It’s available in Europe in many stores like eBay.

UPDATE: Many more images have now been posted at Google Photos (Click here).

Voigtlander (フォクトレンダー) NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
絞り:F1.2/ シャッタースピード:1/1250秒 / ISO:100/ 使用機材:SONY α7II + Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
Voigtlander (フォクトレンダー) NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
絞り:F2/ シャッタースピード:1/1000秒 / ISO:100/ 使用機材:SONY α7II + Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
Voigtlander (フォクトレンダー) NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical
絞り:F2/ シャッタースピード:1/60秒 / ISO:160/ 使用機材:SONY α7II + Voigtlander NOKTON 40mm F1.2 Aspherical

More images at Mapcamera.com/KASYAPA.php?itemid=31056&19&1&18

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Thanks Sven and Alexis!

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