Full Sony a7 IV Review

Check out the latest full Sony a7 IV Review. ePhotozine published the Sony a7 IV mirrorless camera review: ” Highly Recommended – Whether for stills or video, a truly excellent hybrid camera”.

The Sony A7 IV is a mid-range full-frame mirrorless camera with 33 Megapixels, 10fps bursts, 10-bit 4k up to 60p, webcam capabilities and a flip-out screen.

Sony a7 IV: $2,498 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony a7 IV with 28-70mm Lens: $2,698 at AmazonB&HAdorama. Continue reading “Full Sony a7 IV Review”

Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review

Here is the latest in-depth Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens reviewePhotozine published the Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens (Tested on the 33MP Sony a7 IV) review saying that “An exciting, versatile lens of the highest quality, even considering the very high cost it has to be ‘Highly Recommended’”.

$100 off on Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens: $2,899 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony a7 IV body: $2,498 at AmazonB&HAdorama. Continue reading “Sony FE 12-24mm f/2.8 GM Lens Review”

Upcoming Sony Cameras of 2022

Here are the upcoming Sony Cameras of 2022 according to Tony Northup.

A new video published on Youtube by Tony Northup and he discussed Sony A1000, Sony A7R V, Sony A9 III, Sony A5, and Sony A3. Check it out !

Sony A1000

  • APS-C 33 MP
  • 30 FPS E-Shutter Only
  • A1 Body + Tilt Screen
  • 4k / 120 Cropped
  • 2X CFX-A / SD
  • $3000

Sony A7R V

  • FF 60MP Sensor
  • 10/20 FPS
  • New Menus
  • Flippy Screen
  • 8K/30 + 4K/120
  • $3,999

 Sony A9 III

  • FF 24 MP Sensor
  • 30 + FPS
  • New Menus
  • TILT Screen
  • 4l/60p
  • $4999

Sony A5

  • FF 24 MP
  • 5 FPS
  • Flippy Screen
  • 4K/30p Cropped
  • 1XSD Card Slot
  • $1,200

Sony A3

  • ANDROID
  • FF 12MP E-Mount
  • 5 FPS
  •  Flippy Screen
  • 4K/60 Full – WIdth
  • Internal Memory
  • GPS / Cellular
  • $999

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Black Friday Deal 2021: Up to $1,100 on Sony a7R IIIA & a7R IVA

2021 Sony Camera Black Friday Deals are now live: you can save up $1,100 on the Sony a7R IIIA & a7R IVA bundle kits. This is the lowest price we’ve seen so far on the Sony a7R IIIA & a7R IVA cameras. Great deals!

Sony a7R IIIA Deals:

$800 off on Sony a7R IIIA: $1,998 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$800 off on Sony a7R IIIA with 28-70mm Lens Kit: $2,396 at B&H.

$1,000 off on Sony a7R IIIA with 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens Kit: $3,996 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$1,100 off on Sony a7R IIIA with 24-105mm Lens Kit: $3,096 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$1,000 off on Sony a7R IIIA with 24-70mm f/4 Lens Kit: $2,696 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

Sony a7R IVA Deals:

$500 off on Sony a7R IVA: $2,998 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$500 off on Sony a7R IVA with 24-105mm Lens Kit: $4,096 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$900 off on Sony a7R IVA with 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens Kit: $4,796 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

$800 off on Sony a7R IVA with 16-35mm f/2.8 Lens Kit: $4,896 at AmazonB&HAdorama.

2021 Sony Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals

2021 Sony Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals now live. You can save up to $600 off Sony  cameras, lenses, sales, rebates, discounts and doorbuster specials.

The 2021 Holiday Shopping Season starts on November 25, 2021. Black Friday 2021 is on November 26, 2021 and Cyber Monday 2021 is on November 29, 2021. Green Monday is on December 13, 2021.

Below will be a roundup of the 2021 Sony Holiday Camera Deals, along with Black Friday, Cyber Monday and Green Monday digital camera and photo gear deals, including Sony E-mount Mirrorless Cameras, Sony Compact Cameras, Sony Mirrorless Lenses, Sony DSLR Lenses, software and accessories. Continue reading “2021 Sony Black Friday & Cyber Monday deals”

Best Sony A7 IV Accessories

Here are the best Sony A7 IV accessories. We have selected some of the best accessories for the Sony A7 IV mirrorless camera. Check it out !

The Sony a7 IV is the fourth generation of the company’s core a7 full-frame mirrorless camera model. With a new sensor, revamped autofocus system and improved video features, the new Sony a7 IV looks like an attractive camera for enthusiast photographers looking at options in the full-frame mirrorless market. Continue reading “Best Sony A7 IV Accessories”

Sony A7S III Expected Availability Jan 17, 2022

According to the B&H, the new  Sony Alpha a7S III (AmazonB&HAdoramais scheduled to start shipping from Jan 17, 2022.  It was officially announced in July 2021.

Due to the high demand of Sony Alpha a7S III, the availability of Sony a7S III is very low. It is now almost out of stock in US stores.

Sony a7S III
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Key Features

  • 12MP Full-Frame Exmor R BSI CMOS Sensor
  • UHD 4K 120p Video, 10-Bit 4:2:2 Internal
  • 16-Bit Raw Output, HLG & S-Cinetone
  • 759-Point Fast Hybrid AF
  • 9.44m-Dot QXGA OLED EVF
  • 3.0″ 1.44m-Dot Vari-Angle Touchscreen
  • 5-Axis SteadyShot Image Stabilization
  • Extended ISO 40-409600, 10 fps Shooting
  • Dual CFexpress Type A/SD Card Slots

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Sony VENICE 2 Leaked with a New 8.6K Full-Frame Image Sensor

The upcoming Sony VENICE 2 now leaked online. The Venice 2 camera with 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February 2022 and VENICE 2 camera with pre-installed 6K image sensor in March 2022. Leaked press release can be found below.

New Venice 2 also features compact body design, Internal X-OCN recording and ability to interchange sensors between models to further enhance its operability and versatility 

Today, Sony introduces Venice 2, the new flagship model and latest addition to its lineup of high-end digital cinema cameras. The Venice 2 builds upon the strength of the original Venice with new features including a compact design, internal recording and the option for two different sensors: the newly developed full-frame 8.6K sensor or the original 6K Venice sensor. The Venice 2 also inherits popular features from the original Venice including colour science, Dual Base ISO and 8-stops of built-in ND filters. 

New Sensor Translates into Extraordinary Image Quality and Incredible Low-light Sensitivity 

Paired with a newly-developed 8.6 K (8640 x 5760) full-frame CMOS sensor, the Venice 2 offers excellent image quality with 16 stops of total latitude[i] to capture beautiful images with excellent colour separation and shadow detail. The camera also inherits its colour science from the original Venice which is highly regarded for its natural skin tones.  The VENICE 2 CineAlta camera has a unique dual base ISO of 800/3200[ii] which allows filmmakers to capture incredibly clean, film-like images under a wide range of lighting conditions. It supports everything from full-frame, full-frame anamorphic[iii] to Super 35mm all at a minimum of 4K resolution, resulting in an outstanding and versatile camera system for cinematographers and productions.

To illustrate the strength of the Venice 2 and its new 8.6K sensor, Sony worked with the industry’s top cinematographers to test the camera’s image quality on two separate film shoots without using any professional movie lighting.   

Award-winning cinematographer Robert McLachlan ASC CSC, who has worked on highly acclaimed productions Game Of Thrones (for which he received two Emmy nominations), Westworld and Lovecraft Country.  McLachlan tested and filmed with the new 8.6K full-frame Venice 2 in two countries and offered his reaction.  

“I really wish we’d had a large format, 8.6K sensor like Sony Venice 2 on Game Of Thrones. It would have made it feel even more epic and, at the same time, more engaging, thanks to the increased resolution, richness, and dimensionality. The increased speed, cleaner highlights, and shadows together with the potential for super-shallow depth of field would have been a huge asset.”  

Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC ACC used the original Venice on Top Gun: Maverick and tested the Venice against the original in the pitch darkness of the California desert. He offered this assessment:    

“The 3200 ASA is incredible. I think how clean it is – is definitely a big deal,” said Miranda. “In the film, there is still fidelity in the shadows, and the wide shots are pretty spectacular. There were no film lights on this shoot at all. There were just headlights of the car, the fire, and that was the point. It was to go to the middle of nowhere and put a big fire and see how far the new sensor could light up the mountain, without noise.”  

Rob Hardy BSC, the British cinematographer known for his ground-breaking work on Mission Impossible: Fallout, Ex-Machina, DEVS and winner of the BAFTA for cinematography for Boy A, amongst others, also commented: 

“I’m used to using the original Venice and I would say, I am a pretty much an advocate of that camera. The opportunity to use this  Venice 2 is actually a really fantastic one. This is the first time I’ve ever used that larger sensor, the 8.6K and we were lucky enough to get some anamorphic lenses that were set for the full cinematic effect and that really utilised that whole sensor. The ISOs have been bumped up so that enables me to shoot at a higher speed in the low light levels which is something what wasn’t really an option before, and that’s the big gain for me.”

With the 8.6K sensor providing ample oversampling, images shot on Venice will benefit from less noise and enriched information in a 2K or 4K production. It also means the camera is well suited for VR, in camera VFX and Virtual Production setups, delivering an immersive experience and realistic images, especially in combination with Sony’s high-contrast and large-scale Crystal LED displays. 

The Success of the Original Venice

Since its launch in 2017, Venice has been used to shoot more than 300 theatrical, broadcast, cable, and streaming releases, including the Emmy award-winning series The Crown, and Paramount’s upcoming feature Top Gun: Maverick. Regular firmware and hardware updates to meet the latest creative needs have been key to the wide adoption of Venice.   

“We are so pleased to have seen the success of the original Venice over the last four years. Based on our conversations with cinematographers and production companies around the world, we recognized an opportunity to improve by leveraging many of our latest imaging and sensor technologies. By doing so, we are taking the Venice image quality to a new level. We also made the camera smaller and are offering internal recording to enable more creative freedom: whether that means using the camera on drones, Steadicams, aerial gimbals- or underwater housings,” said Hiroshi Kajita, Head of Media Solutions, Sony Professional, Sony Europe.  

User-influenced Upgrades 

The Venice 2 maintains many of the features which made the original Venice a success including Dual Base ISO, 8-stops of built-in ND filters, compatibility with a wide range of lenses, including all PL mount and Sony’s native E-mount which enables adapters for a multitude of lenses. 

Thanks to direct feedback from the production community, the Venice 2 was designed with a smaller and more lightweight body than the original Venice while keeping its intuitive operability. Despite being 44 mm smaller and approximately 10% lighter[iv], the Venice 2 chassis allows internal recording of X-OCN and Apple 4K Pro Res 4444 and 422HQ without the AXS-R7 recorder, offering advanced usability in a compact and lightweight body.  

User-selectable capture resolution of the 8.6K image sensor allow shooting in various modes including:  

8.6K  3:2  30FPS  Full-Frame
8.2K  17:9  60FPS  Full-Frame
5.8K  6:5 Anamorphic  48FPS  Super 35 
5.8K  17:9  90FPS  Super 35

*Full info about image mode can be found here.

To illustrate the strength of the Venice 2 and its new 8.6K sensor, Sony worked with the industry’s top cinematographers to test the camera’s image quality on two separate film shoots without using any professional movie lighting.   

Oscar-winning cinematographer Claudio Miranda ASC ACC used the original Venice on Top Gun: Maverick and tested the Venice 2 against the original in the pitch darkness of the California desert. He offered this assessment:    

“The 3200 ASA is incredible. I think how clean it is – is definitely a big deal,” said Miranda. “In the film, there is still fidelity in the shadows, and the wide shots are pretty spectacular. There were no film lights on this shoot at all. There were just headlights of the car, the fire, and that was the point. It was to go to the middle of nowhere and put a big fire and see how far the new sensor could light up the mountain, without noise.”  

Interchangeable Sensor Design 

For even more flexibility on-site, the Venice 2 chassis adds the unique feature to interchange the image sensor block. The camera can be used with the 8.6K sensor as well as the original 6K sensor block. The camera body automatically recognizes the change and will start-up without any firmware exchanges or re-installs, adding more flexibility on-site. The original 6K sensor will allow higher frame rates. 

Enhanced Usability with Internal Recording and Smaller Size  

Small and lightweight but solidly built, the Venice 2 body leverages new high-speed 6.6 Gbps AXS card AXS-A1TS66 for 8K 60p recording. Existing AXS Memory Card Readers including AXS-AR3 via Thunderbolt 3 interface are compatible with the new media.

Additionally, the Venice 2 user interface is the same as the original Venice but incorporates improvements to make it easier and even more intuitive to use.  The camera offers an evolved product design, while being compatible with almost all original Venice accessories.    

Other updates to the Venice 2, based on the feedback from current VENICE users to enhance usability, include: 

  • 4K output with LUT applied 
  • Improved 3D LUT processing to improve picture quality  
  • EI changes directly applied to S-Log3 outputs
  • LUT/ASC-CDL control via Ethernet/Wi-Fi  
  • Zoom to Fit (Full-Frame recording with 17:9/16:9 monitoring) operation  
  • Ethernet connector position changed to Camera Assistant side  
  • Lemo 2pin 12V output connector  
  • Internal microphone installed  

Availability 

The Venice 2 camera with 8.6K image sensor is scheduled to start shipping in February 2022 and VENICE 2 camera with pre-installed 6K image sensor in March 2022.

In addition, the Venice 2 6K can be used with the existing Venice Extension System and a next-generation Extension System for Venice 2 8K is planned to be released by early 2023.

Exclusive stories and exciting new content shot with the new Venice 2 and Sony’s other imaging products can be found at www.sonycine.com, a site created to educate and inspire all fans and customers of Sony’s Cinema Line.  

A product video on the new Venice 2 can be viewed here, alongside a demonstration reel. 

[i] 15+ stops for 6K model
[ii] 500/2500 for 6K model
[iii] Need optional license for full-frame and anamorphic shooting.
[iv] Compared with VENICE using with AXS-R7 external recorder

Official Sony a7 IV Sample Images

Official Sony A7 IV sample images now available online. Sony USA has posted full size sample images of the Sony a7 IV (AmazonB&HAdorama) mirrorless camera.

Featuring a newly developed 33MP Full-Frame Exmor R CMOS sensor pairs with the latest BIONZ XR processing engine and advanced AF (autofocus) capabilities from the flagship Sony a1, the Sony a7 IV supports quick shooting up to 10 fps and 4K 60p video recording, along with broad sensitivity up to ISO 51200 and a wide 15+ stop dynamic range.

Check out the official Sony a7 IV sample images below : Continue reading “Official Sony a7 IV Sample Images”

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens Officially Announced

Samyang officially announced the new AF 50mm f/1.4 FE II Lens for Sony E-mount mirrorless cameras.

Meet the new AF 50mm F1.4 FE II, the lightest standard lens with a large-aperture compatible with Sony FE mount. The AF 50mm F1.4 FE II features a more precise and faster AF with excellent performance!

1. Smallest & Lightest Large-Aperture Standard Lens
2. Ultra-precision aspherical lenses offer soft and beautiful bokeh
3. New modern design with matt finish and red ring
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