Lensrentals Found a Big Flaw in Sony’s Image Stabilization Unit

The team over at Lensrentals put a few Sony a7 and a9 cameras through some crazy tests and found broken image stabilization units.

I guess something that I’d never even thought about was the durability of image stabilization units in cameras. But LensRentals found that many of the units in their cameras often broke. They found it so alarming that they went so far as to alert Sony to the issue. This is all part of their Sensor to Flange Distance coverage that they’ve been doing, and the results publishing today tackle Canon, Sony, and Micro Four Thirds cameras. So we got the chance to talk to Roger about what gives with Sony’s cameras and more. Plus, you’ll learn the shocking truth about how it affects image stabilization. Be sure to also check out more on the Lensrentals Blog.

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Cheap Photo: Sony a6000 w/lens $498, Sony a9 Bundle $3498, A7 II $898

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These Sony Mirrorless camera deals will put a spring in your step as we head toward Easter.

If you have been the market for a new Sony Mirrorless camera, or some new Sony glass, you are going to love these amazing camera deals. Right now you can grab the Sony a6000 with a 16-50mm, and two 64GB SD cards for just $498! The Full Frame Sony A7 II with accessory bundle is only $898, and the A7 II with the 28-70mm lens with accessory bundle is only $998! Has the Sony a9 been fluttering its shutter at you? If it has you can get it with a Rode mic bundle now for $3,498! Need to see in the dark? The Sony A7s II with accessory bundle is just $1,998. Other notable deals include the X-T2 and the X-T20 which are in the final week of their sales. The X-T2 is just $899, and the X-T20 is only $599! Come on in to see the other camera deals.

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Cheap Photo: Save $1,000 on the Outstanding Sony A9 for a Limited Time

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The Sony A9 is a beast of a camera and right now it’s on sale for $1,000 off making it one of the hottest camera deals of the year!

Camera deals are packing a punch right now and the Sony A9 may be delivering the biggest punch of them all. Right now you can save $1,000 on the powerhouse Sony A9, bringing this marvel of a camera down to $3,498!! This is the largest discount this camera has ever seen.

Sony is really leading the charge with their camera deals this year, but the A9 deal takes the cake. This camera has been lauded by many (including us) thanks to it’s impressive spec list and it’s overall performance. This deal won’t be around for long so act fast and don’t miss out.

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DxOmark Releases Sony A7III Test Results, Besting the Flagship A9

The Sony A7 III shines in DxOMark’s sensor testing, hitting way above its pricepoint

In the Sony lineup right now you would likely rank their cameras in this order; A7R III/A9, A7S II, A7 III. But if the latest DxOMark Rankings mean anything to you then you may want to be giving the [amazon_textlink asin=’B07B43WPVK’ text=’A7 III’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’53d8d718-3129-11e8-8e05-c12cac1280a9′] a little more of a look: it is testing really well against all three of the cameras in the Sony system priced higher than it. Continue reading…

The Ultimate Sony E Mount Camera and Lens Guide For 2017

If you’re looking for the end all be all guide to Sony’s Mirrorless System, look no further

Well, the time has come for us to start doing our end of the year posts and one way we are planning to do that is with these ‘ultimate guide’ posts. On the docket for today is Sony, which has managed to make it yet another year without any full frame mirrorless competitors to their E mount system; and having released maybe the first truly competitive mirrorless sports camera in the [amazon_textlink asin=’B06ZY7GNKN’ text=’A9′ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3eef866b-c7cc-11e7-a83a-a9840b2580da’] and quite possibly the best all around camera in terms of Resolution/Speed with their [amazon_textlink asin=’B076TGDHPT’ text=’A7R III’ template=’ProductLink’ store=’thephobl-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’3600fed9-c7cc-11e7-b9a8-e9a7e35ad88e’].

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First Impressions: Sony A7R III (Sample Images Included)

The Sony a7r III is pretty darned impressive

So as you have no doubt heard, Sony just announced their newest A7 series camera, the A7R III, which features some pretty impressive improvements over the A7R II. Notably, the A7R III retains the same exact 42.4MP sensor as the A7R II but with virtually every other component of the internal hardware of the camera being completely redone. As such, Sony was able to squeeze out every last drop of performance from this sensor. Continue reading…

The Sony A7R III Features 15 Stops of Dynamic Range and the Sony a9’s Autofocus

The Sony a7r III borrows a lot from the Sony a9.

Sony has just announced the latest addition to their A7 line of full-frame mirrorless cameras, bringing the series into its third generation with this announcement of the Sony A7R III. The camera features the same 42.4MP sensor as its predecessor, the A7R II, but with some key improvements to the processor and AF technologies that will make this a really enticing camera to those looking for a great blend of resolution and speed. Continue reading…

Review: Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar – the LEGENDARY Original Version

When a door closes, a window opens. I was expecting to be loaned an M-mount lens, or at the very least, a lens with an M-mount adapter. Instead, what I received from the UPS delivery man was an Exakta-mount lens with a Sony E-mount adapter.

Exakta? I haven’t seen one of those since high school? I guess I won’t be shooting with a Leica M10.

The specific lens I was loaned was a Zeiss 75mm f1.5 Biotar (circa 1939 to 1960), which just happened to also be the same lens Oprema used to base the design of their new 75 Biotar. In case you haven’t heard, Oprema is the company that’s bringing back the 75 Biotar. They asked me if I was interested in writing about it. I accepted the opportunity, because I was curious. When I first heard the announcement, I was going to invest in an M-mount version of this legendary lens. But then, I discovered on eBay how much of a premium legendary demanded, and thus quickly came back to my senses.

Oddly in this case, legendary also meant the lens I was loaned came attached with a Sony E-mount adapter? That was completely unexpected. But then, it didn’t matter. In the end, it worked out all the same… opening doors with a full frame Sony.

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Our Top Camera Recommendations For Wedding Photographers

It is no secret that the wedding photography niche is one of the most lucrative and ‘safe’ (as in, we don’t expect people to stop getting married and wanting pictures of it any time soon) photography markets in today’s industry. This means there is a never ending flow of new photographers picking up their cameras hoping to make it big in the wedding industry. While there is a lot to learn about the business of weddings, another avenue that should be considered as well is if the gear on hand is sufficient for a wedding environment.

Weddings are major life events for these couples and their families, they can’t just be redone like a portrait session can. This means it is mission critical you have reliable gear, capable of capturing the moments as they come, without slowing you down or making your life difficult. So to that end, today we have compiled a list of our top camera recommendations for wedding photographers.

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Four Cameras Capable of Making Pleasing, Big Prints at Higher ISOs

One of the problems with digital photography for years has been high ISO output. While it’s become much better when you look at the photos on a screen, it’s still not perfect when it comes to printing. With film, you can tell that you’re looking at film grain when you enlarge and print a photo at something like 17×22 paper. But with digital, you’re bound to find digital looking noise; and it’s very apparent in the color noise, etc. But in the past few years, a few cameras have come around that produce fantastic results at higher ISOs. Here are some of our favorites.

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Picking Specialized Cameras vs Do It All Cameras

There is this epidemic in the photography industry right now where everyone wants every camera to do everything better than every other camera for a lower price. This is why you always see walls of complaint comments when new cameras are announced, it does this well but not that, or lacks in this one feature that so and so really wanted. It’s just the reality of a camera, some will fit better for certain people and certain uses better than others – and let’s remember, virtually no one is making a ‘bad’ camera these days (at least if we are talking about the traditional camera makers). Continue reading…

Here’s How the Stacked CMOS Sensor in the New Sony a9 Works

If you haven’t known already, the stacked CMOS sensor in the new Sony a9 flagship camera isn’t exactly all brand new. Indeed, it’s the first time Sony has done it with a full frame sensor and released it to the public. But the technology has been used in phones and many other sensors in the past. The Sony a9 has a full frame 35mm sized 24MP stacked CMOS sensor at the heart of the camera and the way it operates is crucial to the overall functionality of the camera.

We talked to Sony’s Mark Weir about how the sensor works and he explained how it differs from conventional CMOS sensors.

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Want to Shoot Film with Sony Lenses? You May Want a Minolta a9 With SSM Support

If you look at the surviving DSLR manufacturers out there, you’ve got Canon, Nikon, Sony (Minolta), and Pentax. All of the brands have made big advancements and changes in the years since digital took over film, but none probably as much as Sony. In fact, using a camera like a Canon 1v, Canon EOS Elan 7, or others are very straightforward and compatible with most of the newer lenses. Sony lets you do the same thing with the Minolta camera bodies, but if you want to utilize the SSM technology in some of the lenses then you probably need a Minolta a9 with SSM support.

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Reports Indicate Beefier Sony Full Frame Mirrorless Coming in 2017

There have been reports that Sony plans to release a higher end ‘true pro’ level mirrorless full frame camera for some time now, going back at least a year and a half or so. The general consensus of these reports centered around the naming of this newer camera being called something along the lines of an A9, to signify the unit being a class above the current crop of A7 series bodies. Continue reading…