The Sony a7/a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide – New Book

Sony A7 and A7R Guide Book

The Sony a7/a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide is a new book from photographers Dr. Brian Matsumoto and Carol F. Foullard.

All features of the a7 and a7R are covered, including automatic stitching to create panoramas, and multi-shot noise reduction that allows the use of extremely high ISOs. This book guides the photographer in using both the camera’s automated features and manual controls to take photographs that are a unique reflection of his or her creative personality.

The Sony a7/a7R: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $28.03 on Amazon.com.

Sony A7 & A7R Review

Sony A7R-4

The Sony E-mount system has matured over the past few years and Sony has chosen to retire the NEX branding and consolidate all of its interchangeable lens cameras under the Alpha brand name with a designation only of whether they are A-mount or E-mount cameras.

The A-mount cameras are more traditional DSLR cameras, currently comprised of cameras using Sony translucent mirror technology. The E-mount cameras are mirrorless cameras and are a generally more compact design.

The Sony A7R and A7 mirrorless cameras are the culmination of the NEX system, which brought about the E-mount. With the new A7 line we finally have affordable, full frame cameras. [Read more...]

Sony A7 & A7R Bundles up to $650 Off

Sony A7R-4

B&H has several new instant rebate deals on the Sony A7 and A7R cameras.

You can get a $200 instant rebate when purchasing certain lenses with the A7 or A7R. Just click the “Buy together and save” link on the product pages for a list of qualifying lenses.

Additionally, you can save up to $650 if you buy the A7 or A7R bundles with an extra lens and the Sony HVL-F60M flash. Check out all of the bundles here at B&H Photo.

You also get the Sony A7 kit with the HVL-F60M flash at $450 off.

10 Features That Make the Sony A7 and A7R Excellent Full Frame Video Cameras

One of the things I wanted to do during my review of the Sony A7 and A7R was to put the video features through their paces. With the help of my uncharacteristically cooperative kids, I shot the above short, Nerfed, in a few hours using only the Sony A7 and A7R (along with a couple of shots with the GoPro Hero3 that were necessary for the plot). After using these cameras for this fun project and in other ways over the past few weeks, Sony makes a great case for its next generation of full frame cameras. [Read more...]

Samyang Introduces Full Frame Lenses for Sony E-Mount

Samyang E-Mount Lenses

New Sony A7 and A7R owners can rejoice. Samyang has introduced five new full-frame lenses for Sony E-mount, including:

  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC
  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
  • Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC

So far, only the 14mm f/2.8 lens is available for pre-order. Expect the others to follow soon.

With the warm reception we’ve seen from the Sony A7 and A7R, expect the third-party lens lineup to continue to grow for the Sony E-mount. Also, while these lenses were clearly released in response to the A7 and A7R, they are also compatible with the Sony APS-C E-mount cameras.