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Firmware Friday: Updates land for 7 cameras including Sony A6000 and A7-series, Pentax 645Z


 
 

Firmware Friday returns this week with a raft of camera updates from Nikon, Pentax and Sony, as well as updates for Nikon's UT-1 Communication Unit, two of Canon's professional camcorders, and the software Ricoh bundles with (or sells for) some of its Pentax-branded camera. It's quite the week for updates, in other...

Sony A7 II announced in the US market, complete with price and availability

 
 

A week ago, Sony Japan gave us a surprise announcement with the unveiling of the Sony A7 II, a full-frame compact system camera that improved upon its earlier A7 mirrorless with a groundbreaking five-axis sensor shift stabilization system, an improved, more durable design and plenty more besides.

What we didn't know at...

Sony A7 II surprises, with world’s first 5-axis image stabilization in a full-frame ILC

 
 
 
 

Sony Japan has unveiled the latest addition to the A7-series of full-frame mirrorless cameras, the new Sony A7 II. The "Mark II" model features not only the world's first 5-axis sensor-shift image stabilization system for a full-frame ILC, but also a number of design...

Firmware Friday: Sony speeds up power-on for six Alpha mirrorless cameras


 
 

Firmware Friday is all about Sony this week, as the company updates no less than six of its Alpha E-mount mirrorless cameras. If you've noticed slower-than-expected startup of your camera, fear not: The solution is here!

For all six cameras, the change made in current firmware is identical. Upon installing the...

Sony A7 vs. A7R: Which Alpha is more alpha?

 
 

When Sony announced the A7 and A7R, they captured the attention of many photographers. No longer did full-frame image quality mean a hulking a large DSLR (or a Leica-sized dent in your pocketbook); the glorious image quality of full-frame cameras could now be had for a fraction of the size and price as before. To be...

Sony A7 review: Is the best full-frame mirrorless camera also the most affordable?

 
 

The cat's out of the bag: When we published our A7R review last December, it was pretty obvious that its sibling, the Sony A7, would also be well-received. The two full-frame, fully-featured mirrorless cameras share so much, after all. Both cameras' high placement in our 2013 Camera of the Year awards served to reconfirm...

Sony FE 24-70mm Zeiss lens review: A stumble in Sony’s thus far excellent FE lens lineup?

 
 

We've just published our review for the Sony FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T*, the compact, Zeiss-branded zoom lens that was announced alongside the hot Sony A7R and A7 full-frame E-mount mirrorless cameras. Unfortunately, it doesn't seem to be quite up to the same standards as the FE primes we tested...

Canon 6D, Nikon D4 firmware updates solve issues; D4 gets new Remote Function config


 
 

Friday has been and gone, and unfortunately with news editor Mike Tomkins overseas, this week's Firmware Friday update slipped between the cracks. Fear not, though, firmware fans. A day later than intended, the roundup is here. This week we've already mentioned one of the key updates -- that shipped by Sony two...

Sony A7/A7R light leaks - Roger Cicala of LensRentals weighs in

 
 

Another day, another story about Sony A7 light leaks...

Honestly, we're about coming to the end of our coverage on this topic, as it's a complete non-issue for the vast majority of photographers, and we're pretty close to having beat it to death. We have one more hopefully definitive piece of our own coming on the...

Firmware Friday: Pentax preps for 1.4x rear converter; Sony Alpha 7-series mirrorless updates on the way


 
 

This week, Firmware Friday brings news of a raft of updates for cameras from Pentax, Sony, and Canon -- but that's not all. Mixing things up just a little, we also step outside of the box for a software update from Nikon.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves. We'll start off with Ricoh's firmware updates for...

Sony A7 Review: Shooter’s Report—Will Sony’s affordable full-frame mirrorless start a revolution?


 
 

The era of the full-frame mirrorless camera is here, thanks to the Sony A7 compact system camera, as well as its sibling the Sony A7R. The two are extremely closely-related, differing largely in their sensor resolution and autofocus method. We reviewed the A7R recently; now we turn our attention to its more...

Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Lens Review: Another triumph of sharpness for Sony full-frame E-mount cameras

 
 

We've just posted our Sony FE 35mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens review, and like the Sony FE 55mm we reviewed earlier, this is another very solid performer from folks at Sony and Carl Zeiss! This full-frame E-mount lens was announced alongside the Sony A7 and A7R mirrorless cameras serving as a compact, high-quality and relatively...

Distortion begone! iPhone 5s, Nikon Df, Sony A7 among 17 new cameras supported by DxO software


 
 

If lens distortion and perspective issues are the bane of your photos and you're shooting with a recently-announced camera -- including Apple's wildly-popular iPhone 5s, the Nikon Df DSLR which we're currently reviewing, or the truly lustworthy Sony A7 full-frame mirrorless camera -- then we have good news! The...

Behind the scenes of that Sony A7 skydiving video

 
 

About a week ago, we profiled an incredibly cool Sony ad, featuring a set of skydivers using the Sony A7 and A7r while in free-fall. One of our commenters pointed out there's actually a behind the scenes video (thanks stuntquest!) which shows something of the process of what went into making the ad.

The shoot only...

This Sony A7r ad is the most death defying lens change we’ve ever seen (VIDEO)

 
 

The Sony A7r is an absolutely incredible device, and one that might be a game changer for the world of mirrorless cameras. And this ad from cinematographer Simon Hammond doesn't do anything to show off the strengths of the camera. It doesn't delve into the astonishing image quality, or how tiny of a full-frame camera it...

Updated Sony A7, A7R and RX10 galleries: More sample photos covering more shooting situations


 
 

Last week, Imaging Resource publisher Dave Etchells and news editor Mike Tomkins spent several days at a press event in Nashville, Tennessee, where they got some early hands-on time with Sony's latest products. Mike previously posted galleries from his first day with several brand-new Sony cameras, and now he's...