How Tough Are Sony SD Tough Cards

Cameta Camera performed the following testing on a Sony Tough Card and it passed all of them without an issue until they ran over it with a car and cracked the card.

Rinse cycle test
Freezer test
Heat test
Dirt test
Stress test

I wonder if others will start making generic cards with a single sealed design to increase reliability like Sony’s Tough card. The Sony Tough cards look to be the best cards on the market at this time if you care about reliability, but they are pricy and a good generic tough card could do well and help to drive down Sony’s prices.

Sony 128GB SF-G Series: B&H Photo / Amazon  / Adorama
Sony 64GB SF-G Series: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony 32GB SF-G Series: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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New FIKAZ Bayonet Adapters For Sony E, Fujifilm X, Micro 4/3, Nikon F and Pentax K


PRESS RELEASE:

The new FIKAZ bayonet adapters for Sony E, Micro 4/3, Fujifilm X, Nikon F and Pentax K
Polish importer of the Fikaz brand, 180 Degree Sp. z o. o., expands the offer of bayonet adapters with further models, including for cameras with Sony E and Micro 4/3 mounts. Read More »

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DPReview: Sony Real Time Tracking is a Big Leap Foward

DPReview posted an interesting demo of their new real-time tracking system and it’s definitely a leap above cameras at its price point. This system makes me want a Sony a9 again, but I think I will wait for the Sony a9 Mark. For now, my Sony a7RIII will have to do.

What makes the new system better? Real-time tracking now uses additional information to track your subject – so much information, in fact, that it feels as if the autofocus system really understands who or what your subject is, making it arguably the ‘stickiest’ system we’ve seen to date.

What does all of this mean for the photographer? Most importantly, it means you have an autofocus system that works reliably in almost any situation. Reframe your composition to place your AF point over your subject, half-press the shutter, and real-time tracking will collect pattern, color, brightness, distance, face and eye information about your subject so comprehensively it can use all that to keep track of your subject in real-time. This means you can focus on the composition and the moment. There is no longer a need to focus (pun intended) on keeping your AF point over your subject, which for years has constrained composition and made it difficult to maintain focus on erratic subjects. – DPReview

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Sony a9 Action Shooting Kit: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a9: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a6400 Preorder: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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The Camera & Photo Imaging Show 2019 Starts February 28th


Sony is getting all their CP+ 2019 sites together for the show and they will once again have the biggest booth this year. We expect to see a few announcements at the event this year so there should be some leaks to look forward to in the coming days, but we know some products are coming soon.

Definitely coming soon
Sony RX0 II
Sony FE 135mm f/1.8 GM

Not likely for CP+ but probably around NAB 2019
Sony a7000
Sony a7SIII

Might hear more about
Sony E 16mm f/2.8 Mark II
Sony FE 20mm f/2.8 Pancake
Sony FE 35mm f/1.8
Sony FE 500mm f/4 GM
Sony FE 600mm f/4 GM
Sony E 12-24mm f/4
Sony FE 200-600mm

We know Sony is planning on releasing quite a few lenses in the future so maybe we will get a new roadmap soon or something like that. They have done pretty well at fending off Canon and Nikon so far, but they are going to have to get through the standard lenses faster now and start producing some unique glass to compete with Canon’s upcoming mirrorless lens selection.

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Sony Savings Sunday With Trade-In Event


B&H Photo is running their trade-in event where you can receive up to a $500 trade-in bonus towards select cameras & lenses. They also have some additional discounts which you can see below.

Body Specials
Sony Alpha a9 w 100-400mm
Sony Alpha a9 w 24-70mm f/2.8
Sony Alpha a7 II w FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS 

Sony Alpha a9 w Hard Drive and Bag
Sony Alpha a7R II w Professional Kit
Sony Alpha a7S II w Storage Kit
Sony Alpha a7 II w Accessories

Sony Alpha a6500 w 18-135mm and Accessories
Sony Alpha a6300 w 18-135mm and Accessories

Sony Alpha a6000 w 16-50mm, 55-210mm and Accessories

Sony Alpha a6300 w 16-50mm and Accessories
Sony Alpha a6000 w 16-50mm and Accessories
Sony Alpha a5100 w 16-50mm and Accessories

Sony Alpha a6500 w Accessories
Sony Alpha a6300 w Accessories
Sony Alpha a6000 w Accessories
Sony Alpha a5100 w Accessories

Sony FE Lens Savings
Sony 16mm Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm f/2 (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony 21mm Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm f/2 (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 28mm f/2 (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA(Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 50mm f/2.8 Macro (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

APS-C NEX E-Mount Lenses
Sony Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 30mm f/3.5 Macro (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 20mm f/2.8Sony E 20mm f/2.8 (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 16mm f/2.8 (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS: B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (Save $100): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS (Save $25): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E PZ 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Save $50): B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Sony VENICE High Frame Rate will come up to 4K 120fps


Sony VENICE High Frame Rate will come up to 4K 120fps

Firmware Version 4.0 Introduces New Optional HFR License Speeds up to 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, and 60fps at 6K 3:2, Advanced Remote-control Functionalities, and Cooke/i3 and Zeiss Extended Metadata Support

January 31, 2019: Sony will be upgrading the capabilities of its next-generation motion picture camera system, VENICE, by introducing High Frame Rate (HFR) shooting, advanced remote-control functionalities and Cooke/i3 and Zeiss extended metadata support, as part of its latest firmware update. Following the recent release of VENICE’s firmware Version 3.0 and the upcoming launch of its Extension System (CBK-3610XS), which was developed in collaboration with James Cameron’s Lightstorm Entertainment and is currently being used to shoot the AVATAR sequels, the latest upgrade will offer filmmakers even greater creative freedom, flexibility and choice.

The new optional High Frame Rate license allows VENICE to shoot at speeds of up to 120fps at 4K 2.39:1, and 60fps at 6K 3:2 as well as up to 110fps at 4K 17:9 and 75fps at 4K 4:3 with anamorphic lenses. The new additional frame rates are particularly well-suited for drama, movie and commercial productions in 4K and 6K, as well as productions at 50/60p in 6K and VR productions using large viewing angle of 6K 3:2 in 60p.

All High Frame Rates support X-OCN recording including X-OCN XT* implemented from Ver.3.0 and High Frame Rate up to 60fps support XAVC 4K and ProRes recording.

“At Sony, we pride ourselves on working closely with our customers and partners to create solutions that enable modern filmmakers to bring their vision to reality just the way they intend to. In fact, High Frame Rate shooting was a feature that was frequently requested by our customers. We listened to their feedback and are excited to now offer this feature to all new and existing VENICE users,” explained Theresa Alesso, Vice President and Head of CineAlta for Sony Electronics. “Last year at Cine Gear Expo, we announced that Version 4.0 will include 120fps in 2K. However, we are excited to announce today that, as a result of the hard work of our engineering team, Version 4.0 will now include 120fps in 4K. With firmware Version 4.0, our state-of-the-art VENICE will become even more powerful, fortifying its position as the go-to solution for cinematographers who want to create stunning imagery and capture emotion in every frame.”Additionally, Version 4.0 of the VENICE firmware will introduce:

  • 700 Protocol – A control protocol developed by Sony to connect VENICE to a remote-control unit (RM-B750 or RM-B170) and an RCP-1500 series remote control panel, giving filmmakers greater flexibility in bringing their visions to life. Further expanding on the camera’s existing remote-control capabilities, the VENICE now offers paint control, iris control, recording start/stop, clip control, and more. The upgraded remote-control function also adds new workflows to extend VENICE’s use in multi-camera and live production settings, such as live concerts and fashion shows.
  • Support for Cooke’s /i third generation metadata Technology, /i3 and ZEISS eXtended Data technology (based on Cooke /i Technology) – Extended lens metadata can now be embedded straight into a RAW/X-OCN/XAVC file and HD-SDI output without the need for additional metadata equipment. The new function allows distortion and shading caused by supported lenses to be easily rectified, significantly reducing post-production costs.

Further features include an extended Mask+Line setting in the Frame line set-up, selectable functions for the assignable buttons of the DVF-EL200 viewfinder and pure Progressive HD-SDI output in 25p and 29p.

Both the free upgrade to firmware Version 4.0 and the optional HFR license will be available in June 2019.

To learn more about VENICE, please join Sony at BSC Expo 2019 in Battersea Evolution, Battersea, London at stand 545 or visit pro.sony/products/digital-cinema-cameras/venice.

*Excluding 6K 3:2 50p/60p

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