Sony has another round of big trade-in bonuses for the A7 II, A7R II and A7S II cameras through April 1, 2017. You can trade an old DSLR or lens in for credit toward a Sony camera or lens and get up to $480 in bonuses on top of the trade value.
B&H has a dedicated page set up so you can select the Sony camera and/or lens you want, then choose your gear to trade in and get your instant rebate and trade-in bonus all at once. For example, the A7R II retails for $3198 and has a $300 instant rebate and $480 trade-in bonus for a $2,418 price before counting the value of your trade-in equipment.
Check out all of the options here at B&H Photo.
David Busch’s Sony Alpha a7R II/a7 II Guide to Digital Photography is a new book by the world’s #1 best-selling camera guide author. Busch has written over 100 guidebooks for a variety of cameras.
In this new guide for the Sony A7R II and A7 II, Busch “covers every feature of this mirrorless tandem in depth, from taking your first photos through advanced details of setup, exposure, lens selection, lighting, and more, and relates each feature to specific photographic techniques and situations. Also included is the handy camera “roadmap,” an easy-to-use visual guide to each camera’s features and controls.”
David Busch’s Sony Alpha a7R II/a7 II Guide to Digital Photography retails for $39.95; however, it is currently available for $34.63 on Amazon.com.
After Sony’s recent firmware update to the A7R II, which added uncompressed RAW capture, Sony is also bringing the feature to the A7 II. Additionally, Sony will add on-sensor phase detection AF operation to the A7 II for faster and more precise autofocus on Sony A-mount system and other lenses using an adapter.
The uncompressed RAW capture will be a new menu options (just like it is on the A7R II after its most recent update) and compressed RAW will still be an option for those who want to save a little storage space.
This new firmware version 2.0 will be available for download on November 18 from Sony’s support site.
We’ve seen many examples of the Sony A7S and just how good it is in low light. Well, here’s another that proves it is the low light king for affordable full frame cameras.
In this short preview video, Tony Northrup walks us through the high ISO settings of the Sony A7S, Sony A7 II and Nikon D810. The Sony A7S’ reach up to ISO 409,600 puts it just head and shoulders above the low light capabilities of the Nikon D810 and the A7 II.
Whether its the right overall camera for you, however, requires examining what you need out of the camera day to day. For low light shooting though, the Sony A7S remains in a league of its own.
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Adobe has announced the availability of Camera Raw 8.7.1 for Photoshop CC and Photoshop CS6, which adds RAW file support for the new Sony A7 II and updated support for the Samsung NX1. Several new lens profiles are also part of the update.
A corresponding update for Lightroom 5 (to version 5.7.1) is expected to be released within the next week. I’ll have the latest on that update as soon as it is released.
Check out this new video of the new Sony A7 II hands-on test with the guys from The Camera Store. They cover some of the minor changes in ergonomics and controls, as well as the new 5-axis stabilizer, XAVC S video codec and S-Log video capture.