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Sony Support Sucks? Musicbed Film Initiative! Pre-Order the G7X II [Daily Roundup]

By Anthony Thurston on March 15th 2016

Welcome to our roundup series where we will hit on several gear news and rumor topics each day. This gives you a chance to get caught up on all of the day’s news and rumors in one place. Make sure to check back daily for the latest gear news, rumors, and announcements.

Matt Granger Outs Sony For Poor Service

Photographer Matt Granger recently posted a YouTube video (that you can watch above) which explains his reasoning for ditching his new Sony gear to go back to primarily using his Nikon gear. (To be fair, saying he is ‘going back’ to Nikon isn’t totally accurate because he never really left; he began started using Sony gear, too)

According to Granger, the reason for the move was after a series of bad experiences with Sony’s contract repair center in Austrailia. All told, Granger states it took him over a month to get his camera back for what should have been a minor fix and sensor cleaning – but they didn’t even do the cleaning.

I have not yet had to send in my a7R II to be repaired here by Sony USA, so I can’t offer any insight as to the experience here in the US. But the experience was bad enough that Granger decided to offload his Sony gear until he can trust Sony’s service. This is yet another feather in the cap of Canon or Nikon in regards to reasons to avoid switching to Sony.

It’s worth noting that Sony’s PRO service that he mentions sounds like it would pretty much cover all of the concerns that he has though he would have to pay for it and own the requisite amount of Sony gear.

Musicbed Announces Film Initiative, 40,000 Prize


Musicbed announced today the launch of the Musicbed Film Initiative to inspire filmmakers, provide them with the resources they need to fund their dream films, and bring their passion projects to life.

Open to filmmakers around the globe and now in its second year, the initiative will give away more than $50,000 in grants, including cash, production gear, and products from fellow sponsors, to eliminate some of the biggest barriers to filmmakers pursuing their dream films.  This year’s program will award one winner and two runners-up.

Musicbed Film Initiative Prizes

  • Winner: $40,000 in cash and production gear
  • Runners-Up: $5,000 in production gear

Running over the course of the next three weeks, the Musicbed Film Initiative calls on filmmakers to submit a story synopsis and mood board for their dream film. Musicbed staff will review each submission carefully and choose the award recipients on April 8th.

Anyone interested in entering can learn more about the contest and how to enter over on the Musicbed website here.

Canon’s G7X Mark II Now Available For Pre-order


Canon announced the G7X Mark II a while back now, but until today, you could only think about getting one for yourself and wait. Now, you can actually do something about it as pre-orders for the new premium point and shoot camera opened today.

According to the B&H product page, the G7X Mk II is expected to start shipping on June 3rd, 2016, so you still have a couple of months to wait. But you can get in on those first units now if you pre-order soon.

G7X Mark II Specs

  • 20.1MP 1″ CMOS Sensor
  • DIGIC 7 Image Processor
  • 4.2x Optical Zoom f/1.8-2.8 Lens
  • 24-100mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • 3.0″ 1.04m-Dot Tilting LCD Touchscreen
  • Full HD 1080p Video Recording at 60 fps
  • Built-In Wi-Fi with NFC
  • Expanded ISO 25600, Up to 8 fps Shooting
  • Intelligent IS Image Stabilization
  • Manual Control Ring, Time Lapse Movie

If you are interested in pre-ordering a G7X Mark II, you can head on over to B&H and do so here.


What are your thoughts on today’s roundup? What news/rumors did we miss? What would you like to see covered in future roundups? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Chuck Eggen

    Not the first person I’ve read about recently that feels Sony has a few problems. Folks over on the Canon Rumors site seem to have some issues as well. Safe to say all of them have problems.

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  2. pascal Pasi

    It’s absolutely wonderful work, this is definitely a professional hand who did this. Thanks for sharing it

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  3. adam sanford

    No, Anthony, Sony just needs f/1.4 primes and f/2.8 zooms and they win the game of being most awesome!
    Also: :-P

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  4. Matthew Saville

    Ironically, I don’t think Sony service is any worse than Nikon, in fact here in the USA I’d say that’s definitely not the case. :-(

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