February 9, 2016
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(SR5) Zeiss to soon announce a new Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens!

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I can no confirm via multiple sources that Zeiss will launch a new Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens! The lens will be announcement in March-April.

And more importantly: This is not the only new Batis lens we will get in 2016! Stay tuned on SAR!

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

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February 9, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…(New Windows Phone app allows photo transfer from Sony cams)

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Sony A7s II vs A7r II review : 4k quality compared

A high-contrast hillwalk with the Zeiss Loxia 35/2 (DearSusans).
Simple Photo Hack: Use a Vintage Optical Viewfinder with a Mirrorless Camera (Scribblesandsnaps).
Sony Head to Head: a7 Mirrorless Series versus the FS7 4K Video Camera (Explora).
Zeiss Milvus 85/1.4 : Best in Colour or B&W ? (DearSusans)
RX100m4 case test at DC.watch.
Soft Focus on A7II with FE-55 1.8 with AF-C (SonyAlphaForum).

Anonymous:Seen this new helpful Windows Phone app already?
http://www.drwindows.de/content/8830-sony-remote-transfer-inoffizielle-windows-10-app.html
Its a popular german Windows site, sorry, only in german, but the app is also in English. App allows WLAN photo transfer for some Sony cams, the first Windows 10 app they claim that’s not just a remote control.

Link as stated in the article:
https://www.microsoft.com/store/apps/9NBLGGH5PBWW

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February 8, 2016
Posted in reviews

A6300 blogger thoughts (Jason Lanier, Dan Chung, CameraLabs, Photoclubalpha, Diglloyd)

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a6300_FE2470GM_image_white

Wanna hear some “blogosphere” thoughts on the new A6300? Read here:

CameraLabs posted a A6300 preview:

As for sports and action shooters, the earlier A6000 may have been no slouch, but I’m genuinely excited by the new capabilities of the A6300. In my brief time with the camera it felt quicker and more confident at tracking subjects, and I’d be happy to sacrifice 3fps for the new live update in the viewfinder. If it performs as hoped in my tests I’ll definitely be upgrading.
The final word is the price which, at $1000 for the body, is double that of the now heavily discounted A6000. This isn’t surprising for a new camera, but it illustrates how the A6000 continues to be such great value and it’s a model I can still recommend

Dan Chung writes about the A6300:

Perhaps the most surprising thing is the addition of both S-Log2 and S-Log3 gammas to the camera. Something previously not seen at this level. So where does this camera sit? It has almost every feature that the a7S II and a7R II have, but at a much lower cost.

David Kilpatrick from Photoclubalpha writes:

If you need the very fast (120fps) refresh of the new EVF, 4K video and the improved audio functions (whether using jack plug mic or the MFAccessory shoe mic choices) then it’s easy – it will cost you less to get these than any other comparable route. Even the RX10 MkII no longer looks so attractive.

Diglloyd writes:

Only a very foolish competitor would look at the Sony A6300 and not see the writing on the wall; it’s a test bed for higher-end products.

Hands on with Sony’s a6300 and G Master lenses by Dpreview:

Sony Artisan Jason Lanier posted that video with the title: “Sony A6300- is it the Mini A7Rii?”


Sony a6300 Preview by Tony Northup

Preorders (start on Feb 10):
A6300 body at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and at Parkcameras.
A6300 with kit lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and at Parkcameras.
24-70mm f/2.8 GM FE at BHphoto, Adorama and at Parkcameras.
70-200mm f/2.8 GM FE at BHphoto and at Parkcameras.
85mm f/1.4 GM FE at BHphoto, Adorama and at Parkcameras.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter BHphoto.

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February 8, 2016
Posted in rumors

Rumor roundup: The wrong (A6100 name), the good (A6300 specs and G master) and the missing (HX and A99II)

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I am working on a bunch of A-mount, compact camera and Zeiss lens rumors. But before that I want to thanks the sources who shared the correct GM and A6xxx rumors. Here is the list of the correct rumors:

The good:
1) The trusted sources saying the A6000 successor would look like the A6000 (correct).
2) The trusted sources said it would ship in March.
3) “Source 4” from that list just got promoted to trusted source. He shared the correct A63000 specs!
4) Sony G Master lens rumor was spot on!
5) 85mm G rumor also was correct.  And the source who told me the lens would be trimmed for extreme good bokeh was right too.
6) 24-70mm f/2.8 leaked registrations (here and here) were also correct. And so the SR2 shipment rumor (source got also upgraded to trusted)

The bad rumors:
Sony told our sources the camera name would be A6100 but at the end it was A6300 (a source got the specs right but the name was wrong). And most SR1 and SR3 rumor were wrong (including the 30+ MP rumor)

The yet not announced “rumored” stuff:
1) The same source who correctly shared the A6100 info said HX cameras are coming. So I guess there will be one more announcement soon (maybe at Cp+ by end of February)
2) high End (A-mount?) camera: Is it coming at Cp+?

In summary: Stay tuned, as the sources who shared correct info on GM lenses and A6xxx camera hinted about a possible Sony announcement around (before or shortly after) the CP+ show!

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