January 28, 2015
Posted in rumors

What’s coming at CP+ in two weeks so far: Many FE lenses, some A-mount lens. Camera release date unsure.


Time to make a clear roundup of the CP+ rumors. The show will start on February 12 and the Sony press conference is scheduled for February 13. There is some smoke and some fire on the rumors front:

The Fire:

So far we only know for sure that four FE lenses (Zeiss 35mm f/1.4, Sony 28mm f/2.0 G, 90mm f/2.8 G OSS macro, 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS) and two converters will be announced.
It’s also highly likely that
1) Sony will show an updated FE roadmap
2) Sony will give us more hints and show a mockup of the two “updated” A-mount lenses (image on top)

The smoke:
So far I got no 100% confirmation from trusted sources about a camera announcement at CP+. They spilled out some info on the A7000, A7rII and so on but always stressed me to say that announcement date is unclear. Knowing the recent Sony history it may be possible that Sony will focus on the FE lens announcement at CP+ and announce the cameras 1-2 months later just like it happened at Photokina and with the A7II.
1) There is a cat and mouse game with Canon on the High megapixel camera. So maybe Sony wants to see what Canon brings out first…
2) New 4K cameras may be announced at NAB in April. A show that suits better for that kind of tech.
3) I got absolutely ZERO rumors about possible new A-mount cameras coming at CP+….

So let’s hope that Sony is just hiding their cards like they did with the A7s and A7II…we want the A7rII and A7000 as soon as it gets Sony! :)



January 28, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

Carl Zeiss 85mm F1.4 Lens Review

Loxia 35mm review at Fratkinphoto.
ZM 35 f/1.4 test at Pleineouverture (google translation here).
35mm legacy lenses list (SonyAlphaForum).
Mikael Buck Uses Sony QX1 to Capture Remarkable Macro Shots (Photographyblog).
A6000 review at RonMartBlog.
My first five years with NEX cameras (SonyAlphaForum).
Chinese 70-200mm FE lens review at Zol.
FE 28-70mm test at DC.watch.

Philip:I just published a list of ratings and sample images for many manual Minolta lenses, might be useful for anyone who is interested in affordadble manual lenses: http://phillipreeve.net/blog/manual-minolta-lens-ratings/

Mirrorlessons:We recently wrote a piece entitled “A Mirrorless Wedding – Four cameras, three systems, two photographers and one happy couple.” In the article, we discuss using Olympus, Fujifilm and Sony cameras together at a single event, the process of unifying the overall look of these Raw files in post production, and some tips for successfully documenting a wedding with mirrorless systems. http://www.mirrorlessons.com/2015/01/23/a-mirrorless-wedding-four-cameras-three-systems-two-photographers-and-one-happy-couple/

January 27, 2015
Posted in news

New Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 to ship this week already.


Unlike Sigma Tamron doesn’t make us wait one year before to launch an A-mount version of a new lens :) The new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens is going to ship on January 30 according to BHphoto (Click here). The lens can also be preordered at Adorama (Click here).

January 27, 2015
Posted in news

Canon versus Sony 50 Megapixel battle. Is it madness or not?


Both, Canon and Sony are rumored to launch new 50 megapixel Full Frame sensor cameras within the next months. And I guess Nikon will follow the trend and use 50MP (Sony) sensors too. As pointed out by Diglloyd:

50 megapixels vs 36 is 1.18X the linear resolution. In other words, you can make a 42-inch wide print instead of 36-inch wide, all other things being equal, which they most definitely will not be. That’s your best case, barring some other kind of improvement.

So the questions is. Does the extra resolution increase really matter for you?

I think the 50 Megapixel increase...

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