October 6, 2015
Posted in news

Zeiss Vicepresident: ” Full Frame is the future” and “Sony was surprised by E-mount success”



FDtimes published a PDF document containing an interview with Zeiss Vicepresident Winfried Scherle. Here are a couple of interesting tidbits:

1) Full Frame is the future:
I’m convinced that in the near future the relevant innovations and improvements will be made with Full Frame sensors. With the huge number of FF still picture cameras being sold, these sensors will be available for attractive prices. Canon started with the 5D MKII and was, according to my understanding, surprised that the community used the still camera for motion pictures. Sony has the a7RII and a7S which is dedicated for motion pictures. I’m convinced we’ll see more and more cine cameras with Full Format sensors.

2) About the lens strategy with Sony:
We have regular strategy meetings with Sony where we discuss roadmaps and so on but please understand that we can’t disclose further details.

3) About E-mount:
I think they were surprised about the success when they introduced the first mirrorless cameras in an environment that was dominated by DSLRs. So the E-mount market and mirrorless cameras have been a really disruptive technology. It started to be very popular in Japan but now it’s spreading around the world. And it’s getting even more relevant with the a7 series Full Format cameras. We are convinced that this will also drive the motion picture industry.

It’s very clear how Zeiss is focused on Full Frame E-mount lens development. I don’t think we will ever see a new Zeiss Touit APSC lens launch anymore!

For European readers: Gold Box deal on the Sony RX1R at Amazon Germany (Click here).

October 5, 2015
Posted in deals

$100 off on the Rokinon 12mm FE lens. New 50mm f/1.2 and 21mm f/1.4 in Stock!


You save $100 compared to all other current US store prices on the Rokinon 12mm f/2.3 Full Frame Emount lens for sale at official Rokinon seller BestpriceOptics on eBay US (Click here).

And the new Rokinon APS-C E-mount lenses are in Stock for the first time here:
21mm f/1.4 on eBay US (Click here) and Amazon US (Click here).
50mm f/1.2 on Amazon US (Click here).

October 5, 2015
Posted in rumors

Speculations on forums: Did Diglloyd post images shot with the new Loxia 21mm and Otus 28mm lens?



I got many mails from readers and saw many discussions on forum about Diglloyd latest posts. In particular people are questioning about two posts:

  1. Post one (Click here). Diglloyd posted images shot on the A7rII with a unnamed 21mm lens. The File Info shows this is an E-mount 21mm f/2.8 lens. There is no such lens on the market yet and Diglloyd doesn’t say in that post what lens he used. So because people keep discussing about those images on the web I asked him what lens he used and he answered he used an adapted ZF lens. It’s up to SAR readers to believe him or not :) UPDATE: On a new post Diglloyd makes it clear those ar ZF lens shots.
  2. Post two (Click here). Diglloyd posted an A7rII image shot with what he called “unknownLens”. Again, on forum and other blogs people speculated this could be the first image shot on the new Otus 28mm f/1.4 lens.

Beside all that speculation I have been told by my sources the new Loxia FE lens design is based on the current Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM design (here on eBay). And announcement should be made someday next week!

And do not forget that one week after the Zeiss Loxia 21mm announcement also Sony will announce their 8 new FE lenses too! Stay tuned on SAR!

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October 5, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony about to release a new QX30U lens-camera.


Sony is about to release a new Sony QX30U lens-camera. It’s going to be a slightly updated version of the current QX30. The camera has been officially registered at Novacert (Russia). Novacert is the public agency where all WiFi devices have to be registered before to be released on market.

Thanks Digicameinfo for spotting this!

October 5, 2015
Posted in deals

Gold Box on the A6000, RX100 and 55-210mm E-mount lenses in Europe.



Today European Amazon member have Gold Box deals on the A6000 and on the 55-210mm E-mount lens at Amazon Germany (Click here). The RX100 is on Gold Box at Amazon France (Click here).

And also EU readers have their grey imported deals: 500 Euro off on the new Sony A7rII sold on eBay UK with 1 year seller warranty (Click here)


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