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October 24, 2016
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Zeiss Batis manager Pollmann: “Batis weather sealing can resist a sandstorm”


Finnish Sony Alpha photographer Toni Ahvenainen interviewed Dr. Michael Pollmann from ZEISS, who is a product manager for the Batis lens family. The full interview can be read at Lenspire. There are many interesting answers and I will report only three of them:

1) Batis production shortage:

We simply underestimated the need for the lenses.  We had to increase our output several times before we were able to meet the demand. But this should now belong to the past. Recently our output had been significantly higher than the stable order income, allowing us to fulfill open orders.

2) Debunking the E-mount design flaw:

Due to the shorter distance from sensor to camera mount, the “common” design concepts used in lenses for DSLR cameras are no option. You have to start differently. And, of course, in the beginning you don’t know, whether it works out or not. Fortunately it did with the Batis 2.8/18.

3) About the weather sealing

For the water resistance tests we have our own environmental test lab on site, for the dust resistance we use an external test lab. Both tests are done in quite harsh tests. The lenses are directly exposed to water (simulating rain) and dust.  The “dust” used in the test is so extremely fine – I’d not expected, that a lens would pass this test. A grain of sand is huge in comparison to this dust. It’s more like fine powder. The lens sits in the test chamber and the powder swirls around the lens for hours. After the test is shut off, the powder settles and at the end the lens is totally covered in powder. I cannot think of any real life situation, which comes close to this test. Maybe a sand storm, but that’s probably not the typical situation, when you expose a lens to the environment… Nevertheless Batis lenses passed all the tests.

Links to all current Batis and Loxia lenses:
Batis 18mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 25mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 85mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 21mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 50mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 85mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

October 24, 2016
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Sony Japan issues a “high demand” warning on the A99II


Sony Japan issued a “high demand” warning on the A99II. Because of unexpected high demand on the domestic (Japanese) market they expect a delay int he A99II shipment. It is unclear yet if also countries are affected by this.

Sony A99II at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. BestBuy. Calumet Germany and WexUK.

October 23, 2016
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Sexy and expensive: A99II with the 500mm lens


Me like that 500mm lens on the new Sony A99II :)

And just to be 100% clear: The new A99II takes the A77II battery grip as you can see from that pic:


All new Sony stuff on preorder:
A6500 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama.
RX100m5 at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama.
New Underwater housing for all RX100 cameras at BHphoto, Adorama.
Sony A99II at BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon. BestBuy. Calumet Germany and WexUK.
Loxia 85mm f/2.4 at BHphoto and Adorama.
Tamron 150-600mm G2 A-mount lens at Bhphoto.Rokinon 35mm f/1.2 APS-C E-mount lens at BHphoto.
Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 autofocus FE lens at Amazon and BHphoto.
Lensbaby Trio 28mm E-mount lens at BHphoto, Adorama and WexUK.

October 23, 2016
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This week SAR readers photos selection

Gaurav Aryal‎ ·
Annapurna Basecamp. Shot with Sony A6000 and Samyang 12mm f2.0 lens.

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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October 22, 2016
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Sony confirms the Kumamoto negative impact will end in late October


The Sony A7 camera series is back in Stock in almost all US and EU stores. I guess this means the Kumamoto negative impact on the camera shipments is almost over. Just recently Sony manager Kimio Maki told at Amateur Photographer:

The situation is getting better. With regard to returning to normal, we’re expecting that this will be the case by the end of October.”

And Reuters reports another good news:

Ueda said combined monthly production would rise in the second half of this business year from 70,000 wafers at present to 73,000 wafers – full capacity at Sony’s five image sensor plants. The figure excludes outsourced production.

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