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April 30, 2015
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Announced: The yet tiniest third party FF lens for your A7/s/r camera!

Bildschirmfoto 2015-04-30 um 16.24.47

The eccentric Japanese Lens designer Mr. Miyazaki just released the new MS-Optical Perar 21 mm f/4,5 MC Super Wide Triplet lens. And the extraordinary thing of the lens is that it is only 5,2mm thick and weights 42g! It’s smaller than the M to E-mount adapter you will have to use on your E-mount camera. This makes it likely the smallest and lightest third-party Full Frame(!) lens you can use on your A7 cameras. Instead of using a cap on your camera you can simply put that lens on it and the camera will be always “ready” for a quick shot.

You can see the very first image samples and buy the lens at BreguetCamera on eBay (Click here).

This is the third Perar lens from Mr. Miyazaki. The other two are the slightly thicker 24mm (here on eBay) and 28mm (here on eBay) lenses.

Images via Japancamerahunter. Found via Mirrorlessrumors.

April 29, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

a7/a7R/a7S/a7 II Overview Training Tutorial

For German readers: A7 kit Gold Box at 12.00 (via DL).
Portraits with the 90mm Macro Lens (SonyAlphaForum).
Loxia 35mm review by Louis Berk.
Sony FE 2/28 – Rolling Review (
FE 55mm lens review by Mikeonthestreet.
Sony FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon: Quality Control Issues, Right Side Blur at f/1.4 (Diglloyd).
Sony A7II + Zeiss FE 35 mm 2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
FE 28mm test at Kasyapa.
One more curved sensor patent spotted by Egami.

Magnus:I just saw the post about using the A7R as a sports camera and would like to share my experiences. I think it works great and regularly use my A7R with Sigma 70-200/2,8 and LA-EA4 adapter shooting floor hockey. It’s really not the fastest camera regarding auto focus and continous shooting but it works! For close up action I have my old A580 with Sony 16-50/2,8.
Here is a sample folder with pictures scaled to 4k (2160p height), most of them are ISO3200-6400:
…or if you prefer facebook but these are scaled to 1280 pixels width:
This might be interesting too, It’s the same floor hockey team at the same arena shot with Tamron 150-600 and LA-EA4 adapter on my A7R. This combo sure gets waaay to close indoors but although its ISO6400 I think it works great:

Christian: “I got the opportunity to test my Sony NEX-5T in extreme conditions. I went for a 2:30 hour walk through the city and next to the Charles River. The temperatures were -24F (-31C) degrees with the windchill! I had to face a lot of wind when next to the Charles River, changing lenses was a challenge and quite risky for the sensor. The camera performed really well during this hike, I did not notice any change working in these temperatures. The screen, AF and battery worked perfectly well. Even if the grip is very small, I could still use it with my gloves but I must admit that it wasn’t very convenient. Against all odds, this little camera passed the extreme weather test!

April 28, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

a7S vs GH4 vs NX1: 4k UltraHD Video Camera Comparison

Tearing Down the Sony 24-70 f/4 ZA OSS Vario Tessar (Lensrentals).
Fotopraxis mit Zeiss Loxia-Objektiven und Sony A7-Kameras (Traumflieger).
Cheap tilt lens Olympus OM alternative for landscape use (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony to Boost Image Sensor Production to 87K 12-inch Wafers per Month (Image Sensor World).
Sony Licenses Bonding Technology from Ziptronix (Eetimes).
What’s in my Camera Bag – Caroline Jensen (Sony Blog).
Spanish Diston Zm lens test on the A7r at DSLRmagazine.
SONY a6000 + Hoya 28mm revers (Facebook).

April 27, 2015
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Zeiss Q&A about the new Batis lenses (confirms in lens stabilization, made in Japan, unlimited OLED lifetime).


On Facebook Zeiss answered many questions from their followers:

1) Yes, the Batis 1.8/85 has optical image stabilization
2) The displays are not limited in their lifetime. After many years of intensive use, they will become darker. If sometime they might be difficult to read, they can be easily exchanged by our ZEISS service.
3) Batis lenses use different components than Sony or Sony/ZEISS lenses.
4) Our Batis lenses are primarily made of high-quality plastics, aluminum and optical glass.
5) ZEISS Batis lenses are made in Japan.
6) MTF charts will be available in June.

Both lenses are now available for preorder at BH and Adorama:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

April 27, 2015
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Sony Tidbits (with Malawi wildlife protection video sponsored by Sony).

The video on top has been shoot by Jamie Unwin with the great help from Sony UK. I am glad to hear that Sony sponsors that kind of projects. That iw what Jamie told me:

“I’m an advocate for Sony UK, my latest film about The Illegal WIldlife Trade in Malawi, Africa has just been released.
This year Malawi stands up to wildlife crime, I spent my Christmas producing a short 8 minute film that was shown to the President of Malawi, Peter Mutharika the film was then aired on national TV in Malawi. As a result the president has decided to burn the entirety of Malawi’s Ivory stock piles as a clear signal to the world that Malawi is serious about protecting its wildlife. The film worked as a persuasive and deterrent conservation tool, to show the people of Malawi that if they protect their wildlife and natural places it will benefit them economically by attracting tourism, creating a spiral of economic benefits. The film also exposed that Malawi is taking wildlife crime seriously, enforcing prison sentences to those who commit the crimes.
We know you have a big media following and as we are trying to reach as many people as possible it would be incredibly beneficial if you would share the film for us.
Sony provided all the equipment to make the film. it was entirely shot on using the Sony a77mk2 and a99.
Many thanks,
Jamie Unwin”

More Sony tidbits:
Sony’s HDR AS200V Vs. GoPro Hero 4 Silver (ActionCameraRumors).
Sigma patent for 400mm f/2.8 OS Sport Lens (CanonWatch).
Testbericht: Sony FE 24-240 mm 3.5-6.3 OSS (Digitalkamera).
Olympus vs Sony at SonyAlphaLab.
Sensor Cleaning on A7 Mark II…Does IBIS Create Special Situation? (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony 35mm f/1.4 FE Zeiss lens test (Spencerpablophotography).

Sony Suisse deals:
Sony Center in Lucerne/Switerland (Click here) is having a extra 10% discount on our products from 24. April until 2. Mai 2015.
For example (all prices including 8% Sales Tax):
ILCE-7KB for CHF. 1169.—( in Euro 1113.–)
ILCE-7S for CHF: 1799.— (Euro 1713)
DSC-RX100M2  for CHF. 449.— (Euro 427)
SLT-A99V for CHF. 1619.— (Euro 1541)
SEL24240 for CHF. 840.— (Euro 800)
SEL55F18 for CHF. 840.— (Euro 800)

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