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June 25, 2013
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(UPDATED) Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 now shipping at BHphoto and in Asia.



After an extemel long wait the Zeiss 50mmf /1.4 SSM lens is finally shipping at BHphoto (Click here). It is also in Stock in Asia. You can find it in Stock at Digitalrev and on eBay. The lens should be in Stock within the next 2-3 weeks in EU and US stores too.

The Zeiss preorder are available at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK, Amazon DE and Technikdirekt DE.

June 25, 2013
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Also Sony is working on new organic sensor tech…

Image by Fujifilm.

Today Fuji announced the X-M1 (fulls pecs and price at Amazon, news and reviews on MirrorlessRumors). Fuji is becoming a serious competitor in the mirrorless world and now offers a wide range of cameras (the X-M1 is their first entry-mid level camera).

Also on the sensor front they promised quite some innovations: Two weeks ago Panasonic and Fuji (Source: Fujifilm) unveiled the new organic sensor tech that in theory allows doubles the dynamic range of the current best sensor Sony 36 megapixel sensor used by the Nikon D800 (Source: Adorama). The Sony sensor has 15.3 EV while the new Fuji-Panasonic sensor achieves a theoretical result of 29.2 EV.

But as reported prevails on SAR also Sony is working on the same tech. And Egami just spot a brand new Sony patent describing the organic sensor design. And the new Fuji-Panasonic sensor is expect to hit the market in 2015 only. I believe that by then also Sony’s organic sensor will be ready for mass production.



June 23, 2013
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Zeiss drops the “Carl”.

Image courtesy: Fotointern

Ok this isn’t really a big news for us but for the first time since their foundation in 1846! Zeiss decided to drop their “Carl” name on lenses. The first lenses with the pure “Zeiss” mark only are the Touit. In their pre-production version they still had the full “Carl Zeiss” definition. But now it’s Zeiss only.

oth Zeiss Touit lenses, the 12 and 32mm primes are in Stock now at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).



June 21, 2013
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Sony Tidbits…

Unboxing the Sony DSC-WX300

S.L.R. Advantages at Half the Size by David Pogue on the NYT.
Samyang 16mm f/2.0 and 300mm f/6.3 Reflex lenses announced (Dpreview).
Sony Expera Z review at DxOmark.
Sony introduces the PMW-300 (
Sigma 50mm f2.8 DG Macro review by ThePhoBlographer.
Sony HX50V review at CameraLabs.
Wina HX-50 (Sony Facebook).
Leica X Vario: Gestion du bruit électronique at Focus Numerique.

June 21, 2013
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Hasselblad Lunar is gone from Amazon US.


As noticed by our SAR readers the Hasselblad Lunar is completely gone from the Amazon US site (Click here to see …the nothing). I don’t think they are gone because they sold out :)
By the way, it seems that Hasselblad A-mount cameras will also come in 2014! At least this is an info I got a couple of weeks ago. But if the Lunar will not sell I highly doubt they will keep insisting with that “luxurious” strategy.

Hot deals for US readers:
NEX-3n with free bag and $50 gift card at Amazon (Click here).
$50 discount (and free case) on the iPad 3 64GB Wifi on eBay US deals page (Click here).

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