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August 29, 2015
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Cool! This is the first image of the new Veydra 25mm E-mount lens!

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Ryan Avery just sent me that nice picture of the Veydra 25mm E-mount lens via Twitter. The Cine lens covers the APS-C sensor area (great for the Super35 mode on the A7rII). The new lenses will ship in October.

As reported previously on Newsshooter the “25mm, 35mm, 50mm and 85mm will all receive a new Sony E-mount option that covers the Super35 sensor size.” This from Ryan Avery of Veydra:

“The Veydra Sony E-mount will be an accessory option available for purchase to Kickstarter backers first, and then all other customers immediately afterward for existing Veydra Mini Prime Micro4/3 mount lenses. The Veydra Sony E Mount will be a single piece user changeable mount. All you need to do is remove the existing Micro4/3 mount and with a few small screws attach the new E-mount. No shims will be required.

The Veydra lenses with MFT mount are listed on eBay (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Veydra Mini-Primes Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV (Micro Four Thirds mount version tested)

August 29, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


50mm f0.95 Speedmaster Review (Zhongyi Mitakon)

Park Cameras UK (Click here) has a voucher code for £45 of the Sony A7 ii, meaning including the double cash back we have taken it to under £1000. The voucher code is “SONY-A72-SAVE
Sony 28mm f/2 — Extended Review W/ Tons of Image Samples (SonyAlphaForum).
90mm macro FE review by Admiringlight.
Sony Action Cam FDR-X1000V: análisis (Quesabesde).
Lightroom Dashboard – Free Tool (SonyAlphaForum).
Seagull steals GoPro, shoots some nice aerial footage and even a selfie (TheNakedCamera).
Zeiss Batis 1,8/85 in action (Flickr).
Sony HX90V review (CameraLabs).

Peter:Bagan, Myanmar using Sony A7 and 24-70FE. https://vimeo.com/110650618

Eric:I show how to use Yongnuo Flash triggers to make a long range RF remote for Sony a6000 and a7 cameras. I have tested the range to 400 feet and it works great. Would be ideal for wedding and sports photographers who use remote cameras. Possibly wildlife photographers now that we have a silent shutter option. http://youtu.be/m9Ob2CMTUOc

 

August 28, 2015
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Sony USA Manager Mark Weir explains why the a7rII can’t do 10bit and why it has no flip screen.

Resourcemagonline posted the content of an interesting chat with Sony US manager Mark Weir:

1) Why the A7rII has tilt and not a flip out screen:
they made a conscious choice to make their rear LCD a tilt screen rather than a full flip-out screen. They believed that the compactness of the camera trumped the space it would take to add a hinge and provide a full flip-out screen.

2) Why the A7rII doesn’t record 10bit video:
The inability to shoot 10-bit is because of the processor. The BIONZ X processor in the Alpha series cameras can’t actually process anything past 8-bit 422.

3) Why the A7rII cannot do RX100m4 alike frame rates at 1080p:
The sensor Sony is using in the cameras that have HFR, the RX’s EXMOR RS sensor, is a stacked CMOS sensor. Such a sensor uses a different means by which the info is taken off the photo sensitive layer of the imager: the destination is behind the imager instead of going around it. The upside is that it is a transfer that is drastically faster than other means, and it opens a drastically larger pipe for information. Transfer rates are up to 5x better than before.
The EXMOR R sensor found in the a7r Mark II does not enjoy that structure, so cropping in on the sensor would not realize the transfer rate necessary nor does the a7R II have the D-RAM required for it to process that amount of data. So the problem is two fold: the data can’t flow off the sensor fast enough, and there is no place to put that data even if it could.

4) Difference between Exmor RS (Stacked) and Exmor R sensors:
The capabilities of the EXMOR RS sensor are meant to be fast readout, and that’s where it excels. The EXMOR R sensor excels at balance between sensitivity and high resolution.

5) So why can the GH4 handle slow motion, internal 4K and 10-bit 422 recording with an external recorder?
Well, the GH4 is bigger (if you can believe it, yes it totally is bigger than the Alpha series cameras) and therefore their issues with thermal management (which, if you read around you’ll find is a common complaint even with the newer, beefier bodies found in the a7 and a7R II) are not nearly as extreme. Also, Sony has added that internal sensor stabilizer, meaning they’ve got even less room to use in that tiny body than you might think. And then of course you look at Panasonic’s processor, which however it works, manages to do the things the Sony one cannot, given the size of the sensor and the heat situation with the body.

And here is a very long list of A7rII news and tests:
Model Shoot with Sony A7RII at Traveljournalist.
German A7rIi review at mactechnews.
A7rII review at Thisweekinphoto.
Sony Alpha A7R Mark II Sample Photos (ePhotozine).
A7RII battery drain in Power Save Mode (SonyAlphaForum)
A7s / A7R II off-camera HSS Elinchrom flash confuuuuusion …. (SonyAlphaForum).
A7rII clunks when I switch the camera off !!?? (SonyAlphaForum).
Confessions of a Canon Fanboy – A Review of the Sony A7RII (Robert Turchick).
A7R (ICLE-7R) or the A7RII (ICLE-7RM2) – Initial Impressions by Richard Fox.
Anoynmous: “Great A7rii video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYGM5u35Gcw

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

August 28, 2015
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Zeiss: “more substantial volume of lenses is scheduled in September 2015, thanks to an expansion of the production capacity”

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A couple of days ago I posted an article on the Batis shipment shortage (Click here). Some readers reported that their preorder at Digitalrev got canceled because “our suppliers are not able to confirm with us when the next available stock can be ordered” (Source: Pete). Some other reported that their May 11 preorder at BH still didn’t ship and there is still no ship date (Source: Cbw).

Finally we have good news to report: After reading our article Zeiss released an official statement to clarify the future availability of Batis lenses. We deeply thank Zeiss for the helpful note! It’s a very good example of how to communicate with your own customers. Here is their text via Zeiss FB page:

The worldwide positive feedback from the first product reviews about the ZEISS Batis lenses and the demand for the lenses has been overwhelming.
We made the first shipments of the ZEISS Batis lenses to our global distribution partner network in mid-July 2015. Additional shipments were made in August 2015 and a more substantial volume of lenses is scheduled in September 2015, thanks to an expansion of the production capacity. This expansion will help serving the global markets more efficiently in the coming months.
At this time, the global demand is much higher than our current supply and we anticipate a wait of several months for orders which are placed now. If you have already ordered the lens from one of our dealers, then we will ship on a first-in, first-out basis depending on when the order was received. It is not possible for us to accurately predict when you will receive your order, since this is also dependent on our international distribution partners’ and local dealers’ allocation process which we have no influence over. In general, orders placed in late April and May should be delivered in the coming weeks, with later orders shipped in the months of October and November.
If you are interested, order immediately so as to obtain your ZEISS Batis lenses as soon as possible.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

August 25, 2015
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World’s first Nikon F to E-mount autofocus adapter will get full A7rII phase detection AF support!

I got great news from the developer of the world’s first Nikon G to Sony E-mount (Full Frame) electronic aperture and autofocus adapter. They are going to add full phase detection support on Sony A7rII cameras! He told me it will take some more time to develop that additional feature. So there is yet no official release date although I expect the adapter to be sold within 2015 and branded by Commlite. That company already makes plenty of adapters which you can find for sale on eBay (Click here). This includes the electronic AF adapter for Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount (Click here).

Here is a video showing the autofocus at work. But please keep in mind this video has been taken on an early prototype version without PDAF support. Autofocus will be much faster and much more accurate once the development is finished. I show this video only as a proof that the adapter is real :)

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