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June 29, 2015
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Lens design comparison: Has the Batis 85mm lens been designed by Tamron?



on left the Zeiss Batis 85mm design and on right the Tamron lens design patent.

Earlier this week Zeiss released the full Batis 85mm lens design info (pdf here). And as you can see from the image comparison on top the internal element design seems to match the Tamron design patent (SAR article here). I guess there is a very good chance that Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens has been designed by Tamron.

Of course as long as the quality is “Zeiss-alike” this will not be a problem for us. So let’s see more of those new lenses:


The very first Batis unboxing report has been posted by 3DKraft (Click here):

The most appealing thing of the Batis 2/25 is the option to combine wide angle perspectives and playing with the depth-of-field at the same time. You will find some bokeh fringing at open aperture. It almost disappears already at f/2.8.

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).


June 29, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Reverie of Vietnam
from Oliver Astrologo . Vimeo Stuff Pick video shot on the A7II.

Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 Review (ePhotozine).
Covering Disaster Relief in Nepal using Sony A7S (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 16-35mm F/4 ZA OSS review at Photojottings.
Sony HX90V First Shots posted (Imaging Resource).
A7mk2 – Canon FD50/1.8 and Vivitar 135/2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Design: “MAKING MODERN” // Un alt fel de Sony Center in Tokyo (
Sony clearance deals at CameraPro.

June 28, 2015
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

Peter Georges
Harley Quinn shot with the Sony A7ii + Sony Zeiss 55mm 1.8 by Peter Georges Photography

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.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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June 27, 2015
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Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 for Sony E-mount is now on Kickstarter!


If you want to help to bring back the “legendary Trioplan soap bubble bokeh f2.8/100″ lens for Sony E-mount than jump over at Kickstarter (Click here). You can see the whole story behind the lens development and image samples on the projects site.

P.S.: The original m42 mount 100mm Trioplan is available on eBay (Click here).


June 27, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony A7RII, RX100IV & RX10II: Just Announced in 60 Seconds

Sony FDR AX100 review (Cinema5d).
Sony aims for more clients, 20 pct sales growth in image sensors (Reuters).
Sydney (AUS) – Vivid Light Festival 2015 – A6000 + SEL24F18Z (SonyAlphaForum).
Even older “selfies”: Self-portraits from early 20th and 19th century (TheNakedCamera)
Sony A7 II Compared To Nikon D750 And More On The ‘Mirrorless Myth.’ (Soundimagesplus).
Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM (on Sony A7r): Moody Modern Retro (DearSusans).
90mm FE lens test at Mobile01.
24-240mm FE lens review at SonyAlphaLab.

Robbert:Last week I got my new DJI Ronin M and shot a Brazilian Zouk dance party with it and my A7s + Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4. Left the OOS in the lens on to correct for small shakes and used autofocus all the time which did surprisingly well in the poorly lit environment. Shot everything with 50 frames/sec in S-Log2. The link:

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