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May 12, 2015
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New A-mount lenses will ship from June 16 in USA and June 24 in Europe.

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Both new A-mount Zeiss zoom lenses will ship from June 16 according to Amazon US. and June 24 in Europe (Sony DE), First image samples can be seen on the Bulgarian Alphaforum (Click here). And here is the update preorder list which now includes US and EU links.

The four mew A and E-mount Zeiss lens preorders:
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in USA at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in EU at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, PT, CH, AT, NL, BE, SE, FI, NO.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, PT, CH, AT, NL, BE, SE, FI, NO.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.

May 11, 2015
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Zeiss interview makes it clear Sony’s focus “is moving” from APS-C to FF.


NAB 2015: EXCLUSIVE! Carl Zeiss Announces Batis AutoFocus Lenses
from Clint Milby on Vimeo.

HDSLRshooter posted that Zeiss interview about the new Batis lenses. Some key info:

1min10sec: Sony is moving from APS-C to FF.
1min20sec: Loxia have been really well received. We cannot keep them in Stock right now.
2min40sec: 85mm Batis is designed to match the 55mm FE. It has fantastic image quality.

Zeiss makes it clear that Sony’s focus right now is on Full Frame. But certainly they didn’t mean APS-C is done :) The A6100 will be announced soon and I expect it to be a great camera. But I hope Sony will soon release some proper E-mount APS-C lenses too.

Both 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.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

May 11, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…


Sony’s Full-Frame a7R compared to Fuji | Brian Smith – What’s in the Bag | Photofocus

Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Sony donates to Nepal (Sony Japan).
Lightroom 6: First Impressions (Michael Fry).
Sony Exmor Generations (Image Sensor World).
Impressive A99 landscape pics at SonyAlphaForum.

Javier:Let me invite to watch «Involution!», a Letterpress clip filmed with my dear RX10: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Kn1RP2nHzs

Mattia Abe Abeni:A7s in APS-C Mode can still produce some very beautiful looking images. This was all shot in a few hours and with the 18-105 G that makes it a wonderful run-and-gun lens with it’s zoom range. The OSS also works like a charm and AF too. 60fps helped of course :) https://vimeo.com/126130081

Miguel Quiles‎:Just completed my article and video for Rangefinder Magazine. In it you can see how I shoot beauty images using the Sony #‪#‎a7ii‬. Check it out! http://blog.wppionline.com/…/miguel-quiles-goes-behind-the…/

May 10, 2015
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New Housing for the Atomos Shogun 4K recorder. And $500 back with A7s bundle!

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If you already own the A7s and you want to shoot 4K under water there is good news for you! Nauticam just announced the new housing for the Shogun. You can see a great first 4K video shot with it at Vimeo (Click here).
I attached the full press text below. Don’t forget that if you bundles the A7s with the Atomos Shogun you get $500 back! More details at Amazon and BHphoto.

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May 10, 2015
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Field test with the $70(!) used Minolta APO 100-300mm (Guest post by Drasko Stojadinovic).

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The following is a guest post from Drasko. And has been first posted on SonyAlphaForum.

Sony A7II + Minolta APO 100-300mm
by Drasko Stojadinovic

Here is my first impression with the Minolta APO 100-300mm F4,5-5,6 Telephoto Lens:
First or all i got this 15 year old lens from a local photostore very cheap for only 70€. You can probably get it even cheaper on ebay.
This lens is very lightweight and small for 100-300 mm zoom. I was really impressed it still fits in my old, small Sony Bag with the A7II.

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I didn`t expect anything from this tele lens for that small price but I’ m really surprised how well it performs. Its not uber sharp like a modern lens but it delivers good enough quality and no sharpening is needed in lightroom. You have to boost the colors, saturation quite a lot. Make shure you get the right Adapter for this lens with aperture dial!
This lens works great in manual with my A7II and the 5axis IBIS.

Click on the images to enlarge:

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The lens cna be found used on eBay (Click here to see current auctions).

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