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July 18, 2016
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Sony will resupply stores with Sony A7 camera in September only!


Two of the out of Stock warnings by WexUK and Fotomundus.

I talked to a couple of EU stores. And they confirm that all Sony A7 series cameras are now in short supply. Sony told them that they will be able to resupply by September only! I am not sure about the situation in USA and Asia yet but I expect to see the same kind of supply issues too.

So if you plan to buy a new A7 camera I suggest you to pull the trigger now before it’s too late!

Check the in Stock status:
Sony A7rII at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A7sII at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A7II at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

July 18, 2016
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Samyang announces the new XEEN 135mm T2.2 E-mount lens!


Samyang announced the first of the five new lenses that will be announced the coming five weeks. All lenses will be available in five different mounts. Today they released the 135mm T/2.2 XEEN Cine lens. More info can be found at And this is the press text:

July 18th, 2016, Seoul, Korea

The global optics brand, Samyang Optics ( announced the release of XEEN 135mm T2.2. Along with the existing five lenses of 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5, XEEN 135mm T2.2 offers outstanding image quality from resolving power for 4K+ production for filming video and cinema.

XEEN is a specialized brand in professional video-cine lens launched by Samyang Optics in 2015. The XEEN lenses are designed with Samyang Optics’ know-how and have outstanding optical performance for 4K+ with the X-Coating Technology, ensuring maximum image quality to create a cinematic look.

The 24mm x 36mm negative size allows XEEN to not only work with full frame cameras, but also with Super 35, APS-C and APS-H cameras. The lenses are available in five different mounts – PL, EF, F, E, and MFT and two different focus scales – metric and imperial units. Also, the aluminium metal housing is known for its reliability in various shooting conditions.

The new XEEN 135mm adds telephoto angle to the existing XEEN set, enabling to capture the sincere emotions and details of characters in films and videos. Also the bright T2.2 offers high quality footage with clear contrast and impressive colors, even under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. The large aperture also creates a pleasing bokeh effect for a cinematic look.

Moreover, Samyang has announced to release a total of five lenses throughout five weeks as a 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbuster campaign starting from XEEN 135mm. The other four lenses will be announced on every Monday from July 25th to August 15th.

Created to deliver infinite possibilities, XEEN 135mm T2.2 will be globally available in August. The recommended retail price of each lens is EUR 2,200. More detailed product information is available on the official website ( and Facebook (http://www.facebook. com/xeenglobal) or Samyang Lens Global Facebook (

July 18, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

Sony A7 Timelapse special, Las Vegas : The Breakdown with Miguel Quiles

Sony A6000 Review at Photographylife.
A7RII color changes after few seconds (SonyAlphaForum).
Outdoor Flash Portrait Lighting for AMAZING results, Zeiss Batis, Sony A7Rii by Jason Lanier
expensive lens mounts scratched from Metabones EF-E adapter (SonyAlphaForum)
Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA tested at
FE 28mm test at
Contax 18mm f/4 Distagon and A7r (SonyAlphaForum).

Guy MW:Here is a link to a music video I shot last weekend on my A7sii for Eco-Protest band Farmageddon here in the UK. Lenses used were a set of PL mount Zeiss Super Speed lenses. The shoot was pretty complex in terms of setups and schedule. Although I love the camera, its a bit fiddly for a shoot like this where there are a lot of distractions; easy to mis-dial a setting and not notice the mistake. Video was shot in Slog 3, exposed 2 x stops over.

July 17, 2016
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New Commlite Nikon F autofocus adapter gets a firmware upgrade


There is a firmware upgrade for the Commlite Nikon F autofocus adapter. It adds the following features and fixes:

V04 Firmware Upgrading Content: 
1. Compatible with more lens;
2. AF speed is increased for partial lens;
3. Improve some AF mistakes for AF-I lens;
4. Improve some Exposure mistakes of V03 Firmware;
5. Improve some other bugs as follows:
5.1 Improve Partial Lens’ mistake of DX/FX recognition; 
5.2 Improve partial lens’ mistake of changing AF/MF mode; 

You can download the firmware here:

Our reader Jules sent me this made a test of the new firmware and said it “made a huge difference to my 300mm f4 fr lens.

You can buy the Commlite at Amazon (Click here) or via many eBay sellers (Click here).

July 17, 2016
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This week SAR readers photos selection

Oliver Busch
Hope that is the right way to submit a photo to the SAR readers photos selection.
Shot is taken with A7RII and Loxia 35mm.
Feel free to follow me on

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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