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February 25, 2015
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Small good news on the A7II: Gets rid of the “ghosting” issue.

A7II with Gariz case

SAR reader Wojciech pointed out one good news regarding the new A7II:

Fotopolis posted full sony A7 II test. Interestingly with  A7II  sony solved problem of fatal focal strong light sources reflections (ghosting) observed at the peripheries of the A7 frame (sensor) during night shots. And they did it without removing AA filter. It is rarely mentioned by the testers.

Good to hear at last!

More A7II news:
ePhotozine posted a full review and writes: “improved handling as well as built-in image stabilisation make the camera better than ever
Boon:I’ve tested my friend’s Sony A7II and have posted about this from a A7R user’s perspective:
Jason: “MetaBones just released a new firmware for their EF-NEX Adapter making it compatible with the A7II  plus a slew of biz fixes mainly (for me at least) resolves issues with the sigma 50 Art lens. Firmware can be found at their website and clicking on the EF-NEX Mark IV adapter, then firmware.
Paul:Amateur hand held video with sony a7ii, zeiss 55mm & zeiss 16-35mm.

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.
EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.
Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
A7II Gariz case:
You can get in Black (Click here)Brown (Click here)Orange (Click here) and Camel (Click here).

February 25, 2015
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Lesnumeriques new FE lens hands-on: The 90mm FE macro is the very sharpest lens!

The Sony FE 90 mm f/2,8 Macro G OSS (courtesy of LesNumeriques)

The French site LesNumeriques (google translation here) already got the new Sony FE lenses in their test labs. They promise that detailed test will be publsihed “very, very soon“. As a heads up they said the 90mm FE macro lens the sharpest of the four new lenses:

Bildschirmfoto 2015-02-25 um 15.27.06

February 24, 2015
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The craziest Sony QX+lens review yet: QX1 with Leitz 560mm!

Image courtesy: Yodobashi.

That is probably the craziest Sony review seen lately. Yodobashi tested the Sony QX1 with a Leitz telyt 560mm lens mounted on it!
SAR reader “X” who found the review wrote me:

The lens itself is marvelous, with only cylinder shape of qx1 on the other end, the pair never looks like a camera. it is a bazooka. I think you will need to inform the security officer every time you want to use this setup. otherwise some one will think you are pointing bazooka at your subject.

To see a few image samples click over at Yodobashi and scroll down to find the pics.

The Leitz lens sells for over $1,000 on eBay (Click here).

February 24, 2015
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A few great pictures of the new FE lenses (look how big that 24-240mm FE is).


At last we know the new first FE lens will ship on March 12. It’s the 24-240mm FE OSS lens! And the other three lenses are likely to be released in April.

Our reader Cabala shared us those pics of the new Sony FE lenses (Source: The picture on top shows the max length of the new 24-240mm FE OSS lens. He writes about that lens:

“The weight is OK, balance was well on the old small grip A7 body. The zoom ring is sooo hard to turn, maybe this was a preproduction lens, but still uncomfortable on my hands. The lens filter size of FE 24-240mm is 72mm, the coating showed a fantastic color.”


This is the Zeiss FE 35mm 1.4:

My impression was: big, heavy, solid, classic. The focus speed was great, bokeh is great. The focus ring was so big, I don’t think people need that size. Accurately the lens felt like an all metal Sigma Art lens, and aperture click switch button was on it which means it was also designed for video work. The reflecting of the front lens could barely been seen, a nano coating?


The FE 28mm f/2.0 lens:

With A7 II’s body, lens without OSS could be smaller lighter bigger aperture. And the bigger grip of A7 II suited the lens well. A nicely builded lens with fast auto focus. Filter size is 49mm.


FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens

Very funny lens, with push and pull focus ring. you can see an element moves inside the lens. My main feeling was the weight of the lens, all at the front end of it. So the balance was strange.The OSS of the 90mm macro lens feels very efficiently, auto focus speed is OK but not decisively. Push the button on the lens body will stop auto focus process, it just worked fine. The lens reflection showed a big difference from the 35mm f1.4 lens.

Thanks Cabala!

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February 22, 2015
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A7S + Voigtlander Nokton 35mm 1.2 field test by Daniel Cook.

SAR note: This is a guest post from Daniel Cook and has been first posted on SonyAlphaForum. All images are copyrightet and you can see more of Daniel’s pictures at and
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