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September 20, 2014
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New Zeiss 16-35mm RAW image samples (and still selling well in US).

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The Zeiss 16-35mm is still leading the order ranking at Amazon US (full list here).

VeryBigLobo is so kind to share the first RAW file 16-35mm samples freely for download. He also made a quick comparison with the A-mount 16-35mm and says the A-mount lens performed worse and has more smearing on corners. But take such conclusion with a grain of salt. You need proper time and location to make a fair comparison.

Cameras.reviewed shared their hands-on thoughts about the lens and do write:

It’s made of metal, has a pleasant heft, and feels like it’s meant to be used—not just put on a shelf and admired.

Zeiss FE 16-35mm preorder links:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.

September 19, 2014
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Here is a great Sony A7s video entirely shoot with moonlight only!


Moonlight | Sony A7s ISO test
from Carbon Studios on Vimeo.

The Sony A7s is one of those few cameras that can expand your creativity. Here is just an example of a video shot in moonlight only! Carbon Studios writes:

“The first scene was shot at 1/25th, f/1.4, 25,600 ISO, The second scene was shot at 1/25th, f/1.4, 32,000 ISO. We did not add any color grading, noise reduction, or sharpness.  All of the clips are straight out of the camera shot in the PP2 setting. You will notice some purple fringing around the left side, The Metabones adapter that we rented had a light leak issue from what it looks like. Sony has done an amazing job in creating this camera especially after seeing the quality that has come out of this camera. Gear used:
Sony A7s
Metabones EF to NEX Smart Adapter II
Zeiss 55mm 1.4 Otus
Zeiss 28mm 2.0

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

And here is the Carbon Studio team on the location:

September 17, 2014
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Interview with Mr.Ueda (Sony) about the new Sony 28-135mm lens.


Sony 28-135mm Cine Lens – Exclusive Hands-On Interview
from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Cinema5D posted that Video Interview with Mr.Ueda from Sony. The talk is about the new 28-135mm FE powerzoom lens. Cinema5D also had the chance to test the lens:

The aperture F/4.0 seems to go all the way through, unlike Canon’s own and frequently used Canon 24-105mm that gets darker at the far end. The images appear very sharp and clear and we couldn’t see any obvious chromatic aberration or softening at F/4.0. We were told it is made for 4K applications. Overall the lens feels very well manufactured and strong.

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New Sony stuff preorders:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Loxia at BHphoto:
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here)

 

September 17, 2014
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UPDATED: Zeiss 16-35mm images samples by Mark Galer and Sony Japan!

If you want to see what kind of pictures you can take with the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens jump over at Mark Galer’s Flickr page (Click here). Not that only the pictures on top have been taken with the new Zeiss!

UPDATE: Also Sony Japan (Click here) posted some image samples.

New Sony stuff preorders:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Loxia at BHphoto:
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here)

September 13, 2014
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First Otus 85mm test on the A7s (and DxOmark results).

A7s with Otus 85mm. Image courtesy: Jorge Torralba

Otus 85mm Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

Jorge Torralba (Click here) posted a review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm used on the Sony A7s. It’s very interesting to read the part concerning the handling of the Otus on such a small camera:

As stated earlier, although the lens is large and heavy, it did not feel too bad on the A7S. In fact, it was a pleasure to use. It is only slightly larger than the Zeiss 135mm 1.8 ZA which I currently own and have no problems with whatsoever on an A7.  It feels well balanced and if you don’t need the lens hood, its even more friendly. My only concerns regarding the weight of this lens on the A7S with the adapter were really how secure and solid the adapter was and whether the lens would come off crashing to the ground leaving me with a very expensive bill and ruining the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Let me just say, I use the Fotodiox adapter and am thinking of upgrading to something more substantial. I did find myself holding on to the camera by the lens rather than letting it dangle from my neck on the camera strap as I walked the streets of Portland taking pictures. I think this is a valid concern for people if they throw this on a small body camera. I could be over reacting but better safe than sorry.

But does it actually work fine?

Throw in the focus peak feature and EVF of the Sony Alpha cameras like the A7S and you are golden on the intended focus area. A little side note. Amazing lens and camera! By the time Nikon or Canon start using mirror less technology like Sony or Fuji, they will have been left in the shadows. One cannot deny that the future is in this technology and EVF’s.  Sony is on a steam roller.

Read the rest fo his very long review at Jorge Torralba’s website.

DxOmark tested the Otus 85mm lens performance and it actually shows once again how great…the FE 55mm lens is :) Just check the graph comparison below:

Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

More Otus test on the Nikon D800 at ThePhoBlographer. and at BHphoto.

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