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April 5, 2015
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Best cheap gear: 70€ Minolta 50mm MC Macro Rokkor QF 3.5 on the A7II.

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Image by Drasko (SonyAlphaForum). 500px.com/DraskoStojadinovic  and facebook…tojaphotography

The Sony A7II is capable of fulfilling two tasks that only 2 years ago where pure dreams:

1) Use any kind of third-party lens on an affordable Full Frame camera
2) Improve the image quality with those lenses by adding on sensor stabilization.

So I figured out it would be nice to show you how you can spend $100 or less for a second-hand lens and take great pictures with it.

SAR reader Drasko tested the 70€ Minolta 50mm MC Macro Rokkor QF 3.5 on the A7II. You can find all the pictures on our SonyAlphaForum (Click here). Those images are simply great!

The lens only way to grab the lens is on eBay (search results here).

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Image by Drasko (SonyAlphaForum)

More about Drasko’s photos can be seen at:
https://500px.com/DraskoStojadinovic
https://www.facebook…tojaphotography

April 4, 2015
Posted in news, reviews

New A6000 Flash Bounce Card, new Ikelite housing and a new review from Colby Brown.

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SAR reader Ferrell McCollough sent me this:

The Sony A6000 Flash bounce cards have a new addition. I just added the Amber Flash Bounce card to the set of White and Clear cards. If you want to have a look, these products have been popular among the A6000 owners. http://www.amazon.com/Sony-A6000-Flash-Bounce-Card/dp/B00LEX4RW4/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1427319737&sr=8-1&keywords=Sony+A6000+Flash+Bounce.

There is also a new underwater TTL Housing for Sony Alpha a6000 from Ikelite.

And Colby Brown reviewed the A6000:

If you told me two years ago that for less than $600 I could get my hands on a mirrorless camera that not only compares to most DSLRs in terms of features, functionality and image quality, but beats many of them, I would of thought you were crazy. To me, Sony has created an incredible camera at an incredible price point that is honestly hard to beat. On top of it being much more affordable that most DSLRs, it offers awesome image quality, 11 fps shooting and an AF system that for the most part is better that most other cameras out there. In addition, add Sony’s wifi/app support and its growing line of both e & fe mount lenses, and the Sony a6000 becomes an even better deal.

Sony A6000 store link list:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
A6000 Gariz case on eBay in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Camel (Click here) and Red (Click here).

April 3, 2015
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New FE lens test roundup!

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The new Zeiss Distagon shipping at Fotohanskeuzekamp.

Time for a new reviews roundup about the new Sony FE lenses:
Pics with Zeiss Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FE 35 Match-up: Is More, More? (Lensrentals).
Some pics of Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA Lens (Meng Keat)
The new Zeiss 35 1.4 Zm Distagon on the Sony A7s by Sean Cook (Steve Huff).
Unboxing Zeiss Distagon T* 35MM F1.4 ZA Lens (SonyMirrorlessPro).
Sony 28mm f/2.0 lens gallery by Mark Galer.
FE 28 + 21mm converter quick test (SonyAlphaForum).
FE 24-240mm OSS sampel gallery at Imaging Resource.
Some pictures with the new Sony 24-240mm lens + A7s (SonyAlphaForum).
Testbericht: Sony FE 24-240 mm 3.5-6.3 OSS (Digitalkamera.de).
Hands-on with the new FE-lenses (Sony community UK).

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

April 1, 2015
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Sony A7II gets Silver Award at Dpreview (and more A7II reviews).

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A7II with Torii Koubou case.

Dpreview posted the full Sony A7II review and the camera earned a Silver Award:

The Alpha 7 II continues to push Sony’s full frame mirrorless line of cameras into ground-breaking territory. It is the only full frame mirrorless camera to offer in-body image stabilization systems and its performance is excellent. The body is comfortable to shoot with and offers a broad set of features that should appeal to both still and video shooters. Unfortunately the a7 II’s high ISO image quality is not as good as other full framers. Raw files are also less malleable than the competition and JPEGs tend to suffer from aggressive noise reduction.

Fstoppers writes:

The Sony a7II delivers a barrage of awesome features and terrific well-rounded performance that amateur and professional photographers will appreciate. Having image stabilization in conjunction with a full-frame sensor is something that excites you every time you go shoot because it gets to be used universally across your lens arsenal.

Tyson Robichaud writes:

If you would have told me 5 years ago that I could buy a Full Frame camera with in body image stabilization, WiFi for remote control and WFT, weather sealing, a top notch 24mp sensor that could quite literally fit in my pocket for $1700, I’d probably have said you were crazy, then maybe slapped you because you were nuts.

A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
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 A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
A7II Gariz cases sold in Black (Click here)Brown (Click here)Orange (Click here) and Camel (Click here).

March 31, 2015
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To counterbalance: The positive reviews about the 16-70mm Zeiss.

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The 16-70mm lens image by phillipreeve

The very negative conclusions drawn by Photozone created quite a buzz here on SAR. Our reader Victor pointed out that most of the reviewers out there actually gave a high score to the 16-70mm Zeiss lens: Sonyalphalab, ePhotozine, Photographyblog, Imaging-resource, Admiringlight, Kurtmunger, Stevehuffphoto, Phillipreeve.

I am pretty confident Photozone is a serious review site and so are most of the reviewers I linked to now. This just proofs that reviews are not an exact science and depend on various factors like, personal preferences, lab test quality, scoring system and quality of the tested lens samples.

Zeiss 16-70mm deal: You save $150 on the lens if you buy it refurbished on Secondipity eBay US (Click here)

A funny note: Some readers keep saying I am just a Sony fanboy. After yesterdays negative post about the Sony APS-C strategy some of them said that I am bashing on Sony. Just to be clear. I am a free-thinker and I take no side based on non rational arguments. I love to openly discuss positives and negatives about Sony. Because I think that at the end no company is perfect and that critics can (sometimes) help to improve the company behavior.

 

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