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May 6, 2014
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New DxOmark lens test: 28-70mm FE and Samyang 24mm A-mount lens.

DxOmark tested two great lenses:

1) The Sony FE 28-70mm lens (Click here to read the test). The surprise is that it is almost as good as the 24-70mm FE Zeiss:

Although enthusiasts will head straight for the Zeiss, anyone on a budget won’t feel short-changed from the Sony 28-70mm f3.5-4.5. It has some shortcomings, particularly with regard to uniformity at the wider apertures where it’s easily outclassed by the Zeiss but the Sony puts up a good fight overall and doesn’t cost the earth.

2) Samyang 24mm f/1.4 A-mount lens (Click here to read the test):

Wide-open performance isn’t particularly impressive but sharpness improves noticeably at f2.0, at least in the center of the field.  Transmission when measured on the A99 is excellent and both distortion and chromatic aberration are very well controlled. Vignetting is heavy at the maximum aperture but it’s not unexpected and hardly a serious problem.

May 6, 2014
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First Sony A77 RAW stills for download. Will ship in late May in Canada and Europe. Full A77II presentation video.

Image courtesy: Quesabesde.

Quesabesde (google translation here) is the first site sharing original Sony A77II RAW files for download. Quesabesde is pleasantly surprised by the af speed (says could be the best af tested so far). They also write there is a low pass filter on the sensor

A77II ISO test images on Flickr.

You can also watch the full Sony A77II presentation on youtube (part one and part two).

Meantime also Sony Canada (Click here) is accepting A77II preorders and they say they will ship the camera on may 22 already (like the Sony European stores). Here is the updated preorder list:
Sony A77 body in USA/Canada at Amazon, Adorama, Sony Store, BHphoto and Sony Canada.
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Sony Store and BHphoto.
Sony A77 body in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, PT, NO, SE, FI and Wex UK.
Sony A77 in Asia at Digitalrev.

May 3, 2014
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Mitakon 50mm F/0.95 FE lens test! Steve Huff hands-on video.

f/0.95 sharpness test

You can see a first sharpness test at all apertures of the new Mitakon 50mm 0.95 FE lens on Flickr (Click here). The lens is quite soft at full aperture and improves marginally at f/1.4. Of course the lens is sharp at other apertures but if you buy that lens you want it because of the f/0.95 aperture! So what do you say, are you happy with the results? Consider the lens costs 14 times less than the Leica Nocticlux 50mm f/0.95 🙂

It will be available soon on eBay MXcamera. And you can save that search on Slidoo to get notified when it’s in Stock. This is Mitakons second E-mount lens after the 35mm f/0.95 lens for ASP-C E-mount cameras (they are on auction here on eBay)

found via DicaHub.

And Steve Huff is playing with his 000001 marked Mitakon lens he got for testing:

May 2, 2014
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Listen to the sound of the 12fps A77II.

Photoblog.hk posted that “soundcheck” of the A77II at 8 and then 12 fps. Quite Impressive! Remember that Nikon D7100 and Canon 70D competition can “only” go up to 7fsp. Meantime the A77II is slowly climbin the sales+preorder ranking at Amazon (Click here to see the hourly changing ranking). And here are the full preorder links:

Sony A77 body in USA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 body in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, PT, NO, SE, FI and Wex UK.
Sony A77 in Asia at Digitalrev.

April 27, 2014
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Some more A7s videos…


Sony A7s Full-Frame Sensor Camera: 4K Video Demo content

If you fell in love with the A7s than you want to watch all these new A7s videos. Have a nice time 🙂
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