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November 13, 2014
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New A7s review/videos (with most sexy model yet). A7s is leading the Amazon’s Professional Video Cameras ranking.

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SAR reader Isidor Taylor sent me his last A7s video shot with Top model Lise Olsen. Doesn’t tell a lot about the A7s quality but she is a beauty!
And here some more A7s news:
Behind the Scenes with the Sony A7 & A7s (Joshmcleodphotography).
Dirty slow motion video test between a Sony FS700 at 240 frames per second, a7s at 120 and a NEX7 at 60 (Dave Tameling).
Sony A7S Image Quality Analysis (Imaging Resource).
Sony A7s Compared To Sony A7r At High ISO Settings + Full Size Resolution Jpgs (Soundimagesplus).
A7s CINOFLEX (Vimeo).
Stills from 4K: How Many Megapixels Does it Take to Make a Great Wedding Album? (Planet5d).
German High ISO test (Sony Germany Forum).
Drifting From Shore shot on the A7s on Vimeo.

Zach:Commercial video for TxBands.com shot entirely on the A7s. The camera performed very well in an incredibly fast paced environment. Only had a few hours to shoot the event and publish the video before the event ended. The camera never got in the way and just allowed me to focus on shooting. https://vimeo.com/110933800

Laszlo:here two links to clips shot using Sony a7s in one voigtlander 35mm lens and in the other Loxia 35 mm lens. enjoy. https://vimeo.com/106631345 and https://vimeo.com/110671055″

Ashley:We recently filmed a black friday advertisement for our store using the Sony A7s with only available light.  Most of the night shots are at ISO’s of 8000 or more, we would love to hear what you think of the video and if you think it is something the SAR community would like to see.  Really shows how the A7s works in such low light conditions and still can deliver an image with great contrast and saturation. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ULy-dQuhu4I

What I never noticed before is that the Sony A7s is the leader of the Professiona Grade sales ranking at Amazon (Click here to see the full ranking).

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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).

November 13, 2014
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16-35mm FE review by Jörg Haag.

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Image courtesy: Jörg Haag.

The 16-35mm FE is shipping in Asia (Amazon Japan and Digitalrev) and Europe (eBay UK). And it will ship soon in USA too (check dates at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada). SAR readers are getting their lenses and this is a review published by Jörg Haag (Click here):

The FE 16-35mm is an adequate replacement of the A-Mount, at least from the perspective of image quality. An aperture stop less light is something to get over, because this is easily compensated by the better ISO performance of the α7 in comparison to the α99. I am looking forward to many hours of photography with this lens and I think this lens will not be inferior to the A-Mount counterpart in the field of architectural photography.

You can discuss with Joerg directly on SonyAlphaForum. More image samples have been posted on Photographyblog.

Check the full shipment date info here:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

November 12, 2014
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New E-mount lens reviews at Photozone (Touit 12mm and 32mm) and DSLRmagazine (Loxia 50mm).


Image courtesy: Photozone

 

Zeiss Touit 12mm at Photozone:

Ultra-wide angle lenses are never really perfect. However, within its scope the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 delivers decent results. The center quality is great and the border and corner quality are good to very good at mainstream settings. The low lateral CAs contribute to the high sharpness perception. The distortions are fine at 2% – this is a normal value for such a prime lens and lower than on most conventional zoom lenses for sure. However, the vignetting is very high especially at max. aperture.

Photozone also reviewed the 32mm Zeiss Touit and writes:

The Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 didn’t really convince us – at least on the NEX 7. The image center is sharp straight from the max. aperture and even stunning when stopping down. However, the borders aren’t all that hot at large apertures although at least very decent beyond f/4. Lateral CAs may be just visible without being disturbing. Distortions are usually auto-corrected either by the camera or your favorite RAW converter. However, when looking behind the scenes, you can spot higher than expected issues here – which is a bit disappointing for a pricey Zeiss lens.

DSLRmagazine (translation here) compared the new Zeiss Loxia vs the Leica Summicron:

The Leica Summicron-M shows its classical analog in nature, being the center pointer on the corners, while the Zeiss Loxia shows a more “docile” nature’s own “flat curve” of digital optics with corrections computer support.

November 10, 2014
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Surprise at Newshsooter: A-mount lenses are much better than E-mount lenses on the FS7!


Sony FS7 E-mount and A-mount with LA-EA4 and Speedbooster lens tests
from Dan Chung on Vimeo.

Dan Chung from Newsshooter is reviewing the new E-mount FS7 4K camera. He is not happy with the E-mount lenses for many reasons while A-mount lenses do work much better than expected on the FS/:

What makes Sony’s A-mount lenses different to Canon’s is that the aperture is still controlled from the body (or LA-EA adapter) via a mechanical level. Canon EOS lenses are all electronic and so without power there is no way to adjust iris. This means the A lens aperture can be controlled by a simple ‘dumb’ mechanical adapter in the same way that most Nikon lenses can. This makes them about the most suitable AF lens out there for adaptation to video.

Read the full article at Newsshooter!

Camcorder preorders:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto (Click here).
28-135mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony 128GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony 64GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony 32GB XQD Memory Card G Series 400MB/s at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

November 7, 2014
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Zeiss 16-35mm FE gets DxOmarked: Best f/4.0 wide angle zoom on market. French reviewer says “est impressionnant” :)

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The new Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens got tested at DxOmark (Click here). And it scored the best result among the three f/4.0 wide angle zoom tested by DxOmark. It beats by a hair the Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0 lens. The only real “cons” of the lens is that it’s also the slightly more expensive of the three. But we can live with that or not? As long as results are that good!

Also Focus Numerique (translation here) tested the lens and said “Le 16-35 mm f/4 de Sony est impressionnant“. I think it’s clear for everyone what it means :)

One more thing: Worldwide shipment officially started today at Sony Canada and Amazon Japan. Check the full shipment date info here:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

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