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February 21, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

New Loxia 35 and 50mm review.

lox35The 35mm Loxia (Image courtesy: Stockografie).

Stockografie (Click here) tested both Zeiss Loxia lenses:

The Zeiss Loxia 2/35 as well as the Zeiss Loxia 2/50 is a wonderfully crafted lenses. They are built to withstand almost anything a photographer could run into. I would not hesitate to use these lenses under harsh conditions such as rain, dust or any other kind of influences.
If I would have to choose between one of the two I would go for the Zeiss Loxia 2/35 but that is only my personal preference as I like the 35mm field of view better than that of the Zeiss Loxia 2/50. In terms of image quality both lenses are amongst the best you can get for your A7 series camera with a native E-Mount.

The Loxias are in Stock in:
50mm in Europe at Photo Porst eBay (Click here) and Photo Petzold eBay (Click here).
35mm in Europe at Photo Porst eBay (Click here) and Photo Petzold eBay (Click here).
50mm in USA at PoppFlash eBay (Click here).
50mm in Asia/Australia at DigitalRev (Click here).

February 19, 2015
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Big savings on Tamron A and E-mount lenses. And new A7II with 150-600mm lens test by LL.

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I have found plenty of Tamron lens deals including on the majestic Tamron 150-600mm lens. And that lens also  just got “Antarctica” tested on the new A7II 5 axis stabilized camera at Luminous Landscape:

The on-sensor phase detection AF of the A7 MKII and the system’s focus tracking capability allowed for capturing these completely unpredictable penguins as they jumped from the water. Their position can’t really be anticipated and their time above water is faster that ones ability to anticipate.Virtually every frame out of hundreds shot showed excellent lock-on and tracking. I frankly don’t think that I have ever used a long zoom lens / camera combo that could have done better.

That’s really great to hear! So let’s jump now to the Tamron deal offered by Trusted Store Prodigital which ships them all for free in USA/Canada:
$80 off on the SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di USD (Click here).
$130 off on the SP 70-300mm (Click here).
$100 off on the new SP 70-200mm f/2.8 (Click here).
$95 off on the 18-270mm PZD Di-II (Click here).
$180 off on the 18-200mm Di III VC E-mount lens (Click here).
$189 off on the AF 90mm f/2.8 Di SP (Click here).
$130 off on the 28-75mm F2.8 XR Di LD (Click here).
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Di USD (Click here).

And these are refurbished and demo Tamron lenses:
$50 off on the REFURBISHED 18-200mm XR (Click here).
$135 off on the DEMO 18-270mm PZD Di-II (Click here).
$210 off on the REFURBISHED 90mm f/2.8 Di SP (Click here).
115 off on the REFURBISHED 18-270mm PZD Di-II (Click here).

February 18, 2015
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Newsshhooter 28-135mm FE lens reviews: “For that price it makes it a no brainer”


Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens Review
from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

Newsshooter (Click here) tested the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens.

Some a7S owners may think the lens a little too big and heavy to use on their camera but I don’t see it as a problem. If you balance well it can be handheld even without a rig. For hand holding the lens on a a7S I put my right palm underneath the lens collar and use my fingers to operate focus, zoom and iris. With your right hand you can operate all the camera side settings.
The positive aspects of this lens far outweigh the few small drawbacks of this lens. For $2500 it offers a level of performance and a feature set that was previously unobtainable for most shooters. I highly recommend this lens if your a Sony full frame FE mount camera owner

You can see plenty of videos made with the lens on the Newsshooter review page.

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm store links:
US preorder at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStoreUS.
EU preorders at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.

February 17, 2015
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My first week with the A7II (Guest post by Albert Dros).

Bildschirmfoto 2015-02-14 um 12.16.47Looking up by albert dros, on Flickr
this one made editor’s choice on my 500px page and already has over 1000 likes!

This is a Guest Post by Albert Dros. The images have been first posted on SonyAlphaForum.

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February 16, 2015
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One first image sample with the new Voigtlander Heliar 15mm III lens (will ship in March!)

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The Spanish site DSLRmagazine is the first one sharing a full size image sample of the new Voigtländer 15mm f/4,5 III M-mount lens. The lens has a new optical design to get rid of the corner issues when using it on the Sony A7/r/s camera. Here is the full size image samples taken with the A7s (Click on image to enlarge):

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Also Newsshooter posted two image samples again taken witht he A7s:

I got to put the lens on my a7S and was very happy with the lenses performance. As claimed the edge to edge sharpness was very impressive although it does have some barrel distortion towards the edges of frame which is quite noticeable. I really liked the feel and the handling of this lens on the Sony a7S and the images look very impressive whether your taking video or photographs.

And here is also a video they made with it:

Newsshooter at CP+ Tokyo 2015- Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical III VM 15mm f/4.5 Lens First Look from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

Of course the A7s is the one camera that because of the larger pixels always had less issues with such lenses. That said the picture shows a very improved quality on corners. And let me add that the lens looks quite good on the A7s! I really think that is going to land in my camera bag soon :)

The lens will ship in March according to Australian Store Mainlinephoto.com.au. In Japan it will cost 95,000 YEN. The US price should be a bit higher than that of the current Heliar 15mm II (here on eBay) but it has yet to be confirmed.

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