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May 11, 2015
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Kai from Digitalrev reviews the Zeiss FE Loxia and loves them!

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Zeiss Loxia 35mm & 50mm f/2 Hands-on Review

We are used to see Kai from Digitalrev to throw also very harsh critics on the stuff he tests. But the Zeiss Loxia lenses are so close to perfection that Kai really loves them!

And so do Sony camera owners because right now only limited numbers of Loxias are in Stock even after so many months. In USA there is only one 50mm Loxia in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and one 35mm Loxia again via Amazon (Click here).

In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

Thanks Joe!

May 11, 2015
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First full 90mm FE macro lens review at Fengniao and Digitalkamera (with full size image samples).

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Fengniao (google translation here) posted the first full Sony 90mm G OSS macro lens review. The great looking full size image samples can be found here on page 6 and page 7.

– Super resolution straight from the max aperture
– Small vignetting at f/2.8
– Well controlled distortion
– very nice bokeh
– excellent optical stabilization
– the only real drawback is the big size of the lens

The Macro 90/2,8 OSS also got tested on digitalkamera.de. They write: image quality is outstanding, extraordinarily sharp from center to corner, “worth every cent”. (thx Florian for sending this).

The 90mm lens will ship from July 7 at those stores:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

May 9, 2015
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A7R and venus 60mm macro samples (Guest post by Chris from Luxembourg).

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This is a short Guest Post written by Chris from Luxembourg:

I didn’t see a lot of example of use of this cheap apsc macro lens from Venus with an A7R. Optically, it gives over the apsc area better results than a Nikon 105 macro with the A7r. But it is totally soft and full of vignetting in the corners if you use it in FF mode. Sharpess is quite amazing even at F16 as you can see on my pic. Build quality is correct but the ring is not smooth. Not a problem in normal use, thanks to focus peaking but focus stacking is nearly impossible as you will move the setup easily. Aperture ring is not very smooth too and you don’t really know where you are between F11 and F16…
The nikon adaptor is very cheap but does the work. Anyway a good solution if u cant afford the Sony macro or can’t wait until July just because of the outstanding sharpness and overall render.
Definitely worth the price.

There is a lot of PP on these pic but well, no good pp without good source, isn’t it? Click to enlarge the images:

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You can buy the lens for $379 from eBay Hong Kong sellers (Click here).

May 4, 2015
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Roger Cicala tests the 90mm FE resolution and says it’s “Superb”!

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Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS on 5D III (left) and Sony 90mm f/2.8 on A7r (right). Lensrentals.com, 2015

Roger Cicala from Lensrentals tested the resolution performance of the new and yet non shipping Sony 90mm f/2.8 G OSS macro lens and compared it with the yet best macro lens on market (Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS on 5D III):

At both focusing distances the Sony system is clearly out resolving the Canon system. We would expect that, to some degree, given the higher resolution Sony sensor. But the difference was, quite frankly, surprising to me. It would seem to indicate the new Sony 90mm Macro lens performs at least as well as the Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS L, from a resolution standpoint, anyway.

See the MTF chart comparison:
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That sounds terrific! If you want to see a few image samples jump over at Gustavs images on SAR.

The 90mm lens will ship from July 7 at those stores:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

Zeiss Batis preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

May 4, 2015
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Sigma 24mm f/1.4 A-mount ART lens available for preorder at BHphoto.

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Some good news for A-mount folks! The new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART A-mount lens is now on preorder at BHphoto (Click here).

DxOmark tested the new Sigma lens (Canon mount version) and writes:

Although at first sight the Sigma’s overall DxOMark score might not look as convincing as the two previous Art models from the maker, it is important to look deeper than the numbers suggest, especially at shorter focal lengths. The Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM is the finest 24mm we’ve seen, although against the Canon 24mm f1.4L II USM, it’s a close-run thing. That model has slightly higher peak sharpness centrally at f4-5.6, but the Sigma has more uniform performance overall, including superior control of CA and distortion. It’s a worthy addition to the range and will only add to the maker’s reputation. Plus at around half the price of the Canon L-series equivalent, it’s a steal.

Reminder: Also those four new E and A-mount lenses can be preordered:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).

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