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April 8, 2015
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Full Venus 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Macro Lens review at ePhotozine.

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ePhotozine (Click here) posted the full review of the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus. So it’s worth to check out the review even if they tested the lens on the Canon mount version:

At 2:1 ratio, the front of the lens is just about 5cm from the subject which can lead to the camera and lens blocking ambient light, so something you have to learn to deal with. IQ is of course of prime importance, and this lens is very sharp. If your focus is precise, you will find the detail produced is excellent. My early experience in using this lens is that it is most definitely worth the purchase price and more!

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

April 7, 2015
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New image samples with the new 90mm FE macro lens (by Gustav Kiburg).

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Finally we see some nice real world image samples taken with the new 90mm FE macro lens that will ship in June/July only (sigh!). They have been shot by Gustav (JSvogel on Dyxum). Gustav writes:

all picture`s are taken handheld ….my first impression of the lens the build quality is very good , the lens is pretty big , and its held in your hand very good

Here are the images. Because this is a pre-production lens full size images are not allowed to be posted. All images are copyrighted by Gustav Kiburg ( Please do not repost them without his permission!


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The image below is the 100% crop of the image above:

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The image below is the 100% crop of the image above:

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All images by Gustav Kiburg (

So what do you think about the lens after seeing those images?

90mm macro preorder links:
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.


April 7, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

10 Reasons You Don’t Need a DSLR

Sony Camera Club Challenge Winners (Sony Blog).
Planet Alpha is giving away a new Think Tank Urban Approach 15 backpack to one lucky forum member.
A Comparison Between the Canon 70D and Sony A7 (ilovehatephoto).
Professional Photography with E-Mount (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony’s 4K FDR-X1000V Vs. GoPro 4K GoPro Hero4 Black (ActionCameraRumors).

Eric:I have a Kickstarter up and many of the images were shot on the A7r:

Andrea:I’m Andrea Corticelli of CP tech srl Italy. The b-grip line. We have released a new holster specifically designed for mirrorless and compact sized cameras:

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).  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).

Image by Drasko (SonyAlphaForum)

More about Drasko’s photos can be seen at:

April 4, 2015
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New A6000 Flash Bounce Card, new Ikelite housing and a new review from Colby Brown.


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.

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).

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