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October 4, 2014
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First Loxia lens tests at Dearsusans, BMCR and BerlinBackstage.

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Image courtesy: Berlin Backstage.

Berlin Backstage (google translation here) tested both Loxia lenses and explained that these lenses are completely different from the current 35 and 55 FE from Sony. With the Loxia you will approach the photography in a complete other way. These lenses are made for manual focusing lovers! For Berlin-Backstage Zeiss was 100% spot on to release those focal length lenses first!

DearSuasans tested the 50mm Loxia:

It is not a spectacular lens, like a Macro when it comes to detail, or the FE55 when it comes to sharpness, but it just does everything so well. Colours are first rate. Detail is excellent, including at infinity. Sharpness is excellent.

Hands-on and few image samples at Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews:

When Zeiss made the announcement, I couldn’t help but wonder why they decided to release two focal lengths that already exist in Sony’s AF series…But after trying them today, I have to admit that my first impressions are really positive about the two lenses. The image quality they produce seems really exceptional on both the A7r and A7s. But most importantly, they perfectly suit Sony’s full frame mirrorless system because they are small and therefore enhance the portability of the system.

P.S.: The Loxia 50mm is alreayd shipping in Germany (like here on eBay).

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

October 3, 2014
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New Zeiss 16-35mm review at Techbang.

The first review of the new 16-35mm FE Zeiss has been published at Techbang (google tranlsation here). While the automated google translation makes a bit of mess on the text it’s still good to check out the site to see the many full size image samples! And there is also that comparison with the Canon 16-35mm f/4.0 L lens (Click on image to enlarge):

These are the conclusions from the reviewer:
– He liked the compact size and material quality
– Image quality is very high
– Good distortion suppression
– Slow focusing speed on the A7
– Higher price compared to the Canon 16-35mm f/4.0 (but the Zeiss is better)

Zeiss FE 16-35mm preorder links:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.

October 2, 2014
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An unusual comparison: Zeiss Otus 85mm Vs. Sony RX100

SAR reader Mike made that unusual comparison between the A7r with Otus lens and the first generation RX100 compact camera. And at the end the difference between the two are surprisingly small:

What I find astonishing is how little difference there is between the two, considering the vast difference in size, weight, sensors and price. Sure, the A7R/Otus combination wins, but not by that much. Besides, it bloody well better win! It’s up against a two-year-old pocket camera that weighs and costs a small fraction as much.

Full article can be read at Randolphimages.com/otus/.

October 2, 2014
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Dierk Topp Otus 85mm review: “The Sony A7R is the best camera for the OTUS today!”

Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85 on Sony A7R with Metabones Mark IV

Otus 85mm Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

This is a guest post by SAR reader Dierk Topp. If you want to write an article for SAR just contact me (Andrea) at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

Since last Friday I am a lucky owner of the new Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85mm with EF mount, a real production model. To make sure to get the lens asap, I called Zeiss right after announcement and asked them for dealers, who get early and more lenses than others :-)
Useless to repeat all the praise and details of the lens, we could read here on SAR, at MingThein, Lloyd Chambers and many others more during the last weeks. If you are interested in such a lens, you will already know:
– it is huge (you need a sherpa -:)
– it is perfect (sharp, contrast, no CA, no flare…)
– and it is “not cheap”

You get, what you pay for. A few weeks ago you could not get even such a lens, even if you would like to pay more!

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October 1, 2014
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New SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 tested on the A7s.


SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 – short review
from Hacky on Vimeo.

3D-Kraft (Click here) tested the new SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T/2.1 lens on the A7s. This is a PL mount lens but of very high interest for all Cine shooters looking for a cheaper alternative of the otherwise very expensive Zeiss or Schneider lenses. 3D-Kraft writes:

The first member of a new Apo-HyperPrime CINE lens family provides optical performance close to the stellar ZEISS FE Sonnar 1.8/55 with better apochromatic correction. The housing, focus and aperture operation are highly optimized for video applications. The aperture blades can be stopped down keeping out-of-focus highlights still nicely round (see the the starting image of the video as an example – it was shot with a second Apo HyperPrime CINE 50/T2.1 at T2.8). This lens is ready for 6K!

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).

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