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February 24, 2015
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The craziest Sony QX+lens review yet: QX1 with Leitz 560mm!

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Image courtesy: Yodobashi.

That is probably the craziest Sony review seen lately. Yodobashi tested the Sony QX1 with a Leitz telyt 560mm lens mounted on it!
SAR reader “X” who found the review wrote me:

The lens itself is marvelous, with only cylinder shape of qx1 on the other end, the pair never looks like a camera. it is a bazooka. I think you will need to inform the security officer every time you want to use this setup. otherwise some one will think you are pointing bazooka at your subject.

To see a few image samples click over at Yodobashi and scroll down to find the pics.

The Leitz lens sells for over $1,000 on eBay (Click here).

February 24, 2015
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A few great pictures of the new FE lenses (look how big that 24-240mm FE is).

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At last we know the new first FE lens will ship on March 12. It’s the 24-240mm FE OSS lens! And the other three lenses are likely to be released in April.

Our reader Cabala shared us those pics of the new Sony FE lenses (Source: caba1a.com/sony-of-cp2015). The picture on top shows the max length of the new 24-240mm FE OSS lens. He writes about that lens:

“The weight is OK, balance was well on the old small grip A7 body. The zoom ring is sooo hard to turn, maybe this was a preproduction lens, but still uncomfortable on my hands. The lens filter size of FE 24-240mm is 72mm, the coating showed a fantastic color.”

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This is the Zeiss FE 35mm 1.4:

My impression was: big, heavy, solid, classic. The focus speed was great, bokeh is great. The focus ring was so big, I don’t think people need that size. Accurately the lens felt like an all metal Sigma Art lens, and aperture click switch button was on it which means it was also designed for video work. The reflecting of the front lens could barely been seen, a nano coating?

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The FE 28mm f/2.0 lens:

With A7 II’s body, lens without OSS could be smaller lighter bigger aperture. And the bigger grip of A7 II suited the lens well. A nicely builded lens with fast auto focus. Filter size is 49mm.

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FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens

Very funny lens, with push and pull focus ring. you can see an element moves inside the lens. My main feeling was the weight of the lens, all at the front end of it. So the balance was strange.The OSS of the 90mm macro lens feels very efficiently, auto focus speed is OK but not decisively. Push the button on the lens body will stop auto focus process, it just worked fine. The lens reflection showed a big difference from the 35mm f1.4 lens.

Thanks Cabala!

All images copyrighted and on courtesy of caba1a.com!

February 22, 2015
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A7S + Voigtlander Nokton 35mm 1.2 field test by Daniel Cook.


SAR note: This is a guest post from Daniel Cook and has been first posted on SonyAlphaForum. All images are copyrightet and you can see more of Daniel’s pictures at http://www.danielcook.com and https://www.flickr.com/photos/62198876@N02/.
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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).

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