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September 23, 2014
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Sony A5100 gets DxOmarked.

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A5100 unboxing video by John Sison.

Well, we are talking about a new not so exciting but very “solid” new E-mount camera. It doesn’t WOW you but it does well pretty much everything you will ever need! It’s basically a “cheaper” A6000 version as DxOmark (Click here) writes:

In fact it appears to use the same (A6000 sensor) unit with practically identical imaging performance (and identical AF functionality). Naturally some attractive features of the A6000 are missing, notably the EVF, higher continuous frame rate of up to 11fps and wireless flash control, but if those features aren’t high on your wants list then theA5100 looks like a tempting option.

The camera scores 80 points which is only 2 points behind the A6000 and easily out scores the direct competition like for example the E-M10 and GM1:

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Not bad for such a tiny entry-level cam!

A5100 preorder link list:
A5100 black body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony NL, Sony IT,
A5100 black with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
A5100 white with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony RM-SPR1 Remote Commander with Multi Terminal, 2.6′ Cord at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Brown at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Black at Adorama.

 

September 22, 2014
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This is how much fun you can have while testing Sony A7s slow motion video :)

Those strange guys thought to test the Sony A7s slow motion feature by acting crazy. Well, it’s more funny than many other boring slow motion videos showing water drops, a cat moving around the house or so on :)

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).

September 22, 2014
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First preview of the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Full Frame lens!

Matt Granger is the first guy who was able to take some shots with the new Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 VC Full Frame lens. He tested the lens on a Canon but the lens will be available for A-mount too. The lens has a new “super aspherical” element and Tamron’s goal is to beat the Canon 16-35mm and Nikon 14-24mm lens performance. And the 15-30mm will be cheaper than those (final price yet unknown).

Well, from what we see from Matt’s short testing that lens really looks like a winner. Let’s hope that unlike Sigma we will get the Tamron A-mount version the same day as the Canon and Nikon version release!

Reminder: Full Tamron press release can be read here: sonyalpharumors.com/tamron-announces-the-development-of-the-15-30mm-f2-8-a-mount-lens/

September 22, 2014
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Perfect size comparison of all four new FE lenses (Zeiss, Sony and Loxia).


Click on image to see a large size version. Image courtesy: CameraSize.

If you want to get an idea about the new FE lens size here is a comparison between the Zeiss 16-35mm, Sony 28-135mm, Loxia 35mm and Loxia 50mm lenses. The Loxia is clearly well balanced on the A7 while the Powerzoom…well..don’t think you are going to use that on your A7 or not?

New Sony and Zeiss stuff preorders:
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.
28-135mm powerzoom at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.
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.

September 20, 2014
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New Zeiss 16-35mm RAW image samples (and still selling well in US).

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The Zeiss 16-35mm is still leading the order ranking at Amazon US (full list here).

VeryBigLobo is so kind to share the first RAW file 16-35mm samples freely for download. He also made a quick comparison with the A-mount 16-35mm and says the A-mount lens performed worse and has more smearing on corners. But take such conclusion with a grain of salt. You need proper time and location to make a fair comparison.

Cameras.reviewed shared their hands-on thoughts about the lens and do write:

It’s made of metal, has a pleasant heft, and feels like it’s meant to be used—not just put on a shelf and admired.

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.

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