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August 1, 2015
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Speculation: Next 85mm f/1.4 G lens to be trimmed for bokeh like the Minolta STF lens?

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The Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF lens[/shoplink] (image Photozone).

One source told us the next Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE lens will be trimmed for extreme bokeh. So let me speculate a bit: It may be possible that this will be the first Sony STF lens after the 135mm f/2.8 STF (here on eBay).

Photozone explains well why this 135mm lens is so special:

The lens has a so-called apodisation optics using one APD element. APD elements resemble neutral density filters which become thicker the more you move towards the perimeter thus reducing the amount of light passing through. Out-of-focus circles are therefore (comparatively) defined in the center but are gradually loosing light towards the edges thus producing a very silky bokeh (out-of-focus blur) – the primary sense of existence of this lens.

as a result

The Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T/4.5] STF is the ultimate cream machine. Regarding the quality of its bokeh (out-of-focus blur) it outclasses all other lenses tested to date so if this is a #1 priority for you just bow to the inevitable and go for it to enjoy images as smooth as silk. That said it doesn’t stop here. The lens is extremely sharp even at max. aperture and neither vignetting, distortion nor lateral CAs are something to worry about in field conditions. 

Sounds great…and expensive(!) if Sony will really make such a lens…

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July 31, 2015
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First Sony A7rII High ISO comparison with A7r and Canon 5dmarkIII.

Jon Roberts (jonroberts.co.uk) posted a full High ISO A7rII-A7r-5dMarkII comparison chart at SonyAlphaForum (Click here). Full size image can also be seen on Flickr. Add your A7rII impressions on the official SonyAlphaForum A7rII impressions thread!

Question: So what do you think about the A7rII High ISO performance? And more importantly, why should anyone buy a Canon now? LOL :)

More A7rII tidbits:
A7R II – universal solution, lens challenge (David Kilpatrick).
A7rII German Help Guide (pdf here).
new unboxing video by John Roberts on Youtube.
Plenty of new A7rII test videos by Wayne’s got G.A.S. on Youtube.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

July 22, 2015
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(SR5) Trusted source: Yes, Sony will launch a 85mm G lens soon.

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The same trusted source who shared the 100% correct Zeiss Batis lens specs contacted me to confirm that Sony will launch a new “85mm G lens” this year. He didn’t share any more detail but other sources said the lens should have a f/1.4 aperture and very creamy bokeh performance.

I only have one very small doubt: The source didn’t actually tell me if the lens is A or E-mount. I just suppose he meant E-mount based on the roadmap we have from Sony. I hope the source will correct me if I am wrong!

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July 21, 2015
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(SR2) Some A7000 specs from an anonymous source.

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This is from an anonymous source. Rarely these kind of rumors turns out to be correct. But I thought the specs look so good you may tell me if you would really buy such a camera! This is what the source said:

Still ironing out the last kinks is needed, but it is likely to be announced soon. A possible date would be aug/sep.
•    The specifications showcase
•    Upgrade of the widely famed APS-C alpha6000
•    Newly developed 24MP sensor featuring backside illumination for increased sensitivity.  
•    In sensor HDR function including video for dynamic range up to 15.5EVs
•    196 phase detect auto focus points
•    Blazing 16fps continuous autofocus burst rate
•    Unlimited 4k video recording
•    Refined pop out  XGA OLED Tru-Finder
•    180 degree tilting 2.36M Dot  LCD monitor
•    Weather-Resistant Magnesium Alloy Body

By default the Camera will come with a new and improved Kit lens featuring 16-50mm F2.4-3.6
The camera set will be targeted to the professional consumer demanding uncompromised image quality in a small body. The target retail price will be set at1499$

Sounds good…if true!

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