June 28, 2016
Posted in deals

The great Sony Europe deals roundup

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Germans can save 130 Euro on the Sony A6300 sold by German eBay store CameraDig (Click here). The same store also sells the Sony RX100 for 325 Euro and the 55-210mm E-mount lens for 219 Euro (in both cases lowest price I have ever seen in Germany)

The two new GM lenses are also in Stock at Amazon Germany.

And now two deals on Amazon EU stores. It’s important yoo know that all(!) EU readers can buy from both stores even if it’s a different Amazon Store country:
Save 50 Euro on the new SonY FE 50mm lens sold by Amazon Italy (Click here). Note that all European readers can buy it there!
Save 50 Euro on the SEL1855 lens sold by Amazon Spain (Click here). Note that all European readers can buy it there!

Sony cashback action in UK and Netherland:
Claim up to £60 cashback at WexUK.
Sony Lenzen Promotie Cameranu.nl.

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June 27, 2016
Posted in news

Easycover announced their first Sony protective case for the A6300

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Easycover announced their very first Sony product, the A6300 protective case! Preorders links:
Black A6300 Easycover ar BHphoto and eBay Europe.
Camouflage A6300 Easycover ar BHphoto and eBay Europe.

This is what it does:

“The easyCover camera case protects your camera while it is fully functional. It protects against bumps, scratches, sand and dust. Whether hiking, fishing or just enjoying a calm afternoon outdoors, your camera is secure. Included is a screen protector that prevents your valuable LCD display from getting scratched”

A6300_camo

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June 27, 2016
Posted in reviews

FE 70-300mm review by Photographyblog: “Image sharpness is impressively high across the focal range and at all apertures”

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We haven’t seen many 70-300mm FE tests yet. So let’s read the review just posted by Photographyblog:

The Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS makes a solid case for itself by offering a useful focal range incorporating the longest reach of any E-mount lens, and all in a relatively compact package. Of course the latter is mostly due to the lens’ variable rather than constant aperture, but this is about the only compromise you’ll have to make. Image sharpness is impressively high across the focal range and at all apertures, and while falloff is visible wide open, Sony’s in-camera lens correction automatically and effectively compensates. Sony’s FE 70-200 mm F4 G OSS remains the more pro-focussed choice, but the FE 70-300mm is very capable alternative if you need the extra reach and less bulk.
70-300 store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

It’s not a coincidence the new 70-300mm FE lens is the number one new release in Amazon’s lens category (Click here).

Photographyblog also tested the new 50mm FE lens and the conclusion is less…”exciting” than the 70-300mm FE review:

This lens has been a long time coming for full-frame E-mount cameras, and it certainly makes a welcome addition to Sony’s lens line-up if you’re in the market for a fast, well-priced standard prime that offers excellent image quality.
It is however a pity that next to a Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM or Nikon and AF-S NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8G, the FE 50mm f/1.8’s AF system is primitive, slow and noisy. It’s something that’s even tougher to live with when you consider the Sony lens costs noticeably more than both its Canon and Nikon counterparts. Trouble is, this is simply the price you’ll have to pay, given the complete lack of other budget-conscious options in the FE lens sector.
50mm FE store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

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June 27, 2016
Posted in rumors

Update on the Venus Tilt Shift rumor: I’ts and adapter and not a lens!

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Image of the Laowa 12mm lens which will be available shortly for both A and E-mount folks.

I got an important info about the rumored new TIlt Shift lens from Venus Optics. I have been told this is not a “lens” but a “Tilt Shift adapter” you can fit on the A or E-mount Laowa 12mm f/2.8 lens. The 12mm lens and the adapter project will be launched on Kickstarter soon.

UPDATE: An anonymous source (thanks!) sent me more info: “The Laowa 12/2.8 will be transformed into an E-mount 17mm F4 tilt-shift lens, with equivalent 10mm coverage, and the IQ will suffer very little as it is a specialized converter“.

Note: Just for comparison: The Canon TS-E lenses are quite expensive. But I expect the Venus adapter to be priced lower than those. Here is a video showing how the Canon TS-E lenses do work:

 

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June 27, 2016
Posted in news

Bad news from Sony: Kumamoto factory damage wil lead to shortage on A7-A7r-A7s-A5100-A77II-A99 cameras

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Sony Japan issued an official statement saying. Following the Kumamoto earthquake damage there is a supply issue that will cause a delay on the production of the following cameras:

α7
α7R
α7S
α5100
α77 II
α99

Note that the newer cameras like the second generation A7 camera series and the A63000 are not listed. It’s clear that Sony’s effort is to keep the production alive on their key products.

 

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