May 3, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Full list of todays Gold Box deals at,, Bhphoto, eBay and
Sony Alpha 7 Aktion: Bis zu 80 EUR Rabatt auf ausgewählte Objektive at
New Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G Captures The Angels (Alphauniverse).
Wireless Intervalometer a7Rii (SonyAlphaForum).
Rx10m3 image samples at Photographyblog
MUST LEARN Sony A7Sii Hack! Shoot 4K in Super 35 Mode! (Noba Tech).

Geekanoids:my Sony FDR-AX53 unboxing with your readers

Raoul:Today I’m writing to you because I’d love to show you this creative music video made entirely using a Sony a7sii and a set of Zeiss Prime CP2. I think the result is amazing and clearly shows how the combination of the two (camera and lenses) can actually make the difference. I thought you might be interested in share it with all Sony a7s and Zeiss fans.

Cheyne:I just finished a film that was the ultimate test for cold weather, damp, and dirty conditions. It was an expedition to Baffin Island. I shot with the Sony A7, fe24-70 and voigtlander 15mm (second version).

May 2, 2016
Posted in deals

Save $550 on the reconditioned Sony A7sII (with US warranty)


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You save $550 on the reconditioned Sony A7rII sold at Amazon US (Click here). it comes with 90 day Sony US warranty. And here are some more recontidioned deals:
Save $260 on the RX100m2 (Click here).
Save $215 on the FE 70-200mm (Click here).
Save $130 on the RX100m4 (Click here).

There is a major Sandisk SD card rebate at Adorama (Click here to see all discounted cards). This includes a $45 off on the huge 512 GB card!
Grey imported Sony A7s sells with a $700 discount on eBay (1 year US seller warranty).
The Sigma MC-11 adapter is in Stock for the first time at Amazon US (Click here).
Voigtlander 15mm III FE lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).
$170 off on the Sony FE 24-240mm at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty).
$600 off on the Sony A7sII at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty).
Sony US officially reduced the A7II price. It’s now $200 off in all US stores like Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Also the first generation A7 got a $100 discount and sells for $998 at Amazon (Click here).
The 85mm GM lens is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here).

May 2, 2016
Posted in rumors

(SR1) Rumor roundup…(A7m3, RX100m5 and Sigma E-mount).


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Here are a couple of rumors I got from anonymous sources. Those are not from trusted and known sources. They rarely are true but sometimes it happens some of those are spot on (it did happen with the A6300 and RX1rII specs lately). So let’s just read those and see if one of them will become true or not:

– release was set for June, however in light of the DL series camera’s the release is in doubt however Sony is confident that what was already planned is still superior to the Nikon offering.
– Hybrid AF will be a feature 179 Phase detect points and 135 Contrast detect points
– Continuous AF bursts 40 FPS
– EVF magnification will be 0.7x (big improvement)
– 24-80 F1.8 – F2.8 lens (longer)
– low light focus down to -4 EV
– Grip will be introduced

Great news!!  RX100 IV is come!! Only improvement I aware is PDAF to compete with Nikon DL cams for C-AF, improv EVF magnification, and same focal length but slightly faster f1.4 – 2.8.

Second confirmation I have is from Sigma regarding production of a 24mm f1.4 APS-C e-mount development. This will not happen as the recently announced MC11 adaptor can fit the existing 24mm sigma for canon lens. I did get confirmed however that for the MC11 adapter an official firmware update is coming to allow it to be used with the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 lens.

I got a peak behind a curtain at the CeBit today:
The A7 M3 will be likely announced in April/May with a great feature set.
The newly developed 22MP sensor features world fastest FF autofocus system. The Exomer RS sensor will also feature vastly increased readout speeds. It was designed with both still image and video image quality in mind.
This results in expected features of full sensor readout for all video modes (including 4k). Optionally pixel binning and line skipping can be activated for stunning slow motion video recording at native resolutions.

May 2, 2016
Posted in reviews

New Batis 18mm lens test by 3Dkraft: “This lens is simply amazing!”


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Image courtesy: 3Dkraft

3Dkraft writes:

The Batis 2.8/18 demonstrates an impressive level of optical performance that can be achieved in a compact and lightweight mirrorless full-frame system. Although at the time of this writing there are no lens correction profiles available in Lightroom / Adobe Camera Raw for this super wide angle Batis, I see no demand for it as the results were almost free from distortion and vignetting. Only at open aperture you may see a need to correct some minimal CA at extreme contrast edges. Resolution, contrast and color richness are excellent even when you shoot against direct sun light. The autofocus works fast and reliable, it may be helpful especially at open aperture when playing with depth of field in the close-up range. This lens is simply amazing!

BAtis 18mm hands-on videos:
Zeiss Batis 18 f/2.8 initial impressions by Artur Kociola on Youtube.
Zeiss Batis 2.8/18 – 18mm Super Weitwinkel mit f2.8 an der Sony a7II – on Youtube
Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 Lens Unboxing & Quick Look by Digitalrev on Youtube.

Batis 18mm store links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

May 2, 2016
Posted in rumors

UPDATE: Zeiss will NOT(!) announce any new lens next week



Zeiss teased an event on Twitter. They write:

“Well, well! We have prepared something very special for you. Stay tuned! More to come next week.

UPDATE: We just elarned from solid source that this is not an event for a new lens launch!!! So don’t expect any new lens to be announced next week!

found via Mirrorlessrumors (Thanks Jason M.).


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