April 25, 2015
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Samyang 135mm f/2 first impressions and samples (Guest post by Tomasz Kałużny).

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This is a Guest post from Tomasz Kałużny. The text and images are copyrighted and have been reposted on SAR from the orginal authors site Darkshape.

Samyang 135mm f/2 first impressions and samples
by Tomasz Kałużny

Today I had a rare pleasure to lay my hands on an extraordinary lens: Samyang 135mm f/2. Thanks to the guys at infoto.pl who made this possible. It’s one of the latest releases from Samyang and I have been waiting for this for quite some time since the lens had a pretty good word of mouth right from the moment it was announced.

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April 25, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


PXW-FS7 4K Sample contents “Wedding”

Double Gold Box today in Germany: A6000 at 14:00 (via DL) and A7 at 18:00 (via DL). Real deal price can be seen only starting from that exact hour.
Save £50 on the Sony A6000 + 16-50mm Lens in black using voucher code SONYA6000 (Jessops UK).
Zeiss Loxia 35mm and 50mm – Superb Performers (Photographylife).
Extended battery operation (SonyAlphaForum).
5 axis stabilisation of the Sony A7 II and the OM-D E-M1 (Mirrorlessons).
My first weeding with A7s (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony NAB booth (Sony Facebook).
Atomos Shogun firmware update adds Expanded RAW compatibility for the Sony FS series.

Christopher:Sony A6000 + Sigma 30mm f/2.8 EX DN E + Gimp processing + Rouen cathedral bells recorded using the A6000. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dK8iB_h2cs

Jose: “I am very glad to announce to you that my “Colossus” image, made with a Sony a77, has won the third prize of the “TIPA Photo Trophy 2015″, part of the famous “Trierenberg Super Circuit & Special Themes Circuit 2015″. URL for the image: http://www.joseramos.com/portfolio-image/colossus/ or https://www.facebook.com/joseramosphotography/photos/

April 24, 2015
Posted in deals

$400 off on the Sony A99 at Amazon and Uniquephoto.

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The Sony A99 just got a $400 off and sells for $1,598 at Amazon (via Uniquephoto) and Uniquephoto (Click here). And the Open Box A77II sells as low as $797 at Henrys (Click here). Quite some rebates on A-mount stuff!

Thanks SAR reader Adam for spotting this!

P.S.: There is yet no rumor about any new A-mount FF camera announcement in May-June.

April 24, 2015
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Zeiss says new Batis lenses are focus by wire like all other Sony/Zeiss FE lenses.

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SAR reader Luke managed to get an answer from Zeiss whether the new Batis lens line have focus by wire or not. Zeiss answered that:

The Batis lenses have “focus by wire”. Like the same innovative focusing features like the Sony/Zeiss FE type lenses. To allow quick and also precise manual focusing with an AF lens,  the focusing distance will change according to the speed you turn the focusing ring. If you prefer mechanically coupled focusing rings, the LOXIA lenses might be the best solution for you.

Thanks Luke for sharing Zeiss answer!

The four mew A and E-mount Zeiss lens preorders:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.

April 24, 2015
Posted in news

Sony says: “cameras with a translucent mirror are not forgotten”.

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Image courtesy Optyczne

The polish site Optyczne was present at the London press conference from Sony. They report:

During the presentation the speaker pointed out the continuous development of Sony Alpha DSLR system and emphasized that despite strong offensive on the mirrorless market  cameras with a translucent mirror are not forgotten.

The sideshow title was “Sony maintains commitment to A-mount“.

Yesterday Sony showed the two new A-mount lenses and their two new 30x cameras at the event (See image samples at Fotopolis). There was no “hint” at all about a possible new A-mount camera coming soon. For all we know new E-mount and RX cameras “only” are coming in May-June.

New A and E-mount lens preorders:
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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