July 26, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss Batis news roundup: User reports doens’t read manual and complains about the OLED screen :)



The very first user review at BHphoto (Click here) is negative because the user didn’t get it how to use the manual :). He writes:

“I just received Zeiss Batis 85mm. Well, the OLED just stopped working. I am returning it. So so disappointed.”

But as our reader Aldro noticed this is not a fault on the Zeiss lens:

Something tells me that guy didn’t read the manual. I had mine ‘die’ on my first day of my hands on review too. It didn’t die. I just turned the focus ring too far and somehow the setting switched it off. You can configure the display by turning the focus ring very far. It’s described in the manual.

ThePhoBlographer posted a first impression review:

“So far, we’re really liking the image quality that this lens can deliver. But we have a lot more testing to do. Autofocusing with this lens seems to be the way to go over manual focusing in the current weather conditions as we stated earlier.”

Zeiss Batis 25mm semi Review with alot of photos by Albert Dros. Discussion on SonyAlphaForum.

A beautiful lens that without a doubt will sell very well. It’s beautifully designed both inside and outside. It’s tack sharp wide open from corner to corner, suffers from little distortion (without lens profiles for LR) and little CA.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

July 26, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.

Miguel Quiles
I managed to get my hands on the Zeiss Batis 85mm 1.8 last week and used it at my “Dramatic Portrait” class at Adorama. The lens feels well built, focus is quick and is one of the sharpest native lenses I’ve used so far! Here’s an example shot taken at f/1.8.

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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July 25, 2015
Posted in reviews

First Underwater Shots with Sony FE 90mm F/2.8 macro. Nude pics shooting with the A7.


SAR reader Phil Rudin posted the First Underwater Shots with Sony FE 90mm F/2.8 macro on SonyAlphaForum (Click here).
And SAR reader Michael shot some beautiful Sony A7 nude pictures with the $10,000 Leica Noctilux-M 50mm f/0.95 ASPH (here on eBay). You can see one (no nude) picture on SonyAlphaForum (Click here). On the site you will find the link to the complete picture collection (warning the collection contains nude images).

90mm links:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, eBay US (Click here).
In Europe at Fotomundus, Amazon Germany, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

July 25, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…(Gatorade commercial shot on the FS7)

Gatorade: “From Running Away to Moving Forward”
from Luminary Visuals on Vimeo (Shot on the Fs7).

Andy (Gatorade video on top):we think the ad serves as a great example of the high level of work that can be done today with a low budget, in large part thanks to the abundance of incredible shooting equipment available for such a low cost.

Today Gold Box deal on the Intenso Micro SDXC 64GB at Amazon Germany (Click here and scroll the horizontal deal bar).
Sony A7 and Minolta 35-70mm review by Philip Reeve.
Took my a6000 and a7ii to a f1 race for work (SonyAlphaForum).
LOL: THere is a man inside the raptorsuite (Dinosaursart).

Ben:There are often claims, that the Raw File compression used in ARW files (c-raw) yields Issues for high contrast capturing like nightsky photography. I want to show, that this niche problem can be overcome and that night sky photography can even be achieved with the venerable RX100M2.
Below you have the links to the original and the developed version of the Image. I used “expose to the right” technique and pulled down the image brightness in post by over 5 stops before starting the rest
of the development. I do not want to say that Raw Compression is a non issue but I want to encourage people to deal with limitations of their camera. Most of the time limitations can teach you a lot about photography.
original: http://WDMyCloud.device2088953.wd2go.com:80/api/1.0/rest/file_contents/Public/Shared%20Pictures/_DSC8239-2.jpg?device_user_id=15291585&request_auth_code=18b8e930099060017c01dffea53d053e1506bec891537fd4bb96a98c875b1228
developed: http://WDMyCloud.device2088953.wd2go.com:80/api/1.0/rest/file_contents/Public/Shared%20Pictures/_DSC8239.jpg?device_user_id=15291585&request_auth_code=c476c043aa43d18a93df7c8e6c04713bdf1105c94784f61faece68c12758b36c

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