September 19, 2014
Posted in news

Hands-on pics with the E-mount Zhongyi 42.5mm f/1.2, 24mm f/1.7, 50mm f/0.95 and 35mm f/0.95 lenses.

ePhotozine posted a full set of pictures with four(!) E-mount lenses. These are made for APS-C cameras:

24mm f/1.7:
Minimum focus distance of 15cm. 9 elements in 8 groups and uses ED lenses in order to minimise chromatic aberrations. It weights just 246g. Price $289.

35mm f/0.95
This is a relaunch of the already known Mitakon 35mm 0.95 (here on eBay). The lens features 10 elements in 7 groups, with 10 blades and 30cm min focus. It will be available for 799 USD.

42,5mm f/1.2
7 elements in 9 groups. Price $349.

50mm f/0.95
It will be available for 899 USD.

Pictures at ePhotozine

September 18, 2014
Posted in news

Sony misses the financial forecast target…again (mobile business struggling).

Bloomberg reports that Sony said it would post a net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion) this fiscal year because it was writing down the value of its faltering smartphone business. ony widened its net loss forecast and said it won’t pay an annual dividend for the first time since its 1958 listing.
Sony’s mobile division is squeezed between the Appls/Samsung premium smartphone leaders and the new “Chinese” low cost smartphone companies. Sony probably should look over at Panasonic’s excellent CM1 if they want to grab some attention on their Xperia line. The New York Times reports:

Sony said it would focus more on its phones on the higher end and cut the number of phones in its midrange lineup. It also said it would change the strategy for the division. Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s president and chief executive, said at a news conference Wednesday that the company would cut the division’s work force by 15 percent, or about 1,000 workers.

Anyhow, this bad news has nothing to do with the imaging business which is doing pretty fine! I think at worse Sony will have to get rid of the smartphone division but sincerely, I don’t think this will happen.

 

September 18, 2014
Posted in news

New Zeiss Loxia video. And Zeiss Loxia de-click key costs $28!

Today Zeiss posted that new Loxia Lens video. Didn’t know you need a special Zeiss key to “De-Click” the lenses. Checked the preorder stores and indeed you can now preorder the key (for $28), the hood and cap for the new Loxia lenses too:

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

September 18, 2014
Posted in deals

NEX-5T double lens kit for $449 is ending tomorrow! And more ref. Sony deals.

Sony and Secondipity are selling great refurbished Sony stuff. One of them is ending in a few hours: NEX-5T with bag and two(!) lenses for $449 on eBay US (Click here).

Here are the other deals:
Sony A7 for $1,399 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 55mm FE for $874 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm FE for $999 on eBay US (Click here).
Distagon 24mm for 984 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-5T with kit lens for $349 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-6 for $324 on eBay US (Click here).

A full list of refurbished cameras and lenses can be seen on SonyStore (Click here).

September 18, 2014
Posted in news

Matt Granger great quest: What’s the future for A-mount?

Well, I am happy to see that I am not the only one have big “???” over the A-mount future. Matt Granger made this great video to try to give us an answer about that question. Well Sony officially says:

1) A-mount body and lens development will continue. But they cannot share any details about the future roadmap.
2) E-mount has a roadmap because it’s anew system and they need to create confidence. While A-mount is already a “mature” system therefore no roadmap is needed.

But as Matt noticed it’s very strange Sony did not show A-mount stuff at all during Photokina. No A77II, the two A99 camera hidden…why don’t you wanna promote those Sony?

P.S.: Thanks Matt for your work! I am very curious to read SAR readers comments on your video :)

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