October 28, 2013
Posted in reviews

The big A7r with manual lens test roundup: $11,000 Noctilux lens, Voigtlander, Minoltd MD/MC, Canon FD and Zeiss ZM tests.

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One of the most interesting topics running on the web after the A7-A7r announcement is: How well (or bad) do third-party manual rangefinder lenses work on the Sony cameras? We have a couple of new image samples to share and as you will see only extreme wide angle lenses will suffer of vignetting or color shift effects and in very rare cases of corner smearing.

1) Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95:
SAR reader Albert had the chance to take a shot with the $11,000 Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux on the Sony A7r. You can find the full size picture on Flickr (Click here). If you own that lens you will have no problem at all with the A7-A7r. That said, if you had the money to buy that lens that you will also have the money to use it on a Leica M and not a Sony A7…I guess :)
A7R with Voigtlander 12mm, 15mm and 21mm rangefinder lenses mounted by Leo Roos on Flickr (found via Dyxum). As you can see there is vignetting and color shift issue. Easy to fix with Cornerfix. The important thing here is that there is no heavy smearing and detail loss issue!
Leica Noctilux (Click here).

2) Voigtlander 12mm, 15mm and 21mm rangefinder lenses:
Leo Roos on Flickr (found via Dyxum) posted a set of images taken with the A7r with wide angle Voigtlander lens. As you can see as wider as you go more vignetting and color shift issues you will see. But the good news us that there is no heavy smearing and detail loss issue (with the exception of the 15mm lens wide open). It means you can fix the corners by using software like Cornerfix (which by the way is free!). Lenses on eBay:
Voigtlander 12mm (Click here).
Voigtlander 15mm (Click here).
Voigtlander 21mm (Click here).

3) Contax G 28mm f/2.8:
There is an image taken with the A7r on Flickr (Click here). That lens shows significant more smearing on corners. This is something you cannot recover in Postproduction work. A discussion about that photo can be found at Fredmiranda.
Contax G 28mm on eBay (Click here).

4) Minolta MD/MC, Zeiss ZM and Canon FD lenses:
Phillip Reeve tested various old SLR lenses together with Zeiss 55F18 on A7R. Well controlled careful shots, I think.
All shots together:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96189377@N08/sets/72157637021609086/
Separate by lens type:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/96189377@N08/sets/
Lenses on eBay:
Minolta MD (Click here).
Minolta MC (Click here).
Zeiss ZM (Click here).
Canon FD (Click here).

In Short:
– Lenses from 35mm towards will usually work fine.
– The wider you go the more issues you will have. But this also depends from the kind of lens design (telecentric lenses will have less issues). On some lenses you can fix them in postproduction and on some not.
– If you shoot Black and White Color shift is obviously a no-issues
– Vignetting and Color Shift can be corrected. Color smearing no (the detail is gone).

It will be one of our goals on SAR to review third party lenses on the A series cameras. If you have some review you want to share on SAR drop me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

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Support SonyAlphaRumors: After months of FF mirrorless rumor work I would be glad if you can support my work by making your A7-A7r purchase by using these links below. I will earn a small commission and you don’t pay one single penny more! Thanks!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page):
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev
A7 at Digitalrev.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

October 27, 2013
Posted in deals

Updated Sony Europe preorder list (includes France, Spain, Belgium and more…)

Short note to inform European readers that Sony just updated the A7-A7r preorder and tech pages for France, Spain, Belgium, Finland and Norway. Here is the full list to the direct pages – just click on the country code to open it:

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

And preorders are now also available via Digitalrev:
A7r at Digitalrev
A7 at Digitalrev.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

October 27, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony A7r RAW file anlysis by Bart from Leica-Boss.com

Bart from Leica-Boss.com (Click here) sent me the following text:

“There has been some negative feedback about the Sony A7 / A7r RAW files posted on review sites. Reality is that there is serious in-camera processing going on. This post/video shows how the files actually have loads of detail even at ISO 12800. This is pretty long and boring. I like the files coming from these cameras – even at high ISO.”

On the video on top Bart shows you how to work on the Sony A7r RAW files ot get out the most!

P.S.: Iridient digital has released a new version with RAW processing for Sony a7 series!

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Support SonyAlphaRumors: After months of FF mirrorless rumor work I would be glad if you can support my work by making your A7-A7r purchase by using these links below. I will earn a small commission and you don’t pay one single penny more! Thanks!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page):
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev
A7 at Digitalrev.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

October 27, 2013
Posted in reviews

New A7-A7r-RX10-Touit hands-on reports at PDNshow

The video on top has been posted by ThePhoBlographer. It’s Mark Weir talking about the new A7 camera.

ThePhoBlogrpaher also shared the first impressions about the Zeiss Touit 50mm macro and about the RX10 (article here).

Also dpreview posted a couple of pictures. Also SonyAlphaLab posted a longer article about the Sony stand at the show.

Those of you that speak spanish may read the long and very detailed article at DSLRmagazine (google translation here).

SAR reader Richard sent me his PDN impression review:

Just returned from Photo Expo - Here are some first impressions on the A7r:
It’s a nice compact camera, hefty (but not heavy) for it’s size. I was worried that with the center viewfinder, my nose would end up in the screen (using my right eye), but the body was small enough that my nose was to the side of the body. But, I feel that it will be a pain for left eyed people, with the controls and such in the way. The shutter is very loud. No, THE SHUTTER IS VERY LOUD.
But, I was impressed that I was not able to feel any shake or vibration from the shutter, and I felt confident hand holding it at slow speeds. The viewfinder seemed ok, but not exceptional. The autofocus did seem to jump around quite a bit, and the face detection feature only seemed to get in the way, jumping from face to face. The menu was very hard to navigate – when you tried to use the scroll wheel, sometimes the pressure used to turn it, activated the 4 way navigational click feature. Maybe it was just this particular camera. Of course, I was not familiar with the menu structure, so that didn’t help either. The guy next to me had a couple of Leica M lenses, and they seemed to work fine with his adapter, but of course we were not allowed to take any shots and we could not get a magnified view on the screen. One problem with manual focus - with a Sony FE lens, the magnify activates when you touch the focus ring, and stays on for at least two seconds. Also we couldn’t see how to enable it with the Leica lenses (got an error message on the screen about that feature not being supported with that lens). Maybe there is a way, but we couldn’t figure it out, and the Sony rep didn’t know. All in all, I rate it as a maybe purchase for me – there is a lot to like about the camera, but it’s not perfect. It is frustrating – Sony seems to come out with cameras that are just one or two steps away from being great – the biggest negative for me is the loud shutter.
BTW – spoke to the guy at the RX1 counter – asked when the 36mp sensor was going to get put into it – he said that was a question for someone higher up, but he expects Sony would want to put their best technology into the next RX1, if there is one.

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Support SonyAlphaRumors: After months of FF mirrorless rumor work I would be glad if you can support my work by making your A7-A7r purchase by using these links below. I will earn a small commission and you don’t pay one single penny more! Thanks!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page):
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PTWexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT

Asia:
A7r at Digitalrev
A7 at Digitalrev.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

October 26, 2013
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


DSLR Video Capture: David McLain shares why a99 is his main camera

I have to catch up with some non A7-A7r related news. So here is what have been posted in these busy days:

I’m glad that to see that in the last time the 2 riflessifotografici-guys Max and Donato are writing more and more reviews about Sony gear. They definitely know their work! Street photographer Donato wrote a review about the Sony E-Mount Lenses, with plenty of beautiful images shot in the streets of Milan, Rome and Cottanello here (English version). On the other hand Max just posted his RX100II review. He tested the camera on an Italian island and compared it with also with the RX100. Enjoy also this review and the great shots here (English version).

image courtesy: riflessifotografici


Sony NEX-5T review at Photographyblog.
QX100 anlaysis by Quesabesde
Hasselblad Lunar y Steallar at Quesabesde.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX100 review at Digitalversus.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-QX10 review at Digitalversus.
Sony E-Mount Lenses Field Test (Riflessifotografici).
Sony Alpha 3000 review at Pcmag and Photographyblog.

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