May 13, 2015
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Zeiss Batis uses white PMOLED for clarity under direct sunlight.

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The Zeiss name gets displayed at camera startup on the white PMOLED

The new Zeiss Batis FE lenses are the worldwide first lenses with a white PMOLED screen on it. If you ever wondered what the heck a “Pmoled” is here comes the explanation:
Normal OLED TV’s use active-matrix addressing schemes because it allows for higher resolution and larger display sizes. But the new Zeiss Batis lenses have white PMOLED screens that use Passive matrix addressing just like ePaper Tablets (read Amazon Kindle). It means they offer an increased brightness and clarity in direct sunlight. This means you don’t have to worry that you might not read the screen in daylight!

Quick note: Few Loxia 35mm in Stock in USA via Poppflash (Click here).

Both lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

 

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May 13, 2015
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(SR4) A6xxx could be announced the days between 20-23 May.

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At last we have a more “solid” info about the possible new E-mount camera launch!

A long time trusted source contacted me to say that there is going to be a public E-mount event the days between May 20 and May 23. He has no details about the new camera(s) specs but it’s likely that Sony will announce a new A6xxx camera. He cannot confirm if the A7x (A7rII) camera will be announced on the same event although he is sure it’s coming soon.

A second source has been told by a Sony rep that the new A6xxx will replace the NEX-7 too. Don’t know if that means the A6xxx will get the tri-navi controls.

A third trusted source confirmed there is a Sony camera announcement scheduled for late May.

I will now try to get the exact launch date of the A6100 and A7rII. And be sure to subscribe our brand new newsletter to get an email when there is a hot leak about the new cameras:

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May 13, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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6 DIY Photography Filters With Everyday Items

FE 16-35mm F4 ZA OSS – Great for Architecture (SonyAlphaForum).
Sigma 10-20mm and Sigma 150-500mm lenses are now officially discontinued (Sigmarumors).
New Sea & Sea Housing for Sony a7 Mark II (Diveguide).
My 7 Favourite Sony A7s Accessories (Cinema5D).
‘Full-Frame’ With The Sony A7 II – Really Rather Good But With Issues (Soundimagesplus).
Manual lenses on the Alpha 7 series – beginners guide (SonyAlphaForum).

Gabriel:Hello i just want to share my work experience with sony stuff. https://m.flickr.com/#/photos/gabriel-thibaud/

Ivar:I stumbled on a video of magnum photographer and legend Eli Reed on a promotional video for South Korea photographing with Sony A7 series camera’s: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q6-r9ZJzO4s. There are more Magnum legend promoting South Korea but he is the first I see with Sony. It’s great to learn from the pro’s. Have fun

Samys: “Sony expands the ability to test drive and use their equipment at an upcoming shooting event at a local Malibu Vineyard with Samy’s Camera in Los Angeles on May 17th.  A Sony Artisan will be in attendance to provide guidance and assistance to achieve the best image results.  With the recent introduction of additional new full frame lenses the a7 series cameras will continue to gain momentum and be the choice over traditional DSLR’s.  The web link to participate in this shooting event is below. http://samysphotoschool.com/courses/malibu-wines-landscape-photography-workshop/
Malibu Wines Landscape Photography Workshop
May 17, 3:00 pm – 8:30 pm
Hosted by Samys Photo School & Sony.

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May 12, 2015
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$600 off on the Sony-refurbished A7s (with 90 days warranty).

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You save $600 on that officially from Sony refurbished Sony A7s sold by Secondipity on Amazon US (Click here) and eBay US (Click here). It comes with a full 90 day warranty too. It really looks like Sony itself is no more selling refurbished stuff on their own Sony Store US site and outsourced all sales to Secondipity.

Adorama also sent me this new Sony deal list:
SHX50 Deal: $273.00 after $125 Instant Rebate at Adorama (Click here).
W830 Deal: $88.00 after $40 Instant Rebate at Adorama (Click here)
While supplies last: $15.99 for the A5000 and A5100 Form Fitting case at Adorama (Click here)
While supplies last: $24.99 for the A5000 and A5100 Body case at Adorama (Click here)
While supplies last: $39.00 for Sonu mirrorless cameras Active Sling Bag at Adorama (Click here)

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May 12, 2015
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35mm FE Distagon “is exceptional” (Admiringlight). 28mm FE “good performer considering the small size” (Philip Reeve)

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Image courtesy: Adminringlight

Adminringlight compared the Sony Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 vs. Fuji XF 23mm f/1.4 and writes:

It’s easy to see that the FE 35mm f/1.4 is exceptional. It takes an extremely good Fuji 23mm f/1.4 and makes it look mediocre in comparison.  Zeiss has done something rather incredible with the lens.

Philip Reeve (German text version at SystemKameraForum) tested the 28mm FE lens and writes:

Optically it is a very good performer. The center is very sharp from f/2 with nice contrast and unusually smooth bokeh. What I find very remarkable about the lens is it’s size. It is much harder to design a small lens with such a good performance, the lens diagram tells us that Sony used a lot of special glass to achieve it. And of course they also allowed for a high amount of distortion but I think this was a good decision, because any other parameter like lower sharpness or bigger size would have been harder to digest.

Zeiss 35mm FE Distagon store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Sony 28mm FE store links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

Zeiss Batis preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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May 12, 2015
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New A-mount lenses will ship from June 16 in USA and June 24 in Europe.

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Both new A-mount Zeiss zoom lenses will ship from June 16 according to Amazon US. and June 24 in Europe (Sony DE), First image samples can be seen on the Bulgarian Alphaforum (Click here). And here is the update preorder list which now includes US and EU links.

The four mew A and E-mount Zeiss lens preorders:
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in USA at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in EU at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, PT, CH, AT, NL, BE, SE, FI, NO.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, PT, CH, AT, NL, BE, SE, FI, NO.
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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May 12, 2015
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UPDATE: Zeiss made a typo. A7rII images are shot with A7II :)

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UPDATED: Zeiss just posted new Batis images samples on their Flickr account (Click here). They first marked the fotos with A7rII but then they said on their FB page that it was just a typo. Not sure if it really was a typo because they erased the full EXIF data of those “A7rII” images…

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Both lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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