July 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

BHphoto Batis hands-on. 25mm Batis review at Mirrorlessons.


BHphoto posted that Zeiss Batis 25mm & 85mm Lenses First Look video. The store also shipped out the first preorders to SAR readers but they are now all sold out. The next Stock is supposed to arrive sometimes in mid August. I guess we will have to be very patient just like it happened with the still not in Stock Loxia lenses.

Mirrorlessons posted the full Batis 25mm FE lens review and writes:

The Zeiss Batis 25mm is yet another great lens for the Sony FE system. It isn’t perfect and vignetting can be the most annoying thing to deal with especially on the A7r. There is also some perspective and barrel distortion that can be easily fixed in post-production. Otherwise, it provides great sharpness, is perfectly usable at f/2 and has an excellent bokeh rendering when you focus close. It has a fast autofocus mechanism and the OLED screen can be useful for astrophotographers.

Alexander Voss:Real raw’s from the 7r and the brand new batis. Feel free to share. Best greetings. Alexander https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k3ius8dvwvpd1ca/AAALi78kenwjVcAK1141spuRa?dl=0

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.

Loxia in Stock:
Kenmore camera has the 50mm Loxia (Click here) and the 35mm Loxia (Click here) in Stock.

July 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7rII full size image samples (including RAW).


New Zealand photographer Carl posted new A7rII full size image samples on Flickr (Click here). There is also one single RAW file you can download at Proimagenz. He writes about the A7rII:

I had the chance to spend about an hour with the camera today so thought I would blog some very brief thoughts as my time is limited tonight.
Viewfinder – Terrfic, much bigger then the previous versions and really enjoyable in use.
Shutter –  MUCH better, really well dampened and silent shutter is precisely that, no sound at all, nada. Yay!
Feel – as you would expect if your a A7II user. Although this camera does feel a little more nuggety due to its more metal construction. I like it.
Focus – is everything its previewed it would be. With native lenses it is swift, broad and (as far as I can tell initially) accurate.
Adapted lenses – Wow! Incredible! Using Canon EF lenses with the Metabones III the focus was just like a native Canon camera. Very fast and torquey. No backwards and forwards like previous models. I also used the Commlite adaptor which wasnt nearly as quick sadly. Still fairly good and highly usable but not in the same league as the Metabones thusfar.

via Dpreview.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

July 24, 2015
Posted in news

“Saker Falcon lite” Canon EF to E-mount adapter coming in August!


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DEO Techart launched a special teaser site (Click here) for their new Canon EF to Sony E-mount adapter.  UPDATE: We have been notified that this adapter will NOT have a translucent mirror. because of development reasons the translucent version release has been delayed til next year.
That non.translucent version called “Saker Falcon lite” will be announced in August. A first picture of the adapter has been published by SAR few weeks ago (see below). Deo Techart already sells plenty of other Sony adapters on eBay (Click here). Including the unique Contax G autofocus E-mount adapter (Click here).


July 24, 2015
Posted in deals

Batis lenses in Stock in Europe. UK readers rebate on the 16-35mm FE.


The German Store Petzval has the new Batis lenses in Stock with Europe wide shipping:
85mm Batis at Petzval eBay (Click here).
25mm Batis at Petzval eBay (Click here).

And UK readers have a big price drop on the Zeiss FE 16-35mm Lens at Amazon UK (Click here).

July 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

DxO reviews the new 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II lens.


DxOmark (Click here) posted the full test results of the new 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II lens:

As with its sibling, the new lens coatings have had a somewhat mixed effect on the sharpness levels across the field. While it has improved uniformity at 70mm, there are several instances where sharpness levels have dropped. It’s particularly noticeable at 50mm in the mid and outer field position. Overall, though, the lens is good performer. The addition of AF compatibility with the contrast detection AF capabilities of the E-mount cameras (using an optional adapter) and the weather sealing are significant benefits over its predecessor.

The new Zeiss A-mount lenses are in Stock in USA:
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in USA at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.


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