October 16, 2013
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UPDTED: Technical issue on comment system (new SAR installation this afternoon)

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For some yet not known reasons the WordPress software on which SonyAlphaRumors runs is having issued with filtering spam and comments. If the problem can’t be solved the next couple of hours at noon (12:00 CET) we will make a complete new installation of WordPress. This means:
1) for now no comments go through
2) The site may be offline for 1-2 hours this afternoon

As long as I can I will post news on SAR. Thanks for your understanding.

 

UPDATE: There is indeed a worldwide issue with wordpress: https://twitter.com/DoRoyalHost/status/390699640233795584

October 16, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony A7r-A7-RX10 image and video samples! And lens MTF graph.

Many of you will be struggling if they should get the A7 or the A7r. And than you have to choose a lens too. Here is a list of links that may help you to decide:

A7r
On top you can see a first video sample shot with the A7r. But I guess that if you are a video shooter you better grab the A7 (for phase detection). You san see some full size image samples at Sony.net (Click here). A Hands-on review at ePhotozine (Click here).

A7
Here are the A7 image samples (Sony.net).

RX10
And here some RX10 image and video samples (Sony.net).

FE lenses:
1) Zeiss 24-70mm image samples and MTF graph (Sony.net)
2) Sony G 28-70mm image samples (Sony.net)
3) Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 image samples and MTF graph (Sony.net)
4) Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 image samples and MTF graph (Sony.net)
5) Sony G 70-200mm image samples (Sony.net)

Personal note: I had a hard time choosing between the two but I opted for the…A7r :)

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page / some links via Dealsrunner):
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
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, FI, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, FI, FR, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, FI, FR, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE.
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE.

October 16, 2013
Posted in deals

Full updated preorder list for the new Sony A7, A7r, RX10, lenses and accessories.

A7r vs D800e. Image courtesy: Camerasize.

I updated the preorder list with the links you sent me. According to Amazon US (Click here) the A7 and A7r will ship on December 1. Let’s hope there is no delay!

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page / some links via Dealsrunner):
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS, Samys.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS, Samys.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS, Samys.
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, FI, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, FI, FR, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, FI, FR, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE.
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE.

October 16, 2013
Posted in reviews

Top A7-A7r news: Field test in Haiti, first image samples, M-mount lens test, ripped A7 pic, event images.

Size comparison by Vlad (Thanks!)

The Full Frame for the masses is now here! The A7 and A73 (presentation page here at Amazon) are creating quite a buzz on the web. Here is a list of must read articles:

Brian Smith: Great field test with many image samples!
Sony Japan: Full size A7r image samples (image one, image two and image three).
Luminous Landscape: has one image sample and short hands-on description.
Blog Sina: It is the only site having posted A7r image samples. It includes some pics take with Zeiss ZM lenses. The photographer noted that the 21mm Biogon does indeed show some vignetting and color shifting on corners.
Photoclubalpha: Thoughts by David Kilpatrick.
Ming Thein: His view on the A7 series announcement.
Imaging Resource: Hands-on by Dave Etchells (scroll down to see read his hands-on).
EosHD: RX10 has one new kilelr feature…5K readout!
Singlag: A7 and A7R with Zeiss 35/2.8 +55/1.8 with 100% crop with NR off
Dearsusans: What we learned from the A7 launch…

Editor’s note: All future E-mount cameras will have the Alpha/RX menu. By bye NEX menu! And the even bigger news is that there will be no more camera branded as “NEX”. By bye NEX!

I updated the preorder list and included many more links:

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada (Click on store name to see direct preorder page / some links via Dealsrunner):
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
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, FI, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, FI, FR, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, FI, FR, WexUK, WexDE.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE.
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE.

And these pics are from SAR reader Rowland (Thanks you too!). It’s from a Sony event in Asia. You can see the ripped A7 and a Leica comparison. Click on image to enlarge:

One more comparison by Vlad. That time with grip attached:

October 16, 2013
Posted in news

Five primes for the A7-A7r coming in two months form Samyang!

The Full Frame 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for NEX

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We all like the A7-A7r but the biggest problem is the limited and expensive lens range. But Samyang announced that they will release five prime lenses for the new FF E-mount system within…two months! Here are the primes that will be released:

Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC

These lenses will be manual focusing, cheap and deliver a high quality performance. Right what we need! The only issue…these lenses are actually designed for DSLR cameras and what they will do is just to make them E-mount. It means lenses will be big. A proper E-mount designed lens would have been smaller and more likeable.

Currently Samyang already offers four Cine E-mount FF lenses:
14mm T3.1 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).
24mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).
35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).
85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E sold as Samyang (eBay), Rokinon (eBay), Bower (eBay).

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PRESS TEXT:

Krakow, October 16th 2013 – Samyang informs about the release of a new series of Samyang lenses for Sony E mount.

Within two months Samyang lenses, appreciated by both of professionals and amateur photographers, will be also available with Sony E-mount. High quality optics, that makes Korean products famous across the world, will please not only DSLR cameras owners, but also users of Sony NEX and Alpha family. Series will be available with the following focal lengths:

  • Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC
  • Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
  • Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC

All lenses guarantee high quality image with simultaneously high aperture. Use of lenses made of special optical glass along with aspherical elements allow to effectively eliminate optical defects, together with care of the highest performance.

Samyang Sony E-mount series will allow all Sony NEX owners to fully experience high quality optics without additional adapters. Giving the fact, that lenses are prepared for 35mm format, they will perfectly work with not only APS-C cameras, such as Sony NEX 7, but also with the newest Sony Alpha 7R and Sony Alpha 7.

At the moment Samyang provides VDSLR series with Sony NEX mount, which has been designed especially for videomaking purposes:

  • Samyang 14mm T3.1 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang 24mm T1.5 ED AS IF UMC
  • Samyang 35mm T1.5 AS IF UMC
  • Samyang 85mm T1.5 AS IF UMC

All constructions mentioned above are not only the highest class of optics providing best quality image, but also casing and mechanics built in a view to filmmakers requirements. They can easily be used with popular DSLR cameras having the function of recording, and they are also available for Sony E cameras. This creates a chance to use them with Sony NEX-VG900, NEX-VG30, NEX FS100E or older types without additional adapters.
Find out more about Samyang products on our company website:
www.samyang-europe.com

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