September 15, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony FE 70-200 f4 – Photoshoot REVIEW by Matt Granger

First time out wih the FE16-35 (SonyAlphaForum).
Chromasira RX100m4 test videos on Youtube: One, Two, Three, Four, Five and Six.
Generating 3D-images in the 19th century (TheNakedCamera).
Sony RX10 II First Shots posted! Take a look at the new stacked-sensor high-speed superzoom (Imaging Resource).

Martin Wagner:My SloMo-Tutorial for the RX10M2 and RX100M4 …in German, but a lot of clips and the Menu…enjoy!

Alex:I am planning to shoot an indie feature film and I started to do some gear testing. Because of budget and features (codec, touch screen focus…) one of my main options is the A5100.
I heard a lot about the overheating issues, but sadly there is very little accurate information in the internet besides some random comments. So I put together a little video to show some real data before deciding whether or not buying an external recorder because of that. I hope it can be useful to some other Sony (future or current) users in case you want to share it on your “Tidbits” section.
Here is the link:

September 14, 2015
Posted in deals

First Batis 25mm lens via third party reseller at Amazon (overpriced!).


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The very first Batis 25mm is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) via third party resellers. It ships directly from Japan and you have to pay quite a price to get it! Let’s hope this means Zeiss will start to ship the very early May preorders soon too.

New Batis reviews:
DearSusans reviewed the 25mm Batis and writes:

“It’s easy to see why Zeiss ran out of these sweeties so quickly. In this short period of ownership, there was nothing but good stuff to write about. In truth, the new AF and build place a question mark over long-term reliability, since Zeiss is a newcomer in that field. But having seen its test procedures, and given its numerous technical partnerships, I wouldn’t lose sleep over this.

ePhotozine posted some Batis 85mm image samples. Ilovehatephoto tested the 85mm Batis.

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.

September 14, 2015

(SR4) Mark this: Sony Online Store Europe will close at midnight (and A6xxx hint)


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This comes via a highly trusted source: Sony Online Store Europe will close tonight. The website will remain online as it is but they will not directly take orders anymore.

One more thing: And if what the source is right on this…well than you should know this too: He also told me Sony plans to release the A6xxx as next E-mount camera within 1 month. So if he is right on the store closure there is a fair chance he is right on the camera too…

Link to EU Sony stores: Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT.

September 14, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Commlite Nikon F to Sony E-mount tested on the A7rII. First video shows dramatically improved performance!


As you know the adapter company creator company Commlite is developing the world’s first Nikon F to Sony E autofocus adapter. The very first version has been tested by Matt Granger and the performance was very bad.

But we have good news! Commlite added phase detection support on the latest version and released that video to show how much they improved the autofocus performance on the Sony A7rII:

They used the classic Nikon 50mm f/1.4 G lens ad I have to say it’s accurate and “ok fast” in bright light conditions! Nikon folks, your switch to Sony may just got a tiny bit easier! ;)

More about Commlite:
Commlite already makes plenty of adapters which you can find for sale on eBay (Click here). This includes the electronic AF adapter for Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount (Click here).

September 14, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New Sony FE and Zeiss FE lenses coming in mid October. (SR4) One of them is the Zeiss 21mm FE Loxia!


The official Sony Russia registration of a new 24-70mm FE GM lens.

First I want to apologize: Obviously the one source who said Sony would announce now 7 new lenses at the IBC show was wrong. He contacted me back and said the lenses were only discussed in private (with other photographers and bloggers) and not in public. He misunderstood the message he got from Sony.

But I have good news for the folks anyway!
I got feedback from a couple of sources who talked with Sony at the IBC show. Both Sony and Zeiss will announce new FE lenses in exactly 1 month (mid October)!

  1. One of those lenses is rumored to be the 21mm Loxia (SR4 for now). Not sure yet if they did choose the Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (jere on eBay) or the
    C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (here on eBay) design as basis for the new lens.
  2. Sony Russia already registered the new 24-70mm FE GM lens 30 day. So this lens is coming too. (SR4). I am still wondering what the new “FE GM” definition will be all about…
  3. One fast prime and one telephoto FE zoom on the roadmap too (SR3)
  4. Two updated A-mouny lenses (SR3)
  5. Unclear what’s more on the FE roadmap…

The rumor is ranked as SR5 as multiple (and not only one) confirmed the lenses will be show at PhotoPlus. So this one has a 90% chance to be true.

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