June 2, 2015
Posted in rumors

Leica will launch a RX1 competitor on June 11.



According to MirrorlessRumors Leica will launch the very first Sony RX1 competitor on June 11. It looks like a more compact Leica Monochrome. Has an 28mm Summilux f/1.7 lens, built-in EVF and image stabilization.

Of course the Leica will be very expensive compared to the RX1. Sony certainly has nothing to “fear” from Leica. I guess what is killing the RX1 sales is their own A7 series that offers much more versatility in a not too much bigger package. The RX2 if it ever comes has to bring some clear technological highlight like the curved sensor we saw on so many patents.

June 2, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony IBIS vs No IBIS Test Using the Sony a7ii and a7S

A7+Voigtländer 15mm UWA + a cheap Helicoid adapter to capture small details (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony 28mm review at ThePhoBlographer.
India Digital Camera market registered an annual shipments of 1.62 million units in CY 2014. Advanced Digital Camera recorded a substantial triple digit growth (6Wresearch).
SONY Fisheye converter SEL057FEC (Yodobashi).
The Orlando Eye at Night HD Time-Lapse (A7s video on youtube).

Mopswerk:As I saw the announcement about the over the top Price Tag of the new to be released Trioplan (at 1500 you’d easily get some other photo gear … :) ), I thought I had to post one taken with my old 50ies Trioplan: SonyAlphaForum.

James Ng‎:User review of a highend Sony Zeiss Distagon 35mm f/1.4 http://lbk.com.sg/…/…/344/sel35f14z-review-first-impressions. Join workshop, outing and gathering with us

Amit:A music video I created once upon a time with the Sony A55: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PcmFaT-mLM8

June 1, 2015
Posted in deals

Back in Stock for $777: Grey imported and 3 year warranty 55mm FE lens.

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DxO still lists the 55mm FE Zeiss as the best autofocus lens on the market. And if you want to save $223 on it than you may consider to purchase it as Grey Imported but with full 3 year US seller warranty at GetDigital on eBay (Click here).

P.S.: I am curious to see if the new Batis 85mm lens will match or even surpass the 55mm FE performance.

June 1, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss Batis short test by Chad Wadsworth.



Chad Wadsworth (Click here) shared a first impression of the new Batis lenses he tested:

Batis 25mm: Where the FE 28mm is in-your-face sharp, the Batis looks a bit smoother, yet zoom in to pixel peep and bam, there’s the same level of sharpness and micro contrast. The render of the Batis very much reminds me of the ZA 24mm f/2 but without all the field curvature AF issues that were endemic to that A-mount lens.

Batis 85mm: Focus was quick and sure – and dead on accurate. Pixel peeping shows an impressive amount of sharpness and detail at f/1.8. Having previously owned the legendary ZA 85/1.4 I have been anxiously awaiting an FE replacement but was concerned that the lens would be too large or too slow. Again with the Goldilocks reference but the Batis seems to nail it with just the right dimensions, weight and image quality.

You can chat with Chad Wadsworth on his SonyAlphaForum thread (Click here).

Both Batis 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.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

June 1, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Sony RX camera announcement in June?


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RX100m4 may has a larger FT sensor similar to the one of the LX100.

One source told me the new RX camera(s) will be announced in June. It’s rumored that there will be a new RX100m4 camera and maybe a new RX FF (curved sensor?) too. Another new Dutch source told me the RX100m4 will be in stores in The Netherlands as soon as July (2015).

What features are you hoping to see on the new RX100m4 if it comes?

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June 1, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Review Sony E mount 24-240 review by Frank Doorhof.

Reality Check. A tale of two 35’s (Jorge Torralba).
Low Budget Monitor for 40€ HOW TO (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony and Apple Think Alike (Image Sensor World).
HX90V: Picture Quality of Sony’s Latest 30x Compact (Digitalversus).
24-240mm LAB testing (SonyAlphaLab).
Using a Hoodman with A7 Mk ii (SonyAlphaForum).

Michiel:found some thinks on the internet about the HX90v that might be worth sharing. Sony Japan posted the staggering number of 1 sample image taken with the HX90v: http://www.sony.jp/cyber-shot/products/DSC-HX90V/sample.html. This example is interesting because it’s seems to have been made with the release software version unlike the other examples that we have seen so far that were made with test software versions. It looks to me that they have added some noise reduction. The second thing I found was this Japanese hands on video in which you can clearly see that the HX90v has a level gauge. That’s something I would not have expected to see on a camera this price range. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3eguLhr6xOg

Lionel:Hi, I do some review of particulary (and usual) lenses. If you want you can share it.
500f4 sony http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=92609&hilit
600f4 minolta http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=98080
800f5.6 sigma http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=98814
1x3x macro minolta http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=97519
70-400v2 sony http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=1&t=96247
alpha 99 http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=175&t=96066&hilit
and some other stuff http://www.alphadxd.fr/viewtopic.php?f=14&t=97680&hilit



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