February 15, 2015
Posted in deals

New Samyang 135mm f/2.0 A- and E-mount lens now shipping. First video review by Patrick Murphy-Racey.


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Samyng on the left and Zeiss on the right. Image courtesy: Tystory.

The brand new Samyang 135mm f/2.0 is now in Stock via eBay Korea sellers (most of them have free worldwide shipment). You can get the lens at BHphoto:
135mm f/2.0 for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
135mm t/2.2 Cine for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
And via Korean sellers on eBay:
Samyang 135mm E-mount (here n eBay)
Samyang 135mm A-mount (here n eBay)

First Samyang 135mm f/2.0 E-mount review by Patrick Murphy-Racey.

February 15, 2015
Posted in news, top_header

Sony Stand Report by Dpreview: New Zeiss 35mm FE has Direct Drive SSM!



Dpreview shared some interetsing info they got from the Sony booth at CP+:

1) Lenses: Still no word on price or availability, but at least Sony now has working models of the lenses, not just the paperweights we saw at CES. We played around with a number of their lenses and, indeed, they appear to be impressive.

2) Stabilization: We got to play around with the unit, moving the sensor up, down, left, right, and rotating it. We found, however, that the sensor did not tilt at all in this assembly, so we asked how the system corrects for pitch and yaw. We were told by the engineers that measurements are continuously recorded and used to algorithmically correct for pitch and yaw.

3) Focus on 35mm Zeiss: The in-body stabilization (IBIS) technology developed by Sony is used not only for IBIS, but also for autofocus motors in the DXC-RX10 and the new FE mount 35mm F1.4 ZA lens being introduced. Direct Drive SSM is based off of technology used for in-body image stabilization. A piezoelectric element that translates an applied electrical field into mechanical movement is used for precise linear positioning of the focus group.

I am really looking forward to see how fast the focus with the new Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 is!

February 15, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Anthony Dalesandro‎
This is Tim. Back in the day, he worked with Andy Warhol in The Factory and partied at Studio 54. He’s filled with great stories, many of which you can see in the character of his face. Sony A7S with Leica Summicron 50mm. Shot at a fantastic one-light seminar in Los Angeles.

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2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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February 14, 2015
Posted in deals

Brand new Sony US deals on the RX and A7/r/s cameras and A6000/5100 bundles.


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We have new deals listed today at Amazon US:

1) Save Big on Select Sony RX Series Cameras with a Qualifying Trade-in (Click here).
2) Free Premium Jacket Case with the RX100m3 (Click here).
3) Free case with the A7,A7s,A7r cameras (Click here).
4) Up to $200 off on A5000/A5100/A6000 double lens kits (Click here).

Sony US deal reminder:
Sony A7r cameras for $1,669 on eBay (Click here).
Save $200 on the grey imported but with full 3 year US warranty coming 55mm FE lens sold at GetDigital on eBay US (Click here)
Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).

A-mount camera owners can buy some of the Open Box lenses on offer ay KenmoreCamera:
$400 off on the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 (Click here).
$300 off on the Sony 16mm Fisheye (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 28mm f/2.8 (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 24-105mm (Click here).
$50 off on the DT18-55mm (Click here).
$150 off on the 2x Teleconverter (Click here).
$150 off on the 1.4x Teleconverter (Click here).

February 14, 2015
Posted in news

Sony is the only company without a product announcement at CP+. Your thoughts?


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The Zeiss 35mm FE cut in half at CP+ Sony booth (Source: Matthew Allard).

Well, Sony decided to literally skip the CP+ show and is as far as I know the only major photo company not having announced a new camera or lens. But also the other companies kept a low profile (Read Engadget articles about that). Canon’s 5ds will ship in June only and all other manufacturers did show many prototypes and much less “real” production cameras.

Just like it happened with the A7II launch Sony seems to prefer to launch major stuff off the big show to get more publicity. And here is the question to our SAR readers:

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