April 19, 2014
Posted in news

New Sony patent describes the RX200 with 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens!

Egami spotted a new Sony patent describing the 28-100mm f/1.8-2.8 lens design for the RX100 series. The good news is that the lens is a lot brighter at the tele end compared to the current 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9 lens used by the RX100/RX100II.

The current RX100II sells a s low as $632 at 6ave eBay (Click here). A successor is likely to come the next couple of months!

April 18, 2014
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…


Sony AX100 Hands-On Field Test by TheCameraStoreTV.

Great Sony Easter specials running at Sony Australia.
American photographer Mary Ellen Mark is announced as the recipient of the 2014 Sony World Photography Awards’ Outstanding Contribution to Photography award (Worldphoto)
A6000 image samples by Pantip.
Test du Sony 18-105 mm f/4 G OSS E PZ (Digitbox FR).
Russar+ lens releases (Shop Lomo).
Sigma 18-35mm lens tested at Photoreview.

Richard:I wondered if your readers would be interested in what I have put together for product photography..http://www.flickr.com/photos/melting_bloke/sets/72157641407451984/. The system is a rollei x-act2 technical camera with very large tilt/shift capability. Originally designed around medium format, the use of the sony A7R instead of 6×4.5 film or medium format digital backs delivers very high res product photography with the capability to get very large tilt/swing and shift movements due to the sensor being a 1.5x crop of medium format. The system uses medium format lenses from Schneider, which in my opinion are the next step up from Zeiss in terms of medium format glass and deliver enough resolution to cater for the badboy A7R sensor.
I use the A7R for photographing and testing Dog Schidt Optiks lenses since the 36mpx sensor is about the most demanding full frame sensor there is.
Here is a shot of a DSO lens taken using the system:- http://www.flickr.com/photos/melting_bloke/12450571104/in/set-72157641404155735

Anonymous:Lauren Fiasconaro ( http://laurenfiasconaro.com/ ) a fine art photography student at Pratt University in New York City has just completed her thesis series ‘Terra Mortalis’. This project explores the fragile threads of life which our earth has and the effects that mankind has done to directly affect its mortality. The digital photography in Lauren’s project were all captured using Sony gear ( Sony A580, Sony NEX7, and Sony A7R). Lauren will be graduating this May with a BFA in Photography and a double minor in Art History and Sustainability.

Edward:Last week I converted a Sony A7 into Full-Spectrum. So far I’ve concentrated on the infra-red abilities, but I hope to do more soon. With it’s EVF and great lens compatability the A7 makes a great camera to convert, so I thought some of your readers might appreciate my first impressions review here: http://infraedd.blogspot.co.uk/2014/04/cameras-sony-a7-converted-to-full.html

April 18, 2014
Posted in deals

Sigma 50mm ART preorders at Amazon. And plenty of Gold Box deals too.

Right now there are plenty of photographic accessories on Gold Box at Amazon (Click here to check them all). And even more important the “Must have” Sigma ART 50mm lens is now available for preorder at Amazon US too (Click here). It was already available for more than a week at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Current US deals:
1) The Sony A7r now sells as low as $1849 via 6ave on eBay US (Click here).
2) Up to $650 off A7-A7r bundle deal at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click bere).
3) A99 with a free(!) grip for $2299 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click bere).
4) Save up to $200 on the Sony 55-210mm Lens with a Qualifying Sony Interchangeable Lens Camera Purchase at Amazon US (Click here).
5) Save $100 on the Sony NEX5T Compact System Camera Series at Amazon US (Click here).

April 18, 2014
Posted in rumors

New Zeiss Otus 85mm and 35mm to come (with no A-mount option). Sigma 50mm ART available for preorder at Amazon US!

DxOmark tested the Sigma 50mm ART lens on a Canon camera and it performs almost as good as the Zeiss Otus! And this is a very good news for us because it’s rumored that also the new 85mm and 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss Otus lenses will NOT(!) be available in A-mount (although E-mount owners will be able to use it via adapter). So let’s go with the Sigmas!!! :)

The Sigma ART 50mm lens is now available for preorder at Amazon US too (Click here). Other US preorder options at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Current US deals:
1) The Sony A7r now sells as low as $1849 via 6ave on eBay US (Click here).
2) Up to $650 off A7-A7r bundle deal at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click bere).
3) A99 with a free(!) grip for $2299 at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sony Store (Click bere).
4) Save up to $200 on the Sony 55-210mm Lens with a Qualifying Sony Interchangeable Lens Camera Purchase at Amazon US (Click here).
5) Save $100 on the Sony NEX5T Compact System Camera Series at Amazon US (Click here).

April 18, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sony 20mm f/2.8 is “on clearance”. New version coming?

I got word from store owners that the Sony 20mm f/2.8 lens has been marked by Sony as “On clearance”. They haven’t been told by Sony why it has been marked so. But it’s easy to guess that Sony will probably offer a new updated version soon.

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