May 20, 2017
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The up to $400 savings on Sony cameras and lenses are ending tonight. New Rokinon deals.

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The big Sony US savings will end on Sunday. The full list can be seen on those pages at BHphoto and at Adorama. In detail we have:

Sony A7 cameras:
$200 off and free extras on the A7rII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A7sII at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$50 off on the A7II at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$50 off on the A7 at Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.

Sony A6300-A6000-A5100:
$150 off on the A6300 with 16-50mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$100 off on the A6300 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$300 off on the A6000 Dual lens kit sold by Adorama, BHphoto and Amazon.
$100 off on the A5100 with 16-50mm lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

APS-C E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 16-70mm Zeiss lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

Sony Accessories:
$50 off on the Sony HVLF32M MI (Multi-interface shoe) Camera Flash at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony HVLF43M High Power Flash with Quick Shift Bounce at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony LA-EA4 A-Mount to E-Mount FF Lens Adapter with TMT at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$20 off on the Sony HVLF20M at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$20 off on the Sony ECMGZ1M Gun / Zoom Microphone at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$30 off on the Sony ECM-XYST1M Stereo Microphone at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony FA-WRC1M Radio Control Wireless Commander at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony HVL-F60M Wireless Shoe Mount Flash with built-in LED light at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony VG-C1EM Vertical Grip for Alpha a7, a7R and a7s with built-in LED light at Adorama, Amazon.

And for the next 30 hours only you save up to $250 on those two Rokinon E-mount lenses sold by Adorama (Click here)

The new Sony FE lenses preorders:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.

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May 20, 2017
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DxO tested the new Sony 85mm FE: It beats the Batis and comes close to the GM

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DxOmark tested the new Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE and concludes:

Large high-speed primes such as the 85mm F1.4 G Master are nice to have, but they are pricey, large, and sometimes intimidating. When it comes to moderate-speed lenses, it sometimes seems that manufacturers put price before outright optical performance. That’s not the case here. While not exactly cheap, the Sony FE 85mm F1.8 costs less than its premium G Master sibling or even the rival Zeiss Batis 85mm F1.8, yet it has a real nice balance of performance, with excellent sharpness and low lateral color and distortion. Apart from a little vignetting, with its unobtrusive size and low weight, this new lens looks to be an excellent alternative for all the right reasons.

This is troubling news for Zeiss as it seems there is little reason to buy the more expensive Batis unless you really need in lens stabilization. And for most people the 85mm GM will not be worth the much higher cost. The new 85mm G is a nice lens and I can only highly recommend it!

85mm f/1.8 FE at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama. Amazon DE. Amazon UK. Amazon IT. Amazon FR. Amazon ES.

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May 20, 2017
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Kevin Raber tests the new 16-35mm GM: “proves that Sony is very serious”

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The new 16-35mm and 12-24mm lenses

Kevin Raber from Luminous Landscape tested the new 16-35mm GM lens and wrote this:

I was impressed with this lens for the one day I had it.  It simply is a lens many of us have been waiting for, and once more proves that Sony is very serious about where they are heading in the Pro-Photography market.  I have placed my order for this lens to add to my Sony kit. I’ll do a follow-up review with a production unit when I receive my lens later this summer.  We were told that the lenses we were using were the final release products.

And Drew Geraci from out Sony A9 facebook group (join here) shared a set of RAW images shot with the new lenses:

For anyone interested in playing around with RAW Sony A9 Files (Astro and Daytime) with the 16-35mm F2.8, 12-24mm F4, and 24-70 – download my images directly from here: dropbox.com/sh/
***You’ll need Capture One V10.1 to view/edit them and I’ll only have the folder live for the next 5 hours***

16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, Amazon IT, WexUK, Jessops.

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May 20, 2017
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New firmware update for the Sigma MC-11 adapter

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Sigma issued a new firmware update for the MC-11 adapter. The improvements:

● It has become compatible with the SIGMA 17-70mm F2.8-4 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in SIGMA mount (firmware version 1.02).
● It has become compatible with the SIGMA 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in SIGMA mount (firmware version 1.01).
● It has become compatible with the SIGMA 18-300mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM | Contemporary in SIGMA mount (firmware version 1.01).
※ Before updating the MC-11 firmware, please ensure SIGMA Optimization Pro has been updated to ver. 1.4.1 or later for Windows, and ver. 1.4.0 or later for Macintosh.

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May 19, 2017
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New Sony 16-35mm and 12-24mm preorder links (some of you might saved $500 on the GM)

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The new Sony FE lenses preorders started today:
16-35mm GM at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.
12-24mm G at Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy, Focus and Amazon. In EU at Calumet DE, WexUK, Jessops.

Some of you might have missed that for around two hours Amazon was selling the 16-35mm for $1,698 (screenshot below). I don’t know if Amazon will honor this or cancel your preorders. Just to be sure place another preorder Bhphoto, Adorama, BestBuy if you don’t want to get a bad surprise. Still, fingers crossed you might got some luck this time :)

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