February 25, 2015
Posted in reviews

Small good news on the A7II: Gets rid of the “ghosting” issue.

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A7II with Gariz case

SAR reader Wojciech pointed out one good news regarding the new A7II:

Fotopolis posted full sony A7 II test. Interestingly with  A7II  sony solved problem of fatal focal strong light sources reflections (ghosting) observed at the peripheries of the A7 frame (sensor) during night shots. And they did it without removing AA filter. It is rarely mentioned by the testers.

Good to hear at last!

More A7II news:
ePhotozine posted a full review and writes: “improved handling as well as built-in image stabilisation make the camera better than ever
Boon:I’ve tested my friend’s Sony A7II and have posted about this from a A7R user’s perspective: http://myphotojourney.co.uk/sony-a7ii-impressions/
Jason: “MetaBones just released a new firmware for their EF-NEX Adapter making it compatible with the A7II  plus a slew of biz fixes mainly (for me at least) resolves issues with the sigma 50 Art lens. Firmware can be found at their website and clicking on the EF-NEX Mark IV adapter, then firmware.
Paul:Amateur hand held video with sony a7ii, zeiss 55mm & zeiss 16-35mm. http://youtu.be/6TGVjLtH6fk

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.
EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.
Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.
A7II Gariz case:
You can get in Black (Click here)Brown (Click here)Orange (Click here) and Camel (Click here).

February 25, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Is the new “cheap” FF E-mount camera coming in April?

I got a new rumor about the new Sony entry level FF E-mount camera. The anonymous source says:

The super cheap e mount 35mm cam will be published next month. We got a delivery in our sony store. It will ship 21 april 15

Over a month ago we got a rumor about that camera having a price of around 799 Euro. Sony patented that FE entry-level camera in 2013 already (SAR article here). Doesn’t mean the camera is coming for sure yet. But if Sony would really announce it this would become the world’s most compact FF camera yet. Still, Sony has no real compact FE lens to offer along this one a part of the Zeiss FE 35mm f/2.8 lens.

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February 25, 2015
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Lesnumeriques new FE lens hands-on: The 90mm FE macro is the very sharpest lens!

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The Sony FE 90 mm f/2,8 Macro G OSS (courtesy of LesNumeriques)

The French site LesNumeriques (google translation here) already got the new Sony FE lenses in their test labs. They promise that detailed test will be publsihed “very, very soon“. As a heads up they said the 90mm FE macro lens the sharpest of the four new lenses:

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February 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

The craziest Sony QX+lens review yet: QX1 with Leitz 560mm!

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Image courtesy: Yodobashi.

That is probably the craziest Sony review seen lately. Yodobashi tested the Sony QX1 with a Leitz telyt 560mm lens mounted on it!
SAR reader “X” who found the review wrote me:

The lens itself is marvelous, with only cylinder shape of qx1 on the other end, the pair never looks like a camera. it is a bazooka. I think you will need to inform the security officer every time you want to use this setup. otherwise some one will think you are pointing bazooka at your subject.

To see a few image samples click over at Yodobashi and scroll down to find the pics.

The Leitz lens sells for over $1,000 on eBay (Click here).

February 24, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4-5) Small update on the FE 24-240mm announcement and other upcoming products.

Had a chat with Digicameinfo and with two of my sources. Here are the key info:

1) Digicameinfo is usally spot on wiht rumors and he told me directly the FE 24-240mm will ship on March 12 in Japan but the real announcement with full pricing info, preorders and specs is expected to be within the next few days (maybe this week already). I would usually rate the rumor SR5 because he is usally right. Hope he doesn’t make any mistake exactly that time :)

2) SR5: There is a very high chance of another Sony product announcement coming in late March (or first week of April).  SR4: And that should be for camera(s)

3) SR4: The other three FE lenses (90mm macro, 35mm Zeiss and 28mm G) price should be announced in April.

The real question is what’s coming from Sony ont he camera front. I got reliable rumor about the High Res camera, RX2 (curved sensor) and A7000. But the very same sources told me Sony Japan is keeping the release date info very secret.

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