July 23, 2016
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New Stock of reconditioned Sony cameras: RX100 for $299

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Secondipity is selling a new bunch of reconditioned cameras on their eBay and Amazon page. All items are covered by a 90 day warranty.

A couple of direct links:
Sony RX100 for $299 on eBay.
$500 off on the Sony FE PZ 28-135mm F4 G OSS E-mount Power Zoom Lens on eBay.
$150 off on the Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS Full-frame E-mount Macro Lens on eBay.
$500 off on the Sony Alpha a7 II with kit lens on eBay.

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July 23, 2016
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The big new 50mm lens battle: Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE versus Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE (with a surprising conclusion!)

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New Zeiss 50mm FE versus the new Samyang-Rokinon 50mm FE autofocus lens. Image by Bruno Labarbère

LesNumeriques (Click here) posted a comparison review between the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 Planar and the Samyang-Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens. And the result seems to be quite strange as according to their tests the Samyang has a better sharpness performance:

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and…

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The google translated text from the original French article says:

“From the outset, hot, first finding emerges: in all openings, the Samyang leading the debate, with a center always has a better resolving power. The maximum dive is for both goals achieved at f / 8, but again, be it in the center, on the outskirts or in the corners, the Sony lets himself be dominated. Also, on our first tests, vignetting of Planar seems more marked us, which is not necessarily aesthetically unpleasant. Intuition specify when our field tests.”

I am not sure but I think they maybe got a wrong calibrated lens sample from Sony? I find it almost impossible the Samyang can be better than the new Zeiss! Also because just recently Lensrentals said about the Zeiss 50mm FE that “the center sharpness in particular is unheard of in a 50mm lens“. So please take the Lesnumeriques test results with a grain of salt….

Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens is now available for preorder through BHphoto.
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE Planar preorders at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera. Calumet.de. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.

All new Sony FE lenses and wireless products are now listed on one single page at BHphoto (Click here).

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USA:
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony VMC-MM1 Multi Terminal Cable at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Europe:
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at Calumet.de. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at Calumet.de. Amazon GermanyCyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.

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July 23, 2016
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DE/UK Sony deals: Free tripod with the new 70-200mm GM lens. Free 50 Euro gift card with the A6000.

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Germany:
Free tripod with the new 70-200mm GM lens at Fotomundus.
Sony SEL50F18 for 211 Euro only at Amazon.de.
50 Euro Gutschein mit der Sony A6000 bei Amazon.de.
A6000 with two lenses for 739 Euro only by Cameradig.de.
Free Zeiss UV Filter with the new 50mm Zeiss Planar at Fotomundus.
Sony camera-lens rebates at Calumet Germany.
15% Rabatt auf ausgewähltes Sony Kamera-Zubehör at Amazon.de.

UK:
Sony cashback savings at WexUK.

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July 22, 2016
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Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE on preorder at BHphoto and tested by ePhotozine!

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The new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens is now available for preorder through BHphoto (Click here).

Yes, suddenly we have plenty of FE lenses to choose in the 50mm focal length range. We have the superb 55mm FE, the “cheap” 50mm f/1.8 FE, the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 and the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4. The latter just got reviewed by ePhotozine:

“Samyang’s lenses have always looked interesting. Now, with the arrival of AF, they move into new territory and this first offering is a beautiful lens that performs to a very high standard. The cost has been a fairly large and relatively heavy lens, but that may be a small price to pay for an optic that can deliver such beautiful results.”

Links to all current 50mm FE lenses:
Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 5omm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Samyang/Rokinon 50mm f/1.4 FE autofocus lens at BHphoto.

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July 22, 2016
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A long shot speculation: Olympus to join the E-mount system?

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Just recently Olympus published a surprising patent describing a set of new lenses designed for a Full Frame mirrorless system camera:

17mm f/1.4 (7 cm total lens lenght)
25mm f/1.4 (8 cm total lens lenght)
25mm f/1.4 (13 cm total lens lenght)
28mm f/1.4 (13 cm total lens lenght)
35mm f/1.4 (13 cm total lens lenght)
50mm f/1.4 (13 cm total lens lenght)

As you know Olympus has no such system yet. And in the light of the Sony-Olympus partnership it is not impossible to imagine Olympus to join the Sony E-mount system. It would certainly a very big news for the system if that would happen! There are three possibilities for Olympus:

  1. They will launche their own FF system (which in my opinion makes little sense)
  2. They could make Zuiko lenses (or sell the lens designs to Sony) for the E-mount system
  3. They could join the E-mount system with their own branded cameras and lenses

I hope point 3 comes true, I think Olympus would greatly improve the attractively of the E-mount system!

via 43rumors.

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