March 11, 2015
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New A7II reviews and new A7II Nauticam underwater housing.

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Nauticam announced the new housing for the Sony A7II. Full press release here: nauticamusa.com/news/2015/3/5/new-housing-for-sony-a7-ii.

And now let’s see a bunch of new A7II reviews. But first a Curiosity: With a sub $100 cheap Helios 53mm f/1.8 lens (here on eBay) you get those kind of results on the A7ii: SonyAlphaForum (DC.watch).

New A7II reviews:

The full A7II review has been published at Photographyblog and earned the “Essential” mark:

Despite these caveats, the Sony A7 II is the best-balanced of the four A7-series cameras currently on sale (the original A7 is continuing for the time being). It doesn’t offer the sheer resolution of the A7R or the low-light and 4K video capabilities of the A7S, but for the majority of users, it’s the best do-it-all model.

An ongoing review can be followed at Soundimagesplus:

Now I’m often critical of new versions of cameras that seem to be more about generating brand awareness and income rather than offering any substantial improvement. But, even from the couple of day I’ve spent using the camera, I don’t see that here. The improvements to the body are very welcome and the slight redesign has produced a much nicer handling camera. And I do like the new aesthetics as well.

Digitalversus says this is the best hybrid FF camera to date:

We had some excellent shooting sessions with the Sony A7 II. It’s very nice to use and offers all-round performance. The picture quality is excellent, and, with the help of a lens converter, you can re-use all your old full-format lenses from different manufacturers. As you can probably tell, we found there to be more than enough positives to outweigh the annoying oversights, like the relatively poor battery life.

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.

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March 11, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Carl Zeiss 55mm F1.8 Lens Review

ABC TTL Transmitter For K4T Strobe Released Flashhavoc.
ISO-less Camera Presentation (Image Sensor World).
Leica M/39 on E-mount cameras (SonyAlphaForum).
Welcome the newest member of the TRP family, the Sony A7mk2 (Tyson Robichaud).
Canon FD lenses images (SonyAlphaForum).
SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x test with the A7s on Vimeo.
PlayMemories Camera Apps “Stop Motion+” (Youtube).
Sony A7II test at Optyczne.
Sony A7 II Sample Images (Photographyblog).

Paul:I thought you might be interested in a long term photo/video project I did on a local H.S. Football team – Tesoro HS here in Southern California. Dan Milnor, Blurb’s Book Evangelist, interviewed me for his blog site called Shifter and that audio interview is included, along with photographs of the physical book and printed pieces created from the project, as well as the Vimeo movie from the project. http://shifter.media/print-a-season-with-the-titans-by-paul-gero/

John:I am one of the few invited SLR Magic Anamorphot 2x-50 testers and I believe your viewers might like to see some test footage using the Sony A7s with the Sony FE 55mm f/1.8. I’m sorry but I can’t give away any info on the release date or price yet but it’s an amazing value for the money very much like the older Anamorphot 1.33x-50. https://vimeo.com/120444648

 

 

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March 11, 2015
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Good news: New 24-240mm FE lens now already in Stock in Germany and UK!

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For the first time the new 24-240mm FE is now in Stock in Europe at Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and Richmondcamera UK (Click here). In Asia it’s in Stock at Digitalrev and soon at Sony Australia. A few new 24-240mm FE lenses are also already in Stock in USA on the official Sony eBay Store (Click here).

P.S. for German readers: Today at 18:00 Berlin time Gold Box deal on the Wallimex 300mm E-mount lens (Click here).

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March 10, 2015
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Many new A-mount savings (including a $100 off on the 70-200mm lens).

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Sony US launched new rebates on A-mount cameras and lenses. And for the first time also the 70-200mm f/2.8 II lens got a $100 off at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sony Store. The full list of savings can be found on those Sony deal pages at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto. In detail we have:
$200 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

eBay listed a couple of Sony deals:
$250 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens (Click here).
A3000 with kit lens and Photoshop Elements for $249 (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5T with two lenses for $399 (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7r at Samys eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Open Box A7 with kit lens at Samys eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 at Samys eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7s at Samys eBay (Click here).

There is a very long list of new and extended Sony deals listed at Amazon US (Click here). This includes:
Bundle and Save on Sony A7 Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Bundle and Save on Sony Alpha Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Free Accessories on the RX100, RX100MII, & RX100MIII at Amazon (Click here).
Free Grip with Sony SLT-A99V at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $100 Off Sony DSLR Lenses at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $100 Off of Sony RX Series Fixed Lens Cameras with Trade-In at Amazon (Click here).
$50 Off the Sony A5000 at Amazon (Click here).
Bundle and Save on Sony DSLR Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Bundle and Save on Sony RX1 at Amazon (Click here).
$1000 Off Sony NEXVG900 Pro-Camcorder at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $400 Off Sony A7 Series Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
$100 Off the Sony A6000 at Amazon (Click here).
Save Big on Sony Action Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
$300 Off the Sony NEX-5TL Interchangeable-Lens Camera at Amazon (Click here).
Free Case with the Purchase of a Sony RX100MIII Fixed Lens Camera at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $50 Off Sony Point and Shoot Cameras at Amazon (Click here).

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March 10, 2015
Posted in reviews

First full review of the new FE 28mm lens and converters.

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The new FE 28mm lens on the A7II: preorders on Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto. And Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.

Pantip just completed what is the first and only real world review of the new Sony 28mm FE lens. Pantip allowed me to repost some image samples. Many more can be seen on his site! Let’s start with his PRO and CONS list mentioned by the reviewer:

Pros:
– Very sharp straight from the maximum aperture. At f/2.0 is sharp almost ont he entire frame (with very little loss on corners)
– Negligible distortion
– Very compact lens
– When using the converter EXIF data gets correctly transmitted

Disadvantages
– close focus point could be…closer
– The fisheye converter on the 28mm lens is quite heavy
– Not really a very good bokeh (but that’s something the lens is not designed for)

And now let’s take a look to some of the more “explicative” images:
Read the rest of this entry →

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