August 10, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony officially registered a new 24-70mm FE GM lens (f/2.8?)

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Digicameinfo spotted an official Sony lens name registration in Russia. Sony named the lens “SEL2470 GM”. This is likely the first f/2.8 Full Frame E-mount zoom lens! And “GM” could define the new line of fast Sony zooms.

Usually once registered the new product will be announced within the next 6-8 weeks.

Sony already confirmed on previous interviews they are working on faster FE lenses. 

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August 10, 2015
Posted in reviews

The A7rII issues post (autofocus problems, long expsoure chroma noise and again pre-cooked RAW).

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On August 12th there will be a special A7rII live streaming at BHphoto (all info can be read here). Also Sony manager Kenta Honjo will be part of the panel and this may be the occasion to also discuss the A7rII “flaws”. Because as with any new cameras you will have issues and bugs. Some of them can be fixed by Sony via firmware update and some not. Here is the “A7rII issues” roundup:

Autofocus: Marko on Dpreview writes:

Today I got the new A7RII. Everything is very good. But I have one Problem with the SEL2470Z. When I focus with the camera AF-S (Focus-Field is green), everything from 35 to 70 mm has massive front focus and the object which should be in focus is blurry. This is heavier when I use F5.6 to F7.1 or higher and not so heavy in F4.0.
All other lenses work great !
Manuel Focus on the SEL2470Z works fine !
I don’t know, if this a Problem of the lens or a Problem of the new camera. I tried my old A7R and here everything is fine. When I use AF-C on the new AFRII I often got good focus, but not everytime. Can someone try this with the new A7RII and the SEL2470Z ?  Should I send the lens to Sony for repair ? Or is it the new camera ? Thanks for helping !

RAW: Diglloyd says the A7rII Raw Files Are Still ‘Cooked’:

While I can double or quadruple sharpening on a Nikon D810 file with minimal ill effects, doing so on a Sony A7R or A7R II files looks godawful.
I have to be very careful with sharpening Sony A7R II files, just as I had to with Sony A7R and A7 II and A7 files. The raw files are pre-cooked. Very disappointing to see this practice continue with the A7R II, which has superb sensor quality.

Front focus issues: Marko on Dpreview writes:

Today I got the new A7RII. Everything is very good. But I have one Problem with the SEL2470Z. When I focus with the camera AF-S (Focus-Field is green), everything from 35 to 70 mm has massive front focus and the object which should be in focus is blurry. This is heavier when I use F5.6 to F7.1 or higher and not so heavy in F4.0. All other lenses work great !

Autofocus jitter: Bphoto writes on SonyAlphaForum:

Picked up new camera and my first lens (switched systems entirely today), the zeiss 55. Now I’ve noticed the lens is still using firmware v.1 and I don’t have my computer with me to try updating to v.2.
That said, I’m using P mode with afs and wide focus settings, and I’ll focus on something (accurately) as usual right? Then after I release the half-pressed shutter button, focus should (on af single) remain on target, but it jitters and loses focus intermittently and kinda jumps around.

chroma_noiseA7rII

Long expsoure chroma noise: Again Bphoto writes on SonyAlphaForum:

I had read about these Chinese tests and a few others indicating poor performance by the new camera with long exposures. This concerns me as I do a bit of nighttime astro and landscape stuff. I wanted to check it out before getting to bed so here’s a couple RAW crops showing what I think is chroma noise in shadows. You can see my adjustments on the right. I haven’t really seen such noise before. Not sure what’s causing this, but I hope it’s something that can and will be addressed via firmware. I never had anything like this with my Nikon. The JPEG versions, i’ll note, are so compressed that banding happens far sooner than would have on the Nikon /:

Long exposure affects dynamic range: Anonymous:

http://forum.xitek.com/thread-1485077-2-1-2.html. Here some chinese users in the largest chinese camera gear forum, were discussing the noise issue with long exposure. They are not blindly accusing Sony in the chinese scene. You can see a lot of comparison pictures of A7rII A7S D800 D800E D810 D810A(which is specialized in long exposure) 5DSR. Can the raw decoding softwares include Rawdigger, exiftool, Capture One Pro(Sony recommends), RawTherapee. Also, they are referring to a similar test JimKasson @dpreviewforum was doing. You can download the raw files if you look for links in this currently two-page post.
Conclusion: A7rII did perform worst (worst dynamic range, most noisy) of all cameras tested here, in terms of long exposure, no matter it’s low iso (100, for normal landspace) or high iso (3200 6400, for astronomical photography).

This is a long list o issues I hope Sony will tackle down. And while we are hear…please Sony also improve your service! If you want to become successful you have to give us great hardware (which yo do) great software (give us “real” RAW) and offer decent service (in some countries you really don’t do a decent job here).

Feel free to add your issue description on our SonyAlphaForum.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

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August 10, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR1) I really do not think this is the A6100 (or A7000)

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Mirrorlesrumors posted that image of a supposed new A6100 (or A7000) camera. I’d say it’s 99% a fake. And so the specs they mention:

24.3 MP sensor (different from A6000)
Tri-navi control system
Mag. alloy body
1/32000 electronic shutter
4K Video (10 min limit)
No IBIS
No weather seal
Announcement in 2-3 weeks
Body only price is expected around 900 USD.

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August 10, 2015
Posted in news

New XEEN Cine lenses for Sony E-mount from Samyang!

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And now it’s official: The new Samyang Cine lens line “XEEN” has been announced. And full specs and preorder are available at BHphoto:
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).

There is also a first impression review at BH Explora (Click here):

I found the Rokinon XEEN Cine Lenses to be well made, easy to work with, and overall I enjoyed the image quality. They rendered naturalistic images with good contrast and a pleasing, slightly warm feel. Intercutting between the lenses required no additional color correction beyond applying the same LUT to the footage. It is my preference to shoot more closed down than wide open, and I did feel the lenses performed best starting around T4, but I was still satisfied with footage shot at T1.5. Overall, I was pleased with the XEEN lenses and look forward to working with them again.

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August 9, 2015
Posted in deals

Super US deals: Up to $200 off on Sony and Zeiss A and E-mount lenses!

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Sony US just launched a massive discount on almost all A-mount and E-mount lenses. A special full overview page can be seen at Adorama (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here). And those are the savings in detail and with direct link to three major US stores:

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 28-70mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

APS-C E-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-70mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 16mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the lens 30mm macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$200 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

A-mount lenses:
$50 off on the 100mm macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 11-18mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 135 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 16-105mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm II  lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-80mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 16mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 18-135mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 18-250mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 18-55mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 20mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 28-75mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 30mm macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 35mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 50mm DT lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 50mm macro lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 55-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the 55-300mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-300mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-300mm II lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 85mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on the 85mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Zeiss 135mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-200mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the 70-400mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

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