August 8, 2015
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New Samyang “XEEN” Cine lenses for Sony E-mount (24mm, 50mm, 85mm).

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The Cinema Lens market is booming and so it’s not a surprise that Samyang will officially unveil their new XEEN Cine lens line on August 10. We already have details about the first three lenses:
There will be a 24mm T/1.5, 50mm T/1.5 and 85mm T/1.5 lens in native E-mount. The price for each of those lenses will be $2495.

Cinescopophilia via Mirrorlessrumors.

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August 8, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…(Getting a Fotga M39-NEX adapter? This is the tool you’ll need!).

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The Track: Portrait Of A Runner: from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Getting a Fotga M39-NEX adapter? This is the tool you’ll need …(SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Memory Cards: High-Performance Lineup for Creatives (Explora).
Samyang 100mm f/2.8 ED 1:1 Macro Lens Sample Photos (ePhotozine).
Sony RX10 II 4K Bridge Camera (Youtube).
A7 II + Mitakon 50mm F0.95 (SonyAlphaForum).

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August 7, 2015
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Both Zeiss Loxia lenses now in Stock at Bhphoto! Zeiss Batis and Sony A7rII waiting list is 2-3 weeks.

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This is the first time I see both Loxia lenses in Stock at the same time. You can have them at BHphoto:
Loxia 35mm lens (Click here).
Loxia 50mm lens (Click here).

But you still have to wait to get the new Zeiss Batis lenses and the Sony A7rII. Next US Stock is scheduled to arrive in 2-3 weeks.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

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.

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August 7, 2015
Posted in reviews

New A7rII news roundup (M-mount test by Nick Frank, Video review by EosHD, Low Light test by Cinema5D)

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Brian sent us that picture to prove the Really Right Stuff L-bracket for A7II also fits the A7R II. Also the Sunwayphoto plate works on the A7rII (here at Amazon). And I guess this means all A7II L-bracket you can find on eBay (Click here) will work on the new A7rII too.

Nick Frank posted the very first detailed Sony A7r with M-mount lens test. You can download all the files at nickfrank.de. Would like to hear what you think about those images!

Cinema5D tested the video low light quality of the A7rII:

To my opinion, It is safe to work the Sony A7rII (for broadcast purposes) up to ISO 6400 with no problem. You can go higher risking some noise in your footage, but in some occasions it will be more than acceptable.

EosHD posted the first part of his A7rII review:

“The Sony A7R II is a fascinating camera and tons of fun to shoot with. When compared to cream of the crop from last year, the GH4, NX1 and A7S, the A7R II is overall the better all-round camera for both video and stills. Astounding 42MP photos, completely new sensor and internal 4K recording from a full frame sensor, despite heat issues.”

15 tips for getting the most out of your sony a7rii (Colby Brown).
Sony Alpha A7R II Sample 4K Video Footage (Thevideomode).
A7rII vs A7r by Digitaldigest on Youtube.
Focus test: Sony A7Rii / A7R ii with Tamron 24-70mm f2.8 VC lens and Metabones IV adapter by Wayne’s got G.A.S. on Youtube.

Tenbreaths sent me this: ”

Regarding the Chinese Lab A7rII test:  First of all, it’s a Chinese camera rental/repair agency that did the test in its lab.  The comparisons of dynamic range are actually charted:  Two examples
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/1
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/2
with the author conceding a “surprising” advantage for a sony camera over the d810 in terms of higher iso dynamic range performance.  But also noting that in the low iso performance area so key to landscape photographers, d810 is still king.
Of course the main issue is the long exposure color noise in the shadows which starts to appear at shutter speeds greater than 1 second, really become a problem beyond 10 seconds, and is like an unwelcome dose of LSD beyond 30 seconds.  The author demonstrates this by comparing pictures which have been adjusted +ev 5 for exposure and +100 for shadows in the shadow areas with d810, 5dsr, (and later on d800e, a7m2, and canon 6d).  This actually could be a significant issue for landscape lovers
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/3
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/4
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/5
and these two charts below compare information/noise ratio after adjusting for the different total pixel sizes
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/6
http://mmbiz.qpic.cn/7″

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 7, 2015
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A7rII aftermath. Jonathan asks: “A-Mount Loyalists…Will you switch?”

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Sometimes A-mount owners blame me for not reporting enough A-mount news. But the truth is there is simply little to tell yet. I rarely get A-mount rumors and as you have seen Sony did not introduce any new A-mount camera the last 15 months (and only two “updated” A-mount lenses). So here we are: Jonathan on SonyAlphaForum puts on table the big question: After the A7rII launch…A-Mount Loyalists…Will you switch?

I was a loyal A-mount user, waiting, and waiting for an update to my a99. The A7R2 was just too good to pass up, and the fact that I didn’t have to sell all my A-mount lenses was a bonus (still using my Sigma fisheye and 500mm, and Zeiss 135 f/1.8). So, money not being an issue, why would an A-mount user not cross over to FE at this point?

So here is the poll:

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

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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