March 13, 2015
Posted in reviews

Full Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens review at SLRgear.

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SLRgear (Click here) is the first site having published a full detailed review of the new Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens. They write:

Image quality from the new 35mm ƒ/1.4 lens is very good, with excellent sharpness — though being an ƒ/1.4 optic, there is some softness, especially in the corners, when shot wide-open. Other optical qualities such as CA and distortion control are also very good, and while vignetting is understandable strong at ƒ/1.4, it’s less of an issue at smaller aperture.
Overall, Sony has produced yet another very good lens for the A7-series cameras — a super-solid lens with excellent build quality, a nice feel and great image quality. Sure, it’s significantly larger, heavier and more expensive than the earlier FE 35mm ƒ/2.8 lens, but if you’re a professional or advanced enthusiast photographer in need of a superior low-light lens for the your full-frame Sony mirrorless camera, this is the one to consider.

The Zeiss can be preordered here:
in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
in Asia/Australia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

What’s hot with the lens:
– The lens has super fast Direct Drive focusing
– Advanced Aspherical Lens
– Aperture ring with click or clickless switch
– It’s weather sealed

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

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March 13, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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What’s in your kit bag with Matt Allard ACS
from RØDE Microphones on Vimeo.

What is in your bag (Newsshooter).
The Jesus of Low light Cameras, a Sony A7s Review (Bitt-N).
Manual lenses on the Sony a7 – A beginners guide (Philip Reeve).
A7R with Canon 17mm TS-E tilt/shift and Metabones adapter Mark III (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony NEX5 IR converted (hyryz)
Sony FDR-AX33 4K Camcorder 2015 Unboxing and First Look (Youtube).
10 Reasons To Switch From A DSLR To A Mirrorless System (With examples: Nikon vs Sony) at iLoveHatePhoto.
Lightroom and Photoshop Creative Skills (Youtube).
Short test with the 1957 Jupiter-9 85mm f/2 (SonyAlphaForum).

Anonymous:Very great video from the comet lovejoy in January 2015, with the a7s in real time! I think not one other camera can film it in real time video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lix4Zym-_HQ. Here a video from a Canon camera for comparison. The camera need 40 sec.!! shutter to film it….. its therefore only a timelapse possible: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6RshNt4a5UQ

Walter:I got an A7s, and I’m a videomaker. I override the 30 minutes time limitation of recordings thanks to InfiniREC. It’s an IR remote control that makes one and only simple thing: press rec and stop and rec again and stop again and rec again… and again… and again… for you. EVERY 29.30 minutes! So, no more forgetting to press rec and just 2-3 seconds of break time between recordings. It’s a small package, patchable to the camera. It’s also customizable (how much often and time between recordings). Since I didnt read about it around and everyone is complaining about this limitation… Here is the solution and I would like to tell you, if you do not know about it.

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March 12, 2015
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Back in Stock: Zeiss 55mm FE for $745.

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It’s now back in Stock: You save $255 on the grey imported but with full 3 year US warranty coming 55mm FE lens sold at GetDigital on eBay US (Click here). If you don’t like to buy Grey imported products you can buy it refurbished and with a $250 off on 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).

eBay listed a couple of Sony deals of the day:
$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).

 

 

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March 12, 2015
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Sony talks about the present and future of digital sensors.

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i-Micronews posted a highly interetsing interview with Yasuhiro Ueda (Sony Senior General Manager of Image Sensor Business). Here are some key info:

1) Sony steps out from the CCD sensor business:As a sensor division it was then just a matter of course to consider our transition to CMOS sensors, as they have much greater speed advantages.

2) Sony A7s sensor:Lately academic demonstrations have proven light can still be acquired even when the sensor’s aperture is extremely small. This kind of technology is applied in our bigger cell size α7S SLR digital camera, capable of taking pictures in a pitch dark environment.

3) Sensor development depends from the customers demand:Some people ask for greater pixel count as the application range is higher. On the other hand some find it bothersome and just ask for larger sensors.  The demand is coming from the customers and we are prepared to answer either way.

4) 3D sensor:We are and also have been interested in supporting the path of Dual cameras and likewise 3D camera to answer our customers’ needs, meaning the demand is coming from customers.

5) Mobile sensor:To reach that SLR level work has to be achieved with enabling technologies such as optical, image processing and sensors. We are and will continue challenging the SLR camera quality. Mobile phone cameras also have a bad video quality compared to broadcasting gear and similar to the SLRs we shall be aiming to challenge these quality levels.

6) The future three new application areas for CMOS sensors:First, it should be the automotive market. Then we believe the “new mobile imaging” market will grow. This is a field consisting of action cameras, drone cameras and new moving region concepts. The third is an area which we defined as a “sensing region”. Traditionally we defined sensing in respect to imaging to be an enabler in order to enjoy high quality images.

found via Image Sensor World.

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March 12, 2015
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Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 A-mount lens officially discontinued. Replacement coming soon.

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Sony Japan officially marked the current Zeiss 16-35mm A-mount lens as discontinued. This means the new version anticipated at Photokina will be released within the next 1-2 months.

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The new 16-35mm and 24-70mm A-mount Zeiss lenses will have following improvements:
– Improved AF speed
– Updated design and weatherproof body
– Image Quality improvement (like ghost reduction)

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