March 11, 2015
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Sony FE 24-240mm lens is now in Stock at BHphoto!

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The new Sony FE 24-240mm lens is now in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). It’s also shipping in Europe at Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

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You save $550 on that refurbished Sony A7 with 28-70mm sold by Henrys on eBay (Click here). It comes with full 1 year warranty. Not bad to get a FF camera with lens for $1,000!

Reminder: New Sony FE 24-240mm lens is shipping at Sony US (Click here), Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and Digitalrev.

Samys is offering Open Box A7/r/s cameras:
$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 11, 2015
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(SR3) Sigma to announce a new 24mm f/2.8 E-mount lens in October?

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(SR3) Sigma rumors got info about a possible Sigma 24mm f/2.8 DN Art APS-C E-mount Lens that could be released in September. This would become the fourth APS-C E-mount lens in their lineup after the 19mm (here), 30mm (here) and 60mm (here) E-mount lenses.

One more Sigma rumor:

(SR1) Sigma Rumors and I also got a weird info from another source about a 23mm FE Sigma lens (unlike the 24mm ART APSC E-mount lens rumored above). We both think this rumors is very likely fake. Anyway, here it is:

“I do have confirmation that FE support from Sigma is actually further along than the DPreview interview with the Sigma CEO would suggest. Sigma developed and will be releasing a FE 23mm f2.8 lens to market either September or October 2015.  This focal length was strategically chosen to complement the new FE 28/2 Sony has released.  It will have 10 elements in 8 groups, and 9 rounded diaphram blades.”

But I am 99% sure this one is fake.

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March 11, 2015
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First 24-240mm FE unboxing and hands-on test. In Stock at Sony USA!

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One week earlier than expected the new 24-240mm FE lens is already in Stock in USA at official Sony eBay Store (Click here)! It’s also in Stock at Fotomundus Germany (Click here), Richmondcamera UK (Click here) and Digitalrev.

And the very first unboxing review has been posted on the German Sony User Forum. You can see image samples taken with the A7II and A6000. The reviewer says:
1) First impression at unboxing was…damn is it heavy! But it still an ok weight if you compare it to the much heavier 70-200mm FE
2) The Zoom ring is stiff but that’s a good news
3) OSS in combination with the A7II is outstanding.
4) The max aperture on different focal lengths is:
f/3,5 up to 30mm
f/4,0 up to 45mm
f/4,5 up to 55mm
f/5,0 up to 70mm
f/5,6 up to 100mm
f/6,3 from 100mm
5) Close focusing distance is 50cm up to 80cm. That’s by far much better than the 135cm from the SEL 70-200.
6) AF is very precise but not really super fast.

The lens is also shipping in Vietnam, first unboxing video in Vietnamese on Youtube. The only English review about that lens so far has been posted at BHphoto (Click here) who says:

In my rudimentary testing I can say that when I focused on something at the telephoto end and zoomed out, the focus did not shift noticeably, which is a big plus. The main drawbacks for video are the stiff zoom barrel, as well as the distortion, which is not as easily corrected for video users. Still, if you have to have a large zoom range and don’t want to splurge for the Sony FE PZ 28-135 lens, then this is certainly a viable option.
It’s not going to be the sharpest or most light-sensitive lens but, in my testing, I think it does well enough to use in place of other FE lenses—in most circumstances.

I also updated the preorder list with new Digitalrev and Sony Australia preorder options:
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 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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