September 27, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony a7R II Real World Review by Tony Northup


Tony Northup posted that real world review of the A7rII. You will hear the usual pros and cons list and let’s hope Sony will take note of them to make a nice larger A9 body :)

And here are some new A7rII tests:
Sony A7R II Field Test Part I by Imaging Resource.
First Look at Ron Mart Blog.

Hans:have tried the 500mm/8 not so expensive Vivitar mirror lens with IBIS on the A7R MarkII. Was surprised about the good results. Like to have a look? Here is the link:
Kind regards/Mit freundlichem Gruss

Chuck: “I’ve been shooting football games recently with the A7RII and will be posting more videos soon – I just put up a quick one featuring a few shots with the A77II and the A7RII:

Jeff: Sony A7Rii & Lee Big Stopper: There are few places I return to more than once. Fossil Cove is enchanting. It helps me feel alive and each time I leave, the light has run out before I have finished shooting. Each corner you turn, or ledge you climb there is another angle – a different perspective with its own unique beauty:

Ed:A nice article on A7RII being used in a hot steel mill for some video pickup shots.

Andreas:I was shooting a U2 show with a a7r2 and 70-400g2, worked out great. see the pictures on flickr:
one made it to the flickr explore section which doesnt happen to me very often:

A7rII store list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK and ParkCameras.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

September 27, 2015
Posted in news

Batis 85mm lens to ship from October 29 at BHphoto. May 11 preorders shipped!



We finally got a date! If you preorder the new Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens now you will get it by October 29 at BHphoto (Click here). And the good news is that very ealry preorders from may 11 shipped today!

P.S.: Tom F Watson tested the Zeiss Batis and Loxia lenses in Hong Kong. Check it out!

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.

September 27, 2015
Posted in reviews

Phase detection Autofocus test with the new Techart III EF adapter firmware.


The Techart III EF to E-mount adapter got the new firmware update which improves the autofocusing performance. The adapter sells through many eBay sellers (Click here). And here are some first tests:

1) Kasw:I just purchased the Saker Falcon Lite Equivalent “Techart” EF to NEX III electronic adapter that enable PDAF on non-A7R II Cameras(a6100 in my case). The result is impressive, there’s still misfocus and back-and-forth, but is much less than other adapters, AF-C also works, there is a video I shot while using Canon 50mm f1.8 STM:
The noise from the background is actually from the lens. Anyway, impressive result when compare with Sony’s native 50mm f1.8:

2) Sony A7rII test:

3) More Youtube videos:
A7+techart ef-nex III v1.1.0 AF test
DEO Techart saker Falcon Lite (on Fn) good light
Sony A7 – Techart EOS-NEX III – Tamron 28-75 f2,8
Sony A7 – Techart EOS-NEX III – Canon 70-200 F4 IS

The Techart III adpater can be purchased on eBay (Click here).

September 27, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Samyang-Cine-Lens-Review by Mark Galer. Full article here

Anyone using a 500mm lens? (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony RX10 II review: This Swiss Army knife of the camera world boasts even more tools than ever! (Imaging Resource).
Beach trip with the Sony a6000 and a few lenses (movetomirrorless).
Shootout: Sony FE 55mm Sonnar, Zeiss Loxia 50mm Planar, Leica 50mm Summilux-M Compared (Talkemount).
High ISO camera concept (SonyAlphaForum).
CanonFD 300mm 1:4 L tested on the A7 (Phillip Reeve).

Gantico:A night with almost full moon at the Astronomical Observatory of the Autonomous Region of the Aosta Valley, Italy. Shot with a Sony A7S, a few Canon lenses, ISO between 100.000 and 200.000. Low angle camera movements created with Shootools Skate Dolly. Edited in Premiere Pro, noise reduction made wit Neat Video v4, custom regrain. Hope that you find interesting to share:

Meng Keat:Share a video did by my friend for Sony Malaysia for the launching of RX100M4. A great little camera!

September 27, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Bildschirmfoto 2015-09-25 um 08.54.59
Phillip Reeve on SonyAlphaForum.
Canon nFD 4/300 L

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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