October 23, 2015
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Sony E Mount Lens Optical Bench Tests by Lensrentals.

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Lensrentals tested a few E-mount lenses and confirms that Sony has some issues on delivering consistent quality on their lenses. There are larger copy-to-copy variations than with Nikon and Canon lenses.

Mostly we are just starting with FE lens testing. Over the next few weeks, we should get a good handle on how the Sony lenses compare to each other.
I think there’s no question we’ve seen support for what a lot of people are claiming: the 35mm f/1.4 ZA lens is very likely to have some tilt with one corner or side out of the plane of focus. Depending on what you photograph this may make no difference to you, or may be a huge issue. But I doubt sending copy after copy back is going to make much difference (you may trade a soft right upper corner for a slightly soft left side, etc.). We’ve taken a couple of these apart and there’s not a ton of optical adjustments that can be made: there are a set of shims behind the front group that can be modified a bit, but it’s a crude and very time-consuming adjustment, so I don’t think it’s generally going to be something that can be fixed.
The 55mm f/1.8 is really a good lens, very sharp and consistently made. The 90 mm f/2.8 is a decent lens, reasonably sharp, but there seems to be a fair bit of copy-to-copy variation in overall sharpness.
All that being said, these lenses may look better on-camera than on the optical bench because there seems to be at least some modification of files as the raw is written. We’ll get a better handle on that as we test more lenses.

In short: Sony really has to improve the quality control on the production chain.

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October 23, 2015
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Understanding Compression of the Sony A7R II Uncompressed ARW Raw Format (Diglloyd).

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Diglloyd posted two new A7rII articles:
Understanding Compression of the Sony A7R II Uncompressed ARW Raw Format
and
Reader Question: Convert to DNG for Sony’s Space-Wasting 14-bit Uncompressed RAW Files?.

And here are two key insights he shares about the new A7rII uncompressed RAW format:

1) The Sony A7R II captures 14 bits per photosite. The Sony uncompressed raw format then stores these 14 bits in 16 bits, bloating the file by 14%. In other words, Sony wastes about 9MB per image for no value or purpose at all. So Sony users lose triply: wasted storage, degraded camera responsiveness, fewer shots before the camera buffer fills.

2) A lossless-compressed format can save far more than even the bit packing mentioned above. Nikon and Canon use Huffman encoding. But it might be that the CPU in the Sony cameras is not fast enough for Huffman encoding?

In short, we would all save space, time and have a faster camera if Sony could add lossless-compressed files and not use the 16bit format. Let’s hope Sony has this on their todo list for the next firmware update!

Sony A7rII store links to Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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October 23, 2015
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Photoplus Sony booth images and videos (look at that majestic Mitakon 135mm f/1.4 on the Sony).

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The PhotoPlus opened yesterday and the first Sony booth images and videos are being published on the web. A special mention goes to Emin Kuliyev who tried to shoot the new Mitakon 135mm f1.4 (3Kg!) with the Sony a7RII. See him on Youtube.

More reports:
What’s Happening at Sony and Samsung | Photo Plus Expo 2015 (Youtube).
Adorama Exclusive – PhotoPlus 2015: The Leica SL Camera (Youtube).
Adorama Exclusive – PhotoPlus 2015: Sony RX1R II, a7S II and a7R II (Youtube).
Adorama Exclusive – PhotoPlus 2015: Sony FS5 4K XDCAM Camera (Youtube).
What’s Happening at Sony and Samsung | Photo Plus Expo 2015 (Youtube).
Hands-On from the Mitakon booth with the 135/1.4 and 35mm f/0.95 for APS-C E-mount is now up on Admiring Light.
Hands-On with the Leica SL and Leica Q, including the 24-90 and 90-280mm lenses, with full size samples (Admiringlight).
Hands-On with the Sony RX1R II, Sony A7S II and Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8, including full size samples from the Loxia 21mm (Admiringlight).
Hands-On with the Fujifilm 35mm f/2 and 1.4x TC (Admiringlight).

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October 23, 2015
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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 in Stock at eBay UK (worldwide shipment).

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It’s still almost impossible to find the Batis lenses in Stock. So you may jump on this one:
Two Batis 85mm Batis lenses are for sale at eBay UK (Click here). Comes with three years Zeiss warranty and ships worldwide.
They also have two Batis 25mm lenses for sale again through their eBay UK store (Click here)

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.

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October 23, 2015
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Sony A7rII deal at Digitalrev.

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There is a deal on the brand new Sony A7rII sold at Digitalrev (Click here). The value of the price drop depends from the country you are buying from.

More EU deals:
Special A6000 deal at Amazon DE (Click here).
Bis zu 50 EUR Sofortrabatt auf den Kaufpreis beim Kauf einer ausgewählten Sony Kamera at Amazon DE (Click here).
​Sony Alpha 7 Kamera mit gratis Flashstar Rucksack at Amazon DE (Click here).
Up to 200 pounds off at Amazon UK (read details here).

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