September 28, 2014
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Next price drop n the A77II ($150 off!)

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Right before Photokina there has been another $50 price drop on the A77II body which now sells for $1,048 only at Amazon, Adorama (has free extras), BHphoto and Sony Store. The kit version got $150 off at Amazon, Adorama (has free extras), BHphoto and Sony Store.

Reminder: These are the current great new refurbished deals:
Sony FE 70-200mm for $1.199,99 at eBay US.
RX100m2 with bag and SD card for $474 at eBay US.
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore and on eBay US.
SonyA77m2 for $899 at eBay US.

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September 28, 2014
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All the Photokina announcement and news roundup (ordered by facebook likes ranking).

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If you ever wondered which are actually the most Facebook liked posts on SAR just check the top 20 posts lists from Photokina:

1795 likes: This is how weird the QX1 looks with huge lenses 🙂
856 likes: (UPDATED) Zeiss Loxia officially announced! 50mm costs $949 and 35mm costs $1,299.
677 likes: Crazy! Sandisk announces world’s Highest Capacity SD! Up to 512GB on one card!
640 likes: (SR5) First image of the E-mount FS 4K camcorder!
613 likes: (SR5) First image of the new Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2.0 Planar lens!
596 likes: (SR5) Zeiss will soon announce the new “Loxia” lens line for Sony Full Frame E-mount!
461 likes: New Samyang 12mm f/2.8 Full Frame lens announced!
444 likes: (SR5) New Zeiss Otus 85mm pics and design info. It’s going to be the best FF lens of the world!
442 likes: (SR5) New leak of the QX1(20MP sensor) and new E-mount lenses (Zeiss 16-35mm costs 1350 Euro).
380 likes: Sony Japan launches a special FE camera/lens kit box!
379 likes: New monster lens from Sigma: 150-600mm f/5-6.3 DG OS HSM weather sealed Sport zoom!
313 likes: First Speedmaster PRO “Dark Knight” FE lenses in Stock (and first unboxing video).
301 likes: Sony announces the new FE lenses!
294 likes: (SR5) Full Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens MTF and design graph.
235 likes. World’s best lens officially announced: Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4.
202 likes: Worldwide first Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 review with the Sony A7r!
186 likes: Sony FS7 E-mount 4K and 28-135mm FE powerzoom officially announced!
182 likes: Officially announced: QX1 E-mount module (and the QX30).
169 likes: Sony: “We want to keep developing both the A mount and the E mount system”
151 likes: New FE roadmap also shows a “large aperture prime to come” (85mm?).

I am actually surprised to see the QX1 news on top….

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September 27, 2014
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This week SAR readers photos selection (and a Facebook link fix reminder).

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Jason Bassett‎
“Little thief”
An exciting photograph with a beautiful model and ferret!
Sony A7 + Zeiss 35mm + Profoto

Good news: Facebook had some problems with the photo albums view. But they fixed it and SAR readers pictures are now again listed at https://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos.

That’s why this is the new How To to share and like SAR readers pictures on our SAR Facebook page:

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: https://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Read the rest of this entry →

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September 27, 2014
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Brand new refurbished deals: A7 sells for $999 only!

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Sony itself and Sony partner Secondipity have a new Stock of refurbished Sony stuff. And the great news is that you get the Full Frame A7 for $999 only on eBay (Click here). I think this is the first time you get a Full Frame camera (although refurbished) for under $1,000!

These are the other great new refurbished deals:
Sony FE 70-200mm for $1.199,99 at eBay US.
RX100m2 with bag and SD card for $474 at eBay US.
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore and on eBay US.
SonyA77m2 for $899 at eBay US.

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September 27, 2014
Posted in reviews

Good news: Loxia 35mm is “distinctly and visibly better” than the ZM version!

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On left the Loxia 35mm corner at f/2.0. On right the ZM at f/2.0 (Image 3D-Kraft)

As you know the new Zeiss Loxia FE lenses are based on the current Zeiss ZM lens design. There were some worries that the new Loxia may be just the same ZM lenses with an E as mount. Well 3D-Kraft compared the new Loxia 35mm lenses with the “older” ZM 35mm lens. And as you see form the images on top there is a clear optical advantage on the Loxia. 3D-Kraft writes:

Although the Zeiss Loxia 2/35 uses a similiar (and proven) lens design like the ZM Biogon 2/35 (designed for range finder cameras), it is distinctly and visibly better optimized to requirements of the Sony digital A7 / A7R sensors.

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

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