March 16, 2014
Posted in reviews

Test of the new Zeiss 24-70mm on the Sony A7R (Guest post by Dierk Topp)


The following is a guest post written by Dierk topp. Please contact me (Andrea) at if you want to write an article to be published on SAR. Thanks!

Test of the new Zeiss Vario-Tessar FE 4/24-79 ZA OSS on the Sony A7R

This is no professional test and was planed for my own judgment of the lens.  After looking at these images I hope, that we soon will get profiles included in the next Adobe Camera Raw!

autofocus, tripod, horizontal control with  bubble level, IR remote control
LR 5.3 default development, export JPG 92%, sharpening for screen during export
OOC JPEG images with camera defaults (I never use JPEG out of the camera and did not adjust any settings)
focal lengths 24, 50 and 70mm, with f/4, f/5.6 and f/8
I found severe distortions in all focal lengths and apertures  in the RAW files. These distortions seem to be very good corrected in the camera JPEG with the effect, that you loose parts of the 100% image!
I added the OOC images with f/4 for these three focal lengths. EXIF is included in all images.

You find all test images in full resolution on my flickr album (Click here)
together with a set of the OSS test images, of course a complete individual result!

as example 50mm at f/4 from RAW


P.S.: The new Zeiss 24-70mm is in Stock in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS, and in Europe at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT (Click on country name to see the lens site).

March 15, 2014
Posted in news

Most voted SAR readers pictures of the week!


Sony A7 @ 1/100, f5.6, ISO 400 FE 24-70 @ 70mm, Stefan Grosjean

Here is a selection of some of the most liked SAR readers pictures of the week at
As usual feel free to share and vote pictures. It’s also a good place where to meet photographers and share experiences and techniques!

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March 15, 2014
Posted in reviews

Full A6000 review at SLRclub.


The Korean site SLRclub posted the full A6000 review. As usual they do post the text as jpg. picture and that’s why there is no english translation. But it’s worth to check out the site to see their youtube autofocus tests and the many image samples they posted.

For portueges&brazilian friend: An A6000 unboxing in brazilian portuguese  on youtube :)

Sony A6000 preorder list with US and Europe links:
Sony A6000 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama, BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here). In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
Silver A6000 at WexUK (Click here).
Sony A6000 with lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama, BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here)Sony Canada (Click here), WexUK (Click here).
Silver A6000 with lens at WexUK (Click here).
Sony 70-200mm FE at Amazon (CLick here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyStore (Click here). In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT

March 14, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sony TidBits…


a powerful smile from Mike Kobal on Vimeo.

Sony A7 for wedding photography at Hamburg-hochzeitsfotografen.
Sony Zeiss 16-70mm f4 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS Sample Images (Photogrpahyblog).
Zeiss 55mm FE lens test at Fotopolis.
Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens test at Fotopolis.
Funny A5000 bag at
A7 vs A99 at Ronmartblog.
Hypothesis: DxO doesn’t actually test every lens with every camera (Leicaboss).
Sigma 24-105 Comparison by Lensrentals.

Robert:My name is Bob and I work at a photographic store in New York city. Everyday customers come into the store to try out cameras and most of the time they end up taking photos of me. I’ve started to assemble a collection of those photos and post them online. Recently a prototype of the Hasselblad H5D-50C was brought in for the medium format department to preview. A photo from that camera is the newest addition to my collection.
You can find it here:

Lisa Shu:I could not help informing you this great news for Camera360. The v5.0 has been finally released globally.
Please check the Android version by the link below:
Please check the iOS version by the link below:

Graham: <“em>Like you, I’m a photographer and use Sony cameras. In fact, I bought the Sony A7R shortly after it was released, and just yesterday I finished a Sony A7R Review with Canon EF Lenses: YouTube video review:

Massimo:new impressions of the A7R with the 17TS:

Alexandre:Hello Andrea, My review of the Sony A7r / Zeiss 55mmF1.8 has already more then 13 000 views on Youtube. You can share it if you like. I included 12 photos samples (with Exif Data) and 5 video samples. I made as well a test of the famous shutter sound in 7 different environment with different levels of noise.

Anonymous:Just came across this and thought it could be of some interest: “Sony digital SLR camera 2012 – Number of Parts 580”

Bruce:Thank you, Andrea! BTW, I’ve been shooting Sony exclusively since dumping Canon gear almost two years ago. Here’s a video I shot with a NEX-7/Leica 90 f2 as well as an a99 with the Zeiss 135mm f1.8:

March 14, 2014
Posted in deals

50% off All Cameras & Camcorders in many Sony US stores!


Last week we reported how Sony decided to close most of their Stores in USA. Today Sony Blog posted this:

Starting today, select Sony Stores will be offering up to 60% off some of your favorite Sony gear for a limited time only. Deals will include:

  • Cameras & Camcorders
    • 50% off All Cameras & Camcorders
  • eReaders
    • 50% off All eReaders
  • Media
    • 80% off Movies & Music CDs
    • 60% off All Accessories, Blank Storage Media & Software
  • Mobile Phones
    • 60% off All Cellular Telephones
  • PlayStation
    • 50% off All PlayStation Game Titles & Accessories
    • 25%  off All PlayStation Game Consoles
  • Portable Audio
    • 60% off All Portable Audio Products
  • TV & Home Audio
    • 60% off TV Stands & Wall Brackets
    • 50% off All TV & Home Audio/Video Components
  • VAIO
    • 25% off All VAIO Computers & Tablets

The list of stores offering thsoe deals can be found at Sony Blog


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