March 31, 2015
Posted in deals

New Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens now in Stock at Amazon US.



For the very first time the new Zeiss Distagon lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).

Zeiss can be bought here:
in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
in Asia/Australia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

March 31, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Either RX or A-mount cameras coming on April 23. No E-mount on that day.



I got one more confirmation from another trusted source that Sony will indeed launch new products on April 23. He also added that there will no E-mount camera or lens announcement on that day. These leaves us with two options:
1) Sony will launch new RX cameras. Very likely the RX2 with curved sensor and 35mm f/1.8 Zeiss. Or a new RX10 successor (The grat Panasonic FZ1000 does 4K and costs less). Don’t think there will be a RX100m4 already…
2) Sony will launch a new A-mount camera. The A77II is only one year old so I guess we can either hope for a new A99II or a new A58II. Certainly a new A99II would be a strong signal that A-mount is alive!

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March 31, 2015
Posted in news

That’s smart! New smart cap for the 16-50mm lens.



Oriental Hobbies announced that smart cap for the 16-50mm E-mount lens. It opens automatically when you “Open” the lens. The bad news is that you can buy it in Japan only.

P.S.: A curios coincidence: The Olympus OM lens caps fit E mount (SonyAlphaForum).

March 31, 2015
Posted in news

Live Q&A with Sony Artisan Brian Matiash at 500px (and A6000 news roundup).


Quick note: 500px is hosting Sony Artisan Brian Matiash for their next Live Q&A session (next Tues, March 31st at 10AM Pacific/US). Part of the event is a contest where they’re giving away a Sony a6000 kit.

A6000 battery grip: Ownuser grip on eBay (Click here) or Amazon (Click here). “Neweer” battery grip for the A6000 is now for sale on Amazon (Click here). And the “Travor” A6000 battery grip is for sale on Alibaba (Click here).

„Neuer Fokus“: Manuel Neuer setzt auf die Alpha α6000 Systemkamera von Sony (

Richard:Have shot a lot of with eh A6000 and A7R in the last few months of converting with teh Metabones from Canon 6D.:

Sony A6000 store link list:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
A6000 Gariz case on eBay in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Camel (Click here) and Red (Click here).

March 30, 2015
Posted in deals

One-day sale on select SanDisk Memory at Adorama. $80 off on Rokinon 16mm lens.


The A and E-mount version of the Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 lens got a $80 off at eBay US (Click here and select the mount).

Adorama is offering a one-day sale on select SanDisk Memory (will expire at 11:59pm EST 3/30):
SanDisk 32GB Class 10, Extreme Secure Digital High Capacity (SDHC) Memory Card $19.95
SanDisk 64GB Class 10, Extreme SDXC UHS-I Memory Card $39.95
SanDisk 16GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive $17.95
SanDisk 32GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive $24.95
SanDisk 64GB Cruzer Extreme USB 3.0 Flash Drive $39.95
SanDisk Extreme 32GB microSDHC Class 10 UHS-I Memory Card w/ microSD Adapter (New Faster Version) $19.95
SanDisk 32GB Ultra Compact Flash Memory Card $28.95

The Sony A7 now sells with free case, free mic and free vertical grip included at Adorama (Click here to see all kit versions)!

More Sony deals:
A7/s/r lens/case superbundle again at Sony Store US (Click here).
Sony A77II bundle deal at SonyStore (Click here).
NEX-7 with kit lens for $498 only at BHphoto (Click here).
The Sony A3000 with kit lens sells for $249 at BHphoto (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
50% off on refurbished 55-210mm sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
RX100 with $100 free extras (SD card, LR5) and a $50 gift card when using the code “trade50328” at FocusCamera (Click here).
A77II kit with free grip at Sony Store US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$300 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$221 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
FE 24-240mm is in Stock at BestBuy eBay, Adorama and Sony US

March 30, 2015
Posted in reviews

Photozone kills the 16-70mm Zeiss: “heavily overpriced and below average optical performance”.



The German friends from Photozone tested the 16-70mm E-mount Zeiss lens and the conclusion is very negative:

Sony/Zeiss did many things right – range, build quality, image stabilization but optical quality is not part of the list. Yes, the center quality is outstanding but the corners are often mediocre or even dismal.
It is worth to mention AGAIN that we also send the lens to the Sony service in order to let them verify that our sample was within specs – TWICE and we let them know who we are and that there’ll be a review. So we have to take their word.

SAR thoughts: Overall Sony really needs to take care of the APS-C E-mount customers again. They launched the very successful NEX system and then suddenly changed name and stopped to make lenses for the system. I understand the FE system is popular and needs a lot of new lenses. But if I would be on charge at Sony I would also release a Sony APS-C E-mount lens roadmap with a few nice primes and zooms. This would really help to create confidence around the system. The A6000 is such a great camera it’s pity you are let down by the limited lens range!

March 30, 2015
Posted in deals

Amazon launches Gold Box deals on two NEX-5t kits.


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There are two Gold Box deals on the Sony NEX-5t at Amazon US (Click here and than scroll the horizontal bar to find them). And German readers have a Blitzangebot on the 18-200mm E-mount lens at Amazon DE (via DL).


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