September 25, 2014
Posted in news

Two new Zeiss videos about the 85mm Otus and 35mm ZM.

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Carl Zeiss Lenses – Otus 1.4/85

Zeiss posted those two new videos. You can use both lenses on your E-mount camera. One is the world’s best 85mm lens, the Zeiss Otus.  and the other one is the 35mm f/1.4 M-mount lens. And it may be that one day this new 35mm Distagon will be the “basic” for the Loxia version.


Carl Zeiss Lenses – Distagon T* 1,4/35 ZM

Otus  and ZM Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.
Distagon ZM preorder at BHphoto (Click here).

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September 25, 2014
Posted in deals, news

New Photoshop Elements 13 released. Reloaded Sony ref stuff.

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Adobe released the new Photoshop Elements 13 software. You can buy it at BHphoto (Click here) and of course at Adobe (Click here).

Current deals list:
Sony SD double pack at Adorama (Click here).
Free bag, SD card and Lightroom 5 with the A6000 sold by Groupon (Click here).
NEX-5T with bag and two(!) lenses for $449 on eBay US (Click here).
Sony A7 for $1,399 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 55mm FE for $874 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm FE for $999 on eBay US (Click here).
Distagon 24mm for 984 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-5T with kit lens for $349 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-6 for $324 on eBay US (Click here).
A full list of refurbished cameras and lenses can be seen on SonyStore (Click here).
E-mount QX camera is now shipping fo the first time worldwide through Digitalrev (Click here) and on plenty of eBay Hong Kong dealers (Click here).

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September 25, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sony interview at DPreview: Alpha mount confusion. Fast primes coming. Medium format (RX?) is possible.

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Sony Manager Shigeki Ishizuka have been interview ad Dpreview and let’s start right now with one big mistake they made…again! When asked about the future of A and E-mount systems Sony answered:

We have one system – the Alpha system” and “They are fully compatible with one another using adapters. I don’t want to separate those mounts into two ‘systems’. That’s why we stopped using ‘NEX’ in favor of using a single family name – ‘Alpha’.”

Fully compatible?  So A77II or A99 camera owners can buy those new FE lenses? Really, they are not fully compatible Sony! You are confusing the customers…again! 🙁

That said let’s move forward to the other highlights of the interview:

1) One of the reason why they moved all camera to “Alpha” name is that the “NEX” brand seemed to be more cheap than the “Alpha”.

2) Sony is focusing on serious high end cameras “to earn a good reputation among professionals and higher-level amateurs

3) Full Frame E-mount roadmap: One consistent request from customers is macro lenses and wide-aperture lenses.

4) Next generation of FE cameras will obviously have faster autofocus

5) Interesting part about sensor business: “When we make sensors we put them in several categories. [At any given time] one category of sensors is reserved purely for Sony cameras – we don’t sell them to other companies. Like the sensor in the A7S. But once we’ve enjoyed this advantage we might sell them on later, after some time has passed. This is the second category. The third category of sensors is completely generic – the sensors are created for use internally and to sell externally, to anybody. China or Taiwan or wherever.

6) When asked about a possible Sony medium format camera Mr. Ischizuka said: “there may be room to explore this opportunity [in the future].

If Sony and Mr.Shigeki Ishizuka: I am not mad at you but it just need a little bit more of effort to clear out the confusion: Just say there is and “Alpha” system with two camera lines: A and E-mount. Make it clear on your website and in your interviews. Thanks 🙂

 

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September 25, 2014
Posted in rumors

Competition on the horizon: Canon new camera mount system? Megapixel race is restarting again!

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Mark my words guys. Early 2015 will be very exciting for the whole photographic industry with many new cameras and what’s more important new sensors and advanced features. I already told you there is something big from Sony on the horizon (coming January). The Megapixel war is restarting and Canon will likely try to fight back Sony too. There is finally going to be a big battle on the Full Frame Mirrorless and on the sensor ground. These are the reasons:

1) Canon is seriously considering to launch a complete new mount system (Source: MirrorlessRumors). Likely a Full Frame mirrorless system to fight back the A7 series

2) At Dpreview Canon said “In the very near future you can expect us to show something in terms of mirrorless and also a higher resolution sensor.

It’s going to be strong battle. If Canon gets “serious” with the new FF mirrorless mount system Sony will have to fight against a very strong PR machine. Sony really has to do things right in 2015 to not lose their current advantage. And it’s certainly a good news for us to know they have finally some competition!

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September 24, 2014
Posted in reviews

New A7s reviews from Cinema5D, BestMCR, GVFX and more…

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Shooting Sony A7s & S-Log2 – A closer look & downloadable footage from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Let me catch up with some interesting Sony A7s tests and review I got the last coule of weeks:

Shooting Sony A7s & S-Log2 – A closer look & downloadable footage (Cinema5D).
Full A7s review at BestMirrorlessCameraReviews.
Urban Exploration with the Sony A7S (GVFX).
Shooting Ephemerisle with the A7S and Voigtlander 35mm 1.2 (Judd Weiss).
kingfisher picture`s A7s + LA-EA4 + SAL500mm F4 SSM G (Dyxum).
Somewhere there you see the A7s (SAR twitter).
Sony A7s against Panasonic GH4 by Dave Dugdale.
Michaela Baranov and the Sony A7s at JoshMcLeod.

Luke:Shot a short test video with my new A7s this last Saturday and am pretty happy with the results. Using SLOG2 was a little trickier than I had imagined so I think a few of the scenes are a little underexposed/overexposed, but by the end I think I had a handle on it. https://vimeo.com/106735759

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

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