June 10, 2014
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Guest post: A second opinion on the Sony Zeiss FE 24-70mm f4 lens by Stefan Grosjean.

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A second opinion on the Sony Zeiss FE 24-70mm f4 lens  (by Stefan Grosjean)

We have all read the reviews. They all seem to agree that the Zeiss Zoom for Full-Frame E-mount Cameras is somewhat “disappointing”: (1) It’s not fast enough, (2) the corners are not sharp, (3) the distortion is heavy, and (4) it’s also too big, too heavy and too expensive.
The Sony Zeiss 55mm lens in contrast was received very well. Reviews agreed that it’s an “excellent” lens. With f1.8 it’s quite fast, it’s sharp across the entire frame even full open, and there’s almost no distortion to speak of (but it’s also rather expensive and not really small).
What’s interesting to me is the fact that both lenses have actually more or less the same low light ability although they do it very differently: The Prime has an aperture that is 2.3 stops brighter, the Zoom has an optical steady shot which is supposed to allow for 2-3 stops longer exposure times – which gives you about the same brightness. So let’s do a very quick and simple test and see how the “disappointing” zoom lens and the “excellent” prime lens perform under poor lighting conditions.
For this test the 55mm was full open at f1.8 with exposure time being 1/160sec. If there’s no steady shot I always chose 1/160 or faster to be sure most of my images turn out sharp (I guess my hands are pretty shaky). The 24-70mm was full open at f4 with an exposure time of 1/30 and 1/40. Steady shot was activated. Focal length was set to 55mm and all the other settings were also the same. The light source was a window on a rainy day. ISO speeds were at 800 (comparison 1) respectively 1600 (comparison 2). All photos were shot by hand without using a tripod. The autofocus field (size M) was set to the very corner because that’s where we have to expect the most significant differences. Photos are JPGs shot from my a7.
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June 10, 2014
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(UPDATE: Now sold out). RX100M3 already in Stock at BHphoto!

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Small surprise: The RX100M3 is already in Stock at BHphoto (Click here). 10 days before the expected shipment date! UPDATE: Now apprently sold out :(

Other great US deals from today:
Sony NEX-5T with lens and with external flash sells for a $399 only at eBay US (Click here).
$150 off on the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 A-mount lens at eBay US (Click here).
$100 off on the Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 A and E-mount lens at eBay US (Click here).
A77II in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

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June 10, 2014
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A77II in Stock for the first time at Amazon and Sonystore.

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For the first time the new Sony A77II is marked as in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and at Sony Store (Click here).

Sony A77II specs, preorders and shipment date:
Sony A77 body in USA at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Sony Store (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Sony A77 body in Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, PT, NO, SE, FI and Wex UK.
Sony A77 in Asia at Digitalrev and Sony Australia.

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June 10, 2014
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Sony A7s Into the darkness! New impressive videos!

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into the darkness – SONY α7S 4K shoot

You remember Stanley Kubrick shooting with a f/0.7 special Zeiss lens to shoot a Barry Lindon scene with the sole candle light? Well, that’s what you can do now with the new Sony A7s (which will ship soon). The video on top has been shot by Yoshihiro Enatsu and shows you the A7s performance with the light of one single candle. Below is another low light video:

Also Photoblog.hk posted two new videos: A Frame rate speed test (youtube video here) and an Autofocus test (youtube video here).

A7s and RX100M3 Preorders:
Sony A7s preorder in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s EU pages: Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
RX100M3 preorders in USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA.
RX100M3 preorders in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PT. And Wex UK,
RX100M3 in Asia at Amazon Japan and Sony Australia.

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June 10, 2014
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Hurray! Sigma officially announces the shipment of the A-mount 18-35mm f/1.8 lens!

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Today Sigma Japan issued that note to confirm that the Sony A-mount 18-35mm f/1.8 lens will ship form June 20! Take your preorder guys!

US preorders at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Europe preorders at Redcoon Germany (click here), WexUK (Click here).

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