May 26, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Samsung NX500 vs Sony A6000

Venuslens/Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro Objektiv (Joerghaag).
OTUS 55 vs OTUS 85 on Sony A7r at Dearsusan.
Tamron SP 15-30mm f/2.8 Di VC USD Review (ePhotozine).
A6000 review at Epicmirrorless.
Sony Confirms its Image Sensor Sales Forecast (Image Sensor World).
FE 28mm lens test at Fengniao.
A7II review at

JB:For an example of how good the A7S camera is at real-time HD planetary video, check out this video of the planet Saturn taken last week using my A7S and a Takahashi Mewlon 250 telescope running at f 20. Frame rate is 60 fps, ISO = 32,000. Planet Saturn at 600X magnification:

Marcus:I’m a daily reader of your excellent site and exclusively shoot with Sony cameras since the legendary DSC-727. Last year I started with concert photography using my RX100m3, and I would like to share my website at with you and your readers. Many pictures were taken at ISO 6.400, and I’m delighted by the low-light capabilities of the RX100m3. Enjoy! Best regards, Marcus

May 25, 2015
Posted in reviews

Diglloyd tests the new Batis lenses and says the 85mm Sonnar “Rocks”!



Diggloyd is the first photographer testing the new Zeiss Batis FE lenses. And his first impression is that he is…impressed :)

The Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar rocks. What a gorgeous lens (the Zeiss Batis 25/2 also). MUST HAVES for Sony shooters.

Short of Zeiss Otus you’re not going to do any better at 25mm and 85mm on Canon and/or Nikon. And the Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2 surely looks to be a better lens than the Zeiss ZF.2 25mm f/2 Distagon. Which raises a nagging question I’ve been wondering about for 2-3 years: when is Zeiss going to raise its wide-angle game in the DSLR arena?

A camera system depends on its lenses, and the Zeiss Batis line now solidly anchors the Sony mirrorless platform. Along with the Sony 28mm f/2 (more review coverage coming) and the Sony/Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 and the prospect of a 50+ megapixel Sony A9, one wonders about Nikon and Canon and Fujifilm as distant runner ups in key markets like travel, landscape, wedding photography, etc. If only Sony would fix is dog excrement service and support.

It’s really amazing we have Zeiss 100% focused on the Sony FE system. With the Zeiss Batis and the Zeiss Loxia lens line we have some game changing options in for the Sony FE system. Now Sony it’s your turn to learn from the early FE camera faults and limits and improve them on the future A7 and A9 cameras! P.S.: And please, give us a proper bigger A9 soon!

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

May 25, 2015
Posted in deals

Gold Box deal now on the massive Sigma 50-500mm A-mount lens!


Amazon launched a Gold Box deal on the massive 50-500mm Sigma A-mount zoom (27% off Click here). Above you can see the lens on the A7 and below on the A99. The deal starts 30min earlier if you are an Amazon Prime user.

May 25, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony SEL28F20 FE 28mm f2 Lens Unboxing

Action cam design patent at Freepatentsonline.
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS Sample Images (Photographyblog).
Pics with Zeiss Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony FS7 Travels Well on 3-Week Documentary Shoot (Sony Blog).
Sample Images from the Sony 28mm f2 Full Frame E Mount Lens (ThePhoBlographer).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Review (Photographyblog).
Hands-On Review: Rokinon 135mm f/2.0 and 50mm f/1.4 Lenses (Bhphoto).

Dutch:Hi Andrea, 6 months ago I made a short movie with the RX100M3 for Pf, a dutch professional photo magazine. Just to show how easy it is to film with it and how well the autofocus performs. At the end I also did some evening shots at 3200 and 6400 ISO.

Fernando:Alpha + M42 Bayonet Timelapse 4k. Alpha Nex 3 + Zeiss Jena 135 + Zeiss Tessar 50 2.8:

Firoz Ahmad‎:Sony a7s with PP6

May 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7s ISO Sensitivity Test by BananaManaTV.


That new ISO test shows once again the impressive low light performance of the A7s!

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).

May 24, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Yuri Afanasiev‎
Red dress. Continuation of the story. Sony a7r + FE 24-70mm F4 ZA OSS | 26mm | F/9 | ISO100 | 1,3s
My Site

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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