March 28, 2015
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Free case and filter kit with the 50mm E-mount lens. A3000 kit for $249 at Amazon too.

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You get a free lens case and filters with the 50mm f/1.8 E-mount lens sold at Adorama (Click here) or by Adorama on Amazon (Click here). And the A3000 with kit lens now sells for $249 at Amazon US (Click here).

More new 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

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March 28, 2015
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New Samyang 135mm lens tested at Photozone, ePhotozine and Per Kylberg.

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Peter Kylberg tested the Samyang 135mm f/2.0 Emount lens on the A7r and A6000:

135mm is a very interesting focal length, for its perspective and creative possibilities. The Samyang is affordable, not too heavy and the image quality is better than Sony 70-200/4. I like it a lot.
Ergonomic it is a mixed bag: Nice to hold and handle on both A7R and A6000, but the grip on the aperture ring is too slippery in relation to its firmness.
Compared to the 70-200 it is of course not very versatile. The zoom has OSS, the 135 has 2.0
Using enlargement on the EVF it is rather easy to nail sharpness – essential on a tele. Color peaking is not accurate enough. Above image is free hand but at 1/2000 sec.
Another thing of interest for A7R owners: No problem at all with shutter vibration loss of sharpness! I can’t say that about the 70-200 which can have that problem (also on tripod) 1/40 to 1/250sec.
Color: Sony(Zeiss) lenses on A7R tends to go towards yellow. (create color profiule with colorchecker passport i my solution). The 135/2 tends to go in the opposite direction, to be a bit cool.
Finally: I really like this lens! Planing to go to the mountains as soon as midnight sun sets in I will probably chose the 135 over the 70-200. Despite versatility, despite OSS.
Want to check out more test shots?
http://perkylberg.smugmug.com/

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Both lenses also got tested on a Canon camera at:

Photozine (Click here) tested the Samyang 135mm T/2.2 ED UMC Cine version:

The image quality is almost stunning with very good results at T2.2 and an excellent if not outstanding quality at medium aperture settings and across the image frame. A very low amount of lateral CAs also helps to increase the sharpness perception. Distortions are absent whereas the vignetting is quite typical for a full format lens in this class.

ePhotozine (Click here) posted the Samyang 135mm f/2 ED UMC Lens Review:

Those interested in a fast 135mm, who are either on a budget or don’t need autofocus for their work, should certainly consider this lens. It’s more than capable of delivering sharpness on a par with high-end lenses, but at a fraction of the cost. This, coupled with the excellent build quality and smooth manual focus action make this lens an excellent buy overall.

You can get the lens at BHphoto:
135mm f/2.0 for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
135mm t/2.2 Cine for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
And via Korean sellers on eBay:
Samyang 135mm E-mount (here n eBay)
Samyang 135mm A-mount (here n eBay)

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March 28, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Feenfeuer – Feuerfeen @ Abrax Kadabrax
from Hacky on Vimeo. Filmed with A7s and Atomos Shogun.

Feuerfeen – Fire Artistry @ Circus Abrax Kadabrax (video on top) by 3D-Kraft.
Sony 50/1.4 ZA vs 55/1.8 ZA (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony A7 II – Sony A7r Image Quality Compared – Raw And Jpg. Samples (Soundimagesplus).
Test af Sony FE 35mm f/2.8: Kompakt, men dyr arbejdshest (GraverHoltPhoto).
Atomos Shogun: el mejor amigo de la Sony A7S (Quesabesde).
A new A7ii leather case by K company (DC.watch).
Where Do Poor Quality New Lenses End Up? (SonyAlphaForum).

Cliff:Sony AX100 Firmware version 3.0 is out! Includes 100mbps 4k and more autofocus unprovements. It is on Sony Pacific Asia Support site. http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/602612/product/fdr-ax100e

Jonathan:I made a tutorial whit the amazing sony A7R, lets me know what you think about it. http://youtu.be/aYqVxGTEanw

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March 27, 2015
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First Sony A7II bundle deals.

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The A7II FE camera now comes with some new extra bundle deals:
13(!) free etxras with the A7II sold by Focuscamera on eBay (Click here).
Again 13 free extras with the A7II and kit lens at BeachCamera on Amazon (Click here).
Free Shure VP83 LensHopper Camera-Mount Condenser Microphone witht he A7II sold by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Open Box Sony A7II with 28-70mm sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).

More new 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

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March 27, 2015
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New FE lens tests roundup! Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 to ship on March 31 already in USA.

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US customers will get their preordered Zeiss Distagon 35mm FE lens much earlier than expected. It will ship on March 31 already according to BHphoto (Click here). And it’s in Stock in Germany at Fotomundus (Click here).

And here are also some new 24-240mm and 28mm FE lens samples:
Sony FE 28/2 image samples on SonyAlphaForum.
Quick 24-240mm lens review at Velgos.
24-240mm FE test at Yodobashi.
First Look: Sony Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35MM F1.4 (SonyMirrorlessPro).
Image samples including RAW files at Mobile01.
Hands-on photos at Photographyblog.
Hands-on at Mirrorlessons.

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

 

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March 27, 2015
Posted in rumors

Brand new Sony patent shows Curved Sensor FF camera with 35mm lens (and some variations).

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The newly published (March 19) US patent “20150077619” describes what will likely become the first Curved Sensor Full Frame camera (probably the RX2). That’s what Sony writes:

Patent Background:

In recent years, the need for brightness of a shooting lens and an increase in the size of an imaging element which is effective in implementing low-noise shooting and a high dynamic range has increased, not to mention the need for an increase in image quality, a reduction in size, and a reduction in thickness.

Patent Summary:

The present technology is made to solve the above-mentioned problems, and it is desirable to provide a lens optical unit and an imaging device, which are capable of implementing high optical performance by performing size reduction and sufficient field curvature correction.
An imaging plane of the solid-state image sensor has a non-planar shape that causes a sag amount in an optical axis direction to increase as a distance from an optical axis increases, and a conditional expression (1) is satisfied (1) ρ×Sag>0, where ρ represents a Petzval curvature of an optical unit represented by

SAR resume: The patent says “non-planar” (curved) sensor allow lenses to be more compact compared to lenses designed for “planar” (flat) sensors. And they actually share full specs of those lenses

Full Frame lenses (RX2?):
29.96mm f/2.06 (likely to become a 30mm f/2.0)
36mm f/1.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/1.8)
36mm f/2.85 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.8)
36mm f/2.26 (likely to become a 35mm f/2.0)

For smaller sensors (1 inch RX100m4?):
10,79-25mm f/2.8-5.4

 

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March 27, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Champs-Elysées – A night in Paris | Sony A7s
from emeric on Vimeo.

Rolling Review of the Sony A7 at Planet Alpha.
Zeiss 35mm f2 Loxia review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony A7 II + Samyang (Walimex) 85 mm 1.4 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony actioncam video on remote use for wedding photos and video (Youtube).
16-35mm Zeiss FE test at Yodobashi.
Messages on Sony CCD Discontinuation (Image Sensor World).
The Sony A7 MkII ILCE-7M2 Review – How Low Can It Go? The In-Body IS Tested (Soundimagesplus).
Loxia 35mm vs. Sonnar 35mm Lens Comparison (Ilovehatephoto).
Helios-103 53mm F1.8 tested on the A7II (SonyAlphaForum).

Martin Segredo‎:Low light video | Slow motion. Sony a7s + Minolta 50mm | f1.7 | 120 fps | Iso 32000 https://vimeo.com/121177035

Marvin Francois‎:Sony SLT-A65v using 85mm lens with multiple shots stitched back together with AutoPano Giga. Final size, ~500 Megapixels.. http://www.gigapan.com/gigapans/157808

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