October 11, 2015
Posted in news

New Sony stuff: FDA-EP16 Eye Piece to ship on October 16. New Wieldy 3-Axis Handheld Stabilizer.



Sony Japan announced the new Eye Piece FDA-EP16 will ship on October 16. You can preorder it at BHphoto (Click here). The new Eye Piece is less protruding than the EP15 version.


Chinese stabilizer manufacturer Wieldy offers a budget 3-axis electronic gimbal with brushless design for Sony A7 series cameras.  You can get it on
eBay for $499 (Click here).
The new handheld stabilizer features an extreme light weight of 778g and can be operated in 2 modes: Follow mode or Lock mode. The gimbal can afford a maximum payload of 850g and proved to be compatible with Mirrorless cameras including but not limited to Sony A7 series and NEX series cameras.

October 11, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) The Zeiss Loxia 21mm f/2.8 has a Distagon design!


Good news folks! I just learned from a trusted sources that unlike the other Loxia lenses the new 21mm Loxia is not going to be a modified version of the current ZM T* 2,8/21 Biogon lens. Zeiss decided to make a real new design of the lens specifically made for E-mount:

  1. The lens has a Distagon and not a Biogon design. Just like the new Milvus 21mm lens.
  2. The lens has a 11 elements and nine group design (Milvus has 16 elements and 13 group design).
  3. The lens has high resolution on all the frame with low distortion and color fringing and appealing bokeh
  4. The lens will ship in December

You can follow the live blogging of the announcement tomorrow here on SonyAlphaRumors (Monday October 12 at 11am Berlin time).


In USA at BHphoto.
In Europe at Fotomundus.
Price: USD 1,499 (excl. VAT) or EUR 1,259.66 (excl. VAT).* and shipment start in December.

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October 11, 2015
Posted in reviews

First Samyang/Rokinon 21mm and 50mm E-mount review!



Photographyblog posted sthe first review of the new Rokinon-Samyang APS-C E-mount lenses!

About the 50mm f/1.2 lens they write:

Image quality is generally pretty good, especially in the centre of the frame. There are some optical issues to be aware of, though, most notably some minor chromatic aberrations, obvious corner shading until you reach f/5.6, and a lack of sharpness from f/1.2-f/2 in the centre and f/1.2-f/4 at the edges. If you like the effective focal length and don’t mind the lack of auto-focusing or big-brand name, we can certainly recommend the Samyang 50mm F1.2 AS UMC CS as an affordable short telephoto prime lens for mirrorless camera owners.

About the 21mm f/1.4 lens they write:

The Samyang 21mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC’s build quality is reassuringly good, proving to be an ideal partner to the Sony A6000 camera that we tested it with.Image quality is generally good, especially in the centre of the frame. There are some optical issues to be aware of, though, most notably quite prevalent chromatic aberrations, obvious corner shading until you reach f/5.6, and a lack of sharpness wide-open at f/1.4 in the centre and from f/1.4-f2.8 at the edges.

Full preorder links:
Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 Lens for APS-C E-mount (Black) at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Rokinon 21mm f/1.4 Lens for APS-C E-mount (Silver) at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 Lens for APS-C E-mount (Black) at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Rokinon 50mm f/1.2 Lens for APS-C E-mount (Silver) at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.

October 11, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Marc Alhadeff on SonyAlphaForum.
Male portrait
shot on the Sony NEX-7.

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos 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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