December 2, 2014
Posted in deals

Preorder the Sony A7II now at Sony Stores in all Europe!!!!


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At last! All European readers can now preorder the A7II at Sony Store here:

Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.

The Sony Europe store say the camera will ship from December 17-18 already!

December 2, 2014
Posted in reviews

Big 3Dkraft wide angle test: New Zeiss 16-35mm outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar!



3D-Kraft (Click here) made the very first serious wide angle lens comparison between the new Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens and those other lenses:

  • Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 21mm f/3.5
  • Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH
  • Leica Wide Angle Tri Elmar (WATE) 16-21mm f/4 ASPH
  • Leica Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

And at the end on the Sony A7r the new Zeiss even outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar! Of course note that the A7r is not really M-mount lens wide angle friendly. But it’s good to know the Zeiss 16-35mm FE is that good! 3D-Kraft writes:

At open aperture, the Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35 beats all other lenses and at 16mm it performs best. It delivers high and consistent performance across the whole focal length range only getting a bit weaker at the long end (35mm). It has the least vignetting and the good results at open aperture together with the optical stabilization make it a winner also for videos at low light.

New 16-35mm Zeiss FE lens store links:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

December 1, 2014
Posted in deals

Great Cyber Monday deal: Up to $110 off on Sony SD cards. Up to $10 off on any Amazon book!



There is a great new Flash sales of Sony SD cards at SonyStore US (Click here). For example you get $110 off(!) on the 64GB UHS-1 SD card. And there are not only deals on cameras but also on camera books on Amazon US (Click here). Just enter the “HOLIDAY30” code at checkout to get the up to $10 off! Find your book in that photography category section. There is also a Gold Box deal on PNY and Transcend SD cards at Amazon (Click here). Scroll the horizontal bar to find them all. UPDATE: There is als an ulterior $100 off on the Double E-mount Zeiss Touit offer at BHphoto (Click here).

All Cyber Monday deals can be found here at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon photo (Click here), SonyStore general (Click here) and SonyStore photo (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BestBuy (Click here), eBay (Click here).

Other new Cyber Monday deals:
$520 off on Zeiss Touit 32mm and 12mm lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam at BHphoto (Click here).
$67 off on the 256GB(!) PNY card at Amazon (Click here).
$17 off on the PNY High Performance 32GB High Speed SDHC Class 10 at Amazon (Click here).
Over 25% Off Select Samsung EVO Flash Memory Cards at Amazon (Click here).
$9 off on the SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I Speed Class 3 SDHC Memory Card at BHphoto (Click here).
Huge dicounts on the collection of Lightroom presets (Click here).

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December 1, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony’s new A-mount FF is an “evolution” of the A99. Has no “Foveon” sensor and no Z-shift.


I can confirm via a very highly trusted source that Sony is working on a new Full Frame A-mount camera. He told me that this camera is still in prototype stage and will not introduced along the Sony A9 (E-mount FF) which is likely to come in February already. He also told me the camera is an evolution of the current A99 and not a “revolution” as some may expected. This means it has no Z-shift or no “Foveon” alike sensor for example. He also told me E-mount is priority yet and he hasn’t been told if and when the camera will be announced.

My guess is that it’s coming the second half of 2015.

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December 1, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Eagle flies over Paris with Sony Action Cam Mini

QX1 test at Dime, and Nikkei.
Zeiss 16-35mm test at PChome.
Expensive vs Cheap Camera – What is the difference in real life situations? (Youtube).
Nebula 4000 Lite with Sony A7s test (Youtube).
Year of the Alpha – 52 Weeks of Sony Alpha Photography’
Best lenses for the Sony A6000: Primes and Zooms (DxOmark)
E 50mm F1.8 OSS and 60mm F2.8 tested on the A6000 (
Tutorial I wrote about levitation photography (ilovehatephoto).
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm lens review on the A7R (Martinirwinphotography).
Chinese companies copying the QX idea (
HVL-F32 is shipping (Imageshack).
A5100 test at
Just How Good Is The Sony FE 16-35mm F/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* Lens? (Soundimagesplus).

Patrick:these are my A6000 CF settings for shooting sports action after 4 months of testing:

Ralf:here is a link of my photo series Why I Love Tattoos on a nice blog. All images are taken with the A900 and A99 and a CZ 85 / 1.4 lens. Feel free to share the link:”

Sokira:I would like to share my images from the new Zhongyi/Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 mouonted on my Sony NEX-7. So people who are interested in this lense can see what is like. You can find my album on flickr via:


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