July 12, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Marc104 on SonyAlphaForum
Photo shooting with nici

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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July 11, 2015
Posted in reviews

Seven Months on the Road with ZEISS Batis Lenses (Christian Dandyk).


Zeiss photographer Christian Dandyk had the unqiue chance to test the new Batis lenses for seven months already! He now posted his full review of the lenses at alphafotograf.de.

I have recently been asked several times which of the two Batis lenses I would recommend more. I can’t really answer this question because their areas of application are too different, even if they both feature the same high level of optics. Regardless of where I use them, they have always delivered the impressive results I demand. Photographers tend to quickly try to find fault with something – my search failed and that is a good thing as we like to say in Berlin.

Christian can be seen on the official promo video here:

Preorder links:
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).

July 11, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


RX100 IV and RX10 II Hands-On Review (RX100 Mk4 / RX10 Mk2)

Lens by lens on the Sony a7II…(Tysonrobichaudphotography).
Camera Power Rankings: The Best Overall Modern Cameras Available (ResourceMag).
Minolta MD 50mm 1:2 review on SonyAlphaforum.
InDepth Sony HDR-AS200V vs Sony FDR-X1000V (Actioncamerarumors).
Light variations and their massive effect on our feelings (TheNakedCamera).
World’s smallest 4K system mirrorless camera from Samsung (SamsungCameraRumors).
New Sony Store Fukuoka Tenjin (DC.watch).

Jordan:I wanted to test out my A7s while shooting something more legitimate than home videos so I used it for this trailer called The Drone which I directed and released this past week. Thought you might want to pass it on. The first shot (crane) was stock footage, but everything else was in camera on the A7s: http://youtu.be/O1Hhvdpvp5o
Here’s some press about it:

July 10, 2015
Posted in deals

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 FE lens now sells for record low price of $249!


If you cannot afford the new Batis 85mm f/1.8 you may jump on that deal: The cheaper and faster Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 FE lens now sells for a new low price record of $249 at BestPriceOptics on eBay US (Click here). It’s manual focus only but it’s also a very good lens!

Batis links:
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.

July 10, 2015
Posted in reviews

Dan Chung previews the A7rII and says it has a surprisingly good performance!


The A7rII with Canon EF lens (image courtesy: Newsshooter).

Video expert Dan Chung from Newsshooter had the chance to test the preproduction Sony A7rII and writes:

1) The S35 4K image really is free of any obvious errors – fine detail was incredibly well resolved and there was virtually no evidence of aliasing and moire at base ISO. When I looked at the image on a monitor it was very clean. It had excellent detail and in S-Log2 there was certainly a lot of information in the shadows and highlights. There was some noise in the shadows but nothing excessive.

2) The second big surprise is that the full-frame 4K mode also looks remarkably good. I assume that pixel-binning is being used to reduce the output of the 42-megapixel sensor to achieve this. The 4K full-frame output of the a7R II is really excellent. There are some traces of aliasing visible on lines of high contrast, but you really have to look for them. 

3) Low light performance was the third big surprise. I wasn’t expecting great things from a camera with such a high pixel count – I was wrong. The camera acquits itself very well even at 6400 ISO. Noise is present but the image was still usable.

4) The fourth big surprise came when I panned the camera from side to side looking for evidence of rolling shutter.

5) A small bad news: Autofocus with adapter EOS lenses does not work as well in video as it does in stills mode. The only way to get the PDAF working continuously in video is to use Sony’s own E-mount lenses. It doens’t work with A-mount or Canon EF lenses.

You can see all his four A7rII test videos on Vimeo (Click here).

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.


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