October 2, 2015
Posted in news

Kistar 55mm F1.2 lens announced and tested on the Sony A7II!


Kinoshita Optical announced the new Kistra 55mm f/1.2 lens. It comes in Contax-Yashica mount but it has been designed to be used on Full Frame mirrorless camera. The lens costs about $1,460 and can be bought on eBay (Click here). To use it on your A7 camera you will have to buy the Yashica to E-mount adapter (Click here)

The picture on top shows the A7Ii with the new lens. If you wonder what’s the “ornamental” stuff well there is a Biker-friendly ;) strap you get at Rakuten. And the case is the Ulysses case you get on eBay in Black (Click here), Blue (Click here) or Brown (Click here).

Here are the lens specs and MTF graph:

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DC.watch posted the first test on the Sony A7II. Here are the images of the lens on the camera (Click on it to enlarge):

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And here some image samples all shot at max f/1.2 aperture (Click on it to enlarge):

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Image samples on the A7s can be seen here: http://www.kinoshita-optical.com/gallery.html

Kistar 55mm f/1.2 can be purchased on here on eBay (Click here).

October 2, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony A7R II Hands-On Review Part 2 by TheCameraStoreTV.


Jordan and Chris posted their second part of the Sony A7rII review. And that’s the only review where I do agree to 100% to everything they say positive and negative about the camera. The A7rII is definitely a great camera but it has some inconsistencies and quirks that still will make Canon/Nikon PRO’s not jump over to the Sony system. I do hope Sony listen to those two guys to fix all these annoying limitations for their next generation A7 and the first generation A9 cameras!

A7rII store list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK and ParkCameras.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

October 1, 2015
Posted in deals, news

This is the smartest and coolest Aluminum lens hood for your Zeiss 35mm and 55mm FE lens!


This is the sexiest and also the smartest lens hood you can buy for you 35mm and 55mm Zeiss FE lenses. The Korean company Lim’s designed them to be completely retractable. This makes it possible to carry it on lens instead of having it somewhere loose in your bag. You can see the detailed lens description and more pictures on those eBay links:
Lim’s Aluminum hood for the FE 55mm on eBay (Click here).
Lim’s Aluminum hood for the FE 35mm on eBay (Click here).
Lim’s Aluminum hood for the APS-C E-mount 24mm Zeiss on eBay (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).
Lim’s Aluminum hood for the APS-C E-mount 50mm Sony on eBay (Click here).

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October 1, 2015
Posted in news

Interesting discussion about the possible Canon 120MP FF real world issues (David Candlish).



On the picture above you see the Canon 120 Megapixel FF prototype. Rumor has it the camera will be on market early 2018 only. And there are two main reasons why that camera is interesting for the Sony folks:

1) It will be interesting to see how Sony will react to this. If Canon will release that camera in one year from now Sony will have to answer with a special High Res E-mount camera too.

2) David Candlish pointed out the new kind of issues photographers will have to deal when using such crazy high megapixel numbers. He writes:

  • Doing the maths for the new 120 megapixel camera means the maximum aperture usable before diffaction is somewhere between f/4.5-f/5
  • The 5DS/5DSR also highlighted that some of Canon’s older or lower-quality lenses were unable to make full use of the improved resolution – quite a number in fact, only ~40% of Canon’s lineup were recommended. With the resolution bar set almost three times higher it will be interesting to see how the percentrage number of recommended lenses which can leverage the full capability of the sensor changes.
  • Image size is going to be fun to see too. Already the full resolution RAW files from the 5DS/R and A7RII cause noticeable lag when loading & processing in Lightroom, even in top-end machines, so tripling the amount of data will magnify that issue. Storage space is a consideration too, even though cards & drives are getting cheaper & larger all the time.

P.s.: Full Canon NYC show coverage info at CanonWatch.

October 1, 2015
Posted in news

Professor Hank Dietz from University of Kentucky publishes A7rII repair tool!


Image courtesy: Hank Dietz: http://aggregate.org/DIT/KARWY/

Professor Hank Dietz from the University of Kentucky sent me this:

I’ve now posted a Beta-test version of a free software tool I’ve been developing to perform credible repair of Sony ARW2 artifacts. It isn’t perfect, but it does quite well converting an ARW2 raw file into a repaired raw wrapped as a DNG. The research project homepage (at the University of Kentucky Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering) is:
The online WWW form interfaced version of KARWY is linked from there. It can be used without having to install any software.

Thanks Professor!

A7rII store list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK and ParkCameras.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

The A7sII preorder list:
In USA at Amazon, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Adorama.
In Europe at WexUK.
In Asia soon at Digitalrev.


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