December 5, 2013
Posted in news

Sony Q&A at Imaging Resource (says cheaper RX1 version is possible).


Imaging Resource posted a Q&A session with Sony. These are some of the most important info:

– Sony’s spirit is to create something new which never existed before. We (Sony) will keep on working to create that kind of product in the future, with that spirit.
– Every single RX1 lens-sensor gets adjusted with an accuracy less than one micron.
– There will be cheaper RX1 alike cameras
– Why are FE zooms that slow? Sony says “f/2.8 isn’t very reasonable, but f/4 is reasonable for every consumer in terms of pricing point, and also the size.
– Sony is selling more QX cameras than expected
– The RX10 processor has less power consumption than the RX100MII. And therefore less overheating issues.

Thanks Mistral for sharing the link!

December 4, 2013
Posted in rumors

Lens news: First 200 Zeiss 55mm lenses sold out in two minutes in Korea! New Tamron Superzoom MTF charts


Tamron 150-600mm
DicaHub shared the MTF charts of the new Tamron 150-600mm lens that will also be available as A-mount. That looks very decent for such an Überzoom lens!

P.S.: The A-mount lens is now listed at BHphoto (Click here).

Zeiss 55mm FE:
You remember that Sony Korea teaser? Well it was for the first 200 Zeiss 55mm FE lenses that would be sold online on Dec 4. A source wrote that the 200 lenses were sold out within 2 minutes.

Zeiss preorder links: Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. And in US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.

December 4, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Sony A7r finally in Stock at Adorama, Samys and eBay! PB says it’s a radical change in photography!


The Sony A7r is in Stock at Adorama (Click here) and on eBay via Samys (Click here) and at Samys itself (Click here). And SAR readers told me that also their A7r preorder at Amazon US is shipping! And for the first time Amazon itself has the A7 and A7kit in Stock (Click here).

If you are still not sure if you should buy the A7r or not check out Photographyblog’s new review (Click here)

Sony have seemingly been on a mission in the last few years to really change photography, first with the innovative NEX series, then the full-frame RX1/R compacts, and now the A7R and A7 full-frame mirrorless cameras (not to mention the RX100 premium compact and the recent RX10 super-zoom). The Sony A7R is the most radical of them all, the best realised, and fully deserving of our coveted Essential! award.

I say…get it :)

Many new Rokinon deals:
1) Gold Box deal on the Rokinon 14mm T3.1 E-mount lens at Amazon (Click here).
2) Rokinon 14mm F2.8 (A or E-mount) for $319 at BuyDig (Click here).
3) Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye (A or E-mount) for $349 at BigValue (Click here).

December 4, 2013
Posted in news

Your voice matters: Lens suggestions for the Full Frame E-mount system!


Right now Sony-Zeiss-Samyang-Sigma-Voigtlander are probably using their best “minds” to figure out what FE lens they should add to their roadmap:

1) Sony already said they have three new FE lenses in 2014
– One Zeiss fast prime lens in 2014 (hurray!)
– One Zeiss f/4.0 wide angle zoom
– One G macro lens
– By end of 2015 a total of 15 lenses will be released (today’s five announced lenses included).

2) Zeiss also confirmed they will launch manual focusing lenses with electronic support

3) Samyang,Voigtlander and Sigma could launch proper FE designed lens (and not DSLR designed and FE adapted lenses)

But now it’s the SAR reader turn to come up with prime and zoom lens suggestions. Please comment this post with a short list of lenses that Sony,Zeiss or other manufacturers should make for the FE system. As usual please try to come up with lens specs that are realistic and be aware that you have to pay for quality and super specs :)

This for example would be my suggestion list:
Sony 12-24mm f/4.0 lens
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4
Sony 35mm f/3.5 pancake
Zeiss 50mm f/1.2
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4
Sony 135mm f/2.0 G lens

I will sum up your suggestions and launch a POLL next week to see what lens is needed most!!!

December 3, 2013
Posted in news

New Seiko 12mm f/7.4 E-mount lens


Seiko announced a new 12mm f/7.4 Fisheye for Sony E-mount. Photographyblog reports:

Toda Seiko has announced a diagonal fisheye lens for Fujifilm X-mount and Sony E-mount cameras. The Toda Seiko 12mm f/7.4 is a manual-focus lens with a fixed aperture, seven-layer muticoating and 4 lens elements in 4 groups. Weighing in at 220g, the lens has a total length of 58.5mm and maximum diameter of 65mm. In Japan, the Toda Seiko 12mm f/7.4 Diagonal Fisheye lens will be available for 24,800 yen.


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