August 1, 2015
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Speculation: Next 85mm f/1.4 G lens to be trimmed for bokeh like the Minolta STF lens?

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The Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF lens[/shoplink] (image Photozone).

One source told us the next Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE lens will be trimmed for extreme bokeh. So let me speculate a bit: It may be possible that this will be the first Sony STF lens after the 135mm f/2.8 STF (here on eBay).

Photozone explains well why this 135mm lens is so special:

The lens has a so-called apodisation optics using one APD element. APD elements resemble neutral density filters which become thicker the more you move towards the perimeter thus reducing the amount of light passing through. Out-of-focus circles are therefore (comparatively) defined in the center but are gradually loosing light towards the edges thus producing a very silky bokeh (out-of-focus blur) – the primary sense of existence of this lens.

as a result

The Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T/4.5] STF is the ultimate cream machine. Regarding the quality of its bokeh (out-of-focus blur) it outclasses all other lenses tested to date so if this is a #1 priority for you just bow to the inevitable and go for it to enjoy images as smooth as silk. That said it doesn’t stop here. The lens is extremely sharp even at max. aperture and neither vignetting, distortion nor lateral CAs are something to worry about in field conditions. 

Sounds great…and expensive(!) if Sony will really make such a lens…

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August 1, 2015
Posted in reviews

Newsshooter tests the A7rII with the Batis lenses.

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Our friends over at Newsshhooter (Click here) posted a short test of the new Sony A7rII with the Batis and Touit lenses. They were of course focused on the video performance of the camera:

I tried shooting a couple of test shots at ISO 5000 which I expected to be pretty unusable. It turns out that they were much better than I thought and you can see them at the end of the video. The high ISO performance might not match the a7S, but it is much better than several other ‘professional’ large sensor camcorders and for many people I think it will be good enough.

More A7rII tests:
A7RII versus Pentax 645Z (Photoclubalpha).
Rolling shutter test on Youtube by Jon Roberts.
Constantly updated user tests and impression at SonyAlphaForum.

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

Batis store 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.

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August 1, 2015
Posted in deals

Super CashBack action at Sony Australia!

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There is a new big Cashback action at Sony Australia (Click here to read the details) and at CameraPro (Click here).

Europe deals:
Cashback at Amazon UK (Click here).
Sony DSC-RX100M3 : 50€ de remise immédiate at Amazon France (Click here).
Save 10% on the following lenses by using the coupon code “SONYALPHA7″at checkout. Please be sure to select the original Amazon sold item and not a third party reseller from the following links:
Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE lens (Click here).
Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE lens (Click here).
Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 FE lens (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 FE lens (Click here).
Sony 70-200mm f/4.0 FE lens (Click here).

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August 1, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7rII tests by Cinema5D, EosHD and more…

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Image courtesy: Cinema5D

Cinema5D tested the video capability of the camera and writes:

We did test the dynamic range and found there’s about 12.3 stops of dynamic range on the Sony A7RII. So that’s very nice. The A7S does about 11.8 in 4K (with an external recorder) and the Sony FS7 goes up to 12.4 in our tests.
It is amazing though to see this kind of quality recorded internally in such a small camera body. And the A7S was recorded in ProRes, so the XAVC-S codec on the A7RII is certainly doing a god job here. Wow!

EosHD writes:

The 5 axis stabilised 42MP sensor appears at first glance to be a game changer. I have never known such a well balanced, high performance chip. It looks significantly less noisy at first glance than the Canon 5DS. I say Canon have a lot of catching up to do.

More A7rII tests:
First shots with sony a7RII – S-log2 – 35mm (Youtube).
Sony α7R II review – DAY 2: 4K VIDEO MODES, DYNAMIC RANGE AND PICTURE PROFILES TEST (Youtube).
Test shots by Matthias Walter on Flickr.

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

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July 31, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony A3000 has new low price record and sells hot at Amazon!

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A3000
The cheapest E-mount camera with kit lens you can buy just got a lot cheaper! You get it for $245 at Amazon US (Click here). And it’s now again ruling the mirrorless salea at Amazon (ranking here).

Refurbished deals Reminder:
Sony A6000 with 18-55mm and 55-210mm lens for $619 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony 24-70mm FE lens for $799 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A5100 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens for $469 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A5000 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens for $349 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A6000 with 16-50mm and 55-210mm lens for $619 at eBay (Click here).
Sony A7r for $1299 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A7 for $829 at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Sony A7s for $1899 at eBay (Click here).

Tamron A-Mount lens deals:
$120 off on the Tamron 70-200mm lens (Click here)
$80 off on the Tamron 150-600mm lens (Click here)
$100 off on the Tamron 24-70mm lens (Click here)
$120 off on the Tamron 70-200mm macro lens (Click here)
$60 off on the Tamron 16-300mm lens (Click here)
$210 off on the Tamron 90mm macro lens (Click here)
$120 off on the Tamron 10-24mm lens (Click here)
$130 off on the Open Box Tamron 10-24mm lens (Click here)
$140 off on the Tamron 28-75mm lens (Click here)
$100 off on the Tamron 18-270mm lens (Click here)
$130 off on the Tamron 70-300mm lens (Click here)
$210 off on the Tamron 90mm macro lens (Click here)
$220 off on the Tamron 17-50mm lens (Click here)

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