September 5, 2014
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First Speedmaster PRO “Dark Knight” FE lenses in Stock (and first unboxing video).

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If you are mad for speed there is nothing better than get the newly updated Speedmaster 50mm f/.095 “Dark Knight” edition that is for the first time in Stock via Hong Kong sellers on eBay:
Breguet Camera (Click here),
Imake store (Click here),
Qy Camera (Click here),
Roxen store (Click here),
Muchmall store (Click here),

And it will ship soon at BHphoto (Click here) too.

As reported before these are the improvements of the new version:

1. Improved lens coating, which makes the lens have better performance
2. Filter thread changed to 67mm from 58mm
3. New bayonet lens hood to prevent light flare and improve “back light “s situation performance.

And here is the first unboxing video of the enw Speedmaster Dark Knight edition:

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September 4, 2014
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(SR5) E-mount 4K FS camcorder to be announced on September 12.

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Sony PRO marketing department scheduled an announcement for September 12th. This is very likely going to be the new E-mount 4K camcorder leaked a couple of days ago via Filmaker.cn (see image below). It has the same resolution, sensor size and codec as the $30k F55 camera. But the new camera will cost around $10,000 only and it’s said to be a C100 and C300 killer!

 

Sony Uk invitiation found via EosHD.

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September 4, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss Loxia image samples and MTF comparison with ZM lenses.

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Reminder: The worldwide first Zeiss Loxia Full Frame E-mount lens preorder are now running at BHphoto:
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here)

Cinema5D had the new Loxia lenses in their hands and posted some image samples within their short preview.

For me, the two Loxias were the last missing pieces to make the A7s a perfect “go-anywhere-with-me” camera. They are built as nicely as the camera itself (metal housing) and the full package feels very much like a much more expensive Leica rangefinder camera. The nicest touch about the lenses is their very small size (apart from their built quality) – and I think that was the priority when they were designed. Typically for Zeiss, the lenses are extremely sharp and have hardly any noticeable distortion or vignetting (which can’t be said about all 50mm photo lenses on the market – I used the Canon f/1.4 50mm on the A7s before and while the image is very nice, the lens vignettes heavily when shooting wide open).

And the Korean site Dicahub compared the lens performance of the new Loxia with those of their “original” the Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (here on eBay) and the Planar T* 2/50 ZM (here on eBay).

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September 4, 2014
Posted in deals, news

The day after: ILCE-QX1 actually scores high at Amazon sales ranking! New Playmemories APP released.

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I am among those people who highly praises Sony effort to innovate but actually wonders of gadgets like the ILCE-QX1 actually will really drive $cash$ into Sony’s pocket. Well according to the latest Amazon US sales ranking (Click here to see them) Sony is actually taking many orders of those QX1 cameras! It scores third in the mirrorless ranking beating “hot” mirrorless cameras like the Fuji X-T1 and the Sony A7 series. P.S.: Note that the ranking counts both sales and preorder numbers and changes hourly.

UPDATE: Sony also updated the Playmemories app. You can get it here on iTunes or Google Play.

I am also surprised our readers actually like the camera. See the poll results here (if you didn’t vote…vote to see them):
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I expected much worse poll results 🙂

Preorders of the new QX cameras (Click on store name to open the exact product page in a new tab):
E-mount QX1 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
E-mount QX1 in Europe at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony ES, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony NO, Sony BE, Sony PT, Sony SE, Sony FI.
E-mount QX1 in Asia at Digitalrev.
QX30 in USA at Amazon, SonyStore US, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera.
QX30 in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

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September 4, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) More tidbits about the Full Frame 45-46 megapixel (A-mount?) camera!

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I got some more tidbits about a possible Sony Full Frame 45-46 Megapixel camera. I am yet not 100% sure but the camera could be released very early 2015. Don’t know if Sony will eventually show a prototype version at Photokina already. And from what I heard it’s an A-mount camera. But I would not exclude Sony will also use such a sensor on an RX…

…I am digging…be patient 🙂

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