According to a reliable source Sony plans to update two current A-mount lenses: The 135mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.4. The source did not unveil when those lenses will be announced. But the main improvement will be the autofocus performance (no change on the basic optical quality).
If the A7rII and A7s are too small for your 4K video recording use than watch out! There is a new Sony FS E-mount 4K camcorder to be announced soon at IBC in Amsterdam! The Sony press event is scheduled for September 11.
Gold Box on the Transcend 16GB SD card at Amazon Germany.
Sony RX10 M2 – first part of my review and a mini-comparison with the A7S and Canon 1D C (EosHD)
50mm Vergleich von 5 Objektiven an Sony A7 u. a. Bokeh (FotoWorkShop).
Canon nFD 4/300 L (SonyAlphaForum).
Comparing the Sony A7s vs Canon 6D shutter lag for light painting (Diyphotography).
RX100m4 test by German Chip.de.
My new Land & Cityscapes with the A7II (SonyAlphaForum).
DSLRmagazine (google translation here) tested the lenses on the A7rII and added an interesting note. He got informed by Samyang that those lenses are not only superb for 4K recording but they are also 6K ready if Sony or other camera manufacturer will launch those kind of cameras in the near future.
Newsshooter tested those lenses on the Sony A7rII to see if they can come close to the Zeiss-Schneider quality:
In the test the XEEN lens appeared to be warmer than the Sony or Zeiss. In 4K the XEEN also appeared to be the sharpest of the three. The Sony had a nice image and bokeh was quite pleasant, but there was a slightly strange rendition of the light on the phone. To my eye the Zeiss did look more cinematic, but you may have a different opinion. The Zeiss was also the only lens to exhibit obvious lens flares.
XEEN 85mm T1.5 vs ZEISS CP.2 85mm T1.5 vs Sony CineAlta 85mm T2.0 with Sony a7R II. Ungraded
I found the Rokinon XEEN Cine Lenses to be well made, easy to work with, and overall I enjoyed the image quality. They rendered naturalistic images with good contrast and a pleasing, slightly warm feel. Intercutting between the lenses required no additional color correction beyond applying the same LUT to the footage. It is my preference to shoot more closed down than wide open, and I did feel the lenses performed best starting around T4, but I was still satisfied with footage shot at T1.5. Overall, I was pleased with the XEEN lenses and look forward to working with them again.
I’m excited to have finally found a digital camera system that’s going in the right direction for landscape and fine-art photographers. Because Nikon and Canon stuck with the 35mm SLR format in the early 2000s, as well as the lack of viewfinder technology at that time, people like me have been stuck with the DSLR format. Its an exciting time for digital photography, where we finally are seeing some real camera choices. If only I could find a dedicated panoramic digital camera.
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