June 27, 2015
Posted in reviews

First Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 FE lens tests.

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The Japanese site DC.watch (google translation here) tested the lens on the A7. They are impressed by the image quality and you can see many nice image samples on their site. The first english review has been written by Darkshape (Click here):

Optical properties at f/1.2 are just breathtaking. Chromatic aberrations only appear at really contrastive parts of the photo (classic branch-in-the-sky case) and the sharpness is just crazy. I feel like the lens designers have been paying a lot of attention to those new 30, 40 and 50-something-megapixel cameras. In case of this lens though I decided to stop down a bit for some of the photos as it helped edge of the frame sharpness considerably. The centre sharpness is very very good across the apertures.
The bokeh is impressive. It’s very smooth for the most part and outstanding sources or light are nicely eye-shaped if they are off-centre. (As many as 11 aperture blades contribute greatly to that). The DoF is paper thin at times and your slightest move can ruin your focus so it’s important to have that in mind. Breathe in and

The E-mount Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 lens can be ordered at BHphoto (Click here) and Asian eBays sellers.

 

 

 

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June 27, 2015
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Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 for Sony E-mount is now on Kickstarter!

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If you want to help to bring back the “legendary Trioplan soap bubble bokeh f2.8/100” lens for Sony E-mount than jump over at Kickstarter (Click here). You can see the whole story behind the lens development and image samples on the projects site.

P.S.: The original m42 mount 100mm Trioplan is available on eBay (Click here).

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June 27, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony A7RII, RX100IV & RX10II: Just Announced in 60 Seconds

Sony FDR AX100 review (Cinema5d).
Sony aims for more clients, 20 pct sales growth in image sensors (Reuters).
Sydney (AUS) – Vivid Light Festival 2015 – A6000 + SEL24F18Z (SonyAlphaForum).
Even older “selfies”: Self-portraits from early 20th and 19th century (TheNakedCamera)
Sony A7 II Compared To Nikon D750 And More On The ‘Mirrorless Myth.’ (Soundimagesplus).
Zeiss C-Sonnar 1.5/50 ZM (on Sony A7r): Moody Modern Retro (DearSusans).
90mm FE lens test at Mobile01.
24-240mm FE lens review at SonyAlphaLab.

Robbert:Last week I got my new DJI Ronin M and shot a Brazilian Zouk dance party with it and my A7s + Sony/Zeiss 24-70 f/4. Left the OOS in the lens on to correct for small shakes and used autofocus all the time which did surprisingly well in the poorly lit environment. Shot everything with 50 frames/sec in S-Log2. The link: https://vimeo.com/130699038

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June 26, 2015
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$750 off on the NEX-7.

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There is a big $750 price drop on the Sony NEX-7 at BHphoto (Click here). That’s now almost a third of the price it had two and a half years ago when it was launched.

More deals:
Open Box A7r cameras for sale at Samys (Click here).
Sigma 50mm ART A-mount lens got a $100 discount at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the new Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 FE lens at eBay US (Click here). This is a manual focusing and high quality piece of glas.
For the first time the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 FE lens is in Stock in USA via Popflash (Click here)

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.

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June 26, 2015
Posted in rumors

Competition rumors: Canon A7 competitor, Pentax FF may uses 42MP Sony sensor.

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Image of the Pentax FF prototype at CP+ (Source: DC.watch).

Sony is taking the full spotlight with their new cameras. But there are also some interesting rumors coming in from the competition:

Ricoh-Pentax:
Ricoh will launch a new Pentax FF DSLR camera in October. And Pentaxforums says the camera could use the new Sony 42Mp sensor from the A7rII. My personal bet is that this rumor is false. Don’t see Sony selling their brand new sensor 2 months after the A7rII is in Stock. Pentax is more likely going to use the current 36Mp Sony sensor.

Canon:
There is a new FF mirrorless system camera patent from Canon (Source: MirrorlessRumors). Impossible to say when Canon will launch such a camera on the market. But for sure they will do it.

Samsung:
Samsung has launched the smallest 4K system camera yet (SamsungCameraRumors).

A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at:
A7rII at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

 

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