August 1, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony A7s sells for $1799. Corrected deal: $30 off on Sigma lenses.

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There is a new special Ebay Deal of the day: You get the Sony A7s for $1799 at GetDigital eBay (Click here). It’s a grey imported product with full 1 year US warranty. $700 off…some of you will not care about the fact it’s grey imported with such a big saving!

And an important correction: There was a technical error on the special deal I prepared with Adorama on Sigma E-mount lenses. It should now be fixed: You have to use the Coupon code “FTWEEKEND” at checkout and within Sunday 11.59 PM EST. This will the final price of the lens:
Coupon price $179 (-$20) on the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN ART (Click here).
Coupon price $179 (-$30) on the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN ART (Click here).

Reminder: Sony A3000 with kit lens for $245 at Amazon US (Click here).

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August 1, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Store US will close on August 28…forever!

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Sony decided to close their online store on August 28. Full info can be read here: store.sony.com. All preorders will be fulfilled but from August 28 they will no more sell Sony products on their online site. I am yet not 100% sure but I also heard the same thing could happen in Sony European Stores soon too.

The reason for that is that Sony changed their sales strategy. They made big partnerships with major retailers and they feel it’s best for them to sell the products through them. I am not sure if that is a wise decision. But I certainly am not a marketing guy.

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August 1, 2015
Posted in rumors

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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