September 21, 2014
Posted in news

What you may have missed: Canon copied the RX100 :)


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Image courtesy: CameraSize.

The last couple of years Canon proved tho have a very conservative approach on the digital camera market. And the best they can do now is to copy the best ideas 🙂

Latest example is their newly announced RX100 clone, the Canon G7x (specs here at Amazon). The Canon is cheaper but it doesn’t come with a built-in EVF (that alone makes up for most of the price difference). A good point for the Canon is that it has a wider zoom range (24-100mm). Well at least we have some competition and maybe Sony will lower the price of the RX100m3.

September 21, 2014
Posted in deals

Free bag, SD card and LR5 with the Sony A6000 at Groupon.



You get a free bag, SD card and Lightroom 5 with the A6000 sold by Groupon (Click here).

Sony eBay deals:
NEX-5T with bag and two(!) lenses for $449 on eBay US (Click here).
Sony A7 for $1,399 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 55mm FE for $874 on eBay US (Click here).
Zeiss 24-70mm FE for $999 on eBay US (Click here).
Distagon 24mm for 984 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-5T with kit lens for $349 on eBay US (Click here).
NEX-6 for $324 on eBay US (Click here).
A full list of refurbished cameras and lenses can be seen on SonyStore (Click here).

E-mount QX camera is now shipping fo the first time worldwide through Digitalrev (Click here) and on plenty of eBay Hong Kong dealers (Click here).


September 21, 2014
Posted in news

Some more Sony Photokina tidbits…


This year Photokina was probably the least exciting Photokina ever. And Kai seems to agree with me (see video on top).

Anyway, here is a new roundup of Photokina buzz:
Zeiss Loxia 2/35 Hands-on Photos (Photographyblog).
Zeiss Loxia 2/50 Hands-on Photos (Photographyblog).
Sigma 150-600mm Contemporary Hands-on Photos (Photographyblog).
Loxia Hands-on by
Sony booth at
Zeiss Photokina Presentation (Photographyblog).
Sony FE 28-135 F4 on A7s, Quick hands on test, IBC 2014 Amsterdam (Youtube).
Many images and one video on Lensvid.
PArt one report by Scottlewisphotography.
ony Alpha A5100 First Impressions Review at Photokina by Cameras.Reviewed.
Sony Alpha ILCE-QX1 First Impressions Review by Cameras.Reviewed.
Photokina Tidbits by Admiringlight.

Sony FE lenses:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.

HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Sony FS7:
Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto (Click here).

Zeiss Loxia:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

September 20, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection (and a Facebook link fix).


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A7R, Zeiss 35mm, No Photoshop
Instagram @ 2wenty_

Important: As usual with Facebook they sometimes wake up in the morning and change things that worked great….to make them worse 🙂
Therefore you will no more find all SAR readers pictures at but on the new address (Yes “Posts to page” sounds better than “Photos” according to Facebook smart brains).

That’s why this is the new How To to share and like SAR readers pictures on our SAR Facebook page:

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here:
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here:
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Read the rest of this entry →

September 20, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss 16-35mm RAW image samples (and still selling well in US).



The Zeiss 16-35mm is still leading the order ranking at Amazon US (full list here).

VeryBigLobo is so kind to share the first RAW file 16-35mm samples freely for download. He also made a quick comparison with the A-mount 16-35mm and says the A-mount lens performed worse and has more smearing on corners. But take such conclusion with a grain of salt. You need proper time and location to make a fair comparison.

Cameras.reviewed shared their hands-on thoughts about the lens and do write:

It’s made of metal, has a pleasant heft, and feels like it’s meant to be used—not just put on a shelf and admired.

Zeiss FE 16-35mm preorder links:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.


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