August 31, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sigma CEO is considering to develop compact FE prime lenses!


Image courtesy: Ming Thein (original file on Flickr).

Premise: Sigma CEO Kazuto Yamaki  is a person I highly respect for his very personal approach on photography. Unlike so many CEO’s out there he is a visionary and a dreamer. Something we deeply miss in our current business culture :(

Ming Thein interviewed Mr. Kazuto Yamaki during his visit in Kuala Lumpur. It’s a very interesting article I invite you to read. There is also a small hint about what could be the first Sigma lenses for the Sony FE system:

A fast FF lens or lens of a certain resolving power is still going to be a certain size regardless of flange distance. Though they are looking into Sony FF lenses, there may be compromises made for size/resolving power/cost reasons – similar to the f2.8 M4/3 and APSC lenses they have made previously.

The current Sony/Zeiss lens line up is very pricey. I certainly would like to get some nice cheap but also good quality f/2.8 prime lenses!

Question to SAR readers: Let’s say Sigma would launch a range of 24mm 35mm 50mm 85mm f/2.8 FE lenses…

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August 31, 2015
Posted in reviews

Techart Contax G autofocus adapter gets full A7rII support via firmware update!


Techart updated their Contax G to E-mount autofocus adapter firmware to support the full 399 phase detection autofocus system of the new Sony A7rII. You can get it here:

Chad Wadsworth already tested the new version and there is on bad and one good news:
Bad news:I’ve found that when attempting focus at the minimum focus distance (MFD) of each lens, the adapter will hunt badly and worse, slip into a contrast detection mode that will continue to hunt when focused at longer distances.
Good news:On the upside, the 90/2.8 is very fast to focus – as fast as my Batis 85/1.8 and is sure footed, finding focus in situations where even the Batis struggled. Truly remarkable.

You can find the Techart Contax to NEX adapter on eBay (Click here).

These are the Contax Full Frame lenses you can use on the A7-A7r-A7s and APS-C E-mount camera with full autofocus and electronic aperture control:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

August 31, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony A7S Run & Gun Rig with Zacuto Enforcer + Z-Finder EVF Pro

One Year With Sony Mirrorless Cameras! Happy Independence (from DSLR) Day!! (Paul Gero).
Sony 90mm f2.8 Macro lens, initial thoughtsMichael Wayne Plant (Michael Wayne Plant).
Minolta for Leica M-Rokkor 90mm f/4 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony’s phone arm is working on drones (Engadget).
Sony Posts RGBW Sensor Flyer (Image Sensor World).
Voigtlander 50/1.5 Nokton M Aspherical – Let’s share our photos..! (SonyAlphaForum).
The first proper use of a selfie stick (TheNakedCamera).

Emin:My post in a facebook about adaptation projection lens on a sony a7 More examples with a different lenses and sony A7 & A7II.

August 30, 2015
Posted in deals

SAR deal: 40% off on David Busch’s Sony Alpha a77II Guide to Digital Photography.


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This is a special deal only available for our SAR readers! If you click on that coupon code sonya7740 which gives your readers You get 40% off onDavid Busch’s Sony Alpha a77 II/ILCA-77M2 Guide to Digital Photography when you use the coupon code “sonya7740” after clicking on that link: The deal only works if you click on that specific link on SAR!

A7rII Reminder: A7rII is in Stock now(!) at BestBuy on eBay (Click here).

More deals:
You save $220 on the grey imported, 3 year seller warranty Sony FE 70-200mm sold by GetDigital on eBay (Click here).
You save $160 on the grey imported, 3 year seller warranty Zeiss FE 55mm sold by GetDigital on eBay (Click here).
$13 off on the superfast Lexar 64GB Professional 2000x UHS-II SDXC Memory Card with SD UHS-II Reader at BHphoto (Click here).
Big A and E-mount lens savings overview pages at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

August 30, 2015
Posted in reviews

Triple FE lens review: 24-240mm (Digitalrev) 28mm (SLRgear) and Batis 85mm (Admiringliht).


We have three new FE lens reviews:

1) On Top you see the video from Kai (Digitalrev) testing the 24-240mm FE lens

Sony 24-240mm in USA: Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US. Europe: Amazon Germany, Amazon UK. Asia: Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.

2) SLRgear tested the 28mm FE lens:

“Sony’s produced a nice optic in the form of the 28mm FE ƒ/2 – it hits a good price point for what you get, if you don’t mind paying a slight premium for it.”

28mm in US at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US. Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK. Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

3) Admiringlight tested the new Batis 85mm lens and writes:

“The lens is simply spectacularly sharp, and starts that crazy sharpness right from f/1.8. Wide open shots display exceptional clarity and gorgeous background blur while providing a flattering contrast profile for portraits. I simply love the look of the images from this lens. It’s an absolutely top-tier optic and one that I’m already saving my pennies to purchase for myself.”

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.

All nice lenses. And keep in mind new FE lenses will be announced soon too ;)


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