September 21, 2014
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Some more Sony Photokina tidbits…

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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 DC.watch.
Sony booth at DC.watch.
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.

Accessories:
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).

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September 20, 2014
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This week SAR readers photos selection (and a Facebook link fix).

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2wenty
A7R, Zeiss 35mm, No Photoshop
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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 facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos but on the new facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/posts_to_page 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: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/posts_to_page.
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 →

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September 20, 2014
Posted in reviews

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

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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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September 20, 2014
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Zeiss interview (and explains why they choose to begin with the 35mm and 50mm)

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BestMirrorlessCameraReviews posted a Zeiss interview. Here are some key info:

1) Asked about the risk of redundancy with the already existent FE 55mm and FE 35mm lenses Zeiss answered that the two new Loxia “simply target completely different customers, and it’s good to start with the core of the portfolio. It’s a new family, completely different not only due to the fact they are manual but also because the typical manual lens Zeiss look is different from anything else.

2) The best-selling Touit lens is the 12mm lens.

3) Zeiss believes E-mount has a bright future

4) About DSLR future: “It’s not only about the megapixels, but it’s also a tool. They like feeling they have a tool in their hands, and they like it bigger. That’s why this kind of camera will still live for a long time. When it comes to mirrorless, it’s probably a very future-oriented system.

5) About a possible digital Zeiss Ikon:  “I’m not sure if a digital rangefinder camera would have a big enough market.

Zeiss also made clear the de-clicking key comes for free with any Loxia lenses (it’s only the extra set that costs $28). BestMirrorlessCameraReviews also posted a set of image samples taken with the new Loxia.

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

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September 19, 2014
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Sony QX1 in Stock and shipping worldwide through Digitalrev.

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The 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).

Interesting tidbit: Sony said 50% of the QX camera owners actually don’t use it attached on their mobile devices. They use it separately (for selfies and so on).

 

 

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