October 19, 2014
Posted in rumors

Curved sensor rumor: Sony Xperia Z4 will use it?

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As confirmed by Sony that Asian-Lady friendly Sony KW1 camera is the first using the Sony curved sensor. And according to Androidorigin the next Xperia Z4 will sue a curved sensor too. I hope to have a solid rumor about the curved sensor RX2 with 35mm f/1.8 Zeiss soon. All we need to know is the release date. Not sure it will be January already. But I hope so :)

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October 18, 2014
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Sergey Kuznetsov‎
Kitezh-grad
Shot at Izmailovsky Kremlin, Moscow. Sony A7 + 2470/4

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: https://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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October 18, 2014
Posted in deals

It’s back: Refurbished Sony A7 for $999. RX1R for $1819.

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Sony, Seconditpity and Buydig listed new Sony refurbished stuff. Among them we have a few new Sony A7 cameras for $999 on eBay (Click here). Here is the other new refurbished stuff:
RX1R for $1819 on eBay (Click here).
Sony FE 70-200mm for $1199 on eBay (Click here).
RX100M2 for $474 on eBay (Click here).
NEX-6 for $309 on eBay (Click here).
A77II with kit lens for $1379 on eBay (Click here).
NEX-7 A77 and NEX-5r at SonyStore (Click here).

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October 18, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Loxia tests (Digglloyd, Verybiglobo, DSLRmagazine, Kasayapa).

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

The Zeiss Loxia 50mm is now shipping in some countries (like in here in Germany) and first reviewers are testing it:

Diglloyd writes:

I now have the 35/2 and 50/2 Zeiss Loxia lenses in hand. From an ergonomics standpoint alone they are terrific, and these are the lenses I would choose as a Sony A7s/A7/A7R shooter for many purposes. The Loxia lenses are extremely well built, an entirely better feel in the hand than the plasticky Sony/Zeiss 35/2.8 and 55/1.8 designs.

Verybiglobo also tested the lens and writes:

While Sony FE 55/1.8 is optimized for high resolution and contrast at wide apertures, Loxia is rather oriented to smooth rendering wide open. But stopped down, to f/5.6 and smaller, Loxia probably even surpass Sonnar FE 55 in terms of sharpness. In fact, you have too lenses in one – nice portrait lens where due to some coma and bit of SA, you can notice characteristic bokeh and unique subject isolation, while stopped down it is great multipurpose and landscape lens.

Spanish DSLRmagazine (translation here) writes about the 50mm Loxia:

We can at least confirm that this Planar 50mm f/2 performs as well as expected, a nice optical use, simple in concept and convincing results.

UPDATE: Real-world comparison between the new Zeiss Loxia 2/50, the ‘old’ Sony Zeiss FE 1.8/55 and the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 at Backgroundblur.

There is also a Japanese Loxia 50mm review at Kasayapa (translation here). Overall the lens looks to be more interesting than expected. A great alternative of the 55mm FE if you want to focus…on manual focusing :)

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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