February 16, 2015
Posted in reviews

One first image sample with the new Voigtlander Heliar 15mm III lens (will ship in March!)



The Spanish site DSLRmagazine is the first one sharing a full size image sample of the new Voigtländer 15mm f/4,5 III M-mount lens. The lens has a new optical design to get rid of the corner issues when using it on the Sony A7/r/s camera. Here is the full size image samples taken with the A7s (Click on image to enlarge):


Also Newsshooter posted two image samples again taken witht he A7s:

I got to put the lens on my a7S and was very happy with the lenses performance. As claimed the edge to edge sharpness was very impressive although it does have some barrel distortion towards the edges of frame which is quite noticeable. I really liked the feel and the handling of this lens on the Sony a7S and the images look very impressive whether your taking video or photographs.

And here is also a video they made with it:

Newsshooter at CP+ Tokyo 2015- Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar Aspherical III VM 15mm f/4.5 Lens First Look from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

Of course the A7s is the one camera that because of the larger pixels always had less issues with such lenses. That said the picture shows a very improved quality on corners. And let me add that the lens looks quite good on the A7s! I really think that is going to land in my camera bag soon :)

The lens will ship in March according to Australian Store Mainlinephoto.com.au. In Japan it will cost 95,000 YEN. The US price should be a bit higher than that of the current Heliar 15mm II (here on eBay) but it has yet to be confirmed.

February 16, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony 28-135mm Review at Cinema5D: “is truly a stunner”.


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Cinema5D (Click here) is among the first to review the new Sony 28-135mm FE lens and writes:

The Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS Lens is truly a stunner. It comes with many very useful (if not essential) features for professional shooters and brings broadcast lens functionality into the full frame world at a compact size.

Read the full review at Cinema5D!

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm store links:
US preorder at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStoreUS.
EU preorders at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.

February 15, 2015
Posted in deals

New Samyang 135mm f/2.0 A- and E-mount lens now shipping. First video review by Patrick Murphy-Racey.


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Samyng on the left and Zeiss on the right. Image courtesy: Tystory.

The brand new Samyang 135mm f/2.0 is now in Stock via eBay Korea sellers (most of them have free worldwide shipment). You can get the lens at BHphoto:
135mm f/2.0 for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
135mm t/2.2 Cine for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
And via Korean sellers on eBay:
Samyang 135mm E-mount (here n eBay)
Samyang 135mm A-mount (here n eBay)

First Samyang 135mm f/2.0 E-mount review by Patrick Murphy-Racey.

February 15, 2015
Posted in news, top_header

Sony Stand Report by Dpreview: New Zeiss 35mm FE has Direct Drive SSM!



Dpreview shared some interetsing info they got from the Sony booth at CP+:

1) Lenses: Still no word on price or availability, but at least Sony now has working models of the lenses, not just the paperweights we saw at CES. We played around with a number of their lenses and, indeed, they appear to be impressive.

2) Stabilization: We got to play around with the unit, moving the sensor up, down, left, right, and rotating it. We found, however, that the sensor did not tilt at all in this assembly, so we asked how the system corrects for pitch and yaw. We were told by the engineers that measurements are continuously recorded and used to algorithmically correct for pitch and yaw.

3) Focus on 35mm Zeiss: The in-body stabilization (IBIS) technology developed by Sony is used not only for IBIS, but also for autofocus motors in the DXC-RX10 and the new FE mount 35mm F1.4 ZA lens being introduced. Direct Drive SSM is based off of technology used for in-body image stabilization. A piezoelectric element that translates an applied electrical field into mechanical movement is used for precise linear positioning of the focus group.

I am really looking forward to see how fast the focus with the new Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 is!

February 15, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Anthony Dalesandro‎
This is Tim. Back in the day, he worked with Andy Warhol in The Factory and partied at Studio 54. He’s filled with great stories, many of which you can see in the character of his face. Sony A7S with Leica Summicron 50mm. Shot at a fantastic one-light seminar in Los Angeles.

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

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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