October 3, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss 16-35mm review at Techbang.


The first review of the new 16-35mm FE Zeiss has been published at Techbang (google tranlsation here). While the automated google translation makes a bit of mess on the text it’s still good to check out the site to see the many full size image samples! And there is also that comparison with the Canon 16-35mm f/4.0 L lens (Click on image to enlarge):

These are the conclusions from the reviewer:
– He liked the compact size and material quality
– Image quality is very high
– Good distortion suppression
– Slow focusing speed on the A7
– Higher price compared to the Canon 16-35mm f/4.0 (but the Zeiss is better)

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.

October 3, 2014
Posted in news

Metabones announces the new PL to E-mount adapter.



Metabones announced the new PL to E-mount adapter. Key features:

  • The tripod foot is detachable and compatible with Metabones Mount-Rod Support Kit (also compatible with Arca Swiss, Markins, and Photo Clam ball heads).
  • Compatible with Sony E-mount cameras/camcorders.

found via MirrorlessRumors.

October 2, 2014
Posted in reviews

An unusual comparison: Zeiss Otus 85mm Vs. Sony RX100


SAR reader Mike made that unusual comparison between the A7r with Otus lens and the first generation RX100 compact camera. And at the end the difference between the two are surprisingly small:

What I find astonishing is how little difference there is between the two, considering the vast difference in size, weight, sensors and price. Sure, the A7R/Otus combination wins, but not by that much. Besides, it bloody well better win! It’s up against a two-year-old pocket camera that weighs and costs a small fraction as much.

Full article can be read at Randolphimages.com/otus/.

October 2, 2014
Posted in deals

Super Sony deal! RX100 for $329 only!!!

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That’s certainly one of the best deals of the year! The Sony RX100 sells for $329 only at eBay US (Click here). It’s the official deal of the day on eBay! There is also a 46% off on the Sony double SD card pack sold by FocusCamera on eBay (Click here). And a triple Sandisk SD card deal (Click here).

And the other great deal of the week is the 300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).


October 2, 2014
Posted in reviews

Dierk Topp Otus 85mm review: “The Sony A7R is the best camera for the OTUS today!”


Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85 on Sony A7R with Metabones Mark IV

Otus 85mm Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

This is a guest post by SAR reader Dierk Topp. If you want to write an article for SAR just contact me (Andrea) at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

Since last Friday I am a lucky owner of the new Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85mm with EF mount, a real production model. To make sure to get the lens asap, I called Zeiss right after announcement and asked them for dealers, who get early and more lenses than others :-)
Useless to repeat all the praise and details of the lens, we could read here on SAR, at MingThein, Lloyd Chambers and many others more during the last weeks. If you are interested in such a lens, you will already know:
– it is huge (you need a sherpa -:)
– it is perfect (sharp, contrast, no CA, no flare…)
– and it is “not cheap”

You get, what you pay for. A few weeks ago you could not get even such a lens, even if you would like to pay more!

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