November 14, 2014
Posted in reviews

Full Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens review at Photographyblog (gets Highly Recommended)



Zeiss 16-35mm FE shipping early next week! Yesterday many US SAR reader got notified that their 16-35mm preorder at Amazon US will ship next week November 18!

Photographyblog (Click here) posted the extensive 16-35mm Zeiss FE f/4.0 lens review. The lens gets Highly Recommended for the following reason:

It delivers outstanding sharpness in the centre of the frame almost throughout its aperture and zoom range, and also performs very well at the edges of the frame too. The Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS lens does suffer from both distortion and vignetting at either end of the zoom range, requiring some post-processing to remove it, but chromatic aberrations are well-controlled and it can even create some nice bokeh effects when shooting wide-open at 35mm. The relatively compact Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35 mm F4 ZA OSS offers an effective image stabilisation system, quite fast, quiet and reliable auto-focusing on the A7R that we tested it with, intuitive manual focusing and an excellent level of build quality, plus it’s usefully weather-tight too. All in all, we’d definitely recommend buying this lens if you can stomach the price of admission – it makes an excellent addition to the already released Zeiss FE 24-70mm F4 and FE 70-200mm F4 lenses.

Preorder the 16-35mm Zeiss lens here:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

November 14, 2014
Posted in news

Moving to Sony Mirrorless free(!) book by Brian Matiash!



Sony Artisan Brian Matiash published a new eBook called ‘Moving to Mirrorless’. It chronicles his transition from using Canon dSLR gear for over 10 years to shooting exclusively with Sony A7-series bodies and Sony glass.
The book is over 90 pages long and is totally free! To download, users just need to sign up for his newsletter over here:

Current Canon/Nikon camera owners that would love to switch to the Sony FE system may find this helpful. You can use all your current lenses and trade in your camera at Adorama (Click here) :)

Thanks Brian!

November 14, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR4) 85mm FE prime coming in Spring 2015. Faster and more expensive than the 55mm FE.


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A FAKE rendering of a possible Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE lens (Source: Xitek.).

I keep receiving confirmations from different sources that Sony will launch a new 85mm Zeiss FE prime lens in 2015. It should ship late 2015 at best. I am yet not sure about the aperture but it is defintiley faster than f/1.8 of the Zeiss FE 55m lens!!! Only issues, I have been told it’s also more expensive than the 55mm FE :(
Anyway, if you need a budget 85mm E-mount lens do not forget you have the manual focusing Samyang 85mm f/1.4 E-mount on eBay (Click here) or at Amazon (Click here). Very cheap!

Let’s just speculate with the specs and price yet:

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