January 9, 2015
Posted in reviews

First test video shows how new A7II firmware improves the 5 axis stabilization!


Note: There was an error on the video on my original post. I now updated it with that new video.

This video shows the difference improvement with the 5 axis stabilization with the new 1.10 firmware. The first part of the video shows you the “older” A7II firmware and the second part shows you the A7II with the new 1.10 firmware. The lens he used is the Minolta MD Tele Rokkor-X 135/3,5.

I have to confess I didn’t expect to see such a big improvement! Now reviewers have to do their A7II test from scratch :)

You can download the software here: Sony USA. Soon it will be available also on those pages at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony Fance, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland.

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January 8, 2015
Posted in deals

New Sony eBay deals: FE 55mm lens for $799. A7r for $1,599.


Today eBay listed a couple of new Sony deals. Here they are:
1) A7r sells for $1,599 via CameraLand on eBay (Click here). That’s $500 off!
2) FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens + 3 Year USA Warranty for $799 on eBay US (Click here). At the moment of writing that deal is on hold (says out of Stock). But it should be back soon I hope! Anyway, 6av sells the same lens for only a ouple of bucks more..$817 on their eBay page (Click here).
3) Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).
4) Refurbished RX100M3 for $664 on eBay US (Click here).
5) RX100 II Digital Camera + 2 Batteries, 16GB & More for $534 on eBay US (Click here).
6) Refurbished NEX-5T double lens kit for $399 on eBay US (Click here).

Reminder: Many Sony deals have been added on the Amazon Photo deal page (Click here). In detail we have:
Save $200 on the Sony A77II Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save Up to $400 on the Sony A7 Family of Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony A5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony RX100MII Fixed Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony QX Family (Click here)
Save Big on the Sony Family of Action Cameras (Click here)

January 8, 2015
Posted in news

Zeiss announces new firmware update for the 12mm and 50mm Touit.



Zeiss issued a new firmware update for their 12 and 50mm E-mount Touit lenses. This is what you get:

Touit 2.8/50M E-mount:
A firmware update to Version 02 is now available for the Touit 2.8/50M with E-mount. It corrects the following behaviour that may have occurred with the previous lens firmware version with particular camera menu setting and in particular situations:

  • clearly noticeable shutter release delays when pressing the release button with activated flash
  • ‘hunting’ for the focus point with the camera in AF-C mode
  • all Touit 2.8/50 macro lenses for E-mount cameras ever delivered already support phase detection autofocus and the fast hybrid autofocus of newer Sony E-mount cameras with their proprietary firmware.

Touit 2.8/12 E-mount & Touit 1.8/32 E-mount:
An update to firmware version 02 is available for the Touit 2.8/12 and Touit 1.8/32 lenses with E-mount. With this version, the lenses also support phase detection autofocus and the fast hybrid autofocus of newer Sony E-mount cameras.

Zeiss Touit lens pricing and specs at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

January 8, 2015
Posted in news

Sony releases firmware update 1.10 for the new Sony A7II!


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Sony just released the new firmware update for the A7II. It improves the image stabilization performance. You can donwload the software here: Sony USA. Soon it will be available also on those pages at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony Fance, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland.

January 8, 2015
Posted in news

Venus Optics Announces the Venus 60mm f/2.8 Ultra-Macro A-mount Lens, the World’s First 2:1 Magnification Lens with Infinity Focus

Product Shots

Kelvin from Venus Optics sent me an interetsing news about their new 60mm Ultra-Macro lens which comes for A-mount too. The lens can be bought already on eBay (Click here).

My name is Kevin and I am from Venus Optics, a new Chinese manufacturer of camera lenses. We have just launched the world’s first 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra-Macro lens with below key features.

– Magnification range from 0.1x to 2x. Easily alter the magnification ratio without installing any extension tube or teleconverter. Ideally suited for rapidly changing macro photography scenarios.
– Wide magnification range also makes it extremely useful for shooting macro objects (e.g. insects) with different sizes.
– Designed also for normal shooting purposes with a 60mm focal length. An all-in-one solution for normal portrait shooting as well as ultra-macro photography.
– Houses with 9 elements in 7 groups patented optical structure to provide great deal of image clarity and color renderness.
– The optical system consists of 2 major moving lenses groups in order to minimize the barrel distortion.
– 14 pieces of aperture blades form a close-to-circular aperture, capable of creating creamy shallow depth of view.
– The enclosure of the lens is made of metal to strengthen its durability.
– A complimentary lens pouch and filter are included in the package.
– Canon EF, Nikon F, Sony Alpha and Pentax K mount are available

Sales Director
Anhui ChangGeng Optical Technology Company Limited (Venus Optics)
Email: sales@venuslens.net
Web: http://www.venuslens.net/

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