December 2, 2014
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Big 3Dkraft wide angle test: New Zeiss 16-35mm outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar!

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3D-Kraft (Click here) made the very first serious wide angle lens comparison between the new Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens and those other lenses:

  • Olympus OM Zuiko Auto-W 21mm f/3.5
  • Voigtlander Ultron 21mm f/1.8 ASPH
  • Leica Wide Angle Tri Elmar (WATE) 16-21mm f/4 ASPH
  • Leica Super Elmar 21mm f/3.4 ASPH

And at the end on the Sony A7r the new Zeiss even outperforms the $5,200 Leica Tri Elmar! Of course note that the A7r is not really M-mount lens wide angle friendly. But it’s good to know the Zeiss 16-35mm FE is that good! 3D-Kraft writes:

At open aperture, the Sony/Zeiss FE 16-35 beats all other lenses and at 16mm it performs best. It delivers high and consistent performance across the whole focal length range only getting a bit weaker at the long end (35mm). It has the least vignetting and the good results at open aperture together with the optical stabilization make it a winner also for videos at low light.

New 16-35mm Zeiss FE lens store links:
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.

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December 1, 2014
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Great Cyber Monday deal: Up to $110 off on Sony SD cards. Up to $10 off on any Amazon book!

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There is a great new Flash sales of Sony SD cards at SonyStore US (Click here). For example you get $110 off(!) on the 64GB UHS-1 SD card. And there are not only deals on cameras but also on camera books on Amazon US (Click here). Just enter the “HOLIDAY30” code at checkout to get the up to $10 off! Find your book in that photography category section. There is also a Gold Box deal on PNY and Transcend SD cards at Amazon (Click here). Scroll the horizontal bar to find them all. UPDATE: There is als an ulterior $100 off on the Double E-mount Zeiss Touit offer at BHphoto (Click here).

All Cyber Monday deals can be found here at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon photo (Click here), SonyStore general (Click here) and SonyStore photo (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BestBuy (Click here), eBay (Click here).

Other new Cyber Monday deals:
$520 off on Zeiss Touit 32mm and 12mm lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony HDR-AS100V POV Action Cam at BHphoto (Click here).
$67 off on the 256GB(!) PNY card at Amazon (Click here).
$17 off on the PNY High Performance 32GB High Speed SDHC Class 10 at Amazon (Click here).
Over 25% Off Select Samsung EVO Flash Memory Cards at Amazon (Click here).
$9 off on the SanDisk 32GB Extreme UHS-I Speed Class 3 SDHC Memory Card at BHphoto (Click here).
Huge dicounts on the collection of Lightroom presets (Click here).

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December 1, 2014
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(SR5) Sony’s new A-mount FF is an “evolution” of the A99. Has no “Foveon” sensor and no Z-shift.

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I can confirm via a very highly trusted source that Sony is working on a new Full Frame A-mount camera. He told me that this camera is still in prototype stage and will not introduced along the Sony A9 (E-mount FF) which is likely to come in February already. He also told me the camera is an evolution of the current A99 and not a “revolution” as some may expected. This means it has no Z-shift or no “Foveon” alike sensor for example. He also told me E-mount is priority yet and he hasn’t been told if and when the camera will be announced.

My guess is that it’s coming the second half of 2015.

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December 1, 2014
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Sony Tidbits…

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Eagle flies over Paris with Sony Action Cam Mini

QX1 test at Dime, DC.watch and Nikkei.
Zeiss 16-35mm test at PChome.
Expensive vs Cheap Camera – What is the difference in real life situations? (Youtube).
Nebula 4000 Lite with Sony A7s test (Youtube).
Year of the Alpha – 52 Weeks of Sony Alpha Photography’
Best lenses for the Sony A6000: Primes and Zooms (DxOmark)
E 50mm F1.8 OSS and 60mm F2.8 tested on the A6000 (DC.watch).
Tutorial I wrote about levitation photography (ilovehatephoto).
Voigtlander Nokton 35mm lens review on the A7R (Martinirwinphotography).
Chinese companies copying the QX idea (c.dx.com)
HVL-F32 is shipping (Imageshack).
A5100 test at Optyczne.pl.
Just How Good Is The Sony FE 16-35mm F/4 ZA OSS Vario-Tessar T* Lens? (Soundimagesplus).

Patrick:these are my A6000 CF settings for shooting sports action after 4 months of testing: https://vimeo.com/112324657

Ralf:here is a link of my photo series Why I Love Tattoos on a nice blog. All images are taken with the A900 and A99 and a CZ 85 / 1.4 lens. Feel free to share the link:
http://www.boredpanda.com/why-i-love-tattoos-the-book/”

Sokira:I would like to share my images from the new Zhongyi/Mitakon 24mm f/1.7 mouonted on my Sony NEX-7. So people who are interested in this lense can see what is like. You can find my album on flickr via: https://www.flickr.com/photos/34167069@N08/sets/72157649489877472/

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November 30, 2014
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New great Cyber Monday deal: trade in your camera and get 15% off on Sony A7 cameras and FE lenses.

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As usual after Black Friday event follows the Cyber Monday Deals time! The best new deal is that 15% credit you get when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or Fe lenses at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).

All Cyber Monday deals can be found here at Amazon (Click here) and Amazon photo (Click here), SonyStore general (Click here) and SonyStore photo (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BestBuy (Click here), eBay (Click here).

New (or previously non mentioned) Cyber Monday Sony deals:
15% credit when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or FF lens at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
Receive 4% Reward + Includes free items (Value $101.80) on the A7 kit at BHphoto (Click here).
Receive 4% Reward + Includes free items (Value $69.90) on the A7 kit at BHphoto (Click here).
Up to 70% off SanDisk Memory Products at Amazon (Click here).
Deals on Sony SD cards at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony KDL48W600B 48-Inch 1080p Smart TV for $478 at Amazon (Click here).
Up to 30% Off Select Sony 1080p 3D Smart LED TVs at Amazon (Click here).
20% off on the 60″ (diag.) R510A Series LED HDTV at SonyStore (Click here).

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E-mount cameras:
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A7 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$2,300 off(!) on the Hasselblad Stellar which now sells for $999 only at BHphoto (Click here)
$400 off on the A6000 double lens kit at Amazon (Click here).
If you trade-in an older camera you could now pay down to $950 only for the new A7 at Adorama trade-in (Click here).
Save over $400 on the Sony Alpha a6000 Holiday Bundle at Amazon (Click here).
Free card and bag ($200 value) with all A7/r/s cameras sold at SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A5000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A5100 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sony A6000 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off and free LR5 and SD card with the A6000 kit at Buydig.
$400 off on the Sony Alpha a5000 (Black) with 16-50mm and 55-210mm Lens + Free Accessories at Amazon.
$300 off on the A600 superbundle in Black (Click here) or Silver (Click here) at Focuscamera.

A-mount cameras:
$300 off on the Sony A77II with grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
$600 off on the Sony A77II with lens and grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
Sony A58 with lens for $399 at Sony eBay (Click here).
Sony a58 SLR Kits with 18–55mm and 55–200mm Lenses and Optional Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 at Groupon (Click here).

E-mount lenses:
$150 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 24mm Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 10-18mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 35mm 1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 5omm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$25 off Sony 30mm f/3.5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore
$420 off on the Double Touit lens kit at BHphoto.
$200 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 at Adorama.
$140 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 at Adorama.

A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 85mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 17-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Tamron 16-300mm at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$250 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at BHphoto.

 

 

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