September 18, 2014
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Tokina shows two new 11-20mm f/2.8 and 24-70mm f/2.8 lenses!

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Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

Tokina is displaying two lenses they have already shown earlier this year at the CP+ shows. The 11-20mm f/2.8 PRO DX (APS-C) aspherical SD (IF) lens, and the AT-X 24-70mm f/2.8 PRO FX (Full-frame) aspherical SD (IF) lens. These lenses feature SD technology – Super Low Dispersion – designed to reduce chromatic aberrations. The lenses also feature internal focus (IF). (Source: ePhotozine)

Sony is shareholder of Tokina so I guess theses will be available in A-mount versions too!

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September 18, 2014
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Sony: “We want to keep developing both the A mount and the E mount system”

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BestMirrorlessCameraReviews posted an interview with three Sony managers. And let’s start with one of the key info regarding A-mount. Mr. Aoki from Sony said:

For the moment, we cannot see mirrorless technology overtaking the translucent sensor technology. Therefore, we want to keep developing both the A mount system and the E mount system. And in Europe, thanks to the Minolta heritage, many customers own Alpha lenses and these customers still want to use their lenses on current Alpha bodies. That’s why this summer we announced the Alpha 77 MK II and we strongly believe that its performance is very good.

There is no word about future A-mount camera and lens development yet but at least we finally got an official statement from Sony about A-mount.

And here are some more key info

1)when we launched the A7 and A7r, half of the lenses we announced yesterday hadn’t yet been decided

2) FE lens design development take: “One year to two years. For the easier ones, it takes around one year.

3) About curved sensor camera: “At this stage there is no product plan in the pipeline for a curved sensor. It’s maybe a long-term development so we can’t give you any more details“. SAR note: Keep ind mind two months ago Sony said mass production for a curved FF sensor is ready. SAR also spotted the patents for an RX with curved sensor. So I tink they have a product in pipeline but just want not to spill out the surprise ;)

4)we have a 40% market share in the mirrorless segment

5) It’s the kind of product that drives the mirrorless market: “Looking at the European market, the popular mirrorless products are always high-value cameras like the Fuji X-T1 or the Panasonic GH4 or the Olympus OM-D and our Alpha 7. All products are in the high-end segment

6) About the A7 success story: “From a reputation point of view, very much so. It really did more than we expected. From a business point of view, because of this price point, it is of course not the kind of product that sells to millions but it is on track.

7) Some fun: When asked about the future products Mr. Aoki answered: “You better visit SonyAlphaRumors for that!SAR note: Suprised you know me! I am honored :)
And here is the more “serious” answer: “Our spirit keeps pushing us to challenge the market. That’s why we are developing unique products and unique features. We are not sure if our customers or the market will be excited, but at least we will challenge.

Thanks BestMirrorlessCameraReviews!

P.S.: Gosh! Over 700 comments now on our A-mount frustration post!

New Sony stuff preorders:
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.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Loxia at BHphoto:
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here)

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September 17, 2014
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Samyang announces the new 50mm f/1.4 A and E-mount lens!

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Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

Samyang announced the new Samyang 50mm f/1.4 AS UMC full-frame lens. It comes for both Sony A and E-mount! The lens features 8 aperture blades, manual focus, 9 elements in 6 groups, 1 Asph. element, and 1 Hybrid Asph. element. There is no info yet about price and availability. But it shoudl cost $549 just like the previously released CINE lens version (here on BHphoto).

P.S.: ePhotozine also has hands-on picture with the 12mm Full Frame lens.

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September 17, 2014
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Interview with Mr.Ueda (Sony) about the new Sony 28-135mm lens.

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Sony 28-135mm Cine Lens – Exclusive Hands-On Interview
from cinema5D on Vimeo.

Cinema5D posted that Video Interview with Mr.Ueda from Sony. The talk is about the new 28-135mm FE powerzoom lens. Cinema5D also had the chance to test the lens:

The aperture F/4.0 seems to go all the way through, unlike Canon’s own and frequently used Canon 24-105mm that gets darker at the far end. The images appear very sharp and clear and we couldn’t see any obvious chromatic aberration or softening at F/4.0. We were told it is made for 4K applications. Overall the lens feels very well manufactured and strong.

New Sony stuff preorders:
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.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Loxia at BHphoto:
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here)

 

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September 17, 2014
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UPDATED: Zeiss 16-35mm images samples by Mark Galer and Sony Japan!

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If you want to see what kind of pictures you can take with the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens jump over at Mark Galer’s Flickr page (Click here). Not that only the pictures on top have been taken with the new Zeiss!

UPDATE: Also Sony Japan (Click here) posted some image samples.

New Sony stuff preorders:
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.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.

Loxia at BHphoto:
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here).
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount (Click here)

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