March 7, 2015
Posted in reviews

Zeiss FE 16-35mm review at Photozone: “not a perfect lens but a desirable one.”

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Image courtesy: Photozone

Our severe German reviewer and friend Klaus from Photozone (Click here) tested the Zeiss FE 16-35mm lens:

It is capable of delivering sharp results at medium apertures. In fact it’s pretty much excellent around the 20mm mark especially considering the 36mp sensor of the test camera. The weakest spot is at 35mm where the corners could be better at f/4 and f/5.6 but beyond they are just fine actually.
Typical for most Sony-made lenses the build quality is impressive. The tightly assembled, weather-sealed metal body feels reassuring and it’s simply a joy to use it out there. While AF speed isn’t really an important value proposition on such a lens, it is decent although not outstanding.

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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March 7, 2015
Posted in news

Download the new firmware for the “SEL35F28Z”, “SEL2470Z”, “SEL55F18Z”, “SEL70200G” and “SEL2870” lenses.

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If you own the “SEL35F28Z”, “SEL2470Z”, “SEL55F18Z”, “SEL70200G” and “SEL2870” lenses you can download the new firmware update at:
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/602218/product/sel55f18z

New lens and converter preorders:

In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.

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March 6, 2015
Posted in deals

Amazon lists brand new Sony deals:

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There is a very long list of new and extended Sony deals listed at Amazon US (Click here). This includes:
Bundle and Save on Sony A7 Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Bundle and Save on Sony Alpha Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Free Accessories on the RX100, RX100MII, & RX100MIII at Amazon (Click here).
Free Grip with Sony SLT-A99V at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $100 Off Sony DSLR Lenses at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $100 Off of Sony RX Series Fixed Lens Cameras with Trade-In at Amazon (Click here).
$50 Off the Sony A5000 at Amazon (Click here).
Bundle and Save on Sony DSLR Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
Bundle and Save on Sony RX1 at Amazon (Click here).
$1000 Off Sony NEXVG900 Pro-Camcorder at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $400 Off Sony A7 Series Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
$100 Off the Sony A6000 at Amazon (Click here).
Save Big on Sony Action Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
$300 Off the Sony NEX-5TL Interchangeable-Lens Camera at Amazon (Click here).
Free Case with the Purchase of a Sony RX100MIII Fixed Lens Camera at Amazon (Click here).
Up to $50 Off Sony Point and Shoot Cameras at Amazon (Click here).

eBay listed a couple of Sony deals of the day:
$250 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens (Click here).
A3000 with kit lens and Photoshop Elements for $249 (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5T with two lenses for $399 (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7r at Samys eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Open Box A7 with kit lens at Samys eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 at Samys eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7s at Samys eBay (Click here).

Reminder:
WPPI deals special page at BHphoto (Click here).

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March 6, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Imaging PRO Support program now running in USA and Europe.

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The welcome kit image by MTRezNIN on SonyAlphaForum.

Sony US officially started the Sony PRO support program and everyone who applied got their Sony welcome kit (Application here: esupport.sony.com/info/1523/US/EN). This is the email sent by Sony:

* Only applies to REGISTERED SONY Products
Your Sony Imaging PRO Support program gives you access to the following benefits*:
Expert Support
· U.S. dedicated phone and email support
· 3 Days repair turnaround time
· Repair loaners
· Pre-purchase evaluation loaners
 
Equipment Maintenance
· 3 free cleanings and maintenance
· Pre-paid in-bound and return shipping
· 20% discount on out-of-warranty repairs

* Subject to the program terms and conditions at www.sony.com/ProServices, which may be updated from time to time.
https://esupport.sony.com/info/1523/US/EN

The Sony PRO program is now also available in Europe (Click here).

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March 6, 2015
Posted in reviews

Very first Voigtländer Heliar 15mm III review on the A7r and A7II.

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The new Heliar III on the left. It’s larger than the II and I versions because it has been optimized for the use on FE cameras.

Voigtlander really sees the importance of their M-mount lenses for the Sony FE system. That’s why the new Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 Heliar III has been designed with the Sony FE cameras in mind. It means the light hits the Sony FF sensor in a more “favorable” way. And this should bring a considerable improvement on the corners. The lens is already shipping in Hong Kong (Here on Shenikon) and will ship the next week in Germany (Here on Fotomundus).

And at last we can see a first review with plenty of full size image samples at DC.watch (google translation here). As you can see from the image on top the lens is much larger than the first and second generation Heliar 15mm lenses. But the really important part of the review is that one. Click on the images to enlarge:

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The difference is really big! Here are the enlarged bottom left and right corners:

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As you can see there is more detail, less vignetting and less color shift on the new lens.

I do not mind using an M to E-mount adapter to use that Voigtländer lens. But I still hope that in future Voigtländer will design proper native E-mount lenses. That would be great!

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