February 25, 2015
Posted in reviews

Lesnumeriques new FE lens hands-on: The 90mm FE macro is the very sharpest lens!


The Sony FE 90 mm f/2,8 Macro G OSS (courtesy of LesNumeriques)

The French site LesNumeriques (google translation here) already got the new Sony FE lenses in their test labs. They promise that detailed test will be publsihed “very, very soon“. As a heads up they said the 90mm FE macro lens the sharpest of the four new lenses:

Bildschirmfoto 2015-02-25 um 15.27.06

February 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

The craziest Sony QX+lens review yet: QX1 with Leitz 560mm!


Image courtesy: Yodobashi.

That is probably the craziest Sony review seen lately. Yodobashi tested the Sony QX1 with a Leitz telyt 560mm lens mounted on it!
SAR reader “X” who found the review wrote me:

The lens itself is marvelous, with only cylinder shape of qx1 on the other end, the pair never looks like a camera. it is a bazooka. I think you will need to inform the security officer every time you want to use this setup. otherwise some one will think you are pointing bazooka at your subject.

To see a few image samples click over at Yodobashi and scroll down to find the pics.

The Leitz lens sells for over $1,000 on eBay (Click here).

February 24, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4-5) Small update on the FE 24-240mm announcement and other upcoming products.


Had a chat with Digicameinfo and with two of my sources. Here are the key info:

1) Digicameinfo is usally spot on wiht rumors and he told me directly the FE 24-240mm will ship on March 12 in Japan but the real announcement with full pricing info, preorders and specs is expected to be within the next few days (maybe this week already). I would usually rate the rumor SR5 because he is usally right. Hope he doesn’t make any mistake exactly that time :)

2) SR5: There is a very high chance of another Sony product announcement coming in late March (or first week of April).  SR4: And that should be for camera(s)

3) SR4: The other three FE lenses (90mm macro, 35mm Zeiss and 28mm G) price should be announced in April.

The real question is what’s coming from Sony ont he camera front. I got reliable rumor about the High Res camera, RX2 (curved sensor) and A7000. But the very same sources told me Sony Japan is keeping the release date info very secret.

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SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

February 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

A few great pictures of the new FE lenses (look how big that 24-240mm FE is).



At last we know the new first FE lens will ship on March 12. It’s the 24-240mm FE OSS lens! And the other three lenses are likely to be released in April.

Our reader Cabala shared us those pics of the new Sony FE lenses (Source: caba1a.com/sony-of-cp2015). The picture on top shows the max length of the new 24-240mm FE OSS lens. He writes about that lens:

“The weight is OK, balance was well on the old small grip A7 body. The zoom ring is sooo hard to turn, maybe this was a preproduction lens, but still uncomfortable on my hands. The lens filter size of FE 24-240mm is 72mm, the coating showed a fantastic color.”


This is the Zeiss FE 35mm 1.4:

My impression was: big, heavy, solid, classic. The focus speed was great, bokeh is great. The focus ring was so big, I don’t think people need that size. Accurately the lens felt like an all metal Sigma Art lens, and aperture click switch button was on it which means it was also designed for video work. The reflecting of the front lens could barely been seen, a nano coating?


The FE 28mm f/2.0 lens:

With A7 II’s body, lens without OSS could be smaller lighter bigger aperture. And the bigger grip of A7 II suited the lens well. A nicely builded lens with fast auto focus. Filter size is 49mm.


FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS lens

Very funny lens, with push and pull focus ring. you can see an element moves inside the lens. My main feeling was the weight of the lens, all at the front end of it. So the balance was strange.The OSS of the 90mm macro lens feels very efficiently, auto focus speed is OK but not decisively. Push the button on the lens body will stop auto focus process, it just worked fine. The lens reflection showed a big difference from the 35mm f1.4 lens.

Thanks Cabala!

All images copyrighted and on courtesy of caba1a.com!

February 24, 2015
Posted in news

Oscar winner “Citizenfour” has been shot with the Sony E-mount FS-100 camera.


CITIZENFOUR UK Trailer – In Cinemas Now
from BRITDOC Foundation on Vimeo.

Maybe not all of you know it but an E-mount camera has been used to shot the Oscar Award Winner “Citizenfour”. It’s the Sony FS100.

via Kamermann.de

February 24, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Long Exposure Photography – A Sony Alpha Tutorial

Sony A7 II Shooter’s Report: Improved ergonomics, performance and top-notch image stabilization (Imaging Resource).
Sony on CP+2015 by Cabala.
Canon FD lenses images (SonyAlphaForum).
We’ve Updated our Sony A7 Mk II Review (ThePhoBlographer).
Read more at http://www.thephoblographer.com/2015/02/20/weve-updated-sony-a7-mk-ii-review/#HmGrH4BBbVU4mChM.99
6 Photography Tips You’ve Never Heard Of (iLoveHatePhoto).
Your manual focusing experience (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony Low-Cost Global Shutter Sensor (Image Sensor World).
High Altitude with the A7 by Ivo Scholz.

Pascal:çoved the video of the UFOs made with the A7s. I wonder what these things are. On a more joking note, here are some UFOs I published a couple of days ago: http://www.dearsusan.net/2015/02/21/327-the-night-of-the-shutaklunk-ufo-true-story/. My guess is what I’m seeing is shutter vibration, but I’m not entirery sure … Any ideas?

February 23, 2015
Posted in deals

Save $$$ on Sony A7/s/r Open Box, Refurbished or Grey Imported versions.


To save few $$$ on a new A7, A7r and A7s camera purchase you also have the option to buy them as Open Box, Refurbished or Grey Imported. Here are the links:

Open Box:
Sony A7 and 1 year warranty for $1,150 at Samys (Click here).
Sony A7r and 1 year warranty for $1,849 at Samys (Click here).

Sony A7 for $1,199 at BeachCamera (Click here).

Grey Imported with US seller warranty:
Sony A7 with kit lens and 1 year warranty for $1,339 at GetDigital (Click here).
Sony A7r and 1 year warranty for $1,644 at 6ave (Click here).
Sony A7s and 1 year warranty for $1,955 at DealsAllYear (Click here).
Sony A7s and 1 year warranty for $2,009 at NY Store ThePixelHub (Click here).
Sony A7s and 5 year warranty for $2,099 at NJaccessory (Click here).



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