February 15, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


Anthony Dalesandro‎
This is Tim. Back in the day, he worked with Andy Warhol in The Factory and partied at Studio 54. He’s filled with great stories, many of which you can see in the character of his face. Sony A7S with Leica Summicron 50mm. Shot at a fantastic one-light seminar in Los Angeles.

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3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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February 14, 2015
Posted in deals

Brand new Sony US deals on the RX and A7/r/s cameras and A6000/5100 bundles.


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We have new deals listed today at Amazon US:

1) Save Big on Select Sony RX Series Cameras with a Qualifying Trade-in (Click here).
2) Free Premium Jacket Case with the RX100m3 (Click here).
3) Free case with the A7,A7s,A7r cameras (Click here).
4) Up to $200 off on A5000/A5100/A6000 double lens kits (Click here).

Sony US deal reminder:
Sony A7r cameras for $1,669 on eBay (Click here).
Save $200 on the grey imported but with full 3 year US warranty coming 55mm FE lens sold at GetDigital on eBay US (Click here)
Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).

A-mount camera owners can buy some of the Open Box lenses on offer ay KenmoreCamera:
$400 off on the Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 (Click here).
$300 off on the Sony 16mm Fisheye (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 28mm f/2.8 (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 24-105mm (Click here).
$50 off on the DT18-55mm (Click here).
$150 off on the 2x Teleconverter (Click here).
$150 off on the 1.4x Teleconverter (Click here).

February 14, 2015
Posted in news

Sony is the only company without a product announcement at CP+. Your thoughts?


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The Zeiss 35mm FE cut in half at CP+ Sony booth (Source: Matthew Allard).

Well, Sony decided to literally skip the CP+ show and is as far as I know the only major photo company not having announced a new camera or lens. But also the other companies kept a low profile (Read Engadget articles about that). Canon’s 5ds will ship in June only and all other manufacturers did show many prototypes and much less “real” production cameras.

Just like it happened with the A7II launch Sony seems to prefer to launch major stuff off the big show to get more publicity. And here is the question to our SAR readers:

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February 14, 2015
Posted in reviews

New FE lens videos and a 3D view from the Sony booth.


Newsshooter at CP+ Tokyo 2015- Sony FE 24-240mm F3.5-6.3 lens first look
from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

Newsshooter also posted a hands-on video and report with the 24-240mm FE lens:

I had a quick hands on with the lens at CP+ and while it looked to perform well from around 24-100mm, it did look noticeably softer at the far end of the focal range. Build quality was average but it was nice to handle and use.

And there we have also new “Estonian” hands-on videos:
The Distagon 35mm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k9dzWB2Z7Os
The 24-240mm: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YxqEMZiCe8U
Converters with 28mm lens: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gEMcP3S-Xl8

There is also Sony CP+ special site on their blog where you can see the interactive view from Sony CP+ booth. At the bottom of this site there are all Sony posts from cp+ – more will follow. http://blog.photopoint.ee/cp-2015/sony-cp-2015-fotomessil/

February 13, 2015
Posted in news

Meike announces the new A7II Battery grip!


Meike announced a new battery grip for the A7II. You can get it via eBay seller KGhobbie (Click here) and Roxsen (Click here). It ships worldwide and with 2.4GHz wireless remote control included.

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February 13, 2015
Posted in news

Canon Pokes Fun on Nikon and (indirectly) Sony because they now have less pixels!



At Cp+ Canon is Pokes Fun on Nikon and (indirectly) Sony because their new Canon 5ds has more Pixels than the D800 series and Sony A7r. Well, I refuse to make any comments on this :)

P.S.: Canon even showed a new 120MP sensor prototype (Mirrorlessrumors).
found via CanonWatch.

February 13, 2015
Posted in news

Newsshooter FE lens hands-on videos.


Newsshooter at CP+ Tokyo 2015- Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA First Look
from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

Reminder: Without a single word Sony decided to postpone the FE lens launch. Back at Photokina the first shipment was “targeted” to be in February. And even their current Sony Japan site advertise the new lenses. But at Cp+ Sony decided to not answer any question about that. Anyway, the real pricing and shipment announcement should come very soon as reported by DC.watch.

The Sony FE lenses at the Sony booth:

Newsshooter writes about the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 lens:

The new lens felt very solid in the hand and although not a light lens it did not feel unbalanced on a Sony a7. The lens features a 72mm front and comes with a nice lens hood. From the limited time I had using the lens I was left with a positive impression. It is very sharp, produces nice bokeh and seems to have good control of chromatic aberration and vignetting.

Newsshooter also posted a Sony 28mm f/2.0 Hands-on video and writes:

The build quality is fair, but not in the same class as the 35mm F1.4 FE ZE. From my quick play with the lens, it optically looked pretty good. It also had pretty close focus ability that I estimated to be around the 30cm mark. Once you put the adapters on expect a drop in optical performance. The Ultra Wide Adapter had quite a lot of barrel distortion and definitely looked a little softer in the corners. The Fish Eye Adaptor does produce minor vignetting in full frame mode.

Newsshooter at CP+ Tokyo 2015- Sony FE 28mm F2 lens and Fish Eye and Ultra Wide Converters first look
from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

UPDATE: Newsshooter also posted a 90mm macro hands-on video and writes:

I had a bit of hands on time with the lens at CP+ and was very impressed by the optical performance. It is very sharp and the OSS definitely makes a big difference when shooting any type of macro work. Even when not used as a Macro lens the 90mm looked to provide nice separation between your subject and the background. Build quality was very nice and was right up there with any of the FE ZE lenses on offer.

Newsshooter at CP+ Tokyo 2015- Sony FE 90mm F2.8 Macro G OSS First Look
from Matthew Allard ACS on Vimeo.

DC.watch posted a new set of images. Click on them to enlarge:

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