September 14, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Full Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens MTF and design graph.


I got more images about the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 FE OSS lens that will be announced tomorrow. As you know you can follow the event live here at SAR at 16:00 Berlin time!

Here are two graphs about the new lens:

The Zeiss 16-35mm should ship within end of this year. But I “fear” that all other lenses that will be announced tomorrow will hit the market in 2015 only. Because so far I didn’t get detailed info on them…probably because Sony will not unveil the final info tomorrow (just general introduction).

To end with a good news: After Pohotkina I can probably start with new rumors about the High Resolution cameras and some RX camera info I got in these days.

Follow the Sony announcement live here on SAR on Monday Sept 15 at 16:00 Berlin time. That’s:
7am in San Francisco
10 am in NYC
15:00 in London
23:00 in Tokyo.

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

September 13, 2014
Posted in news

New Mitakon 42.5mm f/1.2 and mitakon 24mm f/1.7 lens.


Zyoptica just launched two new APS-C E-mount lenses. Here is the full press text:

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September 13, 2014
Posted in deals

Refurbished Sony stuff: Rx100m2 for $399. NEX-5t with two lenses and bag for $449.


The officially Sony refurbished RX100m2 now sells for $399 only via Secondipity (Click here). A huge good deal and hotseller at eBay is the Refurbished NEX-5t with 55-210mm & 16-50mm 2 lens bundle bag at Secondipity (Click here).

All other current Sony deals:
Sony A6000 with kit lens with a $100(!) discount at BigValue eBay (Click here).
$349 only for the Sony RX100 at BigValue eBay (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5t with kit lens for $349 at Sony eBay (Click here).
Refurbished RX1R for $1,819 at Secondipity (Click here).
Sony A7r with free extras for $1,863 at 6ave eBay (Click here).
Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card – 2 Pack for $34 only at FocusCamera eBay (Click here).

Reminder: With the “secret” code “Olympus20” you get $400 off (and fre LR5) with the Sony A7r sold at FocusCamera (Click here).

September 13, 2014
Posted in reviews

First Otus 85mm test on the A7s (and DxOmark results).


A7s with Otus 85mm. Image courtesy: Jorge Torralba

Otus 85mm Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

Jorge Torralba (Click here) posted a review of the Zeiss Otus 85mm used on the Sony A7s. It’s very interesting to read the part concerning the handling of the Otus on such a small camera:

As stated earlier, although the lens is large and heavy, it did not feel too bad on the A7S. In fact, it was a pleasure to use. It is only slightly larger than the Zeiss 135mm 1.8 ZA which I currently own and have no problems with whatsoever on an A7.  It feels well balanced and if you don’t need the lens hood, its even more friendly. My only concerns regarding the weight of this lens on the A7S with the adapter were really how secure and solid the adapter was and whether the lens would come off crashing to the ground leaving me with a very expensive bill and ruining the upcoming Christmas shopping season. Let me just say, I use the Fotodiox adapter and am thinking of upgrading to something more substantial. I did find myself holding on to the camera by the lens rather than letting it dangle from my neck on the camera strap as I walked the streets of Portland taking pictures. I think this is a valid concern for people if they throw this on a small body camera. I could be over reacting but better safe than sorry.

But does it actually work fine?

Throw in the focus peak feature and EVF of the Sony Alpha cameras like the A7S and you are golden on the intended focus area. A little side note. Amazing lens and camera! By the time Nikon or Canon start using mirror less technology like Sony or Fuji, they will have been left in the shadows. One cannot deny that the future is in this technology and EVF’s.  Sony is on a steam roller.

Read the rest fo his very long review at Jorge Torralba’s website.

DxOmark tested the Otus 85mm lens performance and it actually shows once again how great…the FE 55mm lens is :) Just check the graph comparison below:

BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

More Otus test on the Nikon D800 at ThePhoBlographer. and at BHphoto.

September 12, 2014
Posted in news

Learn more about the Sony FS7 4K via Den Lennie, Dan Chung, Cinema5D, Teradek!


IBC 2014: News Shooter – Sony FS7 from Teradek on Vimeo.

Probably only few readers here are interested to learn more about the new Sony FS7 4K E-mount camcorder. But this is a real milestone for Sony. It’s a great camera for the $$$! Just watch those videos! And the sites to follow to read more about the Sony stuff are Newsshooter, Teradek, Fstopacademy, Cinema5D. Thanks!

EXCLUSIVE: cinema5D Sony FS7 hands-on from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

Sony Professional: FS7 First Footage (3min)
from Sony Professional on Vimeo.

Newsshooter at IBC 2014: Den Lennie walks us though the new Sony FS7 4K Super35 camera
from Dan Chung on Vimeo.


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