May 5, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Manual 35mm Lenses with Mirrorless Cameras

Sacrificing small size for quality – The Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA Review (Mirrorlessons).
Comparison test between the new Sony Zeiss FE 35/1.4, Sony FE 28/2, Zeiss Loxia 35/2 and the Sony Zeiss FE 35/2.8 (Backgroundblur).
The Zeiss Otus 55: is it the Holy Grail of lenses? (DearSusans).
Street photographty and transitioning to Sony system from big dslr’s (Jorge Torralba).
Choosing the Ideal Macro Lens focal length (Ilovehatephoto).
Old Vintage Minolta MD Rokkor-X 50mm f 1.4 Still Shines! (SonyAlphaForum).

Joe:Check out this beautiful Sony fs7 180 fps clip on YouTube: https://youtu.be/Ri4sj__g_zM

Toy:Lots of photo samples of SEL24240 + Sony A7S shot around Los Angeles on Flickr

Gerry:All you E-Mount people might be interested in this focusing demonstration… http://youtu.be/QlBWL_UVUS8

Fernando:It is the first time in the world. We made a timelapse as roasting a chicken. You’ll see how a chicken is roasted in 30 seconds. For the more curious, I leave the question in the air: Why did the chicken turns in the opposite direction as you normally do? The shots are made with Sony A7II and Zeiss Loxia 50 F2 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e1S6k5lo3G8

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May 4, 2015
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Roger Cicala tests the 90mm FE resolution and says it’s “Superb”!

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Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS on 5D III (left) and Sony 90mm f/2.8 on A7r (right). Lensrentals.com, 2015

Roger Cicala from Lensrentals tested the resolution performance of the new and yet non shipping Sony 90mm f/2.8 G OSS macro lens and compared it with the yet best macro lens on market (Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS on 5D III):

At both focusing distances the Sony system is clearly out resolving the Canon system. We would expect that, to some degree, given the higher resolution Sony sensor. But the difference was, quite frankly, surprising to me. It would seem to indicate the new Sony 90mm Macro lens performs at least as well as the Canon 100mm f/2.8 IS L, from a resolution standpoint, anyway.

See the MTF chart comparison:
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That sounds terrific! If you want to see a few image samples jump over at Gustavs images on SAR.

The 90mm lens will ship from July 7 at those stores:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

Zeiss Batis preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.

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May 4, 2015
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Sony now owns 40% of the worldwide sensor market share

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The WSJ writes that Sony now owns 40% of the global sensor market:

“Unlike memory chips, making image sensors requires craftsmanship, and that’s not something competitors can copy in the short term,” says Hideaki Miwa, analyst at Techno Systems Research Co. According to the Tokyo research firm, Sony sold 40% of all image sensors last year, up from 35% in 2013. OmniVision’s market share was 16%, followed by 15% for Samsung. Total sales of image sensors grew to an estimated $8.65 billion last year, up more than 80% since 2009. Some analysts say keeping up with demand might be Sony’s biggest immediate challenge. In the long run, Sony could be vulnerable because of its dependence on Apple, which sometimes has shifted suppliers with little warning.  Satoru Oyama, a semiconductor analyst at research firmIHS Inc., says Apple likely would consider buying image sensors for iPhones elsewhere if another company could match Sony’s quality and price.”

via Image Sensor World.

Just a couple of consideration about the Sony sensor strategy on Digital Cameras (based on rumors, news and patents)
1) Sony plans to sell Four Thirds sensor to Olympus (See their new FT sensor at Sony.net).
2) Sony is now expanding their sensor sales to all manufactures. Mamiya/Pentax/Hasselbald use Sony’s 50MP CMOS medium format sensor. Canon uses Sony’s 1 inch sensor on the Canon G7x. Nikon on FF cameras and Pentax on APS-C DSLR.
3) Plenty of patents do disclose that Sony is working on Foveon alike sensor
4) Global Shutter will be mainstream in 2-3 years.

This means sensor in Alpha cameras will remain feature the best tech of the moment for the time being. There is little competition…for now.

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May 4, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

Sigma 24mm f/1.4 A-mount ART lens available for preorder at BHphoto.

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Some good news for A-mount folks! The new Sigma 24mm f/1.4 ART A-mount lens is now on preorder at BHphoto (Click here).

DxOmark tested the new Sigma lens (Canon mount version) and writes:

Although at first sight the Sigma’s overall DxOMark score might not look as convincing as the two previous Art models from the maker, it is important to look deeper than the numbers suggest, especially at shorter focal lengths. The Sigma 24mm f1.4 DG HSM is the finest 24mm we’ve seen, although against the Canon 24mm f1.4L II USM, it’s a close-run thing. That model has slightly higher peak sharpness centrally at f4-5.6, but the Sigma has more uniform performance overall, including superior control of CA and distortion. It’s a worthy addition to the range and will only add to the maker’s reputation. Plus at around half the price of the Canon L-series equivalent, it’s a steal.

Reminder: Also those four new E and A-mount lenses can be preordered:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).
Sony 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at BHphoto (Click here) and at Adorama (Click here).

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May 4, 2015
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Sony to have a ” Pro Video Presentation” on May 29 in Berlin.

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Sony will have a “Pro Video Presentation” on May 29 in Berlin. That is what the text says on the official Schau! 2015 homepage. Don’t know what exactly that means but let’s hope this means an E-mount camera with internal 4K recording will be announced on that day :)

P.S.: Other companies like Panasonic and Fuji will show their new cameras (G7 and X-T10) on the same event.

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