September 9, 2014
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First full Zeiss Otus 85 video review and RAW samples by Matt Granger and Ming Thein.

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Matt Granger posted that great Zeiss Otus 85mm video review you can watch on top. And plenty of image samples including RAW files can be downloaded on his page: mattgranger.com/otus85mm.
Ming Thein alss posted his Zeiss review and indirectly explains also why this lens is best used on the Sony A7 cameras. He tested the lens on the Nikon D800 and focusing is a real challenge:

I think this is going to be the biggest hurdle for most users: even with my custom focusing screens, calibrated mirror and finder magnifier, it’s extremely challenging to consistently hit critical focus wide open. The viewfinder system is simply inadequate. The only optical finder-based method I’ve found that can nail focus involves racking it slowly while shooting a burst – disastrous for critical timing, but just fine for static subjects. Live view and a tripod is of course highly advisable

And if you read my previous post about the high resolution cameras from Sony this may be one of the few lenses capable of resolving a 50MP resolution on a Full Frame E-mount camera. But well, it comes at a high cost :(

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.

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September 9, 2014
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(SR5) Big Sony camera announcement 3-4 months AFTER Photokina. New high resolution sensor cameras coming!

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I posted many QX and lens rumors lately and little about cameras. The reason why I did so is because the last weeks I got plenty of “unexpected” rumors from sources saying that Sony is literally “skipping” Photokina and planning to release their big A and E-mount cameras some time AFTER Photokina.

The last weeks plenty of sources shared more and more hints about that “big” event. And now I can finally tell you with 100% reliability that this is exactly what’s going to happen. Sony will announce “minor” stuff at Photokina like the QX, new A and E-mount lenses, E-mount 4K and maybe maybe a new A99II and RX camera…but I am not sure about that yet.

What is really hot is that Sony decided to release the big stuff 3-4 months after Photkina. I am now working to get details about those new cameras. I am sure there is a brand new sensor in use in those cameras capable of shooting in very high resolution!

But before that I hope that Sony will at least launch the A99II at Photokina….

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September 9, 2014
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Short message to source: Thanks for the info….and short question.

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Sorry readers: That’s a message for a source who just shared another info anonymously. And this is the only way he can read me. Message for him:

Thanks for the QX30 and the last new rumor. Short question. Can you “investigate” about” the next camera launch coming in 3-4 months. I have been told it’s very BIG.  And if you wnat you can contact me directly with a fake gmail account at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!!!!

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September 9, 2014
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Double press event from Sony: Friday Sept 12 (4K cam), Monday 15 Sept (A and E-mount lenses).

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Press 1: On Friday Sony will announce the new 4K camcorder leaked last week. They may show the 2500 Euro expensive 28-135mm f/4.0 powerzoom too.

Press 2: The next press conference follows on Monday Sept 15 at 16:00 Berlin time. That’s when we will get the other new A and E-mount lenses like the 35 1.4(G/ZA) and 70-300G II A-mount and the 16-35mm FE and 90mm macro FE lens. Also an updated FE lens roadmap with 85mm lens included for 2015 release. Where I am still not 100% sure yet is the camera list. Best candidates are the A99II and new RX camera. But the bigger news is coming after Photokina and about that I will write and publish a post soon!

 

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September 8, 2014
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First Otus lens tests: Diglloyd says “sets a new standard all its own”.

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Otus 1.4/85 ZF.2

Diglloyd posted his first impressions about the new Zeiss Otus 85mm lens:

The Otus 85/1.4 APO-Planar delivers the most transparently beautiful imagery I have ever seen on a DSLR…Including medium format Leica S, and the best Pentax medium format lens, the 90/2.8 macro. The Otus 85mm /1.4 APO-Planar sets a new standard all its own.

The Swedish site Fotosidan (google translation here) posted a short comparison with the Nikon 85mm lens:

Some bright lenses are deliberately drawing a soft at maximum aperture to get nice and soft background blur (bokeh). Zeiss has managed to combine high clarity with nice bokeh, see example image.

The lens can be preorderd at BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.

UPDATE: RAW image samples can be downloaded at Mattgranger.com/otus85mm

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