April 9, 2015
Posted in reviews

Diglloyd: “The (FE) system mediocrity ends now with the Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon”.


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FE Distagon by SLRclub.

Note for US readers: A couple of Distagon lenses are in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). Refurbished 55mm FE for $749 on eBay (Click here).

Many bloggers and photographers are testing the new FE lenses. Time for a new roundup:

Diglloyd is testing the new Zeiss Distagon FE 35mm lens.

A camera system needs at least one outstanding lens that makes owning that system worthwhile. Or rather, a lens that is so appealing that the camera body becomes an accessory.
Until now, that Sony A7 series platform has been a study in “good enough”. That system mediocrity ends now with the Sony/Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 Distagon. The question is whether lens siblings of similar quality will emerge to complete the nucleus of a complete system that demanding photographers hunger for.
Dang, where is that 50 or 80 megapixel Sony A9 with real 14-bit files?

Just a note for Digglloyd. Do not forget there is an excellent 55mm FE lens in the line up :)

Steve Huff tested the FE 28mm lens:

As for this 28mm, it is to me, a no brainer at $450. You will not find a better new production 28mm for full frame for this price, period. While not perfect due to the distortion that is present without correction or using a lens profile, it is easily overcome. Shoot JPEG and they are perfect out of the camera. Shoot RAW and you will need to apply the camera lens profile to fix the distortion, but when it is fixed the images will be gorgeous.

Amateur Photographer also tested the 28mm lens:

This 28mm lens may not be quite as optically stunning as the Zeiss-branded 55mm f/1.8 or 35mm f/2.8, but it’s still pretty sharp wide open, and once it’s stopped down to normal working apertures of, say, f/5.6 to f/11, it’s very good indeed. It’s also small and light enough to slip into your bag and carry around, where larger lenses may be left behind.

Mark Galer is testing the 90mm macro lens:

This is sharpest lens I have tested since the original 55 and 35 mm primes. It is sharp at maximum aperture and stacks up well with the 55 F1.8. I like the fact that the Focus ring, when put in Manual Focus, has definite stops and was surprised that it was not as heavy as it looks. It is well balanced lens on the A7R. Sony’s Eye AF was quick and accurate – even with such a narrow depth of field. I posted two full size JPEGs to a Flickr album so Alpha users can pixel peep.

Amateur Photographer reviewed the 24-240mm lens:

In essence, the 24-240mm has the quality of a good kit lens, but with a focal length that can’t be equalled without a significant financial, and backbreaking, investment in extra glass. Those who demand the best image quality already know the downside to travel-zoom lenses, and this Sony 24-240mm optic certainly won’t be for them, but as a travel companion I think this will form a good partnership, especially with the Alpha 7 II and its advanced image stabilisation system.

More tests:
Sony FE 28mm f/2 Samples Gallery (Dpreview).
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS real-world samples posted (Dpreview).
28mm FE review at SLRclub.
35mm f/1.4 FE review at SLRclub.
Distagon image samples by Paulferzoco.

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, FocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphotoFocusCamera, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

April 9, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4) New Sony E-mount camera (A7rII?) to be announced in mid May. Shipment in June.


A trusted source got word from Sony a new E-mount camera will certainly be announced around mid May. And it’s said to ship in June. It’s yet not 100% confirmed but that should be the new A7rII. To sum up the recent rumors:

1) On April 12 Sony will announced the HDC4300 high end camcorder (info here on SAR). There will be no new E or A-mount cameras.
2) On April 23 Sony will announce RX or A-mount cameras (or both). No new E-mount camera will be announced. I am yet not sure what Sony will announce but the “best candidates” are the RX2 and A99II followed by the A58, RX20 and RX100m4. Also likely to be announced are the new HX60 and WX350 successors.
3) Mid May Sony will announce new E-mount camera(s). The A7rII is likely to come while it’s yet unclear if Sony will announced the new A6xxx/A7xxx camera because there was a delay because of some 4K recording heating issues.

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April 9, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Lightroom – Edit a Long Exposure Landscape Image

Rangefinder Presents: How to Use ND Filters With Studio Strobes & Sony A7II (Youtube).
Can The Olympus OM-D E-M5 II High-Res Mode Compete With The Sony A7r? (Soundimagesplus).
Leica M/39 (incl. Voigtländer and Zeiss ZM lenses) at SonyAlphaForum.
CameraGP 2015 awards at Capacamera.
Loxia 35mm vs. Sonnar 35mm Lens Comparison at Ilovehatephoto: “Comparing the Loxia 35mm to the Sonnar 35mm, the Loxia wins out on build quality, vignetting/flare control, and character. While the Sonnar is the workhorse, the Loxia is for the connoisseur. The Loxia 35mm f/2 is not a perfect lens, but a huge kudos to Zeiss for taking the risk and designing a lens that was so fun to use and with so much soul.

SJStudio:Hi, you can see on this page my Wedding Inspiration Film shot with a Sony VG30 ans Metabones Speedbooster: http://www.sjstudio.fr/shooting-dinspiration-mariage-en-provence/

Boon:I managed to capture the solar eclipse with my Sony A7R. The photo link is here: http://myphotojourney.co.uk/solar-eclipse-20th-march-2015/. I also made a video using the 688 photos taken with the A7R. The link is here: http://myphotojourney.co.uk/solar-eclipse-video/

Tuan:I want to share you some information about Sel 24-240mm . Here is video unboxing in Vietnam
And Hẻre is compare With 70-200G4 on Sony A7 m2

April 8, 2015
Posted in news

Go Wing Lens Holder for Sony A and E-mount.


It’s a while that this new product is shipping but I never reported about it before. What you see here is the new GoWing Lens Holder for A-mount which also comes for E-mount. On the video below you can see how it works. It helps you to change lenses very fast!
You can have in both A and E-mount versions here:
E-mount Go wing at BHphoto, eBay Korea and eBay Germany.
A-mount Go wing at BHphoto, eBay Go Wing and eBay Germany.

April 8, 2015
Posted in news

Sony releases three new sensor (two of them for Micro Four Thirds).



Sony listed three new sensors on their website. One of them is a new 24MP APS-C sensor that may will hind his way in the new A6/7000 cameras and A77 series. The other two are a bit of a surprise. Two Four Thirds sensor likely made for the partner Olympus. Surely Sony is not going to make a Sony Micro Four Thirds camera :)

Thanks to the anonymous source who shared this!


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