September 10, 2014
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony a77 Mark II Review

Ibelux 40mm f/0.85 is now up at Admiring Light.
Slow Motion Test with the A7S on Vimeo.
A6000 review by Bestmirrorlesscamerareviews.
Sony F5 hack unlocks 4K XAVC recording (EosHD).
Tamron Sony 4.3-215mm F2.8-6.3(1/2.3″) patent (Egami).
GH4 cashback in Japan (DC.watch).
Sony Alpha A7s Video Review on Youtube and written review at SonyAlphaLab.
Sony E-mount system experience report by MyPhotoJourney.
QX1 hands-on at Optyczne.
Physicists Take Low-Light Images Using Less Than One Photon Per Pixel (Medium).
Review: Alpha 77 II, Subtle Updates to Sony’s Expert APS-C DSLR (Digitalversus).

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September 10, 2014
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$300 off on the refurbished 24mm Zeiss A-mount lens.

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Sony is clearing their Stock of refurbished Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 A-mount lenses and you can get them with a $315 discount at Sony eBay (Click here) or SonyStore (Click here). And do not forget to check out the triple Sony eBay deal:

Sony A6000 with kit lens with a $100(!) discount at BigValue eBay (Click here).
$349 only for the Sony RX100 (Click here).
Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card – 2 Pack for $34 only at FocusCamera eBay (Click here).

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September 10, 2014
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(SR5) No other new camera from Sony at Photokina! (SR5) New generation sensor and camera(s) release in January!

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About two months ago I got hints that Sony would not announce any new camera at Photokina (with the exception of the 4K E-mount camcorder coming on Friday). But I really hoped that my sources would be wrong and that Sony simply kept the new camera(s) hidden in secret. But my sources are good and my hope proved to be misplaced. I am now 100% sure there will be no other new camera after the recent A5100 and QX1 launch and the soon to be announced 4K E-mount camcorder. To be honest it’s not like the competition is doing any better. Companies like Canon/Nikon/Fuji/Olympus will only unveil camera reiterations and no real innovative stuff.

Here are in detail the info I got from highly trusted sources:
1) No new A or E-mount camera at Photokina. There will be new A and E-mount lenses only.
2) Sony “revised” the strategy for late 2014. They decided to avoid the release of small upgraded cameras (A99II?).
3) Sony’s goal is to focus on strong impact releases. Products with “WOW” factor.

And now the big 100% reliable rumor:

(SR5) Sony is preparing a BIG event in January! They will release a complete new generation of cameras with a new generation sensor. Cameras have those two features:
1) Very high resolution and dynamic range. One of them is a 46 megapixel FF sensor.
2) Very fast AF speed

I know it’s strange they did not announce those at Photokina. But that it is. I Thank All trusted sources for the info they shared the last couple of weeks. I hope you sources can help me to feed SAR readers with some reliable rumor about the next generation cameras coming in January!

A couple of notes: January announcement is 100% correct as it really got confirmed by highly trusted sources. So trust me on this :)

 

 

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September 10, 2014
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Worldwide first Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 review with the Sony A7r!

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Image courtesy: 3D-Kraft.

The first test of the new Zeiss Otus 85mm lens on the Sony A7r has been published at 3D-Kraft (Click here). In eery short this is why in the reviewers mind this combo makes a lot of sense:

The Otus line was designed with full-frame DSLRs in mind and so you can get them in two versions: ZE model for Canon EF-mount and ZF.2 model for Nikon F-mount. Thinking of all the features supporting precise and comfortable manual focusing on Sony’s mirror less A7R with its exceptional 36 MP sensor, great EVF magnification, focus peaking etc., for me this combination makes even more sense…this is the perfect match and simply the best lens you can currently get in this focal length range. I saw several posts complaining about the price tag (about 4000 EUR including VAT), but if you compare it to a Leica Apo Summicron 50/2 ASPH or medium format lenses – and this is the league where it compares best – it looks like a bargain.

And seeing that Sony will release 50 Megapixel FF cameras in early 2015 this may be one of the few lenses that can get the most out of the new sensor.

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 10, 2014
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New Samyang 12mm f/2.8 Full Frame lens announced!

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Samyang just announced the new 12mm f/2.8 Fisheye Full Frame lens. Full press release text and images here:

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