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December 17, 2014
Posted in news

Sigma 24-105mm lens production “on hold”?

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Those of you who preordered the new 24-105mm Sigma A-mount lens will certainly be unhappy to read this: SAR reader Keith got this note from Sigma US:

Good afternoon,

Unfortunately, production of the 24-105mm has been halted in all mounts.  It was originally supposed to be released for Sony this month, but now production is on an indefinite hold.  I will save your e-mail address and get back to you when we know more.

Please let me know if you have any questions.

Have a great day!

 

December 17, 2014
Posted in rumors

First images of the FE 21mm f/2.8 lens made by Zhongyi.

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What you see her eon top is the prototype of a new 21mm f/2.8 Full Frame E-mount lens developed by Zhongyi. That is the company that already makes the following Sony products:
The 50mm f/0.95 FE lens (here on eBay).
The 35mm f/0.95 E-mount APS-C lens (here on eBay).
The Speedbooster clone, Turbo adapter (here on eBay).

A Zhongyi company responsible wrote on Xitek. that this FE21/F2.8 lens is optimized to be used on the A7r. It means that unlike so many other wide angle lenses it has no magenta shift issue. Those are the lens specs:

21mm
f/2.8
manual focus ring
manual aperture ring
72mm filter size
weight is 290 gram
Price is 1900 Yuan (around 300 dollars)

The lens is heavier than similar Konica or Contax lenses because the corner image quality is better (says Zhongyi). Here are some image samples taken with the lens (Click on the image to enlarge)

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Thanks TDTW

December 17, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Voigtländer Heliar 40mm f/2.8 E-mount lens tested.

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The most curious new E-mount lens got tested at DSLRmagazine (google translation here). It’s actually an M-mount lens designed specifically to be used on E-mount cameras with the VM-E close focus adapter. The reviewer findings are:

– Center resolution is very high
– Corner resolution is only “sufficient”
– It has surprisingly little chromatic aberrations
– The lens value is not the performance it delivers but the unique kind of image quality and small size.

There are some image samples posted on that DSLRmagazine page. And DC.Fever also tested the same lens on the new A7II.

The new Voigtländer Heliar 40mm 2.8 for FE cameras is in Stock in Germany on eBay (Click here) and Hong Kong on eBay (Click here). It’s also available for preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and CameraQueest (Click here).

December 16, 2014
Posted in deals

Free Amazon $50 gift card with the Sony A7s! Loxia 35mm in Stock at Focuscamera.

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There is a new deal on the A7s: You get a free $50 gift card when you buy the camera at Amazon US (Click here). Note that there are currently plenty of Sony deals listed on that special Amazon photo deal page (Click here). A bit strange that SD card deals can be found not on the photo deal page but on the main overall deal page (Click here).

For the first time in Stock in USA the Loxia 35mm f/2.0 at Focuscamera eBay (only one left in Stock at the moment of writing). And also the 4K FS7 is in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here).

New Sandisk SD card savings at Adorama (Click here).

Current Sony US deals:

A-E mount cameras:
Free stuff worth $299 along the A7r (Click here)
Free stuff worth $219 along the A7s (Click here).
Free $50 gift card with the A6000 kit (Click here).
Lot of free extras with the A6000 double lens kit sold at BHphoto (Click here).
$400 off on the Sony A5100 with 16-50mm & 55-210mm Lenses at BHphoto (Click here).
$2,300 discount on the Hasselblad Stellar on sale at BHphoto (Click here)
A6000 double lens kit with free $50 Visa gift card and LR5 for $748 on eBay (Click here).
A6000 with kit lens, LR5 and 64GB SD card for $598 on eBay (Click here).
A5000 with kit lens, LR5 and 16GB SD card for $298 on eBay (Click here).
Refurbished NEX-5t double lens kit for $399 on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the Sony A7 with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Free card and bag ($200 value) with all A7/r/s cameras sold at SonyStore.
$300 off on the Sony A77II with grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
$600 off on the Sony A77II with lens and grip at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore.
15% credit you get when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or Fe lenses at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
If you trade-in an older camera you could now pay down to $950 only for the new A7 at Adorama trade-in (Click here).

E-mount lenses:
$150 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 24mm Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 18-200mm OSS at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$100 off on the 10-18mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 35mm 1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$50 off on the 5omm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore.
$25 off Sony 30mm f/3.5 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and Sonystore
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for E-mount at BHphoto (Click here).

A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 50mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 85mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$25 off on the 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$50 off on the Bower 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for A-mount at BHphoto (Click here).

Sigma A-mount lenses:
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, and BHphoto.
$25 off ont he Sigma 70-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$300 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 18-250mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sigma 10-20mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$75 off on the Sigma 12-24mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sigma 8-16mm lens at Amazon and BHphoto.

December 16, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Ulterior confirmations: New Camcorder(s) at CES and new Cameras&Lenses at CP+.

Got a couple of feedbacks from trusted source about the next CES (January 6) and CP+ (February 12) events. They do confirm new camcorder(s) are going to be announced at CES in Las Vegas while new Cameras and Lenses will be announced at CP+ show in Yokohama.

While I am yet not sure which camera will be announced at CP+ (A7000 or A9 or both?) the FE lenses that Sony will release are known. The rumored price info is (source SAR article with VBL):
– 28mm f/2.0 G should cost 499 Euro (February shipment)
– 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss should cost 1399 Euro (March shipment)
– 90mm f/2.8 G macro should cost 999 Euro (March shipment)
– 24-240mm f/3.5-6.4 should cost 1099 Euro (March shipment)
– both converters should cost 229 Euro each (March shipment)

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