November 7, 2014
Posted in reviews

Zeiss 16-35mm FE gets DxOmarked: Best f/4.0 wide angle zoom on market. French reviewer says “est impressionnant” :)

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The new Zeiss 16-35mm FE lens got tested at DxOmark (Click here). And it scored the best result among the three f/4.0 wide angle zoom tested by DxOmark. It beats by a hair the Nikon 16-35mm f/4.0 lens. The only real “cons” of the lens is that it’s also the slightly more expensive of the three. But we can live with that or not? As long as results are that good!

Also Focus Numerique (translation here) tested the lens and said “Le 16-35 mm f/4 de Sony est impressionnant“. I think it’s clear for everyone what it means :)

One more thing: Worldwide shipment officially started today at Sony Canada and Amazon Japan. Check the full shipment date info here:
USA/Canada  at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony Canada.
Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Australia and Asia at Sony AUS, Amazon Japan and Digitalrev.

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November 7, 2014
Posted in deals

Small $5 discount on the new Meike A7 grip if you buy it through SAR.

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The company making the new MeikeA7/r/s vertical grip contacted me to offer a small $5 discount for all SAR readers. This is how it works: Click on that link eachshot.com and you will get automatically the $4,77 discount. If for some weird reason this doesn’t work just add the discount code “SAR!40160” at checkout! The company told me shipping is free! Reminder: You can also buy the Meike grip on Amazon US (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Alibabaexpress (Click here). But the discount code doesn’t work there :)

Reminder:
Black Friday Deals are already running on Amazon US (Click here to see the long list).
A6000:
$100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5100: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

 

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November 6, 2014
Posted in news

Rokinon announces the new 12mm Cine lens for A and E-mount (on preorder at BH).

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Samyang/Rokinon announced the new Rokinon 12mm T3.1 ED AS IF NCS UMC Cine DS Fisheye Lens for Sony A and E-Mount. You can read the full specs and preorder it at BHphoto:
Rokinon 12mm A-mount (Click here).
Rokinon 12mm E-mount (Click here).

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November 6, 2014
Posted in deals

New Black Friday deals: Up to $200 off on Sigma lenses!

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Black Friday deals are daily updated on Amazon US (Click here to see the long list). And today we got some nice Sigma deals too! Up to $200 off on A-mount lenses and accessories:

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$200 off on the Sigma 150-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$200 off on the Sigma 70-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$150 off on the Sigma 50-500mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$80 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.
$25 off on the Sigma 75-300mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Rebates on Sigma Flashes and Teleconverters at Amazon (Click here to see the full list).

Reminder:
Black Friday Deals are already running on Amazon US (Click here to see the long list).
A77II: Up to $500 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A6000:
$100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5100: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
A5000: $100 off on the body and kits at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
Meike grip on Amazon US (Click here), eBay (Click here) and Alibabaexpress (Click here).

 

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November 6, 2014
Posted in news

Surprise: Hasselblad closes design center and ends the “luxury” camera business?

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Back in 2011 Hasselblad founded the Hasselblad Design Center in Treviso. The goal was to create unique camera designs. In the years after they launched the Hasselblad Lunar (here on eBay), Stellar (here one Bay) and the Hasselblad HV (here at BHphoto). And as you likely know these camera were objects of quite some large amount of “irony” on the world wide web.

But today Photoscala reports that Hasselblad has closed the Design Center in Treviso. It is not yet official but this could mean the end of those super “luxurified” Sony A and E-mount camera versions. Maybe Hasselblad wants to focus on a Sony-Hasselblad-Zeiss partnership for a new mirrorless medium format system instead?

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