April 23, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony A77II gets tested at Dpreview.

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Dpreview (Click here) posted the full Sony A77II review. The camera earned the Silver Award for the following reason:

The Sony a77 II is the perfect choice for those seeking pro-grade shooting and AF speeds for well-under pro-grade prices. No moving mirror means the a77 II can successfully use continuous AF during both 12fps bursts and video capture, a major advantage over many of its DSLR competitors. And in-body image stabilization helps to keep both stills and video a bit more stable than the competition. Subject tracking, one of the a77 II’s most anticipated features, is unfortunately, not very reliable. And high ISO images have a tendency to be fairly noisy. Build quality and ergonomics, however, are very good. Overall, the a77 II offers a lot of camera, for a very reasonable price.

The A77II got announced exactly one year ago at the Sony World Photography Award. And today Sony will indeed announce new cameras again…but no A-mount today?

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April 23, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sony press event at around 14.00 London time. Next press event in May.

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Sony is set to announce new RX, A7 and A6000 cameras series between now and June.

Just to keep you up to date: Today Sony has a press event and so far the only certain news is that they will show two cameras and that there will be no A-mount cameras. And another press event for E-mount is scheduled for May. So what we can expect today at around 14:00 London time is:

1) Sony just introduces the two 30x compact cameras in Europe (X90V and the WX500).
2) Sony announces new RX cameras.
3) Sony announces some other surprise too.

So far I am almost certain the new A7rII and A6100 cameras will be announced in 2-3 weeks around mid May. I guess either option 1 or 2 will happen today. Option 1 would be really a joke but hey…it’s Sony :)

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April 22, 2015
Posted in deals

Both new Zeiss Batis lens now available for preorder at BHphoto and Adorama. POLL: Will you buy them?

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Both lenses are now available for preorder at BH and Adorama:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
I haven’t found EU or Asia preorder links yet.

POLL:
Now let’s see how many SAR readers will really buy those lenses:
Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

SAR admin opinions:
Unlike the other FE lenses I do not think these new lenses are heavily overpriced. They are weather sealed, build quality is top and I am sure they have top-notch image quality too, the 85mm has optical stabilization and the OLED display may turn out to be more than just a useful gimmick.

Reminder: New Zeiss Batis key features:
1) They are the first Full Frame Zeiss lenses with autofocus
2) Those are the first worldwide lenses with OLED display on lens to show aperture and depth of field info. And at startup it reminds you what you spent $$$ for with a “ZEISS” writing :)
3) The 85mm f/1.8 is the first Zeiss with optical stabilization.

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April 22, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Stay tuned on SAR.Sony announcement coming on April 23 at 13.00 London time.

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I know you are all happy because of the great Zeiss announcement (full press here on SAR). But do not forget that within a few hours (April 23 at 13.00 London time) Sony will announce new cameras!

UPDATE: This was a BOGUS announcement. Sony used the press event to ontroduce the two 30x cameras :(

 

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April 22, 2015
Posted in news

Full Zeiss Batis FE lens specs! First Zeiss FF lens with OLED display, optical stabilization and autofocus!

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The new BATIS 85mm and 25mm lenses have an OLED display on lens!

Preorder links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

New Zeiss Batis key info and specs:
Chapeau Zeiss! The new BATIS lens announcement just added a huge value to the FE system. Those are the key points of the new lenses:
1) They are the first Full Frame Zeiss lenses with autofocus
2) Those are the first worldwide lenses with OLED display on lens to show aperture and dpeth of field info. And at startup it reminds you what you spent $$$ for with a “ZEISS” writing :)
3) The 85mm f/1.8 is the first Zeiss with optical stabilization.

The lenses are also weather sealed!
And here are the specs:

Technical specifications Zeiss

Product Zeiss Batis 2/25 Batis Zeiss 1.8 / 85
Focal length 25 mm 85 mm
Aperture range f / 2 – f / 22 f / 1.8 – f / 22
Elements / groups 10/8 11/8
Focusing 0.2 m – infinity 0.80 m – infinity
Working distance 0.13 m – infinity 0.71 m – infinity
Field ** (diag. / Horiz. / Vert.) 82 ° / 72 ° / 51 ° 29 ° / 24 ° / 16 °
Image circle diameter 43.3 mm 43.3 mm
Coverage at close range ** 12.4 mm × 18.7 mm 18.9 mm × 28.3 mm
Magnification at close range 1: 5.2 1: 7.9
Filter Diameter M67 x 0.75 M67 x 0.75
Diameter max. 81 mm 81 mm
Diameter of the focus 78 mm 78 mm
Length (without lens cap) 78 mm 92 mm
Length (with lens caps) 92 mm 105 mm
Weight 335 g 475 g
Camera mounts E-mount E-mount
Focal length 25 mm 85 mm
Aperture range f / 2 – f / 22 f / 1.8 – f / 22
Elements / groups 10/8 11/8
Focusing 0.2 m – infinity 0.80 m – infinity
Working distance 0.13 m – infinity 0.71 m – infinity
Field ** (diag. / Horiz. / Vert.) 82 ° / 72 ° / 51 ° 29 ° / 24 ° / 16 °

Full press release and more images can be seen on that SAR post. And here are the Adorama preorder links (Click on the image):

Adorama85mm Adorama25mm

Reminder: Tomorrow (April 23) big Sony announcement! Follow live on SAR at 12,00 London time.

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Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama (Click here), Bhphoto (Click here).

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