January 10, 2015
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New FE mockup lens pictures on Dpreview.

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Sony A7 with the new Zeiss 28mm f/2.0 FE lens.
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The same FE lens mockups that were shown at Photokina have been shown at CES too. You can see the new pictures over at Dpreview (Click here). They share some info about the lenses:

90mm f/2.8 OSS macro:Due to be available in March, this lens features a focus limiter and inbuilt OSS optical image stabilization. Build quality is high. 

Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA:is a gorgeous thing. The manual aperture dial is sure to appeal to experienced photographers. This aperture dial can operate in click detents, or smoothly (the latter being ideal for aperture adjustment during video capture). You can switch between the two modes using a click on/off switch on the lens barrel.

So far the “unofficial” info is that:

– 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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January 10, 2015
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Fashion expert (Bulgari, Prada, Gucci) Perry Oosting becomes Hasselblad CEO.

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I guess Hasselblad really wants to focus on the “fashion” aspect of their camera business. At least that could be the reason why they choose Perry Oosting as new CEO. Hasselblad just recently announced the Stellar II which is their fourth Sony based luxury edition cameras after the Hasselblad Lunar (here on eBay), Stellar (here one Bay) and the Hasselblad HV (here at BHphoto). Now let’s see if and how they will continue to expand that kind of business with the new CEO.

Here comes the full press release from Hasselblad:

Read the rest of this entry →

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January 9, 2015
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Gariz announces the new A7II leather case (already in Stock on eBay).

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The Koran company Gariz announced the new A7II lleather case. You can buy it in Black (Click here)Brown (Click here)Orange (Click here) and Camel (Click here). A7II Gariz case sellers can be foudn with that general eBay search.

And the A7II is now in Stock in USA via Bestbuy as sole body (Click here) or with kit lens (Click here).

Reminder:

eBay Sony deals:
1) A7r sells for $1,599 via CameraLand on eBay (Click here). That’s $500 off!
2) FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA Lens + 3 Year USA Warranty for $799 on eBay US (Click here). At the moment of writing that deal is on hold (says out of Stock). But it should be back soon I hope! Anyway, 6av sells the same lens for only a ouple of bucks more..$817 on their eBay page (Click here).
3) Open Box Sony A7 for $1,150 at Samys eBay (Click here).
4) Refurbished RX100M3 for $664 on eBay US (Click here).
5) RX100 II Digital Camera + 2 Batteries, 16GB & More for $534 on eBay US (Click here).
6) Refurbished NEX-5T double lens kit for $399 on eBay US (Click here).

Amazon Sony deals:
Save $200 on the Sony A77II Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save Up to $400 on the Sony A7 Family of Interchangeable Lens Cameras (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A5100 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $100 on the Sony A6000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony A5000 Interchangeable Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony RX100MII Fixed Lens Camera (Click here)
Save $50 on the Sony QX Family (Click here)
Save Big on the Sony Family of Action Cameras (Click here)

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January 9, 2015
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The Sony A and E-mount camera pyramid.

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That image has been shared by Sony in a presentation somewhere in China. It shows how Sony sees the “equivalence” between the E and A-mount cameras. Not all makes a lot of sense to me like:
A7 below the other A7 cameras
or A7 equivalent to A77II.

Anyway as you see the A-mount low-end segment misses some of the equivalent E-mount cameras. And there is till room on top for PRO cameras…tiny spot left out for the A9? :)

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January 9, 2015
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New Rokinon teaser for the new 135mm (A and E-mount) lens.

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Rokinon/Samyang posted a new teaser for their new tele prime lens. You also see the blurred lens on the background. It’s likely to be a new 135mm f/1.8 (or f/1.4?) lens and knowing the company history we can expect to get an A and an E-mount version of that lens. Finally a “cheaper” version of our Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens!

The lens should be announced before the CP+ show that starts on February 12.

found via CanonWatch.

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January 9, 2015
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A7II gets DxOmarked. New α7Ⅱ Promotion Video from Sony. And a review by Tony Northrup.

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DxOmark (Click here) published their A7II sensor results. And it’s really no surprise that the sensor performs very close to the A7:

Improvements to build quality and handling alongside the addition of a new sensor shift image stabilisation system make the new Sony A7II an even more appealing prospect to both serious amateur and professional photographers. Packing essentially the same 24.2Mp full frame sensor there’s no discernable improvement in image quality over its predecessor the Sony A7, but it still remains one of the best scoring sensors on our database ranking in 11th place overall.

At CES Sony also launched that new A7II promotion video. And there is also a new review by Tony Northrup:

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

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January 9, 2015
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First test video shows how new A7II firmware improves the 5 axis stabilization!

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Note: There was an error on the video on my original post. I now updated it with that new video.

This video shows the difference improvement with the 5 axis stabilization with the new 1.10 firmware. The first part of the video shows you the “older” A7II firmware and the second part shows you the A7II with the new 1.10 firmware. The lens he used is the Minolta MD Tele Rokkor-X 135/3,5.

I have to confess I didn’t expect to see such a big improvement! Now reviewers have to do their A7II test from scratch :)

You can download the software here: Sony USA. Soon it will be available also on those pages at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony Fance, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Netherland.

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