October 18, 2014
Posted in reviews

New Loxia tests (Digglloyd, Verybiglobo, DSLRmagazine, Kasayapa).


Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine

The Zeiss Loxia 50mm is now shipping in some countries (like in here in Germany) and first reviewers are testing it:

Diglloyd writes:

I now have the 35/2 and 50/2 Zeiss Loxia lenses in hand. From an ergonomics standpoint alone they are terrific, and these are the lenses I would choose as a Sony A7s/A7/A7R shooter for many purposes. The Loxia lenses are extremely well built, an entirely better feel in the hand than the plasticky Sony/Zeiss 35/2.8 and 55/1.8 designs.

Verybiglobo also tested the lens and writes:

While Sony FE 55/1.8 is optimized for high resolution and contrast at wide apertures, Loxia is rather oriented to smooth rendering wide open. But stopped down, to f/5.6 and smaller, Loxia probably even surpass Sonnar FE 55 in terms of sharpness. In fact, you have too lenses in one – nice portrait lens where due to some coma and bit of SA, you can notice characteristic bokeh and unique subject isolation, while stopped down it is great multipurpose and landscape lens.

Spanish DSLRmagazine (translation here) writes about the 50mm Loxia:

We can at least confirm that this Planar 50mm f/2 performs as well as expected, a nice optical use, simple in concept and convincing results.

UPDATE: Real-world comparison between the new Zeiss Loxia 2/50, the ‘old’ Sony Zeiss FE 1.8/55 and the Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 at Backgroundblur.

There is also a Japanese Loxia 50mm review at Kasayapa (translation here). Overall the lens looks to be more interesting than expected. A great alternative of the 55mm FE if you want to focus…on manual focusing :)

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

October 18, 2014
Posted in news

Free issue of Alpha Universe magazine released.


You can download the free Alpha Universe magazine at Google Play or iTunes.

October 17, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


F Stops vs T Stops – what is the difference?

70-200mm G lens review at 13thfloorphotography.
The IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Lens. World’s Shortest Review (Steve Huff).
RX10 and A6000 Image quality comparison at Soundimagesplus.
Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4G OSS Review (Photographyblog).
A77II Menu system Walkthrough video on Youtube.
See how Evo & BBC Top Gear photographer produces killer car photography (Inmybag).
Sony A7r review at Colbybrownphotography.

Lior:This is a video I shot with the Sony A7s – a night in the Tel Aviv Jaffa old port. Great place, great camera. Shots were taken in up to ISO 25,600.

Kamila:I would like to show you timelapse/hyperlapse made with a6000. I took around 10.000 photos in three days. Whole project was made in cooperation with Tropical Islands resort. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U2Df7DZOr6U and https://vimeo.com/108408115

Lee: I know you sometimes post about interesting new accessories for Sony cameras. I thought you might be interested in the plate I just launched for using the A7/r/s with a loupe, hood, Z-finder, etc. See more at http://www.elliscamera.com/products/asp-a7s/

Josh:It is a Behind the Scenes video of a swimwear shoot I did. The shoot was done with a Sony A7s and A7 but the video was shot with a Red Epic Dragon. http://joshmcleodphotography.com/2014/09/26/behind-the-scenes-at-tumbling-waters-retreat/. And here is a link to the YouTube Video: http://youtu.be/mjOXMmYHkZA

October 17, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony A7 drops down to $1,299 (€1200) at Digitalrev.



The price of the Sony A7 dropped down to $1,299 or €1.200 at Digitalrev (Click here). I contacted them and the price includes free(!) FedEx or UPS express shipment (3-6days) and in case of Europe all import taxes are included! And the 55mm FE Zeiss got a greta price too. It sells for $759 or €755 at Digitalrev (Click here).

Reminder: The Fotodiox full metal E-mount ring can be bought now at Amazon US (Click here).

Full Frame E-mount:
Sony A7-A7r trade in program is back at Adorama (Click here).
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.

RX cameras:
Sony RX100M2 for $499 at BeachCamera (Click here) and BuyDig (Click here).
Refurbished Sony RX100M3 for $699 at Secondipity (Click here).

Rocky Nook sells all their Sony eBooks with a 35% discount when you sue the code “RNSY14“.

October 17, 2014
Posted in news

Where is the Samyang T-S 24mm E-mount lens?


A year ago Samyang announced plenty of Full Frame E-mount versions of their current lenses for DSLR. But as noticed by our readers there is one lens that is still not available yet: the Samyang T-S 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC. You cannot even preorder it anywhere. Maybe one of you knows what’s going on at Samyang? Or maybe Samyang is reading this and wills end me a note…

All other four FE lenses are in Stock at Amazon (Click on it to see them):
Samyang 14mm f/2.8 ED AS IF UMC
Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS IF UMC
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 AS IF UMC



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