April 23, 2013
Posted in news

Sigma 30mm will not be made for A-mount “due to the older version selling poorly”


The 30mm f/1.4 Canon mount version

SAR reader Okie-Centric (Thanks!) got an answer from Sigma about their new 30mm f/1.4 lens not being available as A-mount versions:

Upon inquiring about the future of Sigma A-Mount lenses, got this response. There was a little back & forth too. Now I like Sigma all the more, for their quick and personal response(s)…..
Good morning,
We will still be making Sony mount for some of the new Global Vision lenses. The new 35mm as well as the new 17-70 both have Sony versions. The new 120-300 won’t be in Sony, but the older version wasn’t either. The only upgraded lens that has dropped Sony was the new 30mm and from I can tell, that was due to the older version selling poorly. Our parent company didn’t see the demand for the lens and therefore decided not to produce it.
Please be assured that going forward, Sigma will still be producing lenses for Sony cameras, however which new lenses get made in Sony are determined on a case by case basis.
Please let me know if you have any questions. Have a great day!
——-(name removed)
SIGMA Corporation of America”

That’s bad news. By the way, the old 30mm lens version wans’t really a good quality lens (see test at Photozone). That could also be a reaosn why they didn’t sell many A-mount lenses!

P.S.: The new 35mm f/1.4 will ship next week according to BHphoto (Click here).

April 23, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Zeiss will announce the three E-mount primes on May 7!

Good news folks! Zeiss is going to announce three E-mount primes on May 7! We will get the Zeiss Planar 32mm f/1.8 and the Distagon 12mm f/2.8 (with shipment in June) and the Macro Planar 50mm f/2.8 (shipment late 2013). All three lenses cover the APS-C sensor area and not will not cover the FF area of the current VG900 and future FF NEX. But they will of course work in crop mode on those cameras too.

I am still not sure about the exact price but it should be a little bit over $1000 like the current Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens.

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P.S.: The 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss A-mount lens will ship in July according to BHphoto (Click here). Preorders are up at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK and Amazon DE.


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April 22, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Sony 10-18mm tested at Photozone (And Nex-6 kit for $799)

Image courtesy: Photozone

Quick note for US readers: $100 savings on the NEX-6 with kit lens that now sells for $799 at CameraLand (Click here).

Our friends at Photozone (Click here) tested the Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS lens. And they actually like the lens: “Upon first contact, you are positively surprised about the high build quality. All-metal lens body are fairly rare these days. The lens is capable of delivering sharp results at medium aperture settings.” But they also shared their thoughts about one quality issue: “while the build quality of the lens is very fine, we continue to be concerned about the centering quality of Sony products. Ever since we started the NEX tests, we are either terribly unlucky or the centering is as bad as it is

I hope Sony is reading this…and improves the mentioned issue.

10-18mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

April 22, 2013
Posted in rumors

Sigma 135mm F1.8 DG OS Art lens coming. But is Sigma ignoring the A-mount system?

Sigma is quite busy launching one lens after another. And it sounds like the next lens could be a 135mm f/1.8 DG OS Art lens. Sounds great but…

…the two newest ART lenses, the 30mm f/1.4 (Click here) and the new 18-35mm f/1.8 (Click here) are not available for A-mount. I hope Sigma’s new policy is not to ignore the A-mount system :(

If you know some Sigma managers ask them if they plan to release their new lenses for Sony too! Thanks!

April 22, 2013
Posted in reviews

First image samples taken with the “Lens Turbo”. Speed Booster now in UK.

The chinese blog Xitek posted the first image samples taken with the “Lens Turbo” adpater. You can see them here: Xitek-1, Xitek_2, Xitek_3. These have been taken with the Pentax 40mm f/2.8 lens (here on eBay). The “Lens Turbo” is the chinese clone of the popular and twice as expensive “Speed Booster”. The Lens Turbo will be sold on eBay from May and I will let you know when the first sales will be online. Or if you use Slidoo save this search to get notified when there will be Lens Turbo eBay auctions (Click here and if required change country in settings). The price will be $249.

One more news: First Speed Boosters are for sale via UK store on eBay (Click here).

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