September 19, 2014
Posted in reviews

Here is a great Sony A7s video entirely shoot with moonlight only!

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Moonlight | Sony A7s ISO test
from Carbon Studios on Vimeo.

The Sony A7s is one of those few cameras that can expand your creativity. Here is just an example of a video shot in moonlight only! Carbon Studios writes:

“The first scene was shot at 1/25th, f/1.4, 25,600 ISO, The second scene was shot at 1/25th, f/1.4, 32,000 ISO. We did not add any color grading, noise reduction, or sharpness.  All of the clips are straight out of the camera shot in the PP2 setting. You will notice some purple fringing around the left side, The Metabones adapter that we rented had a light leak issue from what it looks like. Sony has done an amazing job in creating this camera especially after seeing the quality that has come out of this camera. Gear used:
Sony A7s
Metabones EF to NEX Smart Adapter II
Zeiss 55mm 1.4 Otus
Zeiss 28mm 2.0

Sony A7s store links:
Sony A7s in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s in Eu at Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.
A7s Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here) and Orange (Click here).

And here is the Carbon Studio team on the location:

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September 19, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony FS7 now on preorder at BHphoto! And new FS7 Sony interview video.

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IBC 2014: News Shooter – Sony Fs7

Filmmaker will agree with me when I say the new Sony FS7 is an exciting new E-mount 4K camera. And you can finally preorder it worldwide at BHphoto:

Sony PXW-FS7 body only at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony PXW-FS7 with 28-135mm lens at BHphoto (Click here).
Sony VCT-FS7 Lightweight Rod Support System for PXW-FS7 at BHphoto (Click here).

New Sony and Zeiss Photokina stuff preorders:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.
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.

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September 19, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Japan launches a special FE camera/lens kit box!

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Sony Japan launched a new special FE kit box. It contains all three FE zooms:
Zeiss 16-35mm
Zeiss 24-70mm
Sony G 70-200mm
and of course an A7 camera of your choice.

That is what it looks inside the box:

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It will be sold in Japanese Sony Stores only starting from mid October.

P:S.: That Hasselblad HV A-mount box (Click here) looks definitely more luxurious!

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September 19, 2014
Posted in news

Poll: Tell us what new FE lens you are likely going to buy.

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At Photokina Zeiss announced two new FE Loxia lenses, Sony two new FE zooms and we also had four FE prototype lens announcements. Now we ask SAR readers to vote the FE lens they are likely going to buy:

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

New Sony and Zeiss stuff preorders:
Zeiss 16-35mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
Zeiss 16-35mm FE in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
28-135mm powerzoom in Europe at Sony DE, UK, ES, IT, FR, CH, AT, NL, BE, FI, SE, NO, PT.
Sony FS7 4K camcorder at Adorama.
HVL-F32M Flash at Adorama, BHphoto.
HVL-F32M Flash in Europe at Sony DE, IT,
Sony RMT-VP1K Wireless Remote Commander & Receiver Kit at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony XLR-K2M XLR Adaptor Kit (with microphone) at Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony LCS-PSC7 System Bag (Black) at BHphoto.
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.

 

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September 19, 2014
Posted in news

Hands-on pics with the E-mount Zhongyi 42.5mm f/1.2, 24mm f/1.7, 50mm f/0.95 and 35mm f/0.95 lenses.

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ePhotozine posted a full set of pictures with four(!) E-mount lenses. These are made for APS-C cameras:

24mm f/1.7:
Minimum focus distance of 15cm. 9 elements in 8 groups and uses ED lenses in order to minimise chromatic aberrations. It weights just 246g. Price $289.

35mm f/0.95
This is a relaunch of the already known Mitakon 35mm 0.95 (here on eBay). The lens features 10 elements in 7 groups, with 10 blades and 30cm min focus. It will be available for 799 USD.

42,5mm f/1.2
7 elements in 9 groups. Price $349.

50mm f/0.95
It will be available for 899 USD.

Pictures at ePhotozine

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September 18, 2014
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Sony misses the financial forecast target…again (mobile business struggling).

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Bloomberg reports that Sony said it would post a net loss of 230 billion yen ($2.1 billion) this fiscal year because it was writing down the value of its faltering smartphone business. ony widened its net loss forecast and said it won’t pay an annual dividend for the first time since its 1958 listing.
Sony’s mobile division is squeezed between the Appls/Samsung premium smartphone leaders and the new “Chinese” low cost smartphone companies. Sony probably should look over at Panasonic’s excellent CM1 if they want to grab some attention on their Xperia line. The New York Times reports:

Sony said it would focus more on its phones on the higher end and cut the number of phones in its midrange lineup. It also said it would change the strategy for the division. Kazuo Hirai, Sony’s president and chief executive, said at a news conference Wednesday that the company would cut the division’s work force by 15 percent, or about 1,000 workers.

Anyhow, this bad news has nothing to do with the imaging business which is doing pretty fine! I think at worse Sony will have to get rid of the smartphone division but sincerely, I don’t think this will happen.

 

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September 18, 2014
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New Zeiss Loxia video. And Zeiss Loxia de-click key costs $28!

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Today Zeiss posted that new Loxia Lens video. Didn’t know you need a special Zeiss key to “De-Click” the lenses. Checked the preorder stores and indeed you can now preorder the key (for $28), the hood and cap for the new Loxia lenses too:

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

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