December 13, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Carl Zeiss Lenses – “Stress test”

Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 4/16-35 FE ZA OSS Full Review by Drew Steven.
Sony A6000 Mirrorless Camera Review and Example Images (DigitalPhotographySchool).
Sony A5100 review at CameraLabs.
This is not a test! The Zeiss FE 16-35 ZA on the Wye Downs (XeXets).
Sony A7R in “not weatherproof” shock (Tobinators).
A7 with tri navi rendering at Fredmiranda.
Working with Sony A7S’s S-Log2 Footage in Post (Planet5D).
Shoulder Mounted Options from Zacuto for the Sony FS7 (Cinema5D).
Most Popular Compact System and Mirrorless Cameras with Our Readers (Digital Photography School).
Sony a77 Mk II review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony Updates Semiconductor Business Flyer and icnreases sales forecast (Image Sensor World).

Jobe:B&H shipped the HVL-F32 flash yesterday. I thought it wasn’t due to ship until mid December so this might be an accident. Figured I’d shoot you a quick snap of the boxes:

JJ Sereday:I am a professional who used to be a Canon DSLR user (5D Mark II, 7D etc.) but switched to Sony 2 years ago when Canon released the 5D Mark III. I was very disappointed with their upgrade which took over 4 years to come. From that moment I realized that Canon’s philosophy was to only implement advance technologies when the market demands it. I didn’t want to be with a company that become complacent.
So I switched to Sony, picked up an A99 and never looked back. By all means Sony is far from perfect and I do get frustrated with their customer service and communication. (Or lack of communication rather) But the gamble turned out to be a smart bet since Sony has been really pushing the market. I am now fully invested with just about all of the Amount full frame lenses an A99 and an A65. I also picked up the A7s since it is probably the best camera on the market in its class.
Sonys division between A mount and E mount is a little frustrating as well. Im more accepting of it since I can use all my Amount lenses with the Emount system but there are some caveats. Non the less – I will be riding it out and hoping for Sony to make some smart decisions.
One decision they made well was with the Sony FS7. They actually listened to their customers and gave them MANY of the features and ergonomics requesting. While it is on my TO GET list, I came across the contest Sony has to win one. (it actually may have been from your site). So I decided to work on a film Ive been too busy to work on and submit it.
The short film is called : In The Details. I shot some footage on a trip I took when I first got my A99 and told myself once I finished it I would send it your way since it was done entirely on Sony A99.”

December 12, 2014
Posted in deals

Still running: Trade-in your useless Canon/Nikon ;) and get credit for a new Sony A7/r/s.



Come on Canon/Nikon gear owners. You have little excuses now. Jump on the A7/r/s ship and get up to $375 credit when tradeing in your camera at BHphoto (Click here) or Adorama (Click here).

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December 12, 2014
Posted in deals

First time in USA: Vertical Battery Grip for the new A7II at BHphoto.



Finally! The new VG-C2EM battery grip for the A7II can be purchased at BHphoto (Click here). It’s the only US store selling them! In the meantime the A7II camera is in Stock everywhere at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto and Sony US.

UPDATE: Gold Box deal on the Hasselblad Steallar now running at Amazon US (Click here).

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.

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.





December 12, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Sony A9 specs (46 MP sensor and weather sealed body)


Fake A9 rendering at SonyAlphaForum (post your dream A9 renderings there!).

All we know with 99% certainty is that Sony has a new FE FF camera on the pipeline which will be the first of its line and placed above the current A7 camera series. It’s likely to come during the first half of 2015. We have no specs from trusted sources so for once let’s share specs I got from an anonymous source. This means it’s hardly to be the real final specs but at least it’s a start to discuss the new camera:

– 46 Megapixel Bayer sensor
– 4 fps
– 100-25,600 ISO (extended 50 and 51,200)
– weather sealed body
– 4K output (no internal 4K recording)
– Price yet not final but around to $3,000

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December 12, 2014
Posted in reviews

First Loxia 35mm reviews by VeryBigLobo, and BackGroundBlur!



The very first Stock of Loxia 35mm lens are now shipping in Germany (on eBay) and Japan (on eBay). It will ship soon at BHphoto. And here are the first three reviews of the new lens:

VeryBigLobo (Click here) writes:

Zeiss Loxia 35/2 is made of high quality light metal and glass. The only other material that can be found is a blue (company color) rubber sealing gasket ner the lens mount. While Zeiss Loxia is not claimed to be weather sealed, this little detail will certainly help keeping dust and moisture away from the electric contacts and sensor. Loxia looks impressive so far and that is exactly what I expected after brief hands-on Photokina 2014. It is maybe not the sharpest lens in absolute figures in the center, but it has rather flat focus field and brilliant control of chromatic aberration. (I’ll have to check for LoCA) Distortion is also negligible. Corners wide open are good enough and they will certainly improve with more distant subjects. (Click here) like the lens but also metnioned one limit of the lens:

What disappoints me is the way that even a slight inadvertent touch of the focusing ring will change where you have put it. It is not loose — remember it is a Zeiss, but I had hoped for more stiffness. This is crucial for a manual focus system that you do not constantly want to adjust. And working with only a left hand, which I’m forced to do, now requires a dexterity of acrobatic-like precision just to avoid the slightest change of focus.

BackGroundBlur (Click here) writes:

To be honest I was expecting the Sony to be a tad sharper than the Loxia. From my initial tests it seems to be the opposite by quite a large margin. Nailing focus is also much easier on the Loxia due to the correct focus scale / infinity stop. Combine that with the significant difference in bokeh, and it looks like I won’t be using the Sony 2.8/35 very much anymore. Don’t get me wrong, the Sony is a very good lens with excellent 3D pop, but the Loxia lives up to its full expectation and it indeed as spectacular as its 2/50 brother. 

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro, Digitalrev.
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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