March 30, 2015
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Photozone kills the 16-70mm Zeiss: “heavily overpriced and below average optical performance”.

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The German friends from Photozone tested the 16-70mm E-mount Zeiss lens and the conclusion is very negative:

Sony/Zeiss did many things right – range, build quality, image stabilization but optical quality is not part of the list. Yes, the center quality is outstanding but the corners are often mediocre or even dismal.
It is worth to mention AGAIN that we also send the lens to the Sony service in order to let them verify that our sample was within specs – TWICE and we let them know who we are and that there’ll be a review. So we have to take their word.

SAR thoughts: Overall Sony really needs to take care of the APS-C E-mount customers again. They launched the very successful NEX system and then suddenly changed name and stopped to make lenses for the system. I understand the FE system is popular and needs a lot of new lenses. But if I would be on charge at Sony I would also release a Sony APS-C E-mount lens roadmap with a few nice primes and zooms. This would really help to create confidence around the system. The A6000 is such a great camera it’s pity you are let down by the limited lens range!

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March 30, 2015
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Amazon launches Gold Box deals on two NEX-5t kits.

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There are two Gold Box deals on the Sony NEX-5t at Amazon US (Click here and than scroll the horizontal bar to find them). And German readers have a Blitzangebot on the 18-200mm E-mount lens at Amazon DE (via DL).

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March 30, 2015
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Samyang teases a new lens launch (likely to be a 100mm macro).

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Samyang launched a new teaser on their facebook page. It’s highly likely this is for a new 100mm macro lens. And as usual expect it to be available in native A and E-mount.

found via MirrorlessRumors.

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March 30, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Sony Alpha Tutorial – Setting up a Camera for Wireless Flash

Sony World Photogrpahy national award winners (Worldphoto).
Testing the Sony A7s with 4K at ISO 40,000 (PetaPixel).
April 18 A7II’s new machine Trial EVENT in Hong Kong (sony.com.hk).
Voigtlander 35mm f/1.2 Nokton II on a7R / a7S (SonyAlphaForum).
Shogun Firmware Update V6.2 (Atomos Support).
Mirrorless expert round-up (Mirrorlessons).
Contax G Sonnar 90/2.8 (SonyAlphaForum).

Eric:Here is the link for some amazing aurora photos taken with A7R, A7S and Canon TS-E 17. You are very welcome to post this if you like it :) https://www.behance.net/gallery/24366823/Chasing-Aurora. The full version of the entire Iceland journey in Chinese I posted on Mobile01.com

Josh:Not my pic, but if you haven’t seen it, here’s a nice meteor shot from a Sony RX100:
https://www.facebook.com/thehebrideanexplorer/photos/a.423808530971416.102928.156194614399477/968863493132581/?type=1&theater
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/meteor-over-loch-ness-this-is-how-the-photographer-captured-the-breathtaking-picture-10110765.html

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March 29, 2015
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Adorama launches special bundles rebates on the A7. Comes with free grip and free case!

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The Sony A7 now sells with free case, free mic and free vertical grip included at Adorama (Click here to see all kit versions)!

More new Sony deals:
A7/s/r lens/case superbundle again at Sony Store US (Click here).
Sony A77II bundle deal at SonyStore (Click here).
NEX-7 with kit lens for $498 only at BHphoto (Click here).
The Sony A3000 with kit lens sells for $249 at BHphoto (Click here).
Refurbished A5000 sells with two E-mount lenses and free 16GB SD card for $349 at Secondipity eBay (Click here)
$300 off and free SD card and case on the A6000 double lens kit at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
$100 off on the A3000 with kit lens at Secondipity eBay (Click here).
50% off on refurbished 55-210mm sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
Save $250 on Open Box Sony A7s cameras sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
RX100 with $100 free extras (SD card, LR5) and a $50 gift card when using the code “trade50328” at FocusCamera (Click here).
A77II kit with free grip at Sony Store US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$300 off on the Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$221 off on the Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 Touit at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here)
FE 24-240mm is in Stock at BestBuy eBay, Adorama and Sony US

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