June 25, 2014
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(SR2) A-mount rumors: New 135mm Zeiss shipping early 2015. New 85mm Zeiss coming too?

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A99 with the Zeiss 135mm lens (Courtesy of Adalbert).

Two weeks ago I told you how the current Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 A-mount lens would get replaced at Photokina. The new version is said to have the same optical design but it will be upgraded with the “SSM” focusing mechanism. According to a source from the French site Chassimages the new Zeiss will ship in early 2015 (has 77mm filter diameter and weights 1050g). The source said that also the current 85mm f/1.4 A-mount lens will get a similar update later.

Both current Zeiss lenses got a $100 discount in US:
$100 off on the Zeiss 135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$100 off on the 85mm f/1.4 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.


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June 24, 2014
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Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 now shipping! Here is your delivery date info.

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Zyopticlens (aka Mitakon) started to ship the new Speedmaster 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens you can buy on eBay (Click here).

This is the shipping schedule based on the manufacturer’s delivery schedule:

Customer who purchases from MX Camera.com:

Order Number: Estimed Delivery Date:
No. 380 ~395 20June to 23June
No. 396 ~410 23June to 26June
No. 411 ~430 26June to 28June
No. 431 ~450 30June to 3July
No. 451 ~480 3 July to 8July
No. 481+ 9 July to 16 July (or Before)

Customer who purchases from E-bay US.COM:

Order Number: Estimed Delivery Date:
No. 12650 ~12660 20June to 23June
No. 12661 ~12670 23June to 28June
No. 12671 ~12690 29June to 5July
No. 12691 ~12710 6 July to 12 July
No. 12711 ~12780 13 July to 19July
No. 12781+ 20 July or Before
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June 24, 2014
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(UDATED) Sony A7s preorders already shipping in USA via BHphoto!

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Much earlier than expected the first batch of Sony A7s shipped tonight via BHphoto. I haven’t got any info about Europe and Asia yet. These are two of the mails I received from SAR readers:

UPDATE: BH released that note:

B&H Photo apologizes for inadvertently releasing a small quantity of Sony A7s preorders due to a transitory error that also made this item available on our site for a brief time. We are sorry for any confusion as to our intentions with regards to provision of the A7 and stand by our initial declaration of a July 1st ship date for inventory claimed via pre-order and in stock at that time.

And Henrick sent me this:This is a test video I shot with the a7s. It appears to indicate the camera processes video at 2.7K internally. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1x3jPqntmM

Sony A7s preorder in USA/CA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony USA, Sony Canada.
Sony A7s EU pages: Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, NO, FI, PL. And Wex UK.

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June 24, 2014
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Canon to start a new sensor tech “war” in September.

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I have a good news and it’s coming via Canon :) The last couple of years Sony did lead the sensor world and Canon is struggling to keep up with Sony. But according to Stefan from CanonWatch Canon will now strike back with a new kind of sensor tech that will find his way in new cameras announced at Photokina. It’s good news for us because it means that Sony will have to answer soon too and we may see a sort of 3 layer Sony sensor sooner than expected.

At least at Low-ISO the 3 layer sensor from Sigma already shows an impressive performance (see here at MirrorlessRumors). But there are many issues on noise handling and so on. I am sure Sony has the knowledge to fix them and also to match if not beat any new Canon sensor tech.

All I can tell you know is that I heard about a 54 Full Frame Megapixel sensor from Sony (with 2460 focusing points (no joke!) and the focusing area covers 78% of the entire sensor). It was actually planed for a 2015 release but maybe Canon will make them change those plans…

 

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June 23, 2014
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Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 for Sony now in Stock and shipping in Japan. Coming soon elsewhere.

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More than one year after the announcement the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A-mount lens is finally in Stock in Japan at Amazon.co.jp. If you want to buy it now you can buy it through Japanese eBay sellers shipping worldwide here and here. It will ship soon in other countries too:

US preorders at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Europe preorders at Redcoon Germany (click here), WexUK (Click here).

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