October 2, 2014
Posted in reviews

An unusual comparison: Zeiss Otus 85mm Vs. Sony RX100


SAR reader Mike made that unusual comparison between the A7r with Otus lens and the first generation RX100 compact camera. And at the end the difference between the two are surprisingly small:

What I find astonishing is how little difference there is between the two, considering the vast difference in size, weight, sensors and price. Sure, the A7R/Otus combination wins, but not by that much. Besides, it bloody well better win! It’s up against a two-year-old pocket camera that weighs and costs a small fraction as much.

Full article can be read at Randolphimages.com/otus/.

October 2, 2014
Posted in deals

Super Sony deal! RX100 for $329 only!!!

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That’s certainly one of the best deals of the year! The Sony RX100 sells for $329 only at eBay US (Click here). It’s the official deal of the day on eBay! There is also a 46% off on the Sony double SD card pack sold by FocusCamera on eBay (Click here). And a triple Sandisk SD card deal (Click here).

And the other great deal of the week is the 300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).


October 2, 2014
Posted in reviews

Dierk Topp Otus 85mm review: “The Sony A7R is the best camera for the OTUS today!”


Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85 on Sony A7R with Metabones Mark IV

Otus 85mm Preorders:
BHphoto with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
Adorama with Nikon mount (Click here) or Canon mount (Click here) version.
In Australia at CameraPro.

This is a guest post by SAR reader Dierk Topp. If you want to write an article for SAR just contact me (Andrea) at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

Since last Friday I am a lucky owner of the new Zeiss OTUS 1.4/85mm with EF mount, a real production model. To make sure to get the lens asap, I called Zeiss right after announcement and asked them for dealers, who get early and more lenses than others :-)
Useless to repeat all the praise and details of the lens, we could read here on SAR, at MingThein, Lloyd Chambers and many others more during the last weeks. If you are interested in such a lens, you will already know:
– it is huge (you need a sherpa -:)
– it is perfect (sharp, contrast, no CA, no flare…)
– and it is “not cheap”

You get, what you pay for. A few weeks ago you could not get even such a lens, even if you would like to pay more!

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October 2, 2014
Posted in news

Source: Zeiss Loxia with special design for the A7 series.


On left the Loxia 35mm corner at f/2.0. On right the ZM at f/2.0 (Image 3D-Kraft)

Last week 3D-Kraft proved for the first time the Zeiss Loxia are not just modified ZM lenses. These deliver indeed a major image quality jump forward. A “source” now told me the following:

I spoke to one of the (Zeiss Loxia) designers who confirmed that it needed to be designed specially for the A-7, which presents problems for lens manufacturers due to the glass layer over the sensor.

Great to hear that!

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
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.

October 1, 2014
Posted in reviews

New SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 tested on the A7s.


SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 – short review
from Hacky on Vimeo.

3D-Kraft (Click here) tested the new SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T/2.1 lens on the A7s. This is a PL mount lens but of very high interest for all Cine shooters looking for a cheaper alternative of the otherwise very expensive Zeiss or Schneider lenses. 3D-Kraft writes:

The first member of a new Apo-HyperPrime CINE lens family provides optical performance close to the stellar ZEISS FE Sonnar 1.8/55 with better apochromatic correction. The housing, focus and aperture operation are highly optimized for video applications. The aperture blades can be stopped down keeping out-of-focus highlights still nicely round (see the the starting image of the video as an example – it was shot with a second Apo HyperPrime CINE 50/T2.1 at T2.8). This lens is ready for 6K!

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).


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