September 10, 2014
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Worldwide first Zeiss Otus 85mm f/1.4 review with the Sony A7r!

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Image courtesy: 3D-Kraft.

The first test of the new Zeiss Otus 85mm lens on the Sony A7r has been published at 3D-Kraft (Click here). In eery short this is why in the reviewers mind this combo makes a lot of sense:

The Otus line was designed with full-frame DSLRs in mind and so you can get them in two versions: ZE model for Canon EF-mount and ZF.2 model for Nikon F-mount. Thinking of all the features supporting precise and comfortable manual focusing on Sony’s mirror less A7R with its exceptional 36 MP sensor, great EVF magnification, focus peaking etc., for me this combination makes even more sense…this is the perfect match and simply the best lens you can currently get in this focal length range. I saw several posts complaining about the price tag (about 4000 EUR including VAT), but if you compare it to a Leica Apo Summicron 50/2 ASPH or medium format lenses – and this is the league where it compares best – it looks like a bargain.

And seeing that Sony will release 50 Megapixel FF cameras in early 2015 this may be one of the few lenses that can get the most out of the new sensor.

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.

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September 10, 2014
Posted in news

New Samyang 12mm f/2.8 Full Frame lens announced!

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Samyang just announced the new 12mm f/2.8 Fisheye Full Frame lens. Full press release text and images here:

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September 9, 2014
Posted in news

Two new Medium Format Sony sensor cameras/backs.

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We got two new camera/digital backs with 50MP Sony sensor inside:

1) Hasselblad announced the H5X (Website here).

2) Mamiya announced the Leaf Credo 50 (Website here / preorder at BHphoto).

Now the full medium format market uses Sony sensors! And that happened just like that…with one single 50MP Cmos sensor from Sony. Amazing.

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September 9, 2014
Posted in deals

The Sony triple eBay deal is ending soon: $100 off on the A6000. RX100 for $349. SD 2x32GB rebate.

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Those three big Sony eBay deals will end soon. grab them now if you want them:
Sony A6000 with kit lens with a $100(!) discount at BigValue eBay (Click here).
$349 only for the Sony RX100 (Click here).
Sony 32GB SDHC Class 10 UHS-1 R40 Memory Card – 2 Pack for $34 only at FocusCamera eBay (Click here).

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September 9, 2014
Posted in reviews

First full Zeiss Otus 85 video review and RAW samples by Matt Granger and Ming Thein.

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Matt Granger posted that great Zeiss Otus 85mm video review you can watch on top. And plenty of image samples including RAW files can be downloaded on his page: mattgranger.com/otus85mm.
Ming Thein alss posted his Zeiss review and indirectly explains also why this lens is best used on the Sony A7 cameras. He tested the lens on the Nikon D800 and focusing is a real challenge:

I think this is going to be the biggest hurdle for most users: even with my custom focusing screens, calibrated mirror and finder magnifier, it’s extremely challenging to consistently hit critical focus wide open. The viewfinder system is simply inadequate. The only optical finder-based method I’ve found that can nail focus involves racking it slowly while shooting a burst – disastrous for critical timing, but just fine for static subjects. Live view and a tripod is of course highly advisable

And if you read my previous post about the high resolution cameras from Sony this may be one of the few lenses capable of resolving a 50MP resolution on a Full Frame E-mount camera. But well, it comes at a high cost :(

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.

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September 9, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Big Sony camera announcement 3-4 months AFTER Photokina. New high resolution sensor cameras coming!

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I posted many QX and lens rumors lately and little about cameras. The reason why I did so is because the last weeks I got plenty of “unexpected” rumors from sources saying that Sony is literally “skipping” Photokina and planning to release their big A and E-mount cameras some time AFTER Photokina.

The last weeks plenty of sources shared more and more hints about that “big” event. And now I can finally tell you with 100% reliability that this is exactly what’s going to happen. Sony will announce “minor” stuff at Photokina like the QX, new A and E-mount lenses, E-mount 4K and maybe maybe a new A99II and RX camera…but I am not sure about that yet.

What is really hot is that Sony decided to release the big stuff 3-4 months after Photkina. I am now working to get details about those new cameras. I am sure there is a brand new sensor in use in those cameras capable of shooting in very high resolution!

But before that I hope that Sony will at least launch the A99II at Photokina….

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September 9, 2014
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Sorry readers: That’s a message for a source who just shared another info anonymously. And this is the only way he can read me. Message for him:

Thanks for the QX30 and the last new rumor. Short question. Can you “investigate” about” the next camera launch coming in 3-4 months. I have been told it’s very BIG.  And if you wnat you can contact me directly with a fake gmail account at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!!!!

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