September 1, 2014
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(SR5) More Zeiss Loxia images and Loxia description.

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Tomorrow or After tomorrow (Sept 1-2) Zeiss will finally launch their exclusive new “Loxia” lens line for Sony FF E-mount cameras. There will be two of them coming now and three more lenses coming within the next 6-12 months. Here are more pictures and full description of the first two Loxia lenses:

Official Zeiss Press text:

Loxia lenses from ZEISS are perfectly suited to the many strengths of Sony α7 series cameras. Add to that their compact size and low weight, and you have a series of lenses you can use just about anywhere for high quality photographs and films.

High precision

• Precise and durable construction, low weight.
• The functionality of the Loxia lenses is perfectly matched with the camera functions of the Sony α7-series.

Perfect for photography and video

• High quality images thanks to proven optical design.
• Automatic activation of the magnification function when turning the focus ring.
• Optional switchable aperture lock, allowing for smooth adjustment in video mode.
• Consistent 180° focus rig rotation for all lenses in the series.

High quality construction

• Robust, all-metal construction for many years of use.
• Grippy focus ring for fine manual adjustment.
• A special gasket at the mount protects the connection between camera and lens.

Focal length 50 mm
Aperture range: f/2.0–f/22
Elements/groups: 6/4
Focusing range m/ft: 0.45–∞/1.48–∞
Field angle* (diag./horiz./vert.):  46.78°/39.38°/26.70°
Coverage** mm/inch: 255.1 x 168.3/10.04 x 6.63
Length  mm/inch: 66.2/2.6
Diameter  mm/inch (max.): 62.1/2.44
Weight* g/oz:
320/11.29
Filter thread: M 52 x 0.75

Focal length 35 mm
Aperture range: f/2.0–f/22
Elements/groups: 9/6
Focusing range m/ft: 0.30–∞/0.98–∞
Field angle* (diag./horiz./vert.):  63°/54°/37°
Coverage** mm/inch: 210.2 x 139.4/8.28 x 5.49
Length  mm/inch: 66/2.6
Diameter  mm/inch (max.): 62.1/2.44
Weight* g/oz: 340/12
Filter thread: M 52 x 0.75

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August 31, 2014
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Zeiss posts the Loxia Leaflet. But will announce pricing on September 5th only.

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Zeiss published the official Loxia leaflets and you can download it in English (Click here) or German (Click here) language. UPDATE: Zeiss now removed the leaflet and the links lead to an error page.

I have been told by a trusted source that Zeiss will announce the official price on September 5. Preorders are expected to be online the same day!

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Reminder: Sony QX announcement on Wednesday!

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August 31, 2014
Posted in reviews

Sony A5100 tested at Cinema5d and Mobile01.

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Familia Gladiatoria- A Sony A5100 review from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo.

Cinema5D (Click here) tested the video performance of the A5100. Obviously this is not what the camera was made for:

The Sony A5100 is a basic entry level large sensor camera housing some professional features. It is a nice camera for the occasional family user. I’ll be surprised if any professional will find it useful for any of their video productions as the camera, the way it is, leaves a lot to be desired.

Mobile01 (Click here) posted many sexy images of the camera. And many image/video samples and ISO tests. Check it out even if you don’t can’t understand the text!

A5100 preorder link list:
A5100 black body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US, Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony NL, Sony IT,
A5100 black with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony Store US.
A5100 white with kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony RM-SPR1 Remote Commander with Multi Terminal, 2.6′ Cord at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Brown at Adorama.
Sony LCS-EBD Body Case for Alpha NEX 5000 and 5100 Mirrorless Digital Camera, Leather Like Material, Black at Adorama.

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August 31, 2014
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US Deal of the day: Ref. NEX-5t with two lenses and one bag for $449.

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The US deal of the day is the refurbished NEX-5T sold with two(!) E-mount lenses and feee bag for $449 only on eBay (Click here). Also ending soon: $40 off on the Rokinon 14mm lens (Click here).

Reminder: Sony US is selling plenty of discounted ref. cameras:
$700 off on the RX1R (Click here).
$80 off on the RX100 (Click here).
$120 off on the A77 with kit lens (Click here).
Few A900 bodies (Click here).
$74 off on the QX100 (Click here).
Samys sells Open Box and $300 off A7r bodies (Click here).

and

Tamron 16-300mm A-mount lens is finally in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

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August 30, 2014
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Maxime Siegler‎
Explosion II (when light meets water)
Sony a99 + Minolta 80-200 f/2.8 HS APO G
https://www.facebook.com/maxime.siegler.photography

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

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