October 2, 2014
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Source: Zeiss Loxia with special design for the A7 series.

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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.

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October 1, 2014
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New SLR Magic Apo-HyperPrime CINE 50mm T2.1 tested on the A7s.

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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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October 1, 2014
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Huge price drop on the A99: Now sells for $1,998 and you get the vertical grip for free too!

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Big price drop on the A99 today at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). $300 off and free vertical grip included too! If you take into account the price of the sole grip you pay little bit above $1,600 only for the A99.

P.S.: As far as I know there is no A99II coming within the next 2-3 months.

Thanks Ken for finding and sharing this!

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October 1, 2014
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Price drops on the A58 camera and SAL 16-105mm lens.

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Amazon launched two new Sony deals:
1) The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
2) The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).

And those are the other Sony Amazon deals:
Buy a Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera and Save up to $200 on Select Sony Lenses (Click here).
Save up to $200 on Select Sony Lenses with a Qualifying Sony Compact System Camera Purchase (Click here).
Save up to $200 on Select Sony Interchangeable-Lens Cameras (Click here).

Sony refurbished deals:
Sony FE 70-200mm for $1.199,99 at eBay US.
55mm f/1.8 FE Zeiss now sells for $887 on eBay US (Click here).
RX100m2 with bag and SD card for $474 at eBay US.
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore and on eBay US.
SonyA77m2 for $899 at eBay US.
RX1 for $2,099 at SonyStore.

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October 1, 2014
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Sony confirms KW1 perfume-selfie camera has curved sensor! RX FF must be coming soon :)

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Mr Aoki from Sony (Image courtesy: Quesabesde)

Quesabesde interviewed Mr. Aoki from Sony and these are the highlights of the interview:

1) Sony said they are developing many important new cameras but the announcement time didn’t fit with this year Photokina.

2) Sony decided to focus on lens announcement first because there was an urgent demand for it.

3) Our main efforts go to Full Frame E-mount cameras but there will obviously new APS-C E-mount cameras and lenses in future.

4) When asked about a possible medium format camera or A7 with high megapixel count Sony said they cannot comment on future products but confirmed they are working on “Innovative” products.

5) Aoki also confirmed they are developing the SLT tech. But he didn’t unveil any info about future products (of course).

6) Finally a confirmation: The “perfume-selfie” KW1 camera (here at Sony Hong Kong) has a curved sensor!

The fact the KW1 has a curved sensors confirmes also that our sources were right. And the same sources said the curved sensor FulL Frame RX is coming…so let’ see how soon this one will become true!

 

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