May 7, 2014
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Buy the new Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame lens via MXcamera eBay store!

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You can now buy the brand new and terrific fast Mitakon 50mm f/0.95 Full Frame E-mount lens on Mitakon’s official MXcamera eBay store (Click here). Buying through that link will give you full PayPal guarantee. And the lens ships worldwide with the exceptions of Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Peru, Kazakhstan, Qatar, Yemen, Mexico, Latvia, Monaco, Ukraine. Ukraine I cna undertsand but why not Brazil? 🙂

This is a hell of a fats lens which costs 14 times less than the Leica Nocticlux 50mm f/0.95. Of course you cannot expect the Leica quality but first full size images on Flickr (Click here) do look good to me.

The Lens will ship the first week of June. So preorder now at MXcamera eBay store (Click here).

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May 7, 2014
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(SR5) Sony A7s to ship in July (not sure about the price yet).

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Pricing listed by Australian Store Teds (not the official price).

The next Sony announcement will be made next week on May 15. And let’s hope Sony unveil the final A7s pricing by then. In the meantime I got confirmation for sources that the “real” shipment period for the A7s will be July! With “real” I mean that Sony will officially state it will be abit earlier but as usual first camera will be in Store a couple of weeks later.

There is still a lot of uncertainty about the final A7s pricing. Sony is spreading different pricing info to different stores. All I heard from one of my trusted sources is that the price could be “lower than expected”. Let’s hope he is right 🙂

A7s Preorder or pure notification store links:
USA: Sony USAmazon and BHphoto.
Europe:  Sony DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.
Asia: Digitalrev

Reminder: You will need the Atomos Shogun at BHphoto (Click here) to grab 8bit 4:2:2 4K video.

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May 6, 2014
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(UPDATED) Sony Hong Kong/Japan announce the new A77II and A7s.

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This is the Sony Hong Kong event flyer which says there will be a product announcement at 19.15-20.30 local time (That’s 12.15-13.30 London time). Like I told you yesterday do not expect too much from it. It may be that they show the A77II only. The A77II also got announced today only(!) in Japan (Source: DC.watch).

UPDATE: Indeed Sony Hong Kong announced the already known Sony A77II (chinese pdf here) and Sony A7s (chinese pdf here). They didn’t unveil the pricing for the A7s 🙁

The one real big announcement to follow will be made next week on May 15! We will see the new RX100M3 and likely also the final A7s pricing. And hopefully Sony will also shows us the first image of the new Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 FE lens too!

Thanks Mike for the translation!

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May 6, 2014
Posted in reviews

New DxOmark lens test: 28-70mm FE and Samyang 24mm A-mount lens.

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DxOmark tested two great lenses:

1) The Sony FE 28-70mm lens (Click here to read the test). The surprise is that it is almost as good as the 24-70mm FE Zeiss:

Although enthusiasts will head straight for the Zeiss, anyone on a budget won’t feel short-changed from the Sony 28-70mm f3.5-4.5. It has some shortcomings, particularly with regard to uniformity at the wider apertures where it’s easily outclassed by the Zeiss but the Sony puts up a good fight overall and doesn’t cost the earth.

2) Samyang 24mm f/1.4 A-mount lens (Click here to read the test):

Wide-open performance isn’t particularly impressive but sharpness improves noticeably at f2.0, at least in the center of the field.  Transmission when measured on the A99 is excellent and both distortion and chromatic aberration are very well controlled. Vignetting is heavy at the maximum aperture but it’s not unexpected and hardly a serious problem.

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May 6, 2014
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Plenty of NEX (pardon Alpha) deals!

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Sony heavily discounted all NEX Alpha E-mount cameras.

1) The great package you see on top (NEX-5T + two lenses + bag) can be bought at BestBuy (Click here).
2) Up to $300 off on all NEX (including the Alpha A6000) at Amazon (Click here)BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here and click on save bundle).
3) The NEX-6 with lens sells for a very low $524 at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
4) $300 off on the A6000+16-70mm Zeiss is now back at Amazon US (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

And obviously still running is the up to $650 off on the Full Frame A7/A7r bundles at Amazon US (Click here).

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