December 2, 2013
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Sony A7r in Stock at Adorama and Samys!. Amazon shipping it!


The Sony A7r is in Stock at Adorama (Click here) and on eBay via Samys (Click here) and at Samys itself (Click here). And SAR readers told me that also their A7r preorder at Amazon US is shipping!

And for the first time Amazon itself has the A7 and A7kit in Stock (Click here).

Many new Rokinon deals:
1) Gold Box deal on the Rokinon 14mm T3.1 E-mount lens at Amazon (Click here).
2) Rokinon 14mm F2.8 (A or E-mount) for $319 at BuyDig (Click here).
3) Rokinon 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye (A or E-mount) for $349 at BigValue (Click here).

December 2, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First specs about the new Sony 54 Megapixel Full Frame sensor!


One of my sources told me that Sony developed a new 54 Megapixel Full Frame sensor. It has 2460 focusing points (no joke!) and the focusing area covers 78% of the entire sensor. The sensor is still very expensive to manufacture. But if Sony will manage to lower the production costs that sensor could find his way in 2015-2016 A and E-mount cameras.

Reminder: Plenty of new cameras and lenses will be announced in January-February. There will be A and E-mount cameras, both Full Frame and APS-C. Stay tuned on SAR ūüėČ

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!


December 1, 2013
Posted in reviews

(part one) More A7-A7r legacy lens test and reports (Martin Stelbrink, Sean, Hakan, Andrew, Yuri)


Image courtesy: Siammirrorless.

Many SAR readers were so kind to share their legacy lens test. Here is a first part of the mails I got. More articles will follow soon! Feel free to send me your tests at Thanks!


Martin Stelbrink (M and R mount lens test):

I have made a number of sample shots with the Sony A7R and legacy lenses. I have posted them with full resolution on Flickr:

What may be interesting to your readers is that Cornerfix (at least for me) has issues with A7R calibration shots, but the Lightroom Flat File Correction Plug-in works beautifully.

Set description:
A test of Sony Alpha 7R (A7R) with the following legacy lenses. I have posted the first ones of the country road both as original camera jpg and RAW processed in Lightroom (flat file corrected for the wide angle ones of 35mm or less). I did NOT get Cornerfix to work on the files. It created green edges, when correcting the magenta ones. The same calibration shots worked on Adobe Lightroom Flat File Correction Plugin, though.

M-Mount lenses:

Voigtländer Cosina Heliar 12mm f5.6 (here on eBay):
Surprisingly usable, if colour is flat file corrected. Not more “smear” than on film. But on the first shot you may be shocked at the amount of color casting.

Zeiss Biogon 25mm f2.8 (here on eBay):
Significant corner / edge smear at open aperture. When stopped down it is usable, if colour is flat file corrected. The center piece is insanely sharp. It also could be used in a cropped mode, e.g. as a 35mm (the resolution of the A7R is more than enough)

Leica Summicron 35mm f2.0 (here on eBay):
A wonderful pairing for the A7R, but also needs some flat file correction for colour (but no real smearing on the edges apart from the “character” of this 50+ year old lens)

Voigtländer Cosina Nokton 50mm f1.1 (here on eBay):
Great lens on this camera, no issues (apart from the tiny shadow of the lens hood on a full frame sensor)

Voigtländer Cosina Heliar 75mm f1.8 (here on eBay):
Wonderful lens for this camera!

Leica Elmar-C 90mm f4.0 (here on eBay):
I found no issues that I put down to the camera, but it shows that this is a 40+ year old lens that was never one of Leica’s “top notch” lenses (significant vignetting). This lens is much nicer on the Nex-7, where I will probably use it as the standard lens, when I take the Nex-7 as my second body next to the A7R.

Leica Tele-Elmar 135mm f4.0 (here on eBay):
Brilliant sharpness from corner to corner. Wonderful lens for the A7R

R-Mount lenses:

Leica Apo-Macro-Elmarit-R 100mm f2.8 (here on eBay):
There is no limitation to use this wonderful classic. Sharp as hell, but also the tiniest DoF, which is very hard to focus in Macro mode. Well, but that is the same on the old Leica R… :-)

Leica Apo-Telyt-R 180mm f3.4 (here on eBay):
Also no limitation on this nice old tele lens.


Sean (M, OM and FD mount lens test):

I did a corners test of the A7R + Voigtlander 21mm f/1.8 Ultron (here on eBay) recently and the results(with 100% crops) can be found at:
I’ve also done corner tests with the OM24mm f/2.8(here on eBay), FD50L¬†(here on eBay) and FD85L¬†(here on eBay) on my flickr page which also contains additional samples:


Hakan (M-mount):

Here are a few high ISO shots from A7R and Summilux 21mm (here on eBay)


 Andrew (M and Ai mount):

I did some A7r vs M9 tests with some M-mount lens. I want to look at A7r’s vignetting, color shifting, corner smearing and sharpness comparing directly to M9. I turned on M9’s lens corrention because that is what I’ll use in real life. It’s all about the final images I get out of camera.

I hope this is also useful for others.

Lenses tested were
Voigtlander 21mm f1.8 (here on eBay)
Leica Summicron 35mm f2 ASPH (here on eBay)
Leica Summilux 50mm ASPH (here on eBay)
Nikon 28mm f2.8 ais (here on eBay)
Nikon Micro 60mm f2.8D (here on eBay)


Yuri (M42-mount):

Sony A7 + Super-Takumar 50/1.4(here on eBay). Samples at Yuri.


Specs and Preorders in Europe:
Sony A7r body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,  WexUK, WexDE.
Sony A7 body at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit Sony  DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE, Amazon UK, Amazon DE, Amazon FR.
Sony RX10 at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT, WexUK, WexDE.
Zeiss 35mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT,
Zeiss 55mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT
Zeiss 24-70mm at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, SE, PT
Sony G 28-70mm lens at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO.

Specs and Preorders in US and Canada:
Dedicated Sony announcement page at Amazon US (Click here).
Sony A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony A7 with 28-70mm kit lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS. TheCameraStore Canada.
Sony RX10 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 35mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Zeiss 55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
70-200mm A-mount at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony A-Mount to E-Mount Lens Adapter at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A to E adapter with mirror at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
A7/A7r leather case at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
A7/A7r vertical grip at Amazon, BHphoto, SonystoreUS.
Sony W Series Battery Charger at Amazon, BHphoto.
Sony FA-CS1M Off-Camera Shoe at BHphoto.
Semi-Hard LCD Screen Protector for A7-A7r at Amazon, BHphoto.

A7r at Digitalrev.
A7 at Digitalrev, Amazon Cina.
A7 with 28-70mm lens at Digitalrev.

December 1, 2013
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Sony A7r in Stock at Amazon and Focuscamera! Cyber Monday deals roundup.


Hurry! A limited quantity of Sony A7r (36MP) are in Stock right now at Amazon US (UPDATE: now sold out) and FocusCamera (with free extras!). And also the 35mm Zeiss is in Stock…that time sold by Amazon US itself (Click here). Also the A7 body or Kit verisons are in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Some of todays new deals:
Four fast SD Sandisk cards on Amazon’s Gold Box list (Click here).
The Rokinon 25mm T/1.5 Cine Lens for A-mount is on Amazon’s Gold Box list (Click here).
Sony NEX-3n with kit lens for $349 at BestBuy (Click here).
Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5 for $99 at Amazon US (Click here).

All new Cyber Monday Deals:
Amazon (Click here), Amazon Photo Deals (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Target (Click here), Newegg (Click here), Bestbuy (Click here), PersonalView and eBay (Click here).


December 1, 2013
Posted in reviews

Zeiss 35mm lens review by Kai and A7r review by Steve.


Note: A couple of A7r cameras are in Stock at BestBuy on eBay (Click here). A7 body and kit are in Stock via third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here).

New A7-A7r reviews:
Kai is really becoming a Sony fan :) He just posted the Zeiss 35mm lens review and quite likes the lens! Just watch the video on top!
Steve Huff posted the full A7-A7r review.
A7 vs A99 vs A900 by Scott Lewis.
ISO + WB sample photos and raw available at ePhotozine.
the full ILCE 7 help guide 450 pages made from the interactive guide (Google Drive).


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