February 27, 2015
Posted in deals

RX trade in at Adorama. And Lensbaby lens deal ending soon!

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After FocusCamera also Adorama (Click here) is offering a trade in program on RX cameras. And here are all current Sony deals:

Adorama:
Special Sony deal page at Adorama (Click here). Check it out!

Amazon:
1) Save Big on Select Sony RX Series Cameras with a Qualifying Trade-in (Click here).
2) Free Premium Jacket Case with the RX100m3 (Click here).
3) Free case with the A7,A7s,A7r cameras (Click here).
4) Up to $200 off on A5000/A5100/A6000 double lens kits (Click here).

Lensbaby:
$70 off on the Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha A Mount at Adorama and BHphoto.
$70 off on the Lensbaby 5.8mm f/3.5 Circular Fisheye Lens for Sony Alpha E Mount at Adorama and BHphoto.

Open Box:
Sony A7 and 1 year warranty for $1,150 at Samys (Click here).
Sony A7r and 1 year warranty for $1,849 at Samys (Click here).

Refurbished:
Sony A7 for $1,199 at BeachCamera (Click here).

Grey Imported with US seller warranty:
Sony A7 with kit lens and 1 year warranty for $1,339 at GetDigital (Click here).
Sony A7r and 1 year warranty for $1,644 at 6ave (Click here).
Sony A7s and 1 year warranty for $1,955 at DealsAllYear (Click here).
Sony A7s and 1 year warranty for $2,009 at NY Store ThePixelHub (Click here).
Sony A7s and 5 year warranty for $2,099 at NJaccessory (Click here).

February 27, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) At last good news folks! Sony will also release the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 and Sony 28mm lens!

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So it’s true. Sony really now has the strategy to announce the stuff after the big shows :)

Next week on Wednesday March 4 at around 5-7 am London time Sony will announce the new 24-240mm FE lens (this means you can preorder it the very same day). And now Digicameinfo reports that also the Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 and the Sony 28mm f/2.0 should be announced very soon (I Guess the same day!). As usual you can follow the live blogging of the lens announcement on SAR (5-7am London time of March 4).

Digicameinfo and also one of my sources told me that maybe the 90mm FE macro lens will be announced later (not on March 4). That’s why it’s also not listed among the other lenses by the Hong Store who already accepts preorders on three new FE lenses. The images you see here are the official product photos of the new lenses.

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Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 for $1,729 (Click here to see it).
Sony FE 24-240mm lens for $1,099 (Click here to see it).
Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 lens for $459 (Click here to see it).
Sony 16mm Fisheye Converter for $319 (Click here to see it).

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SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

February 27, 2015
Posted in news

UPDATED: German company Meyer-Optik-Görlitz “germanifies” the Zy Optics lenses.

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The Germany company Meyer-Optik-Görlitz took the Chinese Zy Optics f/0.95 lenses and “upgraded” them. UPDATE: Meyer-Optik-Görlitz contacted me to share the following info:

“Components for Meyer-Optik-Görtlitz lenses are :
*   sourced internationally
*   assembled, adjusted, tested and therefore made in Germany
*   shipped with a 5 year guarantee from a German manufacturer”
*   Our lenses are improved in terms of material characteristic and mechanical quality
*   To name a few: We use alternative components, eg. use materials supplied by a supplier of the German Avionic industry to guarantee precision
*   we apply high-tech oils to improve slide ways and adjusting ranges
*   special focus is assigned to quality assurance and minimization of the serial spread. Thus our QA testing and adjustment for each lens takes up to 3,5 h and 2 h on average.
*   Our close quality tolerances currently lead to a  reject rate of 50% for core components

This means they add a serious quality control on the Zy Optics lenses.

Their Nocturnus 35mm f/0.95 E-mount lens is priced at 1.999 Euro and has the exact specs of the 2-3 times cheaper Zy Optics 35mm f/0.95 lens you can find on eBay (Click here). The same lens also can be found under the Mitakon brand name (Click here).
Their Nocturnus 50mm f/0.95 E-mount lens is priced at 1.999 Euro and has the exact specs of the 2 times cheaper Zy Optics 35mm f/0.95 lens you can find on eBay (Click here). The same lens also can be found under the Mitakon brand name (Click here).

 

 

February 27, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New Sony FE 24-240mm will be announced next week on March 4.

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Digicameinfo reports that the 24-240mm FE lens will be announced next week on Wednesday March 4. This means preorders are expected to start the very same day. Shipment is expected to start on March 12 in Japan. It’s yet unclear if Sony will also release the pricing info (and accept preorders) on the other three new lenses. Although as I reported before Hong Kong store Shenzen is already accepting preorders on the new FE lenses:

Zeiss FE 35mm f/1.4 for $1,729 (Click here to see it).
Sony FE 24-240mm lens for $1,099 (Click here to see it).
Sony FE 28mm f/2.0 lens for $459 (Click here to see it).
Sony 16mm Fisheye Converter for $319 (Click here to see it).

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SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

February 27, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Real-world test: the Sony a6000 goes surfing with Chris Burkard

Sexy: A7S + Voigtlander Nokton 35mm 1.2 at SonyAlphaForum.
Best Sony E-Mount Lenses for Portraits, Landscapes, and Street Photography (SonyAlphaLab).
Tamron 15-30mm toma de contacto (DSLRmagazine).
Sony Aims at Automotive Cameras (Image Sensor World).
A7 MK II + lots of legacy lens (Pantip).
Voigtländer 40mm Nokton f1.4 test at SonyAlphaForum.
A Comparison of How Olympus and Sony’s 5 Axis Stabilization Work (ThePhoBlographer).
Subal Sony Alpha 7 Housing: First Look (DivePhotoGuide).
A Comprehensive Guide to Camera Lens Design and Zeiss Nomenclature (iLoveHatePhoto).

Luke:Just thought that I share a short video I shot this weekend with new Zeiss 16-35 F4 on my A7s. All of the footage is handheld using Hondo Garage’s Pop and Lock (an invaluable tool that I can’t recommend enough http://www.hondogarage.com/index.php/product/landing/the-pop-and-lock-travel-rig. https://vimeo.com/119634534. I am quite pleased with the results and am happy with how sharp this lens is even completely wide open.

Bernard:A new test has been added for the Sony A6000 with a Rokinon 7.5mm lens. For over a year, people visit the site to compare different possible combinations of cameras and lenses for panoramic photography. The addition of the Sony A6000 complements the range presented on the site. A modification was done on the Sony A6000. Improve the standard Sony E-mount with the Fotodiox TOUGH E-Mount. This all-metal mount replaces the two-part mount that comes with most Sony E-mount cameras. Of those two parts, the actual mount that holds the lens is made of plastic, which is susceptible to wear and lens movement. By removing four screws, taking out the two mount parts, and inserting the TOUGH E-Mount, you give your camera a stronger and more durable lens connection. Of all sets that have been tested by quebecpanorama, the Sony A6000 with Rokinon 7.5mm lens is the one that offers the best value for money. The impressive quality, coupled with the ease of transportation, seduced us, so it became the official QuébecPanorama set. http://quebecpanorama.com/en/kits/view/rokinon-7.5mm-for-sony-sony-a6000

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