April 11, 2014
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…(and 7 Stages of moving from Canon to the Sony A7r).


Sony 70-200mm f2.8 SSM G Series II Lens Review

Canon user that want to switch over to the Sony A7-A7r system shoudl read carefully the funny but also realistic 7 Stages switch guide from Leica Boss! I like the final stage 7 decription “Acceptance and hope”:

In this stage, you are now a Sony person. You know this means constant head-scratching, dealing with bizarre pricing and more camera body releases than lens releases. You accept that you’ll never see a meaningful firmware release. But you’re all-in. You love your A7 system. You’re an e-mount guy. You’ve got your eye on a Summilux 50mm. The world is your oyster, and you’re capturing it 36 megapixels at a time…

New Custom L bracket for Sony α7 PSL-a7II by Sunwayfoto.
Sony publishes some data showing its semiconductor manufacturing capacity (Image Sensor World).
Tamron 150-600mm test at Quesabesde.
Mirex adapter for Canon EOS to Sony ‘E’ Mount (OnLandscape).
Nauticam housing for the A5000.
Sony Xperia Z2 overview: Revised model takes first place in Mobile rankings (DxOmark).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-H400 Review (Photographyblog).
Tamron SP 150-600 mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD – sample images on Lenstip (Shoot on Canon).
non technical review of the A7 by James.
Sony FE 70-200mm images at Kasyapa.
A6000 and Touit 12mm image samples at DC.watch.
Sony Too Applies for GS Pixel with Internal Storage (Image Sensor World).
A6000 test at Itmedia.
Sony A7R, 35FE and Sigma DP3 Merrill comparison at Massimocristaldi.com.

Phiniox:I just wanted to share my initial experience modifying the Sony E 16mm f2.8 for full frame.
Without the modification; the needed crop is 1.25x resulting in 20mm ~15mp (4800x3200px). With the mod this reduced to 1.09x – 17.5mm 20.1mp (5500x3666px). So being that the A7 in APS-C crop mode makes 10mp files I recovered an extra 10 megapixels. Shooting at F8+ with the use of heavy lens correction can the vignetting and distortion is be cleaned to produce very usable results. I may actually prefer the crop SEL16F28 to my Tokina AF 19-35mm f3.5-4.5 A Mount. A 200 dollar native ultra wide is an attractive option to other more expensive solutions.
Initial Impression/Gallery: http://phinioxglade.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/modified-sony-e-16mm-28-for-use-on-ff-a7.html
Real world use/Galley: http://phinioxglade.blogspot.com.au/2014/04/modified-sony-e-16mm-pancake-for-full.html

April 11, 2014
Posted in deals

Reminder: Preorder the superb Sigma 50mm A-mount lens now! At BH or Adorama.

The lens on preorder at BHphoto (Click here)

Hot remindeR: The superb brand new Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART A-mount lens is now available for preorder at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here). It costs a quarter of the Zeiss Otus and is 95% as good as the Zeiss! You can see some image samples on that BHphoto page (Click here), ThePhoBlographer (Click here) and Lcap (Click here). Again, this is a must have lens for A and E-mount camera owners. Preorders are taken from worldwide(!) at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Extra note: Also the new Tamron 16-300mm can be preordered starting from today at Adorama (Click here).

This is the official Sigma press release:

Sigma Corporation is pleased to release the new SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM, the large aperture, standard prime lens from our “Art” line.In 2008, Sigma released a large diameter standard lens designed for digital SLRs, “SIGMA 50mm F1.4 EX DG HSM”. At that time, products for film cameras were prevalent, yet we spent enormous effort to set a new benchmark for the 50mm lens that optimizes the characteristics of digital cameras, such as compensating peripheral brightness, controlling the point images in the corners, and improving the image drawing, not only around the focusing point, but also other areas in the image.
In recent years, as the DSLR evolves, development of image sensors for higher pixel size has created the photographers’ desire for the lenses with superior performance. In 2012, Sigma has announced the “Art” line that achieves unsurpassed expressive performance to fulfill the higher requirement of photographers. The first lens from the “Art” line “SIGMA 35mm F1.4 DG HSM [A 012]” sought for uncompromising performance, and it resulted in great reviews as well as a lot of awards from all over the world. Based on the accumulated wisdom and know-how to establish the standard for our “Art” line series, we are proud to announce the development of the new high performance standard lens with a large diameter for this new era of superb image quality.

SIGMA 50mm F1.4 DG HSM F/CANON fittings are scheduled to start the shipment towards the end of this month.
Launching date of Sigma, Sony and Nikon mount is not determined yet.
Corresponding AF Mounts: SIGMA, Canon, Sony and Nikon
Accessory: Case, Petal-Type Hood (LH830-02) supplied.

 

Again: Preorders at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

April 11, 2014
Posted in reviews

New official Sony A7s Low Light test: Now you can record what couldn’t be recorded before!

The video on top has just been posted on Sony’s Youtube channel. And I bet that after you saw this you will shout…WOW!!! Now you can take images where you couldn’t record them before! I think the A7s (now listed at Amazon) could become a new sort of drug. Once you take it you will never get back. The High ISO performance of the camera not only allows you to see where you didn’t se before. You can also have very short shutter timing at medium low light conditions (and that’s probably the biggest plus for photographers).

Damn, now I want to get the A7s too! Sony, if you read me…can you send me one for free? :)

Note: In Switzerland (Internet.ch) you can preorder the A7s for a much lower price than the one published by WexUK (Click here). The A7s is listed at Amazon (Click here), Digitalrev (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) but with no price or preorder option.

A7s sites in different languages at Sony US, DE, UK, ES, FR, IT, NL, SE, FI, PL.

April 11, 2014
Posted in rumors

More info about the new 28-135mm f/4.0 FE powerzoom and A7s XLR kit.

The image on top shows you the new 28-135mm f/4.0 FE Powerzoom lens on the new A7s. You can here some more interesting tidbits about the lens from minute 6:00 of that video:

Both the Powerzoom and XLR mic kit are marked “under development”. Therefore no price and availability info have been released.

April 11, 2014
Posted in deals

A must have: Sigma 50mm ART A-mount lens now available for preorder at BHphoto!!!!!

Don’t think…buy! This is the lens that matches the Zeiss Otus performance for a quarter of the price! And now you can preorder it for Sony A-mount at BHphoto (Click here). It’s the worldwide first preorder option! For non US readers: BH ships worldwide and calculates import tax for you. let me know if you find more stores accepting preorders on this lens! Also E-mount camera owners should consider buying this lens. It’s the best you can get!