September 23, 2016
Posted in news

Few more Sony related Photokina news (1 Terabyte SD card, “cheap” 101 Megapixel Sony sensor back)



1) Phase One announced a new “cheaper” entry level 101 Megapixel Sony sensor back named IQ1 100MP. It costs only $33,000 compare to the $44,00 you have to spend for the IQ3. (PhaseOne).
2) First 1 Terabyte SD card announced (more info at Mirrorlessrumors).
3) Novoflex announced a new PL to Sony E-mount adapter.
4) Samyang XEEN 16mm T2.6, 85mm F1.2 and 14mm F2.4 Hands-On Photos (Photographyblog).
5) Laowa 15mm f/2 FE Zero-D Hands-On Photos (Photographyblog). Hands-on with Laowa 15mm F2 FE (Dpreview).
6) Fuji claims the GFX uses a new 51 Megapixel sensor made by Sony which is not used in any other medium format camera (Fujirumors).
7) Tamron 150-600 & new teleconvertors by Matt Granger
8) Tokina 20mm FE Firin impression at ThePhoBlographer.
9) Laowa 15mm FE lens hands-on video by Matt Granger

September 22, 2016
Posted in reviews

The very first Photokina hands-on with the new Loxia 85mm f/2.4 lens



I got the impression the new Loxia 85mm lens didn’t get a love here on the SAR community. And I guess the main issue is the high price ($1,399 at BHphoto and Adorama). That said the lens promises to deliver a stellar performance. Diglloyd writes:

The Zeiss Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar delivers performance that beats out the best Leica M APO lenses, according to its (measured) MTF chart provided by Zeiss (Leica MTF charts are theoretical computed, not measured).
The Loxia 85/2.4 is a an exciting lens for Sony shooters because it is close to Otus-grade performance, yet native-mount for Sony in a relatively compact package. With a 2 or 3 frame focus stack, I’d bet that many outdoor images can be made that will be jaw dropping in detail—I’m sure looking forward to a 70 megapixel Sony of some sort.

And here you have the first Photokina hands-on video with the new Loxia lens:

September 22, 2016
Posted in deals

Amazon US is finally taking preorder on the new Sony A99II



And at last you can preorder the new Sony A99II at Amazon US too (Click here).

A99II preorder list:
In USA at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
In Europe at Calumet Germany and WexUK.

September 22, 2016
Posted in reviews

Digitalrev: “The A99 II is better than either mirrorless models from Sony”


A99II image via Digitalrev

Digitalrev published their Sony A99II first impression review:

It is indeed smaller than the first A99 (8% to be exact), and so close in size to the a77 II that Sony can even use the same battery grip for both cameras.
The autofocus is worthy of all the Sony mirrorless cameras, and in Live View, it can focus at -4 EV – similar to the 5D Mark IV and far better than the D810, which only can focus at -2 EV.
In its current reincarnation, the A99 II is better than either mirrorless models from Sony, but that must surely be a sign that the A9-series is imminent. I think it’s pretty clear the A-mount is secondary to Sony’s thoughts, especially since the a99 II has nothing particularly new.

Nevertheless Digitalrev keeps being pessimistic about the A-mount future. It’s understandable but I happen to disagree on that point. Despite the Mirrorless system camera rise the DSLR market is many times bigger and shows no sign of reduction in terms of sales volume. It would not be wise for Sony to step out from it to play a role in the much smaller mirrorless market only.

Few more A99II hands-on:
A99II first impressions at ThePhoBlographer.
Spanish A99II hands-on at DSLRmagazine.

You can now preorder the new Sony A99II:
In USA at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
In Europe at Calumet Germany and WexUK.

September 22, 2016
Posted in news

Sony A99II now available for preorder in Germany and UK too (ships one month earlier than in US)



Also in Europe the A99II is now available for preorder at Calumet Germany (Click here) and WexUK (Click here). Shipment start on November 2. That’s much earlier than the November 30 shipment dat in US stores like BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).


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