July 19, 2016
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


SONY Flashes: High Speed Sync for Mirrorless Cameras

To UV Filter or Not to UV filter ? (SonyAlphaForum).
expensive lens mounts scratched from Metabones EF-E adapter (SonyAlphaForum)
Alpha Studio Essentials 2: Tethering 101 (Adorama Learning Center).
Motion Blur Techniques for Drive-By Photographers (SonyAlphaForum).
Christopher Frost reviewed the Laowa 60mm f/2.8 2X Ultra- Macro Lens on Youtube.
New Smart Versions of Sony E Mount Adapters (Cinema5D).

Jean:I have updated my compilation of lenses for the A7x series. On my webpage are now 13 lenses (FE and 3rd party) with complete informations, uses and picture samples. Text in French for the moment. (no ads on my website !)
J’ai mis à jour ma page d’information pour la série sony A7x avec des détails sur 13 objectifs utilisables : photos des objectifs, informations techniques, usages et exemples de photos. (sans publicité !) http://www.jlrichter.fr/2016/01/23/photo-le-sony-a7-et-ses-objectifs/

Thomas: Just wanted to share with you a music video I shot with my Sony FS7 and A7s: https://vimeo.com/131375071

July 18, 2016
Posted in deals

Zeiss 55mm FE sells for $699 with 3 year seller warranty on eBay!


There is a new great deal on the Zeiss 55mm lens: You get it for $699 and with 3 year seller warranty on eBay US (Click here).

And BHphoto launched a special deals event. A full list of rebates and offers can be found on that page (Click here).


More new deals:
You save up to $400 on Sigma A and E-mount lenses sold by BHphoto (Click here). Use the code “PSWBH16” to get the discounted price!
$50 B&H Gift Card on the RX100 and RX100m2 sold at BHphoto (Click here).
$20 off on 12 Months Adobe Creative Cloud subscription by using the checkout code “PSWBH16” at BHphoto (Click here).

Now in Stock:
Batis 18mm at FocusCamera (Click here).
24-70mm GM lens at Amazon, FocusCamera and Kenmorecamera.

July 18, 2016
Posted in reviews

Lensrentals: The new Zeiss 50mm FE lens beats the Zeiss Otus in center sharpness!!!


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Zeiss 50mm FE (left) vs Zeiss Otus 55mm (right). Image via Lensrentals.

Lensrentals (Click here) tested the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE lens. And they compared it with the best lens of the world, the 55mm Zeiss Otus. The results is absolutely impressive:

“The Sony is phenomenally good in the center; just absolutely superb. The Sony, though, is clearly better than the Otus in the center, and just as good as the Otus away from the center as well. There is a little sag of the Sony’s MTF halfway to the center but then improvement out to the edges.”

So far the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE lens didn’t get a lot of “Love”comments from SAR readers. The price may have created some emotional “barrier”. But now that you get that kind of feedback from Lensrentals things will change. A Zeiss Otus alike quality for almost a third of the lens and with autofocus? Now it starts to sound like a bargain :)  Lensrentals writes:

“it’s worth the money; it’s really superb. The center sharpness in particular is unheard of in a 50mm lens.”

Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 FE Planar preorders at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera. Calumet.de. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.

All new Sony FE lenses and wireless products are now listed on one single page at BHphoto (Click here).

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Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRC1M Wireless Radio Commander at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony FA-WRR1 Wireless Radio Receiver at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony VMC-MM1 Multi Terminal Cable at BHphoto, Focuscamera.
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Lens at Calumet.de. Cyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 70-200mm f/2.8 GM OSS Lens at Calumet.de. Amazon GermanyCyberport.de. PhotoPorst. Jessops. WexUK.
Sony FE 1.4x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.
Sony FE 2.0x Teleconverter at PhotoPorst. Jessops.

July 18, 2016
Posted in news

Sony will resupply stores with Sony A7 camera in September only!



Two of the out of Stock warnings by WexUK and Fotomundus.

I talked to a couple of EU stores. And they confirm that all Sony A7 series cameras are now in short supply. Sony told them that they will be able to resupply by September only! I am not sure about the situation in USA and Asia yet but I expect to see the same kind of supply issues too.

So if you plan to buy a new A7 camera I suggest you to pull the trigger now before it’s too late!

Check the in Stock status:
Sony A7rII at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A7sII at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony A7II at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

July 18, 2016
Posted in news

Samyang announces the new XEEN 135mm T2.2 E-mount lens!



Samyang announced the first of the five new lenses that will be announced the coming five weeks. All lenses will be available in five different mounts. Today they released the 135mm T/2.2 XEEN Cine lens. More info can be found at samyanglensglobal.com/product/detail.do?SQ=46. And this is the press text:

July 18th, 2016, Seoul, Korea

The global optics brand, Samyang Optics (http://www.samyanglensglobal.com) announced the release of XEEN 135mm T2.2. Along with the existing five lenses of 14mm T3.1, 24mm T1.5, 35mm T1.5, 50mm T1.5 and 85mm T1.5, XEEN 135mm T2.2 offers outstanding image quality from resolving power for 4K+ production for filming video and cinema.

XEEN is a specialized brand in professional video-cine lens launched by Samyang Optics in 2015. The XEEN lenses are designed with Samyang Optics’ know-how and have outstanding optical performance for 4K+ with the X-Coating Technology, ensuring maximum image quality to create a cinematic look.

The 24mm x 36mm negative size allows XEEN to not only work with full frame cameras, but also with Super 35, APS-C and APS-H cameras. The lenses are available in five different mounts – PL, EF, F, E, and MFT and two different focus scales – metric and imperial units. Also, the aluminium metal housing is known for its reliability in various shooting conditions.

The new XEEN 135mm adds telephoto angle to the existing XEEN set, enabling to capture the sincere emotions and details of characters in films and videos. Also the bright T2.2 offers high quality footage with clear contrast and impressive colors, even under less-than-optimal lighting conditions. The large aperture also creates a pleasing bokeh effect for a cinematic look.

Moreover, Samyang has announced to release a total of five lenses throughout five weeks as a 2016 Summer Samyang Blockbuster campaign starting from XEEN 135mm. The other four lenses will be announced on every Monday from July 25th to August 15th.

Created to deliver infinite possibilities, XEEN 135mm T2.2 will be globally available in August. The recommended retail price of each lens is EUR 2,200. More detailed product information is available on the official website (http://www.xeenglobal.com) and Facebook (http://www.facebook. com/xeenglobal) or Samyang Lens Global Facebook (http://www.facebook.com/samyanglensglobal).


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