October 10, 2014
Posted in reviews

Diglloyd: Zeiss 35mm ZM Rendering Style Sets New Benchmark. But doesn’t work well on the A7.

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Digglloyd is the first reviewer that has tested the new Zeiss ZM 35mm f/1.4 lens and writes:

It is unequivocally the star of the ZM lineup. In terms of operational excellence, I rank it above all my Leica M lenses.” And “Rendering Style Sets New Benchmark”.

But there is also a bad news:

but what a pity that the thick sensor cover glass of Sony A7-family cameras degrades its ultra high grade performance via ray angle (as with all wide angle M lenses).

I do hope Zeiss will release an optimized “Loxia” version of this lens in 2015!

Zeiss Loxia preorders:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

October 10, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) XAVC-S recording coming to the A7-A7r with the next firmware update?

Recently the RX10 got a nice update which added XAVC-S recording. According to a video maker close to Sony also the A7 and A7r could get such an update soon. Would certainly be nice!

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October 9, 2014
Posted in deals

A “cheap” Waterproof Housing for the A7-A7r-A7s from Meikon.

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SAR reader Seppo (Thanks) found a cheap alterative of the certainly higher quality but also ten times more expensive Nauticam A7 camera underwater hosuing ($2,850 here at Samys). The Meikon Waterproof housing for the A7/r/s cameras is for sale for less than $180 on eBay (Click here). It works up to 130ft and with the 28-70mm FE lens.

10 times less epxnaive…maybe some SAR reader can finally buy a waterproof housing without having to pay for it than the camera he carries :)

October 9, 2014
Posted in deals

Sony US massive deals roundup: A7(s/r), A99, A77, RX100.

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At least in USA Sony is pushing down the prices of many cameras. And to not miss any of those deals here is the ordered list of all of them:

Full Frame E-mount:
$200 off on the Sony A7s sold by GetItDigital on eBay (Click here).
Sony A7-A7r trade in program is back at Adorama (Click here).
$200 off on the A7r body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.
$200 off on the A7 with kit lens body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore.

A-mount:
$300 off on the A99 and free vertical grip included too at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
The A58 with kit lens sells for $448 only at Amazon (Click here).
The 16-105mm lens sells now for $498 at Amazon (Click here).
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore.

RX cameras:
Sony RX100M2 for $499 at BeachCamera (Click here) and BuyDig (Click here).
Refurbished Sony RX100M3 for $699 at Secondipity (Click here).

Extras:
Rocky Nook sells all their Sony eBooks with a 35% discount when you sue the code “RNSY14“.

October 9, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony High (46?)Megapixel camera is coming for real in first quarter 2015!

The great Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8.

A trusted source shared a couple of interesting info. He knows for sure that the Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 lens announced at Photokina has been designed for new High megapixel cameras. He says the lens has been tested to resolve enough detail on a Sony 46 Megapixel Full Frame camera. And that camera will be announced the first quarter of 2015! It’s yet not clear if this is an A or E (or both) mount camera.

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