July 17, 2018
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New Sigma ART lens tests by Marc Alhadeff

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Sigma 20mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 20mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (1000 euros) is a very good lens optically for a wide angle with fast aperture
Centre sharpness is excellent , and closed down to F4 corners are very good
The F1.4 allows for some unique effect for a wide angle that has no equivalent
However at F1.4 you get medium corners and field curvature is visible , so far from a perfect lens
The biggest issue is certainly its weight : 1 kilo
So if F1.4 is a must for you , Sigma is the way to go , otherwise other options are lighter and as (globally) performant

Sigma 24mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 24mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (850 euros) is an excellent lens that has no equivalent for Sony FE mount
Size and price remains reasonable and optical performance is excellent wide open with very good sharpness in real life and very nice blur effects for close subject
For landscape where you will close the aperture, corners sharpness is excellent as of F4
Highly recommended if you like this focal length

Sigma 35mm F/1.4 DG HSM Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Art (800 euros) is a excellent lens optically
Excellent sharpness , low distorsion , low CA, better than Sony Distagon FE 35mm F1.4 Zeiss on this point
The Sony has still the edge in term of Color rendition and Aperture ring for video and most importantly in term of AF reliability
Unfortunately, the not reliable AF in AF-S is a big hurdle and you will need to stick to AFC. I hope Sigma can fix it with a firmware update or better quality control with other samples of this lens
If you don’t have the money for the Sony Distagon FE 35mm F1.4 Zeiss (1100-1500 euros) take a look at the very good Samyang 35mm F1.4 AF which has also a very good sharpness, fast AF (even if not as fast as Sigma and Sony) and reliable AF (better than Sigma)

Sigma 70mm F/2.8 DG Macro Art by Marc Alhadeff:

The Sigma 70mm F2.8 DG Art (550 euros) is a Macro lens offering excellent optical results with top sharpness, good bokeh, low CA, low distorsion at a very reasonable price. AF is on the slow side like any macro lens, and you will need to correct the lens fall off wide open (no Lightroom lens profile for the moment (July 2018). The Sony 90mm F2.8 macro does not do better in term of sharpness but well in term of ergonomics but it costs almost 2 times the price of the Sigma

New Sigma FE lenses:
Sigma 14mm f/1.8 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 20mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 24mm f/1.4 for $849 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 for $899 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 for $949 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 70mm macro for $569 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and  Adorama.
Sigma 85mm f/1.4 for $1,199 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 105mm f/1.4 for $1,599 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.
Sigma 135mm f/1.8 for $1,399 at BHphoto, FocusCamera, Amazon and Adorama.

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July 17, 2018
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Amazon prime ending soon: Big up to 64% discount on Sony cameras and lenses!

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A bit unexpected but Amazon EUrope deals are way more interesting than US deals because of the massive discount on Sony cameras and lenses. Check out the list below!

Check out all deals by clicking on those direct links: Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES, Amazon CA. There are thousand of deals but I will only mention the

Amazon Germany:
Up to 64% off on lenses!
Up to 46% off on cameras!
Sandisk card deals.
All photography related prime deals here.
20% warehouse rebate (shows at checkout).
Sony A7II kit for 1229 Euro.
sony A6500 for 1169 Euro.
Sony A6000 kit for 479 Euro.
Zeiss Batis 85mm FE lens superkit for 1149 Euro.
Zeiss Batis 135mm FE lens superkit for 1599 Euro.
Zeiss Touit 50mm FE lens superkit for 899 Euro.
Sony 24-240mm FE for 769 Euro.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 159 Euro.
Sony 10-18mm APS-C E-mount lens for 629 Euro.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount lens for 199 Euro.
Sony 50-200mm E-mount lens for 569 Euro.
Sony RX100IV for 629 Euro.
Sony WX350 for 139 Euro.
Samyang 24mm f/1.5 FE for 476 Euro.
Sony RX10m2 for 799 Euro.

Amazon UK (UK time):
Sony A7 kit for 719 pounds.
Sony A6300 for 599 pounds.
Sandisk card deals.

Amazon France (Paris time):
Up to 30% off on Sony Cameras and Lenses!
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 169 Euro.
Sony A7II for 1059 Euro
24-240mm for 779 Euro.
Sony RX100IV for 629 Euro.
Jusqu’à 400€ remboursés sur une sélection de produits photo et vidéo Sony Offre valable du 16 mai 2018 au 31 juillet 2018 inclus.
Sandisk card deals atAmazon FR.

Amazon Italy:
Up to 40% off on Sony cameras and lenses!
Offerte su Sandisk cards.

Amazon Spain:
Sony 24-240mm for 729 Euro.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 159 Euro.
Sony A7II for 949 Euro.
Sony A6300 kit for 679 Euro.
Savings on Sandisk Cards.

Note:
You have to be a prime member to grab the deals
Discounted price will be seen only at deal start time
Europeans can buy from any different country store (Example: Germans can buy from Amazon France)

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July 17, 2018
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony 70-200GM with FE 2.0X Teleconverter vs Sony 100-400GM @ F5.6

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Brands, breakthroughs and bias: Here’s why you’ve heard so much about Sony recently (Dpreview).
Comparison: Voigtlander 40mm 1.2 and 35mm 1.7 + 5m PCX (Phillipreeve).
Sony Develops SPRESENSE™, a Low-Power, Smart-Sensing Processor-Equipped Board for IoT
Cameras on 25 Interplanetary Spacecraft (Explora).
Yi Smartphone Gimbal (Personal View).

Share your best pictures on our new Instagram SonyAlphaGallery.

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

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July 16, 2018
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Amazon Prime Deals now live in the USA

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The Prime Deals Day just went live at Amazon US (click here to see all deals). Photo related deals can be found here. Here are some of the hot deals that could be of interest for Sony shooters:

Big Savings on Sandisk cards.
45% off on Amazon photo prints.
Save on Pelican hard cases.
Amazon.com is offering an extra $5 Off $20+ or More on Select Books (Shipped & Sold by Amazon) w/ promo code PRIMEBOOKS18
NP-FW50 RAVPower Camera Battery Charger Set for $44.
Gold Box Deal of the Day: Save up to 40% on select Seagate Hard Drives.
$100 off on the portable WD 2TB hard disk.
Godox Ving V860IIS on Amazon Prime.
Godox TT685S HSS 1 on Amazon Prime.
Fujifilm INSTAX SHARE SP-2 Smart Phone Printer (Gold)
Up to 50% off on Amazon devices.
Save on Laptops.

The Amazon Prime Deals are running all over the world: Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES, Amazon CA.

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July 16, 2018
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Massive Amazon Prime Day Deal started in Europe: Up to 64% off on Sony-Zeiss-Samyang cameras and lenses!

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The mega Amazon Prime Deals action just started! Check out all deals by clicking on those direct links: Amazon US, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon FR, Amazon IT, Amazon ES, Amazon CA. There are thousand of deals but I will only mention the ones strictly related to Sony:

Amazon Germany:
Up to 64% off on lenses!
Up to 46% off on cameras!
Sandisk card deals.
All photography related prime deals here.
20% warehouse rebate (shows at checkout).
Sony A7II kit for 1229 Euro.
sony A6500 for 1169 Euro.
Sony A6000 kit for 479 Euro.
Zeiss Batis 85mm FE lens superkit for 1149 Euro.
Zeiss Batis 135mm FE lens superkit for 1599 Euro.
Zeiss Touit 50mm FE lens superkit for 899 Euro.
Sony 24-240mm FE for 769 Euro.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 159 Euro.
Sony 10-18mm APS-C E-mount lens for 629 Euro.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount lens for 199 Euro.
Sony 50-200mm E-mount lens for 569 Euro.
Sony RX100IV for 629 Euro.
Sony WX350 for 139 Euro.
Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AF FE lens for 471 Euro.
At 14.30 Samyang 14mm f/2.8 AF FE lens.
Samyang 24mm f/1.5 FE for 476 Euro.
Sony RX10m2 for 799 Euro.
At 16:10 Faltreflektor.

Amazon UK (UK time):
Sony A7 kit for 719 pounds.
Sony A6300 for 599 pounds.
At 16:00 Commlite Canon to Sony autofocus adapter.
Sandisk card deals.

Amazon France (Paris time):
Up to 30% off on Sony Cameras and Lenses!
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 169 Euro.
Sony A7II for 1059 Euro
24-240mm for 779 Euro.
At 17.45 Neewer flash for Sony.
Sony RX100IV for 629 Euro.
Jusqu’à 400€ remboursés sur une sélection de produits photo et vidéo Sony Offre valable du 16 mai 2018 au 31 juillet 2018 inclus.
Sandisk card deals atAmazon FR.

Amazon Italy:
Up to 40% off on Sony cameras and lenses!
Offerte su Sandisk cards.

Amazon Spain:
Sony 24-240mm for 729 Euro.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 FE for 159 Euro.
Sony A7II for 949 Euro.
Sony A6300 kit for 679 Euro.
Savings on Sandisk Cards.

Note:
You have to be a prime member to grab the deals
Discounted price will be seen only at deal start time
Europeans can buy from any different country store (Example: Germans can buy from Amazon France)

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July 16, 2018
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Best Kit Lens for APS-C? | Sony 18-135mm | Sony a6000, a6300, a6500

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Sony RX100 VI vs Panasonic ZS200 vs Panasonic ZS100: which is the best travel companion? (Dpreview).
Field Test: Zeiss Loxia 25mm f/2.4 for Sony E-Mount (Allan Weitz).
Sony’s best lenses for the a6300 & a6500 (David Oastler).
Review: Carl Zeiss Jena Visionar 168mm 1.9 (Phillipreeve).
What the Heck About All Those Mic Specs? (Explora).
Sony 90mm Macro Review, and I Why I Like It More than the 85mm G Master (Michael Comeau).

Rationalific:This is a hilarious song called “The Perfect Camera” put up as a YouTube video.  In it, this guy talks about the problems with all current camera brands and suggests “the perfect camera”.  I think people will enjoy it, as I did. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZThaOS5yH8

Personal photos and tests from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and 500px.

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