December 6, 2017
Posted in deals

Three days of video accessory deals at BH

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For the next three days you save $$$ on a huge amount of video accessories at BHphoto (Click here to see the full list). And today only you save $40 on the Jpeg mini software sold again at BHphoto.

Cameras:
$500 off on the Sony A7rII at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$500 off on the Sony A7sII with free extras at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the Sony A7 at Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama.
$200 off on the Sony A6500 at BestBuy, Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$70 off on the Sony 6300 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 6000 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the Sony 5100 at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$200 off on the A6000 dual kit at Buydig, Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$50 gift card with the RX10m5 at Adorama.
FF E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/4.0 Zeiss lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 28mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 28-70mm FE lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 5omm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm FE f/1.8 lens at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon, Focuscamera.
$50 off on the Sony 50mm macro at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
$50 off on the Sony 85mm f/1.8 FE at BestBuy, Buydig, BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama and Focuscamera.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 90mm macro lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
APS-C E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the 10-18mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-70mm Zeiss lens at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama.
$50 off on the 18-105mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Sony E PZ 18-110mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto
$100 off on the 18-200mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 18-200mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 20mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the Sony 30mm macro at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 35mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$50 off on the 50mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Accessories:
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the LA-EA3 A-mount adapter at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the HVL-F43M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$100 off on the HVL-F60M at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC1EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony VGC2EM Vertical Grip at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony ECM-CG60 at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.
$50 off on the Sony RX100 underwater housing at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto.

Other stuff:
The new Vello adapter is now in Stock at BHphoto.
Save 25% when buying 3 or more Sony FZ100 batteries at BestBuy.
After Adorama also BHphoto has the new Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens in Stock.
Novoflex Reverse Adapter is now available for preorder at Amazon US.
On the grey market the A7rII price dropped down to $1,899 on eBay US (1 year seller warranty).

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December 6, 2017
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Voigtlander working on a new 125mm f/2 Macro 1:1 FE lens?

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65mm FE Lens

Back in February Voigtlander announced the develeopments of three new FE lenses: The 65mm macro (in Stock now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay), the 40mm f/1.4 (in Stock now at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay) and the soon the be launched 35mm f/1.4.

And now a source spilled out the beans about what we can expect next:

Voigtlander are working on a 125mm f/2 Macro 1:1 lens as their 65mm has sold really well apparently.

I do hope this rumour turns out to be true. I really like that focal length and aperture. If it’s as good as the 65mm macro I will buy it.

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December 6, 2017
Posted in reviews

Opticallimits tests the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE and is not fully convinced by it’s performance

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Opticallimits (former known as Photozone) tested the Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens. And the conclusion is a bit disappointing:

It isn’t easy to come to a conclusion about the Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA. Technically it has some weaknesses but then we have seen these weaknesses in other representatives of this class (high-speed wide-angle primes). The resolution characteristic is great in the image center straight from f/1.4. However, the image corners are not that hot till about f/2.8. Now does that matter from a real-world perspective? Usually, it doesn’t. If you use the lens at large apertures, the corners are rarely of relevance and, most likely, not on the same focus plane as your main subject anyway.
So if you require such a fast 35mm prime lens, the Zeiss is certainly worth a look. However, if you are willing to look beyond the mainstream, you may also check out the new Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE although keep in mind that Samyang doesn’t really have the best record when it comes to centering quality.

I can’t wait to see Sigma releasing their 35mm f/1.4 lens. If rumors are correct this lens will be also smaller than the Zeiss which for me (as a hiker) is very important.

Buy the Zeiss at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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December 6, 2017
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In Europe: Sony 85mm FE for 516 Euro only

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You get the 85mm FE for 517 Euro only on Amazon France. And the RX100IV sells for 598 Euro only at Amazon Italy.

The past weeks we noticed how nearly every day some Amazon Europe store offers a 24h deal on lenses or cameras. Know that all EU citizen can buy stuff from every different Amazon EU country store.

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December 6, 2017
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

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Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE lens review with samples

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon, BHphoto, eBay, Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Amazon.fr, Amazon.it, Amazon.es.
Behind-the-scenes of Pitbull’s new hit by Sony/Zeiss photographer Greg Watermann.
Can a Sony a7 compete with the Leica Monochrome? (Monochromeimaging).
New Loca Design filter holder for the 12-24mm Sony lens.
Lensbaby Composer Pro II with Sweet Optics (SonyAlphaBlog).
Nanguang MixPad Bi-Color Led Lights (Personal View).
Photo Tips and Favorite Gear for Successful Fall Foliage Pictures (Explora).

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Ethan:My name is Ethan Lowry; I’m a wedding and portrait photographer in Auckland, New Zealand. I mostly shoot weddings, but had the opportunity to be the photographer in a bioluminescence-illuminated photo booth at the New Zealand Art Awards earlier this week.
I’ve done a little write-up on the whole ‘glowbooth’ setup (which I haven’t published anywhere yet) and the technical aspects of the shoot and why I believe the Sony a9 (and Sony cameras in general, I suppose) enabled us to do portraits at a rate of just under 2 minutes per person for 80 individuals. Here’s the photo set we ended up with. www.ethanlowryphotography.pixieset.com/glowbooth-nzartawards/
Some of them are very photobooth-y, but I think there are a few that are really quite special. I especially love how they’ve converted to black and white.

More informal and personal photos from SAR Admin Andrea on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.

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December 5, 2017
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New Vello Nikon F to Sony autofocus adapter in Stock at BH

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We got a bunch of new deals and in Stock notifications:

– The new Vello adapter is now in Stock at BHphoto.
– Save 25% when buying 3 or more Sony FZ100 batteries at BestBuy.
– After Adorama also BHphoto has the new Sigma 16mm f/1.4 lens in Stock.
– Novoflex Reverse Adapter is now available for preorder at Amazon US.
– On the grey market the A7rII price dropped down to $1,899 on eBay US (1 year seller warranty).

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December 5, 2017
Posted in reviews

CameraLabs reviews the A7rIII and says it has “far better-looking JPEGs out-of-camera”

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One of the new A7rIII “features” that reviewers seem to not have talked a lot about is the new “color performance”. Gordon from CameraLabs just posted the full A7rIII review and wrote this:

“The A7r Mark III may share the same 42 Megapixel full-frame sensor as its predecessor, but Sony’s processing is much improved with far better-looking JPEGs out-of-camera”

Sony have been criticized in the past for not being on par with Canon/Nikon when it comes to JPG color performance. While this is also a matter of personal taste it’s great to see Sony working and improving the JPG engine.

And today Dpreview posted a Nikon D850 vs Sony a7R III comparison. The conclusion:

As we said earlier in this slideshow, you can no longer summarily decide which camera is going to be better for a given situation, based simply on whether it’s Mirrorless or a DSLR. But with these two cameras it’s near impossible to find any situation in which one definitively outshines the other.
Landscapes? the DR differences are small enough that it comes down to a question of whether the weight difference or the built-in intervalometer swings it for you. The Sony is better at video in several respects, but if video isn’t your primary concern, the D850 makes it so easy (out of the box) to jump from stills to video to stills that even that’s not going to be a decisive victory for those just shooting the odd clip.
What’s most striking about both cameras is how good they are across a range of subjects and shooting types, making them very hard to tease apart. The differences in video and in the areas of autofocus in which each excels (the Nikon for action, the Sony for pictures of people), apart there’s no clear winner. This isn’t fence-sitting on our part: they’re genuinely two of the best cameras the world has ever seen.

And ThatCamer1Guy posted his first impression review:

There is also a first Sony A7rIII with Techart PRO test video on Facebook.

Sony A7rIII at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Calumet DE, Wex UK. Photo Porst Neuwied. Sony Netherland. Sony Australia. Sony Japan.
Sony 24-105mm at Amazon, Bhphoto, Adorama, BuyDig, FocusCamera, Amazon DE, Calumet DE, Wex UK.

Join the A7rIII facebook group to discuss the camera features and tests.

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