September 5, 2015
Posted in deals, reviews

Hot eBay deal of the day! $220 off on the Tamron SP 150-600mm for Sony!


This ia major deal of the day at eBay: The very good and very big Tamron SP 150-600mm A-mount lens sells with a big $220 off at BuyDig eBay (Click here). Don’t forget to select Sony mount on the drop down menu!

The lens got tested on the A7II by Luminous Landscape:

The on-sensor phase detection AF of the A7 MKII and the system’s focus tracking capability allowed for capturing these completely unpredictable penguins as they jumped from the water. Their position can’t really be anticipated and their time above water is faster that ones ability to anticipate.Virtually every frame out of hundreds shot showed excellent lock-on and tracking. I frankly don’t think that I have ever used a long zoom lens / camera combo that could have done better.

SAR reader Gilles Frydman sent us that nice picture of the new Sony A7rII with Meike grip and the Tamron 150-600mm f/5-6.3 SSM superzoom. he also said the “Meike battery pack MK-A7II Pro  which seems to work great, at about 1/3 of the Sony price“. You can see image samples shot with that combo on his Facebook page. You can buy the Meike grip on Amazon US (Click here) or via many eBay sellers (Click here).


So get that lens now at BuyDig eBay (Click here).


September 5, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony A7rII surprise conclusion at DearSusans: “They have done what only film manufacturers bothered to do before them. They have crafted a look”.


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In Stock status: The A7rII is in Stock at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, and Digitalrev!

This is probably the most “philosophical” A7rII review to date. Dearsusans claims that “While my informal and brief testing can’t let me conclude that anything in the quantity department is any better than before (resolution, dynamic range …) quality is a quantum leap ahead in the A7rII.

And with Quality they mean theA7rII images have a much improved “aesthetics” suggesting that Sony completely changed the way images get produced:

It seems that, through the combination of slightly lower contrast, better white balance and something else…colours show better differentiation. Without being more saturated, they feel bolder and more balanced. Photographs, even when pushed hard, don’t get that slightly cartoonish look that happened on occasion with the previous camera.
Black and White photos: What I’m seeing is not only more clarity, notably in the shadows, but also better, smoother tonality. Even with contrast pushed significantly read way too much, as above ? ), photographs remain rich and smooth. This was not always the case with the A7r which could sometimes become grainy and harsh.

They have done what only film manufacturers bothered to do before them. They have crafted a look.

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A7rII (left) vs A7r (right): “Colours and tones are more differentiated, the photo seems brighter and more lively. Resolution is also slightly better and holds sharpening better, too.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Sony DEUK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

A7rII case:
Gariz leather case in Black (Click here), Camel (Click here), Orange (Click here), Brown (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Gariz Alcantara case in Black (Click here) and Red (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).
Lim’s case in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Red (Click here), Yellow (Click here), Navy Blue (Click here) and Khaki (Click here). Also available on Amazon US (Click here).

September 5, 2015
Posted in reviews

Shooting actress Kassandra Kanaar in Hollywood with the Zeiss Batis lenses (By Greg Watermann).


Image courtesy:

Zeiss Ambassador Greg Watermann sent me this:

I recently tested the new Batis lenses shooting actress Kassandra Kanaar in Hollywood. You can see the photos she approved here: All pics were shot handheld and wide open on an a7R. Zeiss made a behind the scenes of our shoot: And you can see more info at the bottom of this page: The optical performance was exceptional. Beautiful skin texture, obviously sharp, no chromatic aberration, and wonderful to focus manually. The Image Stabilization is amazing and the lenses are perfectly balanced on the camera. All images shot handheld and wide open.

There is also a full 85mm Batis review at Admiringlight:

The lens is simply spectacularly sharp, and starts that crazy sharpness right from f/1.8.  Wide open shots display exceptional clarity and gorgeous background blur while providing a flattering contrast profile for portraits.  I simply love the look of the images from this lens. It’s an absolutely top-tier optic and one that I’m already saving my pennies to purchase for myself.

Batis store links:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.

September 5, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G Hands-On Review

My Atomos Ninja 2 Impressions (SonyAlphaForum).
Why DSLRs are deader than a doornail for top-quality photography (DearSusans).
No more shoulder pain with Camslinger Streetomatic bag! (SonyAlphaCameras).
I have a dream – Mechanically Shutterless A Mount (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony PZ 28-135mm Lens Review (Luminous Landscape).
a6000 vs x-t1 comparison (Mirrorlessons).
The Invisible Man from SONY (ActionCameraRumors).
New housing for Sony 4K camcorders by Recsea.

September 4, 2015
Posted in deals

$250 off on the Sony A77II. $10,000 (!) off on the Sony F3.



There is a new $250 rebate on the Sony A77II camera sold by Bhphoto (Click here). And what’s even more impressive is that $10,000 price drop on the Sony F3 camcorder (here at BH). This is porbably the biggest price drop I have ever seen on a Sony camera/camcorder yet.


The new Sony A7rII is finally in Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here) BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto, Digitalrev.

Two new A-mount lenses from Tamron:
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di USD Lens for Sony A at BHphoto.
Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di USD Lens for Sony A at BHphoto.

Sony US lens deal reminder:

A special full overview page can be seen at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).And those are the savings in detail and with direct link to three major US stores:

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-70mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

September 4, 2015
Posted in reviews

Small note: Sony 90mm FE is officially the sharpest lens ever tested at DxO!


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While the 55mm FE lens is the best autofocus lens ever tested I noticed on the DxO interactive graph that the new 90mm FE G lens is actually the sharpest lens in their database. Even sharper than the $4,000 Zeiss Otus lens line!

This also means I changed my mind and I will go for the FE 90mm macro and not for the Batis :)

90mm links:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, eBay US (Click here).
In Europe at Fotomundus, Amazon Germany, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

P.S.: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro OSS G Lens Review by SonyAlphaLab on Youtube.

September 4, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony will also update the 135mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.4 A-mount lenses.


The Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens tested by Photozone.

According to a reliable source Sony plans to update two current A-mount lenses: The 135mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.4. The source did not unveil when those lenses will be announced. But the main improvement will be the autofocus performance (no change on the basic optical quality).

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