September 2, 2015
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First Tamron 35mm and 45mm f/1.8 lens image samples and full details.

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Today Tamron announced two new great A-mount primes which could be interesting for E-mount camera owners too because we don’t have cheap and fast native E-mount primes yet. So first of all you can preorder them now here:
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.

To see all specs and some really great image samples check out here:
Tamron SP 35mm f/1.8 Di special Tamron page (Click here).
Tamron SP 45mm f/1.8 Di special Tamron page (Click here).
If you read German there is a greta test over at Blog.krolop-gerst.com. The reviewer says the lens quality is superb and easily resolves the 50MP from the Canon 5dsr. So if you are going to use this on the Sony A7rII you will be fine!

And this is Tamron’s official introduction video (note the lens comes for Nikon and Canon mounts too)

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September 2, 2015
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Sony A7rm2 now in Stock at Amazon US! Also list the Batis 25mm (with no idea when it ships).

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The new Sony A7rII is finally in Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here). And also the Batis 25mm got listed at Amazon US (Click here). But there is no preorder option yet and it says: “We don’t know when or if this item will be back in stock.“.
A7rII in Stock also at BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto, Digitalrev.

Reminder: A-mount folks got two new lenses from Tamron today!
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.

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September 2, 2015
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Great announcement! Tamron launches two nice 35mm and 45mm SP f/1.8 A-mount primes!

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Today is a good day for A-mount owners! Tamron just announced two great prime lenses:
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.

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Full details are disclosed at Explora (Click here). There is also a Hands-on at ResourceMag with some image samples:

The lenses take very, very sharp photos. The bokeh is incredible and the lenses themselves are wonderfully light weight. Specifically, the 35mm is a fun lens to shoot with, feels great on my camera, and I’m absolutely loving what it does for my images.

Here is the description of the 35mm lens:

An update to a classic wide-angle prime, the Sony A mount SP 35mm f/1.8 Di USD from Tamron pairs the versatile focal length with a sophisticated optical layout for enhanced image quality. One Low Dispersion element, one eXtra Low Dispersion element, and two aspherical elements help to control a variety of aberrations and distortions for consistent and even illumination and sharpness, as well as reduced color fringing, and eBAND and BBAR coatings work to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity.

Complementing the imaging capabilities, this 35mm f/1.8 lens is also characterized by a ring-type USD motor, which provides quick, quiet autofocus performance with full-time manual focus capabilities. An inner focusing design and Floating System are also used, and aid in achieving a minimum working distance of 7.9″ with a maximum magnification of 1:2.5. The lens’ construction is also notable in its inclusion of various seals to protect against moisture, as well as a fluorine-coated front element to guard against fingerprints, smudging, and water.

A wide-angle prime, this 35mm lens is designed for full-frame Sony A mount DSLRs, and is also compatible with APS-C models where it will provide a 52.5mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also avails selective focus control.
One LD (Low Dispersion) element helps to minimize chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity with reduced color fringing.
Two aspherical elements correct for spherical and comatic aberrations, as well as distortion, for consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination throughout the aperture range, as well as a reduction of sagittal comatic flare.
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy.
Ring-type USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor is employed for fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance that benefits both stills and video recording. This motor also enables full-time manual focus control without having to shift into a dedicated MF mode.
A Floating System is employed that moves a single group of elements to control focus in order to provide faster AF response as well as working distance of 11.4″ and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.4 for enhanced close-up shooting.
Moisture-resistant construction incorporates seals around the lens mount and other areas to benefit working in inclement conditions. Additionally, a fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element to repel water, fingerprints, and smudges for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm produces a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron software is included with the lens, which, aside from enabling basic raw processing and image adjustments, works to specifically correct for various aberrations, including color fringing, distortion, and peripheral light fall-off, using dedicated optical data from Tamron’s SP-series of lenses.

Here is the description of the 45mm lens:

Slightly wider than the venerable 50mm standard focal length, the Sony A mount SP 45mm f/1.8 Di USD from Tamron presents a unique perspective and pairs it with a sophisticated optical layout for enhanced image quality. One Low Dispersion element and two aspherical elements help to control a variety of aberrations and distortions for consistent and even illumination and sharpness, as well as reduced color fringing, and eBAND and BBAR coatings work to suppress flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color fidelity.

Complementing the imaging capabilities, this 45mm f/1.8 lens is also characterized by a ring-type USD motor, which provides quick, quiet autofocus performance with full-time manual focus capabilities. An inner focusing design and Floating System are also used, and aid in achieving a minimum working distance of 11.4″ with a maximum magnification of 1:3.4. The lens’ construction is also notable in its inclusion of various seals to protect against moisture, as well as a fluorine-coated front element to guard against fingerprints, smudging, and water.

A normal-length prime, this 45mm lens is designed for full-frame Sony A mount DSLRs, and is also compatible with APS-C models where it will provide a 67.5mm equivalent focal length.
Fast f/1.8 maximum aperture benefits working in low-light conditions and also avails selective focus control.
One LD (Low Dispersion) element helps to minimize chromatic aberrations in order to achieve greater clarity with reduced color fringing.
Two aspherical elements correct for spherical and comatic aberrations, as well as distortion, for consistent edge-to-edge sharpness and illumination throughout the aperture range, as well as a reduction of sagittal comatic flare.
eBAND (Extended Bandwidth & Angular-Dependency) and BBAR (Broad-Band Anti-Reflection) coatings have been applied to lens elements to reduce surface reflections and prevent lens flare and ghosting for increased contrast and color accuracy.
Ring-type USD (Ultrasonic Silent Drive) motor is employed for fast, precise, and quiet autofocus performance that benefits both stills and video recording. This motor also enables full-time manual focus control without having to shift into a dedicated MF mode.
A Floating System is employed that moves a single group of elements to control focus in order to provide faster AF response as well as working distance of 11.4″ and maximum magnification ratio of 1:3.4 for enhanced close-up shooting.
Moisture-resistant construction incorporates seals around the lens mount and other areas to benefit working in inclement conditions. Additionally, a fluorine coating has been applied to the front lens element to repel water, fingerprints, and smudges for easier cleaning of the lens surface.
Rounded nine-blade diaphragm produces a pleasing out-of-focus quality when working with shallow depth of field techniques.
SILKYPIX Developer Studio 4.0 for Tamron software is included with the lens, which, aside from enabling basic raw processing and image adjustments, works to specifically correct for various aberrations, including color fringing, distortion, and peripheral light fall-off, using dedicated optical data from Tamron’s SP-series of lenses.

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September 2, 2015
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Sony Launches “Alpha Universe” Community Site to Engage, Empower and Inspire Photo and Video Enthusiasts.

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Sony launched a new Sony Alpha Universe site! It is a new Sony Alpha online community portal and here is the full press text from Sony:

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SAN DIEGO, Sept. 1, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Sony Electronics today has officially launched the “Alpha Universe” website (www.alphauniverse.com), an online community site that will serve as a window into the world of the Sony Alpha brand.

The site will feature a variety of engaging photography, videography, instructional and news content designed to educate, inspire and empower individuals throughout the greater imaging community.  Highlights include a blog-style home page for feature stories, a continually refreshed “Social” page that showcases select #SonyAlpha posts from various social platforms, an “Artisans” page that features profiles and portfolios from Sony’s Artisans of Imagery and an interactive calendar outlining Sony digital imaging events throughout the United States.

“Today’s photo and video enthusiasts are utilizing Sony cameras to capture imagery with a level of detail and resolution that they never could have imagined,” said Neal Manowitz, Deputy Vice President of digital imaging at Sony Electronics.  “Alpha Universe gives us an ideal platform to showcase their work.  Featuring an innovative and artistic design, the new site shines a bright spotlight on our growing army of ambassadors and their passion for the Sony Alpha brand.”

Alpha Universe will source its content directly from a variety of contributors, influencers and working professionals while also repurposing and reposting relevant articles and videos from throughout the online community.  It will also become the chief outlet for exclusive breaking news and information direct from the Sony imaging team.  The main sections/tabs of the site are as follows:

  • Home – A “blog style” format with continually refreshed feature stories and upcoming events, plus a link to apply for Sony’s PRO Support service program for working professionals.
  • Artisans – The new in-depth homepage for Sony’s rapidly evolving and expanding Artisans of Imagery program. This page features profiles of all 40+ Sony Artisans of Imagery including artist bios, feature galleries and videos.
  • Social – This highly visual page will showcase a curated social media livestream of photos that have been tagged with #SonyAlpha by customers throughout the world, ranging from amateurs to pros.
  • Calendar – An interactive calendar that highlights all Sony Imaging events taking place throughout the country, including retail events, trade shows, Artisan workshops and speaking engagements and more. Users have the ability to filter and search by zip code.
  • Discover – An engaging archive page hosting all historical Alpha Universe stories. Particularly useful for those looking to expand their photography / videography knowledge of a certain topic, site visitors can easily search and access content based on a series of pre-selectable keywords/categories.
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September 2, 2015
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Sony IFA live streaming now (don’t expect too much)

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Sony is now live streaming a press conference! Check it out here: https://community.sony.de/t5/neuigkeiten-von-sony/ifa-2015/ba-p/1999858

Major Photo stuff will be announced at PhotoPlus. So I don’t think we can hope to get the A6xxx today…probably just new smartphones, action cameras and that kind of stuff will be announced!

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September 2, 2015
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Sony RX10II sensor reviewed at DxO. Beats the rest of the crowd.

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DxO (Click here) posted the RX10m2 sensor test results. It beats the rest of the competition and scores a 1 single point better than it’s predecessor.

Although detractors may gripe about the lack of any real improvements in sensor performance over its predecessor, the new stacked-type back-illuminated sensor in Sony Cyber-shot RX10 II performs particularly well, given the advances from the high-speed readout. Such advances include high bit-rate 4K (UHD) recording, ”slo-mo” recording, and lowered distortion or skew effects from rolling shutter. While the design has allowed the addition of the necessary electronics, there has been no negative impact on sensor performance. In fact, the noise floor, color sensitivity and dynamic range remain more or less unchanged over its conventional back-illuminated predecessor.

New RX10m2 reviews have been posted by WexUK and at Thephoblographer. SPanish RX10m2 review at Foto DNG. Spanish review on Youtube.

RX cameras store links:
In USA:
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaFocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
RX100m4 at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK.
RX10m2 at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK.
In Asia at:
RX10m2 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.
RX100m4 at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

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September 2, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Sony RX100IV NYC 4K Video Sample

New Hawkwoods Sony a7S power solution (Newsshooter).
Boiling hot and bitter cold (Zeiss Blog).
Catholic Youtubers post the worst anti-gay marriage film ever… (TheNakedCamera).
Jana, Jil and Julian with the Minolta MC 35mm 1.8 HH on a Sony A7 (SonyAlphaForum).
Sony A7 and Canon 20mm review by Philip Reeve.

Memo:Hi Andrea my name is Memo, I take pictures using Sonya6000. I star shooting with sony 3 years ago Sony NEX3 ….. love ur website always active & interesting…….hope you got a min and take a look at my pictures on my new website  – www.memoortega.com – …thank u !!!

Finn:I tested the A7s with the new DJI ronin firmware update: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fjLLUW8aiW4

James:Surprised when I checked out the DPReview and checked out what the most highly rated camera was: the unsung Sony A77II! http://www.dpreview.com/products/slrs/statistics/highestrated

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