August 26, 2015
Posted in deals

Gold Box deal on the Sony 64GB card (US) and on Samyang 85mm f/1.4 FE lens (Europe).



We have new Gold Box Deals today:

Sony 64GB CLass 10 SDXC card at Amazon US (Click here and scroll the bar).
The Wallimex (aka Samyang) 85mm f/1.4 FE lens at Amazon DE (Click here and scroll the bar).
Sandiks 64GB SDXC card at Amazon DE (Click here and scroll the bar).

Not that all Europeans can buy from the German Amazon store!


August 26, 2015
Posted in reviews

Ming Thein dislikes the A7rII: “something designed for anoraks by anoraks, not a camera.”


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As we all know reviewers are all different and it’s quite normal to see how everyone sees a camera differently. For some the A7rII focus is excellent (read Dpreview) and for some it is not. For some the image quality is astonishing (and do not care about 12 or 14 bit RAW) and for some not because they know that in 0,1% of the pictures the lossless RAW compression shows posterization artifacts :)
We read a lot of good things about the A7rII but it’s now time to share a review from Ming Thein who dislikes many things on the camera…but at the end bought it anyway :) Here are just some of the negative A7rII points he mentioned in his review:

1) I have used all of the A7 series cameras except the A7S, and previously reviewed the A7R and A7II in detail. Each of these cameras suffered from significant shortcomings, and the A7RII is no different – though perhaps it has the fewest so far.

2) The menu system is typical Sony. It is passable to those familiar, and completely unintuitive to those who aren’t.

3) Operationally, this does not feel like a fast camera. Every action seems slightly delayed, as though damped in oil. Power on is slow. Reviewing images and zooming in is laggy

4) AF with normal E-mount lenses is not exactly speedy – just the right side of acceptable most of the time, but in even slightly backlit situations, be prepared to wait – and get a lot of false positives.

5) No matter how many times I profile the camera or what I do with the primary curves or HSL defaults in ACR, there’s some muddiness and color indistinction going on in the shadows if you want to extract the most dynamic range from it; on the other hand, if you want clean shadows, you’re going to be faced with fairly early clipping.

6) IBIS unfortunately also complicates the matter of sensor cleaning greatly – though there’s a function which basically shakes the thing using brute force, I’ve already got stubborn dust spots on mine that cannot be dislodged with blower or shaker.


Sadly, the A7RII is not a camera that gives me any pleasure to shoot at the moment, and it bothers me that I cannot put my finger on exactly why. Logically, it ticks all the boxes. Yet it does not inspire goad you on, like the Leica Q, nor does it feel solidly dependable and razor sharp like the D810. It may well be unfamiliarity or a bad choice of custom key configuration on my part, but I suspect that isn’t entirely it. It just feels like a consumer electronic device in operation, something designed for anoraks by anoraks, not a camera.

As usual please don’t be a Sony fanboy. If you feel Ming Thein is NOT right on some points simply argument with reasonable logic. To be 100% fair Ming also listed some positives about the camera on his full review and at the end bought the camera for his personal use.

Personal view:  I do understand some of Ming Thein complains. And I am happy when reviewers highlight the limits of the camera and do hope Sony will take note of it. That said I always see the cameras as a whole package and for me the positives by far outweight the negatives. I have the camera since one week and in my real life use I found it excellent! If you want to see an A7rII review that really reflects my view of the A7rII watch the video review from Luminous Landscape.

August 26, 2015
Posted in reviews

First Nikon G to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter hands-on video by Matt Granger!


Nikon F to Sony E Adapter – with Autofocus & Stabilisation

Our friend Matt Granger (website here) posted the world’s first hands-on review of the Nikon G to Sony E-mount autofocus adapter. Please keep in mind that what you see here is a prototype and has no PDAF support which will be added soon too. So yes, autofocus sucks for now, but it’s a start. I am sure the final version will be much faster and maybe in a year or so we will have very useable ones. A good news for those folks owning a lot of Nikon glass!

The adapter will be sold by end of this year by Commlite on eBay (Click here). The same company alreayd makes a “decent” electronic AF adapter for Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount (Click here).

August 25, 2015
Posted in reviews

Zeiss: “request for the new BATIS lenses is much higher than the production capacities”



As you know it’s still almost impossible to find a Zeiss Batis Lens in Stock somewhere. There are a few in Stock on eBay Japan (worldwide shipment) and with 2 weeks shipment at Digitalrev. That’s it. A couple of SAR readers contacted Zeiss and got the answer that the request of Batis lenses is much higher than the production. So we will have to wait some more time before everyone can get their preorder fulfilled.

In the meantime check out those new reviews:

Michael Reichmann and Kevin Raber share their thoughts on the Zeiss Batis Lenses

Luminous Landscape writes:

I wouldn’t hesitate for a minute to recommend the Batis lenses, but I would say that as a photographer using the Sony camera line you have choices and those choices should be factored in when determining which lens you need. For me, I will order the 25mm Batis lens as soon as possible. The 85mm lens can wait since I already have the 90mm Sony Macro lens. As I mentioned, I have a number of primes already, but I lust after the 55mm Sony 1.8 lens which is one of the sharpest lenses on the market. I am curious to see what Zeiss Batis lens comes next. A 135mm, 50-50mm and a 200mm would be on my wish list. What’s on yours?

Sony A7RII/ Batis 25mm , Batis 85mm and Sony 35mm 1.4 System Tests at

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.

August 25, 2015
Posted in deals

Hurry! Sony A7rII now in Stock at FocusCamera!



The A7rII is in Stock at FocusCamera (Click here). The store told me they have 30 camera on inventory!

Moreover the Sony A7rII will be in Stock on August 27 at BHphoto (Click here). I guess also the other US stores like Amazon, Adorama, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto and son on will have it in Stock about the same time.

New A7rII test:

Long time Canon user Oliver sent me this:

“I’ve migrated from the Canon 5DII to the Sony Alpha 7RII. I’m mostly realise landscapes (at ISO 100) studio portraits (at 100 ISO) and sport (around ISO 6400). I only uses Zeiss ZE, all manual, for which I’ve bought the ring Metabones IV adaptor. I shoot exclusively in Raw and develop on Lightroom CC. My conclusions :
     + 7RII’s focus peaking is effective. I still prefer my microprism focusing screen that I added to my 5DII
     + The 7RII is significantly lighter
     + 7RII’s Dynamic Range really looks better on the field
     + 7RII’s sharpness is better
     + The crop capacity on 7RII’s files is excellent
     + The 7RII’s files at ISO 6400 are quite better
     / The slightest noise 7RII has strengths and weaknesses
     – Taking 7RII’s hand is worse: I ordered a grip (not yet received) for long sessions (studio and sport)
     – It takes twice the time to open the files in Lightroom
     – 7RII’s batteries autonomy is really low
     – The 7RII looks much less solid than the 5DII : 5DII looks like a kind weapon of war while the 7RII looks more like a toy
Olivier DREAN

Gordon from CameraLabs compared the A7rII and 5dsr noise performance:

The Canon EOS 5DSr is exhibiting slightly higher chroma noise than the Sony, along with what looks like a coarser grain. This becomes apparent around 3200 ISO and above and while both bodies are still recording similar degrees of real-life detail, you’d need to apply higher NR to the Canon files to achieve a similarly clean result. Since higher NR comes at the cost of lost detail, this gives the Sony A7r II a small edge over the Canon, although it may not be as significant as many hoped and the extended range up to 102400 ISO inevitably becomes very noisy when viewed up-close.

Full review at Photographic Wanderings:

On the one hand, the A7R II is just an awesome combo of resolution, IBIS and 4K video and worth every penny. On the other hand, it’s too much, esp. for photographers who don’t care for the video capabilities.
So, there’s the rational me calling it overkill. Then there’s the other side of my brain hurting as I wrap up the camera and put it back in the box. Because, despite my reservations, the Sony A7R II is one hell of a camera and if my wallet didn’t say ‘no’ for now, I’d rush into ordering one, overkill or not.

A7rII preorder list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, 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).

August 25, 2015
Posted in news, rumors

World’s first Nikon F to E-mount autofocus adapter will get full A7rII phase detection AF support!


I got great news from the developer of the world’s first Nikon G to Sony E-mount (Full Frame) electronic aperture and autofocus adapter. They are going to add full phase detection support on Sony A7rII cameras! He told me it will take some more time to develop that additional feature. So there is yet no official release date although I expect the adapter to be sold within 2015 and branded by Commlite. That company already makes plenty of adapters which you can find for sale on eBay (Click here). This includes the electronic AF adapter for Canon EF lenses on Sony E-mount (Click here).

Here is a video showing the autofocus at work. But please keep in mind this video has been taken on an early prototype version without PDAF support. Autofocus will be much faster and much more accurate once the development is finished. I show this video only as a proof that the adapter is real :)

More pics:

August 25, 2015
Posted in news

Amazing: First Contax N lens to E-mount AF adapter! Autofocus with all N and 645 Contax-Zeiss lenses!


Fringer launched the world’s first Contax N lens to E-mount autofocus adapter. This means you can now have full electronic aperture and focus control on the whole Contax N lens line up. You can get the adapter for $680 on eBay (Click here). One of the lenses you can autofocus with use is that massive Tele-Apotessar T* 400/4:

Here are all the Contax N lenses you can make work with the Fringer autofocus adapter:
Vario-Sonnar T* 17–35/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 24–85/3.5–4.5 (ebay search link here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 28–80/3.5–5.6 (ebay search link here).
Planar T* 50/1.4 (ebay search link here).
Vario Sonnar T* 70–300/4.0–5.6 (ebay search link here).
Planar T* 85/1.4 (ebay search link here).
Makro-Sonnar T* 100/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Tele-Apotessar T* 400/4 (ebay search link here).

And you can also attach the Contax NAM-1 adapter (here on eBay) on the Fringer adapter. This will allow you to use all 645 medium format Contax lenses with autofocus!!! See the image here:

645 medium format lens Planar T* 80/2 (ebay search link here).

Those are all 645 medium format lenses you can now use with autofocus support:
Distagon T* 35/3.5 (ebay search link here).
Distagon T* 45/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Distagon T* 55/3.5 (ebay search link here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 45–90/4.5 (ebay search link here).
Planar T* 80/2 (ebay search link here).
Sonnar T* 140/2.8 (ebay search link here).
Sonnar T* 210/4 (ebay search link here).
Tele-Apotessar T* 350/4 (ebay search link here).

Here is a video showing the autofocus at work with the Vario Sonnar T* 70–300/4.0–5.6:

Image samples can be found on Xitek. And here are more images of the Contax N lenses on the Sony A7:

Vario-Sonnar T* 17–35/2.8 (ebay search link here).

Vario-Sonnar T* 24–85/3.5–4.5 (ebay search link here).

Tele-Apotessar T* 400/4 (ebay search link here).


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