October 1, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…


Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 II added to studio test scene comparison (Dpreview).
27 Impressive Numbers You Need to Know About The World’s Largest Digital Camera (Explora).
Sony 16-35mm Vario-Tessar T FE F4 ZA OSS Review by Melly Lee
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX500 Review (Photographyblog).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX10 Mark II Review : Introduction (ePhotozine).
The “all-purpose” lens for the A7 series – Sony 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 Review (Mirrorlessons).

Florian:WAITING PROJECT With Sony AS7: http://www.waitingproject.com/fr/page_11971.html

Thomas:Greetings from North Germany! Thanks for hosting the exciting and truly informative Sony rumors site! Happy to receive all the daily updates!
 I’d like to advise you and the German community of Sony shooters of the upcoming travel guide on “111 Orte die man im Braunschweiger Land gesehen haben muss” (111 Places in the greater Brunswick area you must not miss):
 The book is part of the popular 111 Places series of Cologne-based emons publisher (http://www.emons-verlag.de/programm?seite=1).
 The author Axel Klingenberg and me shared the picture-taking job. I did 60 motifs out of the total number of 111. During my work for the book, I relied on the exceptional performance of the Sony A7. The camera was equipped in 95 % of all cases with the Sonnar 35 mm 2.8 prime, my absolute favorite FE all-rounder. A smaller number of the photos were taken with the Sonnar T FE 55mm F1,8 ZA (I adore for its fantastic sharpness) and my Leica X1. I am a RAW shooter and process my pictures with Lightroom. Since I love street photography, I chose the Sony full-frame line-up for its small, unobtrusive bodies and exceptional Zeiss prime lenses.
 If you are interested, you may check out the “Making Of” portfolio for the book project on my website at http://www.hackenberg.info/portfolio/111-orte-im-braun-schweiger-land-making-of/. Here I’ve uploaded a selection of shots for the places introduced in the book that I visited.
Thanks for taking the time to watch.
Take care, Thomas.


September 30, 2015
Posted in reviews

A7RII vs a99 real life comparison by Jack Devant.


Bildschirmfoto 2015-09-29 um 08.35.34

We really need a new A-mount camera and Jack Devant explained on SonyAlphaForum why the A7rII is “not there” with the A99:

I shot with borrowed a7r2 whole day, ca 1400 frames. My main camera is a99 for last 2.5 years (i got two bodies), shooting them in average 70 000 shots per year. Now I used LA-EA3 and my a-mount lenses, 24-70 mm ZA, 70-200 G2 and 300 mm f2.8 G. All of my work was in-doors and stage photography. So, here are my quick observations.


  • IQ is absolutely superior to a99. Biggest difference in low light, for example at ISO 6400. Subjectively 2 stops at least.
  • new focusing system works pretty well. Very low rate of out-of focus shots, most are tack sharp.
  • despite of rumors, 300mm f2.8 G focuses fast and accurately
  • EV compensation control is great! Tactile and accessible. Much better that a99 button plus wheel combination.
  • Live highlight zebra is very useful in combination with fast EV compensation


  • Body size is ridiculously small. My fingers got heavy toll, operating such a small body with bigger lens. Not comfortable at all. Shutter button still in unnatural location.
  • back-plane buttons (review, function, etc) small, hard to find without looking to camera.
  • Battery life is super short. Almost unusably short. Thats because body is small and battery is sooo tiiinyy. Exactly the same battery what is found in my a5100.
  • Shutter lag. I shoot ballet and timing is essential. There is definitely something wrong with that. Missed 5x more jumps and fast moving positions etc what usually with my a99. I used front e-shuter mode.
  • Image review slow. Usually I switch auto-review off, because I have effects-on on the EVF. Still, during the shoot I tried to check photos, abt 50% times, camera was busy, writing files, not able to preview, This was really slowing my work down. Magnification is also painfully slow.
  • a7r2 + la-ea3 does not support my favourite 50 mm prime, Sigma 50 mm f1.4 Art.
  • new focus area modes like expand flexible spot not available, using a-mount lenses
  • can’t move flexible AF spot around during the shoot
  • charger is slow and flimsy. Dual-battery charger with quick-charge capabilities with this camera is needed.

a7-family body is not there in usability and UX scale. Most of the technology is sorted out ina7r2, sensor is superior, but body too small. Waiting for a9 or a99II. If Sony builds mirror-less a99II, I would consider it.

A7rII store list:
In USA: at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Wex UK and ParkCameras.
In Asia at Digitalrev, CameraPro.

September 30, 2015
Posted in deals

(UPDATE: deal over) First $500 off on the new A7rII (Open Box version).


You can grab the new Sony A7rII in Open Box version for $2,699.00 only at BuyDig on eBay (Click here)!
Open Box means: “This item includes all original packaging and comes with a full 1 Year Sony USA Warranty. Box was opened and simply not able to be sold as Brand New“.

UPDATE: Deal is now over and BuyDig raised the price up to $2,999!

And European readers now have a Gold Box on the Sony E-mount 18-200mm and Wallimex 8mm lenses at Amazon Germany (Click here)!


September 30, 2015
Posted in news

Meyer Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 E-mount lens will ship in February!



Meyer Goerlitz successfully founded the lens project via Kickstarter. Now you can preorder the lens at meyer-optik-goerlitz.com/kickstarter_trioplan/. It costs 1399 Euro and will ship in February. Not really a cheap lens. But the lens is said to give you an extreme and unique bubble effect like this:

You like it?

September 30, 2015
Posted in rumors

This could be the 18-35mm f/2.0-2.8 E-mount lens?


Bildschirmfoto 2015-09-30 um 11.14.17

The Japanese site Egami found a new Konica-Minolta lens design patent that could make current A5/6000 camera owners jump of their chair (if it’s going to be made for real!). This is a 18-35mm f/2.0-2.8 APS-C lens for mirrorless system. Konica-Minolta is known for selling their lens design to third-party companies. And it would be amazing if we would get such a fast zoom lens for E-mount!

Of course it’s just a patent for now but it’s about time for Sony-Zeiss to release a fast zoom for APS-C E-mount camera owners!

found via MirrorlessRumors.

September 30, 2015
Posted in reviews

Sony A7rII: Commlite vs Fotodiox adapter autofocus test.


Sony A7RII. Autofocus Test 2. Fotodiox Pro & Sigma 35 1,4 Art
from PDR Photoblog – P De Rubertis on Vimeo.

Metabones adapter are very good and also expensive. So if you are on budget this test is for you: Pdrphoto posted an interesting Commlite vs Fotodiox adapter autofocus comparison on SonyAlphaForum. What adapter works best on the new Sony A7rII?

eBay links to the adapters:
Commlite E-mount (Click here).
Fotodiox E-mount (Click here).

Sony A7RII Autofocus Test 3 – Commlite & Canon 24-70 & Sigma 35 1,4 Art
from PDR Photoblog – P De Rubertis on Vimeo.

September 30, 2015
Posted in deals

Batis 25mm and 85mm lenses in Stock in Europe!


At last! A few Batis lenses are in Stock in via Foto Nurnberg on eBay Germany. It ships to all Europe:
Batis 25mm f/2.0 (Click here).
Batis 85mm f/1.8 (Click here).

UPDATE: Now sold out!


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