August 3, 2015
Posted in reviews

New A7rII videos (Newsshooter 5-axis test)


Newsshooter tested the A7rII 5 axis system:

In short the 5-axis stabilisation worked a treat. As long as I was relatively steady the system kicked in and provided the extra bit of stability I needed. I found I could move very quickly between shots and get results that looked they had been shot using a shoulder rig.

Alex Pasquini posted that slow motion A7rII test video (via our SonyAlphaForum)

And here is a side by side comparison with the Sony RX1R, Fuji X100T, Canon 6D 7D, NX3000, Ricoh GR by Wayne’s got G.A.S.:

(found via TheNakedCamera).

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.


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Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.


August 2, 2015
Posted in reviews

Cinema5D reviews the A7rII and says you should sell the A7s :)


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Reminder: 3 days only until the new A7rII ships at in USA at Amazon, BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto!

BBC camera man Johnnie Behiri posted the A7rII first impression review from a film makers point of view on Cinema5D. And he simply say:

Let me summarise it for you in two sentences:
– Sell your A7s (or any other photo camera that shoots video you currently have)
– Buy the new Sony A7rII ….

LOL :)
For him the A7rII “is currently the best photo camera that shoots video in the market“. Here is a video he shot with the A7rII:

One more thing: Uniquephoto (Click here) organized a special A7rII launch event with Sony Artisans. If you cannot participate don’t worry, there is a livestreaming too.

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And there is also a first super-super-superkit A7rII buy option at Amazon US (Click here).

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.


August 2, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Batis lens test by Cinema5D (great video), Popphoto, Saihati and Miguel Quiles.


“Those Goddamn Hippies” – DRIFT – Music Video – ZEISS Batis Review
from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

And Nino Leitner from Cinema5D posted that great video shot with the new Batis lenses and writes:

The Batis lenses should be considered by video shooters who need a very lightweight option on their E-Mount cameras, who don’t work with a focus puller or focus marks, or who own a gimbal like a MoVi M5 or DJI Ronin, as the low weight is perfect for these devices. Photographers who shoot on E-Mount cameras like the A7 series should get the Batis lenses if they are looking for decent autofocus, low weight and a very sexy new kind of bokeh. It goes without saying that these lenses are extremely sharp, which is usually ZEISS’s top priority when designing lenses. They are certainly not as sharp as the OTUS line, but they also come in in a different price bracket!

Popphoto posted a short Batis lens hands-on report:

In terms of sharpness, my eyeball tests suggests what you might already suspect: When you get the focus right, both lenses are extremely sharp, even under scrutiny available thanks to the A7r’s big resolution. The bokeh on both lenses is nice and smooth, with round specular highlights thanks to the circular aperture.

Miguel Quiles shot a BTS video for Rangefinder Magazine using the new Batis 85 and the A7II:

Fe 90 vs Batis 85 AF by Ahmed Saihati on Vimeo.

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 2, 2015
Posted in news

This week SAR readers photos selection.


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Sony NEX-5N + E 35mm f1.8 OSS
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August 1, 2015
Posted in deals

Sony A7s sells for $1799. Corrected deal: $30 off on Sigma lenses.


There is a new special Ebay Deal of the day: You get the Sony A7s for $1799 at GetDigital eBay (Click here). It’s a grey imported product with full 1 year US warranty. $700 off…some of you will not care about the fact it’s grey imported with such a big saving!

And an important correction: There was a technical error on the special deal I prepared with Adorama on Sigma E-mount lenses. It should now be fixed: You have to use the Coupon code “FTWEEKEND” at checkout and within Sunday 11.59 PM EST. This will the final price of the lens:
Coupon price $179 (-$20) on the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 DN ART (Click here).
Coupon price $179 (-$30) on the Sigma 60mm f/2.8 DN ART (Click here).

Reminder: Sony A3000 with kit lens for $245 at Amazon US (Click here).

August 1, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Store US will close on August 28…forever!


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Sony decided to close their online store on August 28. Full info can be read here: All preorders will be fulfilled but from August 28 they will no more sell Sony products on their online site. I am yet not 100% sure but I also heard the same thing could happen in Sony European Stores soon too.

The reason for that is that Sony changed their sales strategy. They made big partnerships with major retailers and they feel it’s best for them to sell the products through them. I am not sure if that is a wise decision. But I certainly am not a marketing guy.

August 1, 2015
Posted in rumors

Speculation: Next 85mm f/1.4 G lens to be trimmed for bokeh like the Minolta STF lens?


The Sony 135mm f/2.8 STF lens[/shoplink] (image Photozone).

One source told us the next Sony 85mm f/1.4 FE lens will be trimmed for extreme bokeh. So let me speculate a bit: It may be possible that this will be the first Sony STF lens after the 135mm f/2.8 STF (here on eBay).

Photozone explains well why this 135mm lens is so special:

The lens has a so-called apodisation optics using one APD element. APD elements resemble neutral density filters which become thicker the more you move towards the perimeter thus reducing the amount of light passing through. Out-of-focus circles are therefore (comparatively) defined in the center but are gradually loosing light towards the edges thus producing a very silky bokeh (out-of-focus blur) – the primary sense of existence of this lens.

as a result

The Sony 135mm f/2.8 [T/4.5] STF is the ultimate cream machine. Regarding the quality of its bokeh (out-of-focus blur) it outclasses all other lenses tested to date so if this is a #1 priority for you just bow to the inevitable and go for it to enjoy images as smooth as silk. That said it doesn’t stop here. The lens is extremely sharp even at max. aperture and neither vignetting, distortion nor lateral CAs are something to worry about in field conditions. 

Sounds great…and expensive(!) if Sony will really make such a lens…

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