July 25, 2015
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…(Gatorade commercial shot on the FS7)


Gatorade: “From Running Away to Moving Forward”
from Luminary Visuals on Vimeo (Shot on the Fs7).

Andy (Gatorade video on top):we think the ad serves as a great example of the high level of work that can be done today with a low budget, in large part thanks to the abundance of incredible shooting equipment available for such a low cost.

Today Gold Box deal on the Intenso Micro SDXC 64GB at Amazon Germany (Click here and scroll the horizontal deal bar).
Sony A7 and Minolta 35-70mm review by Philip Reeve.
Took my a6000 and a7ii to a f1 race for work (SonyAlphaForum).
LOL: THere is a man inside the raptorsuite (Dinosaursart).

Ben:There are often claims, that the Raw File compression used in ARW files (c-raw) yields Issues for high contrast capturing like nightsky photography. I want to show, that this niche problem can be overcome and that night sky photography can even be achieved with the venerable RX100M2.
Below you have the links to the original and the developed version of the Image. I used “expose to the right” technique and pulled down the image brightness in post by over 5 stops before starting the rest
of the development. I do not want to say that Raw Compression is a non issue but I want to encourage people to deal with limitations of their camera. Most of the time limitations can teach you a lot about photography.
original: http://WDMyCloud.device2088953.wd2go.com:80/api/1.0/rest/file_contents/Public/Shared%20Pictures/_DSC8239-2.jpg?device_user_id=15291585&request_auth_code=18b8e930099060017c01dffea53d053e1506bec891537fd4bb96a98c875b1228
developed: http://WDMyCloud.device2088953.wd2go.com:80/api/1.0/rest/file_contents/Public/Shared%20Pictures/_DSC8239.jpg?device_user_id=15291585&request_auth_code=c476c043aa43d18a93df7c8e6c04713bdf1105c94784f61faece68c12758b36c


July 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

BHphoto Batis hands-on. 25mm Batis review at Mirrorlessons.


BHphoto posted that Zeiss Batis 25mm & 85mm Lenses First Look video. The store also shipped out the first preorders to SAR readers but they are now all sold out. The next Stock is supposed to arrive sometimes in mid August. I guess we will have to be very patient just like it happened with the still not in Stock Loxia lenses.

Mirrorlessons posted the full Batis 25mm FE lens review and writes:

The Zeiss Batis 25mm is yet another great lens for the Sony FE system. It isn’t perfect and vignetting can be the most annoying thing to deal with especially on the A7r. There is also some perspective and barrel distortion that can be easily fixed in post-production. Otherwise, it provides great sharpness, is perfectly usable at f/2 and has an excellent bokeh rendering when you focus close. It has a fast autofocus mechanism and the OLED screen can be useful for astrophotographers.

Alexander Voss:Real raw’s from the 7r and the brand new batis. Feel free to share. Best greetings. Alexander https://www.dropbox.com/sh/k3ius8dvwvpd1ca/AAALi78kenwjVcAK1141spuRa?dl=0

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.

Loxia in Stock:
Kenmore camera has the 50mm Loxia (Click here) and the 35mm Loxia (Click here) in Stock.

July 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

New Sony A7rII full size image samples (including RAW).


New Zealand photographer Carl posted new A7rII full size image samples on Flickr (Click here). There is also one single RAW file you can download at Proimagenz. He writes about the A7rII:

I had the chance to spend about an hour with the camera today so thought I would blog some very brief thoughts as my time is limited tonight.
Viewfinder – Terrfic, much bigger then the previous versions and really enjoyable in use.
Shutter –  MUCH better, really well dampened and silent shutter is precisely that, no sound at all, nada. Yay!
Feel – as you would expect if your a A7II user. Although this camera does feel a little more nuggety due to its more metal construction. I like it.
Focus – is everything its previewed it would be. With native lenses it is swift, broad and (as far as I can tell initially) accurate.
Adapted lenses – Wow! Incredible! Using Canon EF lenses with the Metabones III the focus was just like a native Canon camera. Very fast and torquey. No backwards and forwards like previous models. I also used the Commlite adaptor which wasnt nearly as quick sadly. Still fairly good and highly usable but not in the same league as the Metabones thusfar.

via Dpreview.

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.

July 24, 2015
Posted in news

“Saker Falcon lite” Canon EF to E-mount adapter coming in August!


Bildschirmfoto 2015-07-23 um 21.11.14

DEO Techart launched a special teaser site (Click here) for their new Canon EF to Sony E-mount adapter.  UPDATE: We have been notified that this adapter will NOT have a translucent mirror. because of development reasons the translucent version release has been delayed til next year.
That non.translucent version called “Saker Falcon lite” will be announced in August. A first picture of the adapter has been published by SAR few weeks ago (see below). Deo Techart already sells plenty of other Sony adapters on eBay (Click here). Including the unique Contax G autofocus E-mount adapter (Click here).


July 24, 2015
Posted in deals

Batis lenses in Stock in Europe. UK readers rebate on the 16-35mm FE.


The German Store Petzval has the new Batis lenses in Stock with Europe wide shipping:
85mm Batis at Petzval eBay (Click here).
25mm Batis at Petzval eBay (Click here).

And UK readers have a big price drop on the Zeiss FE 16-35mm Lens at Amazon UK (Click here).

July 24, 2015
Posted in reviews

DxO reviews the new 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II lens.


DxOmark (Click here) posted the full test results of the new 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM II lens:

As with its sibling, the new lens coatings have had a somewhat mixed effect on the sharpness levels across the field. While it has improved uniformity at 70mm, there are several instances where sharpness levels have dropped. It’s particularly noticeable at 50mm in the mid and outer field position. Overall, though, the lens is good performer. The addition of AF compatibility with the contrast detection AF capabilities of the E-mount cameras (using an optional adapter) and the weather sealing are significant benefits over its predecessor.

The new Zeiss A-mount lenses are in Stock in USA:
Zeiss 24-70mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II in USA at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.
Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM II at Amazon, BHphoto and at Adorama.

July 23, 2015
Posted in deals, news

New Thumb Grip for the A6000 by Lensmate.


Lensmates just released their new Thumb Grip for the A6000 which you can now buy at Amazon US (Click here). The official description:

  • We designed the Lensmate Sony a6000 Folding Thumbrest to allow easy access to all of the buttons, and to quickly get out of the way when you need to get to the top dials. A light push with the thumb swings the rest 40° out from the camera and a light action ball detent keeps the Thumbrest in the opened or closed position.
  • The sculpted thumbrest relaxes your grip on the camera, reduces camera shake and allows slower shutter speeds. Makes one handed operation easier and prevents unintentional button presses.
  • Camera specific design retains access to all controls and does not effect operation of built in flash or articulated LCD screen.
  • Integrated silicone insert provides both thumb grip and bumper between the rest and camera body and the silicone insert in the hot shoe tab provides resistance to unintentional ejection. Machined out of solid 6061 Aluminum rod, then bead blasted for texture and anodized for a tough finish.
  • We suggest using the Lolumina Mini stick on soft release button with the Lensmate a6000 Thumbrest for a more relaxed and ergonomic index finger position (with the finger draped over the button, usually not using the finger tip). See our other listings.

Sony A6000 store link list:
Sony A6000 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, SonyStore. In Europe at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, AT, NL, BE, CH, FI, SE, PT, WexUK.
A6000 Gariz case on eBay in Black (Click here), Brown (Click here), Camel (Click here) and Red (Click here).


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