September 4, 2015
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$250 off on the Sony A77II. $10,000 (!) off on the Sony F3.

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There is a new $250 rebate on the Sony A77II camera sold by Bhphoto (Click here). And what’s even more impressive is that $10,000 price drop on the Sony F3 camcorder (here at BH). This is porbably the biggest price drop I have ever seen on a Sony camera/camcorder yet.

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The new Sony A7rII is finally in Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here) BHphoto, AdoramaSonyStore US, FocusCamera, Uniquephoto, Digitalrev.

Two new A-mount lenses from Tamron:
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.

Sony US lens deal reminder:

A special full overview page can be seen at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).And those are the savings in detail and with direct link to three major US stores:

Full Frame E-mount lenses:
$100 off on the Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 16-35mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-200mm G lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 24-70mm f/4.0 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-70mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$100 off on the 28-135mm PZ lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
$25 off on the 24-240mm lens at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.

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September 4, 2015
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Small note: Sony 90mm FE is officially the sharpest lens ever tested at DxO!

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While the 55mm FE lens is the best autofocus lens ever tested I noticed on the DxO interactive graph that the new 90mm FE G lens is actually the sharpest lens in their database. Even sharper than the $4,000 Zeiss Otus lens line!

This also means I changed my mind and I will go for the FE 90mm macro and not for the Batis :)

90mm links:
In USA at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, eBay US (Click here).
In Europe at Fotomundus, Amazon Germany, Sony Germany, Sony UK, Sony FR, Sony IT, Sony ES, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony AT, Sony CH, Sony SE, Sony FI, Sony NO, Sony PT.
In Asia at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

P.S.: Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro OSS G Lens Review by SonyAlphaLab on Youtube.

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September 4, 2015
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(SR4) Sony will also update the 135mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.4 A-mount lenses.

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The Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens tested by Photozone.

According to a reliable source Sony plans to update two current A-mount lenses: The 135mm f/1.8 and the 85mm f/1.4. The source did not unveil when those lenses will be announced. But the main improvement will be the autofocus performance (no change on the basic optical quality).

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September 4, 2015
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(SR5) New FS E-mount 4K camcorder to be announced soon!

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If the A7rII and A7s are too small for your 4K video recording use than watch out! There is a new Sony FS E-mount 4K camcorder to be announced soon at IBC in Amsterdam! The Sony press event is scheduled for September 11.

interesting to note that the FS700 got a huge price drop (here at BH) while the FS100 is discontinued.

P.S.: Thanks Ironfilm (for the FS100) and Newsshooter (for the FS700) product info (price drop and discontinued note)

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September 4, 2015
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Sony Tidbits…

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Weekend with: Sony 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS

Gold Box on the Transcend 16GB SD card at Amazon Germany.
Sony RX10 M2 – first part of my review and a mini-comparison with the A7S and Canon 1D C (EosHD)
50mm Vergleich von 5 Objektiven an Sony A7 u. a. Bokeh (FotoWorkShop).
Canon nFD 4/300 L (SonyAlphaForum).
Comparing the Sony A7s vs Canon 6D shutter lag for light painting (Diyphotography).
RX100m4 test by German Chip.de.
My new Land & Cityscapes with the A7II (SonyAlphaForum).

Danas:I have some videos made with Sony A7s and ActionCam AZ1. For example this travel video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jWlng3MfGE. Or blog from Bolivia (video coming in few days): http://offtosomewhere.net/bolivian-rum-diaries/

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September 3, 2015
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XEEN Cine lenses are 6K compatible with future Sony 6K cameras.

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New 24mm XEEN on the new Sony A7rII (Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine)

As you know recently Samyang/Rokinon launched the new XEEN Cine lens line. Those lenses are much cheaper than other current Cine lenses from Zeiss and Schneider. Full specs and preorder are available at BHphoto:
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).

DSLRmagazine (google translation here) tested the lenses on the A7rII and added an interesting note. He got informed by Samyang that those lenses are not only superb for 4K recording but they are also 6K ready if Sony or other camera manufacturer will launch those kind of cameras in the near future.

Newsshooter tested those lenses on the Sony A7rII to see if they can come close to the Zeiss-Schneider quality:

In the test the XEEN lens appeared to be warmer than the Sony or Zeiss. In 4K the XEEN also appeared to be the sharpest of the three. The Sony had a nice image and bokeh was quite pleasant, but there was a slightly strange rendition of the light on the phone. To my eye the Zeiss did look more cinematic, but you may have a different opinion. The Zeiss was also the only lens to exhibit obvious lens flares.


XEEN 85mm T1.5 vs ZEISS CP.2 85mm T1.5 vs Sony CineAlta 85mm T2.0 with Sony a7R II. Ungraded

There is also a first impression review at BH Explora (Click here):

I found the Rokinon XEEN Cine Lenses to be well made, easy to work with, and overall I enjoyed the image quality. They rendered naturalistic images with good contrast and a pleasing, slightly warm feel. Intercutting between the lenses required no additional color correction beyond applying the same LUT to the footage. It is my preference to shoot more closed down than wide open, and I did feel the lenses performed best starting around T4, but I was still satisfied with footage shot at T1.5. Overall, I was pleased with the XEEN lenses and look forward to working with them again.

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Full specs and preorder are available at BHphoto:
Rokinon Xeen 24mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 50mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).
Rokinon Xeen 85mm T1.5 Lens (Click here).

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September 3, 2015
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New A7rII reviews: ePhotozine: “fantastic camera”. Richard Auger: “right direction for landscape and fine-art photographers”.

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The A7rII is in Stock at Amazon US and is now on top of the Mirrorless Camera Sales ranking. And here are two new camera reviews:

Film Photographer’s Review by Richard Auger.

I’m excited to have finally found a digital camera system that’s going in the right direction for landscape and fine-art photographers. Because Nikon and Canon stuck with the 35mm SLR format in the early 2000s, as well as the lack of viewfinder technology at that time, people like me have been stuck with the DSLR format. Its an exciting time for digital photography, where we finally are seeing some real camera choices. If only I could find a dedicated panoramic digital camera.

ePhotozine writes:

The Sony Alpha A7R II is a culmination of all the best features from Sony’s expertise rolled into one fantastic camera.

Exploring the A7rII, by a Sony newcomer (DearSusans).
Spanish review at Quesabesde.

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