April 25, 2016
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Zeiss confirms E-mount shorter flange distance brings advantages over DSLR lenses.

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Weeks ago Fuji photographer Sator claimed that E-mount has an inherent faulty design that makes it impossible to design lenses that are smaller than DSLR lenses.

Mike asked Zeiss about the E-mount flange distance influence on the lens design. And this is the official Zeiss answer:

Dear Mike!
We have an answer for you now: because of the shorter flange focal distance of mirrorless camera systems compared to SLR systems (e.g. E-mount: 18mm, F-mount: 46.5mm), some lenses could be designed differently. This could result either in a slightly smaller (shorter) barrel, or in a more complex, higher performing lens compared to a comparable SLR lens of the same focal length and speed. Of course, it is not possible to overcome the laws of physics. The diameter of the entrance pupil is always fixed by the focal length and speed.
Completely new optical designs like our Loxia Distagon T* 2,8/21 benefit from the short flange focal distance of the E-mount, leading to a more compact lens compared to the SLR lens with the same data.
Best regards
ZEISS Camera Lenses Team

This should put an end to the debate if E-mount allows lenses to be more compact than DSLR equivalent lenses! Godfather Zeiss just pronounced the final sentence :)

Links to all Batis and Loxia lenses:
Batis 18mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 25mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 85mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 21mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 50mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Thanks Lucas for spotting this!

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April 25, 2016
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A first real Sony hack removes the 30min video recording limit and unlocks the language menu

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Ma1co from the Personal View forum managed to create an app to unlock the two settings on your Sony camera:

  • Remove the 30min video recording limit
  • Unlock the language menu

You can find the hacked files at GitHub. This is just the start. He may be able to unlock more features in the near future!

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April 25, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

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α6300 -AF Performance Test | α | Sony

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto and Amazon.com.
Lensbaby Twist 60, rebirth of a classic, quirky, beautiful (Tyson Robichaud).
a6300 Engineers’ Interview at Sony Japan (google translation here).
A7r autofocus test (Dario Cannone).
Best tripod for A7 Series under 1.3kg (2.8lb) and over 130cm height (SonyAlphaForum).

Eddie Hobson: https://vimeo.com/162269387 Made in Venice, timelapse shot with Sony A7r and Sony Zeiss 16-35 – video shot with A7s, Sony Zeiss 16-35 & DJI Ronin M.

Richard:My A6000 Time-Lapse app based TL: https://vimeo.com/162937887

Jonathan:I just made my first time lapse short using the a7rii and LRTimelapse. It is to show off Houston after dark. Here is the link https://youtu.be/j2LDd7msMTA

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April 24, 2016
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Crazy deal !!! Sony A7 for $398 at Adorama!

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This is a super crazy deal guys!!! You get the Sony A7 for $398 only at Adorama (Click here to see and believe it and buy it). UPDATE: Adorama just removed the $398 price. It was likely a mistake and I guess your orders will be canceled :(

Reminder: Most of the grey imported deals sponsored by the official eBay US deal page (Click here) are ending today:

eBayDeal
$700 off on the Sony A7rII at eBay US (1 year US seller warranty).
$600 off on the Sony A7sII at eBay US (1 year US seller warranty).
$200 off on the Sony FE 55mm at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty)
$180 off on the Sony 18-200mm at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty)
$170 off on the Sony FE 24-240mm at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty).
$150 off on the Sony 6000 kit at eBay US (1 year US seller warranty).
$114 off on the Zeiss FE 16-35mm at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty)

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April 24, 2016
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Commlite Nikon G to Sony FE AF adapter open box. And new Leica M autofocus video.

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Both Nikon F and Leica M lens owners can finally get autofocus E-mount adapter for their lenses. And here are two new videos about those. On top you can watch the Commlite Nikon G to Sony FE AF adapter Open box. And at Weixin you can see the Leica M autofocus adatper in action. A more detailed video test can be seen on that SAR post.

The Commlite can be bought for $349 on eBay (Click here). The Leica M autofocus adapter will be for sale in a few weeks from now.

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April 24, 2016
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This week SAR readers photos selection.

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Alexandros Apostolopoulos‎
Eleven Poles
Flickr : https://flic.kr/p/Fjv9RJ
Page: https://www.facebook.com/AlexApostolopoulosPhotography/
Sony A6000 & Sony E 16mm

1) Submit your picture with a message and picture here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors or on the SonyAlphaForum image section.
2) Like and comment the pictures from other readers here: facebook.com/sonyalpharumors/photos_stream?tab=photos and on SonyAlphaForum.
3) A selection of most liked pictures by the community and by me SAR admin will be posted weekly on SAR.

Note: When sending a pic feel free to also add a link to your site to promote yourself!

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