June 20, 2015
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Kai reviews the new Batis lenses: ” Bloody awesome image quality”.

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Kai from Digitalrev posted that short Batis Lens review. And he really likes them both!

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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June 20, 2015
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Giveaway: Win a $150 voucher and 5 Free Books with RockyNook!

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Summer is heating up! That’s why the Rumor Network (SAR, 43, CW & FR) has partnered with Rocky Nook, giving you the chance to win a $150 voucher, a free print book, and four more free eBooks!

To enter, jump over to the RockyNook page and use the Giveaway Box to follow Rocky Nook and the Rumor sites on Twitter. For an additional chance to win, enter your email in the dedicated Rocky Nook Contact Form.

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June 20, 2015
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Sony Tidbits… (Reminder: A7rII now available for preorder in Europe)

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SONY A7II + SAMYANG 14mm 1080P Davinci Resolve Grading (SonyAlphaForum).

Reminder: Europeans can now also preorder the new A7rII and RX cameras:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.

Shootout Again! 645D Vs A7R (RiceHigh).
Zeiss 2.8/28 vs Sony FE 2/28 vs Minolta MC 2/28 (Philip Reeve).
Around the world with Sony RX1R (TappedNZ).
So how much light is 1/3rd of a stop? I try and see what difference it really makes (SonyAlphaForum).
The four E-mount lens babies listed on Store.lensbaby.com.
Sony Highlights Full Line of 4K and High Dynamic Range Technologies at Cine Gear 2015 (Sony Blog).

Firoz Ahmad‎:I shot this short film with the Sony A7S + PP6 a couple months ago. https://vimeo.com/127373367

William:I work as a professional freelance photojournalist.Sometimes I do street photography just for my own personal projects. Here is a link to a video I created shot with the Sony A7s at the Santa Monica Pier, Los Angeles, Ca. https://vimeo.com/116312000

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June 19, 2015
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The two new A-mount lenses are in Stock! 90mm FE shipping June 30.

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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.

New 90mm FE lens:
The lens will ship earlier than expected. On June 30 already at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto (previous shipping start was July 7).

Three more deals:
This is the lowest price on Sony SD cards yet. Limit of 2 pieces per customer and deal expires June 21: Sony 64GB (2-Pack) for $78.99 at Focuscamera (Click here)
$100 off on the new Rokinon 100mm f/2.8 FE lens at eBay US (Click here).
For the first time the new Mitakon 85mm f/1.2 FE lens is in Stock in USA via Popflash (Click here).

Updated A7rII and RX camera preorder list:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.

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June 19, 2015
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Interview with Sony managers Y. Hori and R. Noguchi: DSLT development is continuing and A7sII hints….

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First a heads-up: The Sony A7rII and the new RX cameras are now available for preorder in USA and in Europe. So check out the updated preorder list here:
In USA:
A7rII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX10m2 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
RX100m4 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, Uniquephoto.
In Europe at:
A7rII at Sony DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX100m4 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
RX10m2 at DE, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, CH, AT, SE, FI, NO, PT. Wex UK.
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Mirrorlessons interviewed the Sony Europe Product Managers Y. Hori and R. Noguchi. And here are some of the key info they shared:

1) Image stabilization: The A7r II image stabilisation unit itself is more advanced and complicated than the one used on the A7II. This because it has almost double the number of pixels of the A7II. That said the A7rII has same 4.5 step compensation as the A7II.

2) A-mount future: Sony answered that yes they are still developing the DSLT line and: “SLT cameras still offers some advantages like longer batter life, better grip, and whole functionally is still like DSLRs. We believe customers are still there and that they will love these DSLT cameras.

3) Uncompressed RAW: Mr Hori simply says: “I’ve heard of this request. If there is a high demand, we can consider developing it in the future.

4) A7sII: When asked if we can expect to see a new A7sII Mr. Hori answer is: “I hope so. *laughs* Of course I cannot comment but you can imagine, before today, the people wanted in-body stabilisation for the A7r. That was the most frequent feedback from the consumers. So we made this A7r II with even higher resolution. But I cannot comment on future products.”

To sum up: I really do hope Sony will at last announce a new A99II sometimes in September to give the A-mount line a proper “revival”. And on the E-mount front I guess no SAR reader has any single doubt there will be a new A7sII within 6-9 months from now :)

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June 19, 2015
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Interview with Zeiss about the new Batis lenses: “We made them because the A7 system is exploding” :)

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Cine Gear interviewed the Zeiss US manager and here are some info spilled out:

– Batis is a “progression” of the Touit lens series.
– A7 platform is “exploding” on the market. It’s a hot camera mount system and our job is to do lenses for it.
– Also women are interested in the A7 series
– Batis focusing is quick and silent
– Documentary shooters prefer autofocus lenses like the Batis
– Strategy with Batis lenses is not to compete with other lenses from Sony
– Difference between Sony-Zeiss lenses (like 55mm FE) and Zeiss lenses (like Loxia and Batis):  Sony follows Zeiss and design protocol but manufacturers and distributes the lens independently from Zeiss

Both Batis lenses are now available for preorder in USA and Europe (UK/Germany)
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.
In Europe and Asia the Loxias can be found in Stock via eBay sellers (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

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