January 21, 2015
Posted in rumors, top_header

What Sony manager “X” says about A and E-mount future…


A person I highly trust talked to a major Sony manager (I cannot unveil his name). Now as usual the info spilled out by such “managers” have to be taken with a grain of salt too. They often “hide” or sometimes even really don’t know exactly what’s going to happen in the near future. But the info he shared was the following:

1) Many FE lenses have a larger Filter size because it’s more practical for video usage. And Sony wants to make lenses that can suite well both kind of customers: Stills and Video photographers

2) A High End E-mount FF (rumored to be named “A9”) is indeed on the roadmap for a 2015 release. But he doesn’t think it will be announced from here to March. Before the A9 Sony will announce the price and release of the new FE lenses.

3) In the Sony managers region (can’t name it but it’s big) 80% of the interchangeable cameras they sell are E-mount and only 20% A-mount. Most A-mount cameras sold are A99’s.

4) According to him Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron and other third-party lens makers have more interest in making lenses for the E than for the A-mount system. Mainly because the E-system has little to offer while there are plenty of A-mount lenses around.

5) A-mount sales are just enough to cover initial development costs. While the money is coming from E-mount.

6) There will be new and “updated” A-mount lenses that will mainly focus on improving the lens usefulness in video.

I repeat it. Take that info with a grain of salt. But this is the kind of info that the manager (and likely other too) are spreading around when talking with customers and business partners.


January 21, 2015
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…


How To Configure Sony Autofocus (Moving Objects Or People)

Tiny macro lens on the A7 (SonyAlphaForum).
A Thinner Sensor Stack on the A7r (Lensrentals).
Sony A7 II First Impressions (Photographylife).
Updated Sony SELP18105 F4 review Luxorphotoart.
Quick Comparison – Leica 50mm f/0.95 Noctilux and Mitakon Speedmaster II “Dark Knight” 50mm f/0.95 (Talkemount).
Samyang 12mm f/2 NCS CS lens test at PhotoClubAlpha.
Sony 70-200mm f2.8 G SSM II (ThePhoBlographer).
A7 shoots the Andromeda Galaxy (SonyAlphaForum).
Hawkwoods have released the BP-FS7U power solution for the Sony FS7 (Newsshooter).

January 20, 2015
Posted in deals

Big FE deal reminder: $223 off on FE 55mm and $450 off on A7r.


Two big FE deals at the moment:
Mint Open Box A7r camera with a $450 discount on Samys eBay store (Click here).
$75 off on the RX100M3 and free extras at 6ave on eBay (Click here).
$223 off and 3 year US warranty on the 55mm FE Zeiss at GetDigital on eBay (Click here). UPDATE: Now sold out!

And then we more Refurbished/Open Box stuff:
$200 off on the Open BoxA7 with kit lens sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7r sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the Refurbished A7s sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Refurbished A7 with kit lens sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the Refurbished A7 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$900 off on the RX1 sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$300 off on the RX1R sold by Adorama on eBay (Click here).
$130 off on the Zeiss 55mm FE sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 E-mount sold by Samys on eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the A99 superkit sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).
$600 off on the RX1 sold by BeachCamera on eBay (Click here).
$1,200 off on the RX1 sold by Secondipity on eBay (Click here).

January 20, 2015
Posted in reviews

New A7II tests (Dpreview, ThePhoBlographer, Admiringlight).


Sony A7ii Stabilization Test
from Norberto Peña on Vimeo (Shot with the Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8L IS lens at 200mm)

Quick US A7II Stock note. Body only in Stock at BestBuy (Click here). Kit version at Adorama (Click here).

We have a couple of new A7II reviews and image samples:


While current Sony A7 owners may be groaning because of the quick refresh to their brand new camera, they can rest assured that the A7 Mk II is really nothing more than a further attempt to snatch up the professional market. This is evident in the small changes. As a current A7 owner though, I won’t be upgrading. I don’t really need image stabilization because I’m a very steady shooter and the autofocus performance of the A7 hasn’t made me scream when shooting–that’s a prize that is awarded to the A7r.
We applaud Sony for their innovation, but we believe that they should time their releases a bit better.

Sony A7 II vs. Sony A6000 – Landscape Use by Admiringlight:

I do think it’s clear that, for landscape use at least, the differences between full-frame and APS-C are not quite as big as is often made out to be. On the flip side, this test doesn’t take into account the other benefits of moving to a full-frame sensor: better noise control and better subject isolation with fast lenses, and the A7 II definitely does still have an advantage in image quality here. It’s just rather small.

Real-world samples: Sony Alpha 7 II in Kauai (Dpreview).

USA/Canada A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for $1,698 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore and Sony Store Canada.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for $1,998 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, SonyStore.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G SSM II Lens for $1,148 at BHphoto.

EU A7II links:
Sony Alpha a7II (Body Only) for 1.799 Euro at Sony Germany, Sony UK, Jessops UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Spain, Sony Austria, Sony Switzerland, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Portugal, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Norway.
Sony Alpha a7II with FE 28-70mm OSS Lens for 2.099 Euro at Amazon Germany, Wex UK, Jessops UK, Verkkokauppa.

Asian/Australia A7II link:
Sony A7II at Sony Store Australia, Digitalrev and Amazon Japan.

A7II Gariz case:
You can get in Black (Click here)Brown (Click here)Orange (Click here) and Camel (Click here).

January 20, 2015
Posted in rumors

Sony press conference on February 13 at 11:30 Tokyo time.



The big CP+ show starts on February 12 with the companies press conferences to announce their new products. Sony will actually have their press conference on February 13 at 11:30 Tokyo time (Source: CP+ pdf file). Hiroki Nagahama from Sony will talk for 45minutes and the title of his speech is:

“The world of super-high sensitivity of α7s, and the technology of supporting it”

Sony will surely release the new FE lenses and likely also show an updated FE lens roadmap. My trusted sources got reliable info on new cameras like the High Megapixel E-mount FF, A7000, RX curved sensor camera. But they could not tell me yet when Sony will actually announce them. I am yet not sure Sony will announce one or more of these cameras at CP+. Sony lately has quite a strange policy to announce their camera AFTER the big shows like it happened with the A7II that has been announced 2 months after Photokina. Still, I am confident at least one new camera is coming at CP+ :)

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January 20, 2015
Posted in reviews

First comparison between the new Samyang 135mm lens and the Zeiss 135mm.


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Samyng on the left and Zeiss on the right. Image courtesy: Tystory.

Tystory (Click here) is the only reviewing site that got his hands on the Samyang 135mm f/2.0 which comes in both A-mount (Click here) and E-mount (Click here). The review shows a comparison between the new Samyang and the much more expensive Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 A-mount lens.

The reviewer doesn’t draw any conclusions but shows a very detailed comparison and it’s quite clear that the Samyang is a very good lens! At first glance the Samyang looks a tiny bit sharper wide open and also suffers of less color fringing.

Of course we have to see more tests to draw any meaningful and more “final” conclusion But I am sure Samyang (as usual) has again delivered a very fine lens here.

The new lenses from Samyang can be preorderes at BHphoto:
135mm f/2.0 for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).
135mm t/2.2 Cine for Sony A-mount (Click here) and Sony E-mount (Click here).


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