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Zeiss Batis and Loxia Deals for Black Friday

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It looks like Zeiss is in the Thanksgiving mood. Here are the lowest prices ever for their E-mount lenses, Batis (autofocus) and Loxia (manual focus) lines.


Save $300 off on the Batis 135mm f/2.8 Sonnar


Save $180 off on the Batis 85mm f/1.8 Sonnar


Save $195 off on the Batis 25mm f/2.0 Distagon


Save $225 off on the Batis 18mm f/2.8 Distagon



Save $210 off on the Loxia 85mm f/2.4 Sonnar


Save $140 off on the Loxia 50mm f/2.0 Planar


Save $195 off on the Loxia 35mm f/2.0 Biogon


Save $225 off on the Loxia 21mm f/2.8 Distagon

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Rokinon 35mm 1.4 vs Sony 35mm 1.4 Autofocus Test

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Rokinon 35mm 1.4 vs Zeiss 35mm 1.4 Autofocus Test by David Vogt


Here is a quick video comparison of the autofocus systems of lenses at different price points. The Rokinon AF 35mm FE does a great job against the Sony 35mm Distagon while costing much less.


Rokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FE

Sony SEL35F14Z Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA


The major difference comes when the light goes down.





Here are the key specs of each lens.

CombatantsRokinon AF 35mm f/1.4 FESony SEL35F14Z Distagon FE 35mm f/1.4 ZAMaximum Aperturef/1.4f/1.4Minimum Aperturef/16f/16Number of
Aperture Blades99Filter ThreadØ67 mmØ72 mmDimensions (ØxL)Approx. 2.99 x 4.53 in
(75.9 x 115 mm)Approx. 3.09 x 4.41 in
(78.5 x 112.0 mm)Weight1.42 lb1.39 lbPrice$799$1598

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Thanks David Vogt for the informative video.


Sony a7r III Pixel Shift Multi Shooting Mode Impressions

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Sony a7r III in Pixel Shift Mode



We had a chance to fondle the new Sony a7r mark III with the new pixel shift multi shooting mode. Pixel shift moves the sensor one pixel at a time to capture four frames. The four frames consist of the same image with a full red channel, two green channels, and one blue channel. The images must then be processed and combined in your pc via Sony Imaging Edge software.






Pixel Shift Multi Shooting description from Sony.
Pixel Shift Multi Shootingopens a new world of resolutionApplying mechanisms and control technology of image stabilization, this new feature composites four separate pixel-shifted images that contain total data27 equal to approx. 169.6 million, or 42.4 million x 4 (RGGB), pixels to reproduce a single optimal still image of super-high resolution, detailed texture, balanced color, and realistic atmosphere, with minimal moiré and color artifacts. Images shot using this feature can be processed with the new Sony imaging software suite. The im…

Leica Thambar-M 90 on Sony A7 Cameras

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Leica Thambar-M 90mm on Sony A7 by Kazuhiro ITOH
Leica reintroduced their Thambar 90 f/2.2 lens this week. The look it produces is very distinctive, dreamlike image. Posted here is a gallery of Leica Thambar 90 images taken with the Sony A7 cameras via lens adapter. The 1935 designed Leica Thambar-M 90 can also be used in autofocus mode using the Techart Pro LM-EA7 adapter with the newest generation of Sony A7 cameras.

From Leica: The new Thambar has almost entirely adopted the design of the original lens – featuring the same proportions, black paint finish and red and white aperture scales as its 1930s predecessor. The red scale applies when the center spot filter is in place, which diminishes the effective aperture of the lens – for example, from 2.2 to 2.3 when wide open. When working without the center spot filter, the white aperture scale is used. In order to retain its vintage appeal, the Thambar’s exterior has only been subtly adapted to reflect the pared-down character of c…

Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 E-mount Review by Kai

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SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 Review by Kai Wong


Here is Kai's review of the SainSonic Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 lens for Sony E-mount, a bokeh beast as Kai calls it. The lens covers your aps-c sensor found on the Sony a6500. Below you can see the image it creates on a full frame sensor. The aperture is clickless which is good for videography. We would keep it at f/1.1 so the lack of clicks wouldn't bother us. The price of the Kamlan 50mm f/1.1 is very appealing for such a fast lens. Buy an ND filter and keep it at f/1.1.



From the manufacturer, Sainsonic:
Large Aperture - Designed with high quality multi-coated optical glass. Exquisite body features amazing maximum aperture of F1.1, which creates fascinating background blur effect and sharper image quality. No worry about the low-light & night scene, just shoot and enjoy the safe and fast shutter speed.

Premium Optical Design - 11 circular aperture blade, 5 groups 5 elements lens stricture with high quality multi-coated optica…

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 Lens Announced

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FE 12-24mm @12mm/F11 ISO:100 SS:1/30 s.

SEL1224G

Here is the perfect travel lens for those narrow ancient streets, vast landscapes, beautiful interiors, and anywhere close quarter shooting is required. The Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G lens is an ultra-wide zoom lens that weighs over a little a pound - half the weight of the Sigma and Canon equivalents.

The official word from Sony:

New FE 12-24mm F4 G Ultra-Wide-Angle Zoom Lens

A uniquely designed ultra wide-angle zoom lens, the new FE 12-24mm F4 G lens produces outstanding image quality in a compact, lightweight design, weighing in at approximately 20 oz. Sony’s widest full-frame E-mount lens, it offers a dynamic perspective for landscape, architecture and interior photography, and is well-suited for both stills and video shooting.

The lens features an innovative optical design with four aspherical elements that ensure excellent corner to corner sharpness and resolution. Additionally, the lens has three ED glass elements and one Super ED gl…

Sony Alpha a9 Eye AF Test

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Eye AF (autofocus) Test with the Sony a9
Let's see how the new Sony a9 handles Eye AF.



Here is good video on the use of Eye AF.

Eye AF Basics from Adorama


Must Have Sony Alpha a9 Accessories.

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Sony Alpha a9 (ILCE-9) Body Only

The Sony Alpha a9 (ilce-9) is sold body only. Here is what's listed as what will come in the box with the a9:

Power cordRechargeable Battery NP-FZ100Battery Charger BC-QZ1Cable ProtectorAC AdapterShoulder strap Body capShoe capEyepiece cupMicro USB cableInstruction Manual










Here are some items that every kit should have.

Two UHS-II memory cards to take advantage of the a9's dual slots. 1 hr of 4K video will take up 46 gb of storage.

64gb UHS-II SDXC Memmory CardAn extra battery. The NPZFZ100 is conservatively rated at 650 shots per charge. Or you can also get the NPAMQZ1K Multi Battery Rapid Charger which comes with 2 batteries.

NPFZ100 Z-series Rechargeable Battery PackA screen protector.

PCKLG1 Screen ProtectorA flash that you can build a system on. The godox tt350s can handle HSS of the Sony system. It can also be a wireless flash trigger when you add the larger V860II-S lithium ion-powered flash.

Godox TT350S TTL High Speed Sync FlashA lens to…

Milky Way Timelapse with the a7s II

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Dark Skies at Assateague Island National Seashore by Aryeh N.
Camera: Sony A7s II

Lens: Tamron 15-30mm f2.8 lens



Sony Alpha a9 Q&A with Cameta Camera

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Sony Alpha a9 Question and Answer Session with Cameta Camera
Let's learn more about the new Sony a9 and the sony system.

Highlights:

The Sony E-mount has more introduced more lenses in three years than all manufacturers combined.The Sony a9 is more weather sealed than the a7r ii and a7s ii.
Sony a9



No water droplets.

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I was trying to get some nice spherical water droplets but to no avail.

Viewfinder Blackout Sony A9 vs Canon 1Dx vs Nikon D5

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Let's see how the Sony A9's blackout-free viewfinder at 20 frames per sec. (fps) fares against the Nikon D5 at 12 fps and the Canon 1Dx II at 14 fps.



Nikon D5 at 12 fpsCanon EOS-1D X Mark II at 14 fpsSony Alpha a9 at 20 fps

And the videos.
Nikon D5 at 12 fps
Canon EOS-1D X Mark II at 14 fps
Sony Alpha a9 at 20 fps