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Samples from Zeiss 35mm and 55mm Sonnar FE and Touit 50mm Macro

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Zeiss 35mm Sonnar FE on a NEX-7
Here are some samples we were able to take at PhotoPlus Expo. We tried the three new Zeiss lenses which are the 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar FE, the 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar FE, and the 50mm f/2.8 Makro Touit. The Zeiss FE lenses were located in the Sony exhibit alongside the new Sony A7 cameras. Both the 35mm and the 55mm Sonnar FE felt at home on the Sony NEX-7. They were neither heavy nor enormous on the NEX. The Sonnar FE samples were taken using autofocus. Click on them and they are 100% crops from RAW files from the NEX-7. We didn't have enough time with the lenses but the results are excellent.


Zeiss 35mm Sonnar FE on a NEX-7

Zeiss 55mm Sonnar FE NEX-7 Sample
The Zeiss Touit 50mm Macro Planar was stationed at the Carl Zeiss exhibit. We were lucky enough to speak with Dr. Pollman, Zeiss Program Manager, about the new Touit 50mm Macro. He stated that this is their first 50mm macro which can provide a 1 to 1 magnification. The shots below are manually foc…

Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses

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Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses
Zeiss is starting the holidays early. They are providing a 20% discount on their excellent Touit lenses for the NEX system. They are also compatible with the Sony A7 and A7r via the APS-C mode. The Touit lenses are fully compatible, auto-aperture and autofocus, with the NEX and A7 cameras.

Click here to get your 20% discount on the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon and the 32mm f/1.8 Planar for your E-mount system.


Sony A7r Eye AF in Action

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Sony A7r Eye AF in Action
Here's a new feature included in the Sony A7 cameras. It's called Eye AF and it helps one capture that perfect focus for portraits with the camera locked onto the eye of the subject. We can't wait to test this out ourselves. Will it work with manual focus cameras?

Another Sony A7 and A7r Eye AF Test



Sony A7 and A7r Hands On at PhotoPlus Expo

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Sony A7r with a Voigtlander 12mm Lens and Viewfinder
It was a very crowded Sony booth at PhotoPlus. The great thing was the Sony representatives were very accommodating to anyone who wanted to play with the new Sony A7 and A7r. We had our bag of lenses and was able to mount them all on the A7 and A7r - check out the 12mm viewfinder on the A7r above. The lenses include the following:

Voigtlander 12mm f/5.6 Leica Thread Mount on a helicoid adapter.Voigtlander 35mm f/1.7 Ultron LTM.Minolta 24mm f/2.8 Rokkor MD.Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon.Contax Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 Planar with the Metabones Speedbooster and the standard C/Y adapter.Zeiss 12mm f/2.8 Touit Distagon.The cameras were pre-production and the use of memory cards to record the images was prohibited. We wanted to see if I could see immediate problems on the rear tilting lcd but none were glaring.  The only noticeable issue was color shift with the Contax G 28mm Biogon.  We're hoping that this can be remedied with the production m…

Sony A7r Jpeg Samples from Gustav

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Jpeg from Sony A7r, 100% Crop
Gustav had a chance to play with the Sony A7r, 35mm Sonnar, and the LA-EA4 lens adapter. He posted some samples which are straight out of the camera's jpeg engine with +1 contrast and +1 sharpness via the camera menu.

From Gustav:
i have dicided to keep the camera , and not give it back to sony i`m not theoretical technical , but this camera feels superb ,build is very good , i like the sound of the shutter (its not softly)the menu is also easy , and almost the same as alpha-menu

Samples by Gustav on Dyxum using the Sony A7r and the Zeiss 35mm Sonnar lens, LA-EA4 lens adapter, and the new Sony 70-200mm SSM G lens.

Dowload Sony Alpha A7 A7r Product Guide

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Sony Alpha 7 and 7r Product Guide
Here's a nice brochure from Sony about the new A7 and A7r. It provides a lot of information on the technology used for the camera, the new lenses, and the compatible accessories. Download the Sony Alpha A7 and A7r via DropBox.


Sony A7r and A7 Focus Speeds

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Sony A7r with Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar
One of the major differences between the Sony Alpha 7r (A7r) and the Alpha 7 (A7) is their focusing systems. Both cameras have contrast-detection autofocus but the Sony A7 incorporates phase-detection autofocus for a hybrid system which adds speed and accuracy to locking focus. The videos show a slight difference in locking focus for both cameras. More information below.

Sony A7 Focus Speed with Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar
Sony A7r Focus Speed with Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar
Sony Alpha 7rSony Alpha 7Focus system TypeContrast-detection AFFast Hybrid AF
(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)Focus point25 points35mm full-frame:
     117 points (phase-detection AF)
APS-C:
     99 points (phase-detection AF)
     25 points (contrast-detection AF)Sony A7r vs A7 Focusing System Comparison
Contrast Detect Autofocus of the Sony A7 and A7r
The Sony A7r's autofocus system as explained by Sony:
Fast Intelligent AF

Fast Intelligent AF provides extremely fast …

Sony A7 vs Leica Zeiss Voigtlander Rangefinder Lenses

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TechTalk on the Sony A7
TechTalk with Ron Scheffler is currently posting its Sony A7 torture test. The A7 was a pre-production unit so the results may differ from the final product. The number of lenses tested in 1.5 hrs is staggering. The big question for those looking to get the new full frame Sony A7 is, "Does it play well with rangefinder lenses?" Ron tested the heavyweight of the RF lens world from Leica, Carl Zeiss, Voigtlander. Here is the list of lenses tested.

Voigtlander Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f5.6 Aspherical (LTM version which is identical to the current M mount version) (referred to as CV12)Voigtlander Super Wide-Heliar 15mm f4.5 Aspherical M (referred to as CV15)Leica Summilux-M 21mm f1.4 ASPH. (referred to as 21 Lux)Zeiss Biogon T* 21mm f2.8 ZM (referred to as ZM21)Leica Super-Elmar-M 21mm f3.4 ASPH. (referred to as 21 SEM)Leica Summicron-M 28mm f2 ASPH. (referred to as 28 Cron)Voigtlander Nokton 35mm f1.2 Aspherical VM II (referred to as CV35)Canon 35mm f…

Sony A7r with Contax G 28mm Biogon

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Some glamour shots of the new Sony A7r with a Contax G 28mm f/2.8 Biogon lens from xitek.com forum contributors dabpes, robsiqi, and 四核八线程. The Carl Zeiss Contax G lenses are mounted using an E-mount lens adapter.








Pre-order your Sony Alpha A7r here.

How Big is the Sony A7r?

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Sony A7 vs NEX-6 Size Comparison
Or should we say, how small are the new full frame mirrorless cameras from Sony?

Sony A99 vs A7 Size Comparison
Sony A7 Kit with 28-70mm lens




Sony A7R with Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar


Sony A7r Shutter Sound

Sony Alpha 7r Continuous Shooting Shutter Sound
What the Sony A7r sounds like at 4 frames per second.

Sony NEX E-mount Lens Roadmap 2013-2015

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Sony NEX Lens Roadmap for 2013 and Beyond
Along with the introduction of the new full frame e-mount cameras, A7 and A7r, Sony updated the lens roadmap for 2013 and beyond. There are at least 15 full frame e-mount lenses coming by 2015. The first five lenses announced are
Sont FE 28-70mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS SEL2870Kit Lens for the Sony A7 BundleEFOV of 42-105mm on NEX APS-C cameras
Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 FE Sonnar ZA SEL35F28Z $798EFOV of 52mm on NEX APS-C camerasCarl Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 FE Sonnar ZA SEL55F18Z $998EFOV of 82mm on NEX APS-C camerasCarl Zeiss 24-70mm f/4 FE Vario-Tessar ZA OSS SEL2470FZ $1198EFOV of 36-105mm on NEX APS-C cameras. As a NEX-7 user this is the most appealing one.Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS SEL70200GEFOV of 105-300mm on NEX APS-C camerasThe first four will be available this year, they are pictured below. The Sony G zoom will be the 1st of six for 2014 and at least five more lenses will be released in 2015. These lenses are compatible with all E-mount cameras include…

Sony ILCE-a7R Available for Pre-order

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Sony Alpha 7 and 7r Official Video Release

Sony's new flagship camera for the E-mount system is now available for pre-order. The Sony Alpha ILCE-a7R is slated to ship on December 1st with a price tag of $2298. The a7r boasts a 24x36 mm senson able to produce 36.3 megapixel images. Similar to the Sony DSC-RX1R and the Leica M 240, the NEX-a7R lacks an anti-aliasing filter to provide a crisper image.



Follow the pre-order link and get your spot in line for the Sony ILCE-a7R.

We'll have more details to follow.

Full Frame Sony NEX-A7 and NEX-A7r?

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Sony NEX-A7R with a Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar
Sony NEX-A7 with a Zeiss 24-70mm FE Lens