DXO: Sony Carl Zeiss Plannar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA Review

LensRentals first reported that the Sony Carl Zeiss Plannar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA is a great lens and now DXO is backing it up in their database. I am really glad I invested in this lens, but I wish I spend more time shooting it. DXO wasn’t joking when they say it’s a big lens.


Adding a very fast f/1.4 maximum aperture option to the Sony/Zeiss 50mm lineup will be welcomed by Sony a7 shooters looking for a high-performance, general-use, low-light lens.

Costing $1498, it’s a pretty expensive option, and at 108mm in length and weighing 778g, it’s a fairly bulky bit of glass for use on the smaller Sony mirrorless cameras, too. If you’re after the best results from your a7 series hybrid at 50mm, however, the Zeiss FE 50mm f/1.4 is outstanding, delivering some of the best low-light performance and sharpness possible in this category.

The large manual focus ring, MF/AF switch and physical aperture ring with ‘de-click’ option make it versatile for videographers, and for stills shooters its bright light transmission and SSW motor should facilitate excellent autofocus performance even in low light.

Sony Carl Zeiss Plannar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

via DXO

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Metabones Unveils Fifth-Generation Smart Adapters on Fifth Anniversary

Vancouver, Canada, January 18, 2017 – Metabones unveils 4 new products on the fifth anniversary of the original Smart Adapter. They are EF to E CINE Smart Adapter™, EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA, EF to E Smart Adapter V and EF to E Speed Booster ULTRA II.

The headline feature of EF to E CINE Smart Adapter and EF to E CINE Speed Booster ULTRA is a positive-lock EF lens mount carried over from the critically acclaimed Metabones EF-FZ CINE Smart Adapter, a perfect companion to the positive-lock mount of the new Sony FS7 Mark II camera. Read More »

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Introducing The Nauticam NA-A6500

Introducing NA-A6500
A New Nauticam Housing for Sony a6500

Sony a6500 is the latest high performance mirrorless interchangeable lens camera placed in the Sony E Mount lineup.  Similar in size to many compact cameras, the a6500 body surrounds a large APS-C image sensor with fast and accurate autofocus performance.

The a6500 is an incredible camera for underwater imaging (both stills and motion) when paired with the ergonomic, rugged, and down right good looking Nauticam housing. The combo excels at fast action still photo shooting, 4K video, and everything in between. Read More »

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The Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm 5.6 Aspherical Review: E or M-Mount That is The Question…

The Voigtlander Heliar-Hyper Wide 10mm 5.6 Aspherical is a unique rectilinear full frame lens that come for E-mount and M-mount. It is the widest of its kind produced and it caught a lot of photographers, attention when it was announced for Sony E-mount and Leica M-mount. At the time of their announcement, I highly doubted the E-mount version would be the one to buy because M-mount is more versatile, but I was wrong. When a lens is this wide it needs to be tailored for the camera, and Voigtlander definitely made the M and E-Mount 10mm versions differently. Read More »

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Phottix Odin II Firmware 1.01

New firmware for the Phottix Odin II for Sony is available for download. What does v1.01 do?

Fix the following issue: While pressing the shutter button on Sony cameras, the Odin II is unable to trigger Strato II receiver/Mitros+/Indra500/360 in Strato II RX mode

The v1.01 Firmware can be downloaded at Phottix.com.

Phottix Mac-compatible firmware upgrade app is now also available.

Phottix Odin II for Sony B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

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Sony Fell From 2nd to 3rd in BCN Awards

Sony fell from 2nd to 3rd place behind Canon in mirrorless sales for 2016 in Japan according to BCNranking. The 7.9% drop was likely due to the the Sony A6300 and A6500 being the only “new” Sony cameras for 2016. Hopefully we will see a new a7R this year along side an a7S and a7. Canon dominated thanks to the new EOS-M5.

Similaly the Sony action camera didn’t do well against the new GoPro Hero 5 Black and Hero 5 Session.

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