Sony Savings Sunday: Big Sony a9 Savings Added, Lenses, and More


Sony added ever more camera body discounts this week including $1,000 off the Sony a9. You can see the current Sony offers here and the Sony body discounts here.

Sony Bodies
Sony a9 (Save $1,000):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7RIII (Save $400):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7rII (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a7sII (Save $400):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony a6300 (Save $150):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a6000 (Save $150):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony a5100 (Save $150):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony FE Lens Savings
Sony FE 28mm f/2 (Save $25):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Distagon T* FE 35mm f/1.4 ZA (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Sonnar T* FE 35mm f/2.8 ZA(Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Planar T* FE 50mm f/1.4 ZA (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 50mm f/1.8 (Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Sonnar T* FE 55mm f/1.8 ZA (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8 (Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 90mm f/2.8 Macro G OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony FE 12-24mm f/4 G (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 16-35mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / AmazonAdorama
Sony Vario-Tessar T* FE 24-70mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / AmazonAdorama
Sony 28-70mm F3.5-5.6 FE OSS:
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 24-105mm f/4 G OSS (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony FE PZ 28-135mm f/4 G OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 70-200mm f/4 G OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony FE 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Samyang AF 50mm f/1.4 FE (Save $200):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 35mm f/2.8 FE (Save $130):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 35mm f/1.4 FE (Save $269):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 24mm f/2.8 FE (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Samyang AF 14mm f/2.8 FE (Save $250):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Other Samyang Discounts:
B&H Photo / Adorama

APS-C NEX E-Mount Lenses
Sony E 50mm f/1.8 OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 35mm f/1.8 OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 20mm f/2.8(Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 16mm f/2.8 (Save $25):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony Vario-Tessar T* E 16-70mm f/4 ZA OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS (Save $100):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama
Sony E PZ 18-105mm f/4 G OSS (Save $50):
B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

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Viltrox 85mm f/1.8 MTF Chart, Comparison, and Shortage

Viltrox released a lot of information about their new 85mm lens on weibo and an interesting comparison with the Sony 85mm f/1.8 and Fujinon 56mm f/1.2. They also released an announcement with some shipment issues that might cause shortages so grab one while you can.

Translated: “Heavy struck
The first Sony E-mount AF lens viltrox 85mmF1.8 stm E-mount was officially released on April 12th. The lens will be available for the first time with the majority of photographers, and can be tried on the spot.

Venue: Beijing Exhibition Hall

Wei Zhuo Booth No.: T1208

Due to the shortage of orders for the viltrox 85mmF1.8 stm X-mount autofocus lens, the existing production line capacity is tight, resulting in the delay of the 85mmF1.8 stm E-mount autofocus lens pre-sale date, which opened on May 1, 2019. Pre-sale, we apologize for the inconvenience caused to the majority of photographers. The new production line is being tightened, so stay tuned.”

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VILTROX 85mm f/1.8: B&H Photo
Sony FE 85mm f/1.8: B&H Photo/Amazon/Adorama

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Yongnuo Will Announce New Lenses For E-Mount


The first images of the Yongnuo’s Sony E-Mount AF lenses surfaced today. It is Autofocus and Photorumors believes that one is APS-C, while the other is full frame. Stay Tuned for additional information at a later date.

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Yongnuo lenses are sold at B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama

via Photorumors

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Nissin i600 Overview


Nissin announced the i600 on their international site, but it hasn’t hit the US site yet. The new Nissin i600 is a light affordable flash for mirrorless cameras much like the Nissin i400, but it is geared towards professionals. You can read More below:

“Nissin i600 announce now!

Photographers always eager to try different types of shooting skills. After go through the process of using natural light, they then goal for light which is controllable as well.

Start with a decent profile picture is good enough to feel the different. No need to be fancy at the beginning. So, we introduce the i600. There are Auto, TTL & M modes. Except for on-camera, you can also make use of optical slave with your existing flash model.”

The Nissin i400 should be available via B&H Photo / Amazon / Adorama Soon


You can find the manual for the new Nissin i600 here.

Press Release (Translated): Read More »

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Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm 0.95 Mark III Coming April


A photo of the Zhongyi Speedmaster 50mm 0.95 Mark III was sent to me by a reader and the previous version is discontinued on B&H Photo. The reader also reported that the new Mark III is expected in April.

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New Firmware Update for Sony a7III and Sony a7RIII Boosts Eye AF Capabilities and Adds Interval Shooting for Time Lapse


Sony a7RIII Firmware Update
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Sony a7III Firmware Update
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New Firmware Update for Sony a7 III and Sony a7R III Boosts Eye AF Capabilities and Adds Interval Shooting for Time Lapse
Sony’s acclaimed a7 III and a7R III mirrorless cameras have received an exciting firmware update—Software Version 3.0— that enhances Real-time Eye AF performance and adds Real-time Animal Eye AF and interval shooting for time lapse.

Real-time Eye AF
Software Version 3.0 brings Real-time Eye-AF to the a7R III and a7 III, an AI-driven, enhanced eye detection system that’s based on the results of machine learning. Through machine learning, Sony has created a system that can detect—and focus on—the human eye even if the subject is looking down, partially blocked in the frame, turning or backlit. This feature is available in AF-C mode with a simple half-press of the shutter button.

Real-time Animal Eye AF
As with human eye recognition, Software Version 3.0 brings AI-driven animal eye detection to Sony cameras for the first time. Advanced subject recognition allows the a7 III and a7R III to detect and track animal eyes, and is the first step in a robust animal-tracking AF system. The development of Animal Eye AF performance will continue, increasing the range of animals recognized by the system as well the system’s ability to track their movement.

Interval Shooting
This new software adds a built-in interval timer that can be set for anywhere between 1 and 60 seconds, with a total number of shots from 1 to 9999.  AE tracking sensitivity is available to be adjusted to “High”, “Mid” or “Low” in order to reduce changes in exposure.

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