Sony announces trio of new alpha mount lenses, a new compact flash, and a wired remote commander.

Availability for these new products has only been announced for Europe (March 2013), rest of the world is TBA

Sony Press Release: 

Full-frame G Lens 70-400mm telephoto zoom; Full-frame Carl Zeiss Planar 50mm F1.4; DT 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 standard zoom; compact add-on flash and remote commander. . . . read more

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The build quality is impeccable, the image quality overall is something to brag about to all your friends, and it’s a lens that you will never get tired of using.

"Overall lens sharpness is exceptional and gets better down to f5.6. In our real life tests, we saw excellent sharpness in the corners and the center area. Additionally, the lens resolved tons of detail–which sometimes made retouching a bit more work than we’d typically like. For the simplest workflow, we used Perfectly Clear. For the best results in camera, use studio lights to add more specular highlights to your image and therefore bring out more details and enhance perceived sharpness. . . . read more

Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* AF Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The Sony 135mm f1.8 couldn’t be a better lens for Sony’s current lineup of cameras. Not only is it super sharp, but it is extremely well built and focuses fast.

"The Sony 135mm f1.8 exhibits some of the sharpest lens performance I’ve seen from any optic at f1.8 (wide open). With that said though, you’ll need to keep in mind a couple of parameters when shooting this wide open:

- Because you’re lens is so long, you’ll need to shoot at a higher shutter speed to compensate for camera shake despite the fact that the A99 has stabilization on the sensor. . . . read more

Sony Sal20tc AND SAL14 1.4X Tele converters review by Kurt Munger: Expensive and limited functionality, but very good optics.

"I like the 1.4X TC, it does what it's supposed to do, and that's providing extra focal length with real resolution increases.  It comes at a cost though, and that's not just one stop of light loss, it's really two stops (or 3 with the 2.0X) as you can see above.  You need to stop down one extra stop to clear up the spherical aberration.  The 2.0X isn't so useful on the zoom lens, maybe it is on the 300mm F/2.8, I haven't been able to review that lens yet. . . . read more

Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM review at photodo

Sony DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM review at photodo

"Sony's DT 50mm f/1.8 SAM lens boasts a smooth autofocus motor (SAM), bright f/1.8 maximum aperture and lightweight construction all for around £145. It is designed for Sony's range of APS-C DSLRs and so cannot be used on a full frame camera. The SAM focusing system is compatible with Sony's cameras that rely on the lens having a motor built in to focus, such as their NEX range of

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Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM review at photodo

"Sony's 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G SSM lens is one of their line of professional quality lenses, sporting sturdy build quality and a fast silent focusing motor for a price tag of around £730, making it one of the most expensive 70-300mm lenses available at the moment. Here Gary Wolstenholme will investigate whether the performance and build of this lens justifies the high price tag.

This popular focal range is well catered for by third-party manufacturers with all of them offering lenses

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Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 review at photodo

Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 review at photodo

:Sony's DT 16-105mm f/4.5-5.6 is a general 'walk about' lens that costs around £480 and covers popular focal lengths equivalent to a 24-157.4mm lens on a full-frame camera. Lenses like this tend to be a popular upgrade for those looking for a little more than their typical 18-55mm kit lens offers in terms of focal length. Having a larger zoom range like this also minimises the need to change lenses, . . . read more

Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM Macro review at photodo

Sony DT 30mm f/2.8 SAM Macro review at photodo

"Available for under £160, Sony's 30mm Macro will surely appeal to photographers on a budget who would like a lens to give them a good introduction to macro photography. It is only compatible with Sony SLRs that have an APS-C sized sensor such as the Alpha A230, A330, etc.

None of the third-party manufacturers currently offer a Sony-compatible macro optic comparable on price or specification at the moment. The nearest match is Sigma's 50mm f/2.8 macro lens, which costs . . . read more

Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM review at photodo

Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM review at photodo

"Replacing Sony's 18-70mm as the standard kit lens bundled with their digital SLRs, the 18-55mm was released as a better quality replacement that is also more compact and lightweight. If you were to buy one on its own, as a replacement or an upgrade, it would set you back just under £130.For a few extra pennies - actually 600 extra pennies as it costs £190 - will get you Sigma's 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS, which has

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Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM review at photodo

Sony DT 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 SAM review at photodo

"Replacing Sony's 18-70mm as the standard kit lens bundled with their digital SLRs, the 18-55mm was released as a better quality replacement that is also more compact and lightweight. If you were to buy one on its own, as a replacement or an upgrade, it would set you back just under £130.For a few extra pennies - actually 600 extra pennies as it costs £190 - will get you Sigma's 18-50mm f/2.8-4.5 DC OS, which has . . . read more

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