Sony Singapore hold a South East Asia (SEA) launch event for its new Sony A7 Mk II on 11 December 2014 at Garden by the Bay. The new A7 Mk II is a hot stuff currently because it is not only a full-frame mirrorless interchangable lens camera (ILC) , but it has integrated our most desired function – the 5-axis in-camara body image stabilizer that we had seen in the Olympus EM-1 and EM-5.
The event had the conference session as usual, and Sony Singapore also prepared enough A7 Mk II for all of us to try out in the Flower Dome. I will split the event into two posts where the first post is regarding the conference press and a quick view of the under development sample FE lenses, and I will give the Sony A7 MK II hands-on review in the following post (I need some time to filter the photos and write the review too 😉 ).
Surprisingly, the Sony A7 Mk II’s body is built of full alloy-magnesium which is only being used on the higher-end A7R and A7S previously. The shot below shows the alloy-magnesium body for A7 Mk II and its 5-axis in-body image stabilizer.
Besides the A7 Mk II, Sony also exhibits their lens collection for the E-mount camera which include those lenses that are under development as well.
Under Development Lenses
Sony has slowly rolled out the lenses to cover the needs for its Alpha full frame mirrorless series camera, like the wide-angle 28mm and fisheye converter, the full range zoom FE 24-240mm, the rare Sony Macro prime lens FE 90mm G lens, and our desperately desired large aperture Distagon T* lens from Zeiss – FE 35mm F1.4 ZA. There is no sign of the E-mount full-frame prime lens 85mm and 135mm, but it is a good starting point that the Zeiss Distagon T* finally show up in the Sony E-mount lens collection.
Existing Lenses and Accessories
The above lenses are the two currently available F4 constant aperture zoom lenses from Sony. The following two lenses are the new Zeiss Loxia 50mm F2 and Zeiss Loxia 35mm F2 manual full frame lenses.
The HVL-F32M (the rightmost) is the latest Sony flash unit which is significantly smaller and lighter than its brother F60M and F43M.
During the conference press, few Sony executives and two guest speakers were giving the talks.
Well, the conference session took about 2 hours, then followed by the most excited part of the event – the Sony A7 Mk II hands on session. The Sony A7 Mk II hands-on review is on its way now, so stay tuned!