Sony A7 MK II South East Asia Launch Event
Sony A7 MK II Launch Event

Sony A7 MK II South East Asia Launch Event

Sony Singapore hSony Singapore holds a Southeast Asia (SEA) launch event for its new Sony A7 II on 11 December 2014 at Garden by the Bay. The new Sony A7 II is currently hot stuff because it is not only a full-frame mirrorless interchangeable lens camera (ILC), but it has integrated the 5-axis in-camera body image stabilizer we had seen in the Olympus EM-1 and EM-5.

Sony A7 II Launch Event
Sony A7 II Launch Event

The event had the conference session as usual, and Sony Singapore also prepared enough Sony A7 II for all of us to try out in the Flower Dome. I split the event into two posts. The first post is about the conference press and a quick view of the underdevelopment sample FE lenses. The second post is the Sony A7 II hands-on review (I need some time to filter the photos and write the review, too 😉 ).

Sony A7 II
Sony A7 II
Sony A7 II Gallery
Sony A7 II Gallery

Surprisingly, the Sony A7 II’s body is built of full alloy-magnesium. It is only used on the higher-end Sony A7R and A7S previously. The shot below shows the alloy-magnesium body, and its 5-axis in-body image stabilizer.

Sony A7 ii Alloy-Magnesium Body and 5-Axis IS
Alloy-Magnesium Body and 5-Axis IS

Besides the camera, Sony also exhibits their lens collection for the E-mount cameras, including those lenses that are under development as well.

Lens Collection
Lens Collection

Under Development Lenses

FE 28mm F2
FE 28mm F2
Fisheye Lens Convertor
Fisheye Lens Converter (for FE28mm F2)
FE 24-240mm F3.5-F6.3 OSS
FE 24-240mm F3.5-F6.3 OSS
FE 90mm Macro G OSS
FE 90mm Macro G OSS
Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA
Zeiss Distagon T* FE 35mm F1.4 ZA

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

FE 70-200mm G F4 OSS(Left), FE Power Zoom 28-135mm F4 G OSS (Right)
FE 70-200mm G F4 OSS(Left), FE Power Zoom 28-135mm F4 G OSS (Right)

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.

Zeiss Loxia FE 50mm Manual Lens
Zeiss Loxia FE 50mm Manual Lens
Zeiss Loxia FE 35mm Manual Lens
Zeiss Loxia FE 35mm Manual Lens
Flash Units - HVL-F60M, F43M, F32M (from left to right)
Flash Units – HVL-F60M, F43M, F32M (from left to right)

The HVL-F32M (the rightmost) is the latest Sony flash unit which is significantly smaller and lighter than its brother F60M and F43M.

Conference Press

During the conference press, few Sony executives and two guest speakers were giving the talks.

Sony South East Asia Managing Director - Naoki Sekiguchi
Sony SEA Managing Director – Naoki Sekiguchi
Sony A-mount 300mm Test Shot on Sony A7 II - Takashi Yasuda - Sony SEA General Manager
Sony A-mount 300mm Test Shot on A7 II – Takashi Yasuda – Sony SEA General Manager
Sony A7 II Function Introduction - Kavid Yan - Sony SEA Assistant Manager
Function Introduction – Kavid Yan – Sony SEA Assistant Manager
Sony Global Image Ambassador - Sanjit Das
Sony Global Image Ambassador – Sanjit Das
Pilar Tuason - Sony Philippine Ambassdor
Pilar Tuason – Sony Philippine Ambassador

Well, the conference session took about 2 hours, then followed by the most excited part of the event – the Sony A7 II hands on session. The hands-on review is on its way now, so stay tuned!

This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. So is a7 mark II available at singapore already? I’m going there by the end of the month. How much is it compared to japan?

    1. Yes, body only is selling at SGD 2,149 in Singapore compare to Japan’s SGD 2,100. If I remember correctly, Sony Singapore is having promotion for A7 ii that give a free extra battery worth SGD120.

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