Zeiss May Have Revealed the Upcoming Sony A7r Mark II and a 56+ Megapixel Sensor

Apr 30, 2015

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Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

Zeiss May Have Revealed the Upcoming Sony A7r Mark II and a 56+ Megapixel Sensor

Apr 30, 2015

Liron Samuels

Liron Samuels is a wildlife and commercial photographer based in Israel. When he isn’t waking up at 4am to take photos of nature, he stays awake until 4am taking photos of the night skies or time lapses. You can see more of his work on his website or follow him on Facebook.

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Earlier today Carl Zeiss Lenses uploaded a few sample photos of the new Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens to its Flickr account, but what’s really interesting are not the images but rather the size of one of them.

While there’s nothing unusual with the rest of the album, one photo sticks out. The photo’s caption states it was taken with the new lens and a Sony α7R, but while that camera features a 36.4MP sensor (7392 x 4920), the sample photo’s original size is 8910 x 6300 – which equals to 56.1MP

Could this photo have been taken with the still-rumored Sony A7r II?

According to Sony Alpha Rumors, Zeiss could have up-sized an image created using a Sony A7r, but they, and I, don’t see the sense in doing so for a sample photo.

Another option which is not very likely is that the photo was taken with the current version, but used some sort of multishift function that may be added to in a future update. Why is this unlikely? Mainly because the multishift technique is mainly with a tripod, and the reflection in the girl’s eye clearly shows this photo was taken hand-held. Remember, this photo is supposed to show off Zeiss’s new lens’ capabilities so sharpness is paramount.

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Taken without a tripod, it’s not likely that a multishift system was used to capture this photo.

The third option is that the photo was in fact taken with the upcoming A7r replacement, and with the rumored announcement date being between “mid May and early June” this doesn’t seem too far-fetched.

By the way, you will notice that the image ratio is not the standard 3:2. This means that if the third option is true, we’re looking at a sensor that is even larger than 56MP.

If the rumors and sensor specs are true, Sony could outdo Canon’s record-setting 50.6MP sensors before the 5Ds and 5Ds R are even available for sale.

[via Sony Alpha Rumors]

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One response to “Zeiss May Have Revealed the Upcoming Sony A7r Mark II and a 56+ Megapixel Sensor”

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    Benjamin Von Wong

    ouuuu exciting