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Did Zeiss Leak The First Images From Sony’s Rumored A7R II?

By Anthony Thurston on April 30th 2015

You may remember a little while back that Zeiss announced their new Batis line of lenses for the Sony FE ecosystem. Well, the rumor mill is abuzz with the news that one of Zeiss’s test shots on their Flickr page was shot with an unknown 56MP Sony camera.


The image, as seen above, was posted to the Zeiss Flickr page with an original resolution of 8910×6300. This has lead to many to speculate that the image was originally taken with the soon to be announced Sony a7R II. That would mean that the conventional thought that it would feature the same 36MP sensor as the A7R is incorrect.

The a7R II is expected to be announced within the next 2-3 weeks, so we should know soon enough if this is correct. The interesting scenario here, in my opinion, is if the picture WAS NOT shot with the a7R II. Because if the new Sony a7R II wasn’t used, then what was? The long rumored A9?

You can check out the full res image yourself over on Flickr, here. To learn more about the Zeiss Batis line, you can read our announcement post, here.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you think that this was shot with the upcoming a7R II? If not, what was it shot with? Leave a comment below and let us know what you think!

[via Photo Rumors]

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Anthony Thurston is a photographer based in the Salem, Oregon area specializing in Boudoir. He recently started a new project, Fiercely Boudoir to help support the growing boudoir community. Find him over on Instagram. You may also connect with him via Email.

Q&A Discussions

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  1. Sedric Beasley

    Now Canon really didn’t do anything but; allow you to shoot better quality in a studio environment with there higher MP camera. If you can provide a high MP that cost less then a medium format and still give you the option to switch to smaller file sizes like the D810 can. I might be interested.

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  2. Rafael Steffen

    That is is so crazy! How many users would actually benefit from a 56 sensor. I think my 16 sensor is great for 99 percent of what I do.

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    • Greg Silver

      I agree Rafael, I’m not sure the benefits of a larger 50MP+ images outweigh the larger filesizes that need to be edited and stored.

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    • Gurmit Saini

      megapixel race is like fools gold and dont know where it going to stop, but for me though I am using D800 @ 36 MP, I was very happy with my D700@ 12MP. Anything between 16-22 is just more than enough, or at least for me as a portrait and wedding photographer and for the rest don’t know what they will do with 50 or 60 MP. Well might be useful for some, but for majority of us don’t need that many MP, at least this is what I think.

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    • Thomas Horton


      Don’t let the marketing department hear you. That’s blasphemy!

      (waving hands mysteriously) you need 56MP… you need 56MP. :)

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  3. adam sanford

    I think it’s more likely a leak than anything else, but I *suppose* you could find a bass-ackward way to retrofit one of these lenses on a medium format rig, right? That would also get you those kind of pixel counts, right?

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  4. Dave Haynie

    With Canon now at 50Mpixel, it is absolutely essential for Sony to top that :-) So, yeah, pretty likely. Or maybe the Zeiss guys are just messing with us and editing the EXIF tags.

    But seriously, the 36Mpixel sensor is over three years old. That’s a lot of time to use the same sensor for anyone but Canon. And Nikon’s bound to be clamoring for more pixels, too, particularly if Sony’s joining Canon in the 50Mpixel+ market.

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    • Thomas Horton

      I will upgrade my 36mp camera when it is the MP count that is holding me back… that might take a while… :)

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    • Dave Haynie

      I feel the same way about my various 12Mp, 16Mp, and 20Mp sensors. There are perhaps other reasons to upgrade, but resolution hasn’t been it.

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  5. Brandon Dewey

    it could be

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