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September 11, 2013
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Sony A-mount to Sony NEX Speed Booster now shipping. Hoocap for NEX on eBay. Zeiss deals in US.

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Three deal news to report:

1) The Sony A-mount to Sony NEX Speed Booster is now shipping at Metabones store (Click here). An almost must have adapter if you want to use your FF A-mount lenses on the NEX!

2) The smart Hoocap are also shipping. These are Lens Cap & Hood in one single product…smart!
Hoocap For Sony RX1, NEX 50mm F1.8, and NEX 55-210mm (here on eBay).
For NEX Zeiss 24mm F1.8 (here on eBay)

3) Zeiss deals reminder:
Zeiss for E-mount NEX:
$200 off on the Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Zeiss for A-mount:
$200 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 16-80mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$180 off on the 135mm f/1.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$140 off on the 24mm f/2.0 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

September 8, 2013
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Sony myth buster (by Vlad)

This is a SAR readers post written by our member VLAD. As usual feel free to send me your articles at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!
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Sony myth buster

by Vlad

There are a lot of opinions about Sony cameras floating on the net, some good, some bad and many wrong. Given that Sony is clueless as to how to address that, I might do it instead.

Myth I : Sony is overpriced

That is the most common myth and is generally followed by a lone example. The thing is, overall, Sony isn’t overpriced whatsoever. It is easy to make it look so, when you cherry-pick, though. Here are a few examples of gear that is pretty much in line with competing equivalents (of either Canon or Nikon) Zeiss 16-35, Zeiss 24-70, Zeiss 24mm f2, Zeiss 85mm f1.4, 50mm f1.4, 85mm f2.8, 100mm macro, 16-50 DT, 16-105 DT, 35mm DT, 50mm DT and I am getting bored already. Then, looking at the E-mount, except maybe the 24mm Zeiss, nothing is really overpriced when comparing to competing systems such as m43 and Fuji. And don’t get me started on the bodies.

An example of a typical discussion:

  • -  Sony is overpriced, just look at the 50mm f1.4 Zeiss.
  • -  Sony does have a 50 f1.4, which costs roughly the same as Canikon equivalents. TheZeiss is just a bonus.
  • -  The Sony 50 f1.4 is an old design from thousands of years ago.
  • -  It was updated and who cares how old the design is?
  • -  I care, because it’s crap.
    As you can see, you can’t win here. It doesn’t matter that the 50 f1.4 performs perfectly well and that, on top of it, you have the Zeiss option.Another discussion:
    – Sony is overpriced, the A99 should cost same like the D600.
    – Why?
    – It has the same sensor!
    – So, what about the 5D markIII then?
    – The D800 is much better! The A99 must be cheaper!
    – So, sensor is everything, features do not matter?
    – Absolutely! It’s all about IQ!
    – So why does the D7100 cost more than a D5200?
    – Because it’s a better camera, duh!
    Again, no way to win here. It doesn’t matter that the A99 has plenty of features over the D600 and even the D800. And if you manage to get to those, the SLT will be a horrible light sucker, but the fact that the D800 has a terrible live view and no swivel screen (quite useful for precise tripod work and precise manual focus) won’t matter. Gimmicks, you know.Conclusion: Every brand has overpriced products and, depending on how you decide to cherry-pick, you can make each of them look bad.

Advice: I strongly suggest that people interested in the Sony system make the price comparison by themselves, rather than listen to unsubstantiated claims. Depending on your specific needs one system might be more or less expensive than another, but most of the time there won’t be much of a difference in terms of price.

Myth II : Sony’s lens range is lacking

Not exactly a myth, but an over-exaggerated issue. Yes, Canon and Nikon have arguably wider selections. But, for most uses, Sony can cover your needs, not to mention that there are some unique lenses in the lineup. The thing is, the wider selection from other companies means absolutely nothing in itself. It all depends on your needs.

And don’t forget you can use Minolta lenses. Conclusion: Depends on your needs. Advice: Know your needs.

Myth III : Sony’s NEX lens range is lacking and the lenses are crap and expensive

Some of it myth, some not, a lot is exaggerated.
It is lacking, but let’s be clear – there are two real competitors here – m43 and Fuji. m43 is a system that had more time to develop and is supported by two companies and is pretty much the exclusive mount for said companies (not much development on the 43 front). It is easy to see how they might end up having a more complete offering. Fuji has been amazing, and while it does have excellent lenses, the lens range isn’t much wider than NEX’s one.
As to the lens performance, currently there are 4 lenses performing very very well (24mm Zeiss, 35mm f1.8, 50mm f1.8, 10-18mm). Of those, only the 24mm can be seen as being overpriced. Then, we have the usual suspects (16-50, 18-55, 18-200, 55-210). These lenses are perfectly good performers for what they are (helpful hint: they are kit zoom lenses and a travel zoom, all priced accordingly).
This leaves only 3 lenses to be crappy: 16mm (tried it, crappy it is), 20mm (no experience, but judging by samples, it is a perfectly capable lens, hardly crappy), 30mm macro (no experience here).

Conclusion: as I see it, there are at best 2 crappy lenses in the whole NEX lineup. I invite you to compare the prices to Fuji’s or to those of the m43 system and you’ll see that they are not that far off overall.

Advice: when someone tells you that NEX lenses are crappy and gives you as an example the weak optical performance (duh!) of the 16-50, stop listening.

Myth IV : most people prefer OVFs

This appears everywhere, but when you ask people where did they get the information, you generally receive one of two possible answers. Either “many of their friends” don’t like EVFs or this can be “logically concluded” by Canon and Nikon selling more.

Conclusion: …
Advice: take statistically irrelevant data and flawed logic with a grain of salt.

Myth V : OVFs are better

That’s a half-myth. And in a few years it will probably be an almost complete one. They are better for some things. But certainly not for chimping (sidenote: there is nothing wrong with chimping) or manual focus, or displaying plenty of useful information, or… you get the idea.

Conclusion: It is subjective. Advice: Try both and choose.

Sony is a great system. It does have its shortcomings, like all the others, but it also has some unique features.

September 6, 2013
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New Sony RX100MII Nauticam Housing and Gariz case.


If you own the new Sony RX100MII than you have two new cases you can buy!
1) Gariz launched the RX100MII leather case you can buy on eBay (Click here).
2) Nauticam USA (Click here) announced the new Underwater Hosuing for the RX100MII. USA Retail Price: $950. Estimated Shipping Date: Sept 10, 2013
More information is available from Nauticam USA at: http://www.nauticamusa.com.

September 6, 2013
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Sony opened up its camera software!

Sony has now released a “Camera Remote API” for creating apps for smartphones and tablets that will be able to interact with Sonys WIFI-enabled cameras. There is a sample app for Android available. Read more:
Start: http://camera.developer.sony.com/
Developer program: http://camera.developer.sony.com/pages/develop/grid/
The camera API is available for Sony QX-100 and QX-100 as well as NEX cameras (5R and thereafter). it means you can develop a custom app to control cameras from your smartphone, PC, browser, and technically, from anything!
(Editor’s note: hanks to all readers for sending me in the info!)

More QX and other bits:
QX100/10 hands-on at Engadget, Cnet and Trustedreviews, Reviewed.com.
Xperia Z1 hands-on at Engadget.
Sony Xperia test at Sonymobile.com.
Something I missed to report: There is a LVR1 live remote control for the action camera (Sony Germany).

Here are all direct links to preorders in USA/Canada:
QX100: Amazon (Click here), SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX100 at Amazon (Click here).
Black QX10: Amazon (Click here)SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
White QX10: Amazon (Click here)SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX10 Amazon (Click here).
Xperia Z case with QX mount on Amazon (Click here).
Sony AX1 4K camcorder Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
AS30V action camera: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
HDR-MV1 Music Camcorder at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

Here are all direct links to preorders in Europe:
Black QX100 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Black QX10 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
White QX10 at SonyDE, Amazon.de (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Xperia Z1 at SonyDE, SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
AS30V camera: SonyDE.
X9 4K Ultra HD-Fernseher at SonyDE, SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
4K FDR-AX1 camcorder at SonyDE, SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.

September 5, 2013
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I quit…..For today :)

Today I decided that it’s time for me to take a day off from SAR. I really feel exhausted because of the last busy weeks. And to get back some energy for the soon to come NEX-FF, RX and ILC announcement I thought that it would be a good idea to take my 8 month old son and go up to the mountain.

I have scheduled some news for today. But no rumor yet to come because it would require me to be online. Also be patient if your comment will be held in moderation for a long time. Again, sorry but I really need a REAL rest. Thanks you for your understanding!

Sources are still welcome to enlighten me a bit about the soon to come cameras. There are still many things I would like to know like exact announcement date, sensor type and camera name. Just use the anonymous contact form box you see floating on the right border of this website.

See you soon!

Andrea
SAR admin

P.S.: An answer for a source (I..B…): Yes, their Product strategy goes towards PRO and they will launch a new Worldwide service for the PRO segment. I got this from two trusted sources.

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