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October 14, 2011
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Sigma announces a compatibility service for the A77 and A65 cameras.

Sigma Japan (Click here) announced that many of the current Sigma lenses are having autofocus issues with the new A77 and A65 cameras. A bit below you can read a list of the affected lenses. Sigma will offer a free service to fix the lenses. All future Sigma packages will have the logo on top whenever the lenses ahas been already made compatible with the A77 and A65 cameras.

These are the non compatible lenses:
2,8/4,5 mm EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE HSM
2,8/10 mm EX DC FISHEYE HSM
3,5/10-20 mm EX DC HSM
2,8/17-50 mm EX DC OS HSM
2,8-4/17-70 mm DC MACRO HSM
2,8-4/17-70 mm DC MACRO OS HSM
2,8-4,5/18-50 mm DC OS HSM
3,8-5,6/18-125 mm DC HSM
3,5-6,3/18-250 mm DC OS HSM
2,8/24-70 mm IF EX DG HSM
1,4/50 mm EX DG HSM
4-5,6/50-200 mm DC HSM
APO 4,5-6,3/50-500 mm DG OS HSM
APO 2,8/70-200 mm EX DG OS HSM
1,5/85 mm EX DG HSM
APO 4,5-5,6/120-400 mm DG OS HSM
APO 5-6,3/150-500 mm DG OS HSM

October 13, 2011
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Sony A77 and A65 1.03 firmware available at Sony Asia!

You can now download the new 1.03 firmware for your A77. Click here: http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474591. let us know what you think about it! Do you have less issues? Is there any improvement?

UPDATE: Our reader “Wiel” made a detailed list of the firmware links (Thanks!):

SLT-A65 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.03 (Microsoft Windows) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474564
Ver.1.03 (Apple Macintosh) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474599

SLT-A77 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.03 (Microsoft Windows) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474591
Ver.1.03 (Apple Macintosh) http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/474605

 

Sony A77 preorder links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

 

October 13, 2011
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Sony NEX-7 news roundup.


Sony NEX-7 versus NEX-5n shutter sound.

Steve Huff first posted a NEX-7 vs E-P3 and X100 high ISO comparison (Click here) and than tested the 50mm f/1.8 lens on the NEX-7 (Click here).

Someone at Dpreview forum asked: “does anyone know if Nex7 popup flash will trigger the Sony flashes?“. The answer is yes!

Spent a day with NEX-7 – Wowww!!! (Dpreview forum).

Sony NEX-7 preorder links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

 

October 9, 2011
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Sigma 30mm macro for NEX displayed in paris. And Sigma 18-200mm HSM for Alpha coming soon.


Back in May 2011 Sigma displayed the first lens for the NEX system, the 30mm f/2.8 macro lens. Now you can see it again at the Paris show. Source: Flickr (Click here). The Sigma guys on the stand couldn’t unveil the price and availability of the lens. The question is how much sense it makes for Sigma to release a lens like that when there is the Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro lens which will be in Stock in October. Hm, I would have preferred to see something really new!
Click these links to check the availability of the Sony macro:

One more Sigma news: There will be a new 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 II DC OS HSM lens for Alpha mount (Press release on Dpreview).

October 8, 2011
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The real cause of the A77/A65 shipping delay is the flood in Thailand.


Pornchai Kittiwongsakul/AFP/Getty Images

As you know Sonystores delayed the shipment of the Sony A77.  For example SonyStore.com (Click here) removed the preorder option, Sony Uk (Click here) says the camera is “temporary unavailable” and both Sony Germany (Click here) and Sony France (Click here) say that shipment will start in mid-November.

But there was no official news about the real cause of the delay. I guessed that reason is the current firmware issues. Apparently I was wrong. I got some news from one of our very good top Sony sources. The reason for the delay is the flood emergency in Thailand. According to Bloomberg: “Sony Corp.’s factory in Ayutthaya, which produces digital cameras and lenses, hasn’t suffered major damage from flooding and is operating as normal, Yasuhiro Okada, a Tokyo-based spokesman for the electronics maker, said earlier this week.” But our source told us that while it is true that the factory has not been damaged the transport system of the region is completely stocking and most of the workers can’t even reach the Sony factory.Please share the news to all people that is waiting for the A77 and A65. It’s important that they know that it is not Sony’s fault if they have to wait 2-3 weeks more before to get the camera.

All new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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