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April 8, 2012
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The Sony NEX-5n goes into stratosphere…no joke!!!

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The Stratos-Sphere Project : making-of from Edouard Janssens on Vimeo.

We already knew the NEX-5n is a great camera but it’s good and very useful :) to know that it works perfectly also under very extreme conditions! A Belgian photographer sent a helium balloons up 33km into space to take photos of the curvature of the earth. At 6:05 you clearly see the NEX camera :) Their website is stratos-sphere.com. Thanks Justin for sending me this ;)
And here are the search links to that great stratosphere camera: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay :)

To remain in the reign of the weird findings someone also sent me the links to “Ducati NEX adpated lenses”. There is a DUCATI Luxtor 40mm f/1.5 you can find on eBay (Click here). And a DUCATI Lator 60mm f/2.8 again on eBay (Click here).

More Sony TidBits:
Kirk Tuck (Click here) fells in love with Sony :)
A special edition of the NEX-7 at DC.watch (Click here).
A Sony A77 biorthday cake on Flickr (Click here).
List of camera defects from Sony and other manufacturers at Moonlightknighthk (Click here).

April 7, 2012
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SonyAlphaRumors readers work summary!

From time to time readers send me links to their best work done with Sony cameras. And I am glad to share them here on SAR! Here is the list:

Luca:I am doing a 365 project at http://366nex.blogspot.com. It is focused on using solely the NEX-7 as awalkaround, life-companion, multi-purpose camera. I hope you will enjoy it. As you’ll see in the blog, if you’ll like to visit it, I am using the NEX-7 for many (and very) different purposes, so you’ll find bit of studio photography, street photography, candids, portraits, and night shots.

Mattia:AutoMotoRetrò 2012 video on Youtube

Marc:I got my NEX5 converted to infrared by Lifepixel in the US (300$) it works terrific, it works also for video. here is a sample test http://youtu.be/Ff-T8aEyFA4 I will be using it in the coutryside during my holidays

Tino: Ich habe soeben nach längerer Zeit wieder einmal ein paar Bilder auf meinen Flickr-Account hoch geladen. Aller diese Fotos wurden im Bodensee gemacht.
Folgende Ausrüstung kam zum Einsatz: Sony NEX-5N. Nauticam NA-NEX5 Unterwassergehäuse (Umgebaut auf NEX-5N). Sony E 30mm F3.5 macro. Nauticam Marcro Port 45. INON D-2000 Blitz. Hier der Link zu den Bildern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdphoto-ch/sets/72157629567407365/

 

Tomer:I just wanted to share my Sony experience with you… I’m a filmmaker, based in Tel-Aviv. I was recently comissioned to direct a launch video for the NYC company, Boxee (www.boxee.tv). The shoot called for a high quality, low footprint camera system, adapted for first-person POV purposes. After much testing and deliberation, myself and the DoP chose the Sony Nex-5N+16mm lens+wide adapter, and have never looked back since… The camera performed admirably, in a wide variety of scenarios (no heating issues whatsoever), and the client was very happy with the end result :-) :
https://vimeo.com/36758114
On a side note, I purchased the camera after the shoot, and managed to locate a vintage Olympus 38mm Pen-F lens for it. It never leaves my camera, and has really transformed my still photography experience. As and avid music fan, I do some concert photography, and it serves my purposes beautifully:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomerbahat/sets/72157629174781312/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomerbahat/sets/72157629112168249/
That’s it, thank you very much for doing such a great work on the blog!

Douglas: “Some of my recent work done with the Nex 5n. https://vimeo.com/37920172

Thanks you all!

April 6, 2012
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First NEX-FS700 test video and new Carl Zeiss 15mm T/2.9 and 135 T/2.1 for E-mount!

FS700 480 FPS Test from Andy Shipsides on Vimeo.

If you were wondering what kind of lenses to use on the super new NEX-FS700 E-mount camcorder than I have good news for you! Carl Zeiss just announced two new CP.2 15mm T/2.9 and CP.2 135mm T/2.1. They will be available in late 2012 for $5,700 or €4,200 (VAT excluded!). What makes the CP.2 lenses so expensive is that they are perfectly color-matched to allow consistency in footage. On eBay (Click here) you can find many CP.2 lenses and there is no one that you can get for a low price!

Meantime we can finally watch some nice video made with the FS700. On top of this post you can see the 480 fps test video by Andy Shipsides and below you can find an official introduction from Sony! Looks great or not?

Sony Professional: Introducing the Sony NEX-FS700 from Sony Professional on Vimeo.

April 3, 2012
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The lens price increase in USA is real :(

Two months ago our friends over at Photorumors got the news that on April 1st Sony will increase the price on all Sony lenses. Sadly this wasn’t an April joke. And the bad news is that i have been told more price increases will arrive soon in other countries too :(

This is the price change list in USA:

Model Effective 9/1/11 Effective 4/1/12 Price Diff
SAL1635Z $1,899.99 $1,999.99 $100.00
SAL1680Z $849.99 $999.99 $150.00
SAL2470Z $1,799.99 $1,999.99 $200.00
SAL24F20Z $1,299.99 $1,399.99 $100.00
SAL85F14Z $1,499.99 $1,699.99 $200.00
SAL135F18Z $1,599.99 $1,799.99 $200.00
SAL70300G $899.99 $999.99 $100.00
SAL70400G $1,799.99 $1,999.99 $200.00
SAL35F14G $1,399.99 $1,499.99 $100.00
SAL300F28G $6,299.99 $6,999.99 $700.00
SAL100M28 $749.99 $799.99 $50.00
SAL1118 $699.99 $799.99 $100.00
SAL135F28 $1,299.99 $1,399.99 $100.00
SAL14TC $499.99 $549.99 $50.00
SAL16105 $649.99 $699.99 $50.00
SAL1650 $699.99 $799.99 $100.00
SAL16F28 $899.99 $999.99 $100.00
SAL18250 $599.99 $649.99 $50.00
SAL1855/BQ $199.99 $219.99 $20.00
SAL20F28 $649.99 $749.99 $100.00
SAL20TC $499.99 $549.99 $50.00
SAL2875 $799.99 $899.99 $100.00
SAL35F18 $199.99 $219.99 $20.00
SAL50F14 $399.99 $449.99 $50.00
SAL50F18 $149.99 $169.99 $20.00
SAL50M28 $529.99 $599.99 $70.00
SAL85F28 $249.99 $299.99 $50.00
SEL18200 $799.99 $899.99 $100.00
SEL24F18Z $999.99 $1,099.99 $100.00
SEL30M35 $249.99 $279.99 $30.00
no price increase:
SAL18200 $549.99 $549.99 $0.00
SAL1870 $179.99 $179.99 discontinued
SAL30M28 $199.99 $199.99 $0.00
SAL55200/2 $199.99 $199.99 $0.00
SAL70200G $1,999.99 $1,999.99 $0.00
SAL75300 $249.99 $249.99 $0.00
SEL16F28 $249.99 $249.99 $0.00
SEL1855 $299.99 $299.99 $0.00
SEL50F18 $299.99 $299.99 $0.00
SEL55210 $349.99 $349.99 $0.00

Yeah I know, some rumors should never become truth!

April 3, 2012
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Official: Sony makes offer for a partnership with Olympus.

The worse financial results and fee scandal forced Olympus to seek for a new partnership. And according to the new Olympus president Sasa Sony (along other) made an official offer (Source Der Spiegel).

My guess is that Sony is interested in the medical business from Olympus, which is very healthy and profitable. What I don’t know if it’s good for Sony to join another new business. Sony is already facing a hard time in many sectors (like for example the TV business).

From a digital camera strategy point of view Sony could force Olympus to jump out of the Micro Four Thirds ship and join the NEX system. I don’t know if that is just a forced speculation or a real plan. Would be good for the NEX system, bad for Panasonic. I think it would be a good new for NEX users havng Olympus on board!

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