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January 14, 2012
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Sony TidBits

30mm macro test at Camera.Itmedia (japanese).

Sony NEX-7 vs Sony NEX-5N (Digitalrev).

Sony A580 hands-on review at SonyAlphaLab (Click here).

Gizmodo (Click here) says the best affordable mirrorless camera is the NEX-C3

January 13, 2012
Posted in deals, news

New (cool!) Sony HVL-LE1 LED light flash! A77 in Stock in USA/Canada/UK.

Sony unveiled that new hotshoe-mountable LED battery light. As you can see from the video on top it’s actually a super nice gadget you can tilt and angle. There is a dimmer you can adjust from 10% up to 100% power (1800 LUX maximum at 5500 Kelvin). There is even a filter slot for the use of a 3200 conversion filter. The It weights 250g and is priced at $250. One moge thing: you can use AA and Sony V or M batteries, the same used for the A77. Can’t wait to use that LED light on my future A99 :)

By the way, the A77 is in Stock at Expanys USA (Click here), Expansys Canada (Click here), Expansys UK (Click here).



January 13, 2012
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One more…ehm lens adapter for NEX :)


Neither DSLR/SLT users nor NEX camera owners could enjoy some real good news from the lens front at CES. We only had those two non spectacular Sigma lenses (with no offense to Sigma that can make some very superb lenses!). Now we have one more not so cool news :)

Kenko announced a new T to E mount adapter for the Tokina 400mm f/8.0 mirror lens (see picture on top). It’s an all silver edition. The adapter should be priced at $200. If you are really in the market for this I would rather go for the Sony 500mm f/8.0 mirror (Click here to see them on eBay) or the Sony 900mm f/8.0 mirror (Click here to see them on eBay). Those are A-mount lenses and you can use them with any current cheap Chinese adapter :)

January 12, 2012
Posted in news, reviews

A77 SLT mirror light test (in Stock in USA, UK, Spain, Canada and Cina)

“HIDDEN”. One of the first short films shot with the A77 by philipnashphotography.

So many SAR readers still haven’t got the A77. Here is a short list of stores having the A77 in Stock: Expansys USA (Click here), Jacobs UK (Click here), Sonystore Canada (ships next week), Redcoon Spain (Click here), Amazon Cina (Click here) and in two weeks at Sonystore USA (Click here).

Now back to A77 related news:
There is a real A77 mirror measurement made by a German A77 owner. He took an A77 mirror and did a scientific test on the transmission as function of wavelength. That should finally stop the speculations on how much light is lost. The test description is in German language: (Click here for a google english translation).
This table from the same thread might help to translate the result into F-stops.
In short, the test proves how the permeability is around 72-76% and it has a very “harmonious” distribution. And the light loss is indeed 1/3 EV “only”.

Stuckincustoms (Click here) wrote a quite “different” view on Sony SLT technology by  (conspiracy theory included).

Mike Kobal (Click here) posted some A77 + Zeiss 24mm image samples: “There is no need to stop this lens down, already very sharp at f2 I found myself shooting in the range btw f2 to f6.3. This lens is pure awesomeness!

Zeiss 24mm for Alpha-mount (not for NEX!) is avaialble at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

January 12, 2012
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Sony CES news roundup (with Will Smith!)

Sony CES 2012 Press Conference Photos (Sonyrumors). Surprise Will Smith was there!
Images of the 500mm prototype lens at Clubic.
Sony CES booth at Photorumors.
ePhotozine unveils that Sony is working on 24 Megapixel compact cameras.
Sony Brings New Prototypes to CES 2012 (Blog.Sony , no camera stuff)

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