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December 13, 2011
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Sony A77 review at Photographyblog: “it outperforms the competition!”


One of my favorite websites Photographyblog (Click here) tested the Sony A77. And the verdict is that the camera is “Essential“!!! If I am not wrong the last camera to get the highest verdict was the Nikon D3s which costs quite a bit more!

According to the reviewers the A77 “out-performs the direct competition” and “At a time when compact system cameras are the centre of attention, it’s great to see some real innovation in the DSLR world, and for that innovation to result in a truly exceptional camera like the new Sony A77.

I 100% agree that Sony is really innovating the digital camera market. And while some things have to be worked out (see lag issues or the not 100% perfect JPG quality) Sony is leading us to a new future where electronic viewfinders and photo+still hybrid systems will become the mainstream technology. It will be hard for Canon and Nikon to fight against that!
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The A77 is out of Stock in almost any worldwide online store I checked. There are still some auctions on eBay (Click here) but most of the times you have to pay a couple of hundreds dollars/Euro extra. The A77 should be in Stock again by mid January. Click these linsk to search for A77 preorders: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 13, 2011
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New NEX-7, NEX-5n and A65 reviews!

There is a new article at Luminous Landscape at their NEX-7 rolling review (Click here). They talk about the Creative Styles, EVF and Live View Display. First they show you a “trick” to control the contrast of the EVF (because in bright light the EVF contrast can be too high). And they also found a small bug related to histogram feature. I hope Sony will fix that minor issue with the new firmware. There is another small NEX-7 review at karaatanasov (Click here): “I had never seen so much details from an APS-C. Colors are astonishing. It seems the Dynamic Range in RAW is amazing too (I do not have RAW software.). Again on colors this is the first Sony camera to remenice of the Minolta days
As you have read yesterday the NEX-7 is now shipping at Sonystore in USA. It should be available by mid January in Europe and Asia. Check these search links if the stores are accepting preorders: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Cameralabs (Click here) just posted the full NEX-5n review: “Sony has pulled it off and produced one of the most compelling mirrorless ILC models on the market and one we have no hesitation in granting our Highly recommended award.“.

Techradar (Click here) published a full A65 review: “The Alpha 65 is very well-specified in comparison to its rivals, matching or exceeding the competition’s feature-sets in many respects. It’s pricier, but we feel the impressive stack of high-end features that this camera has to offer more than outweigh its cost“.

In Stock status check:
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.

December 11, 2011
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Sony A77 news and reviews roundup…


Low Budget Filming – Sony Alpha 77 & Movcam Rig

AF in manual video movie mode workaround Sony SLT A77 (Mikekobal). And contact sheets with A77 and NEX-5n (Mikekobal).

Sony A77 review by SonyAlphaLab (Click here): “I can pick apart a feature here and there and say the Nikon X is better in High ISO and the Canon Y has better AF, but as a whole the A77 is a phenomenal camera for a great price in my humble opinion.

A77 test at Expertreview (Click here): “Packed with features and impressive strengths including a superb kit lens, but high noise levels and lethargic controls aren’t acceptable at this price“.

The A77 is in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here), Heidfoto (crazy name!), Foto Neuber (Click here), in US at willoughbyscamera (with $400 extra to pay), almost in Stock at Digitalrev (two weeks). There is a £50 discount at Amazon UK but the camera is not in Stock yet.

December 11, 2011
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 for NEX review at Steve Huff (+ Zeiss lens is shipping!).

Steve Huff (Click here) posted his final 50mm f/1.8 for NEX review: “Basically this lens is a must have for any NEX shooter who wants a medium telephoto with a fast aperture. The lens has great color, has a fast aperture for shallow depth of field or when the lights get low and the lens pumps out great color with rich saturated tones. The lens is sharp but not clinically sharp. On the NEX-7 it is a fantastic performer.

Yes that lens is a real winner. It only has a couple of drawbacks. It’s a bit too big, and it doesn’t come in black for my future NEX-7. I hope Sony will soon introduce a black version.

The lens is in Stock in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here). You can get it within 6-10 days at Amazon Japan (Click here). You will only get in January-February in Europe and US although SonyStore US (Click here) says it’s coming next week. I heard this isn’t true yet. Let’s see who is right…

Meanwhile good news for all those of you who preordered the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (but you cannot make a new preorder yet).

Full new NEX and lens rpeorder links:
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.

December 9, 2011
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The first NEX-7 unboxing video and a new reviews.

While we are all anxiously waiting for the NEX-7 reviewers keep torturing us with excellent reviews and hands-on. And now we even have the very first unboxing video. So… enjoy and suffer! :=)
And Digitalcamerareview (Click here) posted a new NEX-7 review. And of course it got an Editor’s choice award! And Peter Sills (Click here) traveled for six days to Cuba with the NEX-7 and enjoyed the camera lot: “I am now totally convinced that the future of digital photography will incorporate high-quality EVF in almost all cameras“.
The NEX-7 is hardly available for preorder yet: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

P.S.: You can win a new NEX-5n at Pocket-Lint (Click here).

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