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November 12, 2011
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Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2.0

The NEX-7 is far still far away from being shipped but I am happy to own my tiny sexy black Sony NEX-5n. I am currently using one lens only, my Nokton 35mm f/1.4. But I am ready to test more M-mount lenses. The Nokton is a soft creamy lens, not exactly sharp that’s why I am looking for something as small as the Nokton but much more sharper. And the solution could be the Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2.0 lens. It looks gorgeous on a NEX camera (Click here to see it at golftoimpress.com). Really small and high quality lens!

I found many image samples on Flickr. Images look very sharp and with nice tonality and contrast. I didn’t find any professional review of the NEX and Rokkor combo. If you find something drop me a message or comment this post thanks!

The Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2.0 pancake can be found for $500 used on eBay (Click here).

P.S.: Don’t forget: You need the Leica M to NEX mount adapter (Click here to find them on eBay).

November 8, 2011
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Sony NEX-5n reviews roundup.

Sony NEX-5n, 4 Leica lenses from William Hollinger jr on Vimeo.

Ryan Brenizier (Click here / via noisycamera) posted a new NEX-5n review: “If “workhorse dSLRs” have reached maturity, mirrorless cameras are still in their awkward teens: They have so much potential, but each one brings their own quirks. The 5n is no exception — at different times it left me jumping around excitedly and scratching my head in frustration.”

Also ePhotozine (Click here) posted a new NEX-5n review: “This could be the best NEX and whilst a subtle update, it gives quicker performance in use (including an impressive 10fps shooting), better battery life, higher resolution, touch screen aids control and there are new lenses available, which will be especially good news to anyone who has already bought into the NEX system“.

Sony NEX-5N High ISO – is it the best I’ve ever used? (Soundimagesplus).

More non english tests at Optyczne (Click here), Digitalkamera (Click here) and Colorfoto (Click here). And all german NEX-5n owners that want to fix the click issue should take a look on this: Sony Germany.

The NEX-5n is a topseller in most Amaozn worldwide stores:
Amaozn US (Clik here to see the full ranking)
Amazon UK (Click here to see the ranking).
Amazon De ranking (Click here).
Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon France (Click here)
Amazon Italy (Click here)
Amazon Spain (Click here).

November 8, 2011
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New NEX 50mm f/1.8 lens tests


From all new NEX lenses this is probably the lens that has the highest probability to become a hotseller. The new Sony 50mm f/1.8! According to Sonystore (Click here) the lens will be available in mid December. The lens is relatively cheap but the specs are tempting and image quality now proves to be very good. Just look at the latest review posted by ThePictureDesk (Click here): “I shot a fair number of images with the Sony Zeiss 24mm on the NEX7 but it was a bit wide. Once I switched to the Sony E-mount 50mm f1.8 I realized what a great little lens this is. All the press and buzz has been around the Zeiss 24mm. There have been a couple discussions about the 55-210 and a few about the new 50mm. I think the 50mm is one lens most NEX photographers would appreciate.“. You can also see some image samples posted at DC.watch (Click here).

This is definitely a lens to go! Preorders are available at (Click on shop name to check price and availability). To bad it’s not available in black color too. Would look amazing on my current Sony NEX-5n and future Sony NEX-7!

And here are all NEX cameras and lens preorder links (Click on shop name to check price and availability):
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.

 

November 7, 2011
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Sony NEX-7 review at Photoreview

While I am still waiting to see when the first few and lucky SAR readers will get their NEX-7 camera you may take a look what reviewers are writing about it:

There is a new full Sony NEX-7 review at Photoreview (Click here): “Subjective assessments of image files from the review camera show them to be a lot like those from the SLT-A77. This is to be expected since both cameras have the same sensor and image processor chips. The kit lens, which we covered in our review of the NEX-5, is an adequate performer but not in the same class as the Sony DT 16-5 0mm f/2.8 SSM lens, which we used for the SLT-A77 review. Consequently, it’s not surprising to see our Imatest results slightly below those obtained with the A77.

You heard Sony? We need a pro zoom lens (and of course the pancakes). I hope Sony will soon give us some news about the upcoming new roadmap!

And here is one more preview: Photographyreview (Click here) posted a NEX-7 first impression article.

And here are all NEX cameras and lens preorder links (Click on shop name to check price and availability):
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.

November 6, 2011
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Garrard: Sony A77 has too many Megapixels!

Carl Garrarard from Alphamountworld (Click here) posted his final word about the Sony A77. The real problem he has with the new 24 megapixel sensor is that “while there is no doubt that specification will please some photographers greatly, I feel the vast majority would have been happier with 14-18mp where the A77 could have performed better as an overall-do it all kind of camera. I simply think the megapixel race has ended, and there’s only so much resolution one needs on an APS-C DSLR that is practical to use day in and day out for multiple photographic tasks.

Carl (like me) would have been happy with less Megapixels or with a new pixel binning function that would have added an option to shot with less Megapixels and higher ISO performance when needed.

And than there is that Sony JPEG engine which has to be improved: “First of all I feel way too much noise reduction is being done on the Jpegs at ALL ISO values, which robs detail in every 24mp file you save. Then why have 24 megapixels you ask? Good question.

But a part of that the A77 proves to be an excellent camera if you shoot RAW and low ISO: “If you are going to shoot Raw only and don’t mind shooting at ISO 1,600 and under (or just normally don’t) then the A77 is a fine photographic instrument able to reach resolution levels no other APS-C DSLR or DSLT has been able to reach yet. For gigantic color rich prints with lots of dynamic range, the A77 is a fantastic tool“.

Editor’s note: I fully agree with Carl. I can recommend this camera to anyone shooting RAW and low ISO images (like landscapes). And of course if you shoot video than the A77 is almost a must have camera!

And here is the A77 full link list to check where it is in Stock: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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