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October 31, 2012
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New Sony NEX-6 tests and Micahel Yamashita work.

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I guess you all remember photographer Michael Yamashita. He is the one that leaked the A99 in first place :) Sony Japan (Click here) now shows a dedicated online page where you can see his work with the A99 and NEX-6 cameras. It’s in Japanese only but pictures to tell more than thousand words…so they say. (Thanks Vadim for the link!).

Fengniao (translation here) posted a new NEX-6 test that includes a NEX-6 vs NEX-7 comparison:
ISO 3200: NEX-6 vs NEX-7
ISO 6400: NEX-6 vs NEX-7
ISO 12800: NEX-6 vs NEX-7

The new NEX-6 is shipping in many paces in Europe: Jessops UK, Redcoon Germany, Amazon Germany, Fotoversand Germany (ships to EU), Allmedia Germany (ships to EU), Asdiscount France.

And through our new website Slidoo you can live check the NEX-6 offers on eBay US/Canada (Click here), eBay Europe (Click here) and eBay Asia (Click here).

 

October 30, 2012
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New A99 vs 5D ISO test (and note on the previous D600 comparison). A99 in Stock in US at Sonystore.

If you click on the image on top you will see the full ISO comparison between the A99 and 5DmarkIII posted by DSLRmagazine (translation here). But before to go into the details of this comparison I want to go back to the ISO test made by Focus Numerique (translation here) where they compared the results with the Nikon D600. First, my french is very bad and google translation doesn’t really help you that much. I made mistake and said these were RAW converted files while they were not. These are original JPG images (but you can download the RAW files too). One of our readers noticed that the Sony JPG files are actually having a size of 8MB only compared to the 15-16MB of the Nikon D800 (Example: ISO 1600 -> A99 vs D600).

This means that Sony JPEG Fine setting compresses twice more than the Nikon! Of course a Nikon or Canon will always look better when you compare apple with oranges :) We really have to see a real RAW comparison to get a more accurate idea about the A99 performance!

Back to the comparison made by DSLRmagazine. These are once again JPEG comparisons and as we now know Sony applies a stronger compression for their JPEG files. In short…dear reviewers…show us some real RAW comparison! :)

UPDATE: Sonystore US has the A99 in Stock right now. Check out Alphacameradeals to see the full link list!

Sony A99 in Stock status check: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, eBay Europe, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 30, 2012
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Sony NEX-6 shipping in US and Europe! (and exact lens release date).


New NEX-6 video preview.

Sony Tokyo event:
Sony had a big event in Tokyo and you can read the article on DC.watch (translation here). They showed some graph that demonstrates how Sony is recovering after the Thai Flood disaster from last year. Sony is ruling the worldwide mirrorless market and that market is strongly gaining shares at cost of the classic DSLR market. They also announced the definitive shipping info for the new lenses. The pancake zoom will ship in January, the 10-18mm zoom on November 16th and the 35mm lens in December.

NEX-6 shipping!
But today we also have good news for all future NEX-6 owners. The cameras is finally shipping today. Here is the list:
USA/Canada: BigValue has the Body only (Click here) and the pancake kit (Click here) in Stock via eBay.  Until few hours ago Amazon (Click here) had the info that the camera was set to ship from today. In Canada the camera is in Stock at Sonystore.
Europe: The German stores Fotomunds and Amazon have them in Stock. French and Italian shops are selling the first cameras on eBay (found via Slidoo).
Full NEX-6 and other new Sony camera and lens preorder list can be found at AlphaCameraDeals.

And here are some new NEX-6 videos:
AF test by SLRclub on youtube. Uboxing video on youtube. MXcamera EOS adapter on the NEX-6 on youtube.


Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

October 29, 2012
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New VG900, FS700 and VG50 tests!

Sony NEX-VG900 Samples from Gear Jones on Vimeo.

ON top you can see one of the first VG900 video tests. The full manual is now available for download at http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/4436718111.pdf.

And BBC reporter Johhni Behiri tested the little NEX-VG50.

And our friend Mike Kobal is back from a long work that kept him away a long time from his blog. Here is his new NEX-700 test.

 

October 27, 2012
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Sony TidBits (with SAR readers work roundup)

SLT eSupport – Focus controls from HMX Media on Vimeo.

Sony 55-300mm test at Camerastuffreview. And Sony 500mm review again at Camerastuffreview.

SAR readers mails:
Bart:Since today I am the happy owner of the NEX-6 with 16-50 powerzoom. I love the combination, the Phase-AF really speeds things up. One thing I did find out is that like Olympus and Panasonic, Sony also decided to let distortion correction in the lens go and just apply software corrections to fix it.  When you take pictures at 16 mm you don’t see the distortion in the viewfinder or afterwards on the camera. But when you import the RAW files into Lightroom you see a huge distortion and high vignetting. Some examples of the difference between the RAW and JPEG files can be found here: http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_message/39181572#39181572 It’s in Dutch but I don’t think that’s a big problem.”
Michael:My blog focuses on the areas where Photography meets Cinematography and it’s called PhotoCine News.  I wrote an article about my just finished Sony NEX-7 Video Rig and thought you might be interested in it for your readers.  Check it out at: http://photocinenews.com/2012/10/21/the-definitive-sony-nex-7-video-rig/
Freddy: “I love my Alpha 57 !!! https://vimeo.com/groups/154861/videos/51938444
Vedran: “I would like to share my FB page to Sony users. Text on page is on Croatian, but only thing important on that page are pictures.:) Most of them are taken with Sony A77. Link to FB page: https://www.facebook.com/VedranTolicPhotography. My website is www.vedrantolic.com as you know, but FB page is great because there is a lot interaction.
Aleksey: “Hello! I am a long time constant reader. This summer, I’m using the Sony A77V and Minolta Dimage Z3 filmed timelaps our small town of Penza. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYHM_B2xTLI&hd=1
Mattia: “Super Drift Pro Challenge 2012 shot on the NEX with M-mount lenses on youtube.”
Markus: “Just wanted to share some pictures from my Nex-7 and SLR Magic Hyperprime F0.95.I just love this lens and its growing on me every day I shoot:D http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrosth/

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