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December 12, 2012
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A99 gets Gold Award at Dpreview!

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The full A99 review is now up at Dpreview (Click here). The camera earned a Gold Award(!). DPR writes: “The SLT-A99 is a feature-rich camera that still provides a wealth of easily accessed manual user controls. It stands out as the only full frame camera to offer in-body stabilization, an EVF and articulated rear screen. Budding videographers will enjoy brisk AF performance as well as the option to output uncompressed video.

It’s an overall very impressive performance! The A99 got a 84% score. For reference the Nikon D800 and the Canon 5D Mark III scored at 82% “only”.

Two low A99 prices in US and UK:
In US the cheapest place where you can get the A99 is on BigValue (Click here).
In Europe the A99 issold by ukbnsuk on eBay (Click here) for 2.200 Euro only! The feedback they get from buyers is very positive and there are some positive feedbacks form A99 buyers too. Question is how they make it to sell it for that price!

A99 store links: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

December 11, 2012
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A99 test roundup…

Sony A99, prueba de vídeo from QUESABESDE on Vimeo.

Time to catch up with some A99 related news. Here is a list of links:

Sony 50mm f1.4 (First Version, Tested on the A99) at ThePhoBlographer.

Some RAW files at Digifotopro.

Studio samples at Photographyreview.

Troy:slow motion test on SLT-A99V http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u6IJpwoO6x8

Chris:Hi Andrea, I just found this interesting paragraph on DXOMark which indicates that the Sony A99 has been tested and has dynamic range better than the D600 and as high as D800, please read this: DxOmark. They state ” Excellence continues in the Landscape Score too, with the K-5 IIs achieving a stunning 14.1Evs of Dynamic Range that places it 4th out of all cameras and is only outdone by the Nikon D800, D800E and Sony A99.”

As a reminder keep in mind that no A1X and no A95 is coming any time soon. That I know for sure now! Feel save to buy the A99 if that is a camera capable of fulfilling your real needs!

USA:
We have a first deal on the A99. You save $150 on BigValue (Click here). Or A99 superkits offer for the same price as the body at Buydig (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Login our little new Slidoo eBay site and save this A99 search to get notified on eBay deals.

Europe:
There have been an official 40 Euro price drop in Germany at Wexphotographic. If you like to take risks than there is a Luxemburg’s store selling the A99 for 2650 Euro on eBay (Click here) and for 2450 Euro at UKbnsuk (Click here). Both write that there are no import taxes to pay.
Check out Slidoo Europe to find and/or get notified on eBay A99 deals.

December 10, 2012
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Sony RX1, NEX-6 and 10-18mm (p)reviews.

On top you can watch Steves Huff short NEX-6/5r hands-on. And here are some more reviews and tests:
RX1: New user reviews at Amazon (Click here). RX1 shutter sound test on youtube. Example photos on Zenfolio (via Dpreview forum). Sony presentation in Tawian (SonySDF).
NEX: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the NEX-6 (Doppler-Photo). Sony NEX-6 image samples at CameraLabs. NEX-6 test at Mynavi (translation here). 10-18mm image samples at CameraLabs.

Reminder: The luxury leather case producer Gariz announced a new case for the NEX-5r and NEX-6!
NEX-5R: You can buy it on their eBay store (Click here). There is also a Light Brown (Click here) and Brown (Click here) version. Gariz has also some other little leather accesories for the NEX-5r like lens cap and bags (look here via Slidoo eBay).
NEX-6: Gariz also released three different NEX-6 case: Brown (Click here), Black (Click here) and AllBlack (Click here). (full list at Slidoo).

December 9, 2012
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New Sony RX100 news roundup…

Ireland shot on the RX100 from Sam Brosnan on Vimeo.

You voted the RX1 as camera of the year (results can be seen here). I confess to have voted for the smaller (and cheaper) Sony RX100 :)  The video on top is made by Sam and shows how great the RX100 is for video.

Digitalcamerareview also tested the Sony RX100 and writes: “Sony rightly observes that the RX100 would be an outstanding choice for a DSLR owner who wanted a pocket-size compact camera capable of producing high-quality images, but you don’t have to own a DSLR or even shoot in anything but fully automatic modes to enjoy the benefits of fine image quality from this new Sony.

The RX100 sells for $649 in US but I have found one single new camera for $589 on eBay US (new!). An RX100 super kit with plenty of stuff is sold for $648 by FocusCamera via Amazon (Click here). Unusual for a Sony camera is also the huge amount of reviews you can read at Amazon (183!). Yep, while the RX1 is certainly impressive the RX100 has the advantage that most of us can actually easily…buy it :)

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Cases: Official Sony LCJ-RXA case, Gariz case, more leather case.
Batteries: NP-BX1 Battery.
Special stuff: Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on eBay (Click here)

December 7, 2012
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New RX1 reviews and in Stock status. (RX1 was(!) in Stock at Amazon US)

For the first time the RX1 is (now was!) listed as in Stock at Amazon US (via third party reseller). There is only one in Stock and I guess the deal will last for a couple of minutes only :( A couple of more cameras can be found on eBay (via Slidoo). But mostly overpriced.

Our Australian readers are also getting their RX1 cameras and they shared two impression reviews at Calebluke and Nexusers. Eleven user reviews can be read at Amazon US.

And if you need a battery be aware that you find some cheap third party alternative on eBay (let me know how they work!).

Click these links to check price and in Stock status: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals. Save $170 by simply purchasing the $7 cheap chinese metal hood (there is one here on eBay) instead of the original expensive Sony hood.

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