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June 1, 2013
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Zeiss Touit 32mm vs Sony 35mm.

Image courtesy: Lensrentals.

Roger from Lensrentals (Click here) tested the new Zeiss Touit lens and compared it with the cheaper Sony 35mm f/1.8 lens. It is certainly not a surprise to see the Zeiss being the winner of the contest but the Sony performance is quite close! He writes:

The Sony 35mm OSS gives you slightly better performance optically, a wider aperture, and image stabilization for $449. At f/1.8 it’s pretty equal to the Touit in resolution and has less distortion. Stopped down just a bit, to f/2.2, though, the Touit gives much better optical performance than any of the other lenses. Worth $900? To some people certainly. To others, not at all. For me, taking actual pictures with it confirmed what the numbers suggested. The center resolution is probably the best I’ve seen from any lens on an NEX camera. That’s enough to make it a future purchase for me.

Roger also writes that the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 is the best bargain. But of course it’s maximum aperture is f/2.8 “Only”. If you need a faster lens the Sony my be the best bet. But if you want to have the ultimate image quality you better go for the Zeiss. In short…it’s up to you :)

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
32mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, Adorama and Uniquephoto. In Europe at CameraCenter UK and FotoMundus.

12mm f/2.8 at BHphoto, Adorama and Uniquephoto. In Europe at CameraCenter UK and FotoMundus.

May 31, 2013
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New Zeiss Touit Manufacturing video. Full Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 review on NEX.

Carl Zeiss Lenses – Manufacturing the new Touit lenses (official Zeiss video)

Wow, that new video from Zeiss really makes you “feel” the quality of the new Zeis Touit lenses!

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) posted the first full Zeiss 32mm f/1.8 review made on the NEX-6. He writes: “The build quality is excellent and is more than worthy of being considered pro. Image quality is exceptional and the price is just right for a lens of this quality. If you’re looking to up your game, then look no further.

And the lenses will ship any time soon! X-mount lenses are already shipping on eBay US (Click here) and Amazon US (Click here) listed the E-mount Zeiss. But amazon doens’t accept preorders yet so you better grab it here:

12mm f/2.8 at BHphoto, Adorama and Uniquephoto. In Europe at CameraCenter UK and FotoMundus.
32mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, Adorama and Uniquephoto. In Europe at CameraCenter UK and FotoMundus.

P.S.: TO get notified when the Touit for NEX will be sold on eBay save that Slidoo search.

May 30, 2013
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Three Sony A-mount lens reviews!

DPreview (Click here) posted the comparison between the Nikon AF-S Nikkor 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR vs Sony 70-400mm F4-5.6 G SSM II: “On DX/APS-C format, the Sony compares very favourably to the Nikon. The former is a touch sharper wide open at the short end, but the Sony pulls well ahead for sharpness at 400mm F5.6. In other respects the two lenses run pretty well neck-and-neck.

Ken Rockwell keeps testing Sony stuff. He just posted the 28-75mm review (CLick here) and the 50mm f/2.8 review (Click here).

Sony 70-400mm preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via ACDeals).

May 29, 2013
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Ken Rockwell goes crazy and admits he likes the Sony A99! ;)

Hold on guys….is this really Ken Rockwell using kind words on the new Sony A99? :) After years of Nikon-Canon DSLR reviews he actually got the A99 and guess what…he really likes the camera! I am just copying and pasting a part of his conclusion. Feel free to read the full article on his blog:

As soon as you realize that this is a high-performance full-frame mirrorless camera that just happens to look like a DSLR and takes MAXXUM and Sony SLR lenses, it all makes sense. I really like the images I can make with the A99. White balance and color are very good for people shots under any light, and exposure and focus are always magically dead-on. Regular DSLRs like the Nikon D600 and Canon 6D aren’t as consistent; I get to the right shot faster with the A99 than I can with a real DSLR that requires more fiddling to get the first good shot.

So finally, even long time Nikon-Canon owners are starting to see some of the greatness of Sony cameras. And I really can’t wait to see their reaction when the new cameras will be out in 2014!

And the price of the A99 is getting a tiny bit more “Interesting” too. Thansk to the great A99 superkit offer (here at Amazon) you can find the body only for a lower price on eBay at Camwatch ($2,348.00), Samys ($2,449.00) and Electro Electro ($2,449.00). Superkit offers are also available at BHphoto (Click here). Not bad!

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May 25, 2013
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The Minolta Maxxum 7000 by Ken Rockwell

The not so Sony fan Ken Rockwwell (Click here) posted an interesting review about the first A-mount camera, the superb Minolta Maxxum 7000! great to see that I can post some Minolta news form time to time :)

Why has the Maxxum been so important for the camera industry? Well, easy, it was the world’s first autofocus SLR. And as I wrote before it came with the brand new A-mount to allow this new feature. But it also had other great tech like a nice bright viewfinder (something many of us miss on today’s A-mount cameras) a life-sensing touch switch and a body quality that will last a lifetime.

I know most of you don’t shoot film in these days but I still do. Nice camera to hold and use from time to time. I bet that in 30 years from now I will shoot with my Maxxum while current digital A-mount camera electronics will be long dead!

-> The Maxxum 700 can be found used for around $300 on eBay (Click here to see some auctions).

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