You are browsing the archive for reviews.

August 15, 2013
Posted in reviews

Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM tested by Kurt Munger. Sony A99 wins Eisa Photo Award.

Short break from rumors to report three news:

1) Our friend Kurt Munger (Click here) tested the brand new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens. Conclusions will be posted soon.

2) The Eisa (European Imaging and Sound association) selected the Sony A99 as best advanced camera 2013-2014.

3) Comparison Reviews Zeiss Touit 2.8/12 vs Sony SEL1018 and Touit 1.8/32 vs Sony 1.8/35 OSS vs SLR Magic HyperPrime CINE 35/T0.95 comparison review at 3Dkraft.

And now back to rumor work…

August 14, 2013
Posted in reviews

First Techart Contax G to NEX electronic adapter review by

There is a first review of the new Contax G to NEX adapter with electronic control at DC.Watch (google translation here). The performance really depends on the lens used. And the AF accuracy isn’t top notch. The manufacturer said that this is so because of lack of support from Sony. They hope to improve the AF performance with future updates.

You can find the Techart Contax to NEX adapter on eBay (Click here).

Here is the list of great G lenses with links to eBay price:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

August 8, 2013
Posted in reviews

NEX Full Frame versus Leica M image comparison!

Image source: Lesnumeriques

If the NEX-FF will be launched in September one of the big question will be: How good will third party manual lenses work on that camera? So let’s take a look how good (or bad) the current VG900 sensor performs with these lenses. And let’s hope the new NEX-FF will be even more optimized for third party lens solution like the Leica M Lenses, Voigtlander M lenses, Canon FD lenses andZeiss ZM lenses.

I asked all SAR readers to send me their tests to check out the results. This is the first test done by DigitalVersus. It is the first website that compares the new Leica M $8000 camera (here at Amazon) versus the first NEX Full Frame camera (The VG900). They used the same Leica 50mm Summilux-M lens (here on eBay) on both cameras. And both cameras have a Full Frame 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor. So what are the results?

Please visit the website to see all image comparisons. Here you can see one of them (Click on it to enlarge):

In short the Leica M is sharper and has richer colors. This may be possible because of the lack of the anti-alias filter. The VG900 is a video camcorder and to have an Anti Aliasing filter makes a lot of sense (otherwise you end up having video clips with lots of moire).

What do you think of the results? Would the Leica 50mm Summilux-M lens work fine on the NEX-FF?



August 7, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony RX1R review at ePhotozine. And Canon 5DIII comparison.

ePhotozine posted a new RX1R review.

The Sony Cyber-shot RX1R is a very slightly improved camera compared to the original RX1 with the AA filter removed it has the potential to deliver slightly sharper images, although with the added risk of moiré appearing. The difference is quite subtle and you would be hard pressed to see the difference without comparing results side by side.

And SAR reader Jedi compared the RX1R with the Canon 5DmarkIII at The RX1R images looks way sharper don’t you think?

New RX orders:
RX1 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore US, Sony Canada, Sony Deutschland, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.
RX100MII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore USSony Canada, Sony DeutschlandSony UK, Sony FR, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.

August 6, 2013
Posted in reviews

Zeiss 50mm tested at ePhotozine. First RX100MII user reviews.

ePhotozine (Click here) tested the new Sony Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens. They write:

“There is no doubting that this lens performs well enough to justify the Carl Zeiss blue badge on the lens barrel, but whether it performs well enough to justify such a price will be debatable for many users.”

That this lens isn’t supersharp at f/1.4 aperture may not be an issue at all. I prefer a good creamy look and decent bokeh over top-notch sharpness. Zeiss preorders are available at Amazon, Adorama and SonyStore USA. In Europe at Wex UK, Amazon DE and Technikdirekt DE. In Asia it is in Stock at Digitalrev and on eBay.

The Sony RX100MII is still selling well and the first 20 user reviews have been posted on Amazon (Click here). And it’s not a surprise to see such a good feedback!


US deals reminder:
new Sony SAL-70400G2 is in Stock via third party reseller at Amazon US (Click here).
Up to $200 savings on SLT cameras at Amazon (Click here).
The RX1R ships on August 8 according to SonyStyle US (Click here) and is in Stock at Adorama (Click here)
Earn 2,800 Sony Rewards points at SonyStyle US (Click here).
Save up to $900 on Select Sony NEX-VG900 Full Frame Interchangeable Lens Camcorder Bundles at Amazon US (Click here).
Save up to $70 on Select Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras at Amazon US (Click here).
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A-mount lens will ship any day now at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).


Share News and Rumors

Click on the Share button below to write the message! Name and email are NOT required so you can stay anonymous. Also the IP-address will not be submitted to us. Use Imageshack to share pictures (anonymously).

Your name (not required)

Email (not required)