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May 5, 2012
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Bunch of new Alpha Lens reviews!

I hope you are having a nice weekend. Just came back home and made a short roundup of the very latest Alpha lens tests. Let’s start with a bit unexpected and positively surprising review: Carl Garrard (Click here) tested the Konica Minolta 100-300mm APO D f4.5-5.6 Lens:”The coatings on this lens  and the APO elements produce some of the finest image quality I’ve seen from any DSLR lens in quite some time. My advice is to scoop up an APO D 100-300mm before they are gone.
Great to see how good the Minolta lens on modern camera works. But they are really difficult to find. There are just few of them on eBay (Click here).

And here are two more reviews of more “Modern” lenses:
Photographyblog (Click here) reviewed the 50mm f/1.8 lens: “The Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM is a worthwhile addition to your camera bag given its budget price tag – if only it was full-frame compatible too…
Photographyblog (Click here) also tested the 16-50mm lens: “Perhaps the only fly in the ointment is an apparent lack of sharpness at F2.8 that runs throughout the zoom range – you really need to stop down to F4 to achieve an acceptable level of sharpness. Despite this flaw, we can still highly recommend the Sony DT 16-50mm


May 3, 2012
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Surprise! Is the Sigma 30mm the best of all available E-mount lenses?

You ever wanted to know which one is the best lens to use on a Sony NEX-7? Lensrentals (Click here) posted a complete unexpected test result. He measured the resolution of all currently available NEX lenses including a Leica 50mm f/1.4 Summilux with Fotodiox adapter. And at f/2.8 and f/4.0 aperture there is a super unexpected winner….the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens which costs $199 only (at Amazon).
Lensrentals writes: “The Sigma is really amazing. Obviously it’s not really a wide aperture prime, with a maximum aperture of f/2.8, but it gives world-class resolution. The Sony 24mm f/1.8 is not the bargain the Sigma is, but from f/2.2 on it has amazing center resolution, although it lags behind the other two in the corners.

Damn, that is such a surprise! I hope Klaus at Photozone will ahve the chance to confirm these results soon! Meantime I give you the links to the two Sigma lenses:
The 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).
The 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).


P.S.: NEX-7 in Stock status link check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

May 2, 2012
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New “Shenyang Zhongyi” 35mm f/0.95 for NEX is coming

UPDATE: We just have been told that the company making the lens is “Shenyang Zhongyi” and not “SLRmagic”. Shenyang Zhongyi will make a new 35mm f/0.95 with native E-mount. There are even some image samples posted on via Xitek (Click here). I never heard about the company before!

P.S.: SLR magic made four lenses for the NEX system:
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC (here on eBay).
SLR Magic Toy Lens 28mm Bokehmorphic lens (here on eBay).
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 (here on eBay).
SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 lens (here on eBay).
The 50mm for M-mount lens that has just been tested on a NEX camera at Photozone (Click here to read the review).

P.P.S.: Didn’t see it nefore but some Amazon stores also have a lens ranking: Amazon US (Click here to see the ranking), Amazon UK (Click here to see the ranking) and Amazon France (Click here to see the ranking).

May 1, 2012
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Zeiss for NEX reviewed at Photographyblog. Gets an “Essential” recommendation!

That lens alone makes it worth to buy the NEX-7. And if you need to read a real review of that jewel go at Photographyblog (Click here). They rated the lens as “Essential” and they write: “With great build quality, fast auto-focusing and incredible image quality, this is one lens that we’re very sad to send back to Sony.

The Zeiss lens proves that it is possible to make a great lens for a high resolution sensor like the 24 Megapixel used for the NEX-7. So please Sony, do release some other new Zeiss!

Oh, and don’t forget to send this lens to our American cousins too! They still struggle to find it in Stock somewhere. It’s only available way overpriced at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here). ut at least the other much expected lens (the 50mm) is in Stock and shipping at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder: Sony launched a new rebate action on the NEX-5n in USA stores. You can get it for $50 less than usual at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And do not forget to pair this camera with the finally now in Stock 50mm f/1.8 lens (Click here to grab it at Amazon).

April 30, 2012
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Sony A77 at Cameralabs (Nikon D3200 vs A77)

Dpreview (Click here) tested the image quality of the Nikon D3200 with 24 Megapixel (Sony?) sensor. Do you see a difference in RAW between the A77 and Nikon RAW files? I guess Nikon did the usual “tweaks” on the Sony sensor.

And here we have some A77 and A57 news:
Sony A77: First Impressions from a Nikon User’s Perspective at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).
If you missed it here is the Sony A77 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “The SLT-A77 is the best SLT Sony has yet produced and, arguably, the one that puts SLT on a par with SLR, an achievement for which it deserves to be highly recommended.
SonyAlphaLab (Click here) got his hands on the new A57. Some funny A57 “Levitation” photos at Dpreview forum (Click here).

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