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September 10, 2011
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Download the first video made with the NEX-7!

The video on top has been shot with the NEX-7! Be aware that the camera was using the firmware version 0.3! The video doesn’t really look good yet but I ma sure this is far away from what the final NEX-7 can deliver in terms of video quality. Firmware is in baby stage, the video was taken in full automatic mode and without knowing what kind of settings you should use to get the best out of the cam. And than there is also that youtube conversion. Try to analyze the original video: You can download the full original file by clicking on that Torrent-link: http://tinyurl.com/3txxcyu. Below you can read the full settings used to shot the video.

General
ID : 0 (0×0)
Format : BDAV
Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
File size : 247 MiB
Duration : 2mn 6s
Overall bit rate : 16.4 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 18.0 Mbps

Video
ID : 4113 (0×1011)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Format settings, GOP : M=2, N=13
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 15.5 Mbps
Maximum bit rate : 16.0 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.298
Stream size : 232 MiB (94%)

Audio
ID : 4352 (0×1100)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : 129
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 256 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : -80ms
Stream size : 3.84 MiB (2%)

Text
ID : 4608 (0×1200)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : PGS
Codec ID : 144
Duration : 2mn 5s
Delay relative to video : -80ms

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
NEX-5n:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada, SonyStore DE, SonyStore FR, SonyStore IT, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Digitalrev and eBay.
NEX-7 body only:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
NEX-7 with 18-55mm kit lens:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
50mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Adorama.

September 9, 2011
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Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8

Introduction:
Very soon the postman will ring on my door and deliver to me the just bought NEX-5n. But what I am missing in the current NEX lens lineup are pancakes! I’m googling around to find some nice pancakes I can use on my NEX and I thought it would be nice to share with you my findings!

The Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8:
Today I collected some news about the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 lens. You can use it on your NEX via AR to NEX mount adapters (Click here to find them on eBay). The lens itself costs around $60 and you can find plenty of them (used) on eBay (Click here). On your NEX this will become a 60mm f/1.8 lens. Almost a perfect lens for portraits! And it is really small for being that fast!

What I found:
A very nice set of image samples from “Panuraj” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Another set of image samples from “Flyingdate” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Test at dpreview forum: “Good news – the lens does not disappoint! Solid all-round performance. It is ever-so-slightly soft at full open aperture – more of that slightly ‘dreamy’ quality some of these older lenses tend to have (I can even see that being something that can be played with and used), but quickly gets extremely sharp at only 2 stops down or so.

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Ebay links:
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 (Click here)
AR to NEX mount adapter (Click here)

September 8, 2011
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First pictures taken with the NEX-7 and new 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens by Rob Skoetch.

Rob Skoetch from ThePictureDesk (Click here) has been the first person to post some image samples taken with the new Sony NEX-7 and the new 50mm f/1.8 OSS lens! Those are not full size pictures but he said he will soon add them on Flickr (Click here) where you can already find A77, A65 and NEX-5n full size image samples.

The NEX-7 is probably the most requested and preordered of all new Sony cameras. It will be start shipping from early November. This is a short list of stores I found where you can preorder the camera to be the first on list (otherwise your risk to get the camera in 2012 only):
Body only: Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
With 18-55mm kit lens: Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
I have seen that the most requested lens to put on your NEX-7 is the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 which you can preorder here: Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
The 50mm f/1.8 can be preordered: Sonystore US, Adorama.

As you see there is no preorder option I found in Europe (a part of the NEX-7 at Jessops and Computerunivers). Feel free to comment this post with links to shops accepting preorders! This will help other SAR reader to get thei NEX-7 and lenses as soon as possible!

September 6, 2011
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More NEX-5n reviews


A “Californian” NEX-5n preview by Wideopencamera.

EosHD (Click here) discovered that the Sunset picture profile of the NEX-5n eliminates most of the video quality problems: “Until now DSLR image processors and codecs have been incredibly poor at rendering a smooth gradation of shades over flat areas with little detail. We have tended to get banding and rough step-changes between different tones rather than a smooth gradient. We’ve had blockiness, poor colour rendition, plastic skin tones and blue skies that look like a huge hole in the ozone layer has just opened up. The 5N’s Sunset picture profile is designed to give smooth gradated tones to mimic the look of 10bit on an 8bit codec.

Initial impressions and some test shots at Jaegraphy (Click here): “The dynamic range available is very impressive, I have an inkling it exceeds the D7000, a camera that I have shot a lot with. Even just in TIFF format, the files are very pliable with a lot of headroom for manipulation before showing any banding or other unwanted digital artifacts. Of the cameras that have used this 16mpx sensor family, which include the Pentax K5, Nikon D7000, and the Sony A580, it feels just as good if not better.

K5 versus Sony NEX-5n at dpreview forum (Click here). Found via RiceHigh.

The NEX-5n is available at (Click on store names):
USA&Canada: Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!) and eBay (in Stock!).
Europe: SonyStore DE (in Stock), SonyStore FR (in Stock), SonyStore IT (in Stock), Amazon DE (preorder), Amazon UK (preorder) and eBay (in Stock!).
Asia: Digitalrev (in Stock), eBay (in Stock!).

P.S.: Both the NEX-5n and NEX-7 are still within the Amazon top 20 rankings (Click here to see the full rankings).

September 5, 2011
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A65 beats the A900 image quality!

There is a new A65 versus A900 image comparison posted by the chinese Pchome wbesite (Click here to read the translation). Article found via RiceHigh. The tester used the Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 lens on the A65, whilst the ZA24-70/2.8 was used on the A900. So we can failry say the A65 had a slightly disadvantage. As you see the A65 image quality is very good!

The A65 image is on the left, A900 on the right:
See ISO 100 and 200 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso1.jpg
See ISO 400 and 800 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso2.jpg
See ISO 1600 and 3200 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso3jpg.jpg
See ISO 6400 and 12800 image comparison: http://img.article.pchome.net/00/53/30/02/iso4.jpg

Surprising or not? I cannot imagine how well the nex generation of Sony fullframe sensors will perform! The image quality will be stellar. Let’s hope Sony will not let us wait to much for tha A99 :)

ALL Preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore. Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

 

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