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February 6, 2013
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NEX-6/5r tests (and US deals winners and losers).



There will be a new NEX-3n soon but now let’s talk about the NEX-5r and NEX-6. There is a NEX-5r review at ePhotozine. NEX-6 test at Riflessifotografici (translation here). NEX-6 First Look at Digitalcamerareview. NEX-6 High ISO test at Samdcruzphotography. Both cameras are well known for their good image quality but also have a great price-value ratio thanks to the new Sony US price drops. And the Amazon ranking (Click here) shows that the NEX-6 is the most sold Sony mirroless camera yet. If you look at the overall camera sales including the compact cameras and DSLR than the WX150 Cyberhsot is doing particularly well (click here watch the overall ranking).

The winners of the new deals actions are the NEX and Cybershots. The losers are the SLT cameras which do not sell as good (at least according to Amazon). And here are the four deals running right now in US:

Deal 1) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 2) Save up to $200 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony Lenses (Click here to see the Amazon page).
Deal 4) Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras Starting at $79 (Click here to see the Amazon page).

February 6, 2013
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Adam from Mythbusters talks about Speed Booster and NEX cameras.

An anonymous SAR reader just sent me that youtube video you see on top of this post. It shows Adam Savage of the incredibly popular  Discovery TV show Mythbusters using EF lenses with the Metabones Speed Booster on three of his NEX cameras (inncludes the NEX7 and the SONY FS700).

Source: Youtube. Thanks to the anonymous sender!

February 5, 2013
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Sigma 30mm and 19mm lens tested at Photozone.

Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone (Click here) posted the full Sigma 30mm lens review. And the reviewer quite likes the lens: “While we didn’t formally test the bokeh this time it seems to be pretty good when looking at our sample images. Sigma’s new linear AF motor is both speedy as well as silent. Combine all this with the extremely low price tag and it’s obvious that you are getting lots of bangs for your bucks here!

And they also tested the 19mm Sigma (Click here to read the review): “The Sigma AF 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has certainly an edge over its obvious competitor – the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 – so if you are feeling an itch for compact primes it may be a reason to go for it. Price/performance-wise it is just an average offering though.

The lens is now incredibly cheap (99 Dollars or Euro) as a double kit at BHphoto (Click here) as single lens ->the 19mm is available here at Uniquephoto and the 30mm lens is also at Uniquephoto. In Europe at Technikdirekt or on eBay (via Slidoo).

February 5, 2013
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RX1 roundup with great review by Utpott. And new $2599 deal in US.

Björn Utpott shows us how reviewers should take pics of cameras! The nice image on top introduces his last RX1 user report you can read here:
He writes: “Like every camera, it has some flaws, but none of them come close to overshadowing the incredible feat of miniaturization that the RX1 represents. If you’re happy to shoot at 35mm, then there’s no longer any need to sacrifice image quality in order to have a compact kit.

And now the $2599 deals on the RX1 are back at BigValue (Click here) and Cameraland (Click here). That’s 1.920 Euro and a price difference of almost 1.200 Euro compared to the best price at Amazon Germany. EU readers will be red in face right now :)

More RX1 bits: Image samples at Photographyblog. A perplexing Sony RX1 mystery solved and a sneak peek at ongoing camera tests (Imaging Resource). Electronic Viewfinder first time in Stock at Uniquephoto. RX1 thumb in Stock at Amazon US.

February 2, 2013
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Metabones first impressions on DPreview. Canon FD, Minolta MD and Amount to be supported later.

The holy grail of the adapters got tested at Dpreview. And they basically come to the same conclusion of other reviewers: “Image quality is very impressive, with results that compare exceptionally well against a full frame sensor. You do pay a small price in terms of corner softness and CA.

If you have more questions about the adapter check out this FAQ on Metabones website. And the interesting news you can read on it is that “We will be looking into Canon FD (lens here on eBay), Minolta MD (here on eBay) and Sony Alpha in the future.

UPDATE: SAR reader Vivek sent me a link to his super nice set of image samples with the Speed Booster:

The EF to E-mount adapter is now shipping via the Metabones website. To get notified when more adapters are in Stock on eBay save this search on Slidoo.