July 4, 2013
Posted in deals

Super A99 deal at 6Ave: A99 with extras for less than $2,300!

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FInally a price drop on the A99 body only! Thanks to 6ave you can get two superkits: One for $2,271 (Click here) and another one for $2,280 (Click here).

These are all brand new A99 cameras for $500 less than you pay at Amazon and with free shipping!

found via DealsRunner.com.

July 4, 2013
Posted in rumors

Metabones A to E-mount Speed Booster coming in August. Vizelex clone now in Stock.

SAR reader Alan got a confirmation from metabones that they will start to sell an A-mount Speed Booster adapter for NEX cameras in August! That’s great news! All current Speed Booster for NEX can be found at Adorama (Click here).

And in the meantime a third company is now offering a “Speed Booster” alike adapter. Fotodiox launched the Vizelex Cannon Nikon G to E-mount adapter which is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). But from first testings at personal-view

we know that the quality is inferior compared to the (more expensive) Metabones.

July 3, 2013
Posted in reviews

The best lenses for your NEX7 according to DxOmark.

After the A99 DxOmark (Click here) also published the list of best lenses for the Sony NEX-7. The best prime is the 50mm f/1.8 (it beats the Zeiss lenses too!) and the best zoom is the 10-18mm wide angle zoom. It’s interesting to read that conclusion from DxO:

“Designing lenses smaller than their retro-focus equivalents remains a challenging prospect, however, Sony has introduced a couple of ‘pancake’ type primes and compact zooms that perform well. The range also includes several high-performance primes, although image quality assessment based on the 24-Mpix Sony NEX-7 means that sharpness scores aren’t quite as expected. Whether that’s due to the limitations of current lens designs only time will tell.”

I hope more quality lenses will be announced along the next NEX-7 successor coming in late August!

July 3, 2013
Posted in deals, reviews

Zeiss 50mm in Stock at Adorama (and first owners feedback). Bower TS also in Stock.

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The new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens is right now in Stock and shipping at Adorama (Click here) and on their eBay store (Click here). Another new lens is in Stock, the Bower Tilt Shift lens at BHphoto (Click here).

And here is the first feedback from SAR readers:

Anonymous:There are many samples at the topic here http://sony-club.ru/showthread.php?t=63681&page=43“.

Joel:Received the new Sony Zeiss SAL50F14Z today.  It did not come with the usual premium lens case.  No lens case at all.  That was quite a big disappointment for such a lens with a premium price.  Is this how Sony hopes to shore up their digital imaging business?

Jonathan:Just received my SAL5014Z.  The AF-D focus option is not available when using the new Zeiss 50mm on the a99 body.  I suspect it’s because each lens, in order to work with that feature, requires firmware specific to that lens.  It’s hard to imagine Sony releasing this premium lens without a plan to upgrade the firmware on the a99, to make it fully functional with the new 50mm.  So, let’s keep our eyes out for that new a99 firmware update.

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July 3, 2013
Posted in reviews

DxOmark test: The best primes and zoom for your Sony A99.

DxOmark (Click here) tells you which lens is the best for your Sony A99. I guess none here will be surprised to see the Zeiss lenses on top:

Primes:
The Sony Planar 85mm lens wins easily. It will be curious to see if the new Zeiss 50mm lens (in Stock now at Adorama) can match or even surpass the Planar.

Zooms:
The Zeiss 24-70mm lens wins. But the other zooms are pretty close (see table on the bottom of this post)

Note:
Too bad DxO had no time to test Samyang lenses. I suspect they are pretty close to the Zeiss lenses.

Price check:
Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24-70mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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