October 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony TidBits…


Sony HVL-F20S review

There is a new Sony Alpha NEX-C3 review at CameraLabs (Click here): “The NEX-C3 is smaller, lighter,and more fully featured than the first generation NEX models. It provides increased sensor resolution at little or no cost to its excellent image quality and delivers improved handling both for compact upgraders and enthusiasts. All-in-all, more than enough to gain it our Highly Recommended award“.

Sony E55-210 Vs Pentax F80-200 Brief Shootout (RiceHigh)

Sony 135mm f/2.8 lens tested on the A77 at Ctec.

Sony A65 image samples at Optyczne.

Sony A77 review at Kamera&Bild.

Test à hauts ISO des Raw du NEX-C3 développés avec Lightroom 3 (AlphaNumerique).

Sony NEX-5n review at Photographybay (Click here): “Once you become accustomed to the control scheme, the NEX-5N is fast, accurate and delivers solid images. The inclusion of a 1080/60p video capture is a huge bonus for those interested in overcranked footage for their 24p sequences. All-in-all, the NEX-5N is a great camera that is marred by an unfortunate problem with its audio recording capabilities“.

Sony 55-210mm tets iamges at DC.watch.

Sony VG-20 review at Slashcam (Click here to read the google translation).

Why you should chose SOny over Nikon/Canon (improvephotography).

October 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Sony NEX-7 review at Photoreview Australia (Good news: German NEX-7 ship date confirmed)


The video on op shows a german NEX-7 presentation made by Chip.de.

Photoreview (Click here) posted a full NEX-7 review: “For an EVF, the NEX 7′s finder is quite impressive. It’s big, bright and information-rich – and also very sharp. However, its dynamic range is a bit restricted and, depending on the subject and how you’ve set the finder’s brightness, in sunny conditions you can find highlights or shadows being clipped. It also suffers from a slight (but perceptible) lag in refresh rates.” and “Colours in test shots appeared natural and even traditionally difficult-to-record blues and purples were handled very well, as shown in the sample images below. Imatest showed saturation to be well-contained but revealed a few hue shifts that affected mainly the warmer hues. Skin colours were a tad warm, which some people may prefer.“  About the noise: “Image noise only became visible in test shots  at ISO 6400 and it was mainly  the granularity of luminance noise.”
The camera earns an overall rating of 8.6/10 and gets the Editor’s choice award.

And here is a good news. A german SAR reader wrote:
I live in Germany and today I got a phone call from a Sony employee regarding my preorder of the Nex 7.
They asked to change my Adress because they cant send to a p.o. box (Packstation in german) and that the scheduled shipping is 11.11 but maybe a bit erlier! I even asked about the flood and she confirmed once again : Shippig will be in first days of November, 11.11 beeing the last day of the shipping span. (for my preorderd Nex 7)
So good luck to everyone who preordered ! Btw: I preordered the Nex 7 Kit (incl. 18-55mm black lens)

P.S.: Sony Alpha Nex-7 Camera test Shooting speed 10 fps (youtube) and Sony NEX-7 prototype video test at the Denver Zoo (Vimeo).

New NEX cameras and lens preorder links (Click on shopname to check price and availability):
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

October 25, 2011
Posted in rumors

Complete A77 review posted at Dpreview! More hints about the Sony A77 and A65 2.0 firmware update…

Dpreview posted the full A77 review (Click here). The camera earns an overall score of 81% and a Silver Award: “We’re pretty confident though that whatever your level of expectations and expertise, the A77′s rugged and well thought-out ergonomics, innovative full-time live view and AF systems and exceptionally good EVF will keep you very happy indeed. However, the somewhat mushy JPEG image quality, high noise levels and slightly laggy operation stop the A77 from getting a gold award.”
Dpreview findings are not a surprise. The camera is good but Sony has to improve the JPEG engine via firmware upgrade. That alone would make the camera almost perfect. Of course there is still a way to get the maximum out of the camera. And that is by shooting in RAW. Just look at that JPG versus RAW comparison to see the huge difference: http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/sonyslta77/page18.asp. The A77 sensor is really good without the Sony jpeg engine!

The A77 is finally in Stock in Europe at Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Sony.de, Sony.nl Sony.se, Jessops, Sony UK, Amazon.co.uk and Warehouseexpress,. And in Asia at Digitalrev and Amazon.jp

One more thing: Another “source” sent me this: “I was informed by person from SONY. Both camera was designed with special Bionz processor, but before releasing they put some better and new one processor inside camera and that make the problem. That is why they are going to release 2.0. It should work perfectly. Lets hope.
If the rumors coming from asian websites are correct version 2.0 should be out in early November!

October 25, 2011
Posted in news

Collecting: Your fullframe lens wishlist!

Dear readers! It’s time for a new poll! 2012 will be the year of full frame and  many here would like to know what kind of full frame lens you need. Feel free to comment this post with your lens suggestions.

I will also take into account the suggestions you wrote on yesterdays post about the upcoming 500mm f/4.0 lens.

Just a reminder: The first SLT full frame camera will be announced in Spring 2012 and there will be two more cameras within the year 2012. The first camera will be the A9x with 24 mega-pixels and be announced along a couple of new FF lenses. The second camera will feature a 36 Megapixel sensor. The third model will be something completely unexpected and new.

These are the links to the current Sony Fullframe lenses (without the older Minolta lenses):
SAL-16F28 Fisheye 16mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* AF SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 AF Lens for Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM Wide Angle Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-2470Z 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-2875 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Constant Aperture Zoom Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-35F14G Wide Angle 35mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-50F14 Normal 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-50M28 Normal AF D 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-85F14Z Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
85mm f/2.8 SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-100M28 100mm f/2.8 AF Macro Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Autofocus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F28 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70200G Zoom AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G(D) SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-75300 AF D 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-300F28G 300mm f/2.8 APO G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

October 25, 2011
Posted in news

Will early NEX-7 preorders shipping without delay?

There could be a good news for some of our future Sony NEX-7 owners. Two of our readers sent me a message they received from Sony:

Hello Mr. XXXX
Thank you for your recent Sony purchase.
We would like to inform you we are experiencing a delay with your Sony order. The following item NEX7K/B has been rescheduled to ship on 11/11/2011.
Tracking information will be sent via email once your order ships. This number will also be available within the order history in your Sony Account. If you are unable to continue waiting we encourage you to visit our website or call 1-866-337-7669 to work with a Sony sales representative to find an alternative product that will meet your needs.
We appreciate your understanding and thank you for choosing Sony!
Sincerely,
Sony Customer Care
SonyStyle.com

It sounds like Sony already produced some stocks of Sony NEX-7 cameras and customers that preordered the cameras in the very first days after the announcement may will get the camera in time!

P.S.: NEX-7 preorder links Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

 

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