October 14, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony 30mm macro now in Stock at Amazon (and cashback auction in Europe)


The new 30mm macro is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here) too! Reminder: Some ver nice image samples can be found here at DC.watch!

A reader sent me a cashback deal that is ongoing in the Netherlands. I don’t knwo yet if that deal will be extended to other euroepan countries! Here is the cachback lens list from Sony.nl:
SAL-75300 (€30,-),
SAL-18250 (€75,-),
SAL-85F28 (€20,-),
SAL-50F18 (€20,-),
SAL-50M28 (€50,-),
SAL-1680Z (€100,-),
SAL-2470Z (€100,-),
SAL-70200G (€200,-),
SAL-70300G (€100,-),
SAL-70400G (€200,-).

UPDATE: The deal is also ongoing in Belgium: http://www.sony.be/lang/nl/article/lenzen-tot-200-euro-cashback

October 14, 2011
Posted in reviews

Is the NEX-7 image quality better than the quality of the A77?

Imaging Resource (Click here) posted a full set of Sony NEX-7 studio samples. The cool thing is that finally you can compare the NEX-7 and A77 image quality: http://www.imaging-resource.com/IMCOMP/COMPS01.HTM.

An example: At 16000 ISO the NEX-7 image (Click here) looks sharper than the A77 (Click here). UPDATE: Both cameras used the same Sigma 70mm F2.8 macro lens!

And even at low 100 ISO the NEX-7 image (Click here) is a tack sharper than the A77 image (Click here).

I don’t know yet if the differences we see are here because of the absence of the semi transparent mirror on the NEX-7. One thing is sure, the NEX-7 really looks like an amazing perfomer for me!

Preorder the NEX-7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
And the NEX-7 is still the only non-Canon and non-Nikon camera that is constantly under the Amazon top-20 (Click here to see the full ranking).
Get the A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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All other new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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 14, 2011
Posted in news

Sigma announces a compatibility service for the A77 and A65 cameras.

Sigma Japan (Click here) announced that many of the current Sigma lenses are having autofocus issues with the new A77 and A65 cameras. A bit below you can read a list of the affected lenses. Sigma will offer a free service to fix the lenses. All future Sigma packages will have the logo on top whenever the lenses ahas been already made compatible with the A77 and A65 cameras.

These are the non compatible lenses:
2,8/4,5 mm EX DC CIRCULAR FISHEYE HSM
2,8/10 mm EX DC FISHEYE HSM
3,5/10-20 mm EX DC HSM
2,8/17-50 mm EX DC OS HSM
2,8-4/17-70 mm DC MACRO HSM
2,8-4/17-70 mm DC MACRO OS HSM
2,8-4,5/18-50 mm DC OS HSM
3,8-5,6/18-125 mm DC HSM
3,5-6,3/18-250 mm DC OS HSM
2,8/24-70 mm IF EX DG HSM
1,4/50 mm EX DG HSM
4-5,6/50-200 mm DC HSM
APO 4,5-6,3/50-500 mm DG OS HSM
APO 2,8/70-200 mm EX DG OS HSM
1,5/85 mm EX DG HSM
APO 4,5-5,6/120-400 mm DG OS HSM
APO 5-6,3/150-500 mm DG OS HSM

October 14, 2011
Posted in rumors

Collapsible lens patent

The japanese blog Egami (Click here) found a new Sony patent disclosing a collapsible lens technology. The image on top shows the lens in full retracted position. The single lenses are in contact with the other lenses to minimize the length. Actually only Olympus is offering such a lens (The 14-42mm kit lens). Collapsible lenses and in future also the liquid lens technology should allow Sony to create very small lenses. Can’t wait to see one of these lenses for real!

October 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Slrmagic 28mm f/2.8 reviews

EosHD (Click here) tested the SLRmagic 28mm f/2.8 with E-mount: “Essentially with SLR Magic you have a pre-approved selection of glass that is quirky and stylistic. I had tons of fun shooting with this lens and it doesn’t break the bank, it’s probably the cheapest E-mount lens on the market.

Also Steve Huff (Click here) reviewed the same lens: “This 28 2.8 lens is somewhat classic in its rendering when shot wide open and when you stop it down to f/8, forget about it! It sharpens up and gives really great results.

You can get that lens on eBay only (Click here).

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