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November 27, 2012
Posted in rumors

VG900 gets in the line of fire…

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Sony NEX-VG900 Sample Movie from soul_vid on Vimeo.

EosHD posted that shootout comparing many cameras cameras including the Sony NEX VG-900. But he is very harsh about the Sony: “The reason people like full frame sensors is for the image quality not the spec sheet. I really do feel it is full frame for the sake of it here with no real advantages for video especially when the image from the 5D Mark III, Nikon D800 and much cheaper D600 is so much better. What is bizarre is that the Nikon’s have Sony sensors and yet do better video than Sony’s own cameras.

And SAR reader Francesco shows in a video the difference between the two LA-EA2 and LA-EA3 adapters (here on youtube). The LA-EA2 gives you full electronic support but doesn’t cover the full 35mm image circle. The LA-EA3 covers the full Full frame area but it doesn’t support autofocus with SIGMA lenses (and face detection also doesn’t work of course).

Guys…what do you think about these findings?

 

 

 

November 26, 2012
Posted in reviews

10-18mm tested at Luminous Landscape: “best wide angle zoom I ever tested”

Luminous Landscape tested the new Sony 10-18mm E-mount lens. And the usually very critical reviewer ends the review with that short sentence: “It is the best of the four super wide-angle zooms I’ve tried, and I consider it a keeper.

Also a SAR readers tested the lens and sent me this email: “NEW images from the Sony 10-18mm f4 lens / NEX 7 at image shack album: http://imageshack.us/g/1/9887931/. Feel free to share the link on SAR. (The Watermark copyright is my own company). Initial impression of the lens are:
Excellent build quality, great balance on the NEX 7, surprisingly sharp corners even wide open, incredible depth of field, mild distortion at 10mm but easily correctable, excellent color and contrast.  Bottom line, the is my new favorite lens for my NEX 7! (Even better than my 24mm CZ 1.8).

Sounds good!

The new 10-18mm E-mount lens is in Stock at Amazon and Adorama and on eBay (via Slidoo).

November 26, 2012
Posted in deals

Cyber Monday: Last chance to grab some Sony deal!

The huge US deal party is almost over. Today is your last chance to grab some of the many Sony deals. Check out the deal pages at Amazon (cameras), Amazon (all stuff), Adorama, Bhphoto, J&R, TigerDirect, Bestbuy and eBay. Some EU deals at Amazon UK, Sony UK (15% off with voucher code “SONYBF10“) and at Amazon Germany.

All Sony related deals in detail:

SLT cameras:
Free 32inch HDTV on any A99 purchase via AlphaCameraDeals.
$300 off A77 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$300 off A77 with 18-135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$300 off A77 with 16-50mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$200 off A65 body at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$200 off A65 with 18-135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$200 off A65 with 18-55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$150 off A57 body only at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$150 off A57 with 18-135mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$150 off A57 with 18-55mm at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

A-mount lenses
Save up to $100 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Lenses (here at Amazon).
$50 off on the 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-35mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-50mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 DT at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$25 off on the 18-135mm f/ 3.5-5.6 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24mm f/2.0 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 85mm f/1.4 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$50 off on the 100mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 135mm f/1.8 Zeiss at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
$100 off on the 135mm f/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

NEX cameras/lenses:
$500 off on the NEX-VG20 at Amazon, BHphoto.
$100 off on the NEX-5R you can check out right now at Amazon and Adorama.
NEX-5R and Get a Pogoplug Backup Device, a Camera Bag, and 16 GB Memory Card (here at Amazon).
NEX-5R a $100 rebate but there is also an additional $50 gift card offered by BHphoto.
Save $340 on the Sony NEX-F3K Camera, Lens, Card and Bag Bundle (here at Amazon).
$50 off on the Sigma NEX lenses at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.

Compact Cameras/Accessories/Software:
Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras Starting at $79 (here at Amazon).
Plenty of rebates at Adobe.
Save up to $55 Instantly on Select Sony Camera Accessories at Amazon.

November 26, 2012
Posted in reviews

New A99 tests. A99 on par with all Nikon FF cameras.

Image courtesy: Techradar

Techradar posted the A99 hands-on review. And the most interesting part is the comparison with the Nikon D600, Nikon D800 and Canon 5DmarkII. You can see it here. Let’s look at the RAW files:
1) Signal to noise ratio: The A99 is on par with the Nikon D600 while the Canon has an edge from ISO 3.200 towards.
2) Dynamic range. The A99 isn’t the best at ISO 50-100 but form 200 ISO towards it’s on top with the D700 and 5DmarkII.
Overall it looks like the A99 and D600 are damn close in their performance. Certainly the A99 holds up well with the best in this class. Now le’t see if the RX1 can beat them all! Can’t wait to see these results on techaradar soon.

More A99 tests: New A99 test by Yodobashi (translation here). A99 video by SAR reader Baron (on vimeo). New image samples by Frank Doorhof.

A99 Cyber Monday deals: Free 32inch HDTV on every A99 purchase! Check out the deal at AlphaCameraDeals (Click here). In UK you will get 15% off on sony.co.uk (A99 = 1952£). By entering the voucher code SONYBF10 at the checkout you’ll get 15% off TVs, HiFi, cameras and Handycams. There is also a small $54 price drop via BigValue on eBay (Click here). And login and set your A99 search on Slidoo to get notified one Bay price drops and deals.

A99 store links: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

 

November 25, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Sony RX1 tests (some amazing pics and sick RX1 video by Philip Bloom)

Waiting for the RX1:
Let’s start the new week by talking about the unique Sony RX1. The camera is now shipping worldwide via Asian eBay stores (Click here). But it will be soon in Stock in other countries too. P.S.: just save that Slidoo eBay search to get notified when it will be in Stock in other countries too (change country after login).

New RX1 reviews:
The well known Japanese website DC.watch (translation here) posted a full Sony RX1 test. They also did a small comparison with the Leica M9 and Olympus E-M5. And because google translation tool doens’t the job very well I can’t  understand their conclusion :)
Also Yodbashi (translation here) posted a new RX1 shooting report. Check it out because some pics are amazing!
Darwinfish posted a short RX1 two low light video on youtube (and here is the second video). You can also see a first amateurish unboxing AF test. The sickest video has been shot by Philip Bloom -> Sorry for the bad joke Philip :)
Street Photography Workshops posted a short set of RX1 samples. Also Steve Huff posted some RX1 B&W pics.

RX1 price and in Stock checks (Click on store name):
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

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