October 15, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Good news! Sony A77/A65/A57/A37 firmware updated coming on October 18th!

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I like it when I can start the new week with a good Sony news-rumor :=)

A source (Thanks!) sent us this text but don’t try to click on the download links. They will work form October 18th only!

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PRESS TEXT

Please be informed that the new firmware version 1.06 for SLT-A77 & SLT-A65, and firmware version 1.03 for SLT-A57 & SLT-A37 will be available soon.
Japan is going to make an announcement for this firmware update, but we will handle it as a download content for regional website as it’s only a firmware update.

1. Target date of posting the download on Sony Asia website is 14:00 SG Time (GMT + 8hrs) on Thursday, 18 Oct 2012.
SLT-A65 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.06 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518235
Ver.1.06 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518237

SLT-A77 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.06 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518232
Ver.1.06 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518233

SLT-A37 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.03 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/519325
Ver.1.03 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/519329

SLT-A57 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.03 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518238
Ver.1.03 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/518240

2. Applicable Model & Version
Model Name
Firmware Version
SLT-A65, SLT-A77
1.05 or earlier
SLT-A37, SLT-A57
1.02 or earlier

3. Additional Features / Improvements
· Lens compensation function is extended to the following lenses
Ø SAL30M28, SAL50F14, SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL70400G, SAL70200G, SAL35F14G, SAL1635Z
· Addition of capability to enable/disable the MOVIE button (applicable to SLT-A77 & SLT-A65 only)

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I don’t know yet if there are more new features and fixes. Hope yes!

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For US readers. You save $100 on the A77 open box deal at Beachcamera (Click here).

October 14, 2012
Posted in reviews

New A99, RX1, NEX-6 image samples. And first 10-18mm E-mount test.

No day is passing without some bloggers posting new Sony tests and images. But at least we have one real new and unseen test. Our reader Klaus sent me this text: “During the Alpha-Festival in Berlin I shot some sample shots with the 10-18mm. I have also included corner and center crops. http://www.sonyuserforum.de/forum/showthread.php?t=124123. At 10mm the lens shows some pink color cast which can be easily removed with Lightroom presets. The lens is damn sharp and brilliant for its size and prize. Stabilization works really good and AF is spot on. Good performer – will buy it ASAP“. Thanks Klaus for being the first testing this lens!
The lens can be preordered at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.

And here are new RX1,A99 and NEX-6 tests:
TheVerge had the chance to play with the RX1 and writes: “I got to try it this week, and frankly, it’s amazing. Shooting even vaguely usable 6000 x 4000 resolution pictures at 25,600 ISO with a camera this small is unbelievable, and the fixed Zeiss lens produces lovely results.”
Also Steve Huff posted some new thoughts and images about the RX1: “Sony is climbing a little but of an uphill battle with the rX1 due to the cost of the camera because the “masses” are not into a fixed focal length lens. Many enthusiasts are, and these are the ones Sony made this camera for.
Sony Digital Imaging Press Event – Sony A99, NEX-6 & RX1 at Photographyreview. Also the Italian website Fotografidigitali posted a new A99 hands-on.


Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

October 14, 2012
Posted in news

Sony confusion: A900 marked as A99 in Canada :)

Our SAR facebook reader Emmanuel found a cute mistake made by the marketing guys at Sony Canada (Click here to see it). Just watch the fourth slider image. They put the image of the Sony A900 instead of that of the A99. Not the best way to promote the A99 :)

The only new A900 or A850 I found is on eBay US (Click here). Probably one of the last ever Sony FF OVF model you can find in new conditions. Meantime the A99 shipping date differs and keeps changing from country to country. Now it’s late October for EU and Canada and early November for US. Check out all links at Alphacameradeals to get exact dates depending from the country.

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

 

October 13, 2012
Posted in news

Complete Guide to Sony’s RX100 by Gary Friedman.

Gary Friedman’s book about the Sony RX100 is now available for $21.45 at friedmanarchives.com. This the only Sony camera that managed to stay for months ont he top seller list of Amazon (Click here to see the ranking). Definitely the most popular Sony camera of the year and a camera that has zero competition yet. If I would have to pickup one camera only that this may be my top option.

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Cases: Official Sony LCJ-RXA case, Gariz case, more leather case.
Batteries: NP-BX1 Battery.
Special stuff: Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on eBay (Click here)

October 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

Full A99 review at Mobile01!

Image courtesy: Mobile01

The first long and detailed Sony A99 test comes via Mobile01 (Translation here). You can watch and download plenty of images in JPG, RAW and different ISO’s. I will leave any comment about the image quality to you. I think there will be no difference between this camera and other FF camera in the same league. The features will make the difference (in better or in worse).

Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.

 

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