July 4, 2012
Posted in news

New Sony XQD cards with 168MB/s write speed…right in time for the FF SLT.

Yesterday Sony announced the new faster XQD cards (Press release here). The first generation XQD cards had a write speed of 125MB/s and the only camera capable of using them is the Nikon D4. This is the kind of super speedy cards you will be able to use on the next Full Frame SLT camera from Sony. The 24 Megapixel FF sensor is rumored to have a 10-12fps speed and you will need those cards to get the best out of it! And it comes for a price. The current 125MB/s cards are priced at $120 for the 16GB version (here at Amazon) and $230 for the 32GB version (here at Amazon). The newer faster cards will cost ¥60,000 (around $754) for the 64GB card and ¥40,000 ($503) for the 32GB model.

Yep, cute prices :(


July 3, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Sigma 19mm, FS700 and Madoka reviews.

Focus On Sony NEX FS700 from BorrowLenses.com on Vimeo.

EosHD (Click here) is pretty much enthusiastic about the NEX-FS700 and writes that it has amazing “14 stops of dynamic range in AVCHD“.

Our friend Kurt Munger (Click here) posted the full Sigma 19mm for NEX review: “Overall, the Sigma 19mm F/2.8 lens is a good lens, but is it better than the kit 18-55mm or 18-200mm zooms from Sony at 19mm, or around that length?  The short answer is

ePhotozine (Click here) posted the full Madoka lens review: “Those looking for a circular fisheye for their NEX camera, don’t have any other choice but this lens currently. Luckily this lens is capable of producing sharp 180 degree images, is lightweight, compact, well built and reasonably priced.

The Sigma 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).
The Sigma 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).

July 3, 2012
Posted in deals

USA Sony deals roundup! New $80 A65 and A57 rebates.

There are many ongoing deals in USA and here is the full roundup!

1) The screenshot on top links to the NEX+lens deal from Amazon (Click here).
2) There is also a dedicated Sony Alpha Lens Rebate page on Amazon (Click here).
3) The SLT rebate has been extended to July 14th and you can have a nice overview at BHphoto (Click here). It’s a $80 price rebate that you can also have on the A57 at Amazon (Click here) and on the A65 at Amazon (Click here).

July 3, 2012
Posted in news

Olympus “confesses” that it now using Sony sensors too!

The E-M5 sensor…from Sony!

Back in February Olympus announced the popular Olympus E-M5 camera. They didn’t unveil the sensor manufacturer that they said was not Panasonic. Yesterday Olympus President Hiroyuki Sasa “confessed” that the sensor has been made by Sony (Source: Yahoo Japan).

So after Nikon (for example the D800), Pentax (K-5) and Ricoh (See some GXR modules) we now have Olympus on board. Sony is far away from becoming the DSLR and Mirrorless camera market leader but they are now close to dominate the global sensor market!

July 2, 2012
Posted in rumors

Schneider denies involvement in NEX lens development…

Image on top: Schneider Tilt-Shift-Lenses for Sony Alpha Mount

For the record. Schneider officially stated tat there is no plan to make any NEX lens (for now). To bad, there are so many good Schneider lenses I would like to see in an E-mount version!

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