October 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A99 field test report by Luminous Landscape. EVF versus OVF debate restarts!

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Luminous Landscape is one of my favorite websites and It’s always interesting to read their Sony reviews. They just posted a Sony A99 field review (Click here to read it). LL really likes the new features and quality of the camera “The A99 is a camera geek’s wet dream come to life.” and also writes that “Clearly noise isn’t an issue up to and including ISO 1600. From there to and including ISO 6400 a bit of noise reduction will produce highly acceptable images for most applications.“.

But they have on major doubt. It’s the use of an electronic Viewfinder on a Full frame camera. Read:
has the recent development of very good on-sensor contrast detection AF, and now from Sony on-sensor phase detection AF, not rendered the whole translucent mirror technology somewhat redundant? Maybe not today, but in a year or two almost certainly.” and “But one of the key advantages, especially to Pros and advanced amateurs who are familiar either with full frame DSLRs of the past decade, or film-based cameras prior, is the large and bright view possible though a mirror reflex with a prism. Shadow areas are open rather than black holes, colours are accurate and natural, fine details are visible, and one can see and focus and compose even with the camera turned off. These are significant advantages, and for many experienced photographers are among the main raison d’etre for appreciating what full-frame has to offer.As good as it is, the Sony EVF just can’t compete in terms of realistic contrast, brightness and overall clarity to a full frame glass prism viewfinder.

While the use of EVF makes sense on mirrorless cameras (for the sake of compactness) and on APS-C cameras (their optical viewfinder is very small anyway) they don’t find any reason to have it on FF. Let us know what you think about this:

Would you have prefered an A99 with Optical Viewfinder?

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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 7, 2012
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$100 price drop on the Sony NEX-F3 at Amazon.

Amazon launched a new Gold Box deal. You safe $100 on the NEX-F3 (Click here to see the deal page). And the Zeiss 24mm for NEX is also back in Stock…again at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder: The super new NEX-5n should ship from October 21th according to Amazon and BHphoto.

October 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

Here is the RX1 35mm Zeiss lens resolution chart.

Image by ePhotozine.

The Sony Hong Kong RX1 Press Release contains an interesting MTF resolution chart. Here is it:

The lines may don’t help you much without a comparison. Here are the resolution results of the Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 Biogon ZM lens at f/2.0 aperture:

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The RX1 lens is way better than the current ZM lens!

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, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, 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, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

Via SonyAlphaNex

October 6, 2012
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…

And here is a new roundup of Sony related news:
The Sony Robot by Luca Rossini on Flickr.
Hood-cap for NEX with 16mm at Photoclubalpha.
Living with Sony instead of Canon or Nikon by Shawn Rabourn.
How to Get 3.5mm Audio-In on the Sony NEX-5 series (Tynan).
A58, what I’d like to see by Carl Garrard.
Our first take of the Hasselblad Lunar (Digitalcamerainfo).
Sony DSLT A99 Review by DSLR Cinematography Indonesia. Part I on Facebook.
Sony NEX-F3 test at Optyczne.pl.
Sigma 19mm lens test at Quesabesde.
A new use for the Contax T on the NEX at Magnuswedberg.

October 5, 2012
Posted in news

Sony NEX-5R manual download. NEX-5N discontinued at BH.

Our reader Michael (Thanks) sent us the link to the NEX-5R manual which is available here at mediafire.com. The camera worldwide shipment should start soon in Asia and ON October 21th in US according to BH. It is again BHphoto that marked the NEX-5N as “discontinued”. But the recent price drop on the NEX-5N put it on top of the mirrorless ranking. And it even managed to be on top 10 of the overall digital camera ranking…pretty much a surprise!

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