December 31, 2012
Posted in deals

Gloxy 12mm fisheye for NEX in Stock.

At Photokina Digital King announced the new 12mm f/7.4 fisheye lens for NEX. This lens is now for the first time in Stock via multiple eBay resellers (Click here). Not exactly a main stream lens and the 8mm Rokinon/Samyang lens (here on eBay) may be a better choice unless you need exactly the 12mm focal length.

Here are the Gloxy specs:

  • Focal distance: 12mm
  • Coating: 7 layers multi coating to reduce aberrations to a minimum
  • Lens construction: 4 elements in 4 groups
  • Focusing distance: 0.5m to infinitive
  • Aperture: f/7.4
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 65.00 x 58.5mm

Here are some image samples (Click on it to see a larger sized pic):

December 31, 2012
Posted in rumors

My 2013 Sony release prediction…

The following post is a mix of rumors and speculations about the possible new cameras and lenses from Sony. This is not an SR5 rumor :)

RX Cybershot:
Sony is quite happy with the success of their RX100 and RX1 cameras. And they definitely will keep going on with new camera release. It’s pretty obvious that there is plenty of room for an RX10 camera with ASP-C sensor. The question is how will they make it? My guess is that it will have a fixed prime lens to make the camera very compact.
Another question is, will there be a variations within the same series? For example an RX2 with a 50mm f/1.7 equivalent lens. Or an RX101 with a wider (and slower) zoom range.

Sony NEX:
There will be plenty of of new cameras and lenses. I expect a new NEX-3 model and probably a NEX-7 successor too. Unlike previous years there will be finally more new lens than new camera announcements :)
We know three new Zeiss primes with full electronic support are going to be launched in Spring 2013. There will be a new 85mm f/1.8 lens and a 3-4 more new Sony E-mount lenses. But let’s not forget that we can pretty much be sure that also Tamron, Sigma and other manufacturers will announce new lenses too.

Sony FF NEX:
As I told you last week Sony is working on the camera development and an exact time release hasn’t been set yet. It all depends from how things will work out. They want the camera to be damn good, like a Pro DSLR from Nikon and Canon. My guess is that the camera will hit the stores in early 2014 only. There may be some announcement or prototype shown in late 2013.

Sony SLT:
I already told you about four new A-mount lenses that will be launched within the next six months and the most interesting one is the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens. We will have both, new entry level and new semi pro SLT APS-C cameras. It will be highly unlikely that Sony will launch a new SLT FF cameras in 2013.

Surprises:
Unlike Canon and Nikon Sony is always good for a surprise! Never be sure what’s in the engineers head. So how could a surprise look like? A 50+ Megapixel A1x SLT camera, a new 3 layer sensor (foveon similar), or the come back of optical viewfinders. But those are just dreams for now…or not? :)

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December 30, 2012
Posted in news

Some more info about the Contax G to E-mount adapter (coming in February)

I just got an email from Camera MX with a link to a new youtube video and a delivery estimation of the new Contax G to E-mount adapter: “We believe we can launch this adapter around Feb. One more thing, Contax G16mm and G21mm cannot used on this CONTAX G – SONY NEX AF adapter. If you want to use G21 with this, you must cut the rear lens flange. G16 cannot use on it. In future, international version is renamed as “DEO TECHART” or “DEO”

MXcamera
Tel: 2388 1178
YH Store : http://hk.user.auctions.yahoo.com/hk/booth/mxcamera_hk
Web Site : http://mxcamera.com/
face book: https://www.facebook.com/mxcamera

Reminder: list of great G lenses with links to eBay price:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

December 29, 2012
Posted in deals

And now a $170 price drop on the Sony RX1…

After yesterdays price drop on the A99 for the first time we also got a price drop on the Sony RX1. And it’s a quite big one! You save $170 at Cameraland (Click here) and at BigValue (Click here).

Deal found via Slidoo eBay.

December 29, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony TidBits

Peru – Bring Your Kids – Trailer from Scott Booker (Shot on the RX100)

Short Sony news roundup:
ThePhoBlographer posted the full Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens review: “Not only is it super sharp, but it is extremely well built and focuses fairly fast. When the images are ready to be imported into your post-processing software of choice, you’ll have little work to do aside from some retouching.
The ten cameras that amde history in 2012 at Quesabesde (translation here).
Nikon’s Series-E Lenses Compared (Matthewdurrphotography).
35mm f0.95 e-moun Mitakon lens test at TalkNex.
Sony 50mm f1.8 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony World Photography Awards 2013 (ePhotozine).

Murat:I video recorded these scenes here in Hawaii with my Sony nex 6 with 50mm f/1.8 lens and also with the new 16-50mm power zoom. This is not a time lapse footage out of photos.
I recorded 60p videos as avchd and later on premiere speeded up the footage 800% for a creamier look. It was an extremely windy day. I had to park my car against the wind the protect my camera on the tripod. Still it is not 100% steady. But it looks good overall. I did not color correct nor sharpen the footage. http://youtu.be/hZdgVkYlq4Q

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