May 24, 2013
Posted in reviews

New 20mm f/2.8 pancake gets DxOmarked.


DxOmark (Click here) tested the new 20mm f/2.8 E-mount lens. They didn’t test the “older” 16mm pancake so we can’t know if the new 20mm lens is better. Obviously the lens can’t match the quality of other more expensive primes like the 35mm f/1.8.

I still think Sony should do a tiny bit faster and a tiny bit higher quality pancake. I know, it’s easier to be said than made :)

May 24, 2013
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-F3 kit for $379. Gold Box deal on A35. Sigma A-mount lens price drop.


The price of the NEX-F3 with 18-55mm lens dropped down to $379 at BHphoto (Click here). And there is a new Gold Box deal on the A35 at Amazon (Click here). And a couple of Sigma A-mount lenses got a price drop at Amazon (Click here).

More deals:
Sigma 35mm f/1.4 A-mount lens in Stock at BHphoto (click here).
NEX-6 body for $707 at BigValue (Click here).
RX100 for $494 at ElectroElectro (Click here).
Full Sony deals overview at

UPDATE: Norm sent me this message: “Just wanted give you this information in case you don’t have it already but it looks like Canadians can finally benefit from the A99 + flas + grip bundle by buying within Canada from sony.  Until now we were forced to import the bundle from the US.  The $1000 savings will help drive Canadian sales I’m sure.


May 24, 2013
Posted in news

POLL: Select the future A-mount camera key features!

I am very busy working on the new A-mount camera roadmap. As you know new FF and APS-C cameras will be announced in Q1-Q2 of 2014 and they will be very “advanced”. It’s really a very exciting time for me and my sources. And I am not forgetting the E-mount system neither! There will be a new NEX-7 successor and plenty of new lenses (including a 85mm f/1.4). But while I am chatting with my source about all that new stuff I collected your “dream features” for the new 2014 generation A-mount cameras (yep, I read all your comments and put them in a poll). I am now curious to see what feature is the most requested and should be done to be really competitive in the DSLR market:

What are the key features you want to see on the new generation A-mount cameras? Select up to five features:

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May 23, 2013
Posted in news

New Sony RX1 accessory How To videos by Sony. And competition coming from Leica?

Sony posted a sort of How To for the RX1. These are the shortest How To clips ever made :)  Here they are: (scroll down to see the list).

What’s much more interesting than the videos is the rumor about a new Leica Mini M release on June 11. This could be the first real Sony RX1 competitor. A new Leica fixed lens FF camera? I don’t know it, but I bet it will be too expensive…

RX1 links roundup:
RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).


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