September 13, 2011
Posted in news

Fullframe poll coming soon (most commented post ever on SAR!)

With exactly 400 comments (at the time of wirting) the Sony full frame suggestion article has become the most commented article ever on SAR! Click here to read them all: http://www.sonyalpharumors.com/we-need-your-suggestions-for-the-next-sony-fullframe-cameras/

Today I will sum all your suggestions and next week I will start the official poll where you will be able to vote the best new (dream) features of the future Sony cameras. Of course the poll will have zero influence on the new FF products coming in 2012. But I am sure Sony will take notice of the voting results!

One more news: From September 16 to September 26 I will travelling for work. I should have Internet almost every day but please be patient if I don’t answer your emails.

September 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5n news and reviews roundup (Overheating issues?)

Will Vazquez tested the NEX-5n video quality (see video on top) and discovered that: “after about 10 minutes of recording, the camera said it was overheating and turned itself off. I turned it back on after a few seconds and it seemed fine. It wasn’t that hot, a typical 85 degree (Fahrenheit) night in the Summer. Maybe it was the humidity.

StevHuff (Click here) made a “Crazy Comparison” between the new Sony NEX-5n and the epxensive Leica M9 Image Quality: “So, can the 5n be called the poor mans Leica M9? In my opinion NO, because it is a totally different kind of camera. The M9 is a rangefinder and you shoot with it in a totally different style. So the NEX-5n will never give you the RF experience. The NEX-7 will bring y ou a step closer with a slightly larger body, more dials for manual controls, built in EVF, etc and in fact, The NEX-7 will be a game changer, mark my words!

Here are more short NEX-5n news:
Image samples of the NEX-5n with Zeiss and Leica lenses on Flickr.
Japanese manufacturer acquapazza wil release an underwater housing for the 5n in november 2011. See http://www.acquapazza.jp/backnumber/news/286.php
Our japanese readers can read and see a NEX-5n versus NEX-5 comparison at ctec3.blog.so-net.ne.jp.
Another 5n user report at Dpreview forum.

P.S.: Tomorrow I will receive my new NEX-5n. Uhhh, my heart is beating…you hear it? :)

Today the NEX-5n is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). And below you can find all the NEX preorder links:
NEX-7: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
NEX-5n: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
50mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
55-210mm: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

 

September 12, 2011
Posted in news

UPDATE: Sony stores makes a mess :)

UPDATE: Many readers contacted me to say that the estimate ship date is showing wrong data. The screenshot above shows the NEX-7 preorder at Sonystore US with the shipping date for the NEX-7 being September 13 2011 (LOL!). In fact the date is NOT the shipping date. Many readers contacted me to show me Sony’s mistake. I hope Sony is reading the news and will soon fix the issue.

P.S.: I got similar messages from other people that ordered the NEX-7 or A77 at Sonystore US (Click here) and Sonystore UK (Click here).

The official Sony stores still do say the NEX-7 will be shipped from November and the A77 from October (in EU and US countries). Check:
Sony A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

September 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

Luminous Landscape first impressions about the A65 (with A900 comparison!).


Whenever Luminous Landscapes posts a review (or preview in this case) I am very glad to link to it because I think they make a very good job by giving a real photographer point of view about the new cameras. Click here to read their latest A65 first impression article.

LL likes the new EVF:(It) is really a game changer, and compared to a small and dim DSLR finder is likely to be preferred. Compared to an optical viewfinder like the one on the A900 it may be another story though. The A900′s vewfinder and prism remain about as good as it gets.” but they don’t recommend to buy the A65 with the kit lens: “The high image quality that the A65 is capable of simply won’t be able to shine through if one is limited to this lens.

LL tested the A65 with a pre-production firmware V1.02. The good news is that “Certainly ISOs from 100 through and including 1600 are essentially noise free in any sized print.”. Than they compared the A65 with the A900: “At ISO 100 the A65 shows somewhat more noise at 100% on-screen than the A900, which is essentially noise free. The A65′s noise is absolutely invisible in three quarter to mid-tones, and completely invisible in normal sized prints in any part of the tonal range, but in the quarter tones on screen there definitely is some luminance noise visible.

About the video quality:I have noted that so-called jello-cam (rolling shutter) seems to be almost non-existent on both cameras. I will be meeting with Sony factory engineers shortly and look forward to an opportunity to find out what is going on with this new sensor.

There is a lot more info to read on LL so please take time to read the full article (Click here).

Thanks again LL for your nice work!!!

And here are the preorder search links. As usual click on the store name to see if they do offer a preorder option and to check the price:
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A77 (the more expensive big brother) at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

And here are the new NEX cameras and lenses:
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

P.S.: The Sony A900 links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

September 12, 2011
Posted in reviews

Exclusive: Download plenty of fullsize NEX-7 RAW and JPEG pictures!!!

Yesterday I received an anonymous mail containing plenty of RAW and JPG full size images taken with the Sony NEX-7! Thanks anonymous sender! There is a torrent here: http://tinyurl.com/43gsw7h where you can download the huge 946MB file.It will take a long time for you to download the file. That’s why I posted some of the images here (Click on thumbnails to enlarge the image):

Click those direct search links to check availability and price of the new NEX-7 and other new NEX camera and lenses:
NEX-7: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
NEX-5n: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
50mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
55-210mm: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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