September 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 videos and news.

Cnet Asia (Click here) first take: “The Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a more advanced camera which could appeal to seasoned users with its manual controls and upgraded features such as a proper hotshoe and built-in viewfinder. Additionally, Sony’s currently limited lens lineup will also be seeing some new introductions later this year that include a promising Carl Zeiss-branded 24mm F1.8 prime and a 55-210mm telephoto zoom. A better selection of lenses could help this camera overcome its high price tag.”

Leica M9 versus Sony NEX-7 at Echenique (Click here): “Based on specs alone, the Sony NEX-7 looks poised to topple the Leica M9 as the King of the Street Shooters, but there are other factors to be considered which cannot be done until I get an actual production camera in my hands. Ergonomics, image quality, shutter noise, AF speed and card writing speed are among the technical issues that remain to be tested. Leica also has a long and storied history having been the camera of choice for many of the greatest photographers of the last 60+ years.

Cgarrard at Alphamountworld (Click here) said: “I didn’t have long with the NEX-7 (i.e.-NEXIE), but what time I had with the interface intrigued me. I came away thinking Ill need much more time with it in order to have a final say on the interface/menu but my first impression was pretty positive. I figure as soon as I dig into the manual and configure all the custom controls to my liking, the NEXIE is going to really be a nice tool to use.

Ein Blick auf die NEX-7 (Fotointern). Tri-dial navigation on youtube. German Hands-on video at IFA berlin on youtube.

Click those direct NEX-7 search links to preorder the camera Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

September 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 news roundup (A77 shipping started!)

Les Numeriques (Click here) tested the new Sony A77 and earns a rating of five stars (the maximum possible).

The Sony Alpha 77 (P)review at Thistonybridge (Click here): “Put another way, this is a camera for every photographer, regardless of their expertise or experience. Sony have taken a long time getting the successor to the mighty A 700 out to the market, but to my mind, the wait has been well worth it.

Sony A77 unboxing pics at Mobile01 (Click on the green links to see the pictures).

The first taiwan A77 owner can be seen here at Mobile01 :) And it looks like that also Sony UK is shipping the first A77 cameras! Check at Dpreview forum.

Full Sony A77 preorder links:

Australia:, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H,
Canada:, B&H, Adorama,
China:, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark:, eBay
Finland:, eBay
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Japan:, Rakuten, eBay
Norway:, eBay
Poland:,, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain:,,, eBay
Sweden:, eBay
United Kingdom:, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay


September 20, 2011
Posted in news

Nikon does not follow Sony and announces a “small sensor” mirrorless system.

Let’s just give me an update about one of our main competitors (and sensor partners). Nikon just announced a completely new CX mirrorless camera system based on a 10 megapixel 2.7x crop sensor. The sensor is four times bigger than the small compact camera sensor but a lot smaller than our NEX sensors. You can read the full news coverage at

I don’t know yet if the system uses Sony sensors. But at first glance I wouldn’t say this is a serious NEX competition. It’s a camera made for the compact camera “upgraders” but with $599 (for the J1 at Amazon) I find the entry price too high! I would buy the Sony NEX-5n at that price….without the clicking issue please :)

September 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 and NEX-5n (p)reviews.

“forever-a while”- Shot with Sony A-65 from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo.

That’s a short summary fo the leatest news I found about the new Sony cameras:

MIke Langner (Click here) posted a full A77 review: “I must admit I’m spoiled by the A900 OVF which is one of the best out there, but if I was still shooting with an APS-C camera the Sony Alpha A77 EVF will seem huge. A700 users have been waiting 4 years for a worthy replacement – and the Sony Alpha A77 is definitely worth it.

Photoreview Australia (Click here) posted a new A77 first look. The Chinese website PCpop (Click here) tested the new 16-50mm lens (go on page 4 to see the image samples). And another Chinese website Sonysdf (Click here) tested the A77 camera with firmware 1.02. They also made an useful ISO comparison with the Nikon D7000.

CNET Australia (Click here) posted a full NEX-5n review: “The Sony NEX-5N offers great image quality, a large SLR-sized sensor and a stylish body with the added bonus of a touchscreen. If shooting video is a make-or-break deal for you, hold off buying the NEX-5N for now until Sony issues a fix for the clicking issue when filming.

Also Philip Bloom (Click here) had the chance to test the NEX-5n: “So all in all. A lovely little camera with a rather annoying issue. I hope this can be fixed…not sure how though as this is a hardware issue not a firmware issue…will they all need to be sent back? One more thing, some people have reported the camera overheating and not being able to get to the 29 mins 59 seconds max per clip. I just did…at 25p with no issue. 50p…no issue. Also without the viewfinder the camera is only half as good for me…it does output a full HD hdmi signal but mounting a Zacuto EVF on this baby would be daft, especially as the OLED EVF is stunning!

And those are the links to preorder the new cameras and lenses:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

September 19, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) New Noktor HyperPrime 23mm f/1.7 lens coming soon?

On top: The very first picture(?) taken with the (preproduction) Noktor HyperPrime 23mm f/1.7 for NEX (Click on picture to enlarge).

We have been just told by our sources that there will be a new E-mount Noktor 23mm f/1.7 lens coming soon. The design is based on cinema lens, that means it has  a 12 aperture blades that will make a perfectly round aperture opening. The lens will be available in December for around $499. It has a minimum focus distance of 10cm.

The lens is made by the Chinese company SLRmagic which already makes the 35mm f/1.7 for NEX (available on eBay).


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