September 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8

Introduction:
Very soon the postman will ring on my door and deliver to me the just bought NEX-5n. But what I am missing in the current NEX lens lineup are pancakes! I’m googling around to find some nice pancakes I can use on my NEX and I thought it would be nice to share with you my findings!

The Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8:
Today I collected some news about the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 lens. You can use it on your NEX via AR to NEX mount adapters (Click here to find them on eBay). The lens itself costs around $60 and you can find plenty of them (used) on eBay (Click here). On your NEX this will become a 60mm f/1.8 lens. Almost a perfect lens for portraits! And it is really small for being that fast!

What I found:
A very nice set of image samples from “Panuraj” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Another set of image samples from “Flyingdate” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Test at dpreview forum: “Good news – the lens does not disappoint! Solid all-round performance. It is ever-so-slightly soft at full open aperture – more of that slightly ‘dreamy’ quality some of these older lenses tend to have (I can even see that being something that can be played with and used), but quickly gets extremely sharp at only 2 stops down or so.

What do you think:

Do you like the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8?

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Ebay links:
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 (Click here)
AR to NEX mount adapter (Click here)

September 9, 2011
Posted in news

C. Garrard: “the NEX-7 is likely to be a Trojan Horse in the camera industry”

The NEX-7 and the NEX-5n are the hotseller on Amazon. Four different NEX camera kits made it into the top 20 (Click here to see the full ranking)!!! And I bet the NEX-7 will stay on top of that ranking for a very long time. The NEX-7 is receiving a lot of praises. Carl Garrard had the chance to play a bit with the Nex-7: “This is a camera that not only seems to strike the “classic” strings , but also strikes the “hi tech science tool” strings in my heart. It simultaneously gives me the impression that it is both designed to be functional yet ultra high tech at the very same time. I’ve never held or used a camera like it. I repeat, the NEX-7 is likely to be a Trojan Horse in the camera industry.” (Source: Dpreview forum). And also Whatdigitalcamera writes that: “The NEX-7 we handled is an early pre-production model and we were not allowed to put an SD card in it to assess to image quality, as there’s still some tweaking to be done to the firmware, but from a handling and usability perspective the NEX-7 is impressive.

The NEX-7 is the last of the new new Sony cameras that will get into production. That’s why you don’t see any official preview on the web. Sony hasn’t finsihed to work on the beta-firmware. Let’s hope they will finish soon because I really want to see some preview!

Preorder the NEX-7 at Amazon (Click here).
And the NEX-5n is now in Stock at Amazon: Body only (Click here), or with 18-55mm lens (Click here) and the silver version (Click here).

September 9, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A77 to be in Stock on October 14.


Sony Japan confirmed that the A77 will be in Stock on October 14. It’s very likely that asian countries will the first to get the A77. European and Americans might have to wait a couple of days (or weeks) more.

Meanwhile on the web you can find new image samples and previews. Here is a new list of links:

1) Sony A77 first impressions at Whatdigitalcamera: “The results from my brief hands-on are very detailed, though a little more noisy than the latest less resolute sensors. However, I must emphasise that this is a pre-production model and final tweaks to the processing algorithms are still being made, so I’m reluctant to place too much emphasis on that.“.

2) Sony A77 versus Sony A580 at dpreview forum. Sony A77 beauty image at Planetyawn. Sony A77 image samples at Photoforum Russia. NYC at Night with Sony SLT-a77 on youtube.

3) A japanese SAR reader sent us the following text: “I just went to an Sony Event last Sat.The famous cameramen Ozawa Chukyo talk about the A77 and Nex5N. I have just upload the part 1 of A77 on youtube.

4) Another reader sent us this: “I asked Nick Webster, the guy on Vimeo who has the pre-production A77 underwater video about record times after the A55 over-heating debacle.  This is what he said: “With Steadyshot Inside turned on, the maximum is nine minutes (which is a very long time for one clip). Without Steadyshot Inside, you can record as long as you like.

 

The NEX-5n is available at (Click on store names):
USA&Canada: Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!) and eBay (in Stock!).
Europe: SonyStore DE (in Stock), SonyStore FR (in Stock), SonyStore IT (in Stock), Amazon DE (preorder), Amazon UK (preorder) and eBay (in Stock!).
Asia: Digitalrev (in Stock), eBay (in Stock!).

All other camera preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

Via Fotoactualidad

September 9, 2011
Posted in news

New NEX-7 video with Paul Genge from Sony UK!

Whatdigitalcamera posted the video on top about the exclusive Sony NEX-7 Interview with Paul Genge from Sony Uk. Enjoy! (And thanks WDC for making the interview!). P.S.: I just bought the NEX-5n but after watching the video I abolsutely want the NEX-7 too!

NEX-7 preorders:
Body only:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
With 18-55mm kit lens:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
The 50mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Adorama.

Thanks awmenard and all other anonymous senders

September 8, 2011
Posted in news

The fall of Canon and Nikon. The raise of Sony (Bloomberg).

The latest article at Bloomberg (Click here) about tha japanese digital camera market shares describes an ongoing and somewhat unexpected revolution. According to Bloomberg: “the world’s two biggest makers of high-end cameras (Cnaon and Nikon), may be missing out on the industry’s biggest technology shift since film rolls became obsolete. The two Tokyo-based companies use mirrors in all cameras with interchangeable lenses, a technique Sony Corp. is shifting away from. As a result, Canon and Nikon’s combined share of the Japanese market has fallen by 35 percent, while Sony’s share has doubled, according to estimates at research firm BCN Inc.

Ryosuke Katsura (Mizuho Securities Equity Research analyst) wrote last year that the mirrorless technology: “may be the biggest “paradigm shift” in the SLR industry in six decades

In general those are the interesting news for Sony (and generally about  camers):
- Sony’s share in the worldwide SLR market rised to about 15 percent in the year ended March 31 from 10 percent a year earlier.
- Mirrorless cameras accounted for 40.5 percent of SLR sales in July (in Japan), surging from 5 percent in early 2009, according to BCN.
- Globally, sales of mirrorless cameras surged fivefold to 2.1 million units in 2010, and their share of the overall SLR market may climb to 23 percent in 2011 from 16 percent, according to Macquarie Group Ltd. estimates last month.

My take on that: It is interesting to see that Sony is pushing the A77 with a lot of Marketing, but the most preordered cameras in USA are the NEX-7 and NEX-5n. Those are the only cameras that are constantly in the top 20 of the Amazon sales (Click here to see the rankings). I know from talks with my sources that Sony didn’t expect such a huge success for their NEX system. And I cannot imagine how much money they would make now if they would be fast enough to make decent NEX lenses! Hurry up Sony, we need pancakes, more Zeiss lenses, fast lenses and some video optimized lens! I am sure Canon will soon announce a strong mirrorless system and Sony have to be aware of that. At the moment things look good for Sony, but it’s time to “believe” in the NEX system and put a lot of effort into products development!
P.S.: If you ask me, Nikon’s mirrorless system will not be a serious NEX competitor (it uses a to small 2,7x crop sensor).

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
NEX-5n:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada, SonyStore DE, SonyStore FR, SonyStore IT, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Digitalrev and eBay.
NEX-7 body only:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
NEX-7 with 18-55mm kit lens:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
50mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Adorama.