February 5, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Sony NEX-7 video test and (and correction from 3Dkraft)

U7 *NEX 7 test footage* from Andrew Reid on Vimeo.

Andrew Reid (Click here) posted a first impression review of the NEX-7 video quality: “In video mode the same strengths that the NEX 5N had over the GH2 are apparent but more so…. Colour is richer and more accurate, gradation and tonality are smoother, dynamic range is greater, latitude (especially in the lows) is increased and a flatter image profile helps to give more flexibility when grading the footage.”

Meanwhile 3Dkraft (Click here) updated their NEX- versus GH2 test because of a severe misinterpretatation of the 1080p25 files by Premiere Pro. So re-read the test!

The super busy SonyalphaLab administrator tested the new 8mm Rokinon lens on the NEX-7 and posted many image samples. That lens takes super pictures. But you still cannot preorder it yet :(

And while Sony Europe is doing their job well Sonystyle US (Click here) is again making a mess with many NEX-7 preorders. Many of our readers got messages like this: “We would like to inform you we are experiencing a delay with your Sony order. The following item NEX7K/B has been rescheduled to ship on 02/17/2012.“.

P.S.: NEX-7 image samples at Outbackphoto.

February 4, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony A77 in Stock in USA, Europe and Asia. NEX-7 in Europe.

Trusted sources told me that Sony is in full A77 and NEX-7 production status and is holding back the production of the other cameras (like the NEX-5n).

The A77 body is in Stock in:
USA at Amazon and BHphoto

The A77 + lens kit is in Stock in:
USA at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto
Europe at Amazon Germany, Amazon UK, Jessops, Sony DE, Sony FR and Sony NL.
Asia at Amazon Japan, Amazon Cina,

The Sony NEX-7 body is again in Stock in many european stores!
Amazon Germany (Click here)
Sony Germany (Click here)
Sony France (Click here)
Sony Italy (Click here)
Sony Netherland (Click here)
Sony Sweden (Click here)
Sony Switzerland (Click here)

February 4, 2012
Posted in rumors

The new Sony 36 fullframe sensor specs (used by Nikon D800)

The french magazine Chasseur Magazine unveiled the future Nikon D800 specs and as I told you over 6 months ago it uses the new Sony 36 Megapixel Full Frame sensor!

Here are the specs of the sensor:
CMOS Full Frame with 36-megapixel
This Exmor sensor provides high dynamic range and low noise images.
Expect grain free images, printed in A2 up to ISO 1600.
The D800 will range from ISO 100 to ISO 6400 (extended modes ISO 50, 12800 and 25600).
Full HD 1080p in 30p, 25p and 24 p. There will be a PCM recorder.
Like the D4, the Nikon D800 will be able to output uncompressed video on its HDMI port.

Of course Nikon is using their own Expeed engine to elaborate JPEG images and Video stream. As a filmmaker I like the uncompressed clean HDMI output and hope Sony will take notice of that :)

What matters for you to know is that the next Sony Full Frame camera will NOT use that sensor. It will have a newly designed 24 Megapixel sensor and I honestly welcome that news. Don’t like that Megapixel race and 24 megapixel should allow more per pixel sharpness and much higher ISO. Anyway, I expect one more Sony Full Frame camera to be unveiled in early 2013 having the same 36 Megapixel sensor.

February 3, 2012
Posted in news

New A77 guide from Gary Friedmann.

Our friend Gary Friedmann just released his Sony A77 guide! You can purchase it here: http://www.friedmanarchives.com/alpha77/index.htm. He is quite popular within the Alpha community and his books are always appreciated. It has 576 pages! Sample pages and table of content can be read here: http://www.friedmanarchives.com/alpha77/book_page_samples.htm. It’s a must have books for all current and future A77 camera owner. I will buy the NEX-7 guide as soon as he finishes it! For US readers: A77 body only is now available at Amazon (Click here) and so the A77+16-50 (Click here).

More A77 books:
Profibuch Sony SLT alpha 65 & alpha 77” at Amazon Germany (Click here)
Sony Alpha SLT-A65/A77 For Dummies” at Amazon US (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).
David Busch’s Sony Alpha SLT-A77 Guide to Digital Photography” at Amazon US (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

 

February 3, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A77/65 reviews (+ new Kenko 400mm price announcement)

Kenko (Click here) announced the new 400mm E-mount lens price. It’s 22.000 YEN ($290). As you can see from the image it looks like a module of the space station :)

Mansurovs (Click here) reviewed the Sony A77: “Overall, I am very impressed by the Sony SLT-A77 and I highly recommend it to our readers. I mostly used the Sony A77 for photographing landscapes and I can honestly say that I would not hesitate to use it professionally for my work.

Which One is Which? Sony NEX 5N vs Canon 5D Mk II at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).

Sony A65 review at DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here): “with the A65 I captured stunning, sharp, brilliantly colour-saturated images.

Sony A77 search order links Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony A65 search order links Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n search order links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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