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October 30, 2012
Posted in reviews

New A99 vs 5D ISO test (and note on the previous D600 comparison). A99 in Stock in US at Sonystore.

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If you click on the image on top you will see the full ISO comparison between the A99 and 5DmarkIII posted by DSLRmagazine (translation here). But before to go into the details of this comparison I want to go back to the ISO test made by Focus Numerique (translation here) where they compared the results with the Nikon D600. First, my french is very bad and google translation doesn’t really help you that much. I made mistake and said these were RAW converted files while they were not. These are original JPG images (but you can download the RAW files too). One of our readers noticed that the Sony JPG files are actually having a size of 8MB only compared to the 15-16MB of the Nikon D800 (Example: ISO 1600 -> A99 vs D600).

This means that Sony JPEG Fine setting compresses twice more than the Nikon! Of course a Nikon or Canon will always look better when you compare apple with oranges :) We really have to see a real RAW comparison to get a more accurate idea about the A99 performance!

Back to the comparison made by DSLRmagazine. These are once again JPEG comparisons and as we now know Sony applies a stronger compression for their JPEG files. In short…dear reviewers…show us some real RAW comparison! :)

UPDATE: Sonystore US has the A99 in Stock right now. Check out Alphacameradeals to see the full link list!

Sony A99 in Stock status check: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, eBay Europe, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 30, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-6 shipping in US and Europe! (and exact lens release date).


New NEX-6 video preview.

Sony Tokyo event:
Sony had a big event in Tokyo and you can read the article on DC.watch (translation here). They showed some graph that demonstrates how Sony is recovering after the Thai Flood disaster from last year. Sony is ruling the worldwide mirrorless market and that market is strongly gaining shares at cost of the classic DSLR market. They also announced the definitive shipping info for the new lenses. The pancake zoom will ship in January, the 10-18mm zoom on November 16th and the 35mm lens in December.

NEX-6 shipping!
But today we also have good news for all future NEX-6 owners. The cameras is finally shipping today. Here is the list:
USA/Canada: BigValue has the Body only (Click here) and the pancake kit (Click here) in Stock via eBay.  Until few hours ago Amazon (Click here) had the info that the camera was set to ship from today. In Canada the camera is in Stock at Sonystore.
Europe: The German stores Fotomunds and Amazon have them in Stock. French and Italian shops are selling the first cameras on eBay (found via Slidoo).
Full NEX-6 and other new Sony camera and lens preorder list can be found at AlphaCameraDeals.

And here are some new NEX-6 videos:
AF test by SLRclub on youtube. Uboxing video on youtube. MXcamera EOS adapter on the NEX-6 on youtube.


Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

October 30, 2012
Posted in news

New F55 and F5 specs: Global Shutter (and Colors better than printed film).

Peter Crithary from Sony twitted the info about the new F55 and F5 Cine Alte cameras. While these are not A or E mount cameras they have some very intriguing feature that we have to talk about. The full specs can be seen at ProSony. And the pdf files are here:
F5 http://pro.sony.com/bbsccms/assets/files/show/highend/pdf/F5_Camera.pdf
F55 http://pro.sony.com/bbsccms/assets/files/show/highend/pdf/F55_Camera.pdf
(Thanks OneGuy for finding the links).

Here are the key features:
1) These are modular cameras
2) The F55 has a Global shutter
3) Super wide color gamut that surpass printed film(!)
4) Super long choice of recording formats
5) Long-life Olivine Battery
6) 16 bit 4K RAW recording and 180 fps in 2K without line skipping or sensor windowing
7) 14 stop dynamic range (film has 16)

Imagine if some of these features would be implemented in future High End A or E mount cameras! For example global shutter on an photo camera would allow to take instant pictures with no lag (there is no mechanical shutter) and with no “click clack” noise. Modularity is also an aspect Sony could bring in a sort of hybrid A and E-mount cameras. And of course having a super wide color gamut and 14 stop dynamic range would be appreciated too! Today’s announcement shows us how far Sony sensor and camera technology can go today. And what we more “mass-camera” oriented camera can expect from the near future.

P.S.: Andrew from EosHD analyzed the single specs.

And here are the images of the color performance and the new f/2.0 PL mount lenses (damn would I have loved to see them in A-mount!):

October 29, 2012
Posted in news

New Sony tests (A99, RX1, Pancake zoom and Rokinon).

Focus Numerique (translation here) published the detailed A99 ISO test. You can compare the A99 vs Nikon D600 comparison images here:
ISO 100: A99 vs D600
ISO 200: A99 vs D600
ISO 400: A99 vs D600
ISO 800: A99 vs D600
ISO 1600: A99 vs D600
ISO 3200: A99 vs D600
ISO 6400: A99 vs D600
ISO 12800: A99 vs D600
ISO 25600: A99 vs D600

As we learned from other tests take those comparisons with a grain of salt. But there looks to be a different noise handling between the two cameras. The A99 is a bit more aggressive while the Nikon seems to retain a tiny bit more of detail. What are your thoughts?

More reviews:
RX1 hands.on pics by Photographybay.
First day with sony alpha slt-a99v at RodKar.
16-50mm pancake test by John on Flickr.
Rokinon 8mm for NEX review at SonyAlphaLab.

October 29, 2012
Posted in deals

MX now shipping the Canon EOS to E-mount adapter (the one with AF support)

The makers of the Canon EOS to E-mount adapter with full AF and Aperture support contacted me to tell me that they just started to sell the adapter through their own direct eBay Store (Click here to see the auction). I found it very important to have adapters like that. It will make it easier for many current Canon owners to jump into the Sony NEX world.

And as I told you before the MXcamera will also make a fully AF and aperture supported Contax G and Nikon G adapter! Coming in early 2013!

Here is the video to show how it works:

 

P.S.: The smart Mag Filters for the RX100 are now in Stock in large quantity at Amazon (Click here).

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