February 2, 2013
Posted in reviews

Metabones first impressions on DPreview. Canon FD, Minolta MD and Amount to be supported later.

The holy grail of the adapters got tested at Dpreview. And they basically come to the same conclusion of other reviewers: “Image quality is very impressive, with results that compare exceptionally well against a full frame sensor. You do pay a small price in terms of corner softness and CA.

If you have more questions about the adapter check out this FAQ on Metabones website. And the interesting news you can read on it is that “We will be looking into Canon FD (lens here on eBay), Minolta MD (here on eBay) and Sony Alpha in the future.

UPDATE: SAR reader Vivek sent me a link to his super nice set of image samples with the Speed Booster: http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivek-iyer/sets/72157632630886829/

The EF to E-mount adapter is now shipping via the Metabones website. To get notified when more adapters are in Stock on eBay save this search on Slidoo.

February 2, 2013
Posted in deals

HOT! Great deals on NEX and SLT cameras and lens by Sony! All stuff got a huge discount!

Today Amazon launched a series of new Sony deals:

Deal 1) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 2) Save up to $200 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony Lenses (Click here to see the Amazon page).
Deal 4) Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras Starting at $79 (Click here to see the Amazon page).

You really have to check these deals because almost everything got discounted! Zeiss lenses, the new NEX-6 and so on…really great! Again US readers will be happy while the rest of the world will not be so happy. Only exception may be Australia where there is a great new deal on NEX cameras and lenses (Click here).

Spread the word to all Sony owners!

February 1, 2013
Posted in news

SAR readers work roundup (part one).

Le Petit Paris from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo.

I got a long list of SonyAlphaRumor readers work showcase. I divided them in two parts. Here is the first list. We may discover some talents here :)

Dadi:thought you might like to take a look at some photos from a flight over South Icelands highland interior. I love the results from my Sony Nex5N. http://newhorizonsiceland.zenfolio.com/p725264738

Vlad:Hey Andrea, a while ago I stumbled upon a video of Gary Fong reviewing briefly the a77. Now I know that nowadays there’s quite a bit fuzz about the new a99 (which I should say looks just GREAT, although the 6fps kinda make me feel glad I got a77 instead and didn’t wait for the a99 to come out), but the a77 ain’t that old yet :)
Here is the video if you think the SAR fans as myself would enjoy it:

Martin:Ich habe gerade mit der Alpha 99 einen kleinen Videotest gemacht. Sony Alpha 99 Sony SAL-2875 2,8 / 28-75mm 50p AVCHDManuell Geschnitten in Premiere CS6

Anonymous:The following promo is produced for the german(cologne) based musician Josha Wittshell, it is entirely shot on the Sony NEX-6 and therefore or hopefully interesting for your site to demonstrate, what this little systemcamera is capable of. https://vimeo.com/51980444 this talented musician definately needs some support! Please be so nice and share the video with a thumbnail, so that it maybe gets it deserved attention.

Steven:If you are having a slow day, and are featuring galleries by readers shot on Sonys, then you may want to post my photos of Greece shot with the combination of a NEX-5N and M lenses: Voigtlander 12mm; Leica Tri-Elmar 16-18-21; Zeiss Biogon 35mm f/2; Leica Summilux APO 50mm f/1.4; Leica Elmar macro 90mm f/4; Leica APO-telyt 135mm f/3.4. It’s proof that these lenses work splendidly, with no vignetting or magenta corners, on the NEX-5N. I’ve had similar luck with the NEX-6.

Ivan:I read your site religiously every night before going to sleep. Keep up the great work!
I wanted to share with you a underwater picture taken with my a99. Its of a freshwater Amazon river dolphin and is probably the first underwater picture taken with a a99.
I used a ewa-marine case (bag).
I placed it as my facebook cover but can be seen in picassa with a better quality! I also attached it.
I’m currently shooting raw video footage for a Nat geo TV show using my nex7!

Peter:SONY NEX-5N + 18-135mm SONY http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aaxXCmdvI68 yesterday video from my home town.

Kidsimple:Hi, I’d like to submit for your consideration a short film I recently shot on the Sony RX100 for a nightclub promotions company:
I’ve been using this camera extensively for video. I think it’s a game changer for documentary minimalist shooting. I’ve blogged about it quite a bit at my blog, www.rungunshoot.com.
Thanks for all the rumors that led to my purchase of this amazing little camera!

Travelshots:Benny Rebel, who is a professional wildlife photographer, has compiled a video of his recent Africa trips that was mainly recorded with an A77. Just click on the video on this website:
For best quality, switch the player to 720p (patience for loading required).
His website also contains tons of great photos:
By the way, I noticed that a 45 min. documentation about his trip to Iran “Wilder Iran” that was recently shown on prime time on Germany’s largest TV station is avilable on youtube:

Andrew:another a99 video https://vimeo.com/56360291

Joe:I am almost finished with my final A99-A900-A77 test, and I will be reviewing the legendary Minolta 200mm HS APO G lens next week. If you’re hurting for content for the Sony Tidbits section, feel free to link me. http://stealthmodephoto.wordpress.com/

Mictian:We are photo\video company in Ukraine. We use only Sony equipment. https://vimeo.com/58016102

Troy:Shot with Sony A99 in Hollywood, CA. Behind the scenes of Iron Man 3!!! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UbfGGSHN3YU

Gerald:Hi! I’m an avid reader of your site! Me and my fiance are about to get married. We are wedding videographers. So we decided to do our first DIY project of shooting our own Save the Date video by ourselves!:D Using our newly arrived Sony A99 with Carl Zeis 85 F1.4. Hope you may share it…it will be an awesome wedding gift for our Sony Alpha users group in the philippines. https://vimeo.com/58077446

Peter: “i am wedding photographer in Slovakia and this is my excerpt of best photowork for year 2012 with sony a77 – wedding book http://svadobny-fotograf.info/svadobna-fotokniha-2012.html sony a77 is a very good camera but now i own the a99 and this camera really shines. is sooooo much better in every aspekt :)

February 1, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Zeiss SSM f/1.4 to be priced a little bit above $1,500?

An anonymous source (Thanks a lot!) just shared a new info about the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens. He said the lens price will be a tiny bit over $1,500! This is double the price of the manual Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens that is available for Canon or Nikon mount (here at amazon). But of course this lens has AF, SSM and is weather sealed!

Now, as I told you this is from one anonymous source and the info may not be correct. But, let’s imagine that is the real final price:

Would you buy the lens if the image quality is on a very high level?

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

February 1, 2013
Posted in news

Fastest (new) mirrorless lens ever: Ibelux 40mm f/0.85!

Image via Metalmickey

Guys! It may be not a good quality lens but this is to date the fastest lens for a digital mirrorless system! It is the IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 for Sony E-mount! It’s made by Kipon and the German IB/E OPTICS. It will be on market by July and price has yet to be defined. Stanley Kubrick would have loved this news. He shot Barry Lyndon on an even faster lens, the Zeiss f/0.7 (Source: Visual-memory). There is also a Leica Leitz for security cameras with f/0.75 (on auction here on eBay). But this lens is designed for the Sony NEX system and hopefully quality will be decent enough!

via Metalmickey

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