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October 27, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony A99 in Stock (via third party) at Amazon and BH.


Readers keep sending me in Stock info and even some price change info (example A99 price drop in UK). But it’s hard to follow the stream of the events. I kindly invite you to use the long list of links I put up on AlphaCameraDeals (Click here) where you can check a long list of Sonystores in Europe and North America. You will see thet many stores are now having the A99, NEX-6 and the VG900 in Stock!

Small deal info: The largets worldwide online stor is now selling the A99 via thirds party resellers (Click here to see it on Amazon). And of course in Stock also at BHphoto. In face of all these new models the RX100 and NEX-5n reamin the Sony most popular cameras at Amazon US (ranking here) and Amazon Germany (ranking here).


Some of the readers mail I received the lats few hours:

Sven:I thought this might be interesting for Dutch & Belgian readers: the SLT-A99 is in stock at Including an extended warranty of 5 years, a reduction of €100 on your next Zeiss lens, a check&clean and a Carryspeed camera strap. Looks like a nice offer.

Sham: “I just shot my first batch of wedding photos using the a99. I am not a professional wedding photographer and I was at this wedding as a guest first and photographer second. Just thought I want to share this with you. Lenses used are the SAL70200G SSM & 24-70 Zeiss. ISO800 & ISO1600 used. The a99 really has huge amount of DR to be pushed well in post processing. Converted the RAW files to DNG to be edited in ACR 7.1. That’s the only option available at the moment to process a99’s RAW in ACR. We know ACR 7.1 does not natively support a99’s RAW files, so probably will have to wait for ACR 7.2….

Med:In Sony Center Norway, we recieved a99 today! Was scheduled for 29th, but we got 3 of them today :) (of 3 ordered).

October 26, 2012
Posted in news

Did you know that there is a new E-mount 12mm f/7.4 lens?

No one reported about this lens at Photokina! We have a new 12mm f/7.4 fisheye lens for the NEX system. The makers of the lens contacted me to guarantee that this is a high quality lens built in Japan. It will go on sale in 2013 for 189€ or 149 pounds. This is not the first fisheye lens for the NEX system We also have the Rokinon (Click here) or also called Samyang (Click here) fisheye.

Here are the specs:

  • Focal distance: 12mm
  • Coating: 7 layers multi coating to reduce aberrations to a minimum
  • Lens construction: 4 elements in 4 groups
  • Focusing distance: 0.5m to infinitive
  • Aperture: f/7.4
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 65.00 x 58.5mm

Here are some image samples (Click on it to see a larger sized pic):

October 26, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony A99 now in Stock at BH and the VG900 at BigValue.

And here it is, the new A99 in Stock right now at BHphoto (Click here).

And the new Full Frame NEX-VG900 is also in Stock via BigValue eBay (Click here).

More US deal news: There is even a used(?) A99 for sale on Amazon (Click here). But I guess this is an error! What is certainly correct is that small $30 price drop via third party resellers on Amazon (Click here). And BHphoto notified me that they now have the NEX-5R in Stock too and so is the Yasuhara Fisheye lens (Click here) and the super cheap (joke) 300mm F/2.8G II A mount lens (Click here). King of Amazon mirrorles rankings remains the NEX-5n (here is the top list).

October 26, 2012
Posted in rumors

Sony patents showing the way from classic RGB pattern…

Sensor manufacturers are constantly working to increase the signal to noise performance, dynamic range and color reproduction quality. If you have more technical skills you may check out the two new Sony patents showing two ways to realign the single RGB pixels to increase the image quality: Patent one and patent two. In the past we saw other very “alternative” patents (like foveon alike pixel alignment and so on). From what I am hearing from my sources some of this paradigm changing sensors will see the light of day in a real camera by 2014.

October 26, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A99 unboxing videos, NEX-6 reviews and in Stock status…

Unboxing video by SAR reader John Sison.


You keep sending me your links to unboxing videos, reviews and stores having the A99 or NEX-6 in Stock. And here is the roundup of all I got the lats few hours:

I missed tonight’s first in Stock warning at BHphoto -> I was kindly sleeping and dreaming after a long day of work :) In Europe the A99 is right now in Stock at APS GermanyHeidi Germany,  Foto Erre Italy,  CameraCentre UK and Jessops UK. European Sonystores ship the cameras in 2-3 weeks time: DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH (Click on country id to see the A99 page).
A900 vs A99 vs A77 image quality comparison at Sonysdf (translation here). Unboxing the A99 (vimeo). Unboxing the Sony HVL-F60M Flash (youtube).

In Europe the NEX-6 is in Stock at Wex Germany and Amazon Germany.
Super long NEX-6 review at SLRclub. First impression by Spike.

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