August 9, 2013
Posted in deals

USA Superdeals days: NEX-7 with lens kit for $975. A99 for less than $2,300. RX100 for $546. VG900 deal at BH.

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Some brand new great US deals today to report:

1) NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens and lot of accessories for $975 at 6ave (Click here). That’s $300 less than the regular Amazon or BH price!

2) Two different A99 kits can be bought for less than $2,300 at 6ave on ebay: Link to Kit 1 (Click here) and Kit 2 (Click here).

3) The RX100 sells for $546 at BigValue eBay (Click here).

4) The VG900 with two lens kit sells with a $1,400 discount at BHphoto (Click here).

And don’t forget that there is a new 4% reward offer at Amazon US (click here to read all details). Here are the direct links to the 4% deals on the Sony mirrorless cameras, SLT cameras and Sony lenses.

August 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) 70-200mm f/2.8 II and 400mm f/4.0 coming. And a 82mm (filter size) lens mistery.

The next two A-mount lenses are likely going to be the 70-200mm f/2.8 II and the 400mm f/4.0 lenses. What I dont’ know is the exact announcement date but I hope to be able to share that info soon. But according to a source there is a third lens that could be announced too. The source wrote that the Sony will soon offer the “”VF82MPAM” which is a 82mm Multi-Coated filter. It means a new 82mm filter size lens will be announced too. Sounds a lot like a fast prime lens!!! What else could it be?

Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

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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!

August 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New Honami and Sport cam rumors.

A short break from regular A and E mount rumors to report two other news, pardon rumors :)

1) The Honami i1 smartphone will be unveiled on September 4 in Berlin. You see the teaser on top. This is good news for us because the same source said the NEX-FF is coming too (but not on the same day).
2) A new Sony sport cam will be announced too at the same event!

In short, on August 14 we could have a NEX-5t announcement (and maybe ILC-3000). On September 4 the new Sport cam and first smartphone with high quality image sensor (and maybe new JPEG engine). In late September (24?) the big NEX-FF and hopefully A-mount cameras too.

Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

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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!

August 8, 2013
Posted in reviews

NEX Full Frame versus Leica M image comparison!


Image source: Lesnumeriques

If the NEX-FF will be launched in September one of the big question will be: How good will third party manual lenses work on that camera? So let’s take a look how good (or bad) the current VG900 sensor performs with these lenses. And let’s hope the new NEX-FF will be even more optimized for third party lens solution like the Leica M Lenses, Voigtlander M lenses, Canon FD lenses andZeiss ZM lenses.

I asked all SAR readers to send me their tests to check out the results. This is the first test done by DigitalVersus. It is the first website that compares the new Leica M $8000 camera (here at Amazon) versus the first NEX Full Frame camera (The VG900). They used the same Leica 50mm Summilux-M lens (here on eBay) on both cameras. And both cameras have a Full Frame 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor. So what are the results?

Please visit the website to see all image comparisons. Here you can see one of them (Click on it to enlarge):

In short the Leica M is sharper and has richer colors. This may be possible because of the lack of the anti-alias filter. The VG900 is a video camcorder and to have an Anti Aliasing filter makes a lot of sense (otherwise you end up having video clips with lots of moire).

What do you think of the results? Would the Leica 50mm Summilux-M lens work fine on the NEX-FF?

 

 

August 8, 2013
Posted in rumors

Sony may launches transparent-naked cameras?

Back in 1998 when Apple was facing a hard time Steve Jobs launched the iMac G3 with translucent case (can still be found here on eBay). It quickly became a huge success. And now the same feature could appear on cameras soon too! A recent Sony patent (USA P.Number 20130201393) describes exactly that. A camera having a translucent (or transparent) case. Sony explains why they want to do that:

Present principles recognize the advantages of providing a camera that has features that make it distinct from other cameras and that also provides aesthetic visual appeal. Accordingly, a camera includes a translucent or transparent housing having a color, the camera also having a processor in the housing. The processor is visible through the housing. The camera also includes a camera element in the housing that generates signals representing an image, it being understood that the processor communicates with the camera element. Additionally, the processor has a periphery and the housing has a visible border line positioned over at least a portion of the periphery of the processor to thereby highlight a presence of the processor.
Moreover, if desired, the border line may be a color matching the color of the housing. Also, in some embodiments, the color of the housing and/or border line may not be clear and the housing may be translucent.

Now imagine a NEX or Alpha camera with…naked view! I think it could like it :)

P.S.: Our reader Neo found the image of the transparent A900 on Flickr. And here is the A77 image:

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