January 7, 2012
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…(with SAR readers work)

Here is a collection of news and mails I got from SAR readers:

Kelly: “Hello! I just wanted to let you know that DxO v7 is now available for purchase. A very important note for current DxO v6 users – if they log into their dxo.com account and look for an upgrade link, it will save them a lot of money. Instead of paying 200 euros to upgrade, I only had to pay 50 euros. (Thanks Kelly!).”

A.:I´m a Video-sub Diver from Spain and a writer about underwater filming at www.forobuceo.com. I´m  testing the faboulous Sony NEX VG 20:
Videos about the NEX 20:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dCrIhYCetzA&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkpV0FdKScY&feature=player_embedded
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2TPMVxji3vs&feature=player_embedded

Anonymous: The local paper here in Melbourne, Australia, and probably syndicated to/from the Sydney Morning Herald, has a curious little article on sensor size which strangely turns into a brief review of the A77. http://www.theage.com.au/digital-life/cameras/the-difference-sensor-size-makes-to-a-camera-20111123-1ntds.html

Jermey:I’ve made a new video test about the noise management between the Sony A77 and the Sony NEX 5N: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VVBJ5bVRabo. My next video test will be about the noise management and aliasing between the Canon 5D and the Sony A77.

A77 review from David Tayor-Hughes at Soundimagesplus.

Henrik:I made a video on Kyoto using the Sony a65 alongside the Canon 5dii, which I think really shows off the video capabilities of the a65. About half the cuts are from each camera, with the handheld shots done using the a65 due to its in-body stabilization, and the “flying” shots done using the 5dii mounted on a glidecam. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fgDyTK0Rz6w

Mike Kobal: “portraits link
http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=3288
travel snaps with Nex 5n and A77
http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=3254
and fashion shoot with A77
http://www.mikekobal.com/blog/?p=3242
that is so cool you shot a documentary in kibera, no video for me :(”

OZ:A77 & A65 Gallery from 1000 flickr user http://www.flickr.com/groups/a77/discuss/72157627947591387/

Sony LA-EA2 test at DC.watch.

2012 Sony World Photography Awards Will Be Held In London (ePhotozine).

NEX E30 Macro Prime Vs E18-55 Kit Zoom Shootout (RiceHigh).

Sony A35 review at macworld.

Erfahrungen mit der Sony NEX-FS100 at Slashcam.de.

Sony A65 review at Whatdigitalcamera (Click here). The camera gets the “Gold Award”! The reviewer writes: “There’s no doubt that the A65 faces some stiff, established competition, but it’s the A65 that delivers the best all-round blend of features, performance and image quality. It’s a great camera that deserves real consideration.

Kiril:I wrote a short article how to use off camera flash with NEX 3 and 5 series. http://karaatanasov.info/index.php?entry=entry111229-221046

January 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

Short tutorial: Which third party lenses will work fine on NEX cameras (without lens cast issue).

Image from Photozone. Also the famous lens review website noticed the lens-cast issue on the Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 ZM.

A week ago I got my NEX-7 and I am going to use third party lenses on it (by using appropriate adapters). But is it really so easy and flawless to use whatever lens you want on your NEX?

There are is one fundamental thing you have to watch out before to chose your lens. The “lens-cast” issue which creates color shift (mostly cyan shift) in the corners of your image. That problem appears or is stronger under following conditions:
1) Lenses with symmetrical design are not optimized for digital sensors, while lenses with tele-centric design do work well.
2) Wide angle lenses do accentuate the problem.
3) Problem gets worse on bigger sensor. Leica M9 shows more color shifting than the NEX-5n.
4) Problem gets more visible on cameras with smaller pixels. The NEX-5n has less problem with lens cast than the NEX-7.

Example: The Voigtländer 15mm f/4.5 M-mount lens (Click here to see it on ebay) does a wonderful job on film cameras but isn’t that good on the NEX-5n and completely sucks on the NEX-7. This because it has a symmetrical design and extreme wide angle. Does it mean you cannot use it on your NEX? There is a solution: The problem can be fixed with the use of the CornerFix software (there are both Windows and Mac OS X versions). It can correct Sony RAW files and transforms them in DNG files.

But if you like me don’t have time to convert every single file than you have to really watch out for the design of the lens you want.An alternative for the Voigtländer is the Zeiss 18mm f/4.0 lens (Click here to see it on ebay). Unlike the Voigtländer it has a tele-centric optical design. Those lenses are usually bigger than symmetrical lenses. That’s why the Zeiss is still bigger even if it has more or less the same aperture of the Voigländer.

In general wide angle Voigtländer lenses, Zeiss ZM Biogon lenses, Older Leica lenses come with symmetrical design. All new Leica lenses, most medium and tele lenses and soem Zeiss ZM lenses will work fine. With the help of our readers I will now collect info about a huge variety of lenses you could use on your NEX. It should become a sort of general guide to see how good a lens works on NEX cameras. I will post 1-2 guides per week starting from the next week.

To read more about the problem read that short text at LL (Click here), the guide at Digitalhapeman (Click here) and an M-mount index at Ken Rockwell (Click here).

January 6, 2012
Posted in deals

Zeiss for NEX and A65 in Stock . First supply problems with NEX-5n.


Zeiss in Stock at Adorama

For a camera that comes back in Stock (the A65) another one is now going out of Stock (the NEX-5n). The A65 is now available at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here) but I just have been told by different suppliers that the NEX-5n stock is almost empty. Example, the black NEX-5n is no more available by Amazon itself (Click here).

One good news: The new Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 for NEX is in Stock for the first time at Adorama (Click here). It has (finally) the normal price…$999!

January 6, 2012
Posted in news, rumors

Sony launches new XQD cards. (SR5) Yes future A99 camera will support this!

Sony launched a new generation of flash cards called “XQD”! The same day as the first camera that will support those cards, the Nikon D4 (Click here). When using those cards the D4 can record approximately up to 100 frames in RAW format in continuous shooting mode. The cards are abviousely much faster than any current Compact Flash card. You can read specs and watch the rpesentation video at Sony.net (Click here).

A short SR5 rumor I got from my soruces. Not the NEX but the Sony A99 fullframe will be the first camera to support those cards. w it next week (

January 6, 2012
Posted in news

Nikon D4 analysis (Sony sensor?)


You certainly have heard about the new Nikon D4 fullframe camera (Click here ot read the press release at BH). It has a new 16.2 effective megapixel, full-frame sensor (16.6MP total) and a super 50 – 204,800 ISO range. While there is no info about who made the sensor it’s easy to guess that it has made by Sony (using a tweaked Nikon design). Some of our readers asked me if such a sensor is going to be used inside a future Sony FF SLT camera and my answer is No!!! It will be more interesting to see the sensor that Nikon will put inside the D800. That 36 Megapixel Sony sensor is almost certainly going to be used by Sony in one of his future SLT cameras.

I will give you some important Sony FF update next week when I am back from my busy family trip. Meanwhile let me know what kind of feature you like from the new Nikon. I will check with my sources if Sony is going to “copy” some of them :)

 

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