January 13, 2012
Posted in rumors

UPDATED: Sony price increases in Hong Kong from February 1 (but for Hong Kong only!!!=

Our reader NSHK sent me the “official bad news”:
The following is the new official listed price in sony Hong Kong.
Effective from Feb 1
>30% up!!!
USD 1 = HKD 7.8
SAL1680Z HKD 5390 > HKD 7390 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
SAL1635Z HKD11990 > HKD 15990 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
SAL2470Z HKD 12590 > HKD 15990 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
SAL85F14Z HKD 9990 > HKD 12590 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
SAL135F18 HKD 10990 > HKD 13880 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
SAL70300G HKD 5980 > HKD 7790 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)
SAL70400G HKD 10990 > HKD 15990 (Check in other stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay)

UPDATE: Good news folks. The price increases will happen in Hong Kong only!!! The rest of thw world is save :)

January 13, 2012
Posted in news

One more…ehm lens adapter for NEX :)


via DC.watch

Neither DSLR/SLT users nor NEX camera owners could enjoy some real good news from the lens front at CES. We only had those two non spectacular Sigma lenses (with no offense to Sigma that can make some very superb lenses!). Now we have one more not so cool news :)

Kenko announced a new T to E mount adapter for the Tokina 400mm f/8.0 mirror lens (see picture on top). It’s an all silver edition. The adapter should be priced at $200. If you are really in the market for this I would rather go for the Sony 500mm f/8.0 mirror (Click here to see them on eBay) or the Sony 900mm f/8.0 mirror (Click here to see them on eBay). Those are A-mount lenses and you can use them with any current cheap Chinese adapter :)

January 12, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Up to 30% price increases on Sony camera and lenses? (NEX-7 in Stock in Germany and Holland)

I am still not sure if the rumor is true but I heard from one of my sources that Sony may will increase the prices of camera and lenses up to 30% starting from February! The reason is simple. The Stock are now almost empty and 100% full production will be reached in March only. Even the NEX-5n is getting out of Stock. There are only a few left at Amazon (Click here). Sonystore (Click here) says the NEX-7 will ship in early April only. And the 50mm for NEX is still desaparecido! I really hope that rumor is wrong!

The only small good news I can share is that the Zeiss 24mm for NEX is back in Stock at Adorama (Click here). And the Sony NEX-7 body is in Stock in Europe at Fotomundus DE (Click here), Sony Netherland (Click here) and with only 2-3 weeks shipping at Sony Italy (Click here), Atirahome ebay (Click here) and foto-woehrstein ebay (Click here).

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!

January 12, 2012
Posted in news, reviews

A77 SLT mirror light test (in Stock in USA, UK, Spain, Canada and Cina)

“HIDDEN”. One of the first short films shot with the A77 by philipnashphotography.

So many SAR readers still haven’t got the A77. Here is a short list of stores having the A77 in Stock: Expansys USA (Click here), Jacobs UK (Click here), Sonystore Canada (ships next week), Redcoon Spain (Click here), Amazon Cina (Click here) and in two weeks at Sonystore USA (Click here).

Now back to A77 related news:
There is a real A77 mirror measurement made by a German A77 owner. He took an A77 mirror and did a scientific test on the transmission as function of wavelength. That should finally stop the speculations on how much light is lost. The test description is in German language:
http://www.sonyuserforum.de/forum/showpost.php?p=1270217&postcount=206 (Click here for a google english translation).
This table from the same thread might help to translate the result into F-stops.
http://www.sonyuserforum.de/forum/showpost.php?p=1262520&postcount=119
In short, the test proves how the permeability is around 72-76% and it has a very “harmonious” distribution. And the light loss is indeed 1/3 EV “only”.

Stuckincustoms (Click here) wrote a quite “different” view on Sony SLT technology by  (conspiracy theory included).

Mike Kobal (Click here) posted some A77 + Zeiss 24mm image samples: “There is no need to stop this lens down, already very sharp at f2 I found myself shooting in the range btw f2 to f6.3. This lens is pure awesomeness!

Zeiss 24mm for Alpha-mount (not for NEX!) is avaialble at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

January 12, 2012
Posted in news

Sony CES news roundup (with Will Smith!)

Sony CES 2012 Press Conference Photos (Sonyrumors). Surprise Will Smith was there!
Images of the 500mm prototype lens at Clubic.
Sony CES booth at Photorumors.
ePhotozine unveils that Sony is working on 24 Megapixel compact cameras.
Sony Brings New Prototypes to CES 2012 (Blog.Sony , no camera stuff)

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