July 12, 2012
Posted in deals

A cheap A77 grip alternative spotted on eBay.

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Vertical grip:
A SAR reader sent me the link to a much cheaper Sony A77 external vertical grip on auction on eBay (Click here). As you see it costs much less than the official Sony VG-C77AM Vertical Grip (here at Amazon). Question is, does it work at least nearly as good as the official grip?

Reminder: Sony extended the US deals til September the 1st:
1) The $100 off on some camera+lens combos (Click here).
2) Price drops on a long list of Sony camera accessories (Click here).
3) $80 off on the A65 (Click here) and the A57 (Click here).

July 11, 2012
Posted in news

Sony sensor world domination compared with the Kodak film domination…

Roger Cicala from Lensrentals posted some thoughts about Sony’s sensor strategy based on the latest news that also the new Olympus E-M5 is actually using a Sony made sensor. Robert compared the Sony situation with that from Kodak ages ago: “They were cutting edge developing first dry plates and then film, releasing ‘consumer’ cameras that brought photography to the masses, and making everyone’s prints. They dominated the photographic and movie industries for nearly 100 years.

I don’t know, on one side I am happy to see Sony ruling the sensor technology and business, on the other side it’s a bit pity that they are not really pushing their own camera business. Things are going a bit slow there and it almost looks like their focus is on selling sensors instead of cameras. Anyway, we are close to Photokina and Sony may show us the exact contrary!

One more thing: Lexar announced that it will join the Sony XQD technology (via ThePhoBlographer).

July 11, 2012
Posted in deals

David Busch’s A65 book in Stock. SLT and accessory discount in US.

David Busch’s A65 guide is in Stock at Amazon (Click here). He already wrote books for other SLT cameras (Full List here).

Meantime Sony extended the US deals til September the 1st:
1) The $100 off on some camera+lens combos (Click here).
2) Price drops on a long list of Sony camera accessories (Click here).
3) $80 off on the A65 (Click here) and the A57 (Click here).

July 11, 2012
Posted in rumors

A short update on the A99….

After posting the A99 specs I got contacted by another source. He confirmed that the specs are pretty much spotted right. But firmware isn’t finalized yet so small things still can change. I have been told Sony is working hard to avoid some of the early problems we had on the A77 launch.

Meantime it sounds like the NEX-5F (or someone told me the final name may be NEX5R) and the 16-50mm pancake lens are going to be announced in late August. But there is even more stuff coming along that!

July 10, 2012
Posted in news

NEX-5n goes RED styled for video!

Richard Gale made the cinema housing for the NEX 5N you can see here on top. EosHD posted the news and writes: “It essentially turns the tiny toy-like NEX 5N into a mini Red. Advantages include a secure full sized HDMI port, cooling system, integrated Sony monitor, robust build quality, better handling and protection for the camera itself from drops, etc. As you can see, looks wise it is quite an eye opener too, turning the NEX 5N into something much closer to a digital cinema camera.

It transform your NEX-5n in a sort of small RED camera. Existing owners of the NEX 5N can buy the kit sub £1000. As soon we find more info and first preorder options I will post them here on SAR!

Sony NEX-5n shop links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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