August 31, 2012
Posted in deals

USA: Zeiss for NEX back in Stock.


Almost exactly one year ago Sony launched the high quality Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount lens. And at least in US that lens is still hard to find in Stock (and for the normal price!). You can now get a couple of them with Filter and Cleaner kit via Beachcamera eBay (Click here). There is no way to get it for less. Right now the price is $1249 at Amazon (Click here).

Also today the NEX-5R didn’t manage to get significant preorders at Amazon (here is the ranking). My guess is that most of us are waiting for the new NEX-6 which features a 2,4k integrated viewfinder and for the rest the exactly same specs as the new NEX-5R.

August 31, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Price of the body only is around $2,800. Big announcement day on September 12th!

On top: Real Sketch of the A99.

Trusted sources confirmed that the price of the A99 body only should be around 2800 Euro/Dollars. There will be slightly variations form country to country but this is the price you should expect! This is about 600 Euro/Dollar cheaper than the Canon 5DmarkIII (price and specs here) and $200 cheaper than the Nikon D800 (price and specs here). Sources told me this is really a unique camera as it is definitely the best hybrid stills and video Full Frame camera they have ever tested. What you should expect is not only a nice camera but a full system with plenty of useful and innovative accessories!

These are the specs we posted a couple of days ago:

  • 24.3 Mpx Full frame CMOS Exmor sensor
  • SLT technology
  • New Bionz imaging engine
  • 14 bit RAW recording
  • 10 fps
  • ISO 100 up to 25.600
  • 50 ISO extended (with lower dynamic range)
  • 102 AF point AF (11 cross).
  • AF range
  • MF assist
  • Dual Phase detection system (with AF phase pixels on sensor)
  • 30 sec and 1/8000 maximum shutter speed
  • Time Lag 0.05 sec.
  • Shutter life guarantee of 200,000 cycles
  • 2.360k OLED electornic viewfinder
  • 3″921k LCD with same tilting system of the A77
  • Full HD video recording at 1920×1080/60p AVCHD format
  • HDMI output
  • Built-in stereo mic
  • Built-in flash with guide number of 12
  • Auto HDR capability
  • New multi-segment low pass filter
  • Photodiode expansion technology
  • Light concentration technology
  • Selective noise reduction
  • Ultrasonic anti dust system
  • In body image stabilization
  • Two memory slots: SD and SD+MS cards
  • USB: 2.0
  • Announced on September 12, 2012
  • Available in stores in late October 2012
  • New accessories to be released with the a99: battery grip, flash, remote control, microphone etc.
  • Very light, weather sealed magnesium alloy body.With 730 g this is the lightest FF body on market!

Important: The announcement of the A99 along the NEX-6, A and E-mount lenses is scheduled for September 12th! Stay tuned on SAR on that day! Subscribe the RSS feed and join the Facebook page to not miss any new rumor!

August 30, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) UPDATED: First leaked picture/video of the new Sony A99!

UPDATE: Under the request of the youtube video owner I had to remove the screenshot of the videos. The video itself aslo has been removed from At least this is a proof that this was indeed the new A99.


An anonymous reader just sent me a link to the video. It shows the National Geographic photographer Michael Yamashita in Yellowstone. The anonymous reader said the Hot Shoe looks different from the Sony A77 and this camera may be the real A99. Watch the video onThe A77 uses a smaller Minolta Hot Shoe while the A99 will use a standard Hot Shoe. The lens should be the Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 UDPATE: Michael Yamashita itself posted a short message on Instagram (Click here) saying “shooting for Sony“.

Important UPDATE: it is the A99! Just check that picture found via Twitter. Click on it to enlarge. You see the “A99″ writing on the strap? Lol! :)


Here are some images of the A77 hot shoe (Credit BHphoto). Click on it to enlarge:

And this is a Real A99 sketch (Click on it to enlarge):

Important: The announcement of the A99 along the NEX-6, A and E-mount lenses is scheduled for September 12th! Stay tuned on SAR on that day! Subscribe the RSS feed and join the Facebook page to not miss any new rumor!


For reference: Sony A77 product photos and specs links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

August 30, 2012
Posted in news

Gossip time! Carlos Boozer buys the Sony A77 :)

SAR reader Sean sent me this image and message: “Hey! I love your site to death, and I thought some readers might enjoy this. NBA star Carlos Boozer just bought an A77 from my store in Chicago. Viva alpha!

I hope Carlos will not go mad when he will discover that the A99 is coming out soon. He should become a SAR reader too :)

P.S.: Carlos Boozer on Wikipedia.

August 30, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-5R to ship from October 21. For now NEX-5N beats the NEX-5R in USA (pre)orders.

Don’t know how reliable that info is but the largest worldwide online store Amazon just notified that the NEX-5R will start to be shipped from October 21th (Click here ot visit the product page). Anyway, not many of us seems to have ordered the new camera as it didn’t even manage to reach the top hundred of the mirrorless camera (pre)order ranking (Click here). I guess most of us are waiting for the September 12th announcement when Sony will unveil the NEX-6!

The “older” NEX-5N is many times more sold than the newer NEX-5R because of the $100 discount at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto(Click here).

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