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October 17, 2012
Posted in news

Sony A99 preorders removed from Amazon (and new NEX-6 and A99 tests)

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SAR reader “Tony” was ready to preorder the A99 when he discovered that Amazon US (Click here) just removed the preorder options. You can still preorder it at Adorama, BHphoto and more links at Alphacameradeals. But it’s not good news when the largest online store removes the preorder option. Some of you may know why this is happening?

More tests:
Meantime SLRlounge posted a new A99 ISO studio test. And ThePhoBlographer posted a new NEX-6 test.

Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 17, 2012
Posted in news

A message from MXcamera (creator of electronic EF to E-mount adapters)

A couple of weeks ago I posted the video (you can see again here on top) showing a new Canon EF to NEX E-Mount adapter. It supports full electronic aperture and focus control on Canon EF lens! And finally you can find that adapter for sale on eBay (Click here). The makers of the adapter now contacted me and I am posting their message here:

We saw our product and video in your website! We are so happy about that!! We are now developing the Contax G to Sony NEX adapter with AF function and it is almost finish. We will update the information to you very soon.Some people email us about Nikon G to NEX (AF support) adapter. We will start this project around November(after Contax G to NEX AF adapter) and we think we will finish it before April 2013.”

It’s nice to have a direct contact with those guys. Usually we all have a bit of fear when buying expensive stuff from unknown Asian stores :)

Here are the contacts of the producer in case you want to get some more info:
Lau
MXcamera
eBay Store: zhuomingcamera.
YH Store : http://hk.user.auctions.yahoo.com/hk/booth/mxcamera_hk
Web Site : http://mxcamera.com/
face book: https://www.facebook.com/mxcamera

October 16, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5R youtube tests (and first 5R camera hits ebay)

SAR reader Mohammed created that nice video with the new Sony NEX-5R. The camera is now shipping in Asia and Europe and according to Amazon US it will ship on October 21th in US. But I also found one camera in Stock and shipping on eBay US (Click here).

And here are some more new NEX-5R videos:
Sony NEX-5R Unboxing http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56D8b62UseQ
Sony NEX-5R/6L hands on: Smart Remote Control app http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QScdvAJqUF8
Sony NEX-5R Movie Sample http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hcD560ufaW0&hd=1

Sony NEX-5R in Stock status check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

October 16, 2012
Posted in reviews

New A99 and NEX-6 tests

Image courtesy: ThePhoBlographer

Frank Doorhof is testing the A99 and has a lot of good things to say about the A99: “Especially with the images you see above (SAR note: Check his website) this text I was very happy, they are shot while it was very dark outside and when you see the recovery in the highlights of the very bright billboards and the reflections in the dark stones and railtracks you can imagine this put a big fat smile on my face.
Frank is a Canon 5DmarkIII shooter so it’s interesting to read his view of the A99. There are some quirks he mentions and Sony even forgot him to send the battery charger :)
But at the end he really likes the A99 a lot: “As mentioned before I would love to see a bit more speed with starting up the cameras EVF, but the dynamic range, the glass and the handling of the camera MORE than makes up for it.

ThePhoBlographer is the first website making a short comparison between the two new “rangefinder” alike cameras with built-in EVF, the Sony NEX-6 and the Fuji X-E1. Both cameras have the same sensor size and Megapixel number. The Fuji is a tack sharper, and the Sony has warmer colors and captures more detail in the shadows. Note that the Fuji has no AA filter which helps to get more “per pixel sharpness“.

Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 16, 2012
Posted in rumors

Mysterious Sony announcement on October 30th.

I just woke up and found a couple of mails from SAR readers linking me to that mysterious Sony ad (Source: Sony UK). I honestly don’t know what this is, will now start to ask around. The hashtag #TheNewF suggest that this may be a new F camcorder (we currently have the Sony PMW-F3). And this may be also the day where the 4K upgrade for the NEX-FS700 will be announced…

Drop me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com or use the anonymous contact form you find here on the right sidebar if you know more about that event. Thansk!

P.S: Tomorrow Sony will release the A77 firmware update!

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