November 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

Frank Doorhof: “Sony is very serious about becoming number 1″

Sony A99 from Nigel Barker on Vimeo.

Fashion photographers Nigel Baker and Frank Doorhof are using the A99 for their work. On top you can watch Nigel’s latest video. And Frank Doorhof is so excited about the A99 and writes: “Sony will be a serious player in this market, of course I cannot predict the future but when you listen to what’s gonna happen with the alpha series and when you see the quality of the A99 I think Sony is very serious about becoming number 1… now that will probably not happen over night for the simple reason that Canon and Nikon are so well known, but….. I think over time things will chance.

Sounds promising!

SAR reader Eric sent me a link to a new A99 that has a small $50 price drop. it’s sold by Electrostore eBay (Click here). I don’t know them so please read carefully their conditions. Keep in mind that if you buy it at Amazon (Click here) you will get a %2 back in reward!

A99 store links at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

November 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

VG900 and M mount lens test!

The NEX-VG900 camera and the lenses. Image courtesy David.

The day Sony announced the first Full Frame E-mount camera I had one question in my mind. How good will the sensor be for the use of M-mount lenses? SAR reader David tested some of these lenses on his brand new Sony NEX-VG900. It’s too early to draw any conclusion but for the first time we can see many image samples:
Here is the list of tested lenses:
1) Leica APO-Summicron 75mm (image here, lens on eBay here).
2) Leica Summilux 35mm (image here, lens on eBay here).
3) Zeiss Biogon 28mm (image here, lens on eBay here).
4) Leica Super Elmar 21mm (image here, lens on eBay here).
5) Voiglaender Heliar 15mm (image here, lens on eBay here).

Experts on SAR may tell me what they think when viewing these images. And I hope someone can do an appropriate review soon. Would like to know if there are issues or flaws using these lenses with adapters on my future NEX-9….if Sony will ever make it for me :)

Thanks David!!! Follow his Flickr stream.

VG900 store status check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

There is also a test at MFlenses with the Nokton 35mmf /1.2 lens.

November 21, 2012
Posted in rumors

New RX1 tests (and Shipping on next week in US?)

Two quick RX1 news first:
SAR reader Futile sent me this message: “Amazon USA has notified me that my estimated shipping date for the Sony RX1 is: Monday November 26, 2012 by 8:00pm. I preordered on September 11, 2012.” Sounds promising! At the same time also the new RX1 EVF is now available for preorder (Click here).

RX1 test:
Steve Huff posted the first part of his RX1 review. Steve writes that “No longer am I upset that they did not release full frame NEX system camera. It would have been a big fat mess with lack of lenses just like we all went through with the 1st year and a half of the standard E mount lenses. There would have also been a question of lens quality. If there were a full frame NEX the lenses would have probably been in the $500 range and very good but not having a true “WOW” factor.
I don’t agree. They could have released just the 35mm f/2.0 lens as E-mount. In fact I would have been more incline to spend $2000 or more for the camera knowing that I can buy more lenses in the future. The reasons why I like the current  RX1 are others 1) optimized sensor and lens setting 2) leaf shutter 3) extreme downsizing advantage over an interchangeable camera.
Focus Numerique (translation here) compared the RX1 RAW and JPG’s, tested the lens quality and color fidelity: “Overall, the torque sensor / lens is rather successful, but we prefer to shoot in RAW to exploit the capabilities of the case

Shipment date and price:
Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

November 21, 2012
Posted in deals

New US deals roundup: 10-18mm in Stock. Zeiss for NEX and A77 bundles.

SLT and A.mount Black Friday:
The Super discount on all APS-C SLT cameras is still ongoing on Amazon (Click here) and  BHphoto (page here). And to see all hourly changing deals keep tracking these Black Friday pages:  Amazon (camera&lenses) on Amazon (all stuff) on Adorama (Click here) on BHphoto (Click here) and NewEgg (Click here) and on BestBuy (Click here).

And here are some new deals info:
New 10-18mm E-mount lens in Stock at Amazon and Adorama.
A77 and lot of accessories for the same price of the A77 body only at Buydig (Click here).
Zeiss 24mm for NEX and lot of accessories for the same price of the lens only at Focuscamera (Click here).

November 21, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony has three different new FF prototypes…

It’s getting again very busy on the rumor front and I am daily working with my anonymous sources. What I can anticipate today is that I know heard about three different Sony Full Frame prototype cameras. And I mean really completely different! Not three version of the same concept. I am still working on the details of these cameras but I can anticipate that one of these is the High End A1x (not the definitive name) High Megapixel camera. That is due for a 2013 release. And photographers are already testing it on the field!

In short, stay tuned on SAR. Trying to give you all I can as soon as I can. Meantime join out Facebook SAR comunity and Twitter stream. It’s the best place to get even more info and to chat with me directly :)

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