July 13, 2013
Posted in reviews

New Zeiss 50mm SSM lens tests (shipping tomorrow at Amazon US).

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Sony Zeiss 50mm Review and Comparison by Jonathan Stewart.

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The brand new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens is set to ship tomorrow according to Amazon US (Click here). And if you want to see how good the lens is you can check out the new “Asian” review at PChome (google translation here). P.S.: at Yodobashi (google translation here) you can read a review of the Sony 50mm lens.

One more thing: if the rumors I am receiving now are correct than this will not be the last new Zeiss lens to come in 2013 :)

July 12, 2013
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…(Pricier High-End Cameras Revive Sony Brand Image)


Mitakon M42 Lens Turbo Adapter + Helios 44-2 Lens Test Video on the NEX-6.

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An article worth to read has been posted at The.me (Click here). There are some interestings info. For example:

In May, the average price of Sony’s compact digital cameras rose up 15% from the same month last year. The prices of products from other camera makers fell slightly over the same period. Sony camera prices were, on average, 6,000 yen ($60) more than those of other companies in May.
The electronics maker estimates that sales of high-end compact digital cameras equipped with large image sensors will rise 1.5 times in 2013 compared with the previous year.

Yes, Sony RX series is yet unmatched by other companies. And it’s a success that could help to raise the “image” of the full Alpha camera line!

More Sony news:
Sony extends range of PlayMemories Camera Apps™ with the addition of Portrait Lighting (Sony).
Update to Sony RX100 II Samples Gallery at Dpreview.
More new RX100MII sample photos at ePhotozine.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-HX10V Review at Photographyblog.
RX100 image samples by Joshsouzaphotos.
“What’s in the Bag” (NEX-6 gear in Turkey) at Blogarithms

 

July 12, 2013
Posted in deals

Sony A99 price drops coming soon. Canon sells 6D for $1499.

First worldwide price drops on the A99 body are coming very soon. And Thanks to 6ave you can get two A99 superkits: One for $2,271 (Click here) and another one for $2,280 (Click here) for a very low price.

But price of FF cameras are dropping lower and now went down for the $1499 at eBay US (Click here). If Sony will ever release a new low end FF A-mount camera than this could (or should?) be the price tag. Only 12 months ago I would never have expected FF cameras to become that cheap!

 

found via DealsRunner.com.

July 12, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) There will be a new DSLR styled E-mount camera!

After a couple of low rated SR2- SR3 rumors we are back on track with SR5 rumors from highly trusted sources! And there is already a first surprise:

Project Alpha Fox:
Sony is working on a new NEX camera concept. The working project is called “Project Alpha Fox“. This will be Sony’s first E-mount camera with classic DSLR design. Something that has been done before by Panasonic (with the G and GH series) and Olympus (OMD series). The camera is an entry level E-mount that will have to compete against the Canon REBEL series. That’s what Sony managers are targeting for: beat the Rebel performance for the same price. Features and release date are yet still not known and as usual I will work to get some more info soon.

This rumor has been confirmed by three different sources (one new and two trusted). Compliments ot the new source that just became a trusted source ;)

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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!

 

July 11, 2013
Posted in reviews

Samyang 16mm and Rokinon Tilt Shift Lens reviews.

Two brand new Samyang lenses got tested:

1) ePhotozine (Click here) is the first website that had the pelasure to test the new 16mm f/2.0 lens:

“Those looking for wide aperture lenses for the APS-C or smaller format camera need not continue looking at full frame lenses, that generally cost and weigh more now this lens is available. Although some photographers may find manual focusing off putting, spending a little time practising and getting used to how the lens behaves will pay dividends in the long run. This is especially true when considering how little this lens costs for what you get.”

The Rokinon 16mm f/2.0 for A-mount ships now at BHphoto (Click here).

2) The new Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f3.5 ED AS UMC lens got tested by ThePhoBlographer (Click here).

I” am slightly conflicted over this lens. I think that it is a great opportunity for photographers who are new to tilt-shift photography to get into it, and for those of us on a budget it allows us to have a pretty decent lens for the price of entry. However, having owned Canon’s TS-E lenses in the past, I know just how phenomenal they are”

Also in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

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