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October 5, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A99 image samples (including first Black and White test)

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Still didn’t get enough A99 image samples? Here is a short new list to some tests. As usual feel free to comment this post to add your links and tests! Thanks!

An Adobe RAW test. Image before Adobe RAW conversion, image after Adobe RAW conversion.
Some tests by Mark Galer (also on Flickr).
Black and White A99 tests by Amy Davies.
Sony A99 image samples at PConline.
Sony A99 and other new Sony stuff hands-on pictures from the Createc show in Japan (Dc.watch).
RAW image samples from Russia at Prophotos.

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.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at 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.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

October 4, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-F3 sensor tested at DxOmark. Pancake lens now for $149.

DxOmark (Click here) posted the full NEX-F3 sensor test. And as you see the performance is identical to the previous NEX-C3. This isn’t a bad news, the NEX sensors are already the best on the mirrorless market. The new Panasonic GF5 for example has an overalls core of 50 points only.

Something else. If you are a NEX camera owner you might be interested to buy the 16mm pancake lens which got a $60 price drop over the regular Amazon price. You can find them for $149 at Bigvalue (Click here). The NEX-5N got another small prcie drop and you cna get it with lens included for $479 at Amazon (it’s here on top of the ranking). And to finish there is a 2% off on all Sony cameras and lenses at Amazon (Click here).

October 4, 2012
Posted in rumors

A close eye on the new A-mount Sigma lenses (via Photoclubalpha).

David Kilpatrick from Photoclubalpha (Click here) wrote an interesting article about Sigma. The three new A-mount lenses bring many innovations and David is talking about every detail. Particularly the 35mm f/1.4 is getting a lot of attentions. Sigma said it will beat the image quality of the Nikon 35mm f/1.4 lens.

Reminder, these are the thre new Sigma lenses (no preorder and price available yet):
17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS MACRO– This new Contemporary lens is designed for cameras with an APS-c sensor and covers a range equivalent to 25.5 to 105mm on a 35mm camera. An upgrade to its predecessor, which was released in December 2009, this general purpose lens offers a new design and a more compact build.
35mm F1.4 DG HSM– This Art lens provides photographers with a state-of-the-art alternative to the more conventional 50mm. This lens’ axial chromatic aberration is minimized, which renders a cool and smooth out-of-focus image. At low apertures, it can perform like a wide-angle lens; when opened up to F1.4, it will provide background bokeh and make the subject pop like a mid-range telephoto lens.
120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM – With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. This high-performance lens eases difficult shooting conditions by offering a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8. This lens, like the other Sports category lenses to come, is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter via a button on the lens.

Links to some A-mount Sigma lenses:
Sigma 10mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 8-16mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 17-50mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 28mm at BHphoto.
Sigma 50-150mm at BHphoto.
Sigma 50-500mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 50mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 105mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 12-24mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 24-70mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 70-200mm at Amazon and BHphoto.
Sigma 70-300mm at Amazon and BHphoto.

October 3, 2012
Posted in news

Only six lenses compatible with the A99 102 AF system (support for six more coming)

There was some buzz today because ThePhoBlogapher pointed out that “the 102 AF points will only work in the new AF-D mode of the camera which can sense depth and continuously track objects very accurately. The big news to me and the staff was that the camera only currently supports 6 lenses at this point of time.” At the time of launch the following lenses support AF-D: SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL50F14, SAL300F28GII, SAL70400G, SAL50050F4G.

But as I told you before firmware updates will be released to support more lenses. Sony Japan said that by early 2013 also these lenses will be supported: SAL85f14Z, SAL135f18Z, SAL70300G, SAL70200G, SAL100f28 Makro.

October 3, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Lightroom update 4.2 adds support for NEX-5R,NEX-6,A99 and RX100. First A99 samples!

Adobe just added support for the new NEX-5R,NEX-6,A99 and RX100 cameras. You can download the updates by using these links:

Adobe released Lightroom 4.2
Mac update (Click here)
Windows update (Click here)

Camera Raw 7.2 and DNG converter 7.2
Mac update (Click here)
Windows update (Click here)

Our reader Joe (fotosiamo.com and SLRLounge.com) already tested the Sony A99 RAW files on Adobe and wrote: “the RAW files look way better once brought in to Bridge or Lightroom. Thank goodness.” You can download some A99 RAW file at fil.io (via Quesabesde).

Enjoy the testing and let us know what you think about the A99 RAW image quality!!!


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.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at 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.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

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