January 4, 2013
Posted in rumors

Still working on the NEX FF rumor…

I am working on a triple front. The NEX cameras and lens rumors, the SLT cameras and lens rumors and the new Full Frame Mirrorless system. I already shared you some info about the first two fronts. The NEX-7m, the new Zeiss premium zoom and on the SLT front I told you about the four new A mount lenses and new entry level SLT that will arrive within the next few months.

And now the NEX FF: There is no news yet. I have been told Sony still has not decided the exact time frame for the official release. It all depends from the ongoing testing work. They are now testing two prototypes, one with 24Megapixel and one with 30-32 Megapixel sensor. Both sensors have new features and phase detection pixels on sensor. The AF performance is one of the key technologies Sony want to improve. The tested sensors are part of  a new generation of Sony sensors. I have no info yet if the 30-32 Megapixel sensor will be used by Sony exclusively or shared with Nikon. Also the viewfinder tech is being elaborated and will be different from what we have seen until now. Anyway, not much news yet but I guess that soon Sony will decide how the final NEX FF should be. And by than I hope I can share you some bits about it!

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January 3, 2013
Posted in reviews

Yet Another Sony RX1 Review

Good morning Ladies and Gentleman. Sony’s little full frame gem gets review after reviews. The Sony RX1 (price & specs), the world’s smallest digital full-frame camera, and its high quality 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* coated lens are getting all the rage by photographers looking out for superior image quality in a compact body.  This time I feature a (short) video by digitalcameraworld. If you prefer to read, they have a transcript of the video.

Have also a look at the cute Gariz leather half cases for the Sony RX1!

Sony RX1 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

[via DCW]

January 3, 2013
Posted in deals

New US deal: free 16mm lens on NEX cameras.



You can get a free 16mm pancake lens on the purchase of a selected list of NEX cameras at Adorama (Click here). And three more Sony deals got extended until February:
1) Sony NEX-F3K super bundle at Amazon (Click here).
2) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras at Amazon (Click here).

January 3, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) There will be a new high quality standard E-mount Zeiss zoom!

Image on top shows the A-mount (not E-mount!) Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. A similar version is coming for E-mount.

Very well known sources confirmed that Sony will launch a premium quality standard zoom lens in 2013. I don’t have the exact specs and release date yet but I have been told it’s a ZEISS! I have been told it will be similar to the current Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 A-mount lens (Price and specs of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay).

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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!

January 2, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS First Impressions

Image courtesy: Matthew Durr Photography

After having used Nikkor AI lenses for a long time with his Sony Nex7 (price & specs), photographer Matthew Durr decided to get an E-mount lens and bought a Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS. He writes:

So far, I’m liking what I’m seeing. Wide-open, there’s a bit of softness, but it doesn’t detract from images at normal viewing sizes in any way. Focus seems to be mostly consistent: using flexible spot at the center, focus is usually spot-on. […] For focus speed, I’d say it’s about twice as fast as the time it takes for me to find focus manually with my Nikkors (on static objects). […]

What I am loving without a doubt on the 35mm f/1.8 is the OSS. Not only does it help give another few stops of shutter speed advantage in low light and make handheld video smooth as silk (which I already knew it would do), but it makes composing photographs surprisingly easier! Framing can be much tighter when using the 35mm f/1.8; small movements which would translate to a jerk in the liveview with a non-OSS lens move the picture around very slowly with this lens. It’s a subtle, but nice touch to keep from needing to crop and rotate a bit in post-processing.

There are sample images and more in Matthew Durr’s first impressions review.

Sony Nex7 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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