March 20, 2012
Posted in reviews

(SR5) Samyang will release NEX lenses with autofocus!

The Rokinon 8mm fisheye via ThePhoBlographer.

Samyang (also known as Rokinon) is a well known company that makes some amaizng lenses for different mounts. But until now all their lenses were manual focusing only. But in a recent interview at Techradar (Click here) they unveiled that they are going to release their first autofocus lenses for the NEX system in 2013. Good to hear we don’t have to rely on Sony and Zeiss only to get some good quality E-mount lenses!

I like Rokinon/Samyang lenses a lot and I recommend you the following two lenses for Alpha mount:
1) The 35mm f/1.4: In US you can find it as Rokinon at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (Click here). In Europe the name is Samyang and you can find it on eBay (Click here) and with the name Wallimex again on eBay (Click here).
2) The 85mm f/1.4: You can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on eBay (Click here) and branded with the name Samyang on eBay (Click here).

March 19, 2012
Posted in reviews

ZM 50mm versus NEX 50mm by Björn Utpott.

Our reader Björn Utpott just sent me the link to his latest 50mm lens comparison (Click here to read it). The big question is: Is the new 50mm lens for NEX better than the “older” Zeiss ZM 50mm f/1.4 lens? The answer is pretty easy, the lenses have been designed for completely different kind if use. The Sonnar ZM has a more old creamy look with sharp center and less sharper borders. The new Sony 50mm is sharp through all the frame.


Sony 50mm f/1.8 for NEX at

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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Zeiss ZM Sonnar f/1.5 links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
M to NEX mount adapter on eBay

March 19, 2012
Posted in news

A99 with 24 or 36 megapixels? (D800 beats 5DmarkIII)

The two main A99 competitor are now shipping worldwide and at first glance it appears that the Nikon D800 sells more than the Canon 5DmarkIII. See the Amazon US rankings (Click here). According to my trusted sources Sony has two new FF sensors, one with 24 megapixels and the other one has 36 megapixel sensor (used for the Nikon D800). I am pretty sure the A99 uses the 24 megapixel sensor. But we are just a rumors site so everything is possible :)

The main and very basic question you should answer is:

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March 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

Internal Sony OVF verus EVF debate rumors…

Image on top: The OLED electronic viewfinder from Sony

Good Morning dear SAR readers!

Let’s start the new week with a smaller info I found at Dyxum (Click here). I am pretty sure Sony has no plan yet to make any new DSLR camera with optical viewfinder. But a Sony source(?) shared some details about the internal Sony discussion about the OVF and EVF theme. The source said “hat right now there is a significant division of opinion within Sony. The higher ranks want to leave OVF behind and press on with EVF only. But the staff who are closer to that actual market are strongly objecting to complete abandonment. And I was told that in the coming months Sony will release two top tier, Nine level cameras, one with an OVF and the other with an EVF.

As I said, my sources told me the next A99 is 100% an SLT camera. And that there is no plan yet to release a sister model with optical viewfinder So take the rumor with a grain of salt. What’s interesting is that there is a debate ongoing here and on many other forums about Sony’s decision to push the SLT technology. Something else. I had the chance to quickly compare the NEX-7 EVF with the Fuji X PRO 1 hybrid viewfinder. I have to say that on first look the NEX-7 EVF is far more advanced and usable. As you know I am not saying this because I am a fanboy. At first I liked the idea of the hybrid viewfinder and it ma can be improved further by Fuji. But for now the NEX-7 kicks the ass with the OLED technology. Another story is the amazing Fuji sensor. I wish Sony could bring that kind of improvement in future cameras. Let’s get rid of that Anti aliasing filter!

Price and specs comparison:
NEX-7 at

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon (Click here).

 

March 18, 2012
Posted in news

Sony Readers TidBits

I collected the links and info readers sent me the last days. Here is a roundup of all readers link suggestions:

Hey! check this… we use only the new Sony A65 & Sony f2.8/16-500 SSM lens…Its a  music clip from a carnival group “Gousgounides” from Rethymno – Greece, which shows the bright side of our city that we have forget … Created for fun and for our friends…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9aE4rop8jU

DxO now supports the Beercan! For a long time, it seemed like DxO only made correction modules for current or recent lenses. I was surprised to find out that they released a module for such an old lens (regardless of its cult-like following). Here is a link to DxO’s page where they confirm the support – http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/news/DxO-Optics-Pro-new-lens-camera-combinations36

Sony Introduces New Line of Ultra-High Speed SD Memory Cards: https://www.sony.com.hk/press/pdf/2012022001_e.pdf

XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (RobGalbraith)

Charles explains the Rolling Shutter Effect on youtube (Click here) -> via Videoacademy.ch.

Sony A77 review at Megapixel (Click here).

I did some panorama shots with the Sony A77 and the Rokinon 8mm fisheye. I used a tripod to take shots at 8 positions (45 degree increments). I took 3 bracketed shots at position, for 24 total shots.
I used Photomatix Pro to create 8 HDR images fo each position, then Hugin to stitch the regular panorama and the little planet.
https://plus.google.com/photos/116510470685386993448/albums/5711382100977784017

Rem: “Not that I am a big name photographer, but I have shot a few celebrities, so if anyone is interested they can also see what I have done with my Sony cameras.
Here’s one of Ron Jeremy for example…
http://www.goldeneraphoto.com/People/Portraits/21117400_XGGGsv#!i=1679745100&k=JXSWfSq

Here are some wonderful professional photos done by Brian Smith with a NEX-5N of the X-Factor America competitors from last season. Brian Smith is a celebrity portraitist who is one of the Sony Artisans of Imagery.
http://500px.com/briansmithphoto

Thanks!

 

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