August 14, 2013
Posted in reviews

First Techart Contax G to NEX electronic adapter review by DC.watch.

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There is a first review of the new Contax G to NEX adapter with electronic control at DC.Watch (google translation here). The performance really depends on the lens used. And the AF accuracy isn’t top notch. The manufacturer said that this is so because of lack of support from Sony. They hope to improve the AF performance with future updates.

You can find the Techart Contax to NEX adapter on eBay (Click here).

Here is the list of great G lenses with links to eBay price:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

August 14, 2013
Posted in deals

60% off on Sandisk cards (today only). NEX-3n with PZ lens for $399 (cheapest new NEX you can get).

Brand new US deals:

1) Only for today Sandisk is offering an up to 60% discount on them at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). You will need plenty of them if you plan to buy the future 30+ megapixel Sony cameras :)

2) And if you want to join the NEX system without spending a lot of money grab the $399 deal on the NEX-3 with 16-50mm PZ lens at Amazon (Click here). It is the lowest price in US history!

3) Abe’s of Maine is selling the RX100 for $558 (Click here).

4) Over $200 off on the Sony Cyber-Shot DSCTX200V at Adorama on eBay (Click here).

And there many more deals to see at DealsRunner.com (use the filter on top of the page to see Sony photography deals only).

August 14, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony will soon announce the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 E-mount lens!

Image of the Zeiss Touit prototype lens (not the new 16-70mm lens!)

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And finally we will get our first high quality zoom for the NEX system. Sony will launch the new Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 E-mount lens by End of August (likely August 29)! It will be unveiled along the new NEX-5T camera. This is a completely different lens than the 16-80mm Zeiss A-mount version (here at Amazon). But the price will be more or less similar (around $1,000).

One more NEX-FF thing: Still working on the camera specs. But I was able to get lens info from one source. I am now trying to double check the info I got. If it’s true than the lenses are GREAT! And that is not me being Sony fanboy or over emotional. Stay tuned on SAR!

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August 13, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New NEX-FS700R and NEX-FS700RH camcorders to be announced soon too.

AKorean agency just registered two new Sonu camcorders in their database. These are NEX-FS700R and NEX-FS700RH E-mount camcorders that will replace the current Sony NEX-FS700 (here on eBay). Specs are yet unkown but the camera will be announced within the next few weeks.

And one more thing: Sonyactioncam2 also spotted the Action Camera name registration. It’s the AS30V.

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And this was only the first rumor fo the day! Stay tuned on SAR!

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August 13, 2013
Posted in news

George Clooney backs up Sony’s strategy and says Loeb is a “carpet bagger”

A couple of months ago Daniel Loeb, hedge fund manager and owner of a large 7% Sony share criticized the Sony company strategy. He recently also criticized the Sony movie business. But this time Sony got a very unexpected backup from George Clooney. Deadline.com reports Clooneys words:

“Loeb calls himself an activist investor, and I would call him a carpetbagger, and one who is trying to spread a climate of fear that pushes studios to want to make only tent poles… Why is he buying stock like crazy if he’s so down on things? He’s trying to manipulate the market. I am no apologist for the studios, but these people know what they are doing.”

How any hedge fund guy can call for responsibility is beyond me, because if you look at those guys, there is no conscience at work. It is a business that is only about creating wealth, where when they fail, they get bailed out and where nobody gets fired. A guy from a hedge fund entity is the single least qualified person to be making these kinds of judgments, and he is dangerous to our industry.”

Well said George!

And you may read the latest article on The Verge too:

In the end, Sony saw Loeb’s proposal as little more than a distraction along the way to executing Hirai’s plan. And, with recent successes in smartphones and even televisions, it’s understandable that the company would want to keep its focus on the path ahead.

Now let’s see if the soon to be announced new QX and NEX cameras will be another success!

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