February 12, 2013
Posted in news

Ops…Hasselbald actually wanted Fuji (and not Sony) as primary partner.


Quesabesde (translation here) reports an interesting story. Hasselblad goal was to partner with Fuji but Fuji showed their back to the Swedish company. Sony was “only” the second choice. Maybe Fuji managers saw the sketch of their Lunar project and run away before to sign the partnership agreement? Don’t be mad at me Hasselblad…It’s a joke ;)

I think (and hope) you can do great things with together with Sony. Share your medium format knowledge for the next high level Full Frame or Medium Format cameras from Sony. That would be a nice start! I am certinaly a bit “retro” but I would love to see a Full Frame Hassleblad X-Pan styled E-mount camera!

P.S: The X-Pan acutions on eBay (Click here).

February 12, 2013
Posted in rumors

Samyang 50mm f/1.2 likely to come in 2014!

Soon the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens will hit the market (in late Spring) but for many of us this lens will be too expensive (rumored price is $1600-$1700). If you can wait 12 months more than you might can get a cheaper and still high quality alternative from Samyang! Fotogears (official Samyang Asia partner) worte on their facebook page that a new Samyang 50mm f/1.2 A-mount lens is on the Samyang roadmap and could come in 2014.

Sounds great!!!

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).

And here are the links to the newly announced Samyang/Rokinon lenses:
8mm f/3.5 fisheye at Amazon, BHphoto,
14mm f/2.8 at Amazon, BHphoto,
24mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,
35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,
85mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,

February 11, 2013
Posted in news

Sony: “We are investigating the possibility of a new camera between the RX1 and RX100″

Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine.

The Spanish website DSLRmagazine (translation here) interviewed Mr. Masaaki Oshima from Sony. The main talk is about the RX1. What I didn’t know until now is that all the RX1 cameras are manually assembled in the same factory. This allows Sony to have a 100% control over the final quality, and that’s part of the reason why the RX1 is expensive. Actually two people are working on one camera during the assembling process!

RX10: When asked about the camera that could fit in between the RX1 and RX100 MR. Masaaki said: “we haven’ decided anything yet but we are investigating the best solution for such a camera“.

Back to the RX1: Valentin Sama told Mr. Masaaki Oshima that in his opinion the RX1 price in Euro is way too high. Something also Focus Numerique wrote lately. Mr Masaaki than asked what a good price for the RX1 would be. There is a difference of 1000 Euro between the US and EU price you can’t justify by VAT difference only. But I am not going to buy the camera anyway…I am waiting for the NEX FF instead even if I still have to wait for 12 months :)

RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).



February 11, 2013
Posted in deals

Bower 24mm for Sony discounted.

The Bower 24mm f/1.4 for Sony just got a $200 discount at BHphoto (Click here). Some of you may say…who the heck is Bower? Don’t worry it’s just Samyang trying to fool you again :)

Samyang is using different brand names in different countries: In USA Rokinon, Samyang, Opteka, Bower and in Europe: Samyang, Rokinon, Walimex, Falcon, Vivitar. So don’t be worried. This is a great quality lens! Just read the final conclusion from the Photozone review (Canon mount version): “It may be a bit embarrassing for the original manufacturers but the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC manages to produce a quality similar to its roughly double priced counterparts.

By the way, their new  24mm tilt-shift lens should be released in March!

New Sony US deals reminder:
Deal 1) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 2) Save up to $200 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony Lenses (Click here to see the Amazon page).
Deal 4) Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras Starting at $79 (Click here to see the Amazon page).

February 11, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First “signs” about a soon to come NEX-7 successor…

I got a short message from two different (good) sources hinting about a possible NEX-7 successor coming very soon! I ask my trusted big sources if they can confirm the rumors. I also have no specs yet but I have been told that the camera has a new sensor and very likely the same sensor that will be sued on the A77 successor too!

If I got the message right than Sony will first intorduce the NEX-3n next week and the NEX-7 successor in two months. Stay tuned on SAR! Lot of news and rumros to come soon…

P.S.: Sony NEX-7 price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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