November 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

First 35mm f/1.8 lens review at ePhotozine!

Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

ePhotozine is the first website posting the full 35mmf /1.8 E-Mount lens review. The lens gets marked as “Highly Recommended” for the following reasons: “Sharpness is very good from maximum aperture, and can even be considered as outstanding as the lens is stopped down.Other optical anomalies, such as CAs, falloff and distortion are also kept well in check, plus the light weight and compact dimensions of the lens should make this an ideal addition to any serious NEX camera owners kit bag. The addition of optical stabilisation can only enhance the appeal of this lens.

This is an ideal lens for most of the kind of photos I will ever take. But when is Sony going to ship it? There seems a bit of confusion. European Sonystores like DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH still do say the lens will ship in Mid-November. But US and Japanese stores write that they will ship in late December only (See Amazon Japan and BHphoto).

Here is a list of stores accepting preorders:
USA: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sonystore,
Europe: Amazon DE, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex UK.

P.S::Sigma just released the new 35mm f/1.4 lens! It costs $899 at BHphoto (click to preorder)


November 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

R.J.’s Electronic EF to NEX Adapter Review

Landon Donoho posted that well done R.J.’s electronic EF to NEX adapter video review. The adapter can be found for sale on eBay (Click here).

All NEX adapters on Slidoo eBay (login to set your country). Slidoo is a SAR supported app.

November 12, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-6 in Stock status (now at Adorama too, and a book coming).

Sony NEX-6 Smart remote video (in German)

Time for a short Sony NEX-6 roundup!

The camera is shipping and first owners are writing their reviews on Amazon US (three of them) and Amazon DE (again three). Also our friend Jay from SonyAlphaLab posted a first NEX-6 impression review. And there is also a first NEX-6 book on preorder at Amazon (coming in May?). Than we have a new chinese advertising on youtube, an unboxing video by John Sison, a video review by Derek Yeo,

And here is the short in Stock status:
Body only: Amazon, Adorama, eBay, Jessops, and many more links at AlphaCameraDeals (including Sonystores).
With 16-50mm kit lens: Amazon, Bhphoto, Jessops, WexDE, AmazonFR and many more links at AlphaCameraDeals (including Sonystores).

November 12, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Hasselblad to make E-mount lenses (with Fuji?)


We haven’t forgotten that Hasselblad joined the E-mount system…have we? And today we have some news from the Swedish company:

Our reader Aliaume (Thanks!) spotted a surprising statement made by Peter Stig-Nielsen, responsible of Hasselblad professional products at Lesnumeriques (tranlsation here). Hasselblad want to develop their own software enhancements on E-mount lenses. But they are also considering to produce their own E-mount lenses with quality manufacturer…maybe with Fujinon.

As usual with these interview made with Managers…be aware that many things can  be interpreted wrong by the interviewers. I would be damn surprised if Fuji would produce E-mount lenses. I think there is only a very low chance this will happen. On the other side I confess I would be very happy to see some Fuji-Hasselblad quality glass. And they already worked together on the X Pan lenses (some of them you can find here on eBay).

By the way, I am really curious to see if there will be a serious partnership on the medium format front. You still dreaming of a Sony square sensor camera? :)

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!


November 12, 2012
Posted in reviews

The next great Sony A99 test roundup! Frank Doorhof impressed with A99’s dynamic range.

A99 hands-on video by videolifestyle

Looks like many SAR readers were testing their brand new A99 cameras and they sent me some very interesting links to their tests. Here they are:

Frank Doorhof posted some new A99 portrait pics and likes the A99 so much that he just ordered a complete Alpha set! He is particularly impressed by the Dynamic Range. Note…he usually uses the Canon 5DmarkIII.
Sony A99 blog and test by Amit Zinman.
An A99 wedding video on youtube.
A99 video performance test by Fredrik on youtube.
Sony A99 tested for sports by Martin Gamper.
A99 vs. A900 vs. A77 by Stealthmodephoto.


A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, eBay, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.

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