February 6, 2013
Posted in reviews

Adam from Mythbusters talks about Speed Booster and NEX cameras.

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An anonymous SAR reader just sent me that youtube video you see on top of this post. It shows Adam Savage of the incredibly popular  Discovery TV show Mythbusters using EF lenses with the Metabones Speed Booster on three of his NEX cameras (inncludes the NEX7 and the SONY FS700).

Source: Youtube. Thanks to the anonymous sender!

February 6, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony photo product announcement on February 20th?

I told you the real new camera and lens stuff from Sony is coming soon and after all the big CES and CP+ show. I just got an email saying that a new announcement may be scheduled for February 20th. New NEX-3n, new SLT A38 (and maybe the A58 too) could be announced. I am investigating this and ask my sources if they can confirm the rumor. Thanks!

UPDATE: One new anonymous source confirmed the date. Other sources confirmed there is indeed a camera announcement to come soon.

And you readers should stay tuned on SAR and if you still haven’t done it than subscribe our RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter stream (Click here). And join our very active Facebook comunity (Click here)!

February 5, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sigma 30mm and 19mm lens tested at Photozone.


Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone (Click here) posted the full Sigma 30mm lens review. And the reviewer quite likes the lens: “While we didn’t formally test the bokeh this time it seems to be pretty good when looking at our sample images. Sigma’s new linear AF motor is both speedy as well as silent. Combine all this with the extremely low price tag and it’s obvious that you are getting lots of bangs for your bucks here!

And they also tested the 19mm Sigma (Click here to read the review): “The Sigma AF 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has certainly an edge over its obvious competitor – the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 – so if you are feeling an itch for compact primes it may be a reason to go for it. Price/performance-wise it is just an average offering though.

The lens is now incredibly cheap (99 Dollars or Euro) as a double kit at BHphoto (Click here) as single lens ->the 19mm is available here at Uniquephoto and the 30mm lens is also at Uniquephoto. In Europe at Technikdirekt or on eBay (via Slidoo).

February 5, 2013
Posted in reviews

RX1 roundup with great review by Utpott. And new $2599 deal in US.

Björn Utpott shows us how reviewers should take pics of cameras! The nice image on top introduces his last RX1 user report you can read here: http://bmupix.com/reviews/2013/1/29/rx1-user-report-with-raw-samples.
He writes: “Like every camera, it has some flaws, but none of them come close to overshadowing the incredible feat of miniaturization that the RX1 represents. If you’re happy to shoot at 35mm, then there’s no longer any need to sacrifice image quality in order to have a compact kit.

And now the $2599 deals on the RX1 are back at BigValue (Click here) and Cameraland (Click here). That’s 1.920 Euro and a price difference of almost 1.200 Euro compared to the best price at Amazon Germany. EU readers will be red in face right now :)

More RX1 bits: Image samples at Photographyblog. A perplexing Sony RX1 mystery solved and a sneak peek at ongoing camera tests (Imaging Resource). Electronic Viewfinder first time in Stock at Uniquephoto. RX1 thumb in Stock at Amazon US.

February 5, 2013
Posted in news

Firmware update now available at Sony Japan’s website.

Last week Sony announced the release of the new firmware for SLT and NEX cameras. And today it’s available for download at Sony Japan’s website (translation here).

UPDATE: You can now visit the Sony Asian websites click on the “support” tab and select the camera you want to update. An example:
Sony Australia: NEX-7 fw update.
Sony Asia: A99 fw update.
Sony Singapore: NEX-6 fw update.
Sony Germany: NEX-5n fw update.
Sony US: All updates here (just select the model).

Let the comunity know your findings after the upgrade!

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