August 9, 2013
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…

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Sony RX-100 facing a Russian Tank from Giora Dan on Vimeo.

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Zeiss 50mm SSM lens test at Itmedia Japan and DC.watch Japan.
Zeiss Touit 12mm lens test at Focus Numerique.
another Xperia Honami leak (Androidbeat).
Connect To Your Smartphones or Tablets with Sony RX100 II (Sony Singapore).
Minolta Dynax 800si Project- A Review of Film Fundamentals (Photographic Central).
Our Favorite Camera Travel Kits: Sony RX100 (DigitalOutBackPhoto).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 Review (Photographyblog).
Sony RX10MII one week review at Engadget.

Cody:Started a group for the *new Sony RX100 II. Ive posted of few photos so far…http://www.flickr.com/groups/sonyrx100llphotos/

Riccardo: “While the city starts to enter the night life the latest travellers, with their thoughts, hopes, emotions, wait in the silence borken only by the sound of the water. This short movie is my attempt to capture the intense mood that caught me while I was waiting, like all others, to cross the river at dusk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9x3MXc7d3Y. IF you want to know more about this short movie, please visit my complete blog at: http://www.riccardocovino.it/?p=64 Shot handheld with a Nex-5n with an old Olympus Zuiko 50 f1.8

Ugo:i’m a young photographer and i live in Italy. I work as pro by two years and i use Sony gears. on my blog i speak about my photos, my gears, my photography. please take a look at http://ugofoto.blogspot.it/

Michal:Can you put a link to my blog where I discuss about the new version of the Sony Action Cam webcam. Do you have maybe some info about this camera! http://sonyactioncam2.blogspot.com/

Anonymous: “Hier ein cooles Video von uns mit der Action Cam und der a77 (close up) gefilmt ab einm fliegenden Paraglider. http://youtu.be/42_it2RY36E

Ian:A new magazine, “Imaging Edge,” is going to be released, which will apparently feature photography and video with an emphasis on Sony products and “Sony Artisans of Imagery.” An 8-page “preview” was featured in recent editions of both American Photo and Popular Photography magazines, both of which are by the same publisher as Imaging Edge, Bonnier Corporation. The magazine seems to be in collaboration with Sony. The first issue is scheduled for September (although magazines often release their issues before the date on the cover). The site http://www.imagingedge.com has some information, says “In partnership with Sony” and also lists some workshops by Sony.

 

August 9, 2013
Posted in deals

USA Superdeals days: NEX-7 with lens kit for $975. A99 for less than $2,300. RX100 for $546. VG900 deal at BH.

Some brand new great US deals today to report:

1) NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens and lot of accessories for $975 at 6ave (Click here). That’s $300 less than the regular Amazon or BH price!

2) Two different A99 kits can be bought for less than $2,300 at 6ave on ebay: Link to Kit 1 (Click here) and Kit 2 (Click here).

3) The RX100 sells for $546 at BigValue eBay (Click here).

4) The VG900 with two lens kit sells with a $1,400 discount at BHphoto (Click here).

And don’t forget that there is a new 4% reward offer at Amazon US (click here to read all details). Here are the direct links to the 4% deals on the Sony mirrorless cameras, SLT cameras and Sony lenses.

August 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) 70-200mm f/2.8 II and 400mm f/4.0 coming. And a 82mm (filter size) lens mistery.

The next two A-mount lenses are likely going to be the 70-200mm f/2.8 II and the 400mm f/4.0 lenses. What I dont’ know is the exact announcement date but I hope to be able to share that info soon. But according to a source there is a third lens that could be announced too. The source wrote that the Sony will soon offer the “”VF82MPAM” which is a 82mm Multi-Coated filter. It means a new 82mm filter size lens will be announced too. Sounds a lot like a fast prime lens!!! What else could it be?

Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

For readers: Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any news!

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!

August 9, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New Honami and Sport cam rumors.

A short break from regular A and E mount rumors to report two other news, pardon rumors :)

1) The Honami i1 smartphone will be unveiled on September 4 in Berlin. You see the teaser on top. This is good news for us because the same source said the NEX-FF is coming too (but not on the same day).
2) A new Sony sport cam will be announced too at the same event!

In short, on August 14 we could have a NEX-5t announcement (and maybe ILC-3000). On September 4 the new Sport cam and first smartphone with high quality image sensor (and maybe new JPEG engine). In late September (24?) the big NEX-FF and hopefully A-mount cameras too.

Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

For readers: Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any news!

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!

August 8, 2013
Posted in reviews

NEX Full Frame versus Leica M image comparison!


Image source: Lesnumeriques

If the NEX-FF will be launched in September one of the big question will be: How good will third party manual lenses work on that camera? So let’s take a look how good (or bad) the current VG900 sensor performs with these lenses. And let’s hope the new NEX-FF will be even more optimized for third party lens solution like the Leica M Lenses, Voigtlander M lenses, Canon FD lenses andZeiss ZM lenses.

I asked all SAR readers to send me their tests to check out the results. This is the first test done by DigitalVersus. It is the first website that compares the new Leica M $8000 camera (here at Amazon) versus the first NEX Full Frame camera (The VG900). They used the same Leica 50mm Summilux-M lens (here on eBay) on both cameras. And both cameras have a Full Frame 24 Megapixel CMOS sensor. So what are the results?

Please visit the website to see all image comparisons. Here you can see one of them (Click on it to enlarge):

In short the Leica M is sharper and has richer colors. This may be possible because of the lack of the anti-alias filter. The VG900 is a video camcorder and to have an Anti Aliasing filter makes a lot of sense (otherwise you end up having video clips with lots of moire).

What do you think of the results? Would the Leica 50mm Summilux-M lens work fine on the NEX-FF?

 

 

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