December 11, 2011
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Sony A77 news and reviews roundup…


Low Budget Filming – Sony Alpha 77 & Movcam Rig

AF in manual video movie mode workaround Sony SLT A77 (Mikekobal). And contact sheets with A77 and NEX-5n (Mikekobal).

Sony A77 review by SonyAlphaLab (Click here): “I can pick apart a feature here and there and say the Nikon X is better in High ISO and the Canon Y has better AF, but as a whole the A77 is a phenomenal camera for a great price in my humble opinion.

A77 test at Expertreview (Click here): “Packed with features and impressive strengths including a superb kit lens, but high noise levels and lethargic controls aren’t acceptable at this price“.

The A77 is in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here), Heidfoto (crazy name!), Foto Neuber (Click here), in US at willoughbyscamera (with $400 extra to pay), almost in Stock at Digitalrev (two weeks). There is a £50 discount at Amazon UK but the camera is not in Stock yet.

December 11, 2011
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Sony 50mm f/1.8 for NEX review at Steve Huff (+ Zeiss lens is shipping!).

Steve Huff (Click here) posted his final 50mm f/1.8 for NEX review: “Basically this lens is a must have for any NEX shooter who wants a medium telephoto with a fast aperture. The lens has great color, has a fast aperture for shallow depth of field or when the lights get low and the lens pumps out great color with rich saturated tones. The lens is sharp but not clinically sharp. On the NEX-7 it is a fantastic performer.

Yes that lens is a real winner. It only has a couple of drawbacks. It’s a bit too big, and it doesn’t come in black for my future NEX-7. I hope Sony will soon introduce a black version.

The lens is in Stock in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here). You can get it within 6-10 days at Amazon Japan (Click here). You will only get in January-February in Europe and US although SonyStore US (Click here) says it’s coming next week. I heard this isn’t true yet. Let’s see who is right…

Meanwhile good news for all those of you who preordered the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (but you cannot make a new preorder yet).

Full new NEX and lens rpeorder links:
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 10, 2011
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NEX-5n review roundup (one camera to win at Pocket Lint)

Booths & Bodies: The life and work of Anthony Vizzari from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Jae Yoon posted a user report on Steve Huff’s website (Click here). He used the Sony NEX-5n with the amazing Contax G Lenses: “On that note, I have to heartily recommend the Contax G Zeiss 28mm F2.8 and 45mxm F2 lenses. The 28mm F2.8 had some trouble with the initial NEX cameras because of the rear focus Biogon design that didn’t jive well with the microlenses on those first generation sensors. You would end up with distracting and somewhat ugly corners because the rear element of the lens came too close to the sensor and light was hitting it at too extreme of an angle. With the newly designed sensor in the 5N, Sony has mostly alleviated the issue and its hard for me to detect in my images if I’m seeing color shift or just simple vignetting for infinity focus shots. Either way, the situation is nearly undetectable for this deservedly heralded lens.

A quick reminder. Contax made seven G lenses you cann all use on your NEX with the G to NEX adapter. Her eare the lenses:
Contax G 16mm f/8 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 21mm f/2.8 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 28mm f/2.8 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 35mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 35-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 45mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 90mm f/2.8 (Click here to see them on eBay).

This is the most “unserious” review of the NEX-5n I have ever seen: g4tv.com

Matt sent me this: Nex-5n & Voigtlander 35mm (vimeo).

And don’t forget that you win a NEX-5n at Pocket Lint (Click here).

Mike sent me this: the courier trailer: johnny diamandis: Sony SLT A77 and Nex 5N (Mikekobal).

The Sony NEX-5n is in Stock at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Just click on shop name to visit the direct product search page). Don’t forget that you can ad that amazing (but tiny bit too expensive) FDA-EV1S external viewfinder: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 9, 2011
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The first NEX-7 unboxing video and a new reviews.

While we are all anxiously waiting for the NEX-7 reviewers keep torturing us with excellent reviews and hands-on. And now we even have the very first unboxing video. So… enjoy and suffer! :=)
And Digitalcamerareview (Click here) posted a new NEX-7 review. And of course it got an Editor’s choice award! And Peter Sills (Click here) traveled for six days to Cuba with the NEX-7 and enjoyed the camera lot: “I am now totally convinced that the future of digital photography will incorporate high-quality EVF in almost all cameras“.
The NEX-7 is hardly available for preorder yet: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

P.S.: You can win a new NEX-5n at Pocket-Lint (Click here).

December 9, 2011
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SLR magic shows the new 23mm f/1.7 lens for E-mount (UPDATED with full press release)

SLR magic sent this picture to show the new Hyperprime 23mm f/1.7 lens for E-mount. It’s coming in Dec/Jan and the price is $379. It’s almost two third cheaper than the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 but it has no autofocus and very likely it will not be that good. I hope they will send me some image samples soon to see how it performs!

P.S: This is the second Hyper prime lens. The first is the Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 lens (Click here to see it on eBay).

PRESS RELEASE
NEW: THE SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7
SLR Magic expands its E-mount lineup with a new wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (December 8, 2011) – SLR Magic expands the E-mount lens lineup with the new SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 wide angle lens. With this latest addition, the portfolio of lenses for the E-mount system is now comprised of three focal lengths. The world’s fastest interchangeable camera lens with APS-C coverage in this focal length, the SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 will be available in January 2012.
The field of view of this new HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 35mm lens in 35mm format and this fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of candid, street, and landscape cinematography and photography. A minimum focus distance of 0.15m allows for pleasing defocused backgrounds. Additionally, a fast max aperture of F1.7 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 ideal for available-light photography.
We place our highest priority in the development of all HyperPrime lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 is solid and reliable.
The SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers by the end of January 2012.

Technical Data SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7
Lens Type: Fast wide-angle lens with five Tantalum glass elements to ensure superior cinematic performance.
Compatible Cameras: All E-mount cameras
Optical Design: 8 elements in 7 groups
Distance Settings: Distance range: 0.15m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 12 aperture blades (circular), Lowest value 22
Bayonet: E-mount
Filter Mount: 49mm; filter mount does not rotate.
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Dimensions: Length to bayonet mount: approx. 50mm (approx. 1.97in)
Largest diameter: approx. 61mm (approx. 2.40in)
Weight: approx. 240g (approx. 8.47oz)

Andrew Chan
Product Manager

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