December 14, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Next generation SLT cameras coming with mirror flip up mode? Check the patent!

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The new Sony SLT design patent.

 

A week ago a new source claimed to know that the next generation of SLT cameras will have a Flip Up mirror. And see what happened today, I just discovered a brand new published Sony patent describing exactly how this will work! More here at freepatentsonline. The patent has been sent in back in 2009 and it is certainly not a prove that the rumor I got is correct. But at least it shows you that Sony is actually thinking on it.

As you know the so called “translucent mirror” reflects about 1/3 of stop of light for the use of the phase detection mirror. And many SAR readers wanted Sony to implement a mirror lock up mode to be able to get out the best possible image quality from their camera. The next SLT camera is scheduled for a release in February-March. I am working on a bunch of SLT, NEX and lens rumors and I hope to share some more good news like that soon! As I told you, even Canon and Nikon will envy us ;)

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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!

December 14, 2012
Posted in rumors

Another A99 review (and an info about cheap A99 UK deal).

SAR reader Dave (Thanks!) made this image to show you how Apples compare to Apples :)   Check the A99 review at Dpreview. Also ePhotozine posted a new A99 review and it got a “Highly Recommended” mark.

A warning for EU readers: As you knwo ther eis that crazy 2200 Euro price on the A99 at ukbnsuk on eBay (Click here). Our reader “Arismakr” (Thanks!) got some info about the store: “The camera is an “NTSC only” model and that means PAL is not an option for European buyers. As you may understand there will be a problem with video playback in Europe. They also told me that the box is not sealed whatever that means

Soudns like they improt the camera from cheaper Asian stores!
A99 store links: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

December 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Sigma 35mm f/1.4 keeps receiving lot of appraisals!

 

The new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens keeps surprising the reviewers:
DSLRmagaizne (translation here) tested the lens on a Canon and writes that it has a “superb optical performance“.
Lenstip also tested the lens: “The Sigma has the best results of all 1.4/35 lenses, tested by us so far in the categories of resolution, distortion, chromatic aberration and coma correction.

This may be one of the nicest new lenses you can get for the A-mount system. And soon we hope to see that new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 too :)

Sigma A-mount 35mm f/1.4 lens preorders at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (click here).

December 13, 2012
Posted in deals

4 years Warranty on the RX1 at Amazon (and Gold Box deal on Cybershot and Rokinon).

There is a Total 4 years Warranty on the RX1 purchase via Shutterbugs at Amazon (Click here). Nice deal but I guess in four years from now you will be already a happy FF NEX owner or not? :)

And today we have two new Sony Gold Box deals. You will get 50% off on a couple of Cybershot cameras (Click here to see the list) and there is a Gold Box deal on the 8mm Rokinon for NEX at Amazon (you save $100).

Last deal: Sony NEX-5R super kit at Adorama (Click here).

 

 

December 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

NEX-6 review at Engadget and SonyAlphaLab.


Image courtesy: DC.watch.

One of the nicest new cameras we had in 2012 is certainly the NEX-6. And the image posted by DC.watch (you see it on top) makes it look even more beautiful :) They tested the NEX-6 with the great looking (and superbly manufactured) Ricoh GR  21mm f/3.5 which is such a hard to find lens that there is no even one single auction on eBay.

That said we have two new complete NEX-6 reviews at Engadget and SonyAlphaLab. And the camera gets lot of positive feedback from both reviewers. There is also a new Sony NEX-5R review at Cnet Asia.

Now let’s see what’s coming soon from the NEX front. The 85mm f/1.8 and what else?

NEX-6 in Stock status at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5R in Stock status at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Reminder: The luxury leather case producer Gariz announced a new case for the NEX-5r and NEX-6!
NEX-5R: You can buy it on their eBay store (Click here). There is also a Light Brown (Click here) and Brown (Click here) version. Gariz has also some other little leather accesories for the NEX-5r like lens cap and bags (look here via Slidoo eBay).
NEX-6: Gariz also released three different NEX-6 case: Brown (Click here), Black (Click here) and AllBlack (Click here). (full list at Slidoo).

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