November 30, 2011
Posted in deals

The after Cyber Monday new NEX deals!

I really thought the deals would be over yet but Sony surprised me and today launched a new series of NEX deals:

1) You get $120 off on the 18-55mm lens when purchasing the NEX-5 or NEX-C3 at Amazon (Click here).
2) You save $120 on the 16mm f/2.8 pancake when purchasing it with the NEX-5 at Amazon (Click here)

UPDATE: For some reason the following checkout code (given by Amazon itself) is not working. So please do not purchase. Ask Amazon what’s going on. Here are the “deals”:
3) $120 off Sony Alpha SEL1855 E-mount 18-55mm Lens at Amazon (Click here). Enter code Z8E8YH26 at checkout.
4) $120 off Sony SEL16F28 16mm f/2.8 Wide-Angle Lens at Amazon (Click here). Enter code XQJDHBXM at checkout.

There is also a series of discounts on Sony compact cameras at Amazon (Click here) and Sony camcorders again at Amazon (Click here).

A list of all current deals (not only on electronics) can be found here: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

For europeans: There are Cyber deals at Amazon UK (Click here) and Amazon DE (Click here) too!

November 30, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) At least three new lenses coming with the A9x

This is only a small rumor but at least it’s coming from top sources. Not only the 500mm f/4 G lens (picture on top) and the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lenses will be announced along the A9x in Spring 2012. There is also another High-End Zoom coming. I have no exact specs yet but you should know the rumor is coming from the very top ;)

And I cannot exclude yet that there will be even more new lenses.

In the past we posted some rumors coming from unknown sources (not very reliable yet! It’s SR2 only). Here is a list of possible lenses:
14mm Distagon f/2.8
28mm Distagon f/2
35mm Distagon f/1.4
70-200mm f/2.8 G SSM
200mm ApoSonnar f/2
200 f/4.0 G macro SSM
100-400 f/2.8 G SSM

If you know more about the lens roadmap feel free to drop me a text at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com or use the contact form on the right sidebar (it’s anonymous!)

Current Zeiss fullframe lenses for Sony:
SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* AF SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM Wide Angle Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-2470Z 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-85F14Z Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Autofocus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F28 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 sensor gets DxOmarked! It is the Sony camera with the best overall score!

And here we are. The NEX-7 shares the same A77 sensor. But are the results the same? Is the semi transparent mirror taking away some bits of image quality? DxOmark (Click here) tested the NEX-7 image quality and the answer is that the NEX-7 is by a tiny bit better than the A77. De facto it is the Sony camera with the best results to date (even better than the A900 full frame camera).

As you can see form the screenshot on top the NEX-7 has a slightly higher dynamic range an color depth than the A77 (but the difference is negligible). But High ISO results are visible better thna the A77. Only the A900 can beat the High ISO results of the NEX-7. Now imagine what a NEX-9 full frame camera could do :)

P.S.: Check for NEX-7 preorders at: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Thanks OneGuy

November 29, 2011
Posted in deals

Still ongoing: Cyber Monday USA deals. Will end today!

Some Sony Cyber Monday deals are still ongling. You can find a large overview by just clicking these direct links: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

Deals that are still alive:
1) There is a $80 up to $160 rebate on some camera+lens bundle. Click here to see the Amazon Sony deal page. And a similar bundle action is ongoing at BHphoto (Click here).
2) $160 off Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 (Click here) Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) Full Frame Lens. Enter code YP4OXXWQ at checkout.
3) $80 off Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT (Click here) Telephoto Zoom Lens. Enter code P37FG9UD at checkout.
4) $80 off Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (Click here) Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens. Enter code LEL8CPUO at checkout.
5) $269 rebate on the Sony NEX-5 (not 5n!) super bundle at BHphoto (Click here).
6) You can see a full overview of the Sony deals at SonyStore USA (Click here).


One more news: The 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

November 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 versus NEX-5n image quality test at LL.

Luminous Landscape (Click here) updated their NEX-7 rolling review with a new image comparison: “the NEX-7 gives the photographer the choice of higher resolution and larger prints, or comparable resolution and comparable noise characteristics when compared to the NEX-5n, and both are presented at the same size. I should add parenthetically then in real-world photography, when shooting raw and doing a bit of NR in Lightroom, all ISOs up to and including 3200 are completely usable for most any purpose.

And I agree withtheir lats editorial comment: “If you’ll allow, I’ll also make a small editorial comment on the whole question of high ISO noise. In my opinion too many people on brand discussion forums make too big a deal about high ISO noise. I suppose that it’s one of those things that lends itself to easy visual comparison, while topics such as dynamic range, colour gamut and fidelity are more complex, and less easily quantified outside of a lab.

+1!!! ;)

P.S.: Here are the NEX shop 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.

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