December 29, 2011
Posted in news

Got my NEX-7: Send me your M-mount lens experience stories!

Hurray! I got my NEX-7! As you see I got the body only and I am still figuring out what kind of lens I should use on it. And I have a request to you readers. I want to spend my money on lenses I can use on different systems. That’s why I am looking to get M-mount lenses that can fit via adapter on any current ASP-C NEX or future full frame NEX (or hybrid mount) camera. I usually don’t spend a lot of money on digital cameras, but I am willing to invest in good lenses because a good lens lasts forever!

But it’s not an easy task as you might think. Some lenses do have rear nodal points that do not match perfectly on cameras. If that happens then you get huge vignetting and what’s worse color shifting on the corners. Most M-mount lenses have been designed for film cameras like the Leica M7 or Zeiss Ikon. That’s why I would like to collect your stories with those lenses to see which one fits better on NEX cameras. There are many Leica M-mount lens which are very beautiful but far to expensive for me. As I often shot for work in “dangerous” situation I am not willing to risk to get robbed of a $6.000 lens! Here is the list of M-mount lenses I am looking for:

Zeiss ZM
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Planar T* 2/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).

Minolta
28mm f/2.8 M-Rokkor (Click here to see price on eBay).
40mm f/2 M-Rokkor (Click here to see price on eBay).
90mm f/4 M-Rokkor (Click here to see price on eBay).

Konica
21mm f/3.4 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
28mm f/2.8 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
35mm f/2.0 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
50mm f/2.0 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
50mm f/1.2 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
90mm f/2.8 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).

Voigtländer
12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar Aspherical II (Click here to see price on eBay)
15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar II (Click here to see price on eBay)
21mm f/4 Color-Skopar P type (Click here to see price on eBay)
25mm f/4 Color-Skopar P type (Click here to see price on eBay)
28mm f/2.0 Ultron (Click here to see price on eBay)
35mm f/1.2 Aspherical Nokton (Click here to see price on eBay)
35mm f/1.4 Nokton classic (Click here to see price on eBay)
35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar P type II (Click here to see price on eBay)
40mm f/1.4 Nokton classic (Click here to see price on eBay)
50mm f/2.0 collapsible Heliar (Click here to see price on eBay)
50mm f/1.1 Nokton (Click here to see price on eBay)
75mm f/1.8 Heliar (Click here to see price on eBay)

Send me your stories at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com and I will post them! Thanks!

A note for all current “classic” Alpha camera user. I am not going to buy the A77 for one simple reason, because I want the A99 ;)

December 28, 2011
Posted in deals

Zeiss 24mm for NEX in Stock! Buy the lens and NEX-7 separately to get them first.

To date some NEX-7 bodies has been shipped but it will take much longer if you are waiting to get the kit option (camera+lens). I have been told all kit options (with Zeiss or with the black 18-55mm lens) will be available much later. If you preordered the NEX-7 plus Zeiss 24mm lens kit I suggest you to buy the single camera and lens separately like I did!

The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Sonystore US (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon France (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Italy (Click here),

The NEX-7 isn’t in Stock right now but it keeps appearing in Stock sometimes at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and of course on eBay (Click here). I got mine at Fotomundus but they haven’t any camera yet.

December 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

What to expect from Sony in 2012. A rumor-speculation mix.


An AE mount rendering from Jay (SonyAlphaLab.com)

Year 2011 has been a difficult year for many manufacturer. In March a Tsunami hit Japan and for months after the Fukushima nuclear plant limited the energy access of factories in the area. Even worse the Thailand flood from October stopped the sensor and camera production for months. Full production capacity will be reached in late February early march only. That’s why the roadmap of almost all companies changed and some of the cameras and lenses I would have expected in 2011 haven’t been announced.

So what’s going to happen in 2012?

First, it’s very likely that also the original 2012 roadmap shifted for a couple of months. So it’s not easy to guess when exactly the enw cameras will eb announced. Let me take the chance and propose you a possible general roadmap of what to expect in 2012:

January: New Sony compact cameras
February-March: New NEX camera ad lenses. As you know the original Sony roadmap showed three new lenses for 2012. I can guarantee you that the roadmap changed…in better! There will be more lenses than expected and one-two new pancakes too.
April-Mai-June: More new NEX camera and lenses + high end compact camera + new NEX camcorder + the new A99 camera. If the roadmap didn’t change because of the Thai flood the A99 with 24 Megapixel should be announced around that time. And it will come with a bunch of new lenses (high-end wide angle zoom, high end tele zoom, new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 and the 500mm f/4.0).
August-September: It’s Photokina time and the biggest news could be the new high end FF camera with 36 Megapixel and the sort of hybrid AE mount NEX-7 alike fullframe camera. There will be again new NEX and Alpha lenses.

In general the big new technologies in 2012 will be the Fuji organic sensor, Sony new 36 Megapixel sensor, Olympus new viewfinder and Global shutter (Sony/Panasonic). I haven’t heard anything revolutionary coming from Nikon and Canon.

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December 27, 2011
Posted in news

No!!! See how you can replace a damaged semitransparent mirror! :)

Dario just sent me this incredible story:

Hi, I just want to let you know that yesterday after accidentally damaging the mirror of my A55 with the Eclipse cleaning fluid, I took out the mirror and tried other materials to replace it while I’m waiting for a new mirror. Long story short, food wrap (!) works just almost like the Sony’s mirror: sometimes the AF guesses a little, but most of the time is perfect, and It’s a lot more transparent, so I really don’t get what sony tries to sell us with their 70€ Hi-Tech mirror…
However, food wrap it’s a bit opaque, so the pictures have a slightly soft-focus effect when a bright light hits it. In the next days I’ll try other transparent films: expecially I want to try the plastic protective film for cellphones, I think it’s gonna be a perfect alternative for those who don’t need 100% AF accuracy (although I think it’s almost the same) and improved ISO performance.
Here you can see some pictures of the conversion.

damaged mirror: http://img440.imageshack.us/img440/6361/dsc4616l.jpg

removed mirror: http://img715.imageshack.us/img715/7586/dsc4619z.jpg

food wrap: http://img812.imageshack.us/img812/8836/dsc4621l.jpg (this picture was taken with AF, with the “wrap mirror” already in place, notice the glowing effect on the reflections)

the wrapped mirror: http://img845.imageshack.us/img845/7899/dsc4654.jpg

and: http://img17.imageshack.us/img17/1484/dsc4655m.jpg

mirror mounted: http://img252.imageshack.us/img252/8425/1003321v.jpg

Tell me if you are interested, so I will continue to inform you about this experiment.

Damn, that sounds interesting!

December 27, 2011
Posted in news

New NEX-7 news and reviews roundup (to ship in late January)


Sony Japan (Click here) released a new Android application for the NEX-7. The text is in japanese and as usual google translation tool isn’t really helping me out. I guess it’s a sort of NEX-7 guide. I hope our japanese readers can explain us a bit more. Thanks!

NEX-7 with Voigtländer 35mm f/1.4 lens at Getdpi (Click here).

The NEX-7 is the mostdesirable camera on the planet according to TheOnlinePhotographer (Click here): “A small camera, with a potentially outstanding sensor (again, we really have to wait and see), and a potentially outstanding made-for-the-camera lens of perfect specification? This won’t get the pull from the hoi polloi, the mass market, or the mainstream media that some cameras-of-the-moment get, but for real camera buffs, there’s just nothing we desire right now more than this little beauty

Sonystore USA informed that they will sip the next stock of NEX-7 cameras in mid-late January.

NEX-7 store search links to preorder the camera: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

And here is a list of Sony NEX-7 cameras available on eBay:
eBay Austria (Linz)
eBay Germany (Ingbert)
eBay USA (four bodies)

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