November 17, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A65 sold out at Amazon. Says it will be back on December 31 only!

And now also the A65 is out of Stock in most stores. At least there is an useful news posted by Amazon (Click here). It says that the camera will be back in stock on December 31 only. But this date may be important for the availability of the A77 and NEX-7 too. Let’s take a note of it!
Only a few cameras are still in Stock at Adorama and B&H. Availability is a bit higher in Europe at Amazon.fr, Amazon.de, Sony.it, Jessops, Amazon.co.uk and Warehouseexpress.

P.S.: The Sony VG-C77AM Vertical Grip for the A77 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

November 17, 2011
Posted in news

Sony moves sensor production to Japan. Will increase capacity by 50 percent.

There are a couple of interesting news about the Sony sensor and camera relocation. First, the flooded factory in Ayutthaya (Thailand) will be closed until January 2012.  (Source: AP).
To solve the production problem Sony moved the sensor production to its Japanese semiconductor factory in Kumamoto, Kyushu island. Another factory in Chonburi (Thailand) will than assemble the Sony NEX-5/C3/7 and A77/A65. Sony should soon release a press information to communicate the new NEX-7 A77 availability info (Via Photoscala). I hope there will be Stocks of cameras ready for the Christmas sales!

One more news: Image Sensor World reports that “Sony will boost its image sensor production capacity by 50 percent within two to three years starting next spring.

November 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

Auto 110 lens test on NEX.

DC.view (Click here) tested many Pentax 110 lenses on the NEX. I am a ig fan of Pentax and I think some of these lenses could be very interesting to use on my and your NEX camera. These lenses are relatively cheap and sometimes offer a very decent quality. My preferred lens is the 18mm f/2.8 which is really tiny! Watch the image smaples on DC.view to make your own opinion about the lenses.

The list of tested lenses with links on eBay:
Pentax-110 50mm f/2.8 on eBay (Click here)
Pentax-110 70mm f/2.8 on eBay (Click here)
Pentax-110 24mm f/2.8 on eBay (Click here)
Pentax-110 18mm f/2.8 on eBay (Click here)
Pentax-110 20-40mm f/2.8 on eBay (Click here)

Via RiceHigh

November 16, 2011
Posted in reviews

NEX-7: “the new benchmark to beat” and “best mirrorless camera today”

I feel so good after yesterdays news that Sony restarted the NEX-7 production. I know my expectations are high but I have some hope that I will might get my NEX-7 camera before Christmas. And after reading the next bunch of reviews I am posting here you might understand why I am eagerly awaiting that camera.

Here is the first Spanish NEX-7 hands-on at Quesabesde (Click here): “As we continue delving into the innards of this camera with a magnifying glass and reviewing performance, it is clear that we are facing one of the most notable models of the season.” and “The Sony NEX-7 is undoubtedly the new benchmark to beat“.

And DCresource (Click here) posted a full ENX-7 review: “Overall, the Sony Alpha NEX-7 is a pricey, yet excellent mirrorless interchangeable lens camera. Whether we’re talking performance, photo quality, or features, the NEX-7 does just about everything right. The one thing that may bother some folks is the user interface, so you’ll definitely want to try the camera out in person if you can. Even with the complex interface, the NEX-7 is still a camera that I can highly recommend.

And Amateur Photographer latest magazine contains a full NEX-7 review: “They call it the best ILC camera available today

More bits:
Imaging Resources posted new NEX-7 image samples taken in New York City and Disneyland.
More Sony NEX-7 images at ThePictureDesk (Click here). He also posted a test with the Zeiss F-mount 35mm lens (Click here) and Sony Alpha lenses (Click here).

Most stores are not accpeting NEX-7 preorders yet. Check for yourself: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

November 16, 2011
Posted in news, rumors

More about the A77/65 firmware update (+ Apple RAW support)

I got the translation from Asia about the upcoming firmware upgrade changes. It doesn’t get into the detail but I expect this to bring some major improvements. Here is the list (remember it’s translated by an Asian source):

1) expanded the number of automatic compensation of compliant lenses
2) Improvement of Responses
3) Improvement of IQ
4) Improvement of Usability

The firmware 1.04 will be released this week!

And one more news: Apple updated the Digital Camera RAW Compatibility (to version 3.9) http://support.apple.com/kb/DL1473. This update adds RAW image compatibility for the following cameras to Aperture 3 and iPhoto ’11: Sony Alpha NEX-5N, Sony Alpha SLT-A65, Sony Alpha SLT-A77.

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