May 7, 2012
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Reminder: Sony announcement on May 17th. (Next announcement in Summer)

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Good Morning!
In case you forgot it, we are ten days away form the next big Sony announcement. Every image and spec of the new camera and lenses have been already leaked. The image on top shows the roadmap from Sony. As you can see it’s Sony’s goal to strengthen the Middle and High Alpha range within the year. I was hoping that Sony would show the A99 prototype too but it’s unlikely that this will happen.But let’s see…miracles can happen from time to time!

P.S.: The NEX-7 is marked as “new” because massive shipment started in March only :)

May 6, 2012
Posted in reviews

Two new A57 video reviews by Kai and John Sison.

It’s Sunday and time to see some more “relaxing” reviews. Let’s see how good the brand new A57 is! The camera itself is already in Stock at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and in Europa at Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Germany (Click here) and Amazon France (Click here).

On top of this post you will find the latest review from that crazy horse of Kai. Kai is known to not really like the current electronic viewfinder technology but at the end he damn likes the new A57!
And below you will find one more A57 video review by our reader John Sison! Well done John!

May 5, 2012
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Bunch of new Alpha Lens reviews!

I hope you are having a nice weekend. Just came back home and made a short roundup of the very latest Alpha lens tests. Let’s start with a bit unexpected and positively surprising review: Carl Garrard (Click here) tested the Konica Minolta 100-300mm APO D f4.5-5.6 Lens:”The coatings on this lens  and the APO elements produce some of the finest image quality I’ve seen from any DSLR lens in quite some time. My advice is to scoop up an APO D 100-300mm before they are gone.
Great to see how good the Minolta lens on modern camera works. But they are really difficult to find. There are just few of them on eBay (Click here).

And here are two more reviews of more “Modern” lenses:
Photographyblog (Click here) reviewed the 50mm f/1.8 lens: “The Sony DT 50mm F1.8 SAM is a worthwhile addition to your camera bag given its budget price tag – if only it was full-frame compatible too…
Photographyblog (Click here) also tested the 16-50mm lens: “Perhaps the only fly in the ointment is an apparent lack of sharpness at F2.8 that runs throughout the zoom range – you really need to stop down to F4 to achieve an acceptable level of sharpness. Despite this flaw, we can still highly recommend the Sony DT 16-50mm

 

May 4, 2012
Posted in news

After Canon also the Nikon D800 has some serious issue.


Before to read, I admit I am a bit frustrated that I have to wait that long to buy my much awaited Sony Full Frame SLT camera. And As I told you I hope it will not have the same issue story of the Sony A77 :(

But it sounds like also the very professional companies like Canon and Nikon are having troubles to guarantee a professional quality product. After the Canon 5D markIII “Leakgate” story (here at Canonwatch) it looks like also Nikon has a serious issue on the Nikon D800. Nikon just has admitted that “a run” of D800s have an issue with viewfinder alignment (Source: Fstoppers).

It’s the right time for Sony to start to tease us the Sony A99. Don’t you think? :)

P.S.: The Nikon D800 no more rules the DSLR ranking at Amazon (Click here to watch the full ranking).

 

May 4, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR3) New Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 coming along the new FF camera in August.

Rumors are getting stronger about the next Full Frame DDay announcement in late August. I am sure that there will be new Alpha lenses coming along the A99 (or whatever the final name will be). Question is which kind of lens should we expect? I am getting more and more “indications” that there will be a new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens. The rumor still hasn’t reached the SR5 value (which means that many trusted sources confirmed this) but I hope to get the definitive answer soon.

The current Sony 50mm f/1.4 is still based on the lens design typical of the 70s to 80s. It’s a decent performer but we absolutely need a high quality version too! I hope it will not be too expensive.The currently most expensive Full frame 50mm lens on the market is the Zeiss Planar f/1.4 (Click here to see auctions on eBay) which is available for Canon/Nikon/Pentax mount. That is the price I expect for the new Sony Zeiss!

Links to the current 50mm f/1.4 lens from Sony: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

And here a short poll:

Would you a high quality 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss lens priced at 750 Euro/Dollar?

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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!

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