December 7, 2012
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…

Translucent mirror technology vs. mirror technology by Sony Artisan Andy Katz

Let me catch up with some news I collected during the last week:
Sunpak 522 working very well with Sony NEX-6 (Nex-tips).
SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 rolling review part 1 (Lenspron).v
The Sony Alpha NEX-7: The Unofficial Quintessential Guide (via PB).
More on the Sony 16-50mm – Comparison with Sigma 30mm f/2.8 (Soundimagesplus).
Stunning photos from the Sony World Photography Awards (Phototips).
For those interested in a compact dolly for video, check out:
Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM Preview Samples (Dpreview).
Samyang 85mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Review at Photographyblog.
Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander SLR lenses at Soundimagesplus.
NEX-6, NEX-7, OM-D ISO Comparison at Soundimagesplus.

SAR reminder: Presentation of our little new eBay search and notification project: article on SAR.

December 7, 2012
Posted in deals, reviews

New RX1 reviews and in Stock status. (RX1 was(!) in Stock at Amazon US)

For the first time the RX1 is (now was!) listed as in Stock at Amazon US (via third party reseller). There is only one in Stock and I guess the deal will last for a couple of minutes only :( A couple of more cameras can be found on eBay (via Slidoo). But mostly overpriced.

Our Australian readers are also getting their RX1 cameras and they shared two impression reviews at Calebluke and Nexusers. Eleven user reviews can be read at Amazon US.

And if you need a battery be aware that you find some cheap third party alternative on eBay (let me know how they work!).

Click these links to check price and in Stock status: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals. Save $170 by simply purchasing the $7 cheap chinese metal hood (there is one here on eBay) instead of the original expensive Sony hood.

December 7, 2012
Posted in rumors

Private message to the anonymous source that just sent me an important rumor.

Sorry dear SAR readers. I just got an important rumor from an anonymous source and I want to contact him back. So the following message is for him:

First: I can confirm that I got similar rumors from two other sources.

Second: You may create a fake gmail account and contact me at I have some questions regarding that high end NEX and other rumors I got from other sources.


SAR readers: I promise to post the rumor as soon as I can. But I have to be carefull. Some rumors are so important that I want to make no mistake when posting it!

December 7, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New A-mount lenses to be announced within 1-2 months. One is the 18-270mm!

Image on top: The Tamron 18-270mm lens for Sony.

The weekend is coming but I am not done with SR5 rumors :)

According to trusted sources Sony will announce new A-mount lenses in early 2013. One of the new lenses that will be announced in Q1 is the new 18-270mm DT lens. This will be Sony’s version of the Tamron 18-270mm lens (here on eBay).

We will also have the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 and the new 70-200mm f/2.8. What I don’t know yet is if all these lenses will be announce together or one after another on separate days. We can also expect new E-mount lenses. I am working to get the specs…stay tuned on SAR…I  will hopefully post the coming weeks! Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here)!

P.S.: I don’t know the price of the lens but we have many Zeiss 50mm lenses for different mounts and I thought it would be nice to give you an overview:
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* for Canon (see auctions on eBay)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 ZE Planar T* for Nikon (see auctions on eBay)
Carl Zeiss Jena Biotar 50mm f/1.4 50/1.4 LTM (see auctions on eBay)
Zeiss Normal 50mm f/1.4 for Contax (see auctions on eBay)
Carl Zeiss Planar T* 1.4/50 ZF 50mm F1.4 Nikon Ai-S (see auctions on eBay)

As you see the price range is soemwhere between $500 and $800. Of course these are all manual focusing lenses and do have a different design. But I hope the price will be a bit below the $1.000 mark.


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 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

Double Canon Canon-EF for NEX autofocus adapter test at

As you know we now have three new EF to E-mount adapter that support full electronic control (aperture and autofocus).
One is the Techart EOS-E-mount adapter (here on eBay)
Than we have the RJ EOS-E-mount adapter (Click here).
And soon to come the updated Metabones Smart Adapter II (only the older version yet available on eBay). (translation here) is the first website to test the new Metabones adapter and compared it with the Techart adapter. In short the Metabones has the better AF performance according to the reviewer (and is also the adpater the costs most!).

More news:
R.J.’s Electronic EF to NEX Adapter Review (Click here).
Techart Adapter video (Click here).

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