November 10, 2011
Posted in news

POLL: Vote the future fullframe lenses!

So here we are! I collected and summed your full frame lens suggestion made two weeks ago. As you can imagine I had to simplify the list (otherwise we would have something like 300 lenses in the poll!). Here are the things you have to know before you vote:

1) Please think before to vote and be honest! Be aware that Zeiss lenses and fast lenses will be sometimes very expensive! So vote only if you really would buy it!
2) The poll is not scientific and has a general value only. The goal is to give Sony an overview of what focal length and what aperture future full frame lenses should have.
3) The sum of all percentages you see after any lens option is higher than 100%. This happens because every voters can vote many lenses. Example: If a lens has an overall score of 34% this means that of all voters 34% voted that lens.
4) All lenses are SSM and full frame!
5) Don’t be angry with me if you don’t find the exact lens you wanted as option in this poll. What matters is the general impression. So please vote lenses that are as close as it gets to your preferred choice.

Let’s vote!!!

Select a maximum of seven lenses Sony should absolutely release!

  • 12-24mm f/2.8 (28%, 1,097 Votes)
  • 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss (25%, 980 Votes)
  • 24-105mm f/4.0 (25%, 976 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss (24%, 929 Votes)
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss (23%, 884 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.0 Zeiss (19%, 736 Votes)
  • 24mm TS (Tilt Shift) (16%, 643 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.2 (16%, 610 Votes)
  • 70-200mm f/4.0 (14%, 560 Votes)
  • 16-80mm f/4.0 (13%, 518 Votes)
  • 24mm f/1.4 (13%, 503 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.2 (13%, 503 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.8 (12%, 476 Votes)
  • 35mm f/2.0 (12%, 461 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.0 Zeiss (12%, 455 Votes)
  • 200mm f/4.0 macro (10%, 391 Votes)
  • 50-150mm f/2.8 (10%, 372 Votes)
  • 200-400mm f/4.0 (9%, 343 Votes)
  • 17-35mm f/4.0 (9%, 340 Votes)
  • 135mm f/1.4 (8%, 322 Votes)
  • 18mm f/2.0 Zeiss (8%, 322 Votes)
  • 500mm f/5.6 (8%, 314 Votes)
  • 28mm f/1.4 Zeiss (8%, 299 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.0 (8%, 296 Votes)
  • 120-400mm f/4.0 (7%, 287 Votes)
  • 8mm f/3.5 fisheye (7%, 277 Votes)
  • 800mm f/5.6 (7%, 263 Votes)
  • 12mm f/2.8 (7%, 258 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.8 (6%, 244 Votes)
  • 70-300mm f/3.5 (6%, 241 Votes)
  • 14mm f/2.8 (6%, 218 Votes)
  • 100mm f/4.0 macro (5%, 200 Votes)
  • 24mm f/2.0 (5%, 199 Votes)
  • 400mm f/5.6 (5%, 195 Votes)
  • 135mm f/2.8 (5%, 191 Votes)
  • 100-300mm f/4.0 (5%, 184 Votes)
  • 600mm f/8.0 Reflex (5%, 180 Votes)
  • 28mm f/2.0 (5%, 178 Votes)
  • 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 (5%, 177 Votes)
  • 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 (4%, 174 Votes)
  • 75mm f/2.8 macro (4%, 157 Votes)
  • 70-400mm f/3.5-5.6 (4%, 155 Votes)
  • 45mm TSE (3%, 136 Votes)
  • 16mm f/2.8 (3%, 133 Votes)
  • 50mm f/2.0 macro (3%, 131 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (3%, 120 Votes)
  • 300mm f/3.5 (3%, 115 Votes)
  • 20mm f/2.8 (3%, 111 Votes)
  • 90mm TSE (3%, 106 Votes)
  • 350mm f/4.0 (2%, 92 Votes)
  • 250mm f/5.6 Reflex (Mirror) (2%, 89 Votes)
  • 65mm f/1.8 (2%, 84 Votes)
  • 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (2%, 81 Votes)
  • 150-300mm f/4.0 (2%, 77 Votes)
  • 180mm f/2.8 (2%, 60 Votes)
  • 16mm f/4.0 fisheye (1%, 50 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,898

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These are the links to the current Sony Full Frame lenses (without the older Minolta lenses). You can check the price to get an idea of how much the suggested poll lenses could cost!
SAL-16F28 Fisheye 16mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* AF SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 AF Lens for Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series 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-2875 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Constant Aperture Zoom Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-35F14G Wide Angle 35mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-50F14 Normal 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-50M28 Normal AF D 50mm f/2.8 Macro 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
85mm f/2.8 SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-100M28 100mm f/2.8 AF Macro 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
SAL-70200G Zoom AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G(D) SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-75300 AF D 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-300F28G 300mm f/2.8 APO G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

November 10, 2011
Posted in news

Sony trying to push factory restore in January.

I keep getting news about Sony’s factory situation. As you know the situation is much worse than it was back in march after the Tsunami in Japan. The good news is that floodwaters is receding from the industrial area of Ayutthaya where Sony factories are located. Sony is now pushing to restore full production within two month. If all works best and if also suppliers will manage to restore their full production capability than Sony could restart the NEX-7 and A77 production in January. This means new Stock of cameras could arrive in February.

But this is the best case scenario. You will definitely not find any new stock of A77 and NEX-7 cameras this year :(

Sony has some reserves of A65 and NEX-5n cameras that can be sold during the Christmas time. That’s it.

All new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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.

November 9, 2011
Posted in deals

A77 design based on…socks :) + A77 with 16-50mm lens in Stock in USA


Hurry. There are now a couple of A77 with 16-50mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here). Sold directly via Amazon itself for the normal price. But there is only one single body only option left at Amazon (Click here).

And what’s really interesting is that interview with the Sony A77 and A65 designers at Sony.net (Click here). For the A77 and A65 the designers used a styling technique called “Tensile Skin.” I really didn’t understand well what that kind of design is and the explanation made by a Sony designer sounds a bit funny: “What helped me explore this idea was an ordinary sock. As soon as I stretched the sock over our structural mock-up, it transformed the jumble of blocks into a coherent, sculptural unit. It looked fresh, and the jutting edges resonated nicely with the gentle contours. Although this unified whole could be called “monoform,” it was hardly monotonous, and there was a pleasant sense of tension. I knew that following this approach would lead us to the new shape for Alpha SLRs.”

DId you understand it ??? :)

November 9, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A77 almost sold out? Thai flood consequences worse than Japanese Tusnami.


I talked with a couple of my top sources. They told me that the Sony A77 stocks are almost gone. Overall in some big countries the request of A77 cameras has been 4 times higher than the available amount of cameras. That’s why you should expect the Sony A77 to be not in Stock anymore. And the bad news is that the Thai flood had a much worse consequence on the Sony production than the Japanese Tsunami from March. The problem is that Sony has to rebuild a complete new plant. But also third party suppliers have been affected. The sources do not expect new stocks of A77 cameras and of course NEX-7 cameras before March! Also other camera manufacturers like Canon and Nikon will have similar problems.

I am telling you all that because if you plan to buy the A77 I would seriously not wait to much. In most stores certain A77 kits are our of Stock. At the moment there are only six cameras sold by third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here),  two cameras in Stock at Amazon DE (Click here), body only in Stock at Warehouseexpress (Click here) and some kits in Stock at Jessops (Click here). It’s out of Stock in other Amazon stores, at almost in all Sony online stores. The only cameras you can find regularly in Stock right now are the Sony A65 and Sony NEX-5n.

As I said, I do expect new Stocks of A77 and NEX-7 in 4 months only. That’s a lot of time. I am also checking if that will affect the new product release (like the A9x). I suspect the answer is yes. It makes no sense to announce the A9x when you actually cannot produce it!

All new Sony cameras and lenses links:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
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.

November 8, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5n reviews roundup.

Sony NEX-5n, 4 Leica lenses from William Hollinger jr on Vimeo.

Ryan Brenizier (Click here / via noisycamera) posted a new NEX-5n review: “If “workhorse dSLRs” have reached maturity, mirrorless cameras are still in their awkward teens: They have so much potential, but each one brings their own quirks. The 5n is no exception — at different times it left me jumping around excitedly and scratching my head in frustration.”

Also ePhotozine (Click here) posted a new NEX-5n review: “This could be the best NEX and whilst a subtle update, it gives quicker performance in use (including an impressive 10fps shooting), better battery life, higher resolution, touch screen aids control and there are new lenses available, which will be especially good news to anyone who has already bought into the NEX system“.

Sony NEX-5N High ISO – is it the best I’ve ever used? (Soundimagesplus).

More non english tests at Optyczne (Click here), Digitalkamera (Click here) and Colorfoto (Click here). And all german NEX-5n owners that want to fix the click issue should take a look on this: Sony Germany.

The NEX-5n is a topseller in most Amaozn worldwide stores:
Amaozn US (Clik here to see the full ranking)
Amazon UK (Click here to see the ranking).
Amazon De ranking (Click here).
Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon France (Click here)
Amazon Italy (Click here)
Amazon Spain (Click here).

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