November 20, 2011
Posted in rumors

Sony 36 Megapixel sensor for Nikon and Sony (Nikon leaked). Is it too much?

Our friends over at Nikonrumors leaked the first picture of the Nikon D800. And why should we care about it? Because it uses the new 36 megapixel Sony sensor that we first reported here on SAR almost a year ago. The leaked picture confirm that the rumor is 99% true. Before to talk about the megapixel madness(?) I want to remind you that unlike Nikon Sony will first release a 24 megapixel FF camera in early Spring and a couple of months later the much more expensive 36 Megapixel FF camera which will probably have a built-in vertical grip. Both camera will be SLT (no optical viewfinder).

The good news here is that unlike Nikon Sony will offer us both, a low resolution and high resolution choice. But the question is, do we really need so many megapixels? Carl Garrard writes on Photographic Central: “I think the average consumer is starting to realize that megapixels isn’t all that important anymore, and the term itself at least in the US is becoming increasingly less popular in conversations I have with everyone. In other words, most people don’t give a crap about megapixels as much as they used too.

I believe there is no problem if Sony is going to release a camera with 36 megapixels as long as we they also offer the low resolution option (24 Megapixels). Carl also hopes that Sony will offer an optical viewfinder version. But I already know that this is not going to happen. There will be a new generation of OLED viewfinders which is even better than the currently very good Sony A77 viewfinder.

Now let’s hope Sony will release the Sony A9x sooner than expected. I know many are pushing to announce the camera before the planned Spring release!

November 20, 2011
Posted in news

New Phottix wireless flash trigger

Phottix (Click here) announced the Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Flash Trigger for Sony. Here is the press release:

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Quick Overview

Making a classic trigger better! The Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Trigger System gives photographers incredible control over their flashes and studio lights. Four channels and four groups provide unparalleled control in the studio or on location.

Product Description

Making a classic trigger better! The Phottix Strato II Multi 5-in-1 Wireless Trigger System gives
photographers incredible control over their flashes and studio lights. Four channels and four groups
provide unparalleled control in the studio or on location. The Strato II Multi can be used as a wired or
wireless shutter release. The 2.4 GHz. transmitter and receivers offer ranges of more than 150 meters
and sync at speeds of 1/250 second .*
Transmitters feature an innovative TTL pass-through hot shoe – allowing full TTL mode to be used with a
camera mounted flash. Receivers offer flash wake-up functions.*
It’s fast, sexy, and powerful – perfect for your studio or location work.

Features:

- 4 groups: A,B,C,D
- 4 Channels
- 150+ m range
- 1/250 sec. sync speed*
- Flash wake-up functions*
- Hot shoe / PC Flash triggering
- Studio strobe triggering
- Wired and wireless shutter release functions
- Pass-through hot shoe on transmitter allows on camera flash to use TTL functions
- 2.4 GHz. frequency
- uses AAA batteries
- Compatible with Phottix Strato 4-in-1 Wireless Triggers

Sony Version includes shutter cables for:
S6: α900/ α700/ α580/ α560/ α550/ α500/ α450/ α350/ α300/ α200/ α100/ α55/ α35

* On compatible flashes and cameras

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I don’t know yet when the product (and where) will be available. Some Phottix first generation remote controllers for Sony are avaialble on eBay (Click here).

November 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 review by Pocket Lint

I guess you already know what’s to like or not to like on the new Sony NEX-7. So this is not a review that will reveal something new. The British Pocket-Lint website (Click here) like other reviewers fell in love with the NEX-7. While the “electronic viewfinder isn’t going to be to everyone’s tastes” but “Sony’s 2.4m-dot OLED viewfinder blows those out the water“. Nerveless it’s still not perfect and there is still some “ghosting“. And than there is that huge 24 million Megapixel resolution squeezed on the APS-C sensor: “It’s testament to the Sony engineering team that this doesn’t become an issue, however, as the NEX-7’s image quality is superb.”

The only real limit of the camera is the auto focus speed and precision. It’s not on par with the competition. The only two “downsides” are the high price and the limited NEX lens range. That’s why the camera doesn’t receive the full score and gets 4 of 5 stars.

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

November 19, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A77 news roundup (+ ebay availability)

Foggy And Hazy – Sony a77 Extreme Low Light from Heikki Kivijärvi on Vimeo.

There is a new A77 review at DC.watch (google translated), at Slashcam.de (google translated) and at Colorfoto.de (google translated).
Sony A700 versus Sony A77 at jimmartinphotoblog (Click here)
Sony Alpha 77, test complet #2 : bruit numérique et erreurs de protocole (Alpha Numerique).
A new A77 Flickr group: http://www.flickr.com/groups/alpha77/pool/with/6223530148/
My new A77 with my old Minolta 75-300mm lens (dpreview forum)
Popular Photography magazine wrote a full A77 review (you can buy it here).
Sony A77 RAW samples thoughts (SonyAlphaLab).
One more A65 test at Colorfoto (german).

USA:
A77 body with 18-55mm lens and 29 accessories at Arphotovideo (Click here)
A77 body with 18-55mm and 75-300mm and 36 accessories at Arphotovideo (Click here)
A77 body with Secret Handshake Minolta 28-135mm Yibum (Click here)
A77 body with 16-105mm lens at Yibum (Click here)
A77 body with Carl Zeiss 16-80mmYibum (Click here)
A77 body with 8 lenses(!) for $5999 at Yibum (Click here)

Europe:
A77 body at fotoheibel (Click here) – Germany
A77 body at qf-foto (Click here) – Germany
A77 body at cameracentre1315 (Click here) – UK
A77 body at 0123aggiudicato (Click here) – Italy
A77 body at 0123aggiudicato (Click here) – Italy
A77 body with 18-55mm lens at badblock_group (Click here) – Estland

November 18, 2011
Posted in news

Firmware update for the NEX-5/3/C3 and VG-10 coming in mid-december.

Sony Japan confirmed that there will be a new NEX-5/3/C3/VG10 firmware in mid-december. It will bring the support for the new LA-EA2 adapter. But I do hope there will be also other major new features and improvements coming along the update.

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