October 29, 2012
Posted in reviews

New VG900, FS700 and VG50 tests!

Sony NEX-VG900 Samples from Gear Jones on Vimeo.

ON top you can see one of the first VG900 video tests. The full manual is now available for download at http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/4436718111.pdf.

And BBC reporter Johhni Behiri tested the little NEX-VG50.

And our friend Mike Kobal is back from a long work that kept him away a long time from his blog. Here is his new NEX-700 test.


October 28, 2012
Posted in news

Sony A99 tethering trick with Lightroom. NEX-7 price drop.

In case you alreayd own the A99 and a MAC than try out this little trick to make tethering work: Source: Pasmworkshop. Meantime as usual A99 keeps getting in and out of Stock. Check the links to see what’s the current situation: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

And today Amazon launched a $100 rebate action on the NEX-7 (Click here). You save another additional $100 when purchasing it along the 55-210mm lens and another 2% on the overall total price. That deal is part of the many Golg Box deals launched today (Click here to see them all).

October 27, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony TidBits (with SAR readers work roundup)

SLT eSupport – Focus controls from HMX Media on Vimeo.

Sony 55-300mm test at Camerastuffreview. And Sony 500mm review again at Camerastuffreview.

SAR readers mails:
Bart:Since today I am the happy owner of the NEX-6 with 16-50 powerzoom. I love the combination, the Phase-AF really speeds things up. One thing I did find out is that like Olympus and Panasonic, Sony also decided to let distortion correction in the lens go and just apply software corrections to fix it.  When you take pictures at 16 mm you don’t see the distortion in the viewfinder or afterwards on the camera. But when you import the RAW files into Lightroom you see a huge distortion and high vignetting. Some examples of the difference between the RAW and JPEG files can be found here: http://gathering.tweakers.net/forum/list_message/39181572#39181572 It’s in Dutch but I don’t think that’s a big problem.”
Michael:My blog focuses on the areas where Photography meets Cinematography and it’s called PhotoCine News.  I wrote an article about my just finished Sony NEX-7 Video Rig and thought you might be interested in it for your readers.  Check it out at: http://photocinenews.com/2012/10/21/the-definitive-sony-nex-7-video-rig/
Freddy: “I love my Alpha 57 !!! https://vimeo.com/groups/154861/videos/51938444
Vedran: “I would like to share my FB page to Sony users. Text on page is on Croatian, but only thing important on that page are pictures.:) Most of them are taken with Sony A77. Link to FB page: https://www.facebook.com/VedranTolicPhotography. My website is www.vedrantolic.com as you know, but FB page is great because there is a lot interaction.
Aleksey: “Hello! I am a long time constant reader. This summer, I’m using the Sony A77V and Minolta Dimage Z3 filmed timelaps our small town of Penza. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oYHM_B2xTLI&hd=1
Mattia: “Super Drift Pro Challenge 2012 shot on the NEX with M-mount lenses on youtube.”
Markus: “Just wanted to share some pictures from my Nex-7 and SLR Magic Hyperprime F0.95.I just love this lens and its growing on me every day I shoot:D http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrosth/

October 27, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony A99 in Stock (via third party) at Amazon and BH.

Readers keep sending me in Stock info and even some price change info (example A99 price drop in UK). But it’s hard to follow the stream of the events. I kindly invite you to use the long list of links I put up on AlphaCameraDeals (Click here) where you can check a long list of Sonystores in Europe and North America. You will see thet many stores are now having the A99, NEX-6 and the VG900 in Stock!

Small deal info: The largets worldwide online stor is now selling the A99 via thirds party resellers (Click here to see it on Amazon). And of course in Stock also at BHphoto. In face of all these new models the RX100 and NEX-5n reamin the Sony most popular cameras at Amazon US (ranking here) and Amazon Germany (ranking here).


Some of the readers mail I received the lats few hours:

Sven:I thought this might be interesting for Dutch & Belgian readers: the SLT-A99 is in stock at www.kamera-express.be. Including an extended warranty of 5 years, a reduction of €100 on your next Zeiss lens, a check&clean and a Carryspeed camera strap. Looks like a nice offer. https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=453809504660140&set=a.152744798099947.25221.113670518674042&type=1&theater. http://www.kamera-express.be/product/sony-slt-a99-body-incl-ke-propack/

Sham: “I just shot my first batch of wedding photos using the a99. I am not a professional wedding photographer and I was at this wedding as a guest first and photographer second. Just thought I want to share this with you. Lenses used are the SAL70200G SSM & 24-70 Zeiss. ISO800 & ISO1600 used. The a99 really has huge amount of DR to be pushed well in post processing. Converted the RAW files to DNG to be edited in ACR 7.1. That’s the only option available at the moment to process a99’s RAW in ACR. We know ACR 7.1 does not natively support a99’s RAW files, so probably will have to wait for ACR 7.2….http://www.flickr.com/photos/kysham/sets/72157631862262373/

Med:In Sony Center Norway, we recieved a99 today! Was scheduled for 29th, but we got 3 of them today :) (of 3 ordered).

October 26, 2012
Posted in news

Did you know that there is a new E-mount 12mm f/7.4 lens?

No one reported about this lens at Photokina! We have a new 12mm f/7.4 fisheye lens for the NEX system. The makers of the lens contacted me to guarantee that this is a high quality lens built in Japan. It will go on sale in 2013 for 189€ or 149 pounds. This is not the first fisheye lens for the NEX system We also have the Rokinon (Click here) or also called Samyang (Click here) fisheye.

Here are the specs:

  • Focal distance: 12mm
  • Coating: 7 layers multi coating to reduce aberrations to a minimum
  • Lens construction: 4 elements in 4 groups
  • Focusing distance: 0.5m to infinitive
  • Aperture: f/7.4
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 65.00 x 58.5mm

Here are some image samples (Click on it to see a larger sized pic):

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