January 13, 2014
Posted in deals

Superdeal of the day: Sony NEX-3n with lens for $289!


Today’s Amazon Deal of the day is the Sony NEX-3n with 16-50mm lens which sells for $289 at Amazon (Click here). The NEX-5t with same lens sells for $549 on eBay US (Click here).
And Amazon also extended four Sony deals (you can see them here).

And there is a new free accessory superkit at Focuscamera. These 3 bundles have a free point and shoot in them a ($158) value plus 2 sd cards ($55) value plus 2 cases another ($15) value total savings of $228. Here are the direct focus links: A7 superkit one, A7 superkit two, A7 superkit three.

January 13, 2014
Posted in news

Mark Weir explains why they got rid of the “NEX” name. And says A-mount commitment will be very clear (soon).


Funny image created by Imaging Resource.

In an Interview with Imaging Resource Sony manager Mark Weir tried to explain why they got rid of the “NEX” name:

“The model name prefix started to segregate our E-mount cameras from our A-mount cameras,” responded Weir, “and that was never our intention.

I am wondering why did they start the NEX brand in first place :) He also says:

“and there was concern that consumers could easily misunderstand there to be a lack of compatibility between the two.”

Well there is a lack of compatibility between the two! Or can you use the FE lenses bought for the A7-A7r on the A77-A99? Nope :)

And when asked about the A-mount future he says:

We remain committed to the A-mount system, and I’m sure that that commitment will be very clear.

Well, I guess we will find it out very soon! Z-focus, Mirrorless A-mount, Hybrid A-E mounts and other major features like that. Let’s see if they will find their way in an A-mount cameras this year!


January 12, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sigma (again) pushes back the 18-35mm A-mount release.


A SAR reader got the following mail from Sigma when asking about the definitve 18-35mm f/1.8 lens release. This is Sigma’s answer:

Hello xxx,

No set date but it should be available for shipment by the end of February.
Yours Truly,

xxx xxx
Sigma Corporation of America

Bad news! Still, the lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

January 12, 2014
Posted in news

Japan 2013 overall sales numbers: Sony DSLR/SLT presence shrinks. Mirrorless share increases.


We have the Japanese market share data based on camera sales of 2013 (Source: BCNranking). As you can see Sony made a+6% jump in the mirrorless segment. The less good news is that Sony lost market share in the DSLR-SLT category. Sony also lost a tiny 1% share in the compact camera business.

Note that in Japan the mirrorless sales numbers are as big as DSLR. Would love to see worldwide results too but unlike Japanese other countries do not provide such detailed data. At leats in US you can make a very rough idea of what sells through Amazon US ranking (Click here to see). And as usual Compact Cameras and DSLR from Canon are on top.

January 11, 2014
Posted in deals

RX1R Gold Box deal in Germany. 180 Euro off on the A7.


Let me catch up with some great EU deals:

1) Today only German readers have a chance to grab a discounted Sony RX1R (details here at Dealsrunner).

2) There is a 180 Euro off on the Sony A7 at Redcoon (via DL).

3) As expected the NEX-7 price is dramatically falling in Europe. For example in Holland (699 for camera with lens).

4) The A3000 with lens sells for 279 Euro only on eBay Europe (Click here).

5) In UK the A58 with lens sells for 299 pound only (more info here at DealsRunner).

6) NEX-3n with lens sells for 289 Euro only in Germany (via DL).


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