December 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

A77 ripped apart. New Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 review.

The video you see here on top has been posted by Sonyblog (Click here / via noisy). It shows you the full naked and ripped A77 camera. To bad they toke it apart, there is now one less camera that can be delivered to a customer. The A77 is so difficult to find in Stock I found only three stores having them: SonyStore USA and Amazon Germany and of course on eBay where you find them for a crazy price only).

David from Photoclubalpha (Click here) posted a new full Zeiss Distagon 24mm f/2.0 review (A-mount): “The Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2 SSM Distagon ZA T* is probably the best, or equal to the best, in its class. It may perhaps be the best ever 84° angle fast lens ever made for the general SLR system market, and I would happy to pitch it against any of the current equivalent offerings for medium format digital“. And when David talks about the A77 and the future fullframe sensors he writes: “If Sony’s 24 megapixel APS-C sensor formed the basis for a full-framer, it would be a 60 megapixel monster and match all but the most expensive medium format image sizes. I believe the 24mm CZ could go there if Sony chose to.” Dear David, it’s going to be 24 and 36 Megapixel only for now, but with 100 Megapixel sensor coming within 2-3 years ;)
Check the Zeiss 24mm lens price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 29, 2011
Posted in deals

For UK readers: NEX-7 body in Stock at Warehouseexpress and in New Zealand.


Get it no before it’s sold out: http://www.warehouseexpress.com/buy-sony-alpha-nex-7-black-digital-camera-body/p1527077. I am not going to stay up the whole night to see when it runs out of Stock…but my bet is that it will not last for more than a couple of hours!

And also our (few?) readers living in New Zealand can find the body in Stock at Photowarehouse.co.nz :)

One more thing: Many readers contacted me to say that their NEX-7 has been shipped. Not only in Europa, Canada and USA, but also our Australian readers are getting their NEX-7 bodies! Enjoy! ;)

Thanks John

December 29, 2011
Posted in news

Four Sony cameras in the top 20 of the most sold cameras this year in Japan.

In Japan (and in Japan only) you can get detailed reports about the camera sales. Bcnranking (via 1001noisyc) posted the top 20 of the most sold cameras between January 1st and December 20th. Four cameras are listed on it. The Sony NEX-5 (Pos 6), the Sony A55 (Pos 13), the Sony NEX-C3 (Pos 17) and the Sony NEX-3 (Pos 17). A wonder how that ranking would have looked if the NEX-7 and A77 wouldn’t have been stopped by the terrible Thai flood.

It’s still a mystery for me why we cannot have such detailed sales reports in other countries too. As you already know the only place I can check to see if a camera is popular or not is the very fluctuating Amazon ranking:
Amazon US ranking (Click here), Amazon DE ranking (Click here), Amazon UK ranking (Click here), Amazon FR ranking (Click here), Amazon IT ranking (Click here), Amazon ES ranking (Click here).

Overall it looks like European and American markets are more “conservative” and less subject to adopt new technologies. The mirrorless and SLT cameras aren’t popular as in Japan. But I think cameras like the NEX-7 and the future A99 can slowly change this in “western” countries too. It’s time to get rid of that Canon-Nikon duopoly!

December 29, 2011
Posted in news

Got my NEX-7: Send me your M-mount lens experience stories!

Hurray! I got my NEX-7! As you see I got the body only and I am still figuring out what kind of lens I should use on it. And I have a request to you readers. I want to spend my money on lenses I can use on different systems. That’s why I am looking to get M-mount lenses that can fit via adapter on any current ASP-C NEX or future full frame NEX (or hybrid mount) camera. I usually don’t spend a lot of money on digital cameras, but I am willing to invest in good lenses because a good lens lasts forever!

But it’s not an easy task as you might think. Some lenses do have rear nodal points that do not match perfectly on cameras. If that happens then you get huge vignetting and what’s worse color shifting on the corners. Most M-mount lenses have been designed for film cameras like the Leica M7 or Zeiss Ikon. That’s why I would like to collect your stories with those lenses to see which one fits better on NEX cameras. There are many Leica M-mount lens which are very beautiful but far to expensive for me. As I often shot for work in “dangerous” situation I am not willing to risk to get robbed of a $6.000 lens! Here is the list of M-mount lenses I am looking for:

Zeiss ZM
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Planar T* 2/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM  (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).

Minolta
28mm f/2.8 M-Rokkor (Click here to see price on eBay).
40mm f/2 M-Rokkor (Click here to see price on eBay).
90mm f/4 M-Rokkor (Click here to see price on eBay).

Konica
21mm f/3.4 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
28mm f/2.8 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
35mm f/2.0 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
50mm f/2.0 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
50mm f/1.2 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).
90mm f/2.8 Hexanon (Click here to see price on eBay).

Voigtländer
12mm f/5.6 Ultra Wide Heliar Aspherical II (Click here to see price on eBay)
15mm f/4.5 Super Wide Heliar II (Click here to see price on eBay)
21mm f/4 Color-Skopar P type (Click here to see price on eBay)
25mm f/4 Color-Skopar P type (Click here to see price on eBay)
28mm f/2.0 Ultron (Click here to see price on eBay)
35mm f/1.2 Aspherical Nokton (Click here to see price on eBay)
35mm f/1.4 Nokton classic (Click here to see price on eBay)
35mm f/2.5 Color-Skopar P type II (Click here to see price on eBay)
40mm f/1.4 Nokton classic (Click here to see price on eBay)
50mm f/2.0 collapsible Heliar (Click here to see price on eBay)
50mm f/1.1 Nokton (Click here to see price on eBay)
75mm f/1.8 Heliar (Click here to see price on eBay)

Send me your stories at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com and I will post them! Thanks!

A note for all current “classic” Alpha camera user. I am not going to buy the A77 for one simple reason, because I want the A99 ;)

December 28, 2011
Posted in deals

Zeiss 24mm for NEX in Stock! Buy the lens and NEX-7 separately to get them first.

To date some NEX-7 bodies has been shipped but it will take much longer if you are waiting to get the kit option (camera+lens). I have been told all kit options (with Zeiss or with the black 18-55mm lens) will be available much later. If you preordered the NEX-7 plus Zeiss 24mm lens kit I suggest you to buy the single camera and lens separately like I did!

The Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is now in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Sonystore US (Click here), Amazon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon France (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Italy (Click here),

The NEX-7 isn’t in Stock right now but it keeps appearing in Stock sometimes at Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and of course on eBay (Click here). I got mine at Fotomundus but they haven’t any camera yet.

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