April 12, 2013
Posted in news

SAR readers work roundup!


The Echo in the Light (ULTRA Music Festival) from Brandon Li on Vimeo.

Dave:I also wanted to share my work with you and your readers. My first camera was a Sony a100 bought in 2006. I moved onto the a700 soon after it became available and then the a77 after my a700 was stolen. So all of the photos on my website were shot using one of these three cameras. I shoot only in RAW and continue to be amazed by all the information I can pull out of these Sony sensors. http://www.davelongmedia.com/

David:I shot my second video job last week for a Lounge/Bar in Toronto with the a99, here’s the video: http://www.sin3rgy-creative.com/portfolio/skky-lounge-promo/ ‎
I shot the entire video in HD at 60p, it’s a huge advantage over all other FF DSLRs because they can’t do 1080p at 60p, only 720 at 60 frames/second. Because of that I was able to do very nice slow motion shots.

Martin: “Sony Alpha 99 Training. Hier einmal die beiden Links:

Jim:Dear Sony Alpha Rumors,
Some of your readers may be interested in my side-by-side test of the A77 and the RX-100 in a real-life situation. I’ve posted a lot of information about the A700 and the A77 already. Check out my blog posts about these, too. http://jimmartinphotoblog.blogspot.de/2013/03/testing-sony-rx100-at-zoo.html

Baron:Hi Andrea, how are you?
Please share this video with the world. We used the Sony SLT A99 to film the Royal Salute Polo Cup, Malaysia. Lenses used were Sony 70-300mm F/4.5-5.6 and Sony 24-70mm F/2.8 ZA. Here is the video: http://vimeo.com/62416804. The entire polo match was shot using the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G telephoto lens. This lens shines for use in outdoor sports, wildlife situations. I don’t recommend this lens for indoor use as it is a little slow (F4.5-5.6). Unless you are willing to compensate with a high ISO, the 70-300mm should be used for brightly lit situations. Shot at 60 frames per second with the A99, edited smoothly with Edius, no file formats issues. Perfect playback and editing of footage shot at 60 frames per second with the A99.

Luis:This one is a BTS for a photography workshop inspired in Mad Men. Again it’s all shoot with my Sony A77, a Sigma 30mm f1.4 and a Tamron 60mm f2.0.
https://vimeo.com/55425154. Then there’s this one, a day in the company of a friend of mine who’s a bike courier in my home town in Portugal. This one has some clips from a Canon MkII but most of the footage is from my Sony A77 and a RX100. https://vimeo.com/60198481

Vaclav:The NEX6 review in Czech: http://www.digimanie.cz/art_doc-57FC1A81576114D7C1257B2C005CDAAF.html

Aleksey: “Last summer at the Sony SLT-A77V I filmed timelaps. Video was shot 3 months. Used the 50mm and 18-50mm. Some plans have been photographed on Minolta Z3 :) I am used the photographs only. Since you periodically publish these videos I thought that you may be Interested. http://youtu.be/oYHM_B2xTLI

Anonymous:Budget underwater housing from Meike. Found this while I was looking for UW housing for my NEX 6. They currently only hold housing for NEX 3 & 5 for under 100€: http://www.mkgrip.com/en/products.aspx?typeid=84

Doug:Sony NEX-6 versus NEX-7: http://www.blogarithms.com/index.php/archives/2013/04/07/nex-6-or-7/.
Sony E-Mount Lenses: http://www.blogarithms.com/index.php/archives/2013/04/07/nex-lenses/
Sony NEX-7: 3-Part Review: http://www.blogarithms.com/index.php/archives/2012/07/03/sony-nex-7-tests/

April 12, 2013
Posted in deals

Gold Box deal on the NEX-5.

Right now there is a Gold Box Deal on the Silver NEX-5 at Amazon (Click here).

More US deals reminder:
RX100 for $592 by Sunset on eBay (Click here).
A99 superkit deal at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

April 12, 2013
Posted in reviews

Great NEX-7 Speed Booster test by TheCameraStoreTV

You have to see this to undertsand how revolutionary that new Speed Booster adpater is! As you know you can get those adapters on the Metabones website. The latest released adapter works with Contax Yashica lenses (Click here to see the lenses on eBay).

Nice video really!

April 11, 2013
Posted in news

The Franken-NEX-7n :)

The NEX-7n is due for a release (maybe in May?). Meantime SAR reader “lhar Gil” (website: www.clickerbug.com) tried to imagine the NEX-7n Frankencamera and sent me this message with picture: “I personally cannot wait for the nex-7n. aside from the sensor improvements, processing, etc., i am also particularly excited about the physical improvements the 7n will bring to the table namely, new hotshoe, mode dial and wifi..so i decided to do a mashup of the nex-6, nex-7, rx-1 and a99 to create a franken-nex-7n as i would have designed it if i were a sony engineer. what do you think about it? close enough? :)

I will take the chance to remind you some unconfirmed NEX-7n specs. And if some designer has some time to waste why not design and send me the new NEX Full Frame camera too? :)

– New 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor with 1/2 stop improvement and increased dynamic range
– 3, 8 Million dot EVF
– touchscreen
– Hybrid Contrast and Phase Detection AF
– Tri Navi design reviewed
– Focus Peaking will be much improved with choice of colors
– Wifi, but no GPS on board.
– Same size and form factor of the current NEX-7 but with a minor redesign


For Sources: Again, thanks to all sources for helping me out. I may ask them if they can tell me some more bits about the other new stuff like E-mount lenses and other cameras. Thanks :)

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April 11, 2013
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM to ship in July!

Some people asked me when the new Zeiss 50mm lens will ship. It’s a long way to go guys! At least according to BHphoto (Click here) the lens will ship from July only. Preorders are up at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK and Amazon DE.


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