August 27, 2013
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First image samples with the A3000 and 16-70mm Zeiss. Full preorder list for US, EU and Canada.

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An image sample taken with the A3000 and Zeiss 16-70mm lens (Source: Gustav from Dyxum)

The first and only website showing image samples with the new A3000 and Zeiss lens is Gustav from Dyxum (Click here). Gustav writes:

conlusion for me , A3000 is a very nice camera for his price (350 euro)
ofcourse it has also his negatives , but for this price you get a very nice camera with a very very good sensor , and for me personal is that the most important.
ZEIS 16-70 F4 OSS , not to big , not to small very good build , perfect combination at the A3000 and all NEX-camera`s , very good with the lens wide open (F4) , only negative is the price (1000 euro)but it is a “must have lens”

Some of you may wished the lens to be a stop faster. But these would have come to a high cost (more weight and greater size). I prefer the compact size (it’s only a tiny bit bigger than the 24mm Zeiss) and I bet it will become the main kit lens for many NEX owners. And one more thing: Stay tuned on SAR, because more great Zeiss lens are coming soon :)

I now updated the preorder list with links to many US, EU and Canada stores:

Preorders in USA/Canada (Click on the store name to open the product page):
Full new NEX camera/lens presenatation page at Amazon (Click here).
$398 A3000 with lens at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$548 NEX-5T body at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$698 NEX-5T +16-50mm at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$998 Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$598 Sony E PZ 18-105G at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$298 Black 50mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Soft Case at Amazon and BHphoto.

Preorders in Europe:.
ILC-3000 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T + 16-50mm at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T double lens kit at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Sony E PZ 18-105G at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.

August 27, 2013
Posted in news

Officially announced! NEX-5T, ILC-A3000, 16-70mm Zeiss and 18-105 G PZ lens.

Preorders in USA/Canada (Click on the store name to open the product page):
Full new NEX camera/lens presenatation page at Amazon (Click here).
$398 A3000 with lens at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$548 NEX-5T body at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$698 NEX-5T +16-50mm at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$998 Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto, Adorama and Sony Canada.
$598 Sony E PZ 18-105G at Amazon, SonyStore, BHphoto and Adorama.
$298 Black 50mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto and Adorama.
Soft Case at Amazon and BHphoto.

Preorders in Europe:.
ILC-3000 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T + 16-50mm at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
NEX-5T double lens kit at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.
Sony E PZ 18-105G at Sony DE, Sony UK, Sony ES, Sony SE, Sony AT, Sony IT, Sony NL, Sony BE, Sony FI, Sony CH.

Previews:
NEX-5T: Hands-on at Pocket-Lint, Hands-on at Engadget, First impression by ThePhoBlographer, Hands-on at ePhotozine, Hands-on at Techradars, Hands-on at Imaging Resource, Hands-on photos at Photographyblog,
A3000/ILC3000: First impression at Dpreview, Hands-on at Pocket-Lint, Hands-on at Engadget, Hands-on at ePhotozine, Hands-on at Techradars, Hands-on at TheVerge, First impression by ThePhoBlographer, Hands-on photos at Photographyblog,
Lenses: Hands-on photos at Photographyblog, ePhotozine (18-105), ePhotozine (Zeiss).

Reviews and Image samples:
First A3000 with 16-70mm Zeiss lens pictures at Dyxum!

Videos:
A300 and NEX-5T hands-on video at SonyElectronics, A3000 Hands-on video at Engadget, NEX-5T first look by Sony Australia, A3000 presentation by Sony.

Full specs:
A3000 specs (.pdf)
NEX-5T specs (.pdf)
Zeiss 16-70mm specs (.pdf)
Sony 18-105 G PZ specs (.pdf)

Press text:
NEX-5T: Dpreview, Engadget, Pocket-Lint, Cnet, ePhotozine, Focus Numerique (French), Photoscala (German),
A3000/ILC3000: Dpreview, Pocket-Lint, Focus Numerique (French), Photoclubalpha, SystemKamera (German), Photoscala (German),
Lenses: Dpreview, Focus Numerique (French), Photoscala (German),

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August 27, 2013
Posted in news

Suprise! New firmware update for the A99, NEX-7, NEX-6 and NEX-5R

Sony Japan (Google translation here) issued a new firmware update for the A99, NEX-7, NEX-6 and NEX-5R. Sony Australia posted the full info in english:

A99 Update Details (Sony AUS):

  1. Provides support for the Dual AF function compliant lens: SAL50F14Z
  2. Addition of HDMI simultaneous output mode
    In addition to the existing HDMI simultaneous output during movie recording, the camera will be able to display smooth smooth 60fps(NTSC)/50fps(PAL) video on an external monitor connected via HDMI and on the LCD screen of the camera simultaneously also during movie recording standby.
    Note: The camera needs to be in Movie mode with [HDMI Info. Display] set to [Off].

NEX-7 Update Details (Sony AUS):

  • Addition of AF drive system for movies
    AF drive system for movie was added in order to enhance the scalability of future E-mount systems. This feature ensures a higher degree of flexibility in the design of future E-mount lenses. We will be able to provide lenses that can even better satisfy our customers.

NEX-6 and 5R Update Details (Sony AUS):

  • Provides support for the Fast Hybrid AF function compliant lenses:
    SEL20F28 and SEL1670Z.
  • Addition of AF drive system for movies
    AF drive system for movie was added in order to enhance the scalability of future E-mount systems. This feature ensures a higher degree of flexibility in the design of future E-mount lenses. We will be able to provide lenses that can even better satisfy our customers.
August 26, 2013
Posted in rumors

(UPDATED) NEX-5T and ILC 3000 specs leaked.

EosHD accidentally leaked the NEX-5T and ILC pdf files containing the full specs:

A3000 specs (.pdf)
NEX-5T specs (.pdf)
Zeiss 16-70mm specs (.pdf)
Sony 18-105 G PZ specs (.pdf)

As I told you before the ILC has no in body IS (thee was an error on the manual). And the NEX-5T is essentially a NEX-5R with some minor upgrades. And here are the price info:

$398 Sony Alpha A3000
$548 Sony NEX-5T
$698 Sony NEX-5T with 16-50mm lens
$998 for the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4.0 lens
$598 for the Sony E PZ 18-105G lens
Click on the images to see a large size version.

August 26, 2013
Posted in rumors

Sony announcement at 5am London time.

Mark that hour. Tonight at exactly 5am London time Sony will officially launch the new NEX cameras and lenses. Be sure to be online on SAR to follow live all the news and reviews!

Announcement Timezones:
9pm San Francisco
Midnight in New York
5am London time
6am Berlin time
1pm Tokyo time

Reminder: NEX-FF and A-mount stuff is not coming yet. But you will not have to wait a long time 😉

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