January 3, 2013
Posted in reviews

Yet Another Sony RX1 Review


Good morning Ladies and Gentleman. Sony’s little full frame gem gets review after reviews. The Sony RX1 (price & specs), the world’s smallest digital full-frame camera, and its high quality 35mm f/2.0 Carl Zeiss T* coated lens are getting all the rage by photographers looking out for superior image quality in a compact body.  This time I feature a (short) video by digitalcameraworld. If you prefer to read, they have a transcript of the video.

Have also a look at the cute Gariz leather half cases for the Sony RX1!

Sony RX1 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

[via DCW]

January 3, 2013
Posted in deals

New US deal: free 16mm lens on NEX cameras.



You can get a free 16mm pancake lens on the purchase of a selected list of NEX cameras at Adorama (Click here). And three more Sony deals got extended until February:
1) Sony NEX-F3K super bundle at Amazon (Click here).
2) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras at Amazon (Click here).
3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras at Amazon (Click here).

January 3, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) There will be a new high quality standard E-mount Zeiss zoom!

Image on top shows the A-mount (not E-mount!) Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 lens. A similar version is coming for E-mount.

Very well known sources confirmed that Sony will launch a premium quality standard zoom lens in 2013. I don’t have the exact specs and release date yet but I have been told it’s a ZEISS! I have been told it will be similar to the current Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 A-mount lens (Price and specs of the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay).

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January 2, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS First Impressions

Image courtesy: Matthew Durr Photography

After having used Nikkor AI lenses for a long time with his Sony Nex7 (price & specs), photographer Matthew Durr decided to get an E-mount lens and bought a Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS. He writes:

So far, I’m liking what I’m seeing. Wide-open, there’s a bit of softness, but it doesn’t detract from images at normal viewing sizes in any way. Focus seems to be mostly consistent: using flexible spot at the center, focus is usually spot-on. […] For focus speed, I’d say it’s about twice as fast as the time it takes for me to find focus manually with my Nikkors (on static objects). […]

What I am loving without a doubt on the 35mm f/1.8 is the OSS. Not only does it help give another few stops of shutter speed advantage in low light and make handheld video smooth as silk (which I already knew it would do), but it makes composing photographs surprisingly easier! Framing can be much tighter when using the 35mm f/1.8; small movements which would translate to a jerk in the liveview with a non-OSS lens move the picture around very slowly with this lens. It’s a subtle, but nice touch to keep from needing to crop and rotate a bit in post-processing.

There are sample images and more in Matthew Durr’s first impressions review.

Sony Nex7 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

January 2, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony RX1 Review By Ron Martinsen

Thanks Joe.

Sony’s little full frame wonder gets another entirely positive review. Ron Martinsen felt the beat of the Sony RX1 (price & specs) in a comprehensive review with lot of sample images. He writes:

Let’s just cut to the chance so I can answer the question that everyone wants to know about – is this camera really as good as a full frame DSLR? From an image quality perspective, the answer is without question – YES! The sensor on the RX1 is fantastic and the lens is on par with my best L lenses on my Canon gear. It’s got gorgeous color, dreamy bokeh at f/2.0, and creates sharp images even when examined in RAW. It’s high ISO performance is on par with most of today’s DSLR’s.

He found a small back focusing issue and discusses more RX1 issues, but for the rest the RX1 once more proves that Sony got it right and made a truly awesome camera. Check the high ISO samples! About the sensor Ron writes:

The colors are excellent, the detail is very good and the performance across the full spectrum of ISO’s from 100 to 25,600 is on par with the best DSLR’s on the market.

Ok, the fixed 35mm lens was felt as a limitation, on the other hand this is what characterizes the RX1. Check also the cool Gariz leather cases for the RX1 (click here).

Sony RX1 price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

[via ronmartblog]

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