January 1, 2013
Posted in reviews

A double Sigma 35mm lens review and a Happy New Year!

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Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

Both ePhotozine and Camerastuffreview tested the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. ePhotozine writes that “Sigma appear to have everything right with this new lens.” while CSR says: “With the first lens from the Art Series, Sigma actually sets a new standard.

The A-mount lens is availble for preorder at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (click here). To get notified when this lens is on eBay login and save this search at Slidoo.

January 1, 2013
Posted in news

Good Morning…and a Happy new Year! :)

 

First off…Happy New Year!

I hope you will keep following SAR even in 2013. There will be plenty of new stuff and don’t miss to read my prediction to see what could come this year. And now let’s start with the new years rumors. I had no sleep tonight and worked on the next bunch of rumors. The first thing you should know is that Sony will soon have an announcement right before the CES show (start January 8). But there will be compact cameras only and no, not one of this compact camera will be a more advanced model like the RX100.

I still didn’t get a reliable confirmation but there is a fair chance that new SLT NEX stuff may be announced a couple of weeks later right before the start of the CP+ show in Yokohama (January 31).

Stay tuned on SAR! Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here)! And agai…Happy New Year!!!

 

December 31, 2012
Posted in deals

Gloxy 12mm fisheye for NEX in Stock.

At Photokina Digital King announced the new 12mm f/7.4 fisheye lens for NEX. This lens is now for the first time in Stock via multiple eBay resellers (Click here). Not exactly a main stream lens and the 8mm Rokinon/Samyang lens (here on eBay) may be a better choice unless you need exactly the 12mm focal length.

Here are the Gloxy specs:

  • Focal distance: 12mm
  • Coating: 7 layers multi coating to reduce aberrations to a minimum
  • Lens construction: 4 elements in 4 groups
  • Focusing distance: 0.5m to infinitive
  • Aperture: f/7.4
  • Weight: 220g
  • Dimensions: 65.00 x 58.5mm

Here are some image samples (Click on it to see a larger sized pic):

December 31, 2012
Posted in rumors

My 2013 Sony release prediction…

The following post is a mix of rumors and speculations about the possible new cameras and lenses from Sony. This is not an SR5 rumor :)

RX Cybershot:
Sony is quite happy with the success of their RX100 and RX1 cameras. And they definitely will keep going on with new camera release. It’s pretty obvious that there is plenty of room for an RX10 camera with ASP-C sensor. The question is how will they make it? My guess is that it will have a fixed prime lens to make the camera very compact.
Another question is, will there be a variations within the same series? For example an RX2 with a 50mm f/1.7 equivalent lens. Or an RX101 with a wider (and slower) zoom range.

Sony NEX:
There will be plenty of of new cameras and lenses. I expect a new NEX-3 model and probably a NEX-7 successor too. Unlike previous years there will be finally more new lens than new camera announcements :)
We know three new Zeiss primes with full electronic support are going to be launched in Spring 2013. There will be a new 85mm f/1.8 lens and a 3-4 more new Sony E-mount lenses. But let’s not forget that we can pretty much be sure that also Tamron, Sigma and other manufacturers will announce new lenses too.

Sony FF NEX:
As I told you last week Sony is working on the camera development and an exact time release hasn’t been set yet. It all depends from how things will work out. They want the camera to be damn good, like a Pro DSLR from Nikon and Canon. My guess is that the camera will hit the stores in early 2014 only. There may be some announcement or prototype shown in late 2013.

Sony SLT:
I already told you about four new A-mount lenses that will be launched within the next six months and the most interesting one is the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 lens. We will have both, new entry level and new semi pro SLT APS-C cameras. It will be highly unlikely that Sony will launch a new SLT FF cameras in 2013.

Surprises:
Unlike Canon and Nikon Sony is always good for a surprise! Never be sure what’s in the engineers head. So how could a surprise look like? A 50+ Megapixel A1x SLT camera, a new 3 layer sensor (foveon similar), or the come back of optical viewfinders. But those are just dreams for now…or not? :)

And now, what is your Sony camera wish for 2013?

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December 30, 2012
Posted in news

Some more info about the Contax G to E-mount adapter (coming in February)

I just got an email from Camera MX with a link to a new youtube video and a delivery estimation of the new Contax G to E-mount adapter: “We believe we can launch this adapter around Feb. One more thing, Contax G16mm and G21mm cannot used on this CONTAX G – SONY NEX AF adapter. If you want to use G21 with this, you must cut the rear lens flange. G16 cannot use on it. In future, international version is renamed as “DEO TECHART” or “DEO”

MXcamera
Tel: 2388 1178
YH Store : http://hk.user.auctions.yahoo.com/hk/booth/mxcamera_hk
Web Site : http://mxcamera.com/
face book: https://www.facebook.com/mxcamera

Reminder: list of great G lenses with links to eBay price:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

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