November 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 sensor gets DxOmarked! It is the Sony camera with the best overall score!

And here we are. The NEX-7 shares the same A77 sensor. But are the results the same? Is the semi transparent mirror taking away some bits of image quality? DxOmark (Click here) tested the NEX-7 image quality and the answer is that the NEX-7 is by a tiny bit better than the A77. De facto it is the Sony camera with the best results to date (even better than the A900 full frame camera).

As you can see form the screenshot on top the NEX-7 has a slightly higher dynamic range an color depth than the A77 (but the difference is negligible). But High ISO results are visible better thna the A77. Only the A900 can beat the High ISO results of the NEX-7. Now imagine what a NEX-9 full frame camera could do :)

P.S.: Check for NEX-7 preorders at: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Thanks OneGuy

November 29, 2011
Posted in deals

Still ongoing: Cyber Monday USA deals. Will end today!

Some Sony Cyber Monday deals are still ongling. You can find a large overview by just clicking these direct links: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

Deals that are still alive:
1) There is a $80 up to $160 rebate on some camera+lens bundle. Click here to see the Amazon Sony deal page. And a similar bundle action is ongoing at BHphoto (Click here).
2) $160 off Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 (Click here) Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) Full Frame Lens. Enter code YP4OXXWQ at checkout.
3) $80 off Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT (Click here) Telephoto Zoom Lens. Enter code P37FG9UD at checkout.
4) $80 off Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (Click here) Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens. Enter code LEL8CPUO at checkout.
5) $269 rebate on the Sony NEX-5 (not 5n!) super bundle at BHphoto (Click here).
6) You can see a full overview of the Sony deals at SonyStore USA (Click here).


One more news: The 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

November 29, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 versus NEX-5n image quality test at LL.

Luminous Landscape (Click here) updated their NEX-7 rolling review with a new image comparison: “the NEX-7 gives the photographer the choice of higher resolution and larger prints, or comparable resolution and comparable noise characteristics when compared to the NEX-5n, and both are presented at the same size. I should add parenthetically then in real-world photography, when shooting raw and doing a bit of NR in Lightroom, all ISOs up to and including 3200 are completely usable for most any purpose.

And I agree withtheir lats editorial comment: “If you’ll allow, I’ll also make a small editorial comment on the whole question of high ISO noise. In my opinion too many people on brand discussion forums make too big a deal about high ISO noise. I suppose that it’s one of those things that lends itself to easy visual comparison, while topics such as dynamic range, colour gamut and fidelity are more complex, and less easily quantified outside of a lab.

+1!!! ;)

P.S.: Here are the NEX shop links:

Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

November 28, 2011
Posted in news

(UPDATED) Sony A77 and A65 firmware 1.04 is finally out!

The firmware has been released by Sony Asia (Click here).

SLT-A65 Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.04 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478855
Ver.1.04 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478884

SLT-A77V Firmware Upgrade
Ver.1.04 (Microsoft Windows)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478891
Ver.1.04 (Apple Macintosh)
http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/478893

Here is the improvement list:
1) Added support for auto-correction lens: Vario-Sonnar T * DT 16-80mm F3.5-4.5 ZA (SAL1680Z) and DT 16-105mm F3.5-5.6 (SAL16105)
2) Improved usability
3) Improved Quality
4) Improvement Response

If you have some time to test the new firmware let us know if you see some some REAL improvement! Thanks!

November 28, 2011
Posted in deals

Cyber Monday USA deals roundup (16-50mm back in Stock)

There are so many ongoing deals that it’s really imposisble to link you to all of them. You can find a large overview by just clicking these direct links: Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), Cameta (Click here) and J&R (Click here).

And here is a short list of NEW(!) Sony deals:
1) $150 reabate on the HX5V compact camera at Amazon (Click here).
2) $269 rebate on the Sony NEX-5 (not 5n!) super bundle at BHphoto (Click here).
3) You can see a full overview of the Sony deals at SonyStore USA (Click here).

And here is a list of ongoing deals that will end soon (most deals will end tomorrow):
1) There is a $80 up to $160 rebate on some camera+lens bundle. Click here to see the Amazon Sony deal page. And a similar bundle action is ongoing at BHphoto (Click here).
2) $160 off Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 (Click here) Smooth Autofocus Motor (SAM) Full Frame Lens. Enter code YP4OXXWQ at checkout.
3) $80 off Sony 55-200mm f/4-5.6 SAM DT (Click here) Telephoto Zoom Lens. Enter code P37FG9UD at checkout.
4) $80 off Sony 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (Click here) Compact Super Telephoto Zoom Lens. Enter code LEL8CPUO at checkout.

One more news: The 16-50mm f/2.8 lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

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