September 17, 2012
Posted in news

Sigma announced three new lenses for A.mount. Including a nice 35mm f/1.4 lens!

The Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens

Sony itself did announce two new A-mount lenses “only”. But other companies are announcing many new A.mount lenses! Yesterday we had four new Schneider lenses. And now Sigma announced three new lenses! Here is the official description:

17-70mm F2.8-4 DC OS MACRO– This new Contemporary lens is designed for cameras with an APS-c sensor and covers a range equivalent to 25.5 to 105mm on a 35mm camera. An upgrade to its predecessor, which was released in December 2009, this general purpose lens offers a new design and a more compact build.

35mm F1.4 DG HSM– This Art lens provides photographers with a state-of-the-art alternative to the more conventional 50mm. This lens’ axial chromatic aberration is minimized, which renders a cool and smooth out-of-focus image. At low apertures, it can perform like a wide-angle lens; when opened up to F1.4, it will provide background bokeh and make the subject pop like a mid-range telephoto lens.

120-300mm F2.8 DG OS HSM – With redesigned mechanics and performance, this Sports lens is an update from its predecessor released in February 2011. This high-performance lens eases difficult shooting conditions by offering a maximum focal length of 300mm and a wide-open aperture of F2.8. This lens, like the other Sports category lenses to come, is dust and moisture resistant, and allows users to adjust the focus speed and the focus limiter via a button on the lens.


Source: dpreview.

September 17, 2012
Posted in deals

Reminder: Super NEX deals in US

In case you missed yesterdays post. Our US readers can enjoy a super deal on NEX cameras. Full Overview at Amazon (Click here). I also fixed the BH links that didn’t work yesterday. Here are the details:
– $ 80 on the NEX-7 body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
– $ 80 on the NEX-7 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
– $ 200 on the NEX-5n body at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
– $ 200 on the NEX-5n with kit lens at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
– $ 100 on the NEX-F3 with kit lens at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Meantime the new Canon/Nikon entry level are selling well while the best Sony camera is the RX100 (Here is the full ranking).


September 17, 2012
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Four new Schneider lenses for Sony! Zeiss lens announcement soon…

Good news folks! We have four new (expensive) A-mount lenses from Schneider Kreuznach! These are the new lenses:
85 mm/2.4 Makro-Symmar
28 mm/4.5 Super-Angulon Aspheric
35 mm/1.4 Xenon
50 mm/1.4 Xenon

There is no info about price and availability yet. We already have two Schneider lenses for Sony (here at BHphoto) and they are pretty expensive but maybe because they are T/S. Checked the Xenon lenses on eBay (Click here) but they are too old to get an idea about the price of the modern lenses. Anyway, I am pretty exited about the two 35mm and 50mm fast lenses! I am sure they are top quality!

Source: Photoscala (translation here).

One more surprise could arrive soon from Zeiss. As you know they will show new lenses for mirrorless system soon…fingers crossed guys!


September 17, 2012
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Low price FullFrame price battle reloaded (Canon 6D announced).

So, here we are with now two cheap Full Frame models from the competition that need to be fought with a future A95 model! Today Canon announced the new 6D (Specs and price here). Along the Nikon D600 (specs and price here) this is the second entry level FF camera priced at $2100. This is just to say that Sony may not only have to bring a High pixel camera like the D800, but maybe also a new entry level FF. At least according to SAR readers vote this should be done by Sony:

....would you be interested in buying an A95 entry level FF camera for $2100?

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I am 90% sure we will have a High End model with High Resolution (30+ Mega-pixel) sensor in 2013. I am not so sure about the cheap FF entry level model. Hope sources are reading this and may send me some info about it.

A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

September 16, 2012
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Paul Genge quits from Sony and starts new website. Sony A99 developer team interview at Sony Japan.

Sony Japan (Translation here) posted an interview with the Sony A99 engineers. There isn’t really interesting stuff to read. They just repeat how the goal was ultimately to have a high image quality and a “three-dimensional sense of resolution

And you remember Paul Genge from Sony UK? He doens’t work for Sony anymore and started a new website called I wish him good luck!!!

Some more Sony news:
Sony A99 ISO test by ThePictureDesk. On Picasaweb you can find a new A99 versus A900 image comparison. Many testing videos on Mobile01. RX1 at Quesabesde. Sony Declines to Comment on Report of Tie-Up Talks With Olympus (Bloomberg). Sony NEX-6 vs Olympus OM-D E-M5 Comparison (ePhotozine).

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