November 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-7 presentation at BHphotostore

The video on top has been made at BHphoto store in NYC. Enjoy!

P.S.: Sony will soon release a statement about the A77/NEX-7 production status. I guess the chance is low that we will see both cameras in Stock before Christmas. And only a few store accepting NEX-7 preorders. Check this search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

November 24, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony A65/77 in Stock status check and changes (+ USA A65 rebate)

Last week Sony announced that the A77/65 and NEX-7/5n production has been restarted. We are still not 100% sure when the cameras will be in Stock but we noticed some small good news:

1) First, The A65 that was supposed to be back in Stock in USA on December 31 now will be in Stock on December 1 at Amazon US (Click here).
2) The A77 preorder option is back at Sony Canada (Click here). And the A77 is back in Stock Amazon Japan (Click here).
3) Amazon UK (Click here) changed the NEX-7 delivery message. It now says “Usually dispatched within 1 to 3 months.” (before it was 4 months).
4) Sonystore US (Click here) now says the A77 and the NEX-7 is “coming soon“.
5) and than we have the very first Instant Rebate on the A65 camera it’s good news because you don’t do rebates on a camera if it’s not available. Here are the deals:
- $100 rebate on the A65 with S18-55mm and 75-300mm lenses at Adorama (Click here).
- $100 rebate on the A65 with S18-55mm and 55-200mm lenses at Adorama (Click here).

Overall in Stock status

The A77 body is in Stock at Digitalrev (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon China (Click here) and Warehouseexpress (Click here).
The A77 with 18-55mm lens is in Stock at Amazon France (Click here), Amazon Italy (Click here),
The A77 with 16-50mm lens is in Stock at Amazon Japan (Click here) and Jessops (Click here).

The A65 body is in Stock at Digitalrev (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here),
The A65 with 18-55mm lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), Digitalrev (Click here), Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon Italy (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here), Jessops (Click here).
The A65 double kit at Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here).

One more thing

In USA Some people is already reselling their just purchased A77 camera for a lot more than the original price. Check that auction on eBay (Click here) and the used A77 on Amazon (Click here). Almost $400 more than the normal price for the new camera!

November 24, 2011
Posted in news

New Sony A77/65 firmware update 1.04 is available in China! (Update: now removed!)

UPDATE: Sony China removed the A77/65 firmware upgrade 1.04 page! But the download links still work. Be aware that this upgrade firmware has yet not been officially released. Download and install at your own risk! And we don’t know if you can replace that firmware with the firmware that Sony will possibly release next week. So do NOT install if you don’t know what you are doing!!!

Windows:
A77: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA77V104.exe
A65: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA65V104.exe

Mac:
A77: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA77V104.dmg
A65: http://ids.update.sony.net/DSLR/rourmNHbYZ/Update_SLTA65V104.dmg

I guess the rumor we posted yesterday is true. Sony planed the release for today but than postponed it to next week. Sony China made a mistake an posted it today and than removed it after a couple of hours. Read our readers comments to check out what has been improved!

November 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

Using the Zeiss Sonnar 50mm f/1.5 on a NEX.

I am having so much fun with my Sony NEX-5n that I am constantly looking for lenses I could purchase for it. Thought it would be nice to share my impressions about one of the lenses I am looking for. The Zeiss ZM Sonnar 50mm f/1.5 lens. You can see an image of the NEX-5n with that lens on Flickr. The reason why I am intrigued by that lens is that:
1) it has a super build quality
2) it has a perfect focal length for portraits (75mm on a NEX).
3) and it is relatively compact and fast.

The lens is not cheap, around $1200 on eBay (Click here). Plus you have to buy the M to NEX mount adapter (here on eBay).

Lens reviews
To start I read the presentation on the Zeiss website. I didn’t find any official review of the lens on a NEX camera. I only found some reviews of the lens used with the lovely Zeiss Ikon ZM. Ken Rockwell writes that it is “an easy lens to love: it’s just so small and fast! It’s not a lens for pixel counters. It’s very sharp at middle and smaller apertures where it matters, but trades sharper images for smoother images at the largest apertures. This 50/1.5 is superb for general photography and people pictures.“. And Luminous Landscape tested the lens on the Leica M9: “There is something else that the Sonnar and some other Zeiss lenses have, and that is a very pleasant 3D feeling to the pictures. It´s not as clinical as pictures with some of the ASPH-Leica lenses sometimes can get. It just feels very pleasant, for lack of a better word.
I would say the lens performs very well on Fullframe cameras. But how does it look on a NEX camera with APS-C sensor?

Image and video samples on NEX:
I found that aperture test made by Janus that shows the bokeh look of the lens on the Sony NEX-5n:

I also found some nice NEX+Zeiss image samples here at Dpreview forum, pbase, flickr (whaker), flickr (Amselchen), flickr (Clarobuck), Clubsnap.

It looks like the lens is a real winner but I will wait to see the first tests of the Sony 50mm f/1.8 before to consider to buy the Zeiss Sonnar lens. The Sony has autofocus and is cheaper. But on the other hand I love to work with manual focus and I like to buy lenses with super build quality (makes me feel it was worth to buy it). If only the price would not be that high!


Zeiss ZM Sonnar f/1.5 links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
M to NEX mount adapter on eBay

 

November 23, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) New A-mount Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM coming with the A9x!

After a long pause I can finally share a new SR5 (top rumor) with you! According to trusted sources Sony will release a new A-mount Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens in 2012. I am not sure yet about the exact month but it could be announced along the new A9x in Spring. I have also no idea yet about the price. Easy to guess it will be more expensive than the Sony 50mm f/1.4 lens ($399). It should be more in the price league of the manual Zeiss Planar 50mm f/1.4 lens ($700).

A couple of months ago the Japanese blog Egami found a new Sony patent that describes the characteristics for two new standard lenses. A new 50mm f/1.2 and a new 50mm f/1.4 fullframe lens. You see the lens specs on top of this post.

One more info: Sony postponed all Sony fullframe lens releases from 2011 to 2012. They will all come with the new FF cameras. So expect a nice bunch of new lenses! Stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors! And don’t forget to join us on facebook (Click here).

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Links:
Sony 50mm f/1.4 lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss Planar 50mm lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

Current Zeiss fullframe lenses for Sony:
SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* AF SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM Wide Angle Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-2470Z 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-85F14Z Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Autofocus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F28 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

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