March 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

Internal Sony OVF verus EVF debate rumors…

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Image on top: The OLED electronic viewfinder from Sony

Good Morning dear SAR readers!

Let’s start the new week with a smaller info I found at Dyxum (Click here). I am pretty sure Sony has no plan yet to make any new DSLR camera with optical viewfinder. But a Sony source(?) shared some details about the internal Sony discussion about the OVF and EVF theme. The source said “hat right now there is a significant division of opinion within Sony. The higher ranks want to leave OVF behind and press on with EVF only. But the staff who are closer to that actual market are strongly objecting to complete abandonment. And I was told that in the coming months Sony will release two top tier, Nine level cameras, one with an OVF and the other with an EVF.

As I said, my sources told me the next A99 is 100% an SLT camera. And that there is no plan yet to release a sister model with optical viewfinder So take the rumor with a grain of salt. What’s interesting is that there is a debate ongoing here and on many other forums about Sony’s decision to push the SLT technology. Something else. I had the chance to quickly compare the NEX-7 EVF with the Fuji X PRO 1 hybrid viewfinder. I have to say that on first look the NEX-7 EVF is far more advanced and usable. As you know I am not saying this because I am a fanboy. At first I liked the idea of the hybrid viewfinder and it ma can be improved further by Fuji. But for now the NEX-7 kicks the ass with the OLED technology. Another story is the amazing Fuji sensor. I wish Sony could bring that kind of improvement in future cameras. Let’s get rid of that Anti aliasing filter!

Price and specs comparison:
NEX-7 at

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon (Click here).

 

March 18, 2012
Posted in news

Sony Readers TidBits

I collected the links and info readers sent me the last days. Here is a roundup of all readers link suggestions:

Hey! check this… we use only the new Sony A65 & Sony f2.8/16-500 SSM lens…Its a  music clip from a carnival group “Gousgounides” from Rethymno – Greece, which shows the bright side of our city that we have forget … Created for fun and for our friends…https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m9aE4rop8jU

DxO now supports the Beercan! For a long time, it seemed like DxO only made correction modules for current or recent lenses. I was surprised to find out that they released a module for such an old lens (regardless of its cult-like following). Here is a link to DxO’s page where they confirm the support – http://www.dxo.com/intl/photo/news/DxO-Optics-Pro-new-lens-camera-combinations36

Sony Introduces New Line of Ultra-High Speed SD Memory Cards: https://www.sony.com.hk/press/pdf/2012022001_e.pdf

XQD, Ethernet and the Nikon D4 (RobGalbraith)

Charles explains the Rolling Shutter Effect on youtube (Click here) -> via Videoacademy.ch.

Sony A77 review at Megapixel (Click here).

I did some panorama shots with the Sony A77 and the Rokinon 8mm fisheye. I used a tripod to take shots at 8 positions (45 degree increments). I took 3 bracketed shots at position, for 24 total shots.
I used Photomatix Pro to create 8 HDR images fo each position, then Hugin to stitch the regular panorama and the little planet.
https://plus.google.com/photos/116510470685386993448/albums/5711382100977784017

Rem: “Not that I am a big name photographer, but I have shot a few celebrities, so if anyone is interested they can also see what I have done with my Sony cameras.
Here’s one of Ron Jeremy for example…
http://www.goldeneraphoto.com/People/Portraits/21117400_XGGGsv#!i=1679745100&k=JXSWfSq

Here are some wonderful professional photos done by Brian Smith with a NEX-5N of the X-Factor America competitors from last season. Brian Smith is a celebrity portraitist who is one of the Sony Artisans of Imagery.
http://500px.com/briansmithphoto

Thanks!

 

March 17, 2012
Posted in reviews

Full 50mm f/1.8 E-mount review by Kurt Munger

While the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 is certainly the highest quality lens for the NEX system the 50mm f/1.8 is the real must have lens if you want a good and fast lens for less than a thirds of the price you pay for the Zeiss. And to see how good the lens is switch over to Kurt Munger (Click here) that just posted the full 50mm review.

If you are on the waiting list than you might be happy to know that first stores are already shipping the lens and most will do so within the next 2-3 weeks. Here is my usual full preorder list I check to see what’s going on with Sony stuff. Click on the shop name to see if they have the 50mm lens:

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

March 17, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens!

The Sony Europe Press center just leaked the image of the new 18-135mm SAM lens! They now removed the image from the page but our japanese friends from DigicamInfo copied the image. A trusted source confirmed that the image is real.

As I told you weeks ago Sony is splitting up their new product announcements. New SLT and NEX stuff is coming in a series of small announcements! I think that’s a nice move from Sony and keeps me busy at SAR ;)  The A37, new NEX-F3 and new lenses are coming!

For US readers: Keep on eye on the NEX-7 at Amazon (Click here). It keeps comign and going in Stock for the normal price.

March 16, 2012
Posted in news

The Metabones EOS to NEX adapter was defective. Now issue fixed.

Andrew Reid from EosHD (Click here) discovered that the very acclaimed EOS to E-mount adapter with electronic controls from Metabones was defective! Andrew says the optical design has “major ghosting and inner reflections from the internal plastic housing.

The good news is that Metabones now fixed the problem with an anti-reflective part. If you already own one of the first issued adapters contact Metabones and send your adapter back for a service!

Metabones website: http://conurus.com/intro

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