March 7, 2013
Posted in deals

Sony A37 with kit lens for $399 at BuyDig/Rakuten. First Speed Booster in Europe.

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The cheapest SLT camera you can buy is now that A37 + lens kit for $399 at Buydig (Click here). For the record, Buydig is now owned by Rakuten!

More deals:
Sony also extended the up to $200 savings on NEX cameras at Amazon (Click here).
The first Speed Booster is on auction in Europe via eBay UK (Click here).
And a reminder: Sigma A-mount lens rebates at BHphoto (Click here).

 

March 7, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Some more NEX-7n info. In Stock in May?

Got some more bits about the future NEX-7n. Still not 100% sure about the specs yet but I think we are very close :)

This are some features of the new camera:
– New 24 Megapixel APS-C sensor with 1/2 stop improvement and increased dynamic range
– 3, 8 Million dot EVF
– touchscreen
– Hybrid Contrast and Phase Detection AF
– Tri Navi design reviewed
– Focus Peaking will be much improved with choice of colors
– Wifi, but no GPS on board.
– Same size and form factor of the current NEX-7 but with a minor redesign

Announcement soon (likely early April) and in Stock in May!

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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!

 

March 6, 2013
Posted in news

Rhino Cam helps you to create 140+ megapixel photos with your NEX camera.

Rhino Cam (Click here) created a sort of medium format adapter that uses a Sony NEX camera to make a scan of the image created through a classic medium format camera. In short, you put the adapter between the NEX camera and the Pentax 645 or Mamiya 645 or Hasselblad V medium format lens. The NEX camera moves to take multiple shots from the medium format area (62,4 x 46,8mm). Than you just have to stick the images together to have your 140+ megapixel photo. It’s a sort of “panoramic mode” for medium format cameras :)

Yep, it’s a bit like having a digital back but of course this solution works on still objects only! It’s priced at $499 and you can order it here: Fotodioxpro.com.

And here are the medium format lenses you can use with it:
Pentax 645 lenses on eBay (Click here).
Mamiya 645 lenses on eBay (Click here).
Hasselblad V lenses on eBay (Click here).

found via PetaPixel.

March 6, 2013
Posted in news

New images of the new Zeiss E-mount lenses!

They are not even for sale and the new Zeiss E-mount prime lenses won the IFA design award! Zeiss (Click here) celebrated this by posting new pics of the lenses. As you know they come in Sony E and Fuji X mount. As you know they will be released soon. We will have a 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8 and the 50mm f/2.8 macro. The first two may be my favorite two! Price is rumored to be in between $1,000 and $1,400. Basically in the price range of the 24mm f/1.8 E-mount Zeiss. That lens had been low in Stock for over one year because of the unexpected high orders. And it never got any price drop because of that (you only find some kind of superkits offers like that one on eBay US).

Click on those thumbnails to see the large version of the new images:

March 6, 2013
Posted in news

FF NEX discussion reloaded. The need for a “cheap” FF NEX!

Yesterdays post about the future FF-NEX set a new record with 475 comments (Click here to read them all). I am sure Sony managers read them all and it’s also clear that the high price of the FF-NEX may be a hurdle for the final success of the system. From the over 6.000 voters only 13% said they would buy the NEX-FF. And only 13% said they may or may not buy it.

So let’s imagine another solution. A cheap very basic and simple FF-NEX, with no viewfinder, no fancy tech but with a top sensor and decent AF speed. If Sony would manage it to keep costs low and sell the camera for $2500 (body only)….

Would you consider to buy the minimalistic and cheap FF-NEX for $2,500?

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This is my last poll about the NEX-FF. After that I will ask for feedback from my sources to hear what they think. Let’s go back and post some new NEX-7n rumors soon :)

P.S.: Reminder of what we know about the NEX-FF:
– 24 Megapixel FF sensor (there is a second prototype with 32 Megapixel sensor)
– Similar NEX-7 form factor
– More expensive than the current RX1
– Release in 2014
– Three new FF Zeiss lenses coming in June 2014 along the first FF NEX

Specs of the Zeiss lenses are unknown but Zeiss has a great history of FF lenses made for the “Full Frame” ZM analog camera:
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Planar T* 2/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).

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