May 1, 2012
Posted in reviews

Zeiss for NEX reviewed at Photographyblog. Gets an “Essential” recommendation!

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That lens alone makes it worth to buy the NEX-7. And if you need to read a real review of that jewel go at Photographyblog (Click here). They rated the lens as “Essential” and they write: “With great build quality, fast auto-focusing and incredible image quality, this is one lens that we’re very sad to send back to Sony.

The Zeiss lens proves that it is possible to make a great lens for a high resolution sensor like the 24 Megapixel used for the NEX-7. So please Sony, do release some other new Zeiss!

Oh, and don’t forget to send this lens to our American cousins too! They still struggle to find it in Stock somewhere. It’s only available way overpriced at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (Click here). ut at least the other much expected lens (the 50mm) is in Stock and shipping at Amazon (Click here).

Reminder: Sony launched a new rebate action on the NEX-5n in USA stores. You can get it for $50 less than usual at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). And do not forget to pair this camera with the finally now in Stock 50mm f/1.8 lens (Click here to grab it at Amazon).

April 30, 2012
Posted in news

New NEX pro hotshoe adapter test roundup! 50mm for NEX beats Leica and Zeiss?

NEXpro (Click here) released the “world’s first Hot shoe designed for SONY NEX-5 and SONY NEX-5n”. A hands-on is available at Engadget China (Click here). Great stuff!

And here is something a bit more crazy: video feed controller at Engadget (Controlled with the NEX-5n!!!)

Photoheadonline (Click here) made an intruiguing 50mm lens comparison between the NEX prime lens, the 18-55mm NEX kit lens, the Leica Summicron and the Zeiss Sonnar ZM: “Hands down the winner of this showdown is the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS lens. There’s not much to say except for your money the performance of the Sony 50mm F1.8 OSS is a winner.
That 50mm lens is a real must have lens! Just check the price difference to see why I like the lens a lot:
Sony 50mm f/1.8 for NEX at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss ZM Sonnar f/1.5 links at eBay (Click here).
Leica Summicron links at eBay (Click here).
M to NEX mount adapter on eBay.

April 30, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 at Cameralabs (Nikon D3200 vs A77)

Dpreview (Click here) tested the image quality of the Nikon D3200 with 24 Megapixel (Sony?) sensor. Do you see a difference in RAW between the A77 and Nikon RAW files? I guess Nikon did the usual “tweaks” on the Sony sensor.

And here we have some A77 and A57 news:
Sony A77: First Impressions from a Nikon User’s Perspective at ThePhoBlographer (Click here).
If you missed it here is the Sony A77 review at Cameralabs (Click here): “The SLT-A77 is the best SLT Sony has yet produced and, arguably, the one that puts SLT on a par with SLR, an achievement for which it deserves to be highly recommended.
SonyAlphaLab (Click here) got his hands on the new A57. Some funny A57 “Levitation” photos at Dpreview forum (Click here).

April 30, 2012
Posted in rumors

A full NEX-F3 and A37 and lens rumor roundup!

We had a busy weekend with plenty of rumors and leaks. Time to sum everything in one single post. And I also want to know your buying intentions :)
The good news of all these leaks is that I posted the NEX-F3 and A37 rumor over three months ago. These means that also my Full Frame rumors are very likely correct as they are coming from the same sources!

One more thing: The roadmap image you see in the first thumbnail below doens’t include the pro stuff! Don’t worry, A99 is coming in August :)

A37:

Specs:
16.1 MP
ISO from 100-16,000
Steadyshot offers 2.5-4 stops of additional image stabilization.
7fps due to translucent mirror
15 pt autofocus system with 3 cross sensors
Quick AF Full HD Movie mode
Auto Portrait Framing (from the A57) takes a landscape photo and crops it.
Clear Image zoom (Digital zoom) but they still do recommend a telephoto zoom lens
11 picture effects
448g (8% smaller than T2i and 3 % than the D3100).
LCD is tiltable
Tru-finder = 100% coverage
1080 24p HD video with face detection
Also in 60i
Available in June  $599 with 18-55mm $799 with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM.

18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
$500 by itself

Sony NEX-F3


Specs:
16.1 MP same as A37
latest Bionz processor
ISO 16,000 from 100.
24p 1080p HD or 60i
MP4 Codec
3:2 in MP4 mode
Auto Portrait Framing
180 degree LCD for easier self portraits
Clear image zoom is present if you want
Built in flash
Improved battery performance to 470 images per charge
Charge on the go via USB to pc
Accessory terminal: you can add the trufinder or the microphone
Ergonomic grip addition like the 5n
3fps
No touchscreen
Silver, black and white.
June $599 with kit lens no 16mm f2.8 bundle

18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS in black going to be announced in summer.

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April 29, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Full A37 and NEX-F3 and two lens specs. Announcement May 17th

And here are the full specs of both cameras. Sounds like the Sony “secret” press presentation in Malaysia was not that secret :)

A37:
16.1 MP
ISO from 100-16,000
Steadyshot offers 2.5-4 stops of additional image stabilization.
7fps due to translucent mirror
15 pt autofocus system with 3 cross sensors
Quick AF Full HD Movie mode
Auto Portrait Framing (from the A57) takes a landscape photo and crops it.
Clear Image zoom (Digital zoom) but they still do recommend a telephoto zoom lens
11 picture effects
448g (8% smaller than T2i and 3 % than the D3100).
LCD is tiltable
Tru-finder = 100% coverage
1080 24p HD video with face detection
Also in 60i
Available in June  $599 with 18-55mm $799 with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM.

18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
$500 by itself

Sony NEX F3
16.1 MP same as A37
latest Bionz processor
ISO 16,000 from 100.
24p 1080p HD or 60i
MP4 Codec
3:2 in MP4 mode
Auto Portrait Framing
180 degree LCD for easier self portraits
Clear image zoom is present if you want
Built in flash
Improved battery performance to 470 images per charge
Charge on the go via USB to pc
Accessory terminal: you can add the trufinder or the microphone
Ergonomic grip addition like the 5n
3fps
No touchscreen
Silver, black and white.
June $599 with kit lens no 16mm f2.8 bundle

18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS in black going to be announced in summer.

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