August 11, 2013
Posted in news

Stanley Kubrick Zeiss f/0.7 lens now for rental. But you better get the De Oude Delft for your NEX

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Image courtesy: Pstechnik.de

I guess you read it on the web. Plenty of websites reported about the unique Zeiss f/0.7 lens which has been used by Nasa and Stanley Kubrick. You can now rent that lens at Pstechnik.de. But there is no way it fits on your NEX camera. That’s why I wanted to remind you that there is an almost as fast lens you can actually really use! It’s the De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75 (here on eBay).

 

The Photographer Aldo Navoni used the De Oude Delft 50mm f/0.75 (!) on the Sony NEX-5 and you can see the pics on his Flickr page (Click here). It’s doesn’t have the glorious history of the Zeiss lens but if you need as much speed as it gets this is what you have to buy.

You can get the lens on eBay (Click here).

August 10, 2013
Posted in news

Nikon cut’s its operating profit forecast. Says Mirrorless doesn’t sell well.


Japanese camera worldwide shipments (Source: personal-view).

As you may have read on New York Times (Click here) and USA Today (Click here) Nikon executives said that sales were particularly disappointing in the United States and Europe for mirrorless cameras (Source: Reuters). In short what they say is the mirrorless market isn’t growing anymore.

I am not an expert when it comes to analyze the market. While it’s true that the Mirrorless market didn’t grow lately it is also true that the Nikon 1 system they launched isn’t really an…let’s say “exciting” system. Overall I think there is still a gap between Mirrorless and DSLR cameras. And I hope the NEX-FF can be one of these cameras that can appeal the hard core DSLR user. Let’s see if Sony will do it right!

If you really want to know more about the non exciting Nikon 1 system read the review at Riflessiphotografici.

August 10, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) “Lens-camera” to be announced within the next 3-4 weeks (tell that the CNET guys).

The CNET guys unveiled on a Youtube video that they don’t believe the rumor I posted about the “Bodyless” Lens-camera is correct. You may tell them that the first two “lens-cameras” will be unveiled within the next 3-4 weeks. So there is not a lot you have to wait to see them for real. As I told you before there will be two lenses with integrated sensors and Wifi and NFC connection. You can remotely control the lens via smartphone. The two cameras:

1) One is the already mentioned “Lens-camera” with RX100MII sensor and  Zeiss lens.
2) The second model will feature a 10xzoom lens with 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor.

 

Now, I am curious to hear from you guys:

Do you think you could buy these kind of lens-cameras?

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Note: There will be a couple of Sony announcements the next 5-6 weeks. Stay tuned on SAR. It will be a very exciting time 😉

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August 9, 2013
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…

Sony RX-100 facing a Russian Tank from Giora Dan on Vimeo.

Zeiss 50mm SSM lens test at Itmedia Japan and DC.watch Japan.
Zeiss Touit 12mm lens test at Focus Numerique.
another Xperia Honami leak (Androidbeat).
Connect To Your Smartphones or Tablets with Sony RX100 II (Sony Singapore).
Minolta Dynax 800si Project- A Review of Film Fundamentals (Photographic Central).
Our Favorite Camera Travel Kits: Sony RX100 (DigitalOutBackPhoto).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX200 Review (Photographyblog).
Sony RX10MII one week review at Engadget.

Cody:Started a group for the *new Sony RX100 II. Ive posted of few photos so far…http://www.flickr.com/groups/sonyrx100llphotos/

Riccardo: “While the city starts to enter the night life the latest travellers, with their thoughts, hopes, emotions, wait in the silence borken only by the sound of the water. This short movie is my attempt to capture the intense mood that caught me while I was waiting, like all others, to cross the river at dusk. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z9x3MXc7d3Y. IF you want to know more about this short movie, please visit my complete blog at: http://www.riccardocovino.it/?p=64 Shot handheld with a Nex-5n with an old Olympus Zuiko 50 f1.8

Ugo:i’m a young photographer and i live in Italy. I work as pro by two years and i use Sony gears. on my blog i speak about my photos, my gears, my photography. please take a look at http://ugofoto.blogspot.it/

Michal:Can you put a link to my blog where I discuss about the new version of the Sony Action Cam webcam. Do you have maybe some info about this camera! http://sonyactioncam2.blogspot.com/

Anonymous: “Hier ein cooles Video von uns mit der Action Cam und der a77 (close up) gefilmt ab einm fliegenden Paraglider. http://youtu.be/42_it2RY36E

Ian:A new magazine, “Imaging Edge,” is going to be released, which will apparently feature photography and video with an emphasis on Sony products and “Sony Artisans of Imagery.” An 8-page “preview” was featured in recent editions of both American Photo and Popular Photography magazines, both of which are by the same publisher as Imaging Edge, Bonnier Corporation. The magazine seems to be in collaboration with Sony. The first issue is scheduled for September (although magazines often release their issues before the date on the cover). The site http://www.imagingedge.com has some information, says “In partnership with Sony” and also lists some workshops by Sony.

 

August 9, 2013
Posted in deals

USA Superdeals days: NEX-7 with lens kit for $975. A99 for less than $2,300. RX100 for $546. VG900 deal at BH.

Some brand new great US deals today to report:

1) NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens and lot of accessories for $975 at 6ave (Click here). That’s $300 less than the regular Amazon or BH price!

2) Two different A99 kits can be bought for less than $2,300 at 6ave on ebay: Link to Kit 1 (Click here) and Kit 2 (Click here).

3) The RX100 sells for $546 at BigValue eBay (Click here).

4) The VG900 with two lens kit sells with a $1,400 discount at BHphoto (Click here).

And don’t forget that there is a new 4% reward offer at Amazon US (click here to read all details). Here are the direct links to the 4% deals on the Sony mirrorless cameras, SLT cameras and Sony lenses.

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