September 28, 2013
Posted in deals

For German readers: Triple Sony Gold Box deal at 14:00 Uhr.

Share spotted a triple Gold Box deal on Sony cameras that will start at Amazon Germany:
Sony A77 (Click here).
Sony DSC-HX50 (Click here).
Sony HDR-AS15 Action-Cam (Click here).

And don’t forget that also the A99 (Click here) and the NEX-7 (here in Finland) hit a new low price record. The A77, A99 and NEX-7 will all get a new successor within the next 1-4 months!


To see all Sony (and not only Sony) photo deals for all Europe, US, and Asia check out

September 28, 2013
Posted in news

New Leica to NEX smart adapter by Phigmenttech.


Paul from Phigmenttech sent me this eMail to present the new Leica to NEX smart adapter you cna buy right now on phigmenttech’s site (Click here).

This adapter will modernize your Leica lenses with the following feathres:

Coded Lens Identification (fills in EXIF):
-Allow for Leica coded lenses to automatically send identification to the NEX camera. This means correct focal length and aperture range data in your EXIF.
-You are not limited to coded Leica lenses. You can use other M-mount lenses which will use a ‘default’ user selected setting for EXIF data.

Focus Coupling:
-This adapter will pick up the RF movement and send it to the NEX camera to auto invoke the focus assist; you can now free up one more button  for customization (if you were already using it for MF assist).

Peripheral illumination correction:
-I have provided a method for defining the level of vignetting correction. This is disabled by default, but it can be enabled.

Easy configuration:
-The adapter can easily be configured by the end user via a simple computer interface.
-Adjust default ID setting for non-coded lense
-Enable/disable focus assist engage
-Define lens properties (focal length and aperture range)
-Enable/disable ‘profiles’

Firmware Updatable:
-Firmware updates can easily be applied by the user without the need to mail it back

User manual and other details can be found at the product page:

Oh.. one thing to note. This is only available in Canada/USA at the moment until I raise enough funds to get CE testing done to allow sales in Europe.

Thanks Paul!


September 27, 2013
Posted in reviews

QX100 tear down and David Pogue’s take on The new York Times.


Sonyelectornics posted that video of a QX100 Lens Style Camera Teardown.

There is an interesting new review written by David Pogue on the New York Times site:

Sony’s concept for the new QX100 is among the most brilliant in its history. But the QX cameras’ execution just doesn’t live up to the ingenious idea behind them.

He lists many issues but most fo them can be solved via APP upgrade or with the next generation modules:

But listen: let’s not mope. Let’s celebrate the spirit of that spectacular central idea, the master engineers who brought it to life and even the executives who greenlighted this crazy, offbeat product. Let’s hope that spirit survives long enough for us to see a QX 2.0 next year.

In short…please SOny work on a decent APP update! This will solve half of the mentioned issues and tunr a half camera in a…decent camera :)

Here are all direct links to preorders in USA/Canada:
QX100: Amazon (Click here), SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX100 at Amazon (Click here).
Black QX10: Amazon (Click here)SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here), SonyCA (Click here).
White QX10: Amazon (Click here)SonyUS (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
Soft Carrying Case for DSC-QX10 Amazon (Click here).
Xperia Z case with QX mount on Amazon (Click here).

Here are all direct links to preorders in Europe:
Black QX100 at SonyDE, (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Black QX10 at SonyDE, (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
White QX10 at SonyDE, (via DealsRunner), Amazon France (via DL), SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.
Xperia Z1 at SonyDE, SonyUK, SonyES, SonyIT, SonyNL, SonyBESonyAT, SonyCH, SonySE, SonyFI, SonyNo.

September 27, 2013
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) $75 mail in rebate on three Rokinon 24mm lenses. $449 for NEX-5R with lens.


Rokinon launched a $75 mail in rebate on three different 24mm lenses:

24mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony A-mount at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Same lens but for Sony E-mount at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC Wide-Angle Lens for Sony Alpha at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.
Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED AS UMC Lens for Sony Alpha at Amazon, Adorama and Bhphoto.

UPDATE: The best price ever for the NEX-5r with lens: $449 at Amazon via Samys (Click here).

P.S.: Don’t forget, the QX cameras are now in Stock at Amazon US (Click here).

September 27, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony 28-70mm FE (f/4.0?) lens will be the NEX-FF kit lens!


The Sony 28-70mm f/4.0 FE lens design.

Trusted sources confirmed that the new Sony NEX-FF (NEX-9?) will have the Sony 28-70mm as “cheap” kit lens alternative of the also to be announced Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens. The sources didn’t specify the aperture of the lens but I am pretty sure the specs do match with the patent describing exactly such a lens (Source: Freepatentsonline). The patent describes an 28-70mm f/4.0 (constant aperture lens) designed for mirrorless cameras. Sony lens design goal is the following:

“Digital camera systems with interchangeable lenses in recent years are capable of shooting video. Therefore, a zoom lens favorable not only for shooting still images but also for shooting video is desired. It is necessary to move a focusing lens group at high speed in shooting video so as to follow quick movement of a subject. To achieve this, it is necessary to reduce weight of the focusing lens groups while maintaining favorable optical performance.”

This will be the lens most of us are likely going to buy along then NEX-9. Light, cheap and not as big as the Zeiss 24-70mm FE lens. In short, this is the “SR5” confirmed Full Frame E-mount lens list that will be announced in mid October along the new NEX-FF (liekly named NEX-9):

24-70mm Zeiss FE /aperture not know yet).
28-70mm Sony G FE f/4.0
35mm f/2.8 Zeiss FE
55mm f/1.8 Zeiss FE
Yet not confirmed by trusted sources but likely to happen: 85mm f/1.8

What about NEX-9 specs?
As I told you my trusted sources cannot unveil the specs for now because only few know them. But within the next 7-10 days I should get full specs from other sources! At least that is what they promised to me :)

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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!


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