September 11, 2011
Posted in reviews

Download new A77 RAW files! A77 to be in Stock in Hong Kong in 11 days only!

Those lucky guys living in Hong Kong can get the A77 twenty days before the rest of the world will get them! As you can see on the screenshot on top it will be in Stock on September 22. The link to the websites is here: http://www.sonystyle.com.hk

Adam Ciszewski (Thanks!) sent us a full package of Sony A77 RAW images. Those are shots made from ISO 100 up to ISO 12800. You can download them at http://adam.hostowo.eu/a77raw.rar (167 MB!!!!). You can open them with Raw Therapee V4.0 32. For Windows, RAW support at: Visualbakery.com.

The NEX-5n is available at (Click on store names):
USA&Canada: Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!) and eBay (in Stock!).
Europe: SonyStore DE (in Stock), SonyStore FR (in Stock), SonyStore IT (in Stock), Amazon DE (preorder), Amazon UK (preorder) and eBay (in Stock!).
Asia: Digitalrev (in Stock), eBay (in Stock!).

All other camera preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

September 10, 2011
Posted in reviews

Download the first video made with the NEX-7!

The video on top has been shot with the NEX-7! Be aware that the camera was using the firmware version 0.3! The video doesn’t really look good yet but I ma sure this is far away from what the final NEX-7 can deliver in terms of video quality. Firmware is in baby stage, the video was taken in full automatic mode and without knowing what kind of settings you should use to get the best out of the cam. And than there is also that youtube conversion. Try to analyze the original video: You can download the full original file by clicking on that Torrent-link: http://tinyurl.com/3txxcyu. Below you can read the full settings used to shot the video.

General
ID : 0 (0×0)
Format : BDAV
Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
File size : 247 MiB
Duration : 2mn 6s
Overall bit rate : 16.4 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 18.0 Mbps

Video
ID : 4113 (0×1011)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Format settings, GOP : M=2, N=13
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 15.5 Mbps
Maximum bit rate : 16.0 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.298
Stream size : 232 MiB (94%)

Audio
ID : 4352 (0×1100)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : 129
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 256 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : -80ms
Stream size : 3.84 MiB (2%)

Text
ID : 4608 (0×1200)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : PGS
Codec ID : 144
Duration : 2mn 5s
Delay relative to video : -80ms

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
NEX-5n:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada, SonyStore DE, SonyStore FR, SonyStore IT, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Digitalrev and eBay.
NEX-7 body only:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
NEX-7 with 18-55mm kit lens:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
50mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Adorama.

September 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8

Introduction:
Very soon the postman will ring on my door and deliver to me the just bought NEX-5n. But what I am missing in the current NEX lens lineup are pancakes! I’m googling around to find some nice pancakes I can use on my NEX and I thought it would be nice to share with you my findings!

The Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8:
Today I collected some news about the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 lens. You can use it on your NEX via AR to NEX mount adapters (Click here to find them on eBay). The lens itself costs around $60 and you can find plenty of them (used) on eBay (Click here). On your NEX this will become a 60mm f/1.8 lens. Almost a perfect lens for portraits! And it is really small for being that fast!

What I found:
A very nice set of image samples from “Panuraj” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Another set of image samples from “Flyingdate” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Test at dpreview forum: “Good news – the lens does not disappoint! Solid all-round performance. It is ever-so-slightly soft at full open aperture – more of that slightly ‘dreamy’ quality some of these older lenses tend to have (I can even see that being something that can be played with and used), but quickly gets extremely sharp at only 2 stops down or so.

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Ebay links:
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 (Click here)
AR to NEX mount adapter (Click here)

September 9, 2011
Posted in news

C. Garrard: “the NEX-7 is likely to be a Trojan Horse in the camera industry”

The NEX-7 and the NEX-5n are the hotseller on Amazon. Four different NEX camera kits made it into the top 20 (Click here to see the full ranking)!!! And I bet the NEX-7 will stay on top of that ranking for a very long time. The NEX-7 is receiving a lot of praises. Carl Garrard had the chance to play a bit with the Nex-7: “This is a camera that not only seems to strike the “classic” strings , but also strikes the “hi tech science tool” strings in my heart. It simultaneously gives me the impression that it is both designed to be functional yet ultra high tech at the very same time. I’ve never held or used a camera like it. I repeat, the NEX-7 is likely to be a Trojan Horse in the camera industry.” (Source: Dpreview forum). And also Whatdigitalcamera writes that: “The NEX-7 we handled is an early pre-production model and we were not allowed to put an SD card in it to assess to image quality, as there’s still some tweaking to be done to the firmware, but from a handling and usability perspective the NEX-7 is impressive.

The NEX-7 is the last of the new new Sony cameras that will get into production. That’s why you don’t see any official preview on the web. Sony hasn’t finsihed to work on the beta-firmware. Let’s hope they will finish soon because I really want to see some preview!

Preorder the NEX-7 at Amazon (Click here).
And the NEX-5n is now in Stock at Amazon: Body only (Click here), or with 18-55mm lens (Click here) and the silver version (Click here).

September 9, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A77 to be in Stock on October 14.


Sony Japan confirmed that the A77 will be in Stock on October 14. It’s very likely that asian countries will the first to get the A77. European and Americans might have to wait a couple of days (or weeks) more.

Meanwhile on the web you can find new image samples and previews. Here is a new list of links:

1) Sony A77 first impressions at Whatdigitalcamera: “The results from my brief hands-on are very detailed, though a little more noisy than the latest less resolute sensors. However, I must emphasise that this is a pre-production model and final tweaks to the processing algorithms are still being made, so I’m reluctant to place too much emphasis on that.“.

2) Sony A77 versus Sony A580 at dpreview forum. Sony A77 beauty image at Planetyawn. Sony A77 image samples at Photoforum Russia. NYC at Night with Sony SLT-a77 on youtube.

3) A japanese SAR reader sent us the following text: “I just went to an Sony Event last Sat.The famous cameramen Ozawa Chukyo talk about the A77 and Nex5N. I have just upload the part 1 of A77 on youtube.

4) Another reader sent us this: “I asked Nick Webster, the guy on Vimeo who has the pre-production A77 underwater video about record times after the A55 over-heating debacle.  This is what he said: “With Steadyshot Inside turned on, the maximum is nine minutes (which is a very long time for one clip). Without Steadyshot Inside, you can record as long as you like.

 

The NEX-5n is available at (Click on store names):
USA&Canada: Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!) and eBay (in Stock!).
Europe: SonyStore DE (in Stock), SonyStore FR (in Stock), SonyStore IT (in Stock), Amazon DE (preorder), Amazon UK (preorder) and eBay (in Stock!).
Asia: Digitalrev (in Stock), eBay (in Stock!).

All other camera preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

Via Fotoactualidad

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