September 4, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5n tested with two ultraspeed lenses (Leica and Noktor).

The fastes lens we have for our NEX systems are the just announced Zeiss 24mm (Click here to preorder) and the 50mm (Click here to preorder), both having f/1.8 aperture. But what to do if you need faster lenses? Steve Huff (Click here) tested two 50mm f/0.95 lenses on the new Sony NEX-5n.
1) The expensive Leica Noctilux 50mm f/0.95 (Click here to see that on eBay).
2) The new Noktor 50mm f/0.95 with E-mount (!) which is now available on eBay (Click here).

Steve says: “For the last two shots I focused on different points so I did not put up a crop. The one thing we can say for certain is that the Leica is sharper not only on the focus point but at the edges as well. I guess we are paying for something huh? The Noktor is built VERY well, almost Leica like but it is a bit bigger. Then again, it is a f/0.95 lens. With the EVF and focus peaking, these lenses are a breeze and joy to manual focus.” Read the full test with image sampels at Steve Huff (Click here).

September 3, 2011
Posted in news

A77 and NEX-7 news roundup (Sony’s big risk?)

The Online Photographer (Click here) wrote an article about Sony’s big risk from a marketing persepctive: “Where that kind of word-of-mouth from actual consumers doesn’t help so much is when you have a good product that doesn’t appeal from a sales standpoint, such that nobody buys it. Ask all the moviemakers who create superior films but don’t have the marketing muscle to get them noticed. That’s more likely to be what might happen to the A77.

Sony A77 Hands On First Impressions at Alphamountworld (Click here): “I had my wife take a look through the viewfinder, she was unaware that the new cameras didn’t have optical viewfinders. She’s owned her own KM7D for a few months now that has a very decent optical finder -so she’s no stranger to using an optical finder. For the first minute or so, she just commented on how large the view was in the A77 and how much information was displayed. Then it hit her, and she asked me how the viewfinder auto dimmed and brightened on its own and how all that information was on the screen. It was then that I revealed to her that it was an electronic viewfinder, not an optical one.”Wow” she exclaimed. “.

Sony Alpha A77 vs A65 SLT Hands On Preview at ePhotozine (Click here): “The Sony Alpha A77 and A65 are capable of producing some excellent photos, with great colour, detail and extremely solid exposure performance. Reds are extremely vibrant and colourful and the cameras both produce excellent JPEG output straight from the camera on default settings. Noise control is very good with low noise right up to high ISO settings. The cameras also offer continuous focus when using the video mode.“.

Sony A77 and NEX-7 first look at Amateur Photographer (Click here). A77 image samples at Sony (Click here). A77 e beauty images at Planetyawn (Click here). A77 images on Flickr (Click here). Italian A77 preview at Minoltasonyclub (Click here).

And here is a Trinavi simulation at Sony Japan (Click here).

ALL 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 NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, 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 3, 2011
Posted in reviews

Double Sony A35 review.

There is a new double Sony A35 review:

Photographyblog (Click here) says: “The area that we’re most impressed with is the noise performance. It’s a pet peeve so we were gushing over the higher ISO settings which showed little or no noise at all. The EXMOR sensor gives punchy primary colours but not so much that they look unrealistic. In fact, in some cases, we preferred how the Sony recorded the colours to what was in front of our eyes.

AVhub (Click here) said about the A35: “It’s better featured than many of its rivals, nicely compact and hugely capable. The plus points are things Sony can obviously do well like the LCD monitor screen and the quality of the video recording, but from a photographic point-of-view this is a very likeable camera. It’s undoubtedly going to help Sony boost its market share.

One more thing: Sony A35 HDRphotography explained at Sonyalphalab (Click here).

The Sony A35 is in Stock at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

September 2, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony NEX-7 videos and first ISO test!!!

There is a new Sony NEX-7 preview at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google english translation). You might don’t understand a lot as google doens’t reallya  good job here. But the exciting thing about that preview is that the reviewer (Valentin Sama) was the very first person to post an ISO tets made witht the NEX-7! Check here: NEX-7 ISO test (.jpg). The image quality looks quite good!

Availability: The NEX-7 is still a hotseller (hotpreordered) camera. See Amazon rankings (Click here to see them). One of our readers have been told by Sony Canada that the NEX-7 will be available from November 5. So you will have to wait at least two months before to get your hands on it! Preorders at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.

More NEX-7 news:
Hands-on at DC.watch and Pocket-Lint. A video footage with the NEX-7 has been taken by EosHD at the IFA event in Berlin.

ALL 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 NEX-5N with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-5N at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto, 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 1, 2011
Posted in news

Live Facebook Q&A with Paul Genge on youtube.

Sony UK posted the full Q&A session video from Paul Genge on youtube. You can see it here on the top of this post. Enjoy!

 

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