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April 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony 36 Megapixel FF sensor versus Medium Format.

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I know Nikon guys will hate me because I keep saying the Nikon D800 sensor is from Sony :) But if I am right Sony will release a camera with such a sensor next year! The amazing team from TheCameraStoreTV tried to figure out if that sensor can match the quality of medium format cameras like the Hasselblad H4D-40 ($18.000 on Amazon). Watch the video to find out the answer.

But if you are on hurry I will unveil you the final verdict. The medium format camera still has the edge when it comes to get superb skin tones and dynamic range (particularly in the highlight area). But in terms of resolution the 36 Megpaixel sensor is pretty close, in the shadow area it even beats the Hasselblad and it’s an absolute winner at High ISO.

A look into the future: Sony already officially stated that they are working on 100 megapixel FF sensors. I dont’ need that :)

April 21, 2012
Posted in news

POLL: Will the Nikon D3200 hurt the A65/A77 sales?

Nikon Japan said that the Nikon D3200 sensor is different from Sony’s 24 megapixel sensor. I guess they mean that while the basic design may be similar Nikon engineers applied their own “tweaks” on it. Anyway, the Nikon D3200 and the A65 and A77 are really completely different cameras. But from a pure general marketing point of view it may be difficult to explain the $300 price difference between the Nikon D3200 ($699 at Amazon) and the Sony A65 ($999 at A.) to average “john” customers. And there is a big $800 difference with the A77 to consider too ($1499 with kit lens). I repeat, of course the A65 and A77 have many features the Nikon has not but I am curious to here your very “instinctive” answer:

Do you think the Nikon D3200 will hurt the Sony A77 and A65 sales?

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Maybe it’s just me, but I am a bit frustrated to see that the Nikon D3200 and Nikon D800 are on top of the DSLR sales rankings (Click here). Not that Nikon doesn’t deserve it, but Sony maybe could do a bit more to push their own Alpha range?

 

April 20, 2012
Posted in deals

50mm for NEX in Stock in US. A57 in Stock in USA (but Sony Japan says it’s delayed)

It’s so hard to find the 50mm for NEX in US stores that this might be a good deal even if you have to pay a $50 extra for it! Pcnation is right now selling 13 of them through Amazon (Click here). If you still want it for $299 than you will have to wait 4-7 weeks (according to Amazon).

Meantime the A57 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Sonystore ebay (Click here). But Sony Japan keeps saying that it has been delayed and release date is April 27th ?!?!?!

April 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Two new zoom lenses will be announced soon (one is the 18-135mm for Alpha)


Soon Sony will have a major product announcement day but it will not be particularly interesting when it comes to the new lenses. There will be two new zooms. One is the already leaked 18-135mm SAM lens and another zoom I don’t have the exact specs yet. So no primes and no fast lenses. Overall I got the “impression” Sony is facing some production issues. They still cannot produce enough 24mm Zeisss and 50mm (both for NEX) lenses. This may be one of the reasons for that unspectacular new announcement :(

Check the availability of the mentioned lenses by clicking these search links:
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

April 19, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony A57 in Stock at Amazon (and so the NEX-7).

The new Sony A57 is right now in Stock at Amazon (Click here to grab it) and is the most sold Sony DSLR camera of the moment (here is the ranking). And both, the NEX-7 body only (Click here) and the NEX-7 witk kit lens (Click here) are also in Stock. And that is also the camera that makes it into the top 20 of all sold digital cameras, compact, mirrorless and DSLR.

P.S.: New Sony cameras will be announced soon. I am working to find out the right announcement date!

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