June 2, 2013
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$300 off on the Sony A77!

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Here it is the new great A77 rebates! You can see a full deal summary page at Samys (Click here). and Amazon (Click here). These are in detail the deals:
SLTA77 Body $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here)Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 18mm-135mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
SLTA77 with 16mm-50mm $300 Instant Savings + Free vertical grip $300= $600 in Instant Savings at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Great deal!!! And keep in mind that the new A77 firmware update is coming in 1-2 months too!

June 1, 2013
Posted in news

SAR reader work roundup (by Jason, Marc, Алексей, Laszlo, Ainga, Jonathan, Sergey, Gkemp, Lehwego, Jeroen, Brandon and Anders).


Chain Reaction: A Story in Four Images

Here is a roundup of all mails to tests and work done by SAR reader. If you have links to send me (or if I missed to post a work you sent me in the past) contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

Jason:Not exactly news  but thought id share anyway, testing the Sony FS700 with the Metabones Speed booster and loving the full frame esque results. https://vimeo.com/67176161

Marc:Here are some photos of the new sigma 35 f 1.4 for alpha and a few sample shot available in full resolution; http://www.flickr.com/photos/alhadeff/sets/72157633770534271/

Алексей:  “Hello, Andrea.If You have 10 – 15 free minutes welcome to http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/paparazi2008/album/351277/ My first outdoor shooting with A99 – many CamJpg + several RAW + several A77 foto. Fullsize without postprocessing with open exif.

Laszlo: ” yesterday I got the new Sigma 35mm f1.4 from www.Digitfoto.de and it´s really a wonderful lens on my A57. I uploaded some testshots on google –> https://plus.google.com/photos/104390226143263323305/albums/5882966453347908337?authkey=CKL2w8Ws3cDOhQE

Ainga:I think your readers will be interested in seeing the very capable Sony NEX 7 in low light action. Most of the images were taken with the NEX 7 and the 24mm 1.8 and 50mm 1.8. Here is one of the posts shot entirely with the NEX 7: http://aingaframes.com/blog/2013/4/15/bw-photo-set. I wrote a NEX 7 user review here: http://aingaframes.com/blog/2013/4/6/sony-nex-7-one-year-review

Jonathan: “Hi Andrea, I made a comparison video between the new and old 70-400 with focus speed and sharpness comparisons.  My conclusion:  the focusing is MUCH better on the new lens, but the IQ is pretty close. Check out the video: http://youtu.be/QzKQWqTUJ6Y

Sergey:I am a photographer from Russia. March 1, 2013 I started my “Project 365” with the camera Sony NEX-6. Every day I make one picture and write a story about photo and the camera. This is my fifth NEX – and the camera is so good, that I started this project: http://nex6everyday.blogspot.ru/

Gkemp: “I modded a Meike clone VG-B50AM grip so it can be used with my a55, allowing me to power the a55 with a pair of NP-FM500H batteries and get use of the shutter release.  For details, see my set on flickr linked below.  Feel free to share pics with SAR readers if you like.  Just thought I would pass this info around in case others find it useful. http://www.flickr.com/photos/gkemp/sets/72157633542391862/with/8756515667/

Lehwego: “just sharing a video I made from trinidad carnival earlier this year.  Nex5n with 35mm/1.8 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRvl90c1lWo

Jeroen:RX-100 to the test in video! https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10151472068242151

Brandon: just shot an episode of the MTV show True Life on two Rx100’s.  Here’s my blog post with all the details: http://rungunshoot.com/how-i-made-an-mtv-reality-show-with-two-pocket-cameras-and-a-macbook/

Anders:Hello, I haven’t seen any pictures by people using professional Sony equipment.  If you like to, do I have a picture I took yesterday with a Sony a99, and Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F/2.8. The picture shows how big dynamic a99 have, and the power from a carl zeiss. http://500px.com/photo/36169198

Thanks you all!

June 1, 2013
Posted in reviews

Zeiss Touit 32mm vs Sony 35mm.

Image courtesy: Lensrentals.

Roger from Lensrentals (Click here) tested the new Zeiss Touit lens and compared it with the cheaper Sony 35mm f/1.8 lens. It is certainly not a surprise to see the Zeiss being the winner of the contest but the Sony performance is quite close! He writes:

The Sony 35mm OSS gives you slightly better performance optically, a wider aperture, and image stabilization for $449. At f/1.8 it’s pretty equal to the Touit in resolution and has less distortion. Stopped down just a bit, to f/2.2, though, the Touit gives much better optical performance than any of the other lenses. Worth $900? To some people certainly. To others, not at all. For me, taking actual pictures with it confirmed what the numbers suggested. The center resolution is probably the best I’ve seen from any lens on an NEX camera. That’s enough to make it a future purchase for me.

Roger also writes that the Sigma 30mm f/2.8 is the best bargain. But of course it’s maximum aperture is f/2.8 “Only”. If you need a faster lens the Sony my be the best bet. But if you want to have the ultimate image quality you better go for the Zeiss. In short…it’s up to you :)

Sigma 30mm f/2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
32mm f/1.8 at BHphoto, Adorama and Uniquephoto. In Europe at CameraCenter UK and FotoMundus.


12mm f/2.8 at BHphoto, Adorama and Uniquephoto. In Europe at CameraCenter UK and FotoMundus.

May 31, 2013
Posted in news

Zeiss Touit for NEX unboxing video (X-mount version shipping first)

The video on top has been made by SAR reader Arthur Fritz. The good news is that the Zeiss Touit is finally shipping! But it seems X-mount version is shipping first. You can find FUji versions right now in shoplink 18719 ebay]US (eBay)[/shoplink] and Europe (Holland).

It would help all SAR readers if you cna let us know where the Touit for NEX is in Stock. Send me an email or submit the deal at DealsRunner.com. That way your submitted deal will be displayed on the sidebar of this website and you don’t have to wait for me reading your mail and writing the post. Thanks!

P.S.: Zeiss Touit image samples at Optyczne.pl.

May 31, 2013
Posted in deals

Save $2,000 on the Open Box 500mm lens!New Sony A57 and 70-400mm price drops.

This is the biggest rebate I have ever seen on a Sony Alpha product! You save $2,000(!) on the OPEN BOX 500mm f/4.0 lens for sale at Adorama (Click here). Still a lot of money…but this is really a great lens!

Back to more “accessible” deals:
The A57 just got a new price drop and you can get it with kit lens for $539 at Amazon (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
The “older” 70-400mm also got a $200 price drop via third party reseller at Amazon (Click here).
Reminder: The Sony Alpha Deals at Amazon will expire tomorrow but trust me, and even greater A77 deal is coming on Sunday. Don’t hurry!

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