December 31, 2011
Posted in news

Two crazy adapters for your NEX cameras.


While I am still deciding what kind of third party lens I should buy for my NEX-7 I found two crazy adapters I never saw before. One is the Wallimex Tilt-shift adapter for Nikon lenses (Click here to see on eBay) and the other one is the Kipon EOS adapter with built-in manual aperture ring (Click here to see on eBay). I have no use for both but maybe you could be interested to get those.

By the way, thanks for all emails you sent me with your third party lens suggestions. I will sum them and post your findings on SAR soon. I really learned a lot form you and I will try to help SAR readers to figure out which lens works best on Sony NEX cameras.

December 30, 2011
Posted in rumors

Sony NEX success was unexpected. 2012 will be a busy year for engineers!

While talking with my sources about the upcoming year it clearly came out how Sony’s NEX system success has been greater than expected. Sony didn’t think the NEX-7 and NEX-5n would sell that well. For the first time since their entrance in the digital camera market Sony feels like they finally got the attention from the mass market. The NEX system is also the most profitable of all interchangeable system (better than APS-C SLT and better than the future fullframe SLT  cameras). To maximize the momentum Sony decided to redo the whole 2012 NEX roadmap. As I already told you there will be more NEX lenses than originally planed. There will be also many new NEX cameras and I have been told there will be also a “surprise”…a sort of “different” NEX (And I am not talking about the AE hybrid NEX-7 alike camera!).

In concrete, I have been told that we will see many new NEX stuff soon, starting from early Spring 2012. I am working to get the full details of the new roadmap. If you want or can help me send me your rumor at Or use the anonymous contact form you see here on the right sidebar. Every little help…helps! Thanks!

One more thing: You SAR readers choose the NEX-7 as camera of the year 2011 with 2,494 votes (44% of all voters). And the most expected camera of 2012 is the A99 (38%) and the NEX-7 (35%) alike fullframe camera. Keep me updated if you find the NEX-7 to be in Stock somewhere. Would liek you SAR readers to get the camera before other guys ;)  UPDATE: In Stock in Denmark at kamerahuset.

In Stock status check:
A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
A65 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.


December 30, 2011
Posted in reviews

A77 ripped apart. New Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 review.

The video you see here on top has been posted by Sonyblog (Click here / via noisy). It shows you the full naked and ripped A77 camera. To bad they toke it apart, there is now one less camera that can be delivered to a customer. The A77 is so difficult to find in Stock I found only three stores having them: SonyStore USA and Amazon Germany and of course on eBay where you find them for a crazy price only).

David from Photoclubalpha (Click here) posted a new full Zeiss Distagon 24mm f/2.0 review (A-mount): “The Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2 SSM Distagon ZA T* is probably the best, or equal to the best, in its class. It may perhaps be the best ever 84° angle fast lens ever made for the general SLR system market, and I would happy to pitch it against any of the current equivalent offerings for medium format digital“. And when David talks about the A77 and the future fullframe sensors he writes: “If Sony’s 24 megapixel APS-C sensor formed the basis for a full-framer, it would be a 60 megapixel monster and match all but the most expensive medium format image sizes. I believe the 24mm CZ could go there if Sony chose to.” Dear David, it’s going to be 24 and 36 Megapixel only for now, but with 100 Megapixel sensor coming within 2-3 years ;)
Check the Zeiss 24mm lens price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 29, 2011
Posted in deals

For UK readers: NEX-7 body in Stock at Warehouseexpress and in New Zealand.

Get it no before it’s sold out: I am not going to stay up the whole night to see when it runs out of Stock…but my bet is that it will not last for more than a couple of hours!

And also our (few?) readers living in New Zealand can find the body in Stock at :)

One more thing: Many readers contacted me to say that their NEX-7 has been shipped. Not only in Europa, Canada and USA, but also our Australian readers are getting their NEX-7 bodies! Enjoy! ;)

Thanks John

December 29, 2011
Posted in news

Four Sony cameras in the top 20 of the most sold cameras this year in Japan.

In Japan (and in Japan only) you can get detailed reports about the camera sales. Bcnranking (via 1001noisyc) posted the top 20 of the most sold cameras between January 1st and December 20th. Four cameras are listed on it. The Sony NEX-5 (Pos 6), the Sony A55 (Pos 13), the Sony NEX-C3 (Pos 17) and the Sony NEX-3 (Pos 17). A wonder how that ranking would have looked if the NEX-7 and A77 wouldn’t have been stopped by the terrible Thai flood.

It’s still a mystery for me why we cannot have such detailed sales reports in other countries too. As you already know the only place I can check to see if a camera is popular or not is the very fluctuating Amazon ranking:
Amazon US ranking (Click here), Amazon DE ranking (Click here), Amazon UK ranking (Click here), Amazon FR ranking (Click here), Amazon IT ranking (Click here), Amazon ES ranking (Click here).

Overall it looks like European and American markets are more “conservative” and less subject to adopt new technologies. The mirrorless and SLT cameras aren’t popular as in Japan. But I think cameras like the NEX-7 and the future A99 can slowly change this in “western” countries too. It’s time to get rid of that Canon-Nikon duopoly!

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