December 12, 2011
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(SR4) Ricoh will use the same NEX-5n sensor (SR2) Pentax will use dame fullframe sensor from the A99?

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I got two rumors about the new Ricoh-Pentax company (yes Ricoh bought Pentax!). Apparently some of their future products will use Sony sensors.

(SR4) The upcoming new 24-85mm Ricoh GXR module features the same 16 megapixel APS-C Sony NEX-5n sensor! As you know the Ricoh GXR system is a modular system where lens and sensor are built-in in the same module.
(SR2) For a long time now we hear rumors about a new Pentax fullframe camera. A unconfirmed rumor says the new Pentax will use the same 24 Megapixel sensor from the A99. The camera will be released in 2012. (Source: Dpreview forum)

One thing is sure, the Nikon D800 is coming very soon and will probably feature the new Sony 36 megapixels sensor. The Sony A99 will be announced in Spring 2012 and rely on the translucent technology. There is no plan to make an optical viewfinder version. Sony believes electornic viewfinders are the future. And so di I…but I think optical viewfinders still have the edge for now.

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

December 11, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 news and reviews roundup…


Low Budget Filming – Sony Alpha 77 & Movcam Rig

AF in manual video movie mode workaround Sony SLT A77 (Mikekobal). And contact sheets with A77 and NEX-5n (Mikekobal).

Sony A77 review by SonyAlphaLab (Click here): “I can pick apart a feature here and there and say the Nikon X is better in High ISO and the Canon Y has better AF, but as a whole the A77 is a phenomenal camera for a great price in my humble opinion.

A77 test at Expertreview (Click here): “Packed with features and impressive strengths including a superb kit lens, but high noise levels and lethargic controls aren’t acceptable at this price“.

The A77 is in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here), Heidfoto (crazy name!), Foto Neuber (Click here), in US at willoughbyscamera (with $400 extra to pay), almost in Stock at Digitalrev (two weeks). There is a £50 discount at Amazon UK but the camera is not in Stock yet.

December 11, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony 50mm f/1.8 for NEX review at Steve Huff (+ Zeiss lens is shipping!).

Steve Huff (Click here) posted his final 50mm f/1.8 for NEX review: “Basically this lens is a must have for any NEX shooter who wants a medium telephoto with a fast aperture. The lens has great color, has a fast aperture for shallow depth of field or when the lights get low and the lens pumps out great color with rich saturated tones. The lens is sharp but not clinically sharp. On the NEX-7 it is a fantastic performer.

Yes that lens is a real winner. It only has a couple of drawbacks. It’s a bit too big, and it doesn’t come in black for my future NEX-7. I hope Sony will soon introduce a black version.

The lens is in Stock in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here). You can get it within 6-10 days at Amazon Japan (Click here). You will only get in January-February in Europe and US although SonyStore US (Click here) says it’s coming next week. I heard this isn’t true yet. Let’s see who is right…

Meanwhile good news for all those of you who preordered the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens at Amazon (but you cannot make a new preorder yet).

Full new NEX and lens rpeorder links:
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 10, 2011
Posted in news

NEX-5n review roundup (one camera to win at Pocket Lint)

Booths & Bodies: The life and work of Anthony Vizzari from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Jae Yoon posted a user report on Steve Huff’s website (Click here). He used the Sony NEX-5n with the amazing Contax G Lenses: “On that note, I have to heartily recommend the Contax G Zeiss 28mm F2.8 and 45mxm F2 lenses. The 28mm F2.8 had some trouble with the initial NEX cameras because of the rear focus Biogon design that didn’t jive well with the microlenses on those first generation sensors. You would end up with distracting and somewhat ugly corners because the rear element of the lens came too close to the sensor and light was hitting it at too extreme of an angle. With the newly designed sensor in the 5N, Sony has mostly alleviated the issue and its hard for me to detect in my images if I’m seeing color shift or just simple vignetting for infinity focus shots. Either way, the situation is nearly undetectable for this deservedly heralded lens.

A quick reminder. Contax made seven G lenses you cann all use on your NEX with the G to NEX adapter. Her eare the lenses:
Contax G 16mm f/8 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 21mm f/2.8 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 28mm f/2.8 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 35mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 35-70mm f/3.5-5.6 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 45mm f/2.0 (Click here to see them on eBay).
Contax G 90mm f/2.8 (Click here to see them on eBay).

This is the most “unserious” review of the NEX-5n I have ever seen: g4tv.com

Matt sent me this: Nex-5n & Voigtlander 35mm (vimeo).

And don’t forget that you win a NEX-5n at Pocket Lint (Click here).

Mike sent me this: the courier trailer: johnny diamandis: Sony SLT A77 and Nex 5N (Mikekobal).

The Sony NEX-5n is in Stock at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Just click on shop name to visit the direct product search page). Don’t forget that you can ad that amazing (but tiny bit too expensive) FDA-EV1S external viewfinder: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 9, 2011
Posted in reviews

The first NEX-7 unboxing video and a new reviews.

While we are all anxiously waiting for the NEX-7 reviewers keep torturing us with excellent reviews and hands-on. And now we even have the very first unboxing video. So… enjoy and suffer! :=)
And Digitalcamerareview (Click here) posted a new NEX-7 review. And of course it got an Editor’s choice award! And Peter Sills (Click here) traveled for six days to Cuba with the NEX-7 and enjoyed the camera lot: “I am now totally convinced that the future of digital photography will incorporate high-quality EVF in almost all cameras“.
The NEX-7 is hardly available for preorder yet: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

P.S.: You can win a new NEX-5n at Pocket-Lint (Click here).

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