November 17, 2012
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Sony A99 and 24-70mm kit coming?

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Digicaminfo found that picture showing a brand new A99 with 24-70mm lens package. The mark clearly says A99 and “SAL2470Z” which stays for the 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss. The good news here is that we can expect to save some bucks on that combo. There are already some A99 and 24-70mm combos for sale on eBay (Click here) but these are two separated packages and you don’t save a penny on them.

UPDATE: As noticed by our reader JVS the package is sold by Sony Australia!

A99 store links at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

November 17, 2012
Posted in reviews

Plenty of new Sony reviews (A99, NEX-6, NEX-5r)


Sony A99 review by Whatdigitalcamera

The Sony NEX-5r has been testd by Digitalcamerainfo: “While the most heavily publicized features (picture effects, self-portrait LCD, Wi-Fi uploading to Facebook) might paint this camera as an entry level model, the hardware and performance are more high-end than you may have guessed. And since Sony has plans to improve the E-mount family this year (cross your fingers), the 5R is an easy recommendation as a first system camera, or even an inexpensive backup camera for pros.
Initial A99 review at Chromasia: “As I guess you’ve already worked out, I’m seriously impressed with the SLT-A99. The image quality is superb, it has a great range of features, and no real negatives, at least none that have any major impact on my style/type of photography. As such I have no problem recommending this camera.
SonyAlphaLab keeps testing the NEX-6
Sony E PZ 16-50 f/3.5-5.6 OSS E-mount lens review at Camerahoarders.
SAR reader James (Thanks!) spotted the UK’s “Guardian” top 10 digital cameras article. And they picke up the NEX-5R and the RX100.

Thodoris:I was given the Sony A99 in order to do a review for a Greek photo magazine. Last night I photographed a concert, and I am sending you the results for your site, if you want to post them. I consider concert photography as the ultimate test of camera’s high ISO capability and AF speed/accuracy, since shooting a concert means the camera will encounter low light, lots of blue, purple and red strobes, and constant movement from the musicians (rock bands, at least).
All the images (web size) are here: http://thodorismarkou.com/blog/2012/11/the-cribs/
All were shot with the CZ 24-70/2.8, at ISO 6400 (except one at 16.000 ISO). I converted the RAW files to DNG with the latest Adobe DNG converter and then I processed them as I usually process all my concert photos. All of them got a little bit of extra light, some even got one full stop on the exposure slider. I did no noise reduction.
The camera performed fine at all times, the autofocus system was fast and accurate, and the EVF was just as good as the OVF of my Sony A850. Not that the EVF is the same as the OVF, but I never felt that it was “getting in my way”. All in all, a great first experience.


Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

November 16, 2012
Posted in news

RX1 hands-on video by Steve Huff.

Steve Huff just got his brand new Sony RX1 and the video on top shows all his excitement :)

The camera shipment in Asia just started. And if you want to save some money avoid to buy the expensive original Sony RX1 hood ($179 at Adorama). A $6 cheap chinese metal hood will do it (there is one here on eBay).

The RX1 can be pre ordered at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

November 16, 2012
Posted in news

New NEX lens firmware update. And new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 samples.

Sigma:
Sigma (Click here) just posted a set of image samples taken with the new Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens. The image samples have been taken on the Sigma SD1 camera but as you know the lens comes with A-mount too. Don’t know what you think but I think this lens delivers a great performance! Consider also that it costs $600 less than the Sony 35mm f/1.4 lens (here at Amazon). And this lens is now available for preorder at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (click here).

NEX lenses:
Sony China (translation here) just posted posted the info about new firmware version 02 for the SEL1855 / SEL18200 / SEL55210 / SEL24F18Z NEX lenses. It’s a firmware upgrade for the NEX-5R or NEX-6 only! It enables the phase difference AF using the pixel function “Fast hybrid AF”.

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In Stock status of the Zeiss 24mm lens on eBay via Slidoo.

November 16, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony RX1 RAW ISO test. Impressive!!!

Focus Numerique (translation here) just posted the RX1 JPE. FN noted that the Sony RX1 has significant overexposure (about 2/3 EV in too). They are surprised with the high image quality: ” Even ISO 3200 images retain an excellent outfit with a little grain present, light-colored and very gentle smoothing. ” and “Even at ISO 12800, there or Alpha 99 start to lose its pixels, the RX1 is still very powerful, even if smoothing is naturally more sensitive.It is possible to push the compact with up to 25600 ISO image quality quite amazing.

And Imaging Resource posted the RX1 studio test too and you can use the comparometer to compare th image quality with other cameras. I have to say I am impressed and you? I am very tempted to buy the RX1 now…very tempted! Problem is the price in Europe is much higher than in US :(
Today Sony finally started to ship the RX1! It is in Stock right now at Amazon Japan! The RX1 can be pre ordered at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.

Join Slidoo (and login to change settings) to get notified when the RX1 will be on auction on eBay.

 

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