December 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 review at Photographyblog: “it outperforms the competition!”

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One of my favorite websites Photographyblog (Click here) tested the Sony A77. And the verdict is that the camera is “Essential“!!! If I am not wrong the last camera to get the highest verdict was the Nikon D3s which costs quite a bit more!

According to the reviewers the A77 “out-performs the direct competition” and “At a time when compact system cameras are the centre of attention, it’s great to see some real innovation in the DSLR world, and for that innovation to result in a truly exceptional camera like the new Sony A77.

I 100% agree that Sony is really innovating the digital camera market. And while some things have to be worked out (see lag issues or the not 100% perfect JPG quality) Sony is leading us to a new future where electronic viewfinders and photo+still hybrid systems will become the mainstream technology. It will be hard for Canon and Nikon to fight against that!
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The A77 is out of Stock in almost any worldwide online store I checked. There are still some auctions on eBay (Click here) but most of the times you have to pay a couple of hundreds dollars/Euro extra. The A77 should be in Stock again by mid January. Click these linsk to search for A77 preorders: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 13, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) NEX-4/5/VG10 firmware update coming this week?

A new source (Thanks!) just contacted me to say that the “Nex3/5/vg10 firmware could come as early as dec15“. Indeed the new VG10 manual is already available as pdf (Click here / via NEX-VG10 forum).

P.S.: I didn’t hear yet about the new A77/A65 2.0 firmware update. But as soon as I hear something from my sources I will let you know!

December 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

New NEX-7, NEX-5n and A65 reviews!

There is a new article at Luminous Landscape at their NEX-7 rolling review (Click here). They talk about the Creative Styles, EVF and Live View Display. First they show you a “trick” to control the contrast of the EVF (because in bright light the EVF contrast can be too high). And they also found a small bug related to histogram feature. I hope Sony will fix that minor issue with the new firmware. There is another small NEX-7 review at karaatanasov (Click here): “I had never seen so much details from an APS-C. Colors are astonishing. It seems the Dynamic Range in RAW is amazing too (I do not have RAW software.). Again on colors this is the first Sony camera to remenice of the Minolta days
As you have read yesterday the NEX-7 is now shipping at Sonystore in USA. It should be available by mid January in Europe and Asia. Check these search links if the stores are accepting preorders: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Cameralabs (Click here) just posted the full NEX-5n review: “Sony has pulled it off and produced one of the most compelling mirrorless ILC models on the market and one we have no hesitation in granting our Highly recommended award.“.

Techradar (Click here) published a full A65 review: “The Alpha 65 is very well-specified in comparison to its rivals, matching or exceeding the competition’s feature-sets in many respects. It’s pricier, but we feel the impressive stack of high-end features that this camera has to offer more than outweigh its cost“.

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 12, 2011
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) NEX-7 shipping tomorrow in USA!


UPDATE: there is another good news for our USA readers. As you can see from the screenshot above (Thanks William!) the NEX-7 will start shipping tomorrow from Sonystyle!

The very first Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lenses are (UPDATE: now WAS) in Stock in USA at BHphoto (Click here). In Europe and Asia the Zeiss lens in Stock at Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon France (Click here), Cameracentre (Click here), Digitalrev (Click here),

Thanks Charles

December 12, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR2) Also a new 300mm tele prime lens coming for A-mount?


Image on top: The current Sony SAL-300F28G 300mm f/2.8 APO G SSM


Until now we know that four lenses will be launched along the A9x. A new high end wide angle zoom, the Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM, a new high end tele zoom and the 500 f/4.0 tele lens. Now a Sony Poland employee unveiled that also a new 300mm lens is coming (Source: klubkm). Thread the info with a grain of salt. Fact is that there is currently a huge $500 discount in USA and in some european countries too: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Reminder: The A99 and the new lenses should be announced in Spring 2012.

The Super discount on Sony lenses is ongoing in USA until the end fo the year:
$500 off on Sony 300mm f/2.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on Zeiss 24 -70mm f/2.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 50mm f/1.4 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT AF at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT AF at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

And the NEX converters + adapter + external flash + external monitor have been discounted at Amazon (Click here).

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