July 5, 2012
Posted in reviews

RX100 new reviews roundup (still leads the ranking)

There is a first RX100 user review at Amazon (Click here). I am wondering how that guy was able to get the camera!I saw that camera in Stock in Asia only and available for us “western countries” through Asian eBay resellers only. Anyway, the camera still is on the top positions of the Overall Camera Ranking (Click here).

The french website LesNumeriques posted the full RX100 review and the camera earned five stars out of five. There is also an english version of the same review at Digitalversus.

RX100 Preorders at Amazon USAdoramaBHphoto, Amazon GermanyAmazon France and Jessops.

July 5, 2012
Posted in news

Is the future for DSLR/SLT Full Frame only?

I am pretty sure Nikon, Canon, Sony and maybe Pentax will bring us plenty of new Full Frame cameras at Photokina. And the battle will be particularly tuff in the FF entry-level segment. While Sony will price the A99 (or A88) somewhere between $2.500 and $2.800 Nikon and Canon are “rumored” to price it at $2.000 and maybe even lower. Reminder, the Sony FF camera will have much more advanced features!

Falk Lumo (Click here) is a well known Pentax user but it’s worth to read his latest post about the Full Frame future. According to him APS-C DSLR/SLT have no more sense to exist. Photokina will focus on cheaper FF models and he says “Photokina 2012 may start a trend for dSLRs to be full frame (only).

And for Photokina 2014 (yes in two years) he says that FF will “become mainstream above $1,000, in a more compact form factor” while “Mirrorless SLDs and large sensor compact cameras dominate the segment between $500 and $1,000, mobile phones below.

I don’t think that APS-C DSLR will disappear any time sure but in my opinion Sony should also think to introduce a FF Mirrorless model. That would be something that finally could convince Canon and Nikon pro’s to switch over to Sony or not?

July 4, 2012
Posted in news

New Sony XQD cards with 168MB/s write speed…right in time for the FF SLT.

Yesterday Sony announced the new faster XQD cards (Press release here). The first generation XQD cards had a write speed of 125MB/s and the only camera capable of using them is the Nikon D4. This is the kind of super speedy cards you will be able to use on the next Full Frame SLT camera from Sony. The 24 Megapixel FF sensor is rumored to have a 10-12fps speed and you will need those cards to get the best out of it! And it comes for a price. The current 125MB/s cards are priced at $120 for the 16GB version (here at Amazon) and $230 for the 32GB version (here at Amazon). The newer faster cards will cost ¥60,000 (around $754) for the 64GB card and ¥40,000 ($503) for the 32GB model.

Yep, cute prices :(


July 3, 2012
Posted in reviews

New Sigma 19mm, FS700 and Madoka reviews.

Focus On Sony NEX FS700 from BorrowLenses.com on Vimeo.

EosHD (Click here) is pretty much enthusiastic about the NEX-FS700 and writes that it has amazing “14 stops of dynamic range in AVCHD“.

Our friend Kurt Munger (Click here) posted the full Sigma 19mm for NEX review: “Overall, the Sigma 19mm F/2.8 lens is a good lens, but is it better than the kit 18-55mm or 18-200mm zooms from Sony at 19mm, or around that length?  The short answer is

ePhotozine (Click here) posted the full Madoka lens review: “Those looking for a circular fisheye for their NEX camera, don’t have any other choice but this lens currently. Luckily this lens is capable of producing sharp 180 degree images, is lightweight, compact, well built and reasonably priced.

The Sigma 30mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).
The Sigma 19mm lens is in Stock at Amazon US (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon FR (Click here).

July 3, 2012
Posted in deals

USA Sony deals roundup! New $80 A65 and A57 rebates.

There are many ongoing deals in USA and here is the full roundup!

1) The screenshot on top links to the NEX+lens deal from Amazon (Click here).
2) There is also a dedicated Sony Alpha Lens Rebate page on Amazon (Click here).
3) The SLT rebate has been extended to July 14th and you can have a nice overview at BHphoto (Click here). It’s a $80 price rebate that you can also have on the A57 at Amazon (Click here) and on the A65 at Amazon (Click here).

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