December 8, 2011
Posted in news

HOT! Tamron announces a new 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 Di III VC lens for NEX!!!

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The spanish DSLRmagazine (Click here) just posted a super news! Tamron launched the first E-mount lens, the 18-200 mm f/3,5-6,3 Di III VC. Yeah there is already an Alpha lens version of it but this lens has been specifically designed for NEX and the main feature is the “step-motor” which is designed to align 100% with the contrast AF system of the NEX, particularly good for video! In addition, the “DMF” (Direct Manual Focus) allows focusing by hand if necessary, even in AF mode.

There is no info about the price and availabiliy yet. Here are the specs:

Coverage APS-C
Focus 18-200 mm
Focal “equivalent” 27-300 mm
Angles 76 º 10′-8 ° 03 ‘(diagonal)
Maximum aperture f / 3.5 to 6.3
Minimum Aperture f/22-40
Number of blades 7
Lenses / groups 17/13
Aspherical lens Not specified
Special lenses Not specified
Floating lens For internal focus
Coatings Multilayer
Minimum focusing distance 50 cm
Reproduction Ratio 1:3,7
Area covered Not specified
AF Yes, internal
Engine Type Stepwise, redesigned
Motorized Zoom Not
Engine Type Not applicable
Manual Focus So, with fine control in AF mode
Or filter 62 mm
Ø x length 68 x 96.7 mm (102 mm including lens mount)
Weight 460 grams
Design Exterior metallic silver and black finishes
Mount Metal, “E” for Sony NEX
Data transmission Electronics
Optimized for video If, stepper motor specific for NEX
Included Accessories Tapas, petal lens hood
Optional Accessories Not specified
Approximate price To be announced
Availability To be announced

 

December 7, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5N and exotic lenses (Leica-M, Leica-R, Zeiss ZM, Zeiss C/Y, Panasonic)

The until today unknown website dearsusans.wordpress.com (Click here) tested plenty of exotic lenses on the Sony NEX-5n. It’s a review full of details and image samples. And he tested some really nice lens you might be interested to buy for your NEX. Here is the list of all reviewed lenses:

1) Leica Elmarit-R 19mm/2.8 II (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “This is a glorious lens for landscapes” but huge and suffers from flare.
2) Zeiss ZM Biogon 25/2.8 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “On the NEX-5N it looks at home. The size is perfect. Ergonomics are perfect, build quality is fantastic
3) Leica Summicron-M 28mm/2 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “This lens is perfection. It combines the refinement and naturalness of my Elmarit-R 19 with the sharpness of the Biogon 25.
4) Voigtlander Colour-Skopar 35mm/2.5 PII (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “In daylight, it’s a street shooter’s dream come true. Tiny, unobstrusive and unassuming.
5) Leica Summicron-R 50mm/2 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “It’s sharp a plenty, has good colour and reasonably nice bokeh. Build is to Leica standards, except for the aperture ring that feels a bit plastic and cheap
6) Zeiss Contact Planar T* 50/1.7 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “Pretty convincing (read excellent) and so cheap.”
7) Leica Summarit-M 75mm/2.5 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “I really liked that lens! My only criticism would be the polygonal bokeh.”
8) Zeiss Contax T* Sonnar 135/2.8 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “The only real trouble with this lens is that it weighs a ton! Laaarge and heaaavy.
9) Panasonic 14mm (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “Perfect if you’re into weight lifting and like creamy bokeh.”

 

December 7, 2011
Posted in deals

Major price drop on the NEX-3 in USA.

Before to start. Evey day you can find plenty of new deals at Amazon (Click here). I am only reporting the most important deals but you can find many other interesting products. So take a look!

NEX-3
I know you all want the NEX-7 or NEX-5n but if you want to spend as less as possible for a NEX camera (maybe as present for your wife or son) than you might get the NEX-3 :)
The red NEX-3 with 16mm pancake lens sells for $399 at Amazon (Click here).
The black NEX-3 with 18-5mm kit lens price dropped down to $449 at Amazon (Click here).

Flash, converters, adapter, and external monitor deals
There is a super rebate on many Sony accessories at Amazon (Click here).
Compact cameras are also discounted at Amazon (Click here).

The deal you cannot afford to miss: Sony Lens Rebates!
$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).

16-50mm f/2.8 in Stock
The new lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and now at BHphoto (Click here) too.

December 7, 2011
Posted in news

Sony NEX-7 camera of the year (Popular photography ). And new NEX-7 reviews.


Popular photography magazine named the Sony NEX-7 camera of the year in their January 2012 issue. And they posted the full review online at Popphoto (Click here): “Sony’s NEX-7 is currently our pick for the best ILC on the market. It combines outstanding image quality with solid ergonomics and, in addition to the normal array of preset shooting modes, plenty of useful options. When we tested Sony’s first NEX cameras, we weren’t very impressed. Now, we definitely are, and we’re eagerly awaiting whatever Sony has up its sleeve next.

The french website Clubic (Click here to read the google translation) tested the NEX-7. The NEX-7 is a superb cameras but the reviewer would have preferred the same NEX-5n sensor inside the camera. The real weakness is the kit lens that is not good enough for the high resolution 24 Megapxiel sensor.

Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted a new Legacy Wide Angle Lenses NEX-7 / NEX-5n Comparison: “There is significant lens cast visible with the NEX-7 and some legacy lenses, and it isn’t minor. The reason for it is that the 24 Megapixel sensor has smaller photo sites, and oblique light rays, especially those from wide angle lens (more on this in a moment), show a magenta colour shift. The 5n has larger sensels and also a different microlens layout than the 7, making it much less problematic with some legacy lenses.
They tested three lenses:
1) Voigtländer Ultra Wide-Heliar 12mm f/5.6 (Click here to see the lens specs and price on eBay).
2) Sigma 8-16mm f/4.5–f/5.6 DC HSM (Click here to see the lens specs and price on eBay).
3) Leica Wide Tri-Elmar 16-18-21mm (Click here to see the lens specs and price on eBay).

There is still no official news about when the camera will be in Stock. The last info I got said it’s coming in February. You can look for NEX-7 preorders at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay. What is in Stock (or will be this week) is the amazing Zeiss 24mm lens: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

December 6, 2011
Posted in deals

New Sony deals roundup (USA+ Europe)

I got some emails from SAR readers with ongoing Sony deals in USA and Europe. Feel free to send me more of them! It’s Christmas time and our readers may can find the right present :)

USA deals:
Super rebates on many Alpha lenses at Amazon (Click here)
Rebates on Sony accessories at Amazon (Click here)
Sony DSC-WX10 deal at Amazon (Click here).
Sony DSC-WX9 deal at Amazon (Click here).
All Sony compact camera deals at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

Europe deals:
1) There is a£100 Cashback available on the SAL-70200G at Sony UK
2) For those living in Germany and Austria, the shop xp-tron.de is selling the NEX-5N body for 484 Euro ONLY: There is also a 5 Euro discount coupon code, so the price drops to 479 Euro. The coupon code is: “MGSCDXP-TRON”. This is the lowest price I’ve seen anywhere for a brand-new camera.
3) Kamerahuset.dk have these deals:
NEX-5 body only 1995 DKK ~268 €
NEX-5 with 18-200mm 5995 DKK ~805 €
NEX-VG20EH with 18-200mm and a NEX-5 body included: 15295 DKK ~2055 €

P.S.: You can also comment this post to add your deals!

 

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