June 22, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM tested at Photozone (better than the 35mm G lens?)

The Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM has been tested at Photozone (Click here): “The Sony 35mm f/1.8 DT SAM may be a budget-oriented prime lens but regarding its performance it may even be a viable option for enthusiasts. Resolution-wise it delivers a very solid performance.” And the last statement will cause a huge discussion here: “It may surprise you but regarding the sum of its optical qualities it is actually a better choice than the “mighty” (albeit outdated) Sony 35mm f/1.4 G – Sony’s professional grade full format 35mm lens.“.

That’s a huge surprise if you do consider the big price difference:
Check the 35mm f/1.8 DT price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Check the 35mm f/1.4 G price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Surprised? I certainly do hope Sony (or Zeiss) will soon release a new 35mm lens!

June 21, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) HOT: Sony A77 and NEX-7 announcement has been delayed from July to August!!!

Many trusted sources informed me that Sony decided to delay the A77 and NEX-7 announcement from July 7th to late August. Reason for that delay are production problems. To be more detailed it looks like that there is a production issue with minor components of the cameras. The cameras will be in Stock in late September/early October.

I know that’s bad news, after the Tsunami disaster I received info about production problems from Sony but I also had been told that Sony would not delay the A77 announcement and deliver the camera a couple of months later than expected. This has changed (and we certainly cannot blame Sony for that).

Oh, and before you start to think that this rumor might not be true there are a couple of things you have to keep in mind:
1) Also the NEX-C3 and A35 were supposed to be announced in early April but than the announcement have been delayed to early June. Some of you didn’t believe me and it wos good for me that Sony itself leaked the images and manual on their websites in April (it proved that my sources were correct).
2) I got the info about the A77 delay from many trusted sources. The same sources that gave me correct info in the past.
3) If I am correct than there should be already product images of the A77 (like it was for the NEX-C3 and A35 in April). And the good news is that I have one of those pictures ;)

Tomorrow (Wednesday) at 12:00 GMT (London Time) I will post the very first picture of the A77 (+ little surprise). If you are wondering why I didn’t post the picture last week the answer is that the source told me to wait until a certain date (the reason will be unknown forever). So sorry for the pre-announcement suffering ;)

See you tomorrow!

P.S.: As usual, if you have a “rumor” to share use the contact form on the right sidebar. Avoid to send me your name and email address but it would be nice if you could use some kind of fake name so that I can recognize you in future. Oh, and the contact form doesn’t store any hidden info like the IP-address.

June 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

First videos made with the SLRmagic 28mm f/2.8

The video on top and the video you can find here on vimeo are the first shot with the SLRMagic 28mm f/2.8 pancake. It doesn’t look bad at all or not? By the way, I have been told by the guys from SLRmagic that this lens is not the Mitakon 28mm f/2.8. It’s an improved verison of it.

You can get that lens on eBay only (Click here).

June 20, 2011
Posted in rumors

A920 rumor is fake. No FF camera from Sony in 2011

Yesterday Photorumors posted a rumors about a possible new A920 camera with 7fps and 32 Megapixel. As you know I don’t believe the rumor is correct. I wanted to let you know that a couple of trusted sources contacted me to confirm that there is no A920 and that there will be no fullframe camera this year. So no surprise here.

I am currently working on the A77 and NEX-7 rumor and I will give you some important news soon. Stay tuned on SAR!

June 19, 2011
Posted in news

Download the new Sony NEX-3/5 and A33/A55 firmware!!! (UPDATE with first tests)

The new Sony NEX-3/4 firmware version 4 is now available for download at Sony Japan (Click here). It’s a multilanguage version!

The Sony A33 and A55 firmware is here at Sony Japan (japanese!).

UPDATE: First picture effect tests made with the A55 at sonyalphaa55.wordpress.com (Thanks Roni!).

UPDATE_2: More download links (Thanks to all who esnt this in):

Now available in Europe too! See NEX-5 in Uk (change the country and camera if you want a different download): http://www.sony.co.uk/hub/nex-compact-camera-system/latest/firmware-updates

Australian site Mac downloads:
A33 – http://www.sony.com.au/support/download/459588/product/slt-a33y
A55 – http://www.sony.com.au/support/download/459587/product/slt-a55vy
NEX-5 – http://www.sony.com.au/support/download/459582/product/nex-5d
NEX-3 – http://www.sony.com.au/support/download/459584/product/nex-3k

Asia Windows download:
NEX-5 – http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/458715
NEX-3 – http://www.sony-asia.com/support/download/458755

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