November 9, 2011
Posted in deals

A77 design based on…socks :) + A77 with 16-50mm lens in Stock in USA

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Hurry. There are now a couple of A77 with 16-50mm lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here). Sold directly via Amazon itself for the normal price. But there is only one single body only option left at Amazon (Click here).

And what’s really interesting is that interview with the Sony A77 and A65 designers at Sony.net (Click here). For the A77 and A65 the designers used a styling technique called “Tensile Skin.” I really didn’t understand well what that kind of design is and the explanation made by a Sony designer sounds a bit funny: “What helped me explore this idea was an ordinary sock. As soon as I stretched the sock over our structural mock-up, it transformed the jumble of blocks into a coherent, sculptural unit. It looked fresh, and the jutting edges resonated nicely with the gentle contours. Although this unified whole could be called “monoform,” it was hardly monotonous, and there was a pleasant sense of tension. I knew that following this approach would lead us to the new shape for Alpha SLRs.”

DId you understand it ??? :)

November 9, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A77 almost sold out? Thai flood consequences worse than Japanese Tusnami.


I talked with a couple of my top sources. They told me that the Sony A77 stocks are almost gone. Overall in some big countries the request of A77 cameras has been 4 times higher than the available amount of cameras. That’s why you should expect the Sony A77 to be not in Stock anymore. And the bad news is that the Thai flood had a much worse consequence on the Sony production than the Japanese Tsunami from March. The problem is that Sony has to rebuild a complete new plant. But also third party suppliers have been affected. The sources do not expect new stocks of A77 cameras and of course NEX-7 cameras before March! Also other camera manufacturers like Canon and Nikon will have similar problems.

I am telling you all that because if you plan to buy the A77 I would seriously not wait to much. In most stores certain A77 kits are our of Stock. At the moment there are only six cameras sold by third party resellers at Amazon US (Click here),  two cameras in Stock at Amazon DE (Click here), body only in Stock at Warehouseexpress (Click here) and some kits in Stock at Jessops (Click here). It’s out of Stock in other Amazon stores, at almost in all Sony online stores. The only cameras you can find regularly in Stock right now are the Sony A65 and Sony NEX-5n.

As I said, I do expect new Stocks of A77 and NEX-7 in 4 months only. That’s a lot of time. I am also checking if that will affect the new product release (like the A9x). I suspect the answer is yes. It makes no sense to announce the A9x when you actually cannot produce it!

All new Sony cameras and lenses links:
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.

November 8, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5n reviews roundup.

Sony NEX-5n, 4 Leica lenses from William Hollinger jr on Vimeo.

Ryan Brenizier (Click here / via noisycamera) posted a new NEX-5n review: “If “workhorse dSLRs” have reached maturity, mirrorless cameras are still in their awkward teens: They have so much potential, but each one brings their own quirks. The 5n is no exception — at different times it left me jumping around excitedly and scratching my head in frustration.”

Also ePhotozine (Click here) posted a new NEX-5n review: “This could be the best NEX and whilst a subtle update, it gives quicker performance in use (including an impressive 10fps shooting), better battery life, higher resolution, touch screen aids control and there are new lenses available, which will be especially good news to anyone who has already bought into the NEX system“.

Sony NEX-5N High ISO – is it the best I’ve ever used? (Soundimagesplus).

More non english tests at Optyczne (Click here), Digitalkamera (Click here) and Colorfoto (Click here). And all german NEX-5n owners that want to fix the click issue should take a look on this: Sony Germany.

The NEX-5n is a topseller in most Amaozn worldwide stores:
Amaozn US (Clik here to see the full ranking)
Amazon UK (Click here to see the ranking).
Amazon De ranking (Click here).
Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon France (Click here)
Amazon Italy (Click here)
Amazon Spain (Click here).

November 8, 2011
Posted in news

Official at Sonystores: NEX-7 delayed in USA


Our reader John sent us the following message sent him by Sonystore USA:

Hello XXX,
Thank you for your recent Sony purchase.
We would like to inform you we are experiencing a delay with your Sony order.
Due to the flood in Thailand and the direct damage to Sony’s manufacturing facilities resulting from the flood, Sony is not able to meet the original delivery schedule that we shared with you when you ordered the NEX-7 camera.  It is our highest priority to launch the NEX-7 as soon as possible and we would like to update you bi-weekly beginning Monday, November 21st until we can confirm the new intended shipping date.  As a reminder, pursuant to your pre-order terms, your charge will not place until the order is shipped.
We apologize for this unforeseeable situation and thank you for your continued support.  You are going to love your NEX-7 camera!

Sincerely,
Sony Customer Care
store.sony.com

What worries me is that “bi-weekly” notification service. It really gives you the idea of how long you have to wait to get the Sony NEX-7! I looked at the status on other websites. Amazon JP still says “usually ships within 2 to 3 weeks”. It is temporarily out of Stock at Amazon UK and “noch nicht verfügbar” at Amazon DE. Only Amazon US doesn’t accept preorders anymore. Days ago I told you that I got the info from sources that full production will be back in February only.

November 8, 2011
Posted in reviews

New NEX 50mm f/1.8 lens tests


From all new NEX lenses this is probably the lens that has the highest probability to become a hotseller. The new Sony 50mm f/1.8! According to Sonystore (Click here) the lens will be available in mid December. The lens is relatively cheap but the specs are tempting and image quality now proves to be very good. Just look at the latest review posted by ThePictureDesk (Click here): “I shot a fair number of images with the Sony Zeiss 24mm on the NEX7 but it was a bit wide. Once I switched to the Sony E-mount 50mm f1.8 I realized what a great little lens this is. All the press and buzz has been around the Zeiss 24mm. There have been a couple discussions about the 55-210 and a few about the new 50mm. I think the 50mm is one lens most NEX photographers would appreciate.“. You can also see some image samples posted at DC.watch (Click here).

This is definitely a lens to go! Preorders are available at (Click on shop name to check price and availability). To bad it’s not available in black color too. Would look amazing on my current Sony NEX-5n and future Sony NEX-7!

And here are all NEX cameras and lens preorder links (Click on shop name to check price and availability):
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.

 

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