January 3, 2012
Posted in deals

(UPDATE) A77 sold out(!) Stock at BHphoto. Zeiss in Stock at Amazon.

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UDPATE: A couple of minutes after posting this the A77 has been sold out at BHphoto (Click here). Hope some of you guys got the camera.

And Ritz is selling some Sixteen Zeiss for NEX lenses at Amazon (Click here) for “Only” $36 more than the normal selling price.

P.S::In Asia the A77 is in Stock at Digitalrev and Amazon.jp. In Europe at…didn’t found any store having it in Stock :(

January 3, 2012
Posted in reviews

New NEX-7 news roundup and in Stock status!

I finally got a Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens for testing purpose only (don’t know if I will buy it at the end). I will soon post my first impression review on SAR. Meanwhile check these other news to learn more about the NEX-7:

Echenique (Click here) posted a NEX-7 first impression: “The Sony NEX-7 is a strange beast. As a Percy Jackson fan (and general mythology buff), I would call this a chimera rather than a camera. Its image size, image qualities, and file malleability encroach well into the low-end of medium format. Its sensor size, interchangeable lenses and bokeh characteristics plant it squarely in DSLR territory. Its body size and handling is definitely in the compact camera arena. So what is it? Well like the mythical chimera, its all of the above.

Canadianreviewer (Click here) also tested the NEX-7: “A true object of desire for photographers and the pinnacle of camera technology today, the NEX-7 is simply a game changer and the one device that might entice DLSR users to consider smaller bodies with similar features.

Really Right Stuff (Click here) announced new plates for the A77, NEX-5N, NEX-7.

NEX-7 in Stock status:
As I already told you it’s better to preorder the NEX-7 body only and by the Zeiss lens separately. The NEX-7+18-55mm or Zeiss kit will be shipped in late February only.
The NEX-7 is in Stock at Parkcameras UK (Click here) and on eBay sold by owners from Sweden (Click here), England (Click here) and Germany (Click here).
In USA you can find three cameras for sale on eBay (Click here). And that’s it :) Preorder the NEX-7 body at Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here) if you want to get the camera as soon as possible (Amazon doesn’t accept preorders).

The Zeiss 24mm lens is in Stock in some stores. Click these search links to check for yourself: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

January 2, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Sony to announce new compact camera soon (no new NEX or SLT camera).

Sony will soon announce a bunch of new compact cameras. There will be no new NEX or SLT cameras (or lenses). A leak at Sony unveiled that a new W610 and W630 are going to be introduced.

The compact camera market is still the biggest camera market in terms of unit sales but the profit margin is very low (Click here to see the Amazon photo camera ranking). Plus this market is going to shrink because of the phone cameras that do bring two advantages: When you have a phone that can take pictures why bother to bring a second camera with you? And the second more important reason is the APP world. It’s nice to know that you can upgrade your photo-creativity by using new tools like Hipstamatic. There is where Sony has to work. Create an APP friendly network for NEX and SLT cameras. Hope they will do that!

One more thing: join us here: https://www.facebook.com/sonyalpharumors

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

January 2, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 and A65 test roundup (with A77 versus NEX-7 image comparison)

Soundimagesplus (Click here) compared the A77 versus NEX-7 image quality: “Interestingly it seems the NEX-7 files are slightly less noisy and slightly less sharp. Indicating possibly a slightly stronger Anti-Aliasing / Low Pass filter.

Whatdigitalcamera (Click here) reviewed the Sony A65: “There’s no doubt that the A65 faces some stiff, established competition, but it’s the A65 that delivers the best all-round blend of features, performance and image quality. It’s a great camera that deserves real consideration.

Sony A77 ISO test at Pconline (Click here).

Nine reasons to buy the Sony A580 at Photographytalk (Click here). They are writing a couple of articles criticizing the Sony electronic viewfinder technology. Hmmm, I have the NEX-7 and I am getting in love with that amazing electronic viewfinder. Wait for my review ;)

In Stock status:
A77 check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
A65 check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Adrian sent me the following text: “I noticed that the London Camera Exchange chain of stores in the UK actually have both the A65 and A77 in stock and on the shelves.

January 1, 2012
Posted in news

Weird (modified) native E-mount lenses .

While I am “studying” the world of third party lenses I can use on my NEX-7 I found a bunch of modified lenses that do fit native on NEX cameras without the use of any adapter. The one pictured on top is the Kodak Ektar 44mm f/3.5 you can find on eBay (Click here). It’s kind of sexy on a silver NEX but definitely to slow for my ambition. But the same seller modified two more Ektar lenses. The Ektar 47mm f/2.0 (Click here to see the auction) and the Ektar 50mm f/2.0 (Click here to see the auction). For real speed fans take a look at the native E-mount Kowa 55mm f/1.1 lens (Click here to see the auction).

Anyway, I will soon post an article that will explain which lens works well on NEX cameras. There are possible issues related to the use of third party lenses you should be aware of!

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