March 15, 2013
Posted in news

Sony TidBits with SAR readers work roundup.


The Maghreb from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo.

Florian:I was fortunate enough to have (briefly) had access to a high speed camera, and used it to record both the A900 and A55 shooting different exposures, at 10’000 FPS :-) Also, I shot an HVL-F58AM firing a normal and a HSS flash, this time at 500’000 FPS…All the recordings can be found in this playlist on YouTube (Click here). Gives you a brilliant and rare insight into the inner workings for
these wonderful gadgets :-)

Damián:I know most users of the NEX 7 are using it as a good alternative to Leica to use their M lenses. So around a year ago I got the chance to get one the first SLR Magic HyperPrime LM 50mm T0.95 M (CINE). I’ve been playing with the lens since, and I wanted to share with you, and hopefully our colleagues in your blog, a couple of my pictures and my experience with the lens.
To this effect I made a small set in 500px, and now I share the link with you:

Jeff: “A quick test flight with the Sony RX-100 on our multirotor. Awesome lens stabilization!

Daniel:I want to share with you, my video with the a99, I hope you can see it, and I would love your opinion, anyway:

Shin:Hi Sonyalpharumuor I would like to share with you some of my work done by the Sony Alpha Camera A850 and one of the latest cybershot the Sony RX100 Real Shots not Test Shots ! Here is my link to my work!page4/cfvg

Scott:I’ve just put together a mini-review of the new SEL1018 lens for NEX. Its a very good lens, albeit a little pricey here in the UK. The review can be found here—sony-sel1018—the-nex-lens-ecosystem-gets-wider

Andre:Just wanted to send you a video I shot solely with the Sony 35mm f/1.8 on a Sony FS700. Could serve as a good reference to judge the lens, but I understand the lens has been out for awhile now. Here is the link:

Midhat:two days ago I’ve created time-lapse with NEX-7. Equipment used: NEX-7, Gentles gentLED-AUTO IC intervalometar, Zeiss 24/1.8, Sony 50/1.8, Canon 24L with Metabones Speed Booster
Just thinking, maybe it is interesting for you. I’m very pleased with result being exclusively Canon shooter I really like NEX-7.


March 15, 2013
Posted in deals

$162 back in rewards on the A99 purchase at Amazon US.

As you know many major US stores offer a 2% back in reward onc amera purchases. Today there is an additional 4% back in reward on FF cameras at Amazon (Click here to read the conditions). This means you will get $162 back on the A99 purchase (Click here).

Another deal to mention is the Rokinon 35mm f/1.4 A-mount lens for $364 at BuyDig (Click here). You have to enter the promo code “PhotoPro125” to get this price!

March 15, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Mitakon to launch a Metabones Speed Booster alternative in July.

Image on top: The Metabones Speed Booster.

Metabones created an amazing adapter with the Speed Booster. And it’s also a very pricey tool. You pay $399 for a manual adapter and up to $599 for an electronic adapter. So if you are praying for for a cheaper alternative than your prayers will be listened by the Chinese company Mitakon. I have been informed that these guys are going to launch a much more affordable “speed booster” alike adapter in July. Price will be at least the half of the Metabones. Of course we have to see 1) if the quality of those adapters will be as good as the Metabones 2) and how the heck Mitakon will avoid to get into a patent dispute with Metabones.

back to the Metabones adapter. They are shipping at Metabones website. Those are the different versions:

ALPA to NEX (check Alpa lenses here on eBay).
Canon EF to NEX (check Alpa lenses here on eBay).
Contarex to NEX (check Contarex lenses here on eBay).
Contax C/Y to NEX (check Alpa lenses here on eBay).
Nikon F to NEX (check Alpa lenses here on eBay).
Leica R to NEX (check Leica R lenses here on eBay).

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!

March 14, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony vs Leica reloaded. RX1 vs $8,000 Leica M. Will Sony kill Leica?

What a luck. Some of the commenter’s on SAR argued that the Leica M-E cannot be compared with the Sony RX1 because the Leica uses an older sensor. And guess what happened. Right now DxOmark published the full Leica M results too (Click here to see the test). You may don’t know it but the Leica M has a Full Frame 24 Megapixel sensor like the Sony RX1 and costs $6,995 at BHphoto (Click here). And  this is the price you pay for the body only :)

Accoridng to DxO the Sony RX1 again outperforms the Leica. At that point I am wondering what will happen with Leica if Sony really launches the $4,000 NEX-FF. Will Sony kill Leica?

March 14, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony RX1 outperforms the twice as expensive Leica M cameras!

DxOmark published the Leica M-E test and suddenly the RX1 really looks like a real bargain :)

The $2800 (or 3100 Euro) Sony RX1 outperforms the twice as expensive Leica M-E  camera! And Focus Numerique compared the even more expensive (and newer) Leica M with the RX1 and once again the Sony is better. Don’t know what will happen with Leica the day Sony comes out with the NEX-9 FF…


RX1 links roundup:
RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).

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