December 6, 2010
Posted in rumors

(SR1) An impossible rumor (3 new FF lenses)

Sometimes I do receive almost unbelieveable rumors from unkown sources. I wanted to share one of those with you :)

I got this email on Saturday from an anonymous source:

new lenses will be released in Q3-Q4 2012: 1.4/200ZA, 100-400F/2.8G SSM and 4/200G macro SSM

Can the source confirm me that he really meant 200mmm f/1.4 ZA??? The fasted 200mm lens I know is the Canon EF 200mm f/2L IS USM and the Nikon 200mm f/2G ED AF-S VR II Nikkor!!!

With that example I wanted to show you why I usually take a lot of time before to post the rumors I do receive. I always try to double (and if possible triple) check rumors to give you reliable info about future Sony cameras and lenses. I promise you, one day I will write a long post with all the fake rumors I received :)

Just a reminder:
We know from trusted sources that at least 4-5 new Zeiss lenses will be announced during 2011. And as long as we know this should all be prime lenses (one of them is the 200m f/2.0 ZA).

December 3, 2010
Posted in reviews

Thom Hogan about the NEX-5: best sensor but bad usability

Thom Hogan tested the four most popular compact mirrorless cameras (The Olympus E-PL1, Panasonic GF1, Samsung NX100 and the Sony NEX-5). The Sony has the best sensor of the four but because of the lack of lenses and a bad handling he cannot recommend the camera: “I can’t really recommend the Sony NEX-5 directly. It’s actually quite good in image quality, especially if you need higher ISO values, and the 16mm f/2.8 lens makes for a very compact wide angle walkaround camera. Sony’s problem is three-fold. First, like Samsung, the lenses just aren’t there yet. Second, many of the lenses just absolutely drawf the camera body, and that starts to make the camera less desirable as a “compact.” Finally, the non-standard user interface and simplified control system is either going to get you swearing at the camera or you’re going to learn to like it. But I can’t predict that last bit, so don’t buy the Sony without actually trying it at a store first.

Read the full review at bythom.com

December 3, 2010
Posted in deals

New Aquatica AN-5 underwater housing for the Sony NEX-5.

In October 2010 Aquatica announced the new Sony-NEX-5 underwater housing. The housing shell is anodized and powder coated to a smooth finish that will resist years of extensive use, all controls are double sealed in order to face the 300ft/90 meter depth rating assign to this housing, every shaft and push button is manufactured to a mirror smooth surface and is made of the finest grade stainless steel. Given the absence of a regular view finder our design staff integrated a 15 degree of angle to the rear LCD screen; this was done to give the user a much more comfortable position for viewing in diving conditions. To accommodate the Sony Nex-5 lenses a series of compact port were designed for its range of optics as well as an adapter that will allow the mounting of our current line of ports, this will be appreciated in light of the extended range lenses now available via the various camera mount adapters available for this already popular camera.

The AN-5 underwater housing is now available on eBay (Click here)!

December 2, 2010
Posted in deals

UPDATED: Sony US instante rebates still ongoing

I wanted to remind you that the Sony US instante rebates are still ongoing! I don’t know how long it will last but the some of the price drops are very appealing. Like the -$200 on the A900 and the -$100 on the A850.

Click the direct shop links to buy the camera:

Sony NEX $50.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony A580 $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A33 $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A850 $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony A900 $200.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.

And here the detailed discount (Click on store name):

Sony 11-18mm f/4.5-5.6 DT Lens $50.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 Lens $50.00 Instant Savings at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DT $50.00 Instant Savings at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 $50.00 Instant Savings Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Lens $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT Lens $25.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 35mm f/1.4G Lens $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens $25.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT AF Lens $25.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 APO SSM $150.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Lens $50.00 Instant Savings at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Lens $25.00 Instant Savings at Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 135mm f/2.8 Lens $100.00 Instant Savings at Amazon, Adorama and BHphoto.
Sony 300mm f/2.8 SSM Lens $100.00 Instant Savings at Adorama and BHphoto.

December 2, 2010
Posted in news

Sony announces the DSLR-A900/A850 firmware upgrade…Download it!


Image courtesy: http://www.hkmug.org/

Sony Europe just announced the new firmware. You can download it here: http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/DSLR/dslr.aspx.

Let me know if you are happy with the new improvements! Thanks!

UPDATE: Japanese firmware version:
For the A850
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/DSLR/UUnXMtUM/DSLRA850v20.exe?fm=jp
For the A900
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/DSLR/UUnXMtUM/DSLRA900v20.exe?fm=jp

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