November 13, 2011
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Sony NEX-7 review at Techradar and Whatdigitalcamera

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Techradar (Click here) just posted a new review. Of course do they like the camera but I want to higlight one of the very few negative points about the camera: “A lightweight CSC with a 24.3Mp sensor may be ideally suited to landscape photographers, but the lack of a suitable wide-angle optic may be just as off-putting as the camera is tempting. This is a real shame, because the lightweight design of the body and the excellent resolving power of the sensor should make this an ideal application for this camera.” Oh yes, the camera has no real faults, we need the right lenses now Sony. That’s it.

There is one more NEX-7 review written by WhatDigitalCamera (Click here): “With high expectations the NEX-7 succeeds on many levels, but with the CSC market highly competitive this high-priced model does also finds its limitations where focusing and design are concerned. Saying that, the NEX-7 is an impressive mix of features, high-resolution image quality and excellent 1080p movie mode. For some it’ll be the perfect camera, though with an ‘indefinite delay’ due to production problems you may want to get those pre-orders in to be among the first to own one…“.

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 12, 2011
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Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2.0

The NEX-7 is far still far away from being shipped but I am happy to own my tiny sexy black Sony NEX-5n. I am currently using one lens only, my Nokton 35mm f/1.4. But I am ready to test more M-mount lenses. The Nokton is a soft creamy lens, not exactly sharp that’s why I am looking for something as small as the Nokton but much more sharper. And the solution could be the Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2.0 lens. It looks gorgeous on a NEX camera (Click here to see it at golftoimpress.com). Really small and high quality lens!

I found many image samples on Flickr. Images look very sharp and with nice tonality and contrast. I didn’t find any professional review of the NEX and Rokkor combo. If you find something drop me a message or comment this post thanks!

The Minolta Rokkor 40mm f/2.0 pancake can be found for $500 used on eBay (Click here).

P.S.: Don’t forget: You need the Leica M to NEX mount adapter (Click here to find them on eBay).

November 11, 2011
Posted in deals

A few Sony A77 in Stock at Uniquephoto (USA) and a few in european stores. Sold out in ALL Sonystores!

Every day it’s more and more difficult to find the A77 in Stock. It’s sold out in all Sony stores (yes from all over the world!). And it is now sold out at Amazon US and Amazon UK. But SAR readers are continually helping us to find the remaining A77 (thanks!). Here is where you can find the A77 in Stock:

USA:
The A77 body is in Stock at Uniquephoto (Click here).
The A77 with 16-50mm lens is also in Stock at Uniquephoto (Click here). UPDATE: Now sold out!
A77 super kit at Amazon (Click here).

Germany:
The A77 body is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
The A77 with 18-55mm lens is also in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Italy:
The A77 body is in Stock at Amazon (Click here).
The A77 with 16-50mm lens is also in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

UK:
The A77 body is in Stock at Warehousexpress (Click here).
The A77 with 16-50mm lens is also in Stock at Jessops (Click here).

Hong Kong:
The A77 body is in Stock at Digitalrev (Click here).

Holland:
The A77 body is in Stock at Kameraexpress (Click here)
The A77 with 18-55mm lens in Stock at Kameraexpress (Click here)

November 10, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony A77 almost sold out in USA (only one super kit available at Amazon).

Yesterday I told you that A77 stocks were almost finished. But I didn’t think it would be sold out that soon! I check all major US online stores and the only A77 I found in Stock is the super A77 kit at Amazon (Click here). To bad it’s out of Stock. The camera reached the 8th position at Amazon ranking (Click here). I would have been curious to see if it would have gone close to the top Nikon and Canon camera volume sales! P.S.: The NEX-5n is the most sold camera in the mirrorless setion (Click here).

Here is the complete A77 shop link list. Only some european and asian stores are still having cameras in Stock:

Australia: Sony.au, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Sony.at, eBay.at
Belgium: Sony.be, eBay.be
Canada: Sony.ca, B&H, Adorama, eBay.ca
China: Amazon.cn, Digitalrev, eBay
Denmark: Sony.dk, eBay
Finland: Sony.fi, eBay
France: Sony.fr, Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Sony.de, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Amazon, Digitalrev, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Sony.ie, Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Sony.it, Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Sony.nl, eBay.nl
Norway: Sony.no, eBay
Poland: Sony.pl, Redcoon.pl, eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Sony.es, Amazon.es, Redcoon.es, eBay
Sweden: Sony.se, eBay
Switzerland: Sony.ch, Amazon.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, Warehouseexpress, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

November 10, 2011
Posted in news

POLL: Vote the future fullframe lenses!

So here we are! I collected and summed your full frame lens suggestion made two weeks ago. As you can imagine I had to simplify the list (otherwise we would have something like 300 lenses in the poll!). Here are the things you have to know before you vote:

1) Please think before to vote and be honest! Be aware that Zeiss lenses and fast lenses will be sometimes very expensive! So vote only if you really would buy it!
2) The poll is not scientific and has a general value only. The goal is to give Sony an overview of what focal length and what aperture future full frame lenses should have.
3) The sum of all percentages you see after any lens option is higher than 100%. This happens because every voters can vote many lenses. Example: If a lens has an overall score of 34% this means that of all voters 34% voted that lens.
4) All lenses are SSM and full frame!
5) Don’t be angry with me if you don’t find the exact lens you wanted as option in this poll. What matters is the general impression. So please vote lenses that are as close as it gets to your preferred choice.

Let’s vote!!!

Select a maximum of seven lenses Sony should absolutely release!

  • 12-24mm f/2.8 (28%, 1,097 Votes)
  • 35mm f/1.4 Zeiss (25%, 980 Votes)
  • 24-105mm f/4.0 (25%, 976 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss (24%, 929 Votes)
  • 70-200mm f/2.8 Zeiss (23%, 884 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.0 Zeiss (19%, 736 Votes)
  • 24mm TS (Tilt Shift) (16%, 643 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.2 (16%, 610 Votes)
  • 70-200mm f/4.0 (14%, 560 Votes)
  • 16-80mm f/4.0 (13%, 518 Votes)
  • 24mm f/1.4 (13%, 503 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.2 (13%, 503 Votes)
  • 85mm f/1.8 (12%, 476 Votes)
  • 35mm f/2.0 (12%, 461 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.0 Zeiss (12%, 455 Votes)
  • 200mm f/4.0 macro (10%, 391 Votes)
  • 50-150mm f/2.8 (10%, 372 Votes)
  • 200-400mm f/4.0 (9%, 343 Votes)
  • 17-35mm f/4.0 (9%, 340 Votes)
  • 135mm f/1.4 (8%, 322 Votes)
  • 18mm f/2.0 Zeiss (8%, 322 Votes)
  • 500mm f/5.6 (8%, 314 Votes)
  • 28mm f/1.4 Zeiss (8%, 299 Votes)
  • 100mm f/2.0 (8%, 296 Votes)
  • 120-400mm f/4.0 (7%, 287 Votes)
  • 8mm f/3.5 fisheye (7%, 277 Votes)
  • 800mm f/5.6 (7%, 263 Votes)
  • 12mm f/2.8 (7%, 258 Votes)
  • 200mm f/2.8 (6%, 244 Votes)
  • 70-300mm f/3.5 (6%, 241 Votes)
  • 14mm f/2.8 (6%, 218 Votes)
  • 100mm f/4.0 macro (5%, 200 Votes)
  • 24mm f/2.0 (5%, 199 Votes)
  • 400mm f/5.6 (5%, 195 Votes)
  • 135mm f/2.8 (5%, 191 Votes)
  • 100-300mm f/4.0 (5%, 184 Votes)
  • 600mm f/8.0 Reflex (5%, 180 Votes)
  • 28mm f/2.0 (5%, 178 Votes)
  • 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 (5%, 177 Votes)
  • 28-135mm f/3.5-5.6 (4%, 174 Votes)
  • 75mm f/2.8 macro (4%, 157 Votes)
  • 70-400mm f/3.5-5.6 (4%, 155 Votes)
  • 45mm TSE (3%, 136 Votes)
  • 16mm f/2.8 (3%, 133 Votes)
  • 50mm f/2.0 macro (3%, 131 Votes)
  • 50mm f/1.8 (3%, 120 Votes)
  • 300mm f/3.5 (3%, 115 Votes)
  • 20mm f/2.8 (3%, 111 Votes)
  • 90mm TSE (3%, 106 Votes)
  • 350mm f/4.0 (2%, 92 Votes)
  • 250mm f/5.6 Reflex (Mirror) (2%, 89 Votes)
  • 65mm f/1.8 (2%, 84 Votes)
  • 28-85mm f/3.5-4.5 (2%, 81 Votes)
  • 150-300mm f/4.0 (2%, 77 Votes)
  • 180mm f/2.8 (2%, 60 Votes)
  • 16mm f/4.0 fisheye (1%, 50 Votes)

Total Voters: 3,898

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These are the links to the current Sony Full Frame lenses (without the older Minolta lenses). You can check the price to get an idea of how much the suggested poll lenses could cost!
SAL-16F28 Fisheye 16mm f/2.8 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-1635Z 16-35mm f/2.8 ZA SSM Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* AF SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-20F28 20mm f/2.8 AF Lens for Alpha & Minolta Maxxum Series Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Distagon T* 24mm f/2 SSM Wide Angle Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-2470Z 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-2875 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM Constant Aperture Zoom Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-35F14G Wide Angle 35mm f/1.4G Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-50F14 Normal 50mm f/1.4 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-50M28 Normal AF D 50mm f/2.8 Macro Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-85F14Z Telephoto 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
85mm f/2.8 SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-100M28 100mm f/2.8 AF Macro Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F18Z 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* Autofocus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-135F28 135mm f/2.8 Manual Focus SLR Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70200G Zoom AF 70-200mm f/2.8 APO G(D) SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70300G 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-70400G 70-400mm f/4-5.6 G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-75300 AF D 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
SAL-300F28G 300mm f/2.8 APO G SSM Autofocus Lens Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

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