January 25, 2013
Posted in deals

US deals: Rokinon Gold Box, RX100 for less than $600.


Short break from rumors and regular news to tell our US readers that there is a Gold Box deal on the Rokinon 8mm NEX lens at Amazon (Click here).

More US deals: There is one discounted NEX-6 kit at Cameraland (Click here). Thans four new RX100 cameras for less than $600 on eBay US (via Slidoo). And of course the already mentioned double Sigma lens deal at BHphoto (Click here).

January 25, 2013
Posted in rumors

New Sigma E-mount lenses to come soon?

The discounted Sigma lenses at BHphoto.

Plenty of you likely noticed the recent worldwide Sigma deals on the E-mount lenses. Like the super double kit at BHphoto (Click here), and the 99 Euro only price at Technikdirekt or on eBay (via Slidoo). Ale from MirrorlessRumors may have found the reason why this is happening. According to his sources Sigma will soon announce a new “ART” high quality version of these lenses. The new Sigma ART lenses have the same high quality standard of the recently announced 35mm f/1.4 lens for Sony (here at Amazon) Two very positive reviews of the lens are available at SLRgear (Click here) and Photographyblog (Click here). The lenses will be more expensive than the current 19 and 30mm E-mount lenses.

What I don’t know yet is if the new lenses will replace the current lenses or just be a higher priced alternative. I like the current Sigma lenses, they are good value for that price and I hope they will remain there in future.


January 24, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony RX1 lens performance test at DSLRmagazine.

The JPG and RAW resolution graph (Courtesy of DSLRmagazine)

The Spanish reviewers from DSLRmagazine (translation here) focused their efforts on analyzing the Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 performance. And as you can see from the graph on top the delivered image quality is excellent. DSLRmagazine writes: “We can see that the combination of lens and sensor paired brings dramatic results, the highest level achieved to date in our tests of digital cameras.

And the resolution is already superb at full f/2.0 aperture. Something you really don’t see often on fast 35mm lenses. The best quality can be reached at f/8.0 aperture although the gain is minimal. Of course shooting in JPG instead of RAW makes you loose a bit of resolution. Vignetting is low at f/2.0 and there is a bit of distortion. But these are really non issues because you can easily correct it in Post Processing.
Terrific what that RX1 sensor+lens combo achieved! But is that performance really going to boost the RX1 sales? Would love to know how good (or bad) the camera is selling in stores!
P.S.: Some sample photos at ePhotozine. Some nice RX1 images at RX1 files.


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).

January 24, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) This will make you happy: A57, A65, A77 and A99 firmware update coming soon!

It’s always a pleasure when I have good news to share on SAR! That time top sources told me that Sony will announce a new A57, A65, A77 and A99 firmware update next week! The update will be available for download in early February!

I have no details yet about the specific improvements but I may receive them very soon: Stay tuned on SAR and spread the good news!

UPDATE: One new A99 is for sale for $2499 at Cameraland (Click here). That’s the lowest price ever seen. To get notified when there will be more A99 cameras at that price or lower login and save this search on Slidoo.

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 24, 2013
Posted in reviews

New lens hands-on pics at ePhotozine.

Image courtesy: ePhotozine.

If you want to have a closer look on the two new Sony E-mount lenses just watch the 20mm hands on (Click here) and the 18-200 PX hands-on (Click here) at ePhotozine. There will be more E-mount lenses in a couple of months including the high quality standard Zeiss zoom and the 85mm f/1.8. I am now working to get the exact release period for the two lenses.

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