September 12, 2011
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Exclusive: Download plenty of fullsize NEX-7 RAW and JPEG pictures!!!

Yesterday I received an anonymous mail containing plenty of RAW and JPG full size images taken with the Sony NEX-7! Thanks anonymous sender! There is a torrent here: http://tinyurl.com/43gsw7h where you can download the huge 946MB file.It will take a long time for you to download the file. That’s why I posted some of the images here (Click on thumbnails to enlarge the image):

Click those direct search links to check availability and price of the new NEX-7 and other new NEX camera and lenses:
NEX-7: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
NEX-5n: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
50mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
55-210mm: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

September 11, 2011
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Sony NEX-5n video news roundup (EosHD calls the VG20 piece of crap)


Sony NEX 5N *vs* FS100 and NEX VG20 – hands on comparison

EosHD (Click here) made a Sony NEX 5N *vs* FS100 and NEX VG20 hands on comparison and said the “VG20 is an absolute piece of crap“. And: “Sony did an exceptionally poor job of the ergonomics on both cameras (VG20 and FS100). I just prefer the simplicity and size of the NEX 5N, and it means your rigging can be far more creative, lighter and more flexible.”

Also Will Vazquez made a Sony NEX-5N vs FS100 vs Canon T2i video quality comparison: “The NEX 5N has some aliasing, but it appears better than the T2i. I think the NEX-5N trounces the T2i in video.”. The video is here below:

Imaging Resource posted a video you can watch below about the Sony NEX-5N with LA-EA2 Lens Adapter (found via SonyAlphaNex).

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
NEX-5n: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
NEX-7: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
50mm f/1.8: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
55-210mm: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

September 11, 2011
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Download new A77 RAW files! A77 to be in Stock in Hong Kong in 11 days only!

Those lucky guys living in Hong Kong can get the A77 twenty days before the rest of the world will get them! As you can see on the screenshot on top it will be in Stock on September 22. The link to the websites is here: http://www.sonystyle.com.hk

Adam Ciszewski (Thanks!) sent us a full package of Sony A77 RAW images. Those are shots made from ISO 100 up to ISO 12800. You can download them at http://adam.hostowo.eu/a77raw.rar (167 MB!!!!). You can open them with Raw Therapee V4.0 32. For Windows, RAW support at: Visualbakery.com.

The NEX-5n is available at (Click on store names):
USA&Canada: Amazon (in Stock!), Sonystore US (in Stock!), Sonystore Canada (in Stock!) and eBay (in Stock!).
Europe: SonyStore DE (in Stock), SonyStore FR (in Stock), SonyStore IT (in Stock), Amazon DE (preorder), Amazon UK (preorder) and eBay (in Stock!).
Asia: Digitalrev (in Stock), eBay (in Stock!).

All other camera preorder links:
Sony NEX-7 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony NEX-7 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, BHphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.
Sony A77 with 16-50mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A77 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 with 18-55mm lens at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony A65 body only at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only), Jessops UK and Sonystore.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (notification only), Adorama and Sonystore.
Sony 55-210mm E-mount at Amazon, Adorama, Bhphoto (notification only) and Sonystore.

September 10, 2011
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Download the first video made with the NEX-7!

The video on top has been shot with the NEX-7! Be aware that the camera was using the firmware version 0.3! The video doesn’t really look good yet but I ma sure this is far away from what the final NEX-7 can deliver in terms of video quality. Firmware is in baby stage, the video was taken in full automatic mode and without knowing what kind of settings you should use to get the best out of the cam. And than there is also that youtube conversion. Try to analyze the original video: You can download the full original file by clicking on that Torrent-link: http://tinyurl.com/3txxcyu. Below you can read the full settings used to shot the video.

General
ID : 0 (0×0)
Format : BDAV
Format/Info : Blu-ray Video
File size : 247 MiB
Duration : 2mn 6s
Overall bit rate : 16.4 Mbps
Maximum Overall bit rate : 18.0 Mbps

Video
ID : 4113 (0×1011)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : AVC
Format/Info : Advanced Video Codec
Format profile : High@L4.0
Format settings, CABAC : Yes
Format settings, ReFrames : 2 frames
Format settings, GOP : M=2, N=13
Codec ID : 27
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Variable
Bit rate : 15.5 Mbps
Maximum bit rate : 16.0 Mbps
Width : 1 920 pixels
Height : 1 080 pixels
Display aspect ratio : 16:9
Frame rate : 25.000 fps
Color space : YUV
Chroma subsampling : 4:2:0
Bit depth : 8 bits
Scan type : Interlaced
Scan order : Top Field First
Bits/(Pixel*Frame) : 0.298
Stream size : 232 MiB (94%)

Audio
ID : 4352 (0×1100)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : AC-3
Format/Info : Audio Coding 3
Mode extension : CM (complete main)
Codec ID : 129
Duration : 2mn 5s
Bit rate mode : Constant
Bit rate : 256 Kbps
Channel(s) : 2 channels
Channel positions : Front: L R
Sampling rate : 48.0 KHz
Bit depth : 16 bits
Compression mode : Lossy
Delay relative to video : -80ms
Stream size : 3.84 MiB (2%)

Text
ID : 4608 (0×1200)
Menu ID : 1 (0×1)
Format : PGS
Codec ID : 144
Duration : 2mn 5s
Delay relative to video : -80ms

NEX Preorders (Click on the shop name and you will be directly land on the product page!):
NEX-5n:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada, SonyStore DE, SonyStore FR, SonyStore IT, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Digitalrev and eBay.
NEX-7 body only:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops and Computeruniverse.
NEX-7 with 18-55mm kit lens:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada and in Europe at Jessops.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Amazon US, Adorama, Sonystore Canada.
50mm f/1.8:
Sonystore US, Adorama.

September 9, 2011
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Pancakes ideas for your NEX: Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8

Introduction:
Very soon the postman will ring on my door and deliver to me the just bought NEX-5n. But what I am missing in the current NEX lens lineup are pancakes! I’m googling around to find some nice pancakes I can use on my NEX and I thought it would be nice to share with you my findings!

The Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8:
Today I collected some news about the Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 lens. You can use it on your NEX via AR to NEX mount adapters (Click here to find them on eBay). The lens itself costs around $60 and you can find plenty of them (used) on eBay (Click here). On your NEX this will become a 60mm f/1.8 lens. Almost a perfect lens for portraits! And it is really small for being that fast!

What I found:
A very nice set of image samples from “Panuraj” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Another set of image samples from “Flyingdate” taken with the NEX-5 on Flickr (Click here).
Test at dpreview forum: “Good news – the lens does not disappoint! Solid all-round performance. It is ever-so-slightly soft at full open aperture – more of that slightly ‘dreamy’ quality some of these older lenses tend to have (I can even see that being something that can be played with and used), but quickly gets extremely sharp at only 2 stops down or so.

What do you think:

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Ebay links:
Konica Hexanon AR 40mm f/1.8 (Click here)
AR to NEX mount adapter (Click here)

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