July 19, 2012
Posted in news

RX100 in Stock at Amazon and BH! And new grip and leatherette skin.

Once again let’s talk about that super non NEX and non SLT camera ;)
The camera is now in Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). And it quickly become the most sold camera at Amazon US (Click here to see the ranking).
The image on top shows the new RX100 leatherette skin found via DC.watch. And if you need a grip…don’t worry! Richard-Franeic has the solution!

Great work Sony! Now let’s get excited about the next A99 too!

July 19, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First A99 test report! Lighter than the A900, double SD card slot.

So far we know for sure that the new A99 has a 24 Megapixel sensor and amazing 102 AF point. We also posted some more specs that we got from an early A99 prototype. Today I am going to post some specs from the final Sony approved A99 SLT camera. We got a user report I have rewritten in my own (poor) English words to hide the language style (enjoy typos and grammar errors!). Here it is:

The final production A99 doesn’t have a built-in flash lamp (Editors note: some prototypes with built-in flash were tested). There is a new hot shoe for accys so a special link is delivered with this camera. The Autofocus is really fast. The A99 (with non final firmware) has an ISO range of 50-25600 (Editors note: Final firmware will probably have a +2 stop push in High ISO). Camera is bit lighter than the A900 (973 g with battery). The A99 weights 827g with battery. The Battery is the NP FM500H. The camera has no CF slot! It comes with two slots for SD/MS and SD cards!

I Thank the Source for sending me this. May he can also share some general impression over the camera like image quality and camera response? No need to unveil detailed specs but we would like to know if Sony made a “mature” product like we hope it will be.

From the rumors we got until know I suppose this camera is optimized for speed, clean ISO and super video recording. And in these aspects it should beat the Canon 5DmarkIII (here are the specs) and the Nikon D800 (here are the specs)!

Reminder: Sony will announce a lot of new stuff in exactly one month. Be sure to bookmark SAR and follow us on Facebook (Click here). Do not miss any of the coming rumors! There will be some surprise ;)

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!

July 18, 2012
Posted in news

Part three of the SAR readers work roundup (Istvan, Alec, Laurent, Freddy, Bob, Tarmo, Tero, Vedran, Andy, Stuart)

And here is the third part of the SAR reader work roundup. At least two more parts will be posted the next days! Enjoy the images and videos all shot with Sony stuff!

István:We are a human rights watchdog NGO inBudapest and produce international and hungarian human rights related online videos. All our cameras are Sony. We taught ourselves and now our human rights experts are capable of
handling the VG10 and 20 to make their own films. One example is our award winning short film about the human rights costs of the global drug war: http://drogriporter.hu/en/CTChumanrights. Another example is a private short video about hummingbirds, that I shot on the Sony VG10 while having a break between interviewing in mexico City: http://youtu.be/YPJAJ85mtbQ.

Alec: “I just got the Sony 135mm STF, here is the first batch I took: https://plus.google.com/photos/116510470685386993448/albums/5756158552017635601

Laurent:This is a work done with the last NEX-7: http://bichaud.free.fr/pictures/pictures/frenchpresidentialelection2012.html

Freddy: “Just a little video test of my lovely A57 https://vimeo.com/groups/sonyalpha/videos/43269803

Bob:Here is a video shot with the Nex-7, 5n, and some VG20. https://vimeo.com/40588525 Also, I use the Nex-7 for all of my Commercial Photography now. I use it for furniture product & lifestyle shots with the help of RadioPoppers.

Tarmo:NEX-3 on Flickr. NEX-7 on Flickr, SEL18200 on Flickr, SEL16F28 on Flickr, SEL1855 on Flickr.”

Tero:I did shoot this in Finlands capitol Helsinki one cold night..  lense is Beroflex.. Old, but i thing still golden one :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVb573osC0&feature=relmfu

Vedran:Sony a77 on 2Cellos concert in Zagreb: http://www.vedrantolic.com/p950667293

Andy:Attached picture taken a couple of weeks ago on the NEX-5 with pancake 16 plus fisheye attachment at Gloucester Cathedral (Hogwarts).  http://500px.com/photo/9827155

Stuart:Link to my pix with the NEX-7: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stupix/sets/72157628548833165/

July 18, 2012
Posted in reviews

(RX100 in Stock) NEX-5n/F3/7, A57, RX100 and lens review! And Zeiss for NEX in Stock.

UPDATE: The RX100 is now in Stock at Bhphoto (Click here).

This time I have tons of new Sony stuff reviews to report. Here is the complete link list. Before that US readers can be happy to knwo that at least nine new Zeiss lenses for NEX are back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Photoclubalpha posted the NEX-5n review: “When I have been editing NEX-7 images at their native 24 megapixels the NEX-5n upscaled image has sometimes looked better overall, and the native size NEX-5n image nearly always wins.

Long Term Comparison Review: Fujifilm X Pro 1 vs Sony NEX 7 vs Olympus OMD EM5 (ThePhoBlographer).

18-200mm E-mount lens tested at SLRgear.

NEX camera adpater for IR shooting at Mobileo1 (Translation here).

Sony NEX-F3 review at Digital-photography-school, DCresource and Amateur Photographer.

RX100 versus GF3 at DSLRforum (Translation here).  Sony RX100 Field Test Images at Outbackphoto.

Sony A57 review at Wired, Steve Huff and Mobileo1 (Translation here).

A russian NEX-7 review at Podakuni (Translation here). And a first impression review at Photo.net.


P.S.: Amazon (Click here) will ship your RX100 tomorrow! Mirrorless rank sales here.

July 18, 2012
Posted in reviews

First Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 image samples (not soooo bad!)

While we are waiting for the late August announcement that will bring us some new NEX lens from Sony let’s take a look to that new 35mm f/0.95 Mitakon lens with E-mount. Someon at Mflens forum found those pics made with the production version of the Mitakon lens. Those are all pics taken at f/0.95 aperture with the NEX-5n. Click on the pics to open the full size image.

P.S. You can find plenty of Mitakon lenses on eBay (Click here). And they outsource to SLRmagic too. Example:
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC (here on eBay).
SLR Magic Toy Lens 28mm Bokehmorphic lens (here on eBay).
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 (here on eBay).
SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 lens (here on eBay).

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