September 12, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First short NEX-FF system hands-on report (We need lenses)!


One of my very long time trusted sources had the chance to see the two new NEX-FF cameras. For obvious reason he cannot unveil specs but he shared two short impressions and also corrected some points of David Kilpatrick’s report. This is what he told me:

1) The two NEX-FF cameras are great and the camera he likes most is definitely the High End version. Both feature the same (new) sensor.
2) David Kilpatrick is not correct when saying the camera is an interchangeable lens mount version of the RX1. The NEX-FF are clearly based on the Sony NEX-7 design. And yes, they are about 20% bigger than the NEX-7.
3) The cameras do not have a Fuji alike hybrid viewfinder.
4) All E-mount lenses will work on both, the NEX-FF and NEX-APS-C cameras (obviously APS-C lenses will work in crop mode on FF E-mount cameras)
5) He didn’t like the lenses. The zooms are to big and the primes not fast enough. The NEX-FF camera will appeal pro photographer but Sony didn’t make the right lenses yet (so he says). He hopes they do it in future.

Editor’s note:
A fast 35mm, 50mm and 85mm (all f/1.4) should have been made for the system right from the start. Instead we will get a 35mm f/2.8, 55mm f/1.8 and likely a 85mm f/1.8 Zeiss lenses. Good lenses but still not as good as hoped. We will have to use third-party Leica M Lenses, Voigtlander M lenses, Canon FD lenses, Zeiss ZM lenses and more…on our NEX-FF get some more “interesting” focal length and aperture. Send me your third-party lens tests done on the VG900. They will be very useful to read now that the NEX-FF is coming!


P.S.: Can you suggest Sony a bunch of Full Frame lenses they have to develop? Comment this post and I will sum your suggestion in a soon to be published POLL. Thanks!


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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!


September 11, 2013
Posted in news

Great A99/RX1 video by Enrique Pacheco (Nw RX100/RX100MII books by Friedmann).


Wonderlights from Enrique Pacheco on Vimeo.

Sony Photographer Enrique Pacheco realized that video with the A99 and RX1! A good video to start “relaxed” in that new day! HOpefully we will soon see his NEX-FF video samples too 😉

And Gary Friedmann posted the Complete Guide to Sony’s RX-100/MK2: RX100 (CLick here) and RX100MII (Click here).

September 11, 2013
Posted in news

Sony A-mount to Sony NEX Speed Booster now shipping. Hoocap for NEX on eBay. Zeiss deals in US.


Three deal news to report:

1) The Sony A-mount to Sony NEX Speed Booster is now shipping at Metabones store (Click here). An almost must have adapter if you want to use your FF A-mount lenses on the NEX!

2) The smart Hoocap are also shipping. These are Lens Cap & Hood in one single product…smart!
Hoocap For Sony RX1, NEX 50mm F1.8, and NEX 55-210mm (here on eBay).
For NEX Zeiss 24mm F1.8 (here on eBay)

3) Zeiss deals reminder:
Zeiss for E-mount NEX:
$200 off on the Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Zeiss for A-mount:
$200 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 16-80mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$180 off on the 135mm f/1.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$140 off on the 24mm f/2.0 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

September 11, 2013
Posted in rumors

Also David Kilpatrick confirms the NEX-FF is coming in October!


The NEX-FF is quite a secret Sony project but the we already know that there will be two cameras and two Zeiss prime lenses. Launch is expected in late September or early October. Availability before Christmas. Today also our friend David Kilpatrick got a confirmation from his sources that:

there’s an RX1 with interchangeable lenses, just what we asked for when the camera was first seen at photokina

And he also writes:

The body is exactly the same size and the mount is thought to be a modified E-mount with additional contacts to enable the silent leaf-shutter and iris action which is the hallmark of the RX1 as a ‘stealth’ shooter. It’s possible that the RX1-N (not necessarily its name) lenses will fit other E-mount bodies, but existing E-mount lenses won’t fit the new mini-Leica-style body. But it may also contain a focal plane shutter, as there is such a high potential demand to retrofit Leica M and other vintage lenses to a full frame body of this size.

David also speculates about some lenses (like the 35mm f/2.0) but he evidently didn’t read the latest leaks here on SAR. The lens is actually a Zeiss 35mm f/2.8. So take his “speculations” with a grain of salt. And the camera is a NEX and will not feature an RX name. What’s correct is the basic rumor he got from his source. A compact E-mount FF camera is coming in October. Yes, that’s correct.

The current SR5 NEX-FF rumors can be read on that article on SAR.

September 10, 2013
Posted in rumors

Reminder: New NEX-FS700R coming too…


The NEX-FS700R & NEX-FS700RH will also be announced soon. The site already mentions the cameras as compatible with their products. So I guess it’s only a matter of days.

Reminder: Korean agency the camcorders in their database. The cameras will replace the current Sony NEX-FS700 (here on eBay).


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