October 11, 2011
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NEX-7 preview by Steve Huff!

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Steve Huff (Click here) received the production version of the NEX-7 directly from Sony! You can see a first comparison with the Fuji X100 and Olympus E-P3 on his website. This is really a great camera! And it shows on Amazon rankings too (Click here) because it manages to be always in the top 20 most ordered (or preordered) cameras.

Time for you to preorder the camera (as I did): Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Click on the hop name to visit the NEX-7 product page).

October 11, 2011
Posted in reviews

A77 is an impressive camera (Photoscala, Amateur Photographer)

I guess some of you are still having some doubts if you should buy the A77 or not. Some of you will wait for the new firmware update which fixes the first A77 firmware issues, or because of the new rumored A7x(?) camera. But looking at how impressed the reviewers are you really shouldn’t have big doubts anymore. Days ago Popphoto (Click here) wrote that “The A77 now reigns supreme over APS-C format DSLRs. Neither Canon’s EOS 7D nor Nikon’s D300s can match the A77’s AF speed or resolution. While the Canon 7D does beat the A77 in its noise performance and holds more resolution at the highest ISOs, the A77 ultimately beats it for the overall package, including the video-shooting experience and the versatility of the articulated LCD.

Now one of my readers sent me a copy of the latest Amateur Magazine which rated the A77 with an “Excellent” score of 90/100. The verdict says that “Sony has set the bar in several areas” and beats the Canon 7D and Pentax K5.

And now even the german reviewers from Photoscala (Click here to read the google translation) posted a full (and very positive) A77 review. The camera gets “highly recommended!”.

As you see reviewers are quite enthusuastic about the A77. THis is really the new king of the APS-C camera world! Get the A77 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay!

All other new Sony cameras and lenses links:
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.

October 11, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) One more APS-C model in the works (A75?)

One of my top sources confirmed that Sony has the plan to release one more APS-C model. It will be a new A7x (probably A75?). Two new (not yet trusted!) and one external sources said that the model will be on top of that Sony A77! And that’s actually a huge surprise. In what can the A7x be better than the A77? The model is definitely translucent and I guess that it will have less Mega-pixels and a much higher ISO range (+ more fps). I hope to get some specs about the camera soon!

P.S.: An external source at Sonyuserforum.de was at a presentation from Sony. They showed a pyramid with the A35, A55, A65 and A77. And the space on the top of the pyramid was empty. That is where the new A7x will be placed.

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!

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.

October 10, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 1.02 versus1.03 comparison (+ review at Amateur Photographer)

Sony A77 Movie Test from lraphael on Vimeo.

Our reader Simon read an interesting Sony A77 1.02 versus 1.03 firmware comparison test on one of the HK popular magazine PC Magazine. And here is the list of the improvements:
1. Response time
Turn on 3.2s 2.8s
Turn off 7.3s 6.3s
EVF/LCD 0.8s 0.6s
Format SD 11.4s 7.6s
2. Continuous shot, no. of photos record within 10 seconds
Sandisk SDHC Extreme Pro 8G
# of pic 30 46
3. Noise
Although the magazine comments the noise level is the same, but from their print out, I found that v1.03 preserve much more details, especially starting from ISO 6400.

Our reader Mark found the new A77 review published on the latest Amateur Photographer magazine (it is not online, it is on paper only):”Just thought you might be interested that the A77 scored 90 out of 100 in this weeks AP. Some text from the Verdict:
The specification is backed up by solid performance in colour rendition, resolution detail at lower sensitives, a wide dynamic range and a responsive and accurate AF system. The only real downside to speak of regarding the use of a fixed translucent mirror is that doing so comprises the camera’s ability to handle noise levels in low light.
Hope this is of use to you and keep up the good work!”

A77 firmware 1.03 image samples are on Flickr (Click here).

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.

October 10, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5n news roundup and comparison with the Canon 5D markII!

Zach Daniels shot this very first NEX-5n anamorphic test: “I love the Sony NEX-5n so I decided to throw on my old Nikon mount 135mm f2.8 with a Schneider 2X anamorphic lens….(one of the cheap ones from eBay)“.

Joseph Eckert Photography (Click here) posted a new NEX-5n review: “If Sony can fix the video clicking issues, and can start putting out more NEX lenses (including some higher quality prime pancakes [at a reasonable price please]), this will be a tremendous camera.

Gravity Shots Takes the NEX-5N Flying (SonyAlphaNex).

And now see this:

It is a 5D Mark II & NEX-5N Comparison from Marlon Torres. He writes: “Conclusion: 5D has better overall image quality but Cinestyle preset is much noisier and much more susceptible to banding. 5N is a bit more saturated and a tad sharper. Both cameras produce a nice image.

Sony NEX-5n shop links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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