November 7, 2012
Posted in news

Sigma 35mm f/1.4 lens released and preorders!


Good news folks! Sigma just released the new 35mm f/1.4 lens! It costs $899 at BHphoto (click to preorder) which is exactly $600 less than the price of the Sony 35mm f/1.4 lens (here at Amazon).



Ronkonkoma, NY, November 7, 2012 – Sigma Corporation of America, a leading researcher, developer, manufacturer and service provider of some of the world’s most impressive lines of lenses, cameras and flashes, is pleased to announce that the first lens of its new Global Vision lineup, the 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, is now available for the street price of $899.

The 35mm F1.4 DG HSM, is designed for photographers who want to achieve creative, dramatic effects in their photographs. As the first lens released under Sigma’s new Art line, it will feature a new matte finish and overall new design concept, which includes a clearly defined category label on every new lens. This 35mm wide-angle lens with a maximum aperture of 1.4 ensures outstanding performance in low light, and a stunning bokeh background effect to emphasize the subject.

“We’re thrilled to break into this category of lenses with a product from our new Global Vision,” said Mark Amir-Hamzeh, president of Sigma Corporation of America. “We’re confident that our A1 quality control system, coupled with the industry’s first USB dock, will differentiate our lens in the category. Since it’s so versatile – ideal for scenes including landscapes, portraits, close-ups and studio photography – we think that it will be a hit.”

Other features of the new 35mm F1.4 DG HSM include:

One “F” Low Dispersion (FLD) glass lens and four Special Low Dispersion (SLD) glass lenses to ensure exceptional correction of lateral and axial chromatic aberration, the latter of which cannot be corrected in post production
A floating inner focus system to provide extremely high optical performance for close-up photos
Super Multi-Layer Coating to reduce flare and ghosting and provide sharp and high contrast images even in backlit conditions
A HSM (Hyper Sonic Motor) that ensures high speed, accurate and quiet AF
Rubber incorporated into the attachment part of the lens hood, and an improved redesign of the lens cap and AF / MF changeover switch have been improved
Thermally Stable Composite (TSC), which has high affinity to metal parts, that are housed internally, increases overall functionality, lifespan, and quality of the lens
A rounded 9 blade diaphragm creates an attractive blur to the out-of-focus areas of the image
A newly developed USB dock, which will be sold separately and exclusively for new product lines, can be paired with new Sigma Optimization Pro software to update the lens firmware and adjust parameters, such as micro focus adjustment

All of Sigma’s manufacturing – right down to molds and parts – is carried out under an integrated production system, based entirely in Japan. Sigma is now one of the very few manufacturers whose products are solely made in Japan. Every 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will be checked using Sigma’s own MTF measuring system, “A1,” as will all new lenses under the Global vision categories. This system uses 46-megapixel Foveon direct image sensors to pick up previously undetectable high-frequency details for quality control inspections.

The Sigma 35mm F1.4 DG HSM will be available in Sigma, Sony (D), Nikon (D), Pentax and Canon mounts.



Preorder: BHphoto (Click here).

November 7, 2012
Posted in news

Sony A99 ripped in small pieces :)

Sony Blog posted the video you can watch here on top. It shows what’s actually inside the A99.  Doens’t tell you anything about the A99 image quality but shows you how complex the camera design and tech is.

P.S.: First go with the SLT-A99v by our reader Mark Morris.

Sony A99 preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, eBay, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.

November 6, 2012
Posted in news

Sony TidBits…(A99 test video and new NEX-7 reviews)

A99 tests from Alex Bunn on Vimeo.

Sony RX100 test at Colorfoto (translation here).
Sony RX100 pics of NYC by Mike Kobal.
Sony NEX-7 review at Admiringlight.
Sony NEX-7 Voigtlander 90mm f/3.5 Apo-Lanthar (Soundimagesplus).
Silver 16-50mm lens pics at
Découverte du Sony NEX-VG900 à Hong Kong (Focus Numerique).
Nikon D600 – Sony NEX-7 – 24MP 35mm and APS-C sized sensors compared at various ISO settings (Soundimagesplus).
Sony DT 55-300mm F/4.5-5.6 SAM lens test at KurtMunger.

November 6, 2012
Posted in deals

$230 price drop on the Sony A77. $130 on the A65.

What a deal on the new A77. Check out that price drop on BigValue eBay (Click here). You save over $230 on the normal price you pay for example at Amazon. A $150 rebate is also available on the A65 (Bigvalue).

Found via Slidoo eBay.

November 6, 2012
Posted in reviews

Full NEX-6 review at ePhotozine. And camera in Stock at Amazon.

Our friends over at ePhotozine (Click here) are among the very first websites to post a full NEX-6 review. And the camera got a “highly recommended” mark: “There wasn’t much we could find to be critical about, it’s a little more expensive than some of the competition and the going through the menu system can become long and drawn out. With the positives far outweighing the negatives, we are happy to recommend the Sony NEX-6.

The camera is now for sale at Amazon too (Click here). And it is now the second most sold mirrorless camera right behind the 5n (Click here to see the ranking).

In Eu in Stock in many eBay stores (list here on Slidoo).

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