October 14, 2012
Posted in news

Sony confusion: A900 marked as A99 in Canada :)


Our SAR facebook reader Emmanuel found a cute mistake made by the marketing guys at Sony Canada (Click here to see it). Just watch the fourth slider image. They put the image of the Sony A900 instead of that of the A99. Not the best way to promote the A99 :)

The only new A900 or A850 I found is on eBay US (Click here). Probably one of the last ever Sony FF OVF model you can find in new conditions. Meantime the A99 shipping date differs and keeps changing from country to country. Now it’s late October for EU and Canada and early November for US. Check out all links at Alphacameradeals to get exact dates depending from the country.

Some of the A99 preorder links:  Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.


October 13, 2012
Posted in news

Complete Guide to Sony’s RX100 by Gary Friedman.

Gary Friedman’s book about the Sony RX100 is now available for $21.45 at friedmanarchives.com. This the only Sony camera that managed to stay for months ont he top seller list of Amazon (Click here to see the ranking). Definitely the most popular Sony camera of the year and a camera that has zero competition yet. If I would have to pickup one camera only that this may be my top option.

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
Cases: Official Sony LCJ-RXA case, Gariz case, more leather case.
Batteries: NP-BX1 Battery.
Special stuff: Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on eBay (Click here)

October 13, 2012
Posted in reviews

Full A99 review at Mobile01!

Image courtesy: Mobile01

The first long and detailed Sony A99 test comes via Mobile01 (Translation here). You can watch and download plenty of images in JPG, RAW and different ISO’s. I will leave any comment about the image quality to you. I think there will be no difference between this camera and other FF camera in the same league. The features will make the difference (in better or in worse).

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


October 12, 2012
Posted in reviews

Lloyd Chambers: “I expect the RX1 Zeiss lens to outperform the Leica Summicron”.

Image courtesy: ThePhoBlographer.

When Sony announced the RX1 quite many said the price ($2800) was way too high. But read what Lloyd Chambers (Click here) says about the RX1 lens only: “It is my expectation that the Zeiss Sonnar 35/2 will outperform the Leica 35/2 Summicron-M. I am not basing this on the fantasy-land Sony MTF charts” And the Leica Lens alone costs over $3000 (just check the price here on eBay). And he also says: “I expect the Sony RX1 to be an exceptional performer in terms of sharpness and bokeh and dynamic range and color and noise.

For the record, Lloyd is a well known and what’s more important also very honest reviewer. A good premise for Sony.

RX1 preorders at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.

October 12, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Next Sony Full Frame camera to be scheduled for May-June 2013.

The Sony 36 Megapixel sensor used by the Nikon D800 and tested at DxOmark.

It’s always hard to be reliable on long term schedule. But sources told me that Sony set a “temporarily” release period for the next Sony Full Frame camera. If all goes well there is a fair chance the new High End Full frame camera could be announced in May-June. The camera will be more “photographer” oriented. There are currently a couple of different prototypes. One we heard of has a 36 Megapixel sensor (same as Nikon D800) and built-in vertical grip. Priced well above the current Sony A99. A second prototype has a new 50 Megapixel sensor which goal is to go as close as possible to a “medium format” quality. I am working to get more details but keep in mind that these are prototypes we are talking about! Nothing is 100% decided yet. But I am sure a High End camera is coming and that it will not be named A9x but something more like A1 or so…

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Links to the current “Sony powered” Nikon D800 camera at Amazon and Bhphoto. And to the sensor results at DxOmark. And if you are an Optical Viewfinder sentimalist I found one New in BOX A850 on eBay (Click here).

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!

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