April 8, 2012
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The Sony NEX-5n goes into stratosphere…no joke!!!

The Stratos-Sphere Project : making-of from Edouard Janssens on Vimeo.

We already knew the NEX-5n is a great camera but it’s good and very useful :) to know that it works perfectly also under very extreme conditions! A Belgian photographer sent a helium balloons up 33km into space to take photos of the curvature of the earth. At 6:05 you clearly see the NEX camera :) Their website is stratos-sphere.com. Thanks Justin for sending me this ;)
And here are the search links to that great stratosphere camera: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay :)

To remain in the reign of the weird findings someone also sent me the links to “Ducati NEX adpated lenses”. There is a DUCATI Luxtor 40mm f/1.5 you can find on eBay (Click here). And a DUCATI Lator 60mm f/2.8 again on eBay (Click here).

More Sony TidBits:
Kirk Tuck (Click here) fells in love with Sony :)
A special edition of the NEX-7 at DC.watch (Click here).
A Sony A77 biorthday cake on Flickr (Click here).
List of camera defects from Sony and other manufacturers at Moonlightknighthk (Click here).

April 7, 2012
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SonyAlphaRumors readers work summary!

From time to time readers send me links to their best work done with Sony cameras. And I am glad to share them here on SAR! Here is the list:

Luca:I am doing a 365 project at http://366nex.blogspot.com. It is focused on using solely the NEX-7 as awalkaround, life-companion, multi-purpose camera. I hope you will enjoy it. As you’ll see in the blog, if you’ll like to visit it, I am using the NEX-7 for many (and very) different purposes, so you’ll find bit of studio photography, street photography, candids, portraits, and night shots.

Mattia:AutoMotoRetrò 2012 video on Youtube

Marc:I got my NEX5 converted to infrared by Lifepixel in the US (300$) it works terrific, it works also for video. here is a sample test http://youtu.be/Ff-T8aEyFA4 I will be using it in the coutryside during my holidays

Tino: Ich habe soeben nach längerer Zeit wieder einmal ein paar Bilder auf meinen Flickr-Account hoch geladen. Aller diese Fotos wurden im Bodensee gemacht.
Folgende Ausrüstung kam zum Einsatz: Sony NEX-5N. Nauticam NA-NEX5 Unterwassergehäuse (Umgebaut auf NEX-5N). Sony E 30mm F3.5 macro. Nauticam Marcro Port 45. INON D-2000 Blitz. Hier der Link zu den Bildern: http://www.flickr.com/photos/tdphoto-ch/sets/72157629567407365/

 

Tomer:I just wanted to share my Sony experience with you… I’m a filmmaker, based in Tel-Aviv. I was recently comissioned to direct a launch video for the NYC company, Boxee (www.boxee.tv). The shoot called for a high quality, low footprint camera system, adapted for first-person POV purposes. After much testing and deliberation, myself and the DoP chose the Sony Nex-5N+16mm lens+wide adapter, and have never looked back since… The camera performed admirably, in a wide variety of scenarios (no heating issues whatsoever), and the client was very happy with the end result :-) :
https://vimeo.com/36758114
On a side note, I purchased the camera after the shoot, and managed to locate a vintage Olympus 38mm Pen-F lens for it. It never leaves my camera, and has really transformed my still photography experience. As and avid music fan, I do some concert photography, and it serves my purposes beautifully:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomerbahat/sets/72157629174781312/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/tomerbahat/sets/72157629112168249/
That’s it, thank you very much for doing such a great work on the blog!

Douglas: “Some of my recent work done with the Nex 5n. https://vimeo.com/37920172

Thanks you all!

April 7, 2012
Posted in reviews

LEA2 and LEA1 adapter reviews!

David sent me the email with the link to the video you can see here on top: “I’ve just done a thorough review of the LA-EA2 adapter. I know the adapter has been out for a while, but I don’t think anyone has done a full video review yet. The review includes AF speed, options, adapter size compared to NEX 5N and kit zoom lens, etc. I hope it’s useful to your readers. Thanks again!

And if you want to see a review of the “older” LEA1 adapter Jason from SonyAlphaLab (Click here) did a super job testing the Sony 70-400 f/4-5.6 G SSM Lens + LA-EA1 on the Nex-5n!

LEA2 adapter shop search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
LEA1 adapter shop search links at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

April 6, 2012
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Zeiss 24mm tested at DSLRmagazine. Nothing stops the NEX-7!

For USA readers: Seven NEX-7 with kit lens in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

Klaus from Photozone tested many NEX lenses on the NEX-7 and discovered that most lenses are still not good enough for the NEX-7. He still has to post the most important lens test, the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8. But there is another test made y the equally good reviewer Valentin Sama at DSLRmagazine (Click here to read the google translation). He says that the lens is worth every penny and the NEX-7 de facto deserves nothing less than a lens like that to express all the potential. The lens has almost no flaws, a bit of vignetting wide open that’s it. Even the bokeh is spectacular! Usually bokeh isn’t a key feature for a wide angle lens but it’s nice that Zeiss archived the perfection even in that aspect.

In Stock status
The lens is still not available everywhere (completely out of Stock in USA for example). Check these links to see if there one: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
And the NEX-7 remains an impressive top seller. It surpassed the Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon US (Click here to see the full ranking). And it remains on top positions at Amazon Germany (place 3 and 4), Amazon France (place 1) and Amazon UK.

April 6, 2012
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Sony FF: Remove or not remove the Anti Aliasing filter?

On left the Nikon D800. On right the Nikon D800E without the Anti Aliasing filter (Click on the image to enlarge)

Let’s not talk about the usual stuff like AF speed or high ISO tests. There are some other aspects the camera manufacturers are now competing for. Example, In the mirrorless segment we already saw the “miniaturization battle“. When it comes to video quality you often read about the “Rolling Shutter jello effect reduction“. But there is also another pretty recent evolution: The removal of the AA (Anti Aliasing) filter that usually protects you from the effect called “Moire”. Within 2012 we already had two new cameras getting rid of the AA filter: The Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here) and Nikon D800E (Click here). Here is a list of links you can check to learn more about it:

Aliasing explanation at Wikipedia (Click here).
Nikon D800 versus Nikon D800 image quality comparison at Pocket Lint (Click here).
Canon 5DmarkIII versus a modified markIII without AA filter at CanonWatch (Click here).
Fuji X PRO 1 versus the “older” Canon 5DmarkII at DSL-check (Click here).

From what I have seen so far the Sony 36 Megapixel sensor really gets a jump of resolution when there is no AA filter. But the Moire effect is really annoying in pictures with patterns. And this cannot be removed in post-production. So for me the Nikon D800E is a no way to go for normal use photography. But the Fuji X PRO 1 tells us another story. By modifying the RGB pattern on the sensor you can almost completely remove the moire issue. And I think that would a way to go for Sony. So here is my question for you:

Imagine a Sony FF camera with 36 Megapixel sensor, no anti aliasing filter and random RGB matrix (like the Fuji). Do you think this is a must have feature for the next Sony FF?

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Links to the mentioned cameras:
Nikon D800E at Amazon (Click here).
Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon (Click here).
The Nikon D800 remains on top of the Amazon ranking (Click here).
While the NEX-7 surpassed the Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here to see the ranking).

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