December 29, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony TidBits


Peru – Bring Your Kids – Trailer from Scott Booker (Shot on the RX100)

Short Sony news roundup:
ThePhoBlographer posted the full Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens review: “Not only is it super sharp, but it is extremely well built and focuses fairly fast. When the images are ready to be imported into your post-processing software of choice, you’ll have little work to do aside from some retouching.
The ten cameras that amde history in 2012 at Quesabesde (translation here).
Nikon’s Series-E Lenses Compared (Matthewdurrphotography).
35mm f0.95 e-moun Mitakon lens test at TalkNex.
Sony 50mm f1.8 review at ThePhoBlographer.
Sony World Photography Awards 2013 (ePhotozine).

Murat:I video recorded these scenes here in Hawaii with my Sony nex 6 with 50mm f/1.8 lens and also with the new 16-50mm power zoom. This is not a time lapse footage out of photos.
I recorded 60p videos as avchd and later on premiere speeded up the footage 800% for a creamier look. It was an extremely windy day. I had to park my car against the wind the protect my camera on the tripod. Still it is not 100% steady. But it looks good overall. I did not color correct nor sharpen the footage.

December 28, 2012
Posted in deals

A99 price drops to $2,550 at BigValue…

The A99 price dropped down to $2,550 at BigValue (on eBay). That’s now $250 less than the regular price. Still not a huge price drop like we had on the Nikon FF cameras but we are getting there…slowly :)

Small price drops are also ongoing at Wex and eBay Europe. I think another $200-300 price drop would help Sony to significantly increase the camera sales. But that’s of course just a instinct based opinion. Sony will know it better what they need to push the camera sales.

Some A99 news: A99 review at Digitalcamerareview. A99 First Impressions at Echenique.


December 28, 2012
Posted in reviews

First video of the Contax to E-mount AF adapter!

As you know we now have three AF E-mount adapters for the Canon EOS lenses. But most of these lenses are big and certainly not a valuable solution if you need to be “Light”. So it may interest you to know that a new Contax G AF adapter is coming too! And the video on top proves you that it actually works. It will be soon sold by MXcamera on their own direct eBay Store (Click here to see).

And here you see the list of great G lenses with links to eBay price:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

December 27, 2012
Posted in rumors

Patent: Tamron Full Frame lens may be made for the NEX?

Never get excited about a patent. It’s not a prove at all that the described product may be produced for real. That said Egami (translation here) spotted a new Tamron lens design and it is a 300mm f/2.8 lens for a Full Frame mirrorless camera system. There is no info about the mount that the lens is going to use. But Sony Corporation maintains an 11% share hold in Tamron (Source: Wikipedia). So it may could be a lens made for the NEX system.

That said Tamron wouldn’t be the first to make a Full Frame compatible E-mount lens. Samyang/Rokinon already sells such lenses for the VG-900! Here they are:
Rokinon 14mm T3.1 Cine Lens for Sony E at BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (as Rokinon).
24mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E at BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (as Rokinon).
Rokinon 35mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E at BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (as Rokinon).
Rokinon 85mm T1.5 Cine Lens for Sony E at BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (as Rokinon).


via Mirrorlessrumors.


December 27, 2012
Posted in reviews

Sony A99 review ay Photoclubalpha (doens’t like it at all). And first price drops in Europe.

A900 versus A99. Image courtesy: Photoclubalpha

Long time Sony blogger David KIlpatrick posted the full A99 review at Photoclubalpha (Click here). And he is heavily criticizing Sony for releasing a camera like that: “In my British Journal review, I concluded that the Alpha 99 was between 30 and 50% over-priced and combined with the cost and limited range of Sony lenses there would be little good reason for any new full-frame entrant to prefer Sony over Nikon or Canon.

and “Despite this, I would be very happy if Sony revived the highest end optical prism DSLR in future. An Alpha 900 quality version of the D600 would have been perfect. And I do not think I am alone in showing some regret for the apparent end of the single-lens reflex Alpha.

Read the full article and comment his very detailed analysis. I have to say I found it honest and also a clear description of Sony’s current limitations. I hope Sony will take notice of it for the sake of the future FF camera development!

Meantime price is slowly falling down. You cna get a new A99 for 2499 Euro at eBay Germany (Click here) and 2430 Euro at eBay UK (Click here). To get notified on more price drops save this search on Slidoo eBay (login to save it or change root country).

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