February 11, 2013
Posted in news

Sony: “We are investigating the possibility of a new camera between the RX1 and RX100″

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Image courtesy: DSLRmagazine.

The Spanish website DSLRmagazine (translation here) interviewed Mr. Masaaki Oshima from Sony. The main talk is about the RX1. What I didn’t know until now is that all the RX1 cameras are manually assembled in the same factory. This allows Sony to have a 100% control over the final quality, and that’s part of the reason why the RX1 is expensive. Actually two people are working on one camera during the assembling process!

RX10: When asked about the camera that could fit in between the RX1 and RX100 MR. Masaaki said: “we haven’ decided anything yet but we are investigating the best solution for such a camera“.

Back to the RX1: Valentin Sama told Mr. Masaaki Oshima that in his opinion the RX1 price in Euro is way too high. Something also Focus Numerique wrote lately. Mr Masaaki than asked what a good price for the RX1 would be. There is a difference of 1000 Euro between the US and EU price you can’t justify by VAT difference only. But I am not going to buy the camera anyway…I am waiting for the NEX FF instead even if I still have to wait for 12 months :)

RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).

 

 

February 11, 2013
Posted in deals

Bower 24mm for Sony discounted.

The Bower 24mm f/1.4 for Sony just got a $200 discount at BHphoto (Click here). Some of you may say…who the heck is Bower? Don’t worry it’s just Samyang trying to fool you again :)

Samyang is using different brand names in different countries: In USA Rokinon, Samyang, Opteka, Bower and in Europe: Samyang, Rokinon, Walimex, Falcon, Vivitar. So don’t be worried. This is a great quality lens! Just read the final conclusion from the Photozone review (Canon mount version): “It may be a bit embarrassing for the original manufacturers but the Samyang 24mm f/1.4 ED AS UMC manages to produce a quality similar to its roughly double priced counterparts.

By the way, their new  24mm tilt-shift lens should be released in March!

New Sony US deals reminder:
Deal 1) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 2) Save up to $200 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony Lenses (Click here to see the Amazon page).
Deal 4) Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras Starting at $79 (Click here to see the Amazon page).

February 11, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) First “signs” about a soon to come NEX-7 successor…

I got a short message from two different (good) sources hinting about a possible NEX-7 successor coming very soon! I ask my trusted big sources if they can confirm the rumors. I also have no specs yet but I have been told that the camera has a new sensor and very likely the same sensor that will be sued on the A77 successor too!

If I got the message right than Sony will first intorduce the NEX-3n next week and the NEX-7 successor in two months. Stay tuned on SAR! Lot of news and rumros to come soon…

P.S.: Sony NEX-7 price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

February 10, 2013
Posted in news

Sony financial news roundup (E-mount sales increased!)

The financial result of the Sony Imaging business

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Sony issued the latest financial report and you can read more about it at Bloomberg. And Bloomberg’s title says it all “Sony’s Hirai Sells Property Instead of TVs as Revival Stalls”. The TV business is still the main problem of Sony but also the other businesses aren’t doing well. That’s why Sony is selling some of their buildings to make some cash. While this may help for a short time they really need to change their product strategy to succeed in the long term.

Talking about the camera business. You can read more about that business under the “Imaging Products & Solutions (IP&S)” section on that pdf (download here): “Sales decreased 4.7% year-on-year (a 9% decrease on a constant currency basis) to 180.5 billion yen (2,075 million U.S. dollars). This decrease was primarily due to a significant decrease in unit sales of compact digital cameras reflecting a contraction of the low-end of the market resulting from the popularization of smartphones as well as a significant decrease in sales of broadcast- and professional-use products. Sales of interchangeable single-lens cameras increased significantly year-on-year.

You will see form those three lines how important the NEX system is for Sony and why Sony decided to push the NEX-FF development instead of releasing another SLT-FF yet.

P.S.: Sony to Focus on Image Sensors (Image Sensor World).

February 10, 2013
Posted in news

Sony World Photography Awards 2013 finalists.

Now let’s talk about real photography instead of Sony gear :) You can see this years finalists of the Sony World Photography Award at Worldphoto.org. Some pics are really amazing!

 

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