May 15, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) The NEX lens roadmap and 30mm macro specs (+ NEX flash)


And now we got even more info about the future 30mm NEX and the other 6 future NEX lenses.
The 30mm macro lens is designed with 7 lens elements in 6 groups. One of them is an ED lens and three of them are aspherical. Minimum focusing distance is 10cm, filter size 49mm and weight 138g.

There will be six more NEX lenses to come in 2011/2012:
A Sony portrait lens 50mm f/1.8
The 24mm f/1.7 Zeiss
The telephoto zoom lens (should be 55-200mm f/4-5.6)
A medium telephoto lens
The Sony G standard zoom
A Sony wide angle zoom.

P.S.: The NEX flash will cost around $150 and have a coverage of 24-50mm.

May 15, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) All you have to know about the NEX-C3 and A35

As I already told you I do expect Sony to release the new NEX-C3, A35, new NEX flash and the new Sony 30mm f/3.5 macro NEX lens on June 3. Today I got more info about both cameras. The NEX-C3 and A35 will be in Stock by early August. And here are the specs:

NEX-C3:
16 megapixel sensor,
surprise: 200-12800 ISO (where is the ISO 100?)
HD video recording (why no FullHD?)
25 AF
same 3inch LCD as the NEX-5
The camera will also have the new picture effects (the NEX-3 and NEX-5 will get them with a firmware update)
The battery life has been increased by 20% compared to the battery life of the NEX-5
Price $599

A35:
16 megapixel sensor,
100-12800 ISO
FullHD 1080 AVCHD
New tele-zoom high speed shooting mode with 7 fps (???)
Same picture effects as the NEX-C3
Price $599

May 13, 2011
Posted in news

(SR2) New Sony 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SAM coming?

I just received a new message from a new source. Because the source is new please take the rumor with a grain of salt. He said:

Sony will introduce a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SAM telephoto lens (SAL-70300) to replace the current Konica-Minolta designed 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (SAL-75300). It is currently designated “budget teleconversion lens“”

Message for the new source: When is Sony going to announce that lens? Thanks!

P.S.: Links to the current Sony 75.300mm lens to Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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!

Thanks E.

May 13, 2011
Posted in reviews

A triple Sony A55 review

Photographyreview (Click here) tested the Sony A55: “The Sony Alpha SLT-A55 is a great camera with an innovative design, great performance and excellent image quality. It’s not quite the sports camera I was hoping for but it’s a very capable all-round performer that most people will be very happy with – especially people who value video as much as still photos.

Day 5 of the Sony A55 review at ThePhoBlographer (Click here). He also made some ISO tests and those are the conclusion for the RAW noise test: “When viewing images at a normal size, noise starts to become noticeable around ISO 1600 but it’s nothing to be concerned about. I probably wouldn’t make any post processing noise adjustments until ISO 6400 unless I was blowing up the image to a larger size. I think this is impressive ISO performance from a consumer DSLR.

Jhpvideotutorials (Click here) also tested the A55: “If you’re looking for a SLR style camera that takes much better HD video than Canon or Nikon SLR’s, and takes very good photos, then this camera might just be the one for you!  If you’re a Photographer looking for the best image quality possible and plan to use studio lights, then I would not recommend this camera for you.” (P.S.: You have to click on the small page numbers at the bottom of the post to see all 5 page long review).

CLick those links to check price and availability of the A55: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

May 12, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony refurbished camera and lenses.

UPDATE: Although the eBay Feedback history of the reseller is very positive a reader warned me to buy from that store and linked me to those customers reviews. Hmmm….

- A refurbished Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 lens (Click here to see the item) which you can get for 849.00 Pounds (969 Euros). That’s almost 300 Euro less than the cheapest price for a new lens I found in Germany and UK!
- And they are also selling ten silver NEX-3 bodys (Click here to see them on eBay) for 189 Pounds (215 Euros). That’s 25 Euro less than a new NEX-3.

From Wikipedia: “Refurbished products could possibly be the products which are returned by the customer within the return policy of the company which sold the product, without any defect with the product. Refurbished products are generally bench tested and certified by the authorized service centers of the company and then re-packaged, labeled as a Refurbished Product.

 

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