Sony RX100MII tested at Dpreview. QX10/100 shipment start today.

Today is the DDay for the new QX Lens cameras. They are marked as ready for shipment on Amazon US (Click here). And the QX100 counterpart, the RX100MII just got tested at Dpreview (Click here) and it earned a Silver Award:

“Overall, the RX100 II is virtually untouchable in its compact camera class. For anyone simply looking for the best image quality from a compact, the RX100 II is the answer. Enthusiasts, however, should be cautioned. Anyone who picks up the camera will love the images it produces, but someone looking for a more satisfying shooting experience might need to look elsewhere.”

This is definitely the best real-compact camera with zoom lens. I say “real” because many of the so said “compact” cameras are too big to fit comfortably in your pocket.

(UPDATED- Sold Out) The cheapest FF camera in the world is now the Sony VG900 (1145 Euro or $1,545).

Question: How low can the price of a Full Frame camera drop? Answer: 1145 Euro! That’s what you pay right now for the Sony VG900 at Redcoon in Germany (Click here). Damn would I love to have a cheap NEX-FF photocamera for that price :)

UPDATE: It’s now sold out!!!

Converted in US dollars the price is $1,545. That’s lower than the already superdiscounted [shoplink 21368 ebay]Nikon D600 ($1575 here on BigValue)[/shoplink] and the [shoplink 21367 ebay]Canon 6D ($1749 here on RedTag)[/shoplink].

10% discount on Sony Europe stores!

Last weekend the European Sony Stores had a blackout. Sites where offline for a short time. To make it good Sony is now offering a 10% discount on their products! You will have to use the code “SORRYSEP13” when checking out!

Here are the links to Sony Stores (I linked to the RX1 but you can buy what you want):
Sony Deutschland, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.

Thanks to all SAR readers that warned me about the offer!

Sony A99 price drops at Amazon US (third party reseller) and DE. Also Canon lowers price.

Third party resellers at Amazon are selling the A99 for less than $2,600 (Click here). Price drops are also ongoing in Germany (more here). And Sony isn’t the only one lowering the price of FF cameras. A Canon 5DmarkIII for example can be found for $2,550 on [shoplink 21345 ebay]BigValue eBay[/shoplink] which is $800 less than the original price. The days are gone when Full Frame cameras did cost a lot of money.

P.S.: I still don’t know the price of the ILCE-9 (E-mount) and A9x (A-mount) cameras but I heard the NEX-9 is likely going to be priced close to $3,000.

$40 off on Rokinon Cine Lens. NEX-3n deal and new 16-70mm shipment date info.

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New US deals:
The Rokinon 85mm lens for Alpha or E-mount got a $40 price drop via [shoplink 21316 ebay]BuyDig on eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. As you know this lens will be compatible with the new Full Frame NEX-9.
NEX-3n with kit lens for $398 at BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on the Sigma 18-250mm on [shoplink 21321 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
NEX-5RL White Digital Camera Kit with 16-50mm Lens for $659 on [shoplink 21317 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].

P.S.: The new Zeiss 16-70mm lens will ship in 3-5 weeks according to Amazon (Click here).

Hoocap video sample shows how it works on a NEX.

Plenty of Hoocap for Sony lenses are now in Stock and shipping. The video on top shows you how it works on a Sony NEX. And here are all the links to the supported lenses:
Sony SEL-1855 on [shoplink 21214 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and Amazon (Click here).
Sony SEL-16F28 on [shoplink 21215 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
Sony E 50mm F1.8 on [shoplink 21217 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and Amazon (Click here).
Sony E 55-210mm on [shoplink 21218 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
Sony Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* E 24mm F1.8 ZA on [shoplink 21219 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and Amazon (Click here).
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1/R on [shoplink 21220 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
Sony 24-70 F2.8 ZA SSM on [shoplink 21221 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and Amazon (Click here).

Adobe Lightroom 5.2 released. Sony NEX-3n for $398.

Adobe released Lighroom 5.2 and DNG Converter 8.2 which adds support for the RX100II, A3000 and NEX-5T. Here are the download links (Click on the link to open the page):
Lightroom 5.2 for Windows
Lightroom 5.2 for Mac
DNG Converter 8.2 for Windows
DNG Converter 8.2 for Mac

New Sony deals:
Sony NEX-3N with kit lens for $398 at BHphoto (Click here).
$75.00 Mail in Rebate on the Rokinon Tilt-Shift 24mm f/3.5 ED Lens at BHphoto (Click here).
$75.00 Mail in Rebate on the Rokinon 24mm f/1.4 Lens at BHphoto (Click here).

Zeiss for E-mount NEX:
$200 off on the Sony 24mm f/1.8 E-Mount at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Zeiss for A-mount:
$200 off on the 24-70mm f/2.8 Carl Zeiss at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on the Sony 16-80mm at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$180 off on the 135mm f/1.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
$140 off on the 24mm f/2.0 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).