News about the SLT/NEX hack project…

Before the Photokina news storm we talked about the new NEX and SLT hack project. I think it’s one of the most interesting news of the year and I hope the hacker named “Someone 1.00” will succeed in delivering some interesting new features on Sony cameras. But he now needs your help:
1) To buy the third NEX camera (Click here to donate). UPDATE: Someone 1.00 just told us that they now managed to collect the necessary money!
2) He also needs developers to push the Sony hack project (Click here to read what’s needed).

And here is the link ot the firmware unpacker.

If all goes well we don’t have to rely on Sony only to get new features on current cameras. Yes, I am talking about the NEX-7 firmware update that we are all eagerly waiting for :(

Sony TidBits…

And here is a new roundup of Sony related news:
The Sony Robot by Luca Rossini on Flickr.
Hood-cap for NEX with 16mm at Photoclubalpha.
Living with Sony instead of Canon or Nikon by Shawn Rabourn.
How to Get 3.5mm Audio-In on the Sony NEX-5 series (Tynan).
A58, what I’d like to see by Carl Garrard.
Our first take of the Hasselblad Lunar (Digitalcamerainfo).
Sony DSLT A99 Review by DSLR Cinematography Indonesia. Part I on Facebook.
Sony NEX-F3 test at
Sigma 19mm lens test at Quesabesde.
A new use for the Contax T on the NEX at Magnuswedberg.

Sony NEX-5R manual download. NEX-5N discontinued at BH.

Our reader Michael (Thanks) sent us the link to the NEX-5R manual which is available here at The camera worldwide shipment should start soon in Asia and ON October 21th in US according to BH. It is again BHphoto that marked the NEX-5N as “discontinued”. But the recent price drop on the NEX-5N put it on top of the mirrorless ranking. And it even managed to be on top 10 of the overall digital camera ranking…pretty much a surprise!

Only six lenses compatible with the A99 102 AF system (support for six more coming)

There was some buzz today because ThePhoBlogapher pointed out that “the 102 AF points will only work in the new AF-D mode of the camera which can sense depth and continuously track objects very accurately. The big news to me and the staff was that the camera only currently supports 6 lenses at this point of time.” At the time of launch the following lenses support AF-D: SAL2470Z, SAL2875, SAL50F14, SAL300F28GII, SAL70400G, SAL50050F4G.

But as I told you before firmware updates will be released to support more lenses. Sony Japan said that by early 2013 also these lenses will be supported: SAL85f14Z, SAL135f18Z, SAL70300G, SAL70200G, SAL100f28 Makro.

Sony changes the RX1 specifications (AF-C gone, 1:4000 shutter coming)

Sony Japan just announced some changes on the newly announced RX1 FF camera. As you see from the image on top the AF-C Auto Focus option has been removed. The second change is that the Shutter Speed Priority now goes as fast as 1:4000 (before it was 1:2000).

One more news. I updated the full rpeorder option list fo the new RX1 and other Sony cameras on Alphacameradeals (including more Sonystore, BHphoto and Europe links). The RX1 for example can be preordered at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, and in Europe at Sonystore DEUKFRITESNLSEFICH, Wex UK, Wex Germany.


Vote the cameras that Sony should release for 2013!

A week ago I asked SAR readers to send me a list of camera suggestions. I simplified your very long wishlist in a few type of cameras to realize that poll. Please be aware that we are not going to talk about the details of the single camera yet (like price, features and so on). For now the only goal is to understand what type of camera you would need from Sony. Please be honest. Vote the camera you would really buy knowing that some of the options will be very pricey! Thanks!

Will you buy the 17-28mm FE lens if it's priced around $999?

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Ask your friends to participate the poll! More votes we have more Sony will listen….hopefully!

Note: because you can select more than one camera the sum of the percentage will be over 100%. A percentage of lets’ say 43% close to one of the options means that 43% of all single voters that participated selected that specific option.

New Ikelite housing for the RX100.

It’s not an Alpha nor a NEX camera but many SAR readers do own that little germ. And if you are a diver than you may be interest to know that Ikelite announced a new RX100 housing. You can get more news about it at Divephotoguide. And the big and much more expensive brother, the Sony Cyber-shot RX1 got a hands-on at Trustedreviews.

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: [shopcountry 13014].
Cases: [shoplink 13347 ebay]Official Sony LCJ-RXA case[/shoplink], [shoplink 13344 ebay]Gariz case[/shoplink], [shoplink 13345 ebay]more leather case[/shoplink].
Batteries: [shoplink 13346 ebay]NP-BX1 Battery[/shoplink].
Special stuff: [shoplink 13343 ebay]Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV[/shoplink]. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on [shoplink 13486 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]