Cameta selling NEX-7 on eBay. First cameras in Europe too! (+ new NEX-7 waterhousing)

Cameta has three NEX-7 for sale via auction on eBay:
[shoplink 10800 ebay]First ending camera auction (Click here)[/shoplink].
[shoplink 10801 ebay]Second ending camera auction (Click here)[/shoplink].
[shoplink 10802 ebay]Third ending camera auction (Click here)[/shoplink].
+ there is another one sold by [shoplink 10803 ebay]pal0028 (Click here)[/shoplink].

The NEX-7 is finally shipping to Europen stores too. Francois for example sent me this: “I had a phone call from Paris Sony Store yesterday. They have a few units of Nex7 (body only) available from the first production batch as they told me. I’m going to pickup one today. They agree to make a deal for an additional 18-55 lense for the price of the kit. Just to be precise, I had no preorder.“. I also got a similar news about Sony Germany store. Echenique.com also got his NEX-7 :)

Check for other preorder options (if available) at [shopcountry 8454].

And Nauticam announced the development of a new NEX-7 underwater housing. To read the full press release click that link:

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POLL: Select Sony’s camera of the year!

2011 is almost over and now it’s your turn to chose THE Sony camera of the year! What is the coolest, most featured most likeable of all new photographic tools? Is it the top fast and ultra high resolution A77? Is it the “rangefinderstyled” NEX-7? Is it the cheap but super image quality NEX-5n? is it the tiniest of all NEX cameras, the NEX-C3?

The battle starts, let’s see who wins!

Will you buy the Sigma 105mm f/1.4 FE lens?

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P.S.: I had a damn hard time to pick up my favorite!

New NEX-7 shipment news. Ebay madness: NEX-7 auctions over $3000!

Sonystore just issued a new press release: “Hello XXXXX. We wanted to provide you with a quick update on the status of your order for the new Sony NEX-7 camera. Sony has begun shipping the first orders for the NEX-7 bodies.  As we continue to ramp up production, we expect to begin shipping NEX-7 Lens and Body Kits  towards the end of February 2012. We appreciate your continued patience during this challenging time. This will be our final communication regarding the NEX-7 delays unless new information becomes available.
Sincerely,
Sony Customer Care
store.sony.com

In summary, body only will ship in January and the kit version in February. Meanwhile ebay auctions are going crazy. The few NEX-7 I found on ebay sold for more than $3.000!!!

here are a couple of current auctions:
[shoplink 10758 ebay]NEX-7 in Westminster (Click here)[/shoplink]. Look at the bids!!! :(
[shoplink 10757 ebay]NEX-7 in Florida (Click here)[/shoplink].

 

The full Sony interview translation…

Our reader BEN T. sent us the full translation of the Sony interview at Impressjapan (https://www.impressjapan.jp/pr/monitor/1112_dcm/271201_free.pdf).

Key info:

> Small E-mount lenses for NEX cameras
E-mount lenses have been large considering the size of the NEX bodies, but it looks like high-performance compact lenses are on the way. Sony is emphatic that they won’t compromise in terms of either image quality or lens aberrations. With remarks along the lines of “Buy a NEX and stay tuned,” we might see an announcement at the early on next year.

> A 100 megapixel sensor is not outside the realm of possibility
While this remark was made in response to a question about increasing megapixel counts, even the a77 takes advantage of its 24 megapixels in the form of a smart teleconverter to a achieve a zoom function.  The odds are good that camera development will move forward on the premise of increased megapixel counts in the future.

> Every company is looking to commercialize electronic shutters
This was a remark made in response to a question about the shift from mechanical to electronic cameras, but seems to allude to the direction the industry will take in terms of camera production. With the a77 fitted with an OLED EVF instead of an OVF, we will be watching Sony’s transition to more electronics with keep interest in the future.

Interview:

There is a certain inevitability in the style of SLR cameras
—With things like the Tohoku Earthquake and flooding in Thailand, I think it was a year full of hardships. And I assume it was also a tough year for you in the sense that you released many new products.
Nagata: I think we managed to launch a number of models that only happens once every few years.

—Translucent mirrors have been filling out Sony’s lineup of interchangeable lens cameras. As for the flagship model, the successor to the a900, are you going to make it an orthodox SLR camera and stick to the optical viewfinder?
Nagata: At this stage I can’t comment on that, but we do feel that the OLED viewfinders in the a77 and NEX-7 have been well received beyond expectations.

—Can EVFs be improved even more?
Nagata: I think everything made up of electronic devices will continue to evolve in an amazing way.

—That said, the viewfinder in the a900 is far and away the more amazing among interchangeable lens cameras. Is the a900 the last we’ll see of an OVF?
Nagata: Well (wry smile), what’s certain is that it’s difficult to continue producing that product at that price.

—A change of topic, then. Are you going to continue to preserve the orthodox style of the SLR camera? What I mean is, using translucent mirror technology, it should be impossible to come up with a more revolutionary style of camera.
Nagata: If we put our minds to it we can produce such a camera, yes.

—Does that mean that more people are responsive to an SLR-like style?
Nagata: Rather than that, I think there is a certain inevitability in the form of an SLR camera. It’s preferable for the viewfinder to be above the optical axis of the lens, and it’s better for the flash to be above the optical axis as well as having some degree of height to avoid the lens. Then you need a grip component so you can grasp the camera firmly. When give shape to these inevitabilities, that’s the form you end up with.

—So you’re saying that SLR cameras are always going to keep this kind of style, this kind of form.
Nagata: Right. Of course since we’ve moved to translucent mirrors we have a greater degree of freedom in the pentaprism area. I think batteries will also continue to evolve and probably undergo a slight change in shape as well.

—Speaking of NEX cameras, the lenses are large considering the size of the bodies. Are you considering smaller lenses?
Nagata: Yes, of course.

—What kind of lenses would those be?
Nagata: To start with, we don’t want to compromise in terms of image quality or distortion. We can make them smaller and we have many other ideas, including whether to make longer focal lengths as well.

—Still, we have not seen many small, light lenses be released. But you’re saying that you’ve come up with a way to maintain performance and produce a smaller, lighter lens that keeps its high performance?
Nagata: That’s right. It might be a good idea to get your hands on a body and stay tuned (laughs).

First NEX-7 on eBay (someone tries to get rich). NEX-7 manual for download. First NEX-7 books.

Someone is trying to make some extra money by selling the [shoplink 10708 ebay]first NEX-7 camera on eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. I am curious to see how much people is willing to spend for that camera! My guess is that the final price will be around $2100 (almost double the official price!).

Some other news: You can download the full NEX-7 manual at http://richardrook.nl/nex-7/nex-7manual_eng.pdf (Thanks Richard). And the very first NEX-7 books are coming out in January/February. At Amazon Germany (Click here) and is written by Michael Nagel. And at Amazon US (Click here) a book written by David Busch.

 

 

POLL: Select your future A77 firmware upgrade must have features.

It’s time for you to select the most needed new features and fixes that should be implemented in future A77 firmware upgrades. I summed your requests and tried to make an easy overview of your suggested changes. You guys gave a terrific long list of new features and bug fixes (Click here to read your comments). I choose to sum the display your most requested only because otherwise the list would have become incredibly long. This is not a scientific test! It should only give a very general idea about what Sony should do more urgently.

So while almost all you features and bug fix suggestion were interesting let’s vote the ten only of them that Sony should absolutely do now!

Do you like the new Sony A7III ?

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Reminder: The A77 is out of Stock in almost any store. Preorders search links at [shopcountry 8461].

One more private note: By the time you are reading this I am starting my three days mountain trip. I will stay between 2500 and 3500 meter for two nights. I don’t know if I can have Internet access with my iPhone in these days. I scheduled a couple of news that will get online between now and Sunday. Hope to come back alive ;) I am writing this because some comments awaiting for moderation will need some time to be approved. Plus emails can be answered on late Sunday only.