RX100 in Stock at Amazon and BH! And new grip and leatherette skin.

Once again let’s talk about that super non NEX and non SLT camera ;)
The camera is now in Stock and shipping at Amazon US (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here). And it quickly become the most sold camera at Amazon US (Click here to see the ranking).
The image on top shows the new RX100 leatherette skin found via DC.watch. And if you need a grip…don’t worry! Richard-Franeic has the solution!

Great work Sony! Now let’s get excited about the next A99 too!

Part three of the SAR readers work roundup (Istvan, Alec, Laurent, Freddy, Bob, Tarmo, Tero, Vedran, Andy, Stuart)

And here is the third part of the SAR reader work roundup. At least two more parts will be posted the next days! Enjoy the images and videos all shot with Sony stuff!

István:We are a human rights watchdog NGO inBudapest and produce international and hungarian human rights related online videos. All our cameras are Sony. We taught ourselves and now our human rights experts are capable of
handling the VG10 and 20 to make their own films. One example is our award winning short film about the human rights costs of the global drug war: http://drogriporter.hu/en/CTChumanrights. Another example is a private short video about hummingbirds, that I shot on the Sony VG10 while having a break between interviewing in mexico City: http://youtu.be/YPJAJ85mtbQ.

Alec: “I just got the Sony 135mm STF, here is the first batch I took: https://plus.google.com/photos/116510470685386993448/albums/5756158552017635601

Laurent:This is a work done with the last NEX-7: http://bichaud.free.fr/pictures/pictures/frenchpresidentialelection2012.html

Freddy: “Just a little video test of my lovely A57 https://vimeo.com/groups/sonyalpha/videos/43269803

Bob:Here is a video shot with the Nex-7, 5n, and some VG20. https://vimeo.com/40588525 Also, I use the Nex-7 for all of my Commercial Photography now. I use it for furniture product & lifestyle shots with the help of RadioPoppers.

Tarmo:NEX-3 on Flickr. NEX-7 on Flickr, SEL18200 on Flickr, SEL16F28 on Flickr, SEL1855 on Flickr.”

Tero:I did shoot this in Finlands capitol Helsinki one cold night..  lense is Beroflex.. Old, but i thing still golden one :) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTVb573osC0&feature=relmfu

Vedran:Sony a77 on 2Cellos concert in Zagreb: http://www.vedrantolic.com/p950667293

Andy:Attached picture taken a couple of weeks ago on the NEX-5 with pancake 16 plus fisheye attachment at Gloucester Cathedral (Hogwarts).  http://500px.com/photo/9827155

Stuart:Link to my pix with the NEX-7: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stupix/sets/72157628548833165/

Part two of the SAR readers work roundup (Lee, Manny, Alan, Raymone, Jose, Neil, Logan, Jake, Micaël, Peter, Cristoph)

SAR readers keep sending me their sometimes very superb work done with Sony. This is the second part of the SAR reader work roundup. At least two more will be posted within the next days. Enjoy the reading…you may find some talent here :)

Lee:Here is one piece I created using my sony nex 5n, all shot in beautiful Scotland! https://vimeo.com/40155833

Manny:Shot handheld with Sony NEX7 and M adapter using Leica 50mm f2 and 90mm f2. http://vimeo.com/channels/manny/38892850

Alan:NEX-7 pics at www.chimacoff.com  (photography website)

Raymone:Sony A900 shots from Island at http://500px.com/Raymo-Photography http://www.iceland-photo.com

José:I´m a landscape photographer and I´ve been shooting for one year with the a55, and now I´ve switched to the a77. I have lots of published photos made with the Sony´s, but since you asked for just one photo, here it goes:http://www.joseramos.com/p60847725/h22eb3e5b#h22eb3e5b

Neil:We’re a video production company (www.cuttingthemustard.com) and use the HD video capabilities of the Sony Alpha and Nex cameras. This link to a rough cut of a promo video for an AC/DC tribute band (Dirty DC) here in the UK was recorded using three a77, two a55, three NEX-5 and two NEX-5N. Here’s the link:  http://vimeo.com/44319268
All the cameras had vintage Minolta glass (mostly Minolta 28-135mm and KM 17-35mm) allowing us to easily grade between cameras.  This video probably wouldn’t have been possible without using Sony’s fabulous video AF and face detection.
To all those guys who keep on knocking Sony, as professional video producers we wouldn’t be using this gear unless it really delivered.  The cameras are capable of extraordinary quality and flexibility.  You just have to get to know the correct working methods.

Logan:Shot with an a65 with 50mmf/1.8, 18-55mm kit, and 8mm rokinon fisheye. All shot on a hike near Golden, CO Please check out this video on vimeo http://vimeo.com/42882560

Jake:Here is a video I shot of a local band with my Sony A77 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZzXi_taq0gE.  More than one Camera was used but the main Camera was an A77 Other cameras used were a Sony HVR-A1u (drummer Cam) , Kodak Playsport (Drummer Cam), and Canon 60D (Front Left Cam).
Micaël: “Here is one motion done with my nex5 + canon 85mm 1.8 LTM + post-process: https://vimeo.com/43078223

Peter:http://svadobny-fotograf.info/svadobne-fotografie.html yes i am wedding photographer and from october i shoot with a77 :)

Christoph: “thought I’d send in a video I made some months ago in the Austrian Alps, mostly using my Alpha 65 (just few scenes were shot with a GoPro
Hero2). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zK9HILaBXJA Post Processing was done in Final Cut Pro X.


Part one of the SAR readers work roundup (Jaime, Icie, Steven, Danish, Dave, Ze, Jonas, Rob, Andrew, Linh, Marcel, Daniel, Mark,Luis)

A couple of weeks ago I asked all SAR readers to send me their best work done with Sony cameras. I received a huge amount of mails and I know grouped them in different parts. It took some time to post this on SAR also because in the meantime I updated the SAR website and many bugs had to be solved. I used my free time and many evenings to get rid of all problems. But finally I toke that Sunday to check out all your mails and work!

The list contains work from amateurs and from pros. Some of the work I have seen is of very high quality. Check out the first part of the SAR readers work list:


Jaime:I have shot a very special pano from a paragliding acro show with some of the best pilots, and the weight and size of the nex was a very important part of the shoting process, i hope you like it. http://www.360cities.net/image/monumental-acro-paragliding-show-spain
Here you have a video of the event http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gsura7hlYQA&feature=player_embedded

Icie:I found a way to do wireless strobe photography underwater using a system based on the NEX-5 and various accessories. Link: http://pireze.org/2012/underwater-cosplay-photoshoot-denpa-onna-to-seishun-otoko/

Steven:This is a sweep panorama taken with the NEX-5N and the much-maligned 16mm f/2.8 E lens, with wide-angle adaptor. It depicts the Amber Fort outside Jaipur, India (and shows what the little NEX-5N is capable of). Here are some other photos of the Jaipur area taken with the NEX-5N and Sony E lenses (16, 24, 55-210): http://www.stevepinker.com/Other-continents/India-1/22606189_c9k4kR#!i=1810106006&k=p4RwdpB
These are from Jerusalem (some with the Leica Summicron 50 and the Zeiss Biogon 35): http://www.stevepinker.com/Other-continents/Jerusalem-1/22726207_cR4wvR#!i=1822062404&k=mbw7JNK
 And these from Florida include many taken with the 70-400 (and a few with the Leica Summilux 50): http://www.stevepinker.com/North-America/Florida-III-1/22163176_XWPkgH#!i=1769717211&k=h4ZrF72

Danish:This was a small Musicvideo me and my brother made for “Laura Bean and the Spanish Inquisition” titled “All You Ever Do (Is Give Me The Blues)”: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8OHBWfGOVoA. I’m a Director Of Photography by profession using cameras like RED One,Epic aso. More and more lately the use DSLRs has risen. Of course I’ve been using Canon DSLRs(mostly 5dMk2 and 7D) most as there aren’t any other cameras available in rental. But as a former Minolta User, I was really delighted to see the a77 coming and I’ve been using it since getting one at the end of 2011. What I really love about this cam is the antishake in Video mode giving me really fluid motions handheld and none of this terrible “micro shake” you usually get. The footage quality in 25p is awesome and it was a pleasure to check exposure with the EVF in very bright sunlight. However, a pain in the ass is that image magnification to focus isn’t possible in video mode- I really hope they will change it in a firmware update. Also it would be neat to easily take pictures in video mode – just as possible with Canon cameras. That were just a few minor disadvantages. I gave the image a -3 in contrast in standard/normal mode as it went through grading. Light was mostly bounced sunlight and my powerful pro LED lights by “The Light”. I used ND Filters for open aperture on the Sony f2.8 16-50mm SSM and Sigma Macro EX 50mm. I really hope you give this video a spot as there quite are a few beautiful images taken with the awesome a77.”

Dave:This is my latest video… the full review of the Sony NEX-F3. Feel free to use the embed code to feature on your website if you would like to. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU9M7lHmMSk

Ze: “send you Nex-7 photos; here are some I took in Manhattan, mainly with the 50mm lens.  http://www.flickr.com/photos/exdei/sets/72157629810722369/

Jonas:Video with the NEX-7 at https://vimeo.com/40387729

Rob:Hi Andrea! Just wondering if you could make my birthday, and post a link to my website on sonyalpharumors? I turned 17 yesterday, and have been shooting sony since the age of 13!
I use the a77, with sony lenses, flashes, etc, and use the a200 as a nice little backup camera :) Ive become obsessed with music photography at 15, and am slowly gaining popularity with it on a worldwide scale! A link on sonyalpharumors would just be amazing for me! I recently made my own website, and started up on 500px (having been on flickr for the past few years, in fact, you once posted my a77 size comparison from it ahha!)
500px.com/robellis1 and robellisphotography.co.uk are my two newer ways of sharing photos, with flickr.com/robellisphotography being my old site :)

Andrew:Just thought I’d share my work shot on the Sony A77. It’s a short film called ‘Six Weeks Later’. Lenses used are the CZ16-80mm, Sony 50mm f1.4 and Minolta 135mm f2.8. You can watch the film here:

Linh:Feel free to check out my flickr stream at flickr.com/lng0004

Marcel:https://vimeo.com/36300622 This is the trailer of a TV series I shot with a NEX 5N with voigtlander and carl zeiss glass. There are a few shots with a gopro in the series. It was broadcasted in Catalonia in most local tv’s, shot in Paris on december it was 13 chapters of 7 minutes each. It’s supposed to look like self shot recording but with an aesthetic plus. It’s only in catalan though. Here you have the facebook page where you can find all the chapters in case you find it interesting. http://www.facebook.com/paristv

Daniel:as you told us on the blog: one more little clip shot with the great nex 5n and different lenses. Maybe it’s good enough to be shown :) would be great. https://vimeo.com/41202703

Dave:I own stacks of manual glass and have used them in combination with the NEX-7 for some very fun video work. I have recently acquired the three fast E-mount primes, the 16mm, the 24mm Zeiss and the 50mm OSS (all wonderful for their own purposes), but here’s a sample video using the camera with Canon FD legacy glass – a 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.8 and 135mm 2.8. It’s also a good showcase for the NEX-7’s ability to shoot 1080p/60p video for slow-motion effect. Enjoy and please feel free to critique! https://vimeo.com/38994583

Mark:Here is a short work that I made using a Sony Nex5(original) with the 18-55 kit lens.  Each frame was individually processed and added to the video timeline.  I was inspired to this after visiting the “Musee des Arts et Metier” in Paris, France (where I currently live). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1BOBtR45h3s

Luis:This video was entirely shoot with the Sony A77, and a Sigma 30mm f1.4. It’s about a trip to the market and the cooking experience that followed it. Hope you like it and hopefully that it get’s posted on your blog. https://vimeo.com/38771109


The next list is coming after tomorrow! Feel free to send me your work and I will update the list with the newest link I get! Thanks! And really…great work guys!



Sony sensor world domination compared with the Kodak film domination…

Roger Cicala from Lensrentals posted some thoughts about Sony’s sensor strategy based on the latest news that also the new Olympus E-M5 is actually using a Sony made sensor. Robert compared the Sony situation with that from Kodak ages ago: “They were cutting edge developing first dry plates and then film, releasing ‘consumer’ cameras that brought photography to the masses, and making everyone’s prints. They dominated the photographic and movie industries for nearly 100 years.

I don’t know, on one side I am happy to see Sony ruling the sensor technology and business, on the other side it’s a bit pity that they are not really pushing their own camera business. Things are going a bit slow there and it almost looks like their focus is on selling sensors instead of cameras. Anyway, we are close to Photokina and Sony may show us the exact contrary!

One more thing: Lexar announced that it will join the Sony XQD technology (via ThePhoBlographer).

NEX-5n goes RED styled for video!

Richard Gale made the cinema housing for the NEX 5N you can see here on top. EosHD posted the news and writes: “It essentially turns the tiny toy-like NEX 5N into a mini Red. Advantages include a secure full sized HDMI port, cooling system, integrated Sony monitor, robust build quality, better handling and protection for the camera itself from drops, etc. As you can see, looks wise it is quite an eye opener too, turning the NEX 5N into something much closer to a digital cinema camera.

It transform your NEX-5n in a sort of small RED camera. Existing owners of the NEX 5N can buy the kit sub £1000. As soon we find more info and first preorder options I will post them here on SAR!

Sony NEX-5n shop links at [shopcountry 8452].

A way to control SLT/DSLR cameras with your iPhone (no NEX support)

Via 43rumors I found a way to control SLT and DSLR cameras with an iPhone remote controller APP. You need these two things: A Triggertrap Mobile Dongle (Click here) and a Triggertrap connction cable (Click here). The Triggertrap APP (here on iTunes) allows you to control the camera with the following features:

* Time Lapse
* Eased Timelapse (timelapses with acceleration!)
* Distance-lapse (take a photo every 30 ft/m)
* Vibration and shock sensors
* Sound detection (Clap to take a photo!)
* Facial Recognition sensor
* Motion detection
* Magnetic & metallic detectors
* Long-Exposure HDR**
* Long-Exposure HDR Timelapse
* Star Trail mode
* Cable Release (press to take a photo) which also supports Long-exposure shots (exposures of up to 24 hours!)

The Triggertraps website shows the supported cameras. No NEX camera is included for now.