Sony NEX-C3 triple review (including DPreview) and new A35 review.

[shoplink 7207][/shoplink] The Sony NEX-C3 is getting heavily tested by the most important review websites! And before you get submerged by the upcoming A77 and NEX-7 news and reviews take a look at those articles:

Yesterday DPreview (Click here) posted their NEX-C3 article. The camera gets the “Silver Award” with an overall score of 74%. It is the same score of the Olympus E-P3 but the NEX-C3 has a better image quality and is cheaper!
Also Photographyblog (Click here) tested the NEX-C3: “While usability has been improved, with a number of customisable controls, the NEX-C3 is still best suited to the beginner rather than the more confident prosumer, who will bemoan all the button pressing that’s required. ” The camera gets recommended with a rating of 4 of 5 stars.
The last review is from Whatdigitalcamera (Click here): “The C3’s new sensor is a success, images look great and the camera’s smaller design looks the part too. The price is held at a very reasonable sub-£450 point and there’s very little not to like bar some control issues.
Click those direct search links to check the NEX-C3 price and availability: [shopcountry 7207].

There is also a new Sony Alpha 35 review at Techradar (Click here): “In terms of performance, the SLT-A35 is highly responsive, while image quality – whether you’re shooting JPEGs and/or RAW files – is equally as impressive.
SonyAlphaLab (Click here) tposted some A35 image samples.
Click those direct search links to check the A35 price and availability: [shopcountry 7419].

New Sony A35 review

[shoplink 7419][/shoplink] The British website Trustedreviews (Click here) posted the final Sony A35 test: “While attention is naturally drawn to the super-fast AF and continuous shooting abilities of the A35, what really impresses is overall image quality“. Don’t forget to read the full test to see why they like the camera!
Also CNET Asia (Click here) tested the same camera: “The A35 is a subtle update to the Alpha range of SLRs and while it won’t be a game-changer, it’s certainly good at what it doe“. On their website you can see a couple of image/video samples and tests.

The new Sony A35 is in Stock at [shopcountry 7419].

Veyr first E-mount Noktor 50mm f/0.95 test by Steve Huff

That is a beats of a lens! The picture shows the Noktor 50mm f/0.95. But how good (or bad) performs the lens in the real world? Steve Huff (Click here to read the review) tested the lens on the new [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink]. You can see many image smaples on his website and all I am going to report here is that the lens perfroms better than the m43 version fo the Noktor. Steve Huff is also giving away one lens for free!

You can get the current 28mm and 35mm lenses from SLR magic on [shoplink 8242 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. The Noktor is available on their homepage (Click here).

A bunch of new Sony stuff reviews!

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Image on top shows the excellent and cheap [shoplink 22691 ebay]35mm f/1.8[/shoplink] lens from Sony

Techradar (Click here) posted a new Sony A35 review: “In terms of performance, the SLT-A35 is highly responsive, while image quality – whether you’re shooting JPEGs and/or RAW files – is equally as impressive. When it comes to finding fault with this camera, there’s little for us to complain about“.

ThePhoBlographer (Click here) wrote an article about “The Best Lenses for Sony Alpha Mount DSLRs Under $300“. He tested the 50mm f/1.8, the 35mm f/1.8 and the 30mm f/2.8 macro lens. All three lenses are available at:
35mm DT at [shopcountry 6422] 35mm macro at [shopcountry 8210] 50mm at [shopcountry 8211]

SonyAlphaLab posted three new reviews:
Sony NEX-C3 at SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Available at [shopcountry 7207].
Tamron 90mm at SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Available at [shopcountry 8212].
Sony 70-200mm at f/2.8 lens SonyAlphaLab (Click here). Available at [shopcountry 8213].

Zeiss Biogon 28mm and 35mm lenses tested on the NEX-5 (Photozone)

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Image courtesy: Photozone.

Let’s have some break from rumors! Klaus from Photozone (Click here) tested the Zeiss Biogon 28mm manual lens on the NEX-5: “The Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 may be a star on Leica M film cameras but it struggles somewhat with the Sony sensor in the NEX-5. The image quality is pretty much breathtaking in the image center but the border performance is actually much less impressive and in fact quite soft at large aperture settings. The border quality improves to very good levels (just) when stopping down though.

The Zeiss Biogon is an M-mount lens and you will need an M to E mount adapter to use it on a NEX ([shoplink 7984 ebay]Click here to see these adapters on eBay[/shoplink]). The lens itself costs around 800-1000 Euro/Dollars ([shoplink 7983 ebay]Click here to see the lenses on eBay[/shoplink]).

UPDATE: And today Photozone (Click here) tested the 35mm Biogon: “The Zeiss C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 is supposed to deliver great images on film but it doesn’t really harmonize well with the Sony sensor of the NEX-5. The center image quality is simply great even at max. aperture but the border resolution is somewhat disappointing especially considering the moderate base aperture. The borders are still good (just) at f/2.8 and increase steadily till f/8 towards very good (just) results.” The lens has the same price as the before mentioned 28mm biogon ([shoplink 7990 ebay]Click here to see the 35mm BIogon auctions on eBay[/shoplink]).

DxOmark shows the Sony A35 sensor results (is as good as the A55)

Image source: DxOmark.

You can read the latest A35 sensor review at DxOmark (Click here). As you can see from the overalls core the [shoplink 7419]A35[/shoplink] performs as well as the more expensive [shoplink 3617]Sony A55[/shoplink] but not as good as the last of all Sony DSRL cameras with OVF, the [shoplink 5509]A580[/shoplink]! This will bring some flame in the never ending Optica versus Electronic viewfinder rebate!
See the full detailed A35 vs A580 vs A55 comparison (Click here).

And check the mentioned camera availability and price:
A35 should be in Stock soon at [shopcountry 7419] (Click on shop names)
A55 recently saw some nice price drop at [shopcountry 3617] (Click on shop names)
A580 for all OVF lovers at [shopcountry 5509] (Click on shop names)

Samyang 8mm f/3.5 fisheye for NEX tested at Photozone.

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Image courtesy: Photozone.

Klaus Schroiff from Photozone (Click here) reviewed the new [shoplink 6821 ebay]Samyang 8mm f/3.5[/shoplink] fisheye for NEX, or better for the VG-10 (as this lens has been optimized for that camera). He tested the lens on the NEX-5. By the way he is an avid SonyAlhaRumors reader so feel free to make him the questions you need by commenting this post! In short: “The near-stereographic projection doesn’t look quite as extreme as in conventional fisheye lenses despite the similar field-of-view so its applications are in fact broader. It is also a pretty sharp lens if you stop down a little. Lateral CA can be a little high at times but this aberration is correctable during image post-processing.” He recommends that lens to all ultra-wide enthusiasts!

You can buy that lens on [shoplink 6821 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]


A reminder. There are also two amazing Samyang lenses for A-mount

1) The 35mm f/1.4: In US you can find it as Rokinon at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on [shoplink 7453 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. In Europe the name is Samyang and you can find it on [shoplink 7380 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and with the name Wallimex again on [shoplink 7831 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].

2) The 85mm f/1.4: You can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on [shoplink 7456 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink] and branded with the name Samyang on [shoplink 7454 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].