Sony A55/A33/A560/A580 news roundup (+ preorder news)

There have been so many news that I thought I should make a “resumee” of all recent news about the new Sony cameras

1) A full list of press releases, reviews and image samples are available here “New Sony cameras announced!” and here “more reviews

2) Videos taken with the new cameras are available here “First video taken with the Sony A55!!! + more videos!” here “More new Translucent videos!” and here “Hear the Sony A55 shutter sound!


BHphoto has the Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 (click here!), the Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM Lens (click here), the Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM Mid-range Telephoto Lens (click here!), the Sony A55 on BHphoto, Sony A33 on BHphoto and the Sony A560 on BHphoto

As you know every Country has a different Sonystyle shop. I can’t link to every product from every country. Just search for Sonystyle on google and you should find the right store address for you (click here).

For UK: Jessops has the cameras available for preorder

Sony TidBits

Nex-5 & filters test from polispol on Vimeo.

Field Review: Sony NEX 5 (Day 1) at ThePhoBlographer tested following for lenses on the [shoplink 3003]Sony NEX-5[/shoplink] (using the Sony E-Mount to Nikon lens adapter):

Which is the best? Look for the answer at motimotion ;)

NEX 3D Sweep Panorama StereoPhotoMaker Tutorial at SonyAlphaNex

[shoplink 3028]Sony Alpha A850[/shoplink] review at Techradar.

More reviews and videos of the new Sony stuff

Canon 550D vs Sony A55 on BHphoto Video AF Comparison

Hands On: Sony A55, A560 and 24mm F2 ZA SSM (ThePhoBlographer)

Sony A55 DSLR Camera Review; Super Fast & Powerful at Devicemag

Sony Alpha 33 photo gallery at Letsgodigital

For our spanish readers: Sony A55V y A33: bajo la lupa (Quesabesde)

For our japanese readers: article on

Preorder the camera on BHphoto!
Sony A55 on BHphoto
Sony A33 on BHphoto
Sony A560 on BHphoto

A roundup of people that doesn’t like the new Sony Alpha cameras…

Everyone from Dpreview to Lumnous Landscape likes the new Sony cameras (epsecially the Translucent A55/A33 pair). But not everyone seems to be happy with the new products. I thought it is good for our readers to read the “different” opinions and arguments. So take it with a grain of salt ok?

The first negative post is from EosHD -> “Dear Sony… The A55 is just not good enough”.

The second is from Sony lover and hacker Vitaly Kiselev on DVXuser -> Sony a33/a55/a569/a580 disaster

They both follow our website so feel free to add your opinion by commenting this post!

Photozone tested the E-mount 16mm f/2.8 and 18-55mm lenses

The lens review website Photozone tested the new E-mount 16mm and 18-55mm lenses. According to their tests the 16mm lens “technically it isn’t really an impressive lens“. They liked the 18-55mm which “is a very decent kit zoom lens“.

Sony E 16mm review:
Sony E 18-55mm:

P.S: Sony Alpha NEX-5 + E 16mm f/2.8 Lens (Silver) + 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 OSS Zoom Lens is in Stock on amazon for $799.95!

Sony NEX-VG10 reviews and preorders roundup!

[shoplink 3058]Sony NEX-VG10[/shoplink] AVCHD E-Mount Lens Camcorder

Luminous Landscape tested the camera and explained why it has a “fake” 60i: “in brief, what’s going on is that the AVCHD standard doesn’t include 30P, but it does include 60i. Most Sony’s AVCHD cameras (including the VG10) capture 30P, but make it appear to other devices as 60i. Most non-linear editors, such as Final Cut, figure this out by themselves, and when you check the Info screen will confirm that the footage is 30P.“.
Luminous Landscape also talked about the missing 24p feature: “I asked the question of why 24P is missing of Sony’s marketing people and didn’t get a satisfactory answer. No Sony camcorders below their pro and semi-pro models have 24P. Many prosumer cameras from Canon, Panasonic and others do offer 24P, so it seems that this is simply a market segmentation strategy on Sony’s part. High-end cameras get it, lower end cameras don’t. Which means that in Sony’s marketing mind the VG10 is a low-end camera.

A Sony NEX-VG10 First Look Review has been posted at Digitalcamerareview and at Sonyinsider.

Alister Chpaman tested the NEX-VG10 and makes RAW files available for download! He is also sure that “this camera will be popular with those that are seeking the filmic look.”

Click on the shop name to preorder the Sony NEX-VG10:
Amazon US
Amazon Dutschland

NEX & Leica love: The compact Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0

Today I want to start a new SonyAlphaRumors section. As you know many manufactors are building more and more adapters for E-mount cameras. Now you can use almost every lens on your NEX! I thought it would be nice if you would share your experience with non-Sony lenses like Leica or Canon FD lenses and more. I would be happy if you send me your images taken with third party lenses and also some nice cameraporn pictures :)

[shoplink 3491]There is a growing number of different Leica M-mount to E-mount adapters (just click here to check out the whole list on eBay)[/shoplink]. So let’s start with a very cute high-quality but also not to expensive lens (for Leica standards). The Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0. I searched for image samples of that lens on a NEX cameras and I found some on Flickr here and here. Those pictures are very nice and I would love to see more of them. I also can’t wait to find a picture of that lens attached on the NEX. If you have some feel free to send me images and links at

If you want to get the lens [shoplink 3503]click here to see current Summicron 35mm auctions on eBay[/shoplink]. The lens is available in silver and black. You can also buy the Summicron directly at Amazon.