December 23, 2011
Posted in news

Interview with the Sony NEX-7 designers (New Tamron for NEX in Stock).


Sony Japan (Click here) posted the full English translation of the interview made with the Sony NEX-7 designers. I didn’t know that “All we had decided initially was that three dials would be used….It was essentially our only beacon in design“. Would love to know who had the idea…quite a genius that guy ;)

Meanwhile the first “european” NEX-7 is on auction on eBay (Click here). Fotomundus had five in Stock, but they are now sold out (one is mine…LOL). USA readers are far more lucky. There are now eleven(!) NEX-7 bodies for auction on eBay (Click here to see them all). This means the price will finally go down.

Photographybanzai (Click here) wrote a first NEX-7 impression review.

The Tamron lenses are now in Stock at Adorama (Click on the links to see the product page):
Tamron 18mm-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI-III VC (B011) AF Zoom Lens with Macro, for the Sony NEX eMount – Silver
Tamron 18mm-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR DI-III VC (B011) AF Zoom Lens with Macro, for the Sony NEX eMount – Black


December 23, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony A77 reviews roundup and in Stock status (+ new Sigma 150mm lens)


Occupy Wall Street Protests and Arrests from Steve Turnham on Vimeo.

Time to make a new A77 recap!

Buy-n-Shoot (Click here) wrote a short A77 review. It earns the Platinum award…this means it doesn’t get any better! The reviewer says: “No matter which way you look at this camera it takes the cake!
Our friend Mike Kobal (Click here) is spending his time in the slum of Kibera (Nairobi) and is using the A77 for his work: “My first time in Africa and I am totally blown away by what I have seen so far. I am pleased to let you know, so far, the A77hasn’t let me down in this hot and dusty environment (approx 3K shots). I will try to update this post, however internet access is limited and very slow.
A77 versus Canon 5DmarkII in low light at SonyAlphaLab (Click here).
A77 memory card write speed (Dpreview forum).
A77 autofocusing test at SonyAlphaLab (Click here).
Sony SLT-A77, Cámara de Fotos del Año por :)

You will still have a hard time to find the A77 in Stock. I found some at Amazon Germany (Click here), Amazon Japan (Click here) and with January 2 shipment at SonyStore USA (Click here).

P.S.: Sigma announced the APO macro 150mm f/2.8 EX DG OS HSM for Sony. Read the press release at Sigma Japan (Click here).

December 22, 2011
Posted in deals, news

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:
First ending camera auction (Click here).
Second ending camera auction (Click here).
Third ending camera auction (Click here).
+ there is another one sold by pal0028 (Click here).

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. also got his NEX-7 :)

Check for other preorder options (if available) at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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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December 22, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony “approves” the launch the new hybrid AlphaNex mount camera (sort of fullframe NEX-7!)


It’s Christmas time and I have to give you some sort of nice present ;)

One of the most requested cameras is the fullframe version of the NEX-7. And I have good news for you…although the camera will be much different than you expected!
A couple of sources confirmed that Sony will launch a hybrid AlphaNex mount camera in 2012! Also external sources (like here on Xitek) got the same news. The main goal of that new camera is to unify both worlds, the Alpha and NEX. These are the characteristics of the camera:
– Alpha mount camera with built-in compatible E-mount (no-external adapter needed!). Current NEX lenses will work in “crop mode”.
– Full Frame sensor.
NEX-7 alike design, just a bit bigger.
– Built-in new generation OLED viewfinder
– global shutter

It’s also important for you to know that there will not be a Full Frame E-mount camera. That AE hybrid camera will be the “fullframe NEX” camera we are waiting for. The camera is already available in different prototypes. So specs can still change but the concept as a whole has been approved and will hit the market in 2012. I guess it will be announced in September at Photokina.

I still don’t know how this hybrid mount works but as I told you weeks ago an idea like that has been already realized with the Zeiss Ikon Contax I, II and III that can still be found here on eBay.

One more thing: join us here:

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!


December 22, 2011
Posted in reviews

NEX is the best choice (Dpreview). Plus new NEX-5n reviews.


DPReview (Click here) posted a mirrorless cameras roundup. And for each category you can see that NEX cameras are having the highest scores:
Highest score beginner mirroless camera: Sony NEX C3 (Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Highest score intermediate camera: SONY NEX 5n (Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)
Highest score advanced camera: SONY NEX 7 (Price check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay)

DigitalPhotographySchool (Click here) posted the full NEX-5n review: “Image quality is superbly sharp and fully colour saturated. But attaching the lens make the combo a largish proposition.
I was also a little startled to see the PDF manual erroneously claim the CMOS sensor carried 14.2 megapixels, when it actually has a 16.1 million pixel population. Makes a reviewer’s life tough!“.

The Sony NEX-5n and the Voigtlander Nokton 35 1.4 by Terence Jones at Steve Huff (Click here).

Craig: “I was wondering if you’d be interested in viewing and possibly sharing a gallery of images shot with my Sony NEX 5N with a Voigtlander Color-Skopar 21mm f/4 Pancake lens to help your readers ‘see’ what this wonderful camera and lens can do in ALL KINDS of situations. I’ve owned the camera and lens now for just under two months.
You can see the gallery on my website here:

Metthew Belcher (Click here) posted a Zeiss 24mm DOF test made with the NEX-5n.

Sony NEX-5n test with M mount lenses at (Click here).

The black Sony NEX-5 with 18-55mm kit lens sells for $499 only at Amazon (Click here). And I noticed that the camera is the most sold camera for a very long time now at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking).

December 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

NEX-7 news roundup + new madness auctions + watch out BHphoto!


Luminous Landscape (Click here) made a new real world comparison between the Leica M9 and Sony NEX-7: “The cameras are very close, but there is a slight advantage to the Sony, almost certainly due to it having a higher resolution sensor.”

Peter Sills (Click here) wrote the “10 Firmware Update Suggestions for the NEX-7“.

Photographytalk (Click here) listed the “10 Surprises of the Sony NEX-7 Camera That Will Cause Serious Photographers To Look Twice“.

DCresource (Click here) posted a RAW versus JPEG comparison. RAW image do look quite good!

Menawhile the ebay madness continues. There are two new NEX-7 auctions on eBay US (Click here and Click here). Yesterday the NEX-7 has been sold for $3.761,00 (Click here to see)!!! And used NEX-7 cameras are worth $3.200 on Amazon too (Click here).

But those of you looking for the chance to get the NEX-7 body for the normal price should look at Bhphoto (Click here). A “bird” told em they will have a new limited Stock within the next few days!

December 21, 2011
Posted in news

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!

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