December 9, 2011
Posted in news

SLR magic shows the new 23mm f/1.7 lens for E-mount (UPDATED with full press release)

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SLR magic sent this picture to show the new Hyperprime 23mm f/1.7 lens for E-mount. It’s coming in Dec/Jan and the price is $379. It’s almost two third cheaper than the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 but it has no autofocus and very likely it will not be that good. I hope they will send me some image samples soon to see how it performs!

P.S: This is the second Hyper prime lens. The first is the Hyperprime 50mm f/0.95 lens (Click here to see it on eBay).

PRESS RELEASE
NEW: THE SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7
SLR Magic expands its E-mount lineup with a new wide angle lens

Hong Kong, China (December 8, 2011) – SLR Magic expands the E-mount lens lineup with the new SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 wide angle lens. With this latest addition, the portfolio of lenses for the E-mount system is now comprised of three focal lengths. The world’s fastest interchangeable camera lens with APS-C coverage in this focal length, the SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 will be available in January 2012.
The field of view of this new HyperPrime Lens corresponds to a 35mm lens in 35mm format and this fast wide angle of view opens up many new creative composition opportunities, particularly in the fields of candid, street, and landscape cinematography and photography. A minimum focus distance of 0.15m allows for pleasing defocused backgrounds. Additionally, a fast max aperture of F1.7 makes the SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 ideal for available-light photography.
We place our highest priority in the development of all HyperPrime lenses to fulfill the demands of professional cinematographers and photographers. The design and build of the SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 is solid and reliable.
The SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 will be available from authorized SLR Magic dealers by the end of January 2012.

Technical Data SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7
Lens Type: Fast wide-angle lens with five Tantalum glass elements to ensure superior cinematic performance.
Compatible Cameras: All E-mount cameras
Optical Design: 8 elements in 7 groups
Distance Settings: Distance range: 0.15m to ∞, combined scale meter/feet
Aperture: Manually controlled diaphragm, 12 aperture blades (circular), Lowest value 22
Bayonet: E-mount
Filter Mount: 49mm; filter mount does not rotate.
Surface Finish: Black anodized
Dimensions: Length to bayonet mount: approx. 50mm (approx. 1.97in)
Largest diameter: approx. 61mm (approx. 2.40in)
Weight: approx. 240g (approx. 8.47oz)

Andrew Chan
Product Manager

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December 8, 2011
Posted in deals, rumors

Zeiss 24mm for NEX in Stock status. NEX-5/3/VG10 firmware info leaked!

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I keep getting good news all the time now ;) After the new Tamron announcement and NEX-7 shipment news I also can post you the first pdf with the NEX-5/3/VG10 firmware info. It’s coming veeery soon! Download the pdf here: nexvg.info/VG10_fw_update.pdf. (A SAR reader just told em that the linsk ahs been found by Christopher Ashworth).

And here is the new in Stock status of the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 for NEX.
It’s in Stock in Europe at Amazon Deutschland (Click here), Amazon UK (Click here), Sony Sweden (Click here) and Cameracenter UK (Click here).
In Asia/Australia at Sony Australia (Click here), Digitalrev (Click here) and eBay (Click here).
Still not in Stock in North America: SonyStore US (Temporarily out of Stock) and Sony Canada (In February only?).

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December 8, 2011
Posted in news

First NEX-7 and Tamron lens shipping next week! And NEX-7 case in Stock at BHphoto!

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We have plenty of good news today :) Here is an update about the new Tamron lens and NEX-7 shipment (Thanks to all readers for collecting these news!):
1) The new Tamron lens costs 80,000 Yen without tax (>$1,000) in Japan and will start to ship on Dec 15! As soon as I know where you can preorder I will share the links. The optical performance graph of the lens is available at DC.watch (Click here).
2) A couple of SAR readers got an email from Sony Store saying that their NEX-7 preorder will ship next week! And the new Sony Body Case and Lens Jacket for the NEX-7 is already in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).
3) The new Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens for NEX is in Stock (or soon in Stock) in many stores: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

Here are all the links to the NEX-7 to see who is accepting preorders:

Australia: CameraPRO, Digitalrev, Amazon, Adorama, B&H, eBay.au
Austria: Amazon.at, Calumetphoto.de, eBay.at
Belgium: PCH Store, Calumet.be, Amazon.de, eBay.be
Canada: Newegg.ca, B&H, TheCameraStore, Amazon.ca, eBay.ca
China: Digitalrev, Amazon.cn, eBay
Denmark: eBay
Finland: eBay
France: Amazon.fr, eBay.fr
Germany: Amazon.de, Calumetphoto.de, Photo Porst Neuwied, Fotomundus, eBay.de
Hong Kong: Digitalrev, Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
Ireland: Amazon.uk, eBay.ie
Italy: Amazon.it, eBay.it
Japan: Amazon.jp, Rakuten, eBay
Netherlands: Calumet.nl, eBay.nl, Amazon UK, Amazon DE
Norway: eBay
Poland: eBay
Singapore: Digitalrev, B&H, eBay
Spain: Amazon.es, eBay
Sweden: eBay
Switzerland: Amazon.de, Calumetphoto.de, eBay.ch
United Kingdom: Amazon.co.uk, ParkCameras, Jessops, WexUK, eBay UK
USA: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay

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December 8, 2011
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Official: Sony NEX-7 and A65 coming on January 27 but first quantities already shipping now! + new NEX-7 accessories

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Finally! The NEX-7 and A65 will start worldwide shipment on January 27! Here is the news from Sony: http://www.sony.jp/ichigan/info2/20111208_2.html (google translated). A wonder why the A77 isn’t mentioned. I hope it’s because they are already producing and shipping the camera :) I have been told that Sony Japan is already accepting NEX-7 preorders! Also Amazon UK (Click here), Amazon DE (Click here), Amazon France (Click here), Adorama (Click here) are accepting preorders!

But there is one more good news. Early Sony US preorders will be shipped this months! Here is the official text from Sony USA: “Sony USA is happy to announce that limited quantities of the new NEX-7 camera will begin shipping to pre-order customers this month. Overall production capacity remains restrained as a result of the recent floods in Thailand, but we’ve made significant progress recovering our manufacturing capabilities and supply chain. We’re continuing to aggressively pursue all efforts to restore full production capability of the NEX-7 and other affected models.”

Sony Japan also announced new NEX-7 accessories you can see as screenshot here on top!

Good news guys or not? We can wait 6 weeks or not?

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December 8, 2011
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HOT! Tamron announces a new 18-200mm f/3,5-6,3 Di III VC lens for NEX!!!

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The spanish DSLRmagazine (Click here) just posted a super news! Tamron launched the first E-mount lens, the 18-200 mm f/3,5-6,3 Di III VC. Yeah there is already an Alpha lens version of it but this lens has been specifically designed for NEX and the main feature is the “step-motor” which is designed to align 100% with the contrast AF system of the NEX, particularly good for video! In addition, the “DMF” (Direct Manual Focus) allows focusing by hand if necessary, even in AF mode.

There is no info about the price and availabiliy yet. Here are the specs:

Coverage APS-C
Focus 18-200 mm
Focal “equivalent” 27-300 mm
Angles 76 º 10′-8 ° 03 ‘(diagonal)
Maximum aperture f / 3.5 to 6.3
Minimum Aperture f/22-40
Number of blades 7
Lenses / groups 17/13
Aspherical lens Not specified
Special lenses Not specified
Floating lens For internal focus
Coatings Multilayer
Minimum focusing distance 50 cm
Reproduction Ratio 1:3,7
Area covered Not specified
AF Yes, internal
Engine Type Stepwise, redesigned
Motorized Zoom Not
Engine Type Not applicable
Manual Focus So, with fine control in AF mode
Or filter 62 mm
Ø x length 68 x 96.7 mm (102 mm including lens mount)
Weight 460 grams
Design Exterior metallic silver and black finishes
Mount Metal, “E” for Sony NEX
Data transmission Electronics
Optimized for video If, stepper motor specific for NEX
Included Accessories Tapas, petal lens hood
Optional Accessories Not specified
Approximate price To be announced
Availability To be announced

 

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December 7, 2011
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-5N and exotic lenses (Leica-M, Leica-R, Zeiss ZM, Zeiss C/Y, Panasonic)

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The until today unknown website dearsusans.wordpress.com (Click here) tested plenty of exotic lenses on the Sony NEX-5n. It’s a review full of details and image samples. And he tested some really nice lens you might be interested to buy for your NEX. Here is the list of all reviewed lenses:

1) Leica Elmarit-R 19mm/2.8 II (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “This is a glorious lens for landscapes” but huge and suffers from flare.
2) Zeiss ZM Biogon 25/2.8 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “On the NEX-5N it looks at home. The size is perfect. Ergonomics are perfect, build quality is fantastic
3) Leica Summicron-M 28mm/2 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “This lens is perfection. It combines the refinement and naturalness of my Elmarit-R 19 with the sharpness of the Biogon 25.
4) Voigtlander Colour-Skopar 35mm/2.5 PII (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “In daylight, it’s a street shooter’s dream come true. Tiny, unobstrusive and unassuming.
5) Leica Summicron-R 50mm/2 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “It’s sharp a plenty, has good colour and reasonably nice bokeh. Build is to Leica standards, except for the aperture ring that feels a bit plastic and cheap
6) Zeiss Contact Planar T* 50/1.7 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “Pretty convincing (read excellent) and so cheap.”
7) Leica Summarit-M 75mm/2.5 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “I really liked that lens! My only criticism would be the polygonal bokeh.”
8) Zeiss Contax T* Sonnar 135/2.8 (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “The only real trouble with this lens is that it weighs a ton! Laaarge and heaaavy.
9) Panasonic 14mm (Click here to see lens specs and price on eBay): “Perfect if you’re into weight lifting and like creamy bokeh.”

 

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December 7, 2011
Posted in deals

Major price drop on the NEX-3 in USA.

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Before to start. Evey day you can find plenty of new deals at Amazon (Click here). I am only reporting the most important deals but you can find many other interesting products. So take a look!

NEX-3
I know you all want the NEX-7 or NEX-5n but if you want to spend as less as possible for a NEX camera (maybe as present for your wife or son) than you might get the NEX-3 :)
The red NEX-3 with 16mm pancake lens sells for $399 at Amazon (Click here).
The black NEX-3 with 18-5mm kit lens price dropped down to $449 at Amazon (Click here).

Flash, converters, adapter, and external monitor deals
There is a super rebate on many Sony accessories at Amazon (Click here).
Compact cameras are also discounted at Amazon (Click here).

The deal you cannot afford to miss: Sony Lens Rebates!
$500 off on Sony 300mm f/2.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on Zeiss 24 -70mm f/2.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$150 off on Sony 70-200mm f/2.8 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$100 off on Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony 100mm f/2.8 macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony DT 16-105mm f/3.5-5.6 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$50 off on Sony 50mm f/2.8 Macro at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 50mm f/1.4 at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 85mm f/2.8 SAM at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony DT 35mm f/1.8 SAM at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 30mm f/2.8 DT AF at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).
$25 off on Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT AF at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here).

16-50mm f/2.8 in Stock
The new lens is in Stock at Amazon (Click here) and now at BHphoto (Click here) too.

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