May 6, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony deals in US (+ new deals for teacher and students)


Sony is putting Canon and Nikon under pressure. Look at those US deals:

1) Bhphoto created that nice Sony rebates page (Click here). You can see the full list of deals. And there are so many of them! Like that nice A850+lens deal for example (Click here). The same deals are also ongoing on other stores like Amazon, Adorama and J&R. But they didn’t display them as good as BH did.

2) There is an additional Full-time Student/ Photography “Teacher” Rebate at Adorama:
$250 back on the purchase of any A900 (Click here)
$150 back on the purchase of any A850 (Click here)
$75 back on both the A55 and A580 (Click here)
Added to the current instant rebates out there on the web you so prominently feature, anyone with the access to a Full-time student or photography teacher would be wise to take advantage of this opportunity while it exists!  Covers the entire range of lenses as well… (Thanks Nolan for sending me the deal news!)


Just a reminder for our (lucky) US readers. Most curreny Sony cameras are discounted:
-$50 on the A580 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.
-$50 on the A55 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the A33 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.


May 5, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Sony leaks the A77 name



UPDATE: That rumor comes from an external website. There is no way I can check if the rumor is correct or not. But I can guarantee the specs of the A77 I posted from my sources are almost certainly correct ;)

Inside the latest Sony consumer repair guide the A77 camera is listed (It costs $359 to repair it?).

A reminder. Tose are the specs of the camera we found through our sources:

The A77 is coming in mid July
Shipment start early October
Coming with new kit lens (A Sony 16-50mm zoom. Compared to the Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5 it will have a constant aperture and probably have a bit higher price. Zeiss 16-80mm price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.)
24 Megapixels (The combination of the new sensor+new Zeiss lens delivers 62% more resolution than the A55 16 Megapixel sensor.)
1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps and 720p/30fps high-definition video
AF fine-tuning capabilities. A source told us that it has an improved focusing system (quite fast and accurate).
3 Million dot OLED viewfinder (more than double of the resolution fo the current Sony A55/33 viewfinder.)
magnesium alloy
According to our sources it will be a little bit more expensive than the 60D. Canon 60D price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
It will take CF+SD+MS cards
No flip-up mode to allow shooting without this extra sheet of glass in place
1.000 pictures with one battery


Via Photorumors

May 5, 2011
Posted in news

Samyang starts shipment of the 8mm fisheye for NEX (where can we find it?)


Samyang is now shipping the 8mm for NEX. I looked around but I didn’t find any store having it available for preorder. Usually you can find them on eBay (Click here). Let me know if you can find the lens somewhere! Thanks!

That’s the official Samyang press release:
Krakow, May 5TH 2011.
Delta company, the sole distributor of Samyang products for Europe is proud to announce that Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 designed especially for Sony NEX-VG10, has been released for retail sale at price of EUR 299
Samyang 8mm f/3.6 Fish-eye CS VG10 is equipped with a bayonet Sony E  mount and was designed for digital camcorder Sony NEX-VG10. Due to the camcorder’s one-off construction, the bayonet mount was carefully adjusted to ensure possibly widest field of vision and prevent vignetting. Just like in other lenses constructed for filming purposes, aperture adjustment is perfectly smooth.
8mm f/3.6 Fish-eye CS VG10 lens is under 36-months warranty.
Samyang 8mm f/3.6 Fish-eye CS VG10 – EUR 299 (gross)

Links to
– The Sony NEX-VG10 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay
– Samyang 8mm lenses at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay


Via Dpreview

May 5, 2011
Posted in news

Editors note: wrong patent post


Quick note for our readers. For one hour an article went online with the wrong patent link and patent description. Sorry for that. I will soon post the real patent articles. (the mistake happened because I have been in very hurry at work).

You have the full right to blame me for that mistake ;)

May 5, 2011
Posted in reviews

Triple exotic lenses tested on the NEX cameras


I found a bunch of nice third party lens reviews (tested on NEX cameras). Let’s start with the most expensive lens:

1) Leica 50mm f/0.95
Steve Huff (Click here) tested the $11,000 lens on the NEX-5. yes it’s not a typo…$11,000 or 10.000 Euro. Don’t believe me? See the scary auctions on eBay (Click here). Got a heart attack? :)
That’s what he think about the combination: “This also made me wonder if there is anyone out there who bought an NEX-5 and a lens like the Noctilux to use with it. IMO, it would be a waste as the NEX sensor can not take full advantage of this masterpiece lens.

2) Panasonic 14mm f/2.5
EosHD (Click here) tested a Micro Four Thirds lens on the NEX-3. You wonder how that is possible? With that adapter you can find on eBay (Click here).
EosHD says: “It covers the whole sensor just about with a slight light fall off. What’s interesting is just how extreme the distortion of the image is without the electronic image correction of Micro Four Thirds bodies. The optics really are very compromised on their own. But it’s a sharp lens, even wide open at F2.5 and very contrasty.

3) Contax Zeiss Distagon and Planar
SonyAlphaNex (Click here) tested a bunch of (awesome) Contax lenses on the NEX-5!

May 4, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits (with links to NEX-C3 and A35 manual downloads!)


AF100 vs F3 vs FS100 Part 1: The Real World from Philip Bloom on Vimeo.

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-WX9 Review (Digitalcamerareview).

Japan’s factory not back to normal until autumn (AmateurPhotographer).

Moves To Dump Stringer As Head Of Sony (Channelnews)

Sony and Zstudio did remove the NEX-C3 and A35 manual download page. But our readers did copy the manual and posted them online:
NEX-C3 manual can be downloaded here: (Thanks Stefan)
A35 manual viewable on: (Thanks “x”)

May 4, 2011
Posted in news

Sony NEX-FS100 shipment start in late May!


Sony FS100 and F3 compared from Ingenious TV on Vimeo.

Abelcine (Thanks Andy Shipsides) confirmed the NEX-FS100 will be in Stock in late May. Preorders are also available on BHphoto (Click here). Reminder: Also european and asian readers can buy the camera at BHphoto. They have an online shipping and import taxes calculator for you!

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