October 23, 2011
Posted in news

First pictures of the submerged Sony thai factories! Four months production stop?


This is the very first picture of the flood that hit the Sony factory in Thailand (Source: Bangkokpost). And the mayor of the Bankadi municipality said that: “It will take about a month for the floodwaters to recede and then at least three months to rehabilitate the park“. Sony didn’t officially release a statement about the current situation in Thailand. What I heard from my sources is that the Sony NEX-7 production will be moved to other factories. But also that will not be a quick process.

P.S.: You can read some general details about the Sony factory at Wesleynet.



Thanks Eric

October 22, 2011
Posted in news

Something else: The Sony 18mm-252mm T/3.8 lens for the F3.


While we are still waiting for our new A-mount lenses Sony made a new PL-mount lens with terrific specs! It is a 14x High power zoom for high-end production!
“The SCL-Z18X140 is a new zoom lens for the PMW-F3 Super 35mm CineAlta compact camcorder. It is a 14x high-power zoom lens from 18mm-252mm at T3.8 (Wide). The SCL-Z18X140 has been specifically designed to fit to the PMW-F3 via the camcorder’s own FZ mount, expanding the operational flexibility of the PMW-F3 so it can be used for almost any application. The SCL-Z18X140 is the first zoom lens which you can operate with the zoom rocker of the PMW-F3.”
Now, I want to see that kind of professional approach on future A-mount cameras and lenses too! Can’t wait to here more about the upcoming A9x!

October 22, 2011
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Sony TidBits (NEX-7 control overview video)


Sony NEX-7 control overview by Steve Huff

Sony Alpha A35 review at ePhotozine (Click here): “Image quality is excellent, and the camera feels great, working as expected with a good number of controls and buttons giving quick access to settings“. The camera gets higly recommended!

35mm versus Arri Alexa, Red MX, EOS 1D und Sony F3 at Johnbrawley.

Sony NEX-C3 review at T3 (Click here): “The NEX-C3 is a very capable camera for anyone trading up from a pocket point and shoot, wanting better pictures and who is not put off by the rather utilitarian body design and the (by comparison) overly large kit zoom threaded onto the front. Though more refinement than revolution, this is a camera that is easy to admire with its steely competency“.

SLR Magic + Sony NEX 5 review at digital-photography-school.

Sony NEX-C3: análisis (Quesbesde).

Arca-Swiss Announces Their “NEX Kit” (Echenique).

Sony World Photography Awards 2012 Honorary Jury Announced (Photoxels).

October 21, 2011
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NEX-7 shipment date now 30/11 at Sonystyle Canada (A77 will be back in Stock in 3-4 weeks!)


Our reader “Alper” noticed that Sonystyle Canada displays a new shipment date for the NEX-7. It now says it will ship on November 30 (before it was mid November) and that “this item is backorderable“. Check your Sony store if they will change the shipment date.

A source contacted me to say that “the Sony A77 bodies and kits will be arriving in stock in 3-4 weeks. I clarified that the cameras arriving were not to fill pre-orders and they confirmed this.“. That’s good news! Thanks source ;)

These are the NEX-7 Sonystore links for every country. I didn’t notice any new shipment date changes on all countries but Canada:

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

October 21, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony NEX-7 ISO tests (some video color banding too?).


I bet many of you already preordered the NEX-7 (like I did) and you are certainly not happy to hear that you will have to wait a couple of months more before to get your hands on the camera. But there are many lucky reviewers out there having the NEX-7 for testing. You might ask them if they sell you the testing model? :)

Justin Nystrom posted that vimeo video you see on top (Click here to visit his site). And he says: “Not great art, but more of an equipment test. At a very cool event sponsored by Mike’s camera in Denver on October 15, I had about a half an hour to test out a prototype model Sony NEX-7. My impression is that this is an interesting little camera. All of this was shot in 24p mode because the event only had class 6 cards for sale. As you can see, the autofocus is a little slow. I used the Zeiss 24/1.8 lens on this, no color correction, and this is exported out of FCP7. Sorry now that I didn’t wait to test the A77, but I cannot stand zoos. The color banding that appears in this showed up in one other clip as I panned across the sandy-brown cement and rocks. Ideas?

First we have the guys from Focus Numerique (Click here) that just posted a new NEX-7 noise test (JPG not RAW!). As you can see the Sony NEX-5n is much better at High ISO. At low ISO the NEX-7 does a pretty good job. And anyway, the reviewer said that “the sensor of the NEX-7 does wonders at 6400 ISO sensitivity” suggesting that for a camera with that resolution the NEX-7 actually does a decent job at high ISO!

There is a second short ISO test posted by the Chinese website Zol (Click here).

New NEX-7 image samples have been posted by DCresource and Steve Huff (Full review from Steve is coming soon).

Fashion photographer Nathan Lee Bush (found via Noisycamera) tested the NEX-7: “the NEX-7 is a revolutionary leap forward in the race to put compact interchangeable lens cameras in the hands of serious photographers. It is the first uncompromised alternative to enthusiast and semi-pro DSLRs whose price point it shares, and could conceivably be a first camera for serious enthusiasts and pros, rather than a second, carry-everywhere addition to their existing system“.

Editor’s note: Sony may will take the chance and use the 1-2 months production delay to fix some early “issues” of the NEX-7. So….please improve the JPEG engine and no banding issue on my NEX-7…ok? Thanks! :)

And here are the preorder links. As I told you yesterday, there are plenty of NEX-5n in Stock and the amazing Zeiss 24mm and Sony 50mm lenses will be soon in Stock!
Sony NEX-7 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony NEX-5n Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 50mm f/1.8 Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Sony 55-210mm Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
NEX-5n viewfinder Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

October 20, 2011
Posted in reviews

Full Sony NEX-5n Field Review at Luminous Landscape (NEX-7 will be produced elsewhere?)


So here we are with the only new Sony camera that is in Stock in every part of the world :) Out friends over at Luminous Landscape (Click here) posted a new NEX-5n review: “My bottom line observation is that until the NEX-7 ships, the NEX-5n has taken the prime spot in my gear bag. Big camera quality and features in something that fits in a coat pocket and that can take literally a thousand or more different lenses. What’s not to like?

And you know it will take a lot of time before the NEX-7 will be in Stock. Sony is currently transferring the production from the submerged area in Thailand to another factory that usually produces other audio stuff. Here is the official press release from Sony: “Operations of our factory in Thailand have been temporarily suspended due to flooding, supply chain and transportation difficulties.  The flooding at the STT-A [Sony Technology Thailand – Ayutthaya ] factory, which manufactures Alpha / NEX camera bodies and interchangeable lenses, began on October 14th, and some equipment has been partially damaged.  We’re currently investigating the impact to overall supply chain and future product launch timing“.

So here are the links to the NEX-5n: . As usual click on the shop names to check the availability and price of the camera. The viewfinder is also in Stock: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

October 20, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony A900 will be in Stock until December. Death of the OVF technology.


A source just told me that the Sony A850 will be in Stock until December. There will be no price drop on the camera because Sony is confident that the few camera that are still in hands of the dealers will sell out within the year. As you know this will be the last Sony camera with classic optical viewfinder. The next FF camera will be SLT (translucent) and be announced early Spring. It will very likely have a new generation 24 Megapixel sensor.

If you want that camera search at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay. Soon you will not be able to find it in Stock anymore!


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