Sony TidBits…


SGNL chats with Sony CEO Kazuo Hirai at D11 (some general photography talk at the end of the interview).

Zeiss Touit 12mm lens test at Focus Numerique.
Sony A58 test at Mobile01.
Sony NEX-3n review at Photographyblog.
Sony RX100 tops our best high-end compacts test (TechRadar).
Sony Nex-3n Review at SonyAlphaLab.
A-Mount Rokinon 14mm ultra wide-angle lens review at SonyAlphaLab.
Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 first impression article at Dpreview.
Test Sony Alpha 58 at Focus Numerique.
Minolta 85mm f/1.4 review by Ken Rockwell.
Sony 20mm test at PChome and review at SonyAlphaLab.
Sony 16-50mm PZ OSS lens tested at SLRgear.

HS:TEST SEL35F18 vs. Speed Boster + Zeiss Macro 50F2 vs. Lens Turbo + Zeiss Macro 50F2

Jaakko:I tough that maybe you or the SAR readers would be interested of Some Outdoors and action sport shots Taken with Sony gear in North Europe. I use Sony NEX 6 and Sony A99 with various lenses. Photos can be found from my blog that are under my homepage here

Jose:Found a really good place to get Lightroom Lens Profile for Sony A99V with Zeiss lens.

Anonymous:Review of the NEX-7 from The Art of Photography:

Arthur:Just wanna share my flickr photostream, there are some example of rhinocam shots in original size ( 10000×10000)

Julien:Here are two videos filmed with a Sony Nex F3 and Sony E 18-55. This Nex is used in my work. The assembly is made with windows live movie maker. Link 1, Link 2.

Aniceta:I am Italian and I have discovered there is a fantastic review of the Sony DSC-RX100 here: hifipertutti.

Allan:Early spring morning, with a beautiful sunrise. Sony NEX-5n@18-55


The RX1R and RX100MII roundup. Full Japanese RX100MII manual for download.


It has been a busy weekend and in case you missed the many rumors here is a short roundup. First of all a news:  If you can read Japanese than download the RX100MII manual here:

The RX showdown:
The RX1R and the RX100MII will be announced on Jun 27. I guess the news will be official at 6-7 am London time. As usual you are invited to be online at SonyAlphaRumors where I will update you live with all hot links to reviews, image samples and tests. I am still not sure but It could be that Sony also announce a sort of “Mobile Cybershot” camera. And that is rumored to feature the new Sony JPEG engine that could find his way in A and E mount cameras with the next coming firmware updated (in July). And here are in short the new features of both RX cameras:
The Sony RX1R: It’s exactly the same camera as the current RX1 but it misses the Anti Aliasing filter. That’s why Sony will present it as the “High Reoslution” RX1 version. Don’t know what the price will be. But I guess they will charge you a bit extra for removing the Filter :)
The Sony RX100MKII: It has an “updated” 20 megapixel sensor with Exmor R technology. The same Zeiss lens as the RX100. But there are plenty of other changes: new tilt screen, longer battery life, ISO 100, Built-in Wifi, 24p recording and Hot Shoe.

One more thing: I am working on many new NEX and A-mount rumors. So if you don’t care abotu RX camera news don’t worry. Your time is coming soon ;)


New Sigma 18-35mm lens test: “Shockingly sharp”!


Note: Sigma for Sony preorder at  BHphoto (Click here)!

SLRgear (Click here) tested the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. And the conclusion sounds really amazing:

The Sigma 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM “A” lens packs a big punch in features and image quality without a big punch to the wallet. Shockingly sharp images at all apertures, even at ƒ/1.8, with excellent flatness of field and good control over chromatic aberration, distortion and vignetting make this lens a no-brainer for users of APS-C cameras looking to upgrade from their kit lens. Furthermore, the lens has excellent built quality with smooth zoom and focus actuation and a nice, hefty heft to it that brings to mind the feel of high-end professional-level zoom lenses. With a super-fast constant ƒ/1.8 aperture that produces surprisingly great images, packaged with excellent build quality, and at the same time having a price that dramatically undercuts the competition, the new 18-35mm ƒ/1.8 DC HSM “A” is sure to become a top seller for Sigma.

Again, this is an amazing lens for an incredible low price. Likely the best APS-C A-mount lens released the last 1-2years don’t you think?

Preorder at  BHphoto (Click here)!

P.S.: More image samples at Digitalcamerareview. More new deals info at DealsRunner (Deal of the day is the Sony action camera discount).


What’s new on the RX100MKII


The difference between the RX1 and the new RX1R is just that the R version has no Anti Aliasing filter. But the differences between the RX100 and the RX100M2 are a bit more…”consistent”. The sensor is Exmor R (20mp) but the lens is exactly the same from the current RX100. And these are the other new RX100MKII features:
1. it has wifi module 802.11b/g/n
2. it has NFC module
3. Multi interface shoe
4. mini-HDMI move from bottom next to Micro-USB
5. battery life get a little boost from 330 to 350
6. ISO start from 100
7. support EVF
8. zoom ring can be set to smooth or click
9. can choose to disable movie button
10. WB bracket
11. battery recharge time is significantly longer (0.5a vs 1.5a)
12. weight increase from 240g to 281g(w/card and battery)
13. Tilt screen

Thanks “privater” for the translation :)

RX100 links roundup:
RX100 price search links: [shopcountry 13014].
Cases: [shoplink 13347 ebay]Official Sony LCJ-RXA case[/shoplink], [shoplink 13344 ebay]Gariz case[/shoplink], [shoplink 13345 ebay]more leather case[/shoplink].
Batteries: [shoplink 13346 ebay]NP-BX1 Battery[/shoplink].
Special stuff: [shoplink 13343 ebay]Multi-Coated LENS ARMOR UV[/shoplink]. Magfilter at Amazon (Click here). RX100 filter adapter on [shoplink 13486 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]

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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!


Zeiss Touit gets ripped (last day of 4% reward)


Image courtesy: Lensrentals

Before to talk about the Toui (what a name) let’s not forget that today is the last day you can grab the 4% reward on Cameras and Lenses at Amazon US (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here). And don’t waste time…preorder the amazing Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 A-mount lens BHphoto (Click here to see price and specs)-

And now the Touit: Robert Cicala (Click here) ripped the Zeiss Touit lenses to see what’s inside. He writes:

“This thing is built well. Those of you who have misgivings about polymer (rather than metal) construction in a lens of this size, put those to rest. It’s built like a Zeiss; I expected no less. I was a bit skeptical about the choice of a DC motor to provide more power, but I have to say, they definitely chose a large, powerful motor, so that was probably just me being cynical. The overall construction and design were very solid, reminding me of a Zeiss or Leica rangefinder lens; much higher construction quality than many of the E mount lenses I’ve opened up.”

The 32mm f/1.8 is in Stock at Amazon (Click here), Samys (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and [shoplink 18998 ebay]Popflash (Click here)[/shoplink].
The 12mm f/2.8 is in Stock at BHphoto (Click here) and [shoplink 18996 ebay]Popflash (Click here)[/shoplink].

All today new deals at!


(SR5) Sony RX1R has no Anti Aliasing filter. That’s the only difference with the RX1.


I got feedback from trusted sources (and also via colleagues from photo rumors) that the only difference between the actual RX1 and the RX1R is that the RX1R has no Anti Aliasing filter. I have no info about the price of the RX1R but I really do hope they do not charge extra $$$ for that. The new RX1R will be introduced as “High Resolution” version. Like the Nikon D800E is the “high Resolution” version fo the D800.  That’s why the manual is the same of the current RX1!

Reminder: The Rx100MKII and RX1R will be announced on June 27. There may be a “Mobile Cybershot” smartphone camera too.