First Tamron 18-200mm for NEX tests. 30mm macro lens review at SLRgear.


Tamron 18-200mm
As you know Tamron released the first lens for the NEX system and Mike Kobal (Click here) tested the 18-200mm lens. Not that such a lens was really neede as we already have the Sony 18-200mm lens :(
Anyway, Mike also had that Sony lens but the Tamron is “a little smaller, lighter and has two additional lens elements. The built quality of both lenses is excellent“. Soem more image samples have been posted here on Flickr (Click here).

30mm macro
And the 30mm macro lens for NEX has been reviewed at SLRgear (Click here): “With good results for sharpness, corner shading and distortion, the only hesitation might be higher-than-desired results for chromatic aberration, but even that is treatable with post-processing.“.
SonyAlphaLab (Click here) tested the lens on the NEX-7:”The contrast and color are also decent from what I’ve taken so far. The lens Bokeh is not the prettiest I’ve seen, but it is nice and smooth which is still very pleasing to the eye. Based on these initial test shots only, I would have to highly recommend this lens.
Click those links to check if the lens is in Stock: [shopcountry 10041].


New A77 review (contains lots of suggestions for the A99)


REVIEW: Sony A77 from Caleb Pike on Vimeo.

As I told you a week ago Sony delayed the A99 fullframe camera release to September in order to have enough time to evaluate the A77 customer reaction. On the video on top Caleb Pike is highlighting some of the “limits” of the A77 the A99 should try to solve. I hope Sony will take notice of these because I really want my A99 to be as close to perfection as possible :)

What do you think about Caleb’s review?

The A77 is in Stock:
in USA/Canada at Sonystore US (within 2 weeks), Expansys USA (within 8 days), Expansys Canada (within 8 days),
in Europe at Jessops (within 10 days), Amazon Germany (Click here), Expansys UK (within 6 days), Amazon Italy (Click here),
in Asia at Amazon Japan (Click here), Amazon Cina (Click here),



Some NEX-C3 kits discontinued and 50mm lens coming in March


I am one of those guys waiting for the 50mm f/1.8 E-mount lens and finally Sony is giving is a clue about the possible release date. Sony Japan (Click here) writes:

NEX-5n with 18-55 and 55-200mm lens release on May 12
50mm f/1.8 release on March 9
NEX-C3 with 18-55 and 55-200mm (production stop!)
NEX-C3 with 16mm and 18-55 lens release in June
NEX-C3 with 18-55 (production stop!)

My guess is that soon all [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink] kits will be disocntinued pretty much like the [shoplink 3617]Sony A55[/shoplink]. I guess you know what will happen soon :)

P.S.: 50mm lens preorder search links at: [shopcountry 8448].


POLL: SLR magic asks you what kind of wide angle lens for NEX you want!


SLR magic manager asked me if I could post a POLL for you. They want to know which kind of wide angle lens you would like them to make for your NEX camera. There are four options. It’s important to know that the price and size of the lens will increase with the wideness of the angle. That means that the 10mm f/2.0 lens will be bigger and cost more than the 12mm f/1.8. Price will be somewhere between 600-800 Euro. This would be completely new designed lenses for the NEX system!

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SLR magic already made three lenses for the NEX system:
[shoplink 11186 ebay]The 28mm f/2.8 (here on eBay)[/shoplink] [shoplink 11187 ebay]The 35mm f/1.7 (here on eBay)[/shoplink] [shoplink 11185 ebay]The 50mm f/0.95 (here on eBay)[/shoplink]


Amazon US cancels your 50mm NEX lens orders. Watch out for your NEX-7 preorders.

[shoplink 8448][/shoplink] Watch out guys! Amazon is deleting your 50mm NEX lens preorders and they could do the same with your NEX-7 preorders!
This is the message from Amazon:
Due to a lack of availability from our suppliers, we will not be able to obtain the following item(s) from your order: Sony 50mm f/1.8 Telephoto Lens for Sony E Mount Nex Cameras
We’ve canceled the item(s) and apologize for the inconvenience. We must also apologize for the length of time it has taken us to reach this conclusion

I suggest you to preorder the lens in other stores like Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). I know they will NOT send you messages like that and keep your preorders. The only place where you find the lens right now is Amazon Japan (6-10 days).

What worries me is that you might lose your NEX-7 preorder too! I have been told the body only will be in shipped to USA in February while the kit version will ship in March. If you preordered the camera at Amazon I highly recommend you to make a new order at Adorama (Click here) , Bhphoto (Click here) or Sonystore (Click here) too!


Johnnie Behiri (who is working with the BBC) tests the Sony NEX5n.


Vienna coffee houses-Working with the Sony NEX5n for broadcast from Johnnie Behiri on Vimeo.

Johnnie Behiri sent me an email to share his first “video-experience” with the [shoplink 8452]Sony NEX-5N[/shoplink]. He realized that video for the BBC: “A minute before the new Canon C300 and Nikon D4 are here to lift the picture quality bar, here is our attempt to work with the Sony NEX5n in a “normal short feature for broadcast environment”. It is part of our ongoing effort to test different modern working tools.
The little Sony is a lot of fun to work with. Its low light capability is very nice and working in even 1600 ISO is a absolutely “worry free”. Moiré and aliasing are surly there but after working with the Canon 7d how can I complain…:)
Camera DID NOT warm up and shut off probably due to the fact that I was working with EVF connected and my sequences (even the interviews) did not stress the camera to the limit.

It’s interesting to notice that the NEX5n was never approved by the BBC as a “certified broadcast camera“:  “Nevertheless, in the on going changes in our media world where budget and personal must be taken into consideration, there is always a need for an alternative tool(s) to support and do the job. Luckily the BBC is not ignoring the technical changes and as such there is some freedom to “explore, report from the field and share the experience” with other colleagues.

For the price you really get a lot with the NEX-5n! And it’s good enough even for ral broadcasting productions :)

P.S.: The black NEX-5n is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here). And here are all the links to the NEX-5n search pages at [shopcountry 8452].



New NEX-7 tests at Luminous Landscape (and 12mm lens tets at 3Dkraft)


La Parroquia from The Luminous Landscape on Vimeo.

There is a new NEX-7 versus A900 comparison at Luminous Landscape (Click here). As usual with LL this is a very honest and interesting review (Bravo!). I am not surprised to see the NEX-7 image quality to be on par with the A900. And it also makes me even increase the expectations on the image quality of the upcoming new A99 with 24 Megapixel full frame sensor. P.S.: Here are the links to the still amazing A900 camera: [shopcountry 3032].

Meanwhile 3Dkraft (Click here) made a sort of crazy test. He attached the [shoplink 11180 ebay]12mm f/1.6 Hypeprime m43 lens (Here on eBay)[/shoplink] on the NEX-7 via m43 to E-mount adapter: “As expected, the image circle of this m4/3 lens does not cover the whole APS-C sensor format. But the shadowing effect is less than expected as you can see in the following example taken at F2.0

NEX-7 availability status:
I am in contact with stores in Europe and USA. They all told me that the new NEX-7 body only stocks will arrive in February. The kit version is due for March. So here is the full link list:
[shoplist 8454]