(SR4) Sony photo product announcement on February 20th?


I told you the real new camera and lens stuff from Sony is coming soon and after all the big CES and CP+ show. I just got an email saying that a new announcement may be scheduled for February 20th. New NEX-3n, new SLT A38 (and maybe the A58 too) could be announced. I am investigating this and ask my sources if they can confirm the rumor. Thanks!

UPDATE: One new anonymous source confirmed the date. Other sources confirmed there is indeed a camera announcement to come soon.

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Sigma 30mm and 19mm lens tested at Photozone.


Image courtesy: Photozone

Photozone (Click here) posted the full Sigma 30mm lens review. And the reviewer quite likes the lens: “While we didn’t formally test the bokeh this time it seems to be pretty good when looking at our sample images. Sigma’s new linear AF motor is both speedy as well as silent. Combine all this with the extremely low price tag and it’s obvious that you are getting lots of bangs for your bucks here!

And they also tested the 19mm Sigma (Click here to read the review): “The Sigma AF 19mm f/2.8 EX DN has certainly an edge over its obvious competitor – the Sony E 16mm f/2.8 – so if you are feeling an itch for compact primes it may be a reason to go for it. Price/performance-wise it is just an average offering though.

The lens is now incredibly cheap (99 Dollars or Euro) as a double kit at BHphoto (Click here) as single lens ->the 19mm is available here at Uniquephoto and the 30mm lens is also at Uniquephoto. In Europe at Technikdirekt or on eBay (via Slidoo).


RX1 roundup with great review by Utpott. And new $2599 deal in US.


Björn Utpott shows us how reviewers should take pics of cameras! The nice image on top introduces his last RX1 user report you can read here: http://bmupix.com/reviews/2013/1/29/rx1-user-report-with-raw-samples.
He writes: “Like every camera, it has some flaws, but none of them come close to overshadowing the incredible feat of miniaturization that the RX1 represents. If you’re happy to shoot at 35mm, then there’s no longer any need to sacrifice image quality in order to have a compact kit.

And now the $2599 deals on the RX1 are back at [shoplink 16823 ebay]BigValue (Click here)[/shoplink] and [shoplink 16822 ebay]Cameraland (Click here)[/shoplink]. That’s 1.920 Euro and a price difference of almost 1.200 Euro compared to the best price at Amazon Germany. EU readers will be red in face right now :)

More RX1 bits: Image samples at Photographyblog. A perplexing Sony RX1 mystery solved and a sneak peek at ongoing camera tests (Imaging Resource). Electronic Viewfinder first time in Stock at Uniquephoto. RX1 thumb in Stock at Amazon US.


Firmware update now available at Sony Japan’s website.


Last week Sony announced the release of the new firmware for SLT and NEX cameras. And today it’s available for download at Sony Japan’s website (translation here).

UPDATE: You can now visit the Sony Asian websites click on the “support” tab and select the camera you want to update. An example:
Sony Australia: NEX-7 fw update.
Sony Asia: A99 fw update.
Sony Singapore: NEX-6 fw update.
Sony Germany: NEX-5n fw update.
Sony US: All updates here (just select the model).

Let the comunity know your findings after the upgrade!


SAR reader work roundup…(part two)


I LOOK & MOVE from Constantine Konovalov on the Sony a33/a550 and Tamron 17-50/2.8 lens.

A couple of days ago I posted the first part of the SAR readers work roundup. THis is the second part. Thank you all for submitting your work!

Nagendra:Inspired by the article you had featuring Luca Rossini I have started a 365 days blog with NEX-3 (The first edition NEX) The blog is running for last 118 days. I would be most greatfull if you could check the blog and if found suitable publish it as part of Reader’s work roundup. The blog is running under two separate domains nklightart.wordpress.com and 365dayswithnex3.myfotojournal.com.  The blog under nklightart.wordpress.com will be the one will continue to update. Will only be to update the 365dayswithnex3.myfotojournal.com till the free space limit exceeds.

Phil:we make proffesionell image videos for brands and products and work with the a77 & the nex 5 only. check out those 2 vids maybe you want to post 1 of them. https://vimeo.com/54924748 (Few GoPro shots as well)  https://vimeo.com/56802359 (only 1 GoPro Shot)

Kwan:Have been using the Nex System with the introduction of the F3 and loving it! And now, with a Nex to Pentax adapter, more fun! My photos are available in http://kwan77.blogspot.com

Taran:almost all shots in this set with NEX. http://www.flickr.com/photos/artistwithlight/sets/72157632456864838/

Alexey:I want to share my video «Snow Nude. Girls among snowscapes.» It was shot this and last winter in Russia. Cameras were NEX-5N and NEX-6, with some NEX and Alpha lenses. http://youtu.be/jfFW2cb6JV0

Anonymous:Here is a set of SB images through various lenses.  More will be added in time. http://www.flickr.com/photos/vivek-iyer/sets/72157632630886829/

Lee:This little beast compliments my sony nex 5n brilliantly for video work https://vimeo.com/58391656

Jaakko:i´m Sony photographer from Finland. Last year I was still using Nikon gear but I´m currently using Sony A99 and NEX6. If you or the SAR readers are interested I´m writing (mostly photos) a blog here http://www.postiphoto.blogspot.fi/ . I´m action/outdoor oriented photographer and so far the Sony gear has performed more than great. Haven`t missed the Nikon yet!

Ivan:I wanted to share 2 links with you (below). The first one is a interview I made and shot entirely with the a99. The second is the link to what could be the first underwater picture taken with the a99. This is the first videos of a series. Its divided in 3 parts so be sure to watch them all! They should start playing one after the other automatically as a playlist. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Owoc9fEz1Iw&list=PLezpCwYgD_yvnu33n5zSPbrGFiDHxJOxO

James:So I was one of the people who pre-ordered the a99 when it was announced, I have had it for a while and there are lots of images uploaded to my flickr page including my friends (low budget) wedding, but basically all kinds of stuff, I like the a99 because its very ergonomic, the fast switching between LCD to EVF, and so far it’s the best Sony SLR for low light. Oh yeah I also use the RX100, and I am super happy with it as well: flickr.com/photos/theprevia

Bert:On my journey to india I took a lot of pictures with the ‘oldskool’ NEX-5 and the 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6 lens with Hoya filter. In my opinion this NEX-lens is ideal for travelling if you don’t need a lot of zoom. The image quality is fine and especially the lightweight is a winner for me.You can find the pictures on my blog: http://nexblog.be/2013/01/06/nexblog-special-india/3722/

Andrea: “Perceiving the look in your eyes https://vimeo.com/58352714. To be relaized the project needs your support at http://www.indiegogo.com/perceivinglooks. Shot on the A55, gli obiettivi usati sono un Tamron 17 – 50 2.8, un Minolta 50mm 1.7 e un Minolta 70 – 210 F4.



Reminder: Big SLT and NEX rebates in US.


This is just a reminder to say that yesterday Sony launched a great deal action on many SLT and NEX cameras. The only little bad news is that the deal doesn’t include the new A99. That’s the list:

Deal 1) Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 2) Save up to $200 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras (Click here to see the Amazon page). The same deal is now running on BHphoto and Adorama too.
Deal 3) Save up to $100 on Select Sony Lenses (Click here to see the Amazon page).
Deal 4) Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras Starting at $79 (Click here to see the Amazon page).

The NEX-6 deal may be the on to grab. it’s the newest NEX camera and was a good deal even before the $100 price drop!