(SR3) A77/65 and Nex-7/5N availability in Asia (with price)

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Our Japanese friend from Digicaminfo just got a rumor from their Asian sources (Click here to read the google English translation).

  • NEX-5N will be released on September 9. 18-55mm + 55-210mm / f4.5-6.3 Double Zoom Kit on sale in October and November.
  • 2.53 million dot external EVF sells for 35,000 yen (450 dollar)
  • A65 will be released in mid-October. Expected selling price of ¥ 95 000 for body only (1200 dollar)
  • A77 will be released in mid-October. 150 000 yen for the body only (1960 dollar)
  • NEX-7 will be released on November 11. Expected selling price of ¥ 130 000 for the body (1700 dollar).

A warning, the prices in YEN are vey high and I converted it in dollar by using yahoo exchange calculator. But keep in mind that usually prices in US are much lower! An example: The NEX-C3 costs $744 at Amazon Japan and $649 at Amazon US.

UPDATE: I am in contact with the author of the blog. He also believes the price is too high! He will aks the soruce if he didn’t mean the price with kit lens and not body only!!!

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New Sony A35 review

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[shoplink 7419][/shoplink] The British website Trustedreviews (Click here) posted the final Sony A35 test: “While attention is naturally drawn to the super-fast AF and continuous shooting abilities of the A35, what really impresses is overall image quality“. Don’t forget to read the full test to see why they like the camera!
Also CNET Asia (Click here) tested the same camera: “The A35 is a subtle update to the Alpha range of SLRs and while it won’t be a game-changer, it’s certainly good at what it doe“. On their website you can see a couple of image/video samples and tests.

The new Sony A35 is in Stock at [shopcountry 7419].

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(SR5) First image of the NEX-5N with external EVF

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There is no day without having a Sony leak! This is the new picture of the NEX-5N with external EVF. Looks good or not?

The new EVF has 2,4 million dots and intelligent eye sensor. The bad news is that it works on the NEX-5N only, and not on the “older NEX”.

Everything (NEX-7, NEX-5N, VG-20, external EVF, 24mm f/1.8 Zeiss, 50mm f/1.8 OSS, 55-210mm OSS, A77, A65, vertical grip, 16-50mm f/2.8) will be announced on August 24 at around 6-7 am London time. be sure to be here on SonyAlphaRumors to follow the announcement live! As usual I will link you all reviews, images samples, press releases and so on.

P.S.: You can find SAR also on Google+, Facebook and Twitter!

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(SR5) New NEX-7 pictures and specs reminder.

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There are more small NEX-7 images (Click on the thumbnail to enlarge):

NEX-7
24,3 Exmor HD sensor
100-16.000 ISO
1200 zone metering
1920×1080 60p/60i/24p AVCHD 2.0 (28Mbit/s) video recording
3 million dot XGA OLED viewfinder (Active Matrix-OLED with RGB pattern from Samsung)
3inch 921k TruBlack LCD display (touchscreen)
10 fps
20ms startup time
Built-in flash
New universal hot shoe
Battery life for over 400 shots
Magnesium alloy body
Level Gauge and gridline
HDR, Panorama, Picture effexts
NEX-7 feel surprisingly light (at the same time solid).
Body only will be priced between $1000 and $1100.
The NEX-7 will be available in Europe and US around the 7th-10th of November.

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Veyr first E-mount Noktor 50mm f/0.95 test by Steve Huff

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That is a beats of a lens! The picture shows the Noktor 50mm f/0.95. But how good (or bad) performs the lens in the real world? Steve Huff (Click here to read the review) tested the lens on the new [shoplink 7207]Sony NEX-C3[/shoplink]. You can see many image smaples on his website and all I am going to report here is that the lens perfroms better than the m43 version fo the Noktor. Steve Huff is also giving away one lens for free!

You can get the current 28mm and 35mm lenses from SLR magic on [shoplink 8242 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. The Noktor is available on their homepage (Click here).

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(SR5) Some new tidbits about the A77 (A77 weights 680g and A65 weights 543g)

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I am continually getting small details from many sources. Those are the latest few bits:

The EVF menu is customizable and is as bright as the optical viewfinder from the [shopcountry 3032]A900[/shoplink]!
Almost all operations can be done with the eye on the EVF
Smart teleconverter (1.2x and 2.0x digital magnification)
Has Picture effects, A-HDR, Creative style
50ms minimum release time lag
Very good audio noise reduction
A77 weights 680g and A65 weights 543g

I still didn’t get detailed info about the image quality (stills and videos). Many sources do say the quality is on very high level. I guess we will see the first image samples on Wednesday August 24. Be sure to be online at SAR to follow the Sony announcement!

P.S.: You can find SAR also on Google+, Facebook and Twitter!

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Cool (and expensive) stuff from Sony: Binoculars with built-in video recording feature!

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Sony announced two new binoculars with built-in recording features (the DEV-3 and DEV-5)! You can read a preview written by our freind David Kilpatrick at Photoclubalpha (Click here). A full press release is available at Engadget (Click here).

UPDATE: You can already buy the two binoculars at Amazon US:
DEV-3 at Amazon (Click here).
DEV-5 at Amazon (Click here).

Below you can see a first preview made by a suisse website (there are english subtitles):

One more thing: David wrote: “An invitation to a Sony event on August 15th seemed perfectly timed for the announcement of the Alpha 77 and 65, NEX-7 and NEX-5n. In fact, those cameras are to be launched in Greece before August 24th when their embargo will be lifted – and Photoclubalpha, as a very minor player in this business, is not on the guest list.

Yes, the new Sony cameras and lenses will be announced in a huge event in Greece on August 24. And I found it pity that Sony didn’t invite David. Doesn’t matter how small his website is, he is a long time Alpha shooter and writer! Come one Sony!

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