Tamron 60mm and Samyang 35mm reviews (+ Kowa 55mm f/1.0)

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Kurtmunger (Click here) tested the Tamron 60mm f/2.0 macro lens for Sony: “I would highly recommend the Tamron 60mm F/2 lens when used out in the field at longer distances, where F/2 can come in handy for getting a defocused background, or hand-held available light situations.  For people wanting a good macro lens with plenty of working distance, and will be using it at close focus, I’d recommend the Sony 100mm macro.
Click on shopnames to check price and availability of the Tamron: [shopcountry 6803].
And click here to check price and availability of the Sony macro: [shopcountry 6805].

On Dpreview forum (Click here) a user tested the Samyang 35mm f/1.4 on the NEX-5.

P.S.: “jieying” made four new reworked Kowa 55mm f/1.0 lenses for NEX. He is selling them on [shoplink 6804 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].


Sony Titbits


NEX-5 using the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer and [shoplink 6795]Nikon 50mm f/1.4[/shoplink].

A new german Fuji X100 forum (http://www.fuji-x100-forum.de/). Visit it! ;)

NAB 2011 – Odds ‘N’ Ends (ProVideoCoalition).

Mails from our readers

1) Adam: “I thought you might like to see a personal short film I just finished that was shot on an NEX-5 using the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer and Nikon 50mm f/1.4.
I’ve uploaded it Vimeo and Youtube (I personally find the quality of video often looks better on Vimeo but many more people seem to visit Youtube)
Youtube link:
Vimeo link:
A little bit of info on my site:
I’ll be adding more details to my site on the set-up I used in the coming weeks. Just got to find some time I guess… sigh.
Anyway… I hope you like it. Would love you get some feedback.” Editor’s note: you can see the embedded video on top!

2) Jason: “Hello, here is a few links to the Alpha 55 review material I have done so far.

3) Anonymous: “You can find a lot of photos of the Nex 5 with Zeiss Contax Lenses at Flickr (Click here)


Sony deals in US (+ new deals for teacher and students)


Sony is putting Canon and Nikon under pressure. Look at those US deals:

1) Bhphoto created that nice Sony rebates page (Click here). You can see the full list of deals. And there are so many of them! Like that nice A850+lens deal for example (Click here). The same deals are also ongoing on other stores like Amazon, Adorama and J&R. But they didn’t display them as good as BH did.

2) There is an additional Full-time Student/ Photography “Teacher” Rebate at Adorama: http://www.adorama.com/pdfs/rebates/40A-0802_Alpha_Rebate_9_2011_v4.pdf
$250 back on the purchase of any A900 (Click here)
$150 back on the purchase of any A850 (Click here)
$75 back on both the A55 and A580 (Click here)
Added to the current instant rebates out there on the web you so prominently feature, anyone with the access to a Full-time student or photography teacher would be wise to take advantage of this opportunity while it exists!  Covers the entire range of lenses as well… (Thanks Nolan for sending me the deal news!)


Just a reminder for our (lucky) US readers. Most curreny Sony cameras are discounted:
-$50 on the A580 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.
-$50 on the A55 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the A33 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.


(SR3) Sony leaks the A77 name



UPDATE: That rumor comes from an external website. There is no way I can check if the rumor is correct or not. But I can guarantee the specs of the A77 I posted from my sources are almost certainly correct ;)

Inside the latest Sony consumer repair guide the A77 camera is listed (It costs $359 to repair it?).

A reminder. Tose are the specs of the camera we found through our sources:

The A77 is coming in mid July
Shipment start early October
Coming with new kit lens (A Sony 16-50mm zoom. Compared to the [shoplink 5586]Zeiss 16-80mm f/3.5-4.5[/shoplink] it will have a constant aperture and probably have a bit higher price. Zeiss 16-80mm price check at [shopcountry 5586].)
24 Megapixels (The combination of the new sensor+new Zeiss lens delivers 62% more resolution than the [shoplink 3617]A55 16 Megapixel sensor[/shoplink].)
1080p/30fps, 720p/60fps and 720p/30fps high-definition video
AF fine-tuning capabilities. A source told us that it has an improved focusing system (quite fast and accurate).
3 Million dot OLED viewfinder (more than double of the resolution fo the current [shoplink 3617]Sony A55/33[/shoplink] viewfinder.)
magnesium alloy
According to our sources it will be a little bit more expensive than the 60D. Canon 60D price check at [shopcountry 5117] It will take CF+SD+MS cards
No flip-up mode to allow shooting without this extra sheet of glass in place
1.000 pictures with one battery


Samyang starts shipment of the 8mm fisheye for NEX (where can we find it?)

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Samyang is now shipping the 8mm for NEX. I looked around but I didn’t find any store having it available for preorder. Usually you can find them on [shoplink 6779 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. Let me know if you can find the lens somewhere! Thanks!

That’s the official Samyang press release:
Krakow, May 5TH 2011.
Delta company, the sole distributor of Samyang products for Europe is proud to announce that Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 designed especially for Sony NEX-VG10, has been released for retail sale at price of EUR 299
Samyang 8mm f/3.6 Fish-eye CS VG10 is equipped with a bayonet Sony E  mount and was designed for digital camcorder Sony NEX-VG10. Due to the camcorder’s one-off construction, the bayonet mount was carefully adjusted to ensure possibly widest field of vision and prevent vignetting. Just like in other lenses constructed for filming purposes, aperture adjustment is perfectly smooth.
8mm f/3.6 Fish-eye CS VG10 lens is under 36-months warranty.
Samyang 8mm f/3.6 Fish-eye CS VG10 – EUR 299 (gross)

Links to
– The Sony NEX-VG10 at [shopcountry 3058] – Samyang 8mm lenses at [shopcountry 6779]


Editors note: wrong patent post


Quick note for our readers. For one hour an article went online with the wrong patent link and patent description. Sorry for that. I will soon post the real patent articles. (the mistake happened because I have been in very hurry at work).

You have the full right to blame me for that mistake ;)


Triple exotic lenses tested on the NEX cameras


I found a bunch of nice third party lens reviews (tested on NEX cameras). Let’s start with the most expensive lens:

1) Leica 50mm f/0.95
Steve Huff (Click here) tested the $11,000 lens on the NEX-5. yes it’s not a typo…$11,000 or 10.000 Euro. Don’t believe me? See the scary auctions on [shoplink 6749 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. Got a heart attack? :)
That’s what he think about the combination: “This also made me wonder if there is anyone out there who bought an NEX-5 and a lens like the Noctilux to use with it. IMO, it would be a waste as the NEX sensor can not take full advantage of this masterpiece lens.

2) Panasonic 14mm f/2.5
EosHD (Click here) tested a Micro Four Thirds lens on the NEX-3. You wonder how that is possible? With that adapter you can find on [shoplink 6750 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
EosHD says: “It covers the whole sensor just about with a slight light fall off. What’s interesting is just how extreme the distortion of the image is without the electronic image correction of Micro Four Thirds bodies. The optics really are very compromised on their own. But it’s a sharp lens, even wide open at F2.5 and very contrasty.

3) Contax Zeiss Distagon and Planar
SonyAlphaNex (Click here) tested a bunch of (awesome) Contax lenses on the NEX-5!