Sony NEX-6 review by Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life: Without a doubt, the Sony NEX-6 is currently the best mirrorless camera from Sony, period.

"When I first found out that Sony came up with yet another mirrorless camera segment with the introduction of the NEX-6, I asked myself if it was really necessary to have so many different cameras to offer. Without a doubt, the mirrorless camera market is growing very fast. However, with 4 different camera segments that share a lot of the same technology, isn’t Sony bombarding potential customers with confusing choices? Then I remembered the DSLR market and realized that it is also divided to similar segments, while the Olympus/Panasonic alliance has even more choices. So considering the price of the low-end NEX-F3 and the high-end NEX-7, creating a more affordable segment is actually a . . . read more

The Sony RX1 in India, a great user report by Richard Geltman at SteveHuffPhoto.

"The camera is weighty-feeling and very solid. It feels like a miniature M9. I was unable to obtain the EVF so used, in addition to the LCD, an optical viewfinder. I found after a few experiments that the Voightlander 28 mm finder gave the best match for the 35 mm lens field of view. I’m sure the Zeiss finder made specifically for the RX1 is nice but I think it somewhat over-priced. I fitted the lens with a 49 mm B+W clear filter and purchased a very inexpensive screw-in vented lens hood on Ebay for around $10. These two served to protect the front surface of the lens . . . read more

Sony NEX-6 review by Ken McMahon & Gordon Laing at Camera Labs: The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn't the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range.

"The Sony NEX-6 is a pretty remarkable camera. Though it isn't the flagship NEX model, I can quickly see it overtaking the NEX-7 in popularity at the top end of the NEX range. There are those for whom anything less than 24 Megapixels just won't do and who love the control that three-dial operation provides, but, beyond a tougher body, mic input and a few other refinements there's little else to justify the higher cost of the NEX-7. Give up those headline features and, for less money, you not only get the benefit of improvements including hybrid AF, a standard hotshoe that also accepts Sony . . . read more

Sony A99 review by Mark Goldstein at the Photography Blog: The Sony A99 is a tour-de-force of the latest camera tech, and a great camera in its own right.

"The A99 is perhaps the most well-appointed full-frame DSLR on the market. A magnesium-alloy body with weather-sealed controls, two control dials, fast 6fps burst mode, a clever 3-way swiveling LCD screen, useful top LCD panel, innovative dual AF system, focus peaking, flash sync socket, uncompressed HDMI output, built-in GPS and an optional vertical grip. The only missing feature that we can think of is Wi-Fi connectivity, something that only the recent Canon EOS 6D offers out of the box. . . . read more

DXO Optics Pro gains 130 new body\lens combination modules, Fujifilm X-Trans sensor camera users please look elsewhere.

130 new lens / camera combinations have been added to the DxO Optics Modules library, providing supports for Canon, Nikkor, Olympus, Sigma and Tokina lenses, for Canon, Fuji, Nikon, Panasonic and Sony cameras.

To see supported and planned combinations, click on the link bellow then select the second tab.

Supported or planned combinations

New DxO Optics Modules : . . . read more

Sony RX1 walks by the DXO Mark lab, makes a big impression: Bests the a99, matches the D600, comes 4th overall.

"Ranking 4th overall in the DxOMark Sensor Score Ratings the Sony RX1 compact camera performs as well as and better than many professional DSLRs. Featuring the same full frame Sony CMOS sensor used in the Nikon D600 we already knew how impressive the results could be and engineering it into a compact shell with a fixed lens hasn’t negatively affected picture quality. ISO performance isn’t quite as good, but nearly, and Sony should be congratulated for pushing the boundaries of camera technology with the RX1. . . . read more

Ming Thein mutilates a Sony NEX-5, creates a multispectral camera, revealed to be the secret behind his latest gorgeous black and white photos.

Note: Ming Thein will give the camera away to one of his readers, as he explains: "Note: We’re still giving this camera away. Tomorrow, I’m going to explain how – there will of course be a photographic competition involved!"

"So how would I describe the tonal characteristics of this camera? In a nutshell, it produces B&Ws that are warm and rounded, if there’s such a thing. The sharpness is there but it’s not biting; the tones are rich and deep. If used with better glass, I think it would really sing – especially for portraiture. Skin looks baby-soft. Don’t use it in colour, it looks horrible due to pollution of the blue and red channels by UV and IR respectively. However, note that with a visible blocking filter over the lens, you could shoot either IR or UV without issue. The camera also gains some sensitivity – about 1-1.5 . . . read more

Do you find your Sony RX1 unbearable to use without an EVF? Sony makes one (FDA-EV1MK in the lingo) and Tim Ashley has posted a review of it.

"The EVF both could and should have been better. Not enough thought has gone into the way in which it or its case have been designed, nor into the way that it works as part of the system: the firmware tweak I suggest above is one example of this but another is the fact that neither the thumb-grip nor the flash  can be used in conjunction with the finder.

Those gripes aside, the finder does its job very well. It fulfills all of the major requirements a user will have of it and it unlocks . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Amy Davies at Digital Camera World:With its high asking price, and its fixed lens limitations, it’s a camera that shows off exactly what Sony can do, and isn’t necessarily aimed squarely at the consumer market.

"Speaking of the screen, the 3 inch, 1.2 million dot TFT features Sony’s White Magic technology, which is designed to boost contrast. It’s a good performer, not suffering from reflection or glare in all but the very brightest of sunlight. There’s no viewfinder included as standard, but, unlike with the Sony RX100, either an optical or electronic viewfinder can be slotted into this port here. . . . read more

Mike Johnston (The Online Photographer) finally, FINALLY, picks his camera of the year, shows that this year almost everybody agrees on which camera it should be.

No, we won't spoil it, coz we at Estiasis love Mike, and we want youto head over to TOP and read his award rant that circles mostly around American football:

""Best of" awards have always annoyed me because of a principle I'm highly aware of, yet which doesn't, to my knowledge, have a name. Namely: the closer to equal two things are, the less important it should be to rank them, but the more important it seems to be to humans to do so. So if two DACs (digital to analogue converters) are almost indistinguishable . . . read more

Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* Prime Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The build quality is impeccable, the image quality overall is something to brag about to all your friends, and it’s a lens that you will never get tired of using.

"Overall lens sharpness is exceptional and gets better down to f5.6. In our real life tests, we saw excellent sharpness in the corners and the center area. Additionally, the lens resolved tons of detail–which sometimes made retouching a bit more work than we’d typically like. For the simplest workflow, we used Perfectly Clear. For the best results in camera, use studio lights to add more specular highlights to your image and therefore bring out more details and enhance perceived sharpness. . . . read more

Sony NEX-5R review by Nasim Mansurov at Photography Life: Between the NEX-5R, NEX-6 and NEX-7, which camera would I recommend? The NEX-5R is a great value and the NEX-7 has a lot of advanced functionality, but my heart is with the NEX-6.

Nasim's review include some nice noise comparisons to the Olympus E-M5, Nikon 1, Sony NEX-7 and Canon EOS M:

"Overall, I am very impressed by the Sony NEX-5R, just like I was impressed with the NEX-5N. It is a high-quality camera with excellent image quality characteristics and much improved autofocus performance. As you can see from the previous page of this review, the Sony NEX-5R easily beats the Nikon 1 system and does extremely well when compared to other cameras from Olympus, Canon and Sony. . . . read more

Sony NEX6 Review by Peter Walkowiak at the Phoblographer: In the end if I wanted a small camera, which has an EVF, quick AF, affordable lenses and a generous amount of pixels this is the best camera for your money.

"What a time we live in, I have all of the features I could have ever dreamed of but I’m still bitching because it’s not good enough. When it comes to being a camera it is amazing, I loved my time with the NEX-6. When this camera came out and I saw the spec list I thought this is it, this is the camera I have been waiting for. I have never wanted the NEX-7 because I am a lowlight shooter and in my opinion that sensor was never any good passed ISO 1600. . . . read more

Photo rumors roundup of what to expect from Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Nikon and Sony at CES 2013: Except for Fujifilms 'x' replacements, mostly point and shoot digicams as usual.

"Fujifilm will announce 5 new FinePix cameras: 3 super zooms, one rugged model and 0ne "regular" compact camera. The top of the line superzoom (pictured above) is rumored to have a very fast AF. I still do not have reliable information about a potential X10 or X100 replacement, but those two cameras are still a possibility.

Olympus will probably announce 6 new point and shoot cameras: 3 rugged models and 3 super zoom cameras (with 24x- . . . read more

Sony DSC-RX1 review at Camera Hoarders: Image quality is in the same league with Nikon D600, D800 or Canon 5D MkIII used with similar high quality lens, but none of them is so small.

"Overall, Sony RX1 is a definite winner. It might not be perfect, but never before could we buy a camera this small with such superb sensor and lens combination. Silent shutter makes it ideal for street or photojournalist work, and if someone finds the time (Sony are you reading this?) to develop hyperfocal on-screen distance scale in a form of firmware update, RX1 might become digital street camera unlike any before.

Image quality is in the same league with Nikon D600, D800 or Canon 5D MkIII used with similar high quality lens… in plain words there are only 5-6 cameras on the market today capable of competing with RX1 (excluding medium format) and 

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BCN Ranking has compiled the list of most sold mirrorless and Dslr cameras in Japan during 2012, get ready for some surprises.

The Japanese camera market tend to be different from the western ones, and in some cases VERY different, like the relatively strong Pentax presence in both categories. Google transgorbler has this to say:

Top 20 share sales by reflex camera digital SLR series 2012
(: May 24 to 12 January 1, 2012 the aggregation period)
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Thom Hogan's Serious camera of the year award goes to the Olympus E-M5, Thom explains why it was hard to choose between the OM-D and the Fuji X-E1.

This is a Sans Mirror award, so, fans of mirrors and smoke please look elsewhere. Thom's nominees include the Sony NEX-6, the Panasonic GH3, and the Fujifilm X-E1:

"The E-M5's image quality is good enough that it basically replaced my Nikon D7000 (DX DSLR) as my hike-deep-into-the-backcountry camera. Why? Because I gave up nothing terribly significant in the sensor, but lost weight and size while gaining some exceptional small lenses (Note to Nikon: please get off your butt and make some more, and better, DX . . . read more

Resolution (And moire) comparison test between the Sony NEX-7, NEX-5R, Fuji X-E1, Panasonic G5 and Olympus E-M5 at Dslr-Check.

Two things are amazing about this comparison: First, the amount of detail these small sensors can resolve nowadays. And second, how susceptible they have become to moire due to weak or absent antialiasing filter. There are full sized samples from each camera, a bit further down the page, one for a jpeg straight from the camera and another jpeg converted from Lightroom. Oh, there's another amazing thing, the amount of screw-ups Google translator can do on a simple page as this: . . . read more

Sony releases Time-lapse and Cinemagraph PlayMemory camera apps for the NEX-6 and NEX-5R.

Both apps provide a 'first ever' for a Sony camera, and especially the 'Cinema-Photo' Cinemagraph app should be a first in any camera ever. The time-lapse app costs $9.99 and it has 8 time-lapse themes available: Cloudy Sky, Night Sky, Night Scene, Sunset, Sunrise, Miniature, Standard, Custom. You can choose to save the still images as a series of photos instead of a movie. The app sets everything for you, you only have to choose a theme that closely matches what you're trying to shoot.

Cinema-Photo costs a lot less, $4.99 only, and according to Sony: . . . read more

Sony 135mm f/1.8 Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* AF Lens review by Chris Gampat at the Phoblographer: The Sony 135mm f1.8 couldn’t be a better lens for Sony’s current lineup of cameras. Not only is it super sharp, but it is extremely well built and focuses fast.

"The Sony 135mm f1.8 exhibits some of the sharpest lens performance I’ve seen from any optic at f1.8 (wide open). With that said though, you’ll need to keep in mind a couple of parameters when shooting this wide open:

- Because you’re lens is so long, you’ll need to shoot at a higher shutter speed to compensate for camera shake despite the fact that the A99 has stabilization on the sensor. . . . read more

Roger Cicala asks Santa to bring gifts to his favorite camera and lens manufacturers, notes that Sigma and Tamron have both been very nice kids this year.

"Nikon: I’m asking for a lot here, Santa, but ‘tis the season to help those in need.

First, if you could fit a quality control department in the sleigh that would be lovely.

Also, could you bring Nikon USA a reasonable Factory Service Center, too? If that’s not possible, then I’ll go ahead and ask you to bring them some customers in 2014 or so, because they’ll be needing new customers about then. And . . . read more

Sony SLT-A99 test at Digital Camera Review: By all means, this is a camera that can hold its own with the 5D Mk III and D800. Though its standard autofocus may not be as good as its competitors, where it excels is in tracking focusing.

"Beyond the autofocusing, the image quality is really very spectacular with skin tones being some of the best we've seen and white balancing also being very true to life. Part of this has to come from its excellent metering performance; which we rated as perfect when doing an old school Sunny 16 test and when using a handheld light meter.

High ISO results are a mixed bag with there being some loss of detail between 3200 and 6400 while beyond 6400 . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Ron Martinsen: If you are someone who only uses 35mm and think that the only thing that matters is a combination of size and image quality, then this is the perfect camera for you.

"Overall I’d have to say this is a great beginning, but not something I’m interested in at this time. I loved the image quality and I commend Sony for using such a great lens. However, I need a zoom lens on a form factor like this and this is one camera that I’d actually consider buying if it had interchangeable lenses.

It’s just lame being stuck at 35mm only at this day and age, so at this price point it’s more of a proof of concept camera than something I desire to own. Hopefully Sony will respond to feedback like this and come up with an . . . read more

Sony to release an RX1 successor that can actually focus in lower light and take a variety of lenses, a full frame NEX camera.

Sony Alpha Rumors claim to have this information set in stone:

"In summary, in about one year the NEX world will expand into the High End Pro market. And this may be a bad news for the Leica M system! I know you have many questions about lenses, specs and so on. I am working on that and as you imagine it’s not easy to get specs about a camera which features are being tested and changed every couple of weeks. . . . read more

The Sony SLT-A99 stops by the DXO Mark Labs: Sony's best sensor yet, but still scores lower than current Nikon Dslrs (who also uses Sony sensors), thanks to the limitations of the SLT technology.

"The use of Sony’s SLT technology in its top-of-the-line full-frame shooter delivers both pros and cons. The obvious downside is low-light performance compared to its closest competitors, though Sony has done much to mitigate the SLT’s effect with new, targeted noise-reduction algorithms. The SLT also means the Alpha 99 uses an EVF, but again, Sony’s 2.4-million-dot OLED beauty offers 100 percent coverage, and compares well with the optical viewfinders of its . . . read more

Sony RX1 review by Michael Reichman at the Luminous Landscape: the Sony RX1 has captured my attention and admiration. Indeed I bought one as soon as I could because it's just the ticket for the kind of travel and documentary shooting that I so much enjoy

"I hate sounding like a fanboy, but I must say that the Sony RX1 presses all the right buttons for me – no pun intended. Built quality is exemplary, haptics are mostly excellent, as are control placement and customizability. The Zeiss lens is truly excellent, and having a full-frame 24MP camera that can fit in a coat pocket and go almost anywhere without being an encumbrance makes this camera greatly appealing. One can always find quibbles in any piece of equipment, but the RX1 is more operationally all-of-a-piece and desirable than just about any recent camera in my experience. . . . read more

DP Review Enthusiast Zoom Compact Cameras roundup: Canon PowerShot G15 vs Canon PowerShot S110 vs Fujfilm X10 vs Fujifilm XF1 vs Nikon Coolpix P7700 vs Olympus XZ-2 vs Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7 vs Samsung EX2F vs Sony RX100

"If you're looking for a balance of size, image quality (even in low light) and direct control, we'd recommend taking a long hard look at the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, the Olympus Stylus XZ-2 and the Panasonic Lumix DMC-LX7. The Sony RX100's 20MP sensor gives it an advantage when it comes to resolution and the size of the sensor keeps it competitive in low light. There are some compromises to be made in terms of size and lens range but these models offer a compelling degree of versatility, especially if this will be your only camera. . . . read more

Sony Alpha SLT-A99 review at the Phoblographer: I would buy it, but Canon still has a hold on me, thanks partly to Sigma's new lenses.

"Overall image quality with the Sony A99 is one of the best that the company has to offer. The 24MP sensor is capable of resolving lots of detail with the right lenses, and the overall feel to the images have a feeling of really good film to them. Tweak the image a little bit one way, and it looks like Portra. Tweak it another way, and it will come out looking like Velvia large format.

Sony did an excellent job on this camera’s sensor; and in the right hands it can create images that not only hold their . . . read more

Sony E 10-18mm f/4 OSS Lens (mounted on a NEX-7) review at 3D-Kraft.de: This lens get's a strong recommendation from me and I think it will be a big challenge for the Zeiss Distagon 12mm F2.8 E-Mount prime lens.

After NEX users had to go for such a long time without a good ultra wide angle, now Sony is on target with its new E 10-18mm F4 OSS (SEL1018). We were very curious to see how it performs especially on the NEX-7, which is very challenging as many short focal lengths adapted from Leica M mount produced strong color shifts.

The zoom lens starts at a viewing angle of 109° comparable to a 15mm UWA lens on a fullframe camera allowing dramatic perspectives for close ups as well as for architecture and landscape photography. The lens is constructed  . . . read more

Nauticam releases the NA-NEX5R underwater housing for Sony NEX-5R mirrorless camera.

Coosing your camera carefully is even more important when you do so for underwater photography, as this kind of houses and their accesories can cost as much (or more, in some cases) as the camera itself. 

Nauticam Press Release

Nauticam is extremely pleased to present the newest addition to Nauticam’s extensive array of housings for the . . . read more

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