Showing posts with the label 18-55 OSS

Deal: Sony a6000 + 18-55mm + 55-210mm for $650

Save $500 from MSRP on the a6000 twin lens bundle from costco. The bundle is also $150 less than from Amazon, although the lens in the costco bundle is the 18-55mm instead of the 16-50mm in the Amazon bundle. Both lenses are about equal in performance.

Sony NEX-F3 Kit at $350

Sony NEX-F3 with 18-55mm OSS for $350
The Sony NEX-F3 kit is currently $350 at Sears. The deal is only available at actual brick and mortar stores. Go to the Sears website and check for local availability. The current price of the NEX-F3 kit at Amazon is $459. Who can argue with a savings of over $100? This is a nice backup for your current NEX setup.

Keukenhof Tulips by H. Stanbury and NEX-7

Here are H. Stanbury photos from Keukenhof also known as the Garden of Europe during the spring tulip bulb display. He used his Sony NEX-7 with the 18-55mm OSS lens and a Vivitar 24mm f/2.8 in Minolta mount for the photos.

Keukenhof by H. Stanbury

You can see the complete Keukenhof gallery at flickr.

Thanks flickrdelusions!

Discounts on Sony NEX Cameras

Image from Map Camera
The current line of NEX cameras are currently on discounts. It's a great time to buy and learn your cameras during the cold days of winter and be ready for spring.

$200 off Sony NEX-7 Cameras
Sony is offering a $200 discount on Sony NEX-7 cameras. The NEX-7 with 18-55mm OSS lens is now $1,148. The MSRP is $1349.

The NEX-7 body only is now priced at $998. The MSRP is $1199.

$100 off Sony NEX-6 Cameras
Sony is offering a $100 discount on Sony NEX-6 cameras. The NEX-6 with 16-50mm Power Zoom lens is now $898. The MSRP is $999.

The NEX-6 body only is now priced at $748. The MSRP is $849.

$100 off Sony NEX-5R Cameras
Sony is offering a $100 discount on Sony NEX-5R cameras. The NEX-5R with 18-55mm OSS lens is now $648. The MSRP is $749.

The NEX-5R body only is now priced at $548. The MSRP is $649.

The new Sony 20mm f/2.8 Pancake is also available for pre-order at $348.

Meet NEX Junior Sony DSC-RX100

Sony DSC RX100 vs Sony Alpha NEX-F3

Here is the new Sony DSC-RX100 aka NEX Junior. The RX100 is an enthusiast fixed lens compact camera with a 1" sensor, 4x larger than the average point and shoot. The camera comes with a fast Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar 3.6x optical zoom lens, 28-100mm f/1.8-4.9. The RX100 produces 20.2 megapixels JPG and RAW images with native ISO range of 125-6400. It can also captures 1080p HD Video at 60 frames per second.

We dubbed it the NEX Junior since it shares most of the features with the NEX system cameras in a smaller and lighter form factor. Here is a quick comparison between the DSC-RX100 against the new Alpha NEX-F3.

Sony DSC-RX100 vs NEX-F3 Rear View

CombatantsSony Alpha NEX-F3Sony DSC-RX100Number of effective pixels16.1 megapixels
4912 x 3264 pixels20.2 megapixels
5472 x 3468 pixelsCCD SensorAPS-C CMOS Sensor
23.4 x 15.6 mm1" Type CMOS Sensor
13.2 x 8.8 mmCrop Factor(1.5x) 18-55mm Lens
= 27-82.5mm FOV(2.7x) 10.4 - 37.1mm Lens
= 28-100mm FOVISO Ran…

Sony NEX-7 Monochrome by Ken Lee

Sony NEX-7 Images by Ken Lee
As news of the Leica M Monochrom spread the internet, we received an email from Ken Lee sharing his photos from Paris. The monochrome images were produced with the Sony NEX-7 and the 18-55mm OSS kit lens. The images were taken in color in RAW format, then converted to black and white via photoshop. Ken is a large format photographer and found relief in using such a light, pocketable camera.

Great detail, tonality, and clarity show off Ken's skills and the NEX-7's capability. You can see more samples at Ken Lee's Paris Gallery.

Sony NEX-7 18-55mm Kit

Thanks Ken, we hope to see more in the future.

Sony NEX-F3 Pre-Order $599 Kit

Sony NEX-F3 Hands On Video
The Sony NEX-F3 Kit is available for pre-order for $600 with the 18-55mm OSS Lens. The F3 will be available mid June. The video above shows the new features of the Sony NEX-F3:
16000 ISO max for low light photos.New image processor.
Full HD 1080/60i or 24p AVCHD videoAuto Portrait Framing180° tilt self portrait lcd, Built-in flash.Clear Image Zoom.470 shots per charge.USB Charging.
Smart Terminal II for FDA-EV1S Oled Viewfinder.Comes in Black, Silver, or White.

The new Sony 18-200mm OSS LE lens is also available for pre-order. It's smaller than the original 18-200mm lens and is clad in black. It will be available in early July 2012.

Sony NEX-F3 Front, Rear, Iso ViewNew Sony 18-200mm LE Zoom Lens with OSS

See more Sony NEX-F3 pictures from our previous post.

Broadband Infrared NEX-3 Images by Thor L.

Broadband Infrared Converted NEX-3 Sample

Thor L posted some very interesting shots from his Sony NEX-3. The NEX-3 was modified into a broadband infrared camera. The infrared cut filter on the NEX sensor was replaced with clear glass. The autofocus system was also modified to focus correctly in infrared.

Check out more interesting images from Thor L.

NEX-5N Twin Lens Bundle Discount

NEX-5N with 18-55mm and 55-210mm Lens

This is the new Sony NEX-5N Twin Lens bundle which includes the 18-55mm and 55-210mm lens. This kit covers an EFOV of 27mm to 315mm - no problems for most shooting situations. Both lenses also offer Optical Steady Shot (OSS). A 16 gb sdhc class 10 memory card is also included. The bundle is offered at $950, $100 less if purchased separately.

Amazon has a similar bundle at $999, but with a 32gb memory card instead and additional accessories.

NEX-7 Flying in Bermuda with Quadrocopter

Sony NEX-7 on a Cinestar 6 Hexacopter UAV

Quadrocopter / GravityShots takes us around the island of Bermuda courtesy of the Sony NEX-7 mounted on a Cinestar 6 hexacopter. You can see what this rig looks like here. The video was captured using the 18-55mm OSS lens and is at 1080p and 60 frames per second.

Check out quadrocopter for more information.

Thanks GravityShots!

Dolomites and Sony NEX-5N with Kit Lens

Here are some breathtaking photos from a Sony NEX-5N and the kit lens taken by photographer ApoJapo1. Beautiful light, great composition, and a very capable NEX-5N makes for excellent images.

Sony NEX-5N Photos by ApoJapo1
Check out more pictures from ApoJapo1.

Thanks ApoJapo1!

White Sony NEX-5N with Electronic Viewfinder

Here is Conrad A-B's NEX-5N in White livery with the FDA-EV1S electronic viewfinder. Are these the first white bodied NEX-5Ns to the the Americas? It's good looking kit.

Sony NEX-5N in White by Conrad A-B

Stock Image of NEX-5N in White

Thanks Conrad!

Zeiss 24mm ZA vs 18-55mm OSS Lens

Zeiss 24mm vs E 18-55mm OSS Lens on the NEX-5N

mco_970 took out the Sony NEX-5N and tested the kit 18-55mm OSS against the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar ZA. The camera was set on a gorrilla pod and self-timer was used for stability. Autofocus was used on both lenses.

Here is the overall scene.

All the crops have the Zeiss on the left and the kit lens on the right. Thanks John.
Now lets look at the focus point, yellow sign, at f/4.

The focus point at f/8.

Left corner at f/8.

As we can see the 18-55mm OSS kit lens does not do too bad when it is stopped down in landscape situations where the subject is distant. There is also plenty of light where the speed of the Zeiss 24mm is not required.

The photo below is indoors and close quarters. Here is where the Carl Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 Sonnar Lens shines. You can see a lot of detail that the 18-55mm lens did not resolve.

Check out the full post by mco_970 with more samples at fredmiranda.

Thanks mco_970!

Sony NEX-7 vs Fuji X-Pro1

Sony NEX-7 (top) vs Fuji X-Pro1
Here is another challenger for the Sony NEX system. The new Fuji X-Pro1 builds on the success of the Fuji X100 first to introduce a hybrid viewfinder. It has a 2nd generation hybrid viewfinder and a new "organic" aps-c cmos sensor. The X-Pro1 is being introduced with 3 prime lenses: 18mm f/2.0, 35mm f/1.4, and 60mm f/2.4 macro. The 1.5x crop factor of X-Pro 1 means that the 3 lenses provide an equivalent FOV of 27mm, 52mm, and 90mm. Here is what we know so far and this will be updated when the X-Pro1 stats are officially announced.

CombatantsSony Alpha NEX-7Fuji X-Pro1Number of effective pixels24.3 million pixels16.3 million pixelsCCD SensorAPS-C CMOS Sensor
23.5 x 15.6 mmAPS-C CMOS Sensor
23.5 x 15.6 mmCrop Factor1.5x 50mm lens = 75mm FOV1.5x 50mm lens = 75mm FOVISO Range100 - 16000200-6400
(100-25600 with boost)Lens MountSony NEX E-mountFujifilm X MountFlange Focal Distance18mm17.7mmFocusing25 Point Contrast AF and Manual FocusExternal AFIma…

Sony NEX-7 with Rokkor-M Konica and Contax Lens

Sony NEX-7 ISO 800 with 18-55mm OSS @52mm f/5

We posted earlier about our trip to Unique Photo to see the new Sony NEX-7. It was an open house with Sony representatives exhibiting the new Alpha and NEX cameras, Sony lenses, and flash guns.

There was a lot of interest with the new cameras so our time with the NEX-7 was curtailed. The Sony representatives were all very helpful allowing lens changes and personal memory card usage to grab some images of the pre-production NEX-7.

The brief time with the NEX-7 was great. Since the NEX-5 was our main camera, it's been a while since we used a viewfinder. The NEX-7's EVF was a new experience. It felt odd in the beginning putting a small electronic screen up to your eye but we adjusted by the end of the night. We didn't have time to adjust the diopter, which we should have. All the information from the rear LCD is translated to the 2.36 million dot, 0.5" XGA OLED EVF. The EVF and slightly larger body of the NEX-7 made shoo…