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    January 25, 2013

    New Sony Gear on the Way to Lab!! Nex-5r, E-mount 10-18mm (sel1018) and 35mm f/1.8 Lens (sel35f18)

    Sony Nex-5r Mirrorless ICL Camera

    New Sony gear is on the way to the lab now!! Courtesy of, we have the Sony Nex-5r (Body Only), the 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens (sel35f18), and ultra wide angle 10-18mm OSS lens (sel1018).

    The Nex-5r has a few advantages over the Nex-6 worth noting!! The touch screen is awesome for starters, and it swivels the full 180 degrees upward for easy self portraits, or Podcasting style self recordings!! This is where I think the Nex-5r will shine, as it’s hard to record yourself without a video monitor like the Professional broadcasters have.Especially when holding products in your hand like camera lenses and stuff ;)

    I’m also really excited about the new optics as it’s a while since I used a quality wide angle with auto focus like the sel1018 has. It’s also supposed to be extremely sharp corner to corner. Will see about that!

    The 35mm OSS is also exciting to me in particular for it’s low light shooting abilities!! I wonder how slow the shutter can go handheld and still get a sharp shot? 1/8th, 1/16th??  Will see!!
    Now check out the previews of the gear below for more detailed info. I will take some product shots my self, so there will be high res clos-ups of all the gear in the days to come. Open Box anybody??


    Sony NEX-5R Mirrorless ILC – Overview

    Sony Nex-5r Mirrorless ICL CameraThe Sony Nex-5R is very similar to the Sony Nex-5n, except it has the same updated 16mp sensor that the Sony Nex-6 has. The Nex-5R also features a special 180 Degree flip-up Touch Screen design. This is perfect for doing self portraits or video recordings where seeing the screen is critical. Reviewers like myself will find this incredible useful!! The Sony Nex-F3 also features this 180 degree flip screen and I used it a lot while I had the camera in the lab.  The Nex-5R does not have a built in viewfinder like the Nex-6, but does except the OLED Viewfinder Accessory which is great if you need it.

    Sony Nex-5r Mirrorless ICL CameraKey Features:

    • 16.1 MP APS-C Size HD Sensor
    • Uses Sony E-mount Lenses
    • Full 1080 HD 60p/60i/24p Movie Capture
    • 3.0″ 180º Tilt-able Touchscreen LCD
    • Fast Hybrid Autofocus
    • PlayMemories Camera and Mobile Apps
    • Wi-Fi Sharing
    • Intuitive Interface with Control Dial
    • Low Light Performance up to ISO 25600
    • Six-Image Layering

    Sony Nex-5r Mirrorless ICL Camera Sony Nex-5r Mirrorless ICL Camera Sony Nex-5r Mirrorless ICL Camera

    Sony Nex-5R Features Breakdown

    • 16.1 MP APS-C size HD image sensor: The same sensor format that Sony builds into the full-sized DSLRs. With 13 times the area of the typical point-and-shoot sensor, APS-C sensor size makes the difference between “snapshots” and “photographs,” delivering an exceptional combination of high res, high sensitivity and gorgeous, blurred backgrounds.
    • Fast Hybrid AF: Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF combines two technologies for outstanding performance: Phase detection auto focus for quick response that is ideal when tracking fast-moving subjects and contrast-detection auto focus for added precision. A perfect match that delivers optimal Auto Focus for fast, precise focusing in any scene.
    • Full HD Movies at 60p/60i/24p: Capture HD Movies in your choice of super-smooth 60p, standard 60i or cinematic 24p, all at Full HD 1920×1080 resolution.1 AVCHD codec delivers stunning picture quality. MP4 codec offers smaller files for easier upload to the web.
    • Wi-Fi Sharing: Wi-Fi capability, a first for Alpha-series, allows transfering photos directly to smartphones and tablets with the PlayMemories Mobile app. Wi-Fi enables sharing, viewing and saving photos for expanded photo-shooting enjoyment. Photos can be easily transferred to smartphones and tablets, viewed on large screen TVs or saved to a PC.
    • PlayMemories Camera Apps: Supports PlayMemories Camera Apps, the world’s first application download service that lets users install new camera functions as needed.
    • 180-degree tilt-able 3.0″ Touch LCD: The NEX-5R is equipped with a tilt-able LCD screen that flips up 180-degrees without sacrificing compactness. This makes taking great self-portraits incredibly easy since users can precisely compose shots, choosing to include people or objects in the frame for more satisfying results.
    • Control Dial: Control dial, Fn (function) button and touch screen (including touch shutter function) greatly facilitate operation and getting the shot that much easier.
    • Picture Effect mode: There are 7 types (11 variations) of picture effects to choose from: Posterization (Color), Posterization (B/W), Pop Color, Retro Photo, Partial Color(R), Partial Color(G), Partial Color(B), Partial Color(Y), High-key, High Contrast Monochrome, Toy Camera.
    • 6-image layering: The camera captures six images in a fraction of a second. The camera then combines the data from the 6 different images up to ISO 25600 to create a single image. This helps to control blur in Anti-Motion Blur mode as well as enables cleaner, sharper nighttime pictures in Hand-held Twilight mode.
    • Photo Creativity Touch interface: The Photo Creativity touch interface enables creative settings that can be easily made using the control dial with results seen in real time on the LCD. Settings include; Background Defocus, Brightness, Color, Vividness and most Picture Effects.
    • Auto Portrait Framing: Simply photograph a person and Auto Portrait Framing will save an additional, optimally framed image in portrait or landscape orientation. Combining Face Detection and By Pixel Super Resolution technologies with rule of thirds, Auto Portrait Framing provides appealingly balanced full resolution portraits.
    • Clear Image Zoom: Utilizing Sony’s exclusive By Pixel Super Resolution Technology, Clear Image Zoom increases the effective focal length of your lens up to 2x by digitally magnifying the center of your image with nearly imperceptible degradation. It virtually doubles the effective focal length of whatever lens you’re using.
    • Convenient USB charging: Easily recharge the camera via USB charging. Simply connect the bundled USB cable and recharge the battery without removing it from the camera, either via AC outlet or PC connection.
    • Multi-interface terminal: Multi-interface Smart Accessory 2 shoe greatly expands the connectivity options such as external flash units.
    • Auto HDR built into camera: High Dynamic Range (HDR) photography captures more scene contrast than a single exposure can handle by combining the best highlight detail from one shot and the best shadow detail from another for one incredible shot. Handles severe backlighting and other high-contrast scenes. Captures in a split second.
    • Sweep Panorama Technology: Capture expansive landscapes automatically. Press the shutter, sweep vertically or horizontally. The camera does the rest, continuously shooting images and stitching them together. Up to 23 MP image size. Up to 202 degrees maximum sweep angle (18mm focal length).
    • Fast Auto Focus: Some cameras in this class are slow to focus. That can make you miss the shot on fast-moving subjects like sports and unpredictable subjects like pets and babies. Sony’s fast Contrast Auto Focus system typically takes as little as 0.3 seconds and also offers continuous Auto Focus when shooting movies.

    Sony Nex-5R Specifications

    Lens Compatibility Sony E-mount lenses
    Camera Type Sony E-mount interchangeable lens digital camera
    Imaging Sensor Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor (23.5 X 15.6mm)
    Anti Dust Charge protection coating on Optical Filter and ultrasonic vibration mechanism
    Pixel Gross Approx. 16.7 megapixels
    Effective Picture Resolution Approx. 16.1 megapixels
    Focal Length Conversion Factor 1.5x
    Color Filter System RGB primary color filters
    Media Type Memory Stick PRO Duo
    Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo
    SD memory card
    SDHC memory card
    SDXC memory card
    Color Space sRGB, AdobeRGB
    Still Image Mode JPEG (Standard, Fine), RAW, RAW+JPEG
    Still Image Size 16:9 L: 4912 x 2760 (14M)
    M: 3568 x 2000 (7.1M)
    S: 2448 x 1376 (3.4M)
    Still Image Size 3:2 L: 4912 x 3264 (16M)
    M: 3568 x 2368 (8.4M)
    S: 2448 x 1624 (4M)
    Panorama Horizontal Wide 12,416 x 1,856 (23M)
    Panorama Vertical 5,536 x 2,160 (12M)
    Panorama Horizontal Standard 8,192 x 1,856 (15M)
    Panorama Vertical Standard 3,872 x 2,160 (8.4M)
    Video Format AVCHD Ver. 2.0 (Progressive), AVCHD, MP4
    Video Mode AVCHD PS – 1920 x 1080/60p@28Mbps
    FX – 1920 x 1080/60i@24Mbps
    FH – 1920 x 1080/60i@17Mbps
    FX – 1920 x 1080/24p@24Mbps
    FH – 1920 x 1080/24p@17Mbps
    Video Mode MP4 HD – 1440 x 1080/ 30fps@12Mbps
    VGA – 640 x 480/ 30fps@3Mbps
    Audio Format Dolby Digital (AC-3) / MPEG-4 AAC-LC, 2ch
    Microphone/Speaker Built-in stereo microphones or ECM-SST1 (sold separately) / Built-in, monaural speaker (volume settings in 8 steps between 0 and 7)
    Still Image File Format JPEG (DCF Ver. 2.0, Exif Ver.2.3, MPF Baseline compliant)
    RAW (Sony ARW 2.3 format)
    Lens Mount Type Sony E-mount lenses
    Digital Zoom Approx. 4x (still images and movie)
    Smart Zoom Technology M: approx. 1.4x
    S: approx. 2x
    LCD Type 7.5cm (3.0-type) wide type TFT (921,600 dots)
    Angle Adjustment Up: Approx. 180 degrees
    Down: Approx. 50 degrees
    Brightness Control Manual (5 steps between -2 and +2), Sunny Weather mode
    Real-time Image Adjustment Display On/Off
    Peaking Yes (Level setting: High/Mid/Low/Off, Color: White/Red/ Yellow)
    Customization Graphic display/ Display all info/Big font size display/No display info/Levels/Histogram/Viewfinder
    Touch Panel Yes
    Focus System Fast Hybrid AF (phase-detection AF/contrastdetection AF) with “Exmor” APS HD CMOS sensor
    Focus Points 99 points (phasedetection AF), 25 points (contrastdetection AF)
    AF Modes AF-S: Single-shot AF
    AF-C: Continuous AF
    Focus Area Multi Point (99 points(phasedetection AF), 25 points(contrast-AF)), Center-weighted, Flexible Spot
    Focus Sensitivity 0 EV to +20 EV (at ISO100 conversion with F2.8 lens attached)
    Manual Focus Assist Yes MF assist (4.8x, 9.6x)
    Focus Features Predictive control, Focus lock, Eye-Start AF (with FDA-EV1S and LA-EA2 (Sold separately))
    AF Illuminator Built-in, LED type (with a range of approx. 0.3-3.0m (with E PZ16-50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS attached))
    Picture Effect(s) 11 types (15 variations):
    Posterization (Color, B/W)
    Pop Color
    Retro Photo
    Partial Color (R,G,B,Y)
    High Contrast Mono
    Toy Camera
    Soft Highkey
    Soft Focus
    HDR Painting
    Rich-tone Mono
    Auto Exposure Lock AE is locked when the shutter button is half pressed (ON/ OFF is available in MENU)
    Creative Style Standard
    B/W (Contrast, -3 to +3steps)
    Saturation (-3 to +3steps)
    Sharpness(-3 to +3steps)
    Exposure Bracketing With 1/3, 2/3, 1, 2, 3EV increments, 3 frames
    Exposure Compensation Still images: +/- 3.0EV (1/3EV steps), Movies: +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
    Exposure Settings iAUTO
    Superior Auto,
    Programmed AE (P)
    Aperture priority (A)
    Shutterspeed priority (S)
    Manual (M)
    Sweep Panorama
    Scene Selection
    ISO Still Images Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100- 25600)
    ISO Movies Auto (ISO 100-3200), Selectable (ISO 100-6400)
    Metering 1200-zone evaluative metering
    Metering Modes Multi-segment, Center-weighted, Spot
    Metering Sensitivity 0EV-20EV, (at ISO 100 equivalent with F2.8 lens)
    Noise Reduction Long Exposure NR: (On/Off, available at shutter speeds longer than 1 second) High ISO NR: (High/Normal/ Low)
    Scene Mode(s) Portrait, Landscape, Macro, Sports Action, Sunset, Night Portrait, Night View, Handheld Twilight, Anti Motion Blur
    White Balance Mode Auto WB, Daylight, Shade, Cloudy, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Flash, C.Tem (2500 to 9900K), C.Filter (G7 to M7,A7 to B7), Custom
    Drive Mode Single-shot, Continuous shooting, Speed Priority continuous shooting, Self-timer, Bracketing, Remote Cdr
    Self-timer 2s or 10s delay (single, continuous 3 or 5 frames)
    Shutter Speeds Still images: 1/4000 to 30s.
    Movies: 1/4000 to 1/4 (1/3 steps) up to 1/60 in AUTO mode (up to 1/30 in Auto slow shutter)
    Shutter Type Electronically controlled, verticaltraverse, focalplane type
    Flash Compensation +/- 2.0EV (1/3EV steps)
    Flash Coverage FOV coverage up to 16 mm (in the focal length)
    Flash Metering System Pre-flash TTL
    Flash Modes Autoflash, Fill-flash, Rear sync., Slow sync., Rear Sync., Flash Off
    Flash Type External flash (supplied) attachable to Smart Accessory Terminal (sold separately)
    Guide Number 7 (in meters at ISO 100 equivalent)
    Recycling Time Approx. 4 sec.
    Self Timer Yes (3 sec delay/Off selectable)
    Still Image Playback Options Single, 6/12-frame index view, Enlarged display mode, Panorama (Standard), Panorama (Wide): 34x), Auto Review, Image orientation, Slideshow, Panorama scrolling, Folder selection, Delete, Protect
    Video Playback Options Forward/Rewind
    Easy Handycam/Help Function Yes
    Self Timer Yes (3 sec delay/Off selectable)
    Face Detection On/On (Regist. Faces)/Off, Face Selection (maximum 8 detectables)
    Smile Shutter Technology Smile shutter (selectable from 3 steps)
    Tracking Focus Yes (object tracking)
    Auto High Dynamic Range Yes, (Auto Exposure Difference, Exposure difference Level (1.0-6.0 EV at 1.0 EV step), off)
    Shooting Tips Yes
    Sweep Panorama Horizontal (Wide/ Standard), Vertical (Wide/Standard)
    HD Output HDMI (TypeC mini), BRAVIA Sync, Photo TV HD
    PhotoTV HD Yes
    Battery Type InfoLITHIUM NPFW50 (7.2V)
    Number of Still Images Approx. 330 images (CIPA standard)
    Power Consumption (in Operation) Still images:approx. 2.7W(w/ E PZ16- 50mm F3.5-5.6 OSS lens attached)
    Operating System Compatibility Windows XP SP3
    Windows Vista SP2
    Windows 7 SP1
    Mac OS X (v10.3- 10.8)
    Dimensions WxHxD 4.36 x 2.3 x 1.53″ / 110.8 x 58.8 x 38.9mm
    Weight Approx. 7.7 oz / 218g (excl battery & media)
    Approx. 9.7 oz / 276g (w/ battery & media)

    Nex-5R (body only) ~$598 US + 2% Reward@ BHPhotoVideo >>
    Nex-5R w/16-50mm lens (black) ~$798 US @ BHPhotoVideo >>
    Nex-5R w/16-50mm lens (Silver) ~$798 US @ BHPhotoVideo >>
    Nex-5R w/18-55mm lens (black) ~$698 US @ BHPhotoVideo >>
    Nex-5R w/18-55mm lens (Silver) ~$698 US @ BHPhotoVideo >>


    Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS Lens – SEL35F18

    Sony sel35f18 lens previewHigh performance and a compact design make the SEL35F18 prime lens an ideal second lens that’s easy to carry around while capturing the action. It’s perfect for a wide variety of photos, including snapshots while strolling, night shots (thanks to the bright maximum aperture) and portraits with beautifully defocused backgrounds. Newly-designed optics reduces spherical aberration and coma for sharp images even when shooting wide open. Combined with built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization, your photos and videos will be crisp, clear and blur-free.

    Sel35f18 Features

    Compact, lightweight fixed F1.8 lens

    This compact, large-aperture, fixed focal length lens has a focal length of 52.5 mm (35 mm equivalency) and is approximately 1-3/4” (45mm) long. Compact and easy to carry around, this bright lens makes an ideal “second lens” with the capability to handle a wide variety of shooting situations — from landscapes and snaps around town to lovely portraits with beautiful background blur.

    Silent and smooth focusing for shooting movies

    The quiet, high-speed linear motor in SEL-35F18 controls focus while an in-lens stepping motor in the actuator controls the aperture. Together they provide extremely quiet operation and smooth focusing as well as quiet and fluid aperture control. These motors are ideal for shooting video since they eliminate the worry of excessive lens-drive noise.

    Built-in Optical SteadyShot™ image stabilization

    The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.

    Circular Aperture

    In low-light shots or nightscapes, out-of-focus light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

    New optical design

    Newly designed optics reduces spherical aberration and coma, delivering performance similar to Sonnar T* E 24mm f/1.8 ZA and E 50mm f/1.8 OSS in the central area of the lens, and equal or better contrast at the periphery. The results are clean, sharp images even when shooting wide open.

    Superb focusing operation

    The SEL-35F18 supports DMF (Direct Manual Focus), which enables users to resume manual focusing directly after obtaining focus with AF. This is particularly useful when AF cannot lock onto a subject or continually focuses on an unintended one. It also facilitates fine focusing when shooting portraits with a shallow depth of field.

    SEL35F18 Specs

    Weights and Measurements

    • Dimensions (Approx.) : 2 1/2″ x 2 13/16″ (63 x 45mm) (Diameter x Length)
    • Weight (Approx.) : 5.5oz (155g)


    • Lens Type : E-mount 35mm F1.8
    • Lens Mount Type : Sony E-mount
    • Aperture : f/1.8
    • Aperture (Max.) : f/1.8
    • Aperture (Min.) : f/22
    • Focal Length (35mm equivalent) : 52.5 mm
    • Filter Diameter : 49 mm
    • Lens Construction : 6-8
    • Minimum Focus Distance : 11.88″ (0.3 m)
    • Angle of View : 44° (APS-C)
    • Aperture Blade : 7 blades (Circular aperture)
    • Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) : 2 1/2″ x 2 13/16″ (63 x 45mm) (Diameter x Length)
    • Exterior Finish : Black
    • Lens Weight : 5.5oz (155g)
    • Maximum Magnification : x 0.15
    • Steady Shot Mode:Active : Lens-based Image Stabilization (OSS)

    Advanced Features

    • Image Stabilization : Optical SteadyShot

    Price: ~$448

    Buy Sony SEL35f18 Lens @ BHPhotoVideo + 2% Reward


    Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS Alpha E-mount Wide-Angle Zoom Lens – SEL1018

     Sony 10-18mm f/4 OSS Alpha E-mount Wide-Angle Zoom LensThe SEL-1018 super wide-angle zoom lens is perfect for taking photos of sweeping landscapes and producing striking images with emphasized perspective. If you’re seeking a wider minimum focal length than offered by standard wide-angle zoom lenses, the SEL1018 is the ideal choice for you. Featuring a minimum focal length of only 10mm (15mm in 35mm camera equivalency), the SEL-1018 wide-angle zoom lens delivers highly-detailed, super wide-angle photos. With a constant maximum aperture of f/4 through the entire focal length range, you’ll be able to use the widest aperture at every focal length. Even in low light, you can take advantage of the bright aperture to utilize fast shutter speeds without needing to increase ISO sensitivity.

    Product Highlights

    • Super Wide-Angle Zoom Lens
    • Sony E-mount Lens for NEX Cameras
    • 15-27mm Equivalency in 35mm Format
    • Aperture Range: f/4.0-22
    • f/4.0 Aperture Throughout Zoom Range
    • Optical SteadyShot Image Stabilization
    • Internal Focusing System
    • Three Aspherical Elements
    • Super Extra-low Dispersion Glass
    • 62mm filter size

    SEL1018 Full Specs

    Lens Type E-mount 10-18mm F4.0 OSS
    Lens Mount Sony E-mount
    Lens Construction 8 groups, 10 elements
    Focal length (35mm equivalent) 15mm-27mm
    Angle of view 109° – 76°
    Aperture blade 7 blades (Circular aperture)
    Aperture (Max.) F4.0
    Aperture (Min.) F22
    Maximum Magnification 0.1x
    Minimum Focusing Distance 9.8″ (0.25m)
    Filter Diameter 62mm
    Image Stabilization Optical SteadyShot
    Dimensions (Max. Diameter x Length) 2 7/8″ x 2 1/2″ (70 x 63.5mm)
    Weight 8oz (225g)

    Full Feature Breakdown

    10-18 mm super wide-angle zoom lens
    The SEL-1018 offers a constant maximum aperture of F4 through the entire focal length range, enabling use of the widest aperture at every focal length. Even in low-light environments, such as outdoors at sunset, users will be able to take advantage of the bright aperture and use fast shutter speeds without unnecessarily raising ISO sensitivity.

    Superb image capturing capability
    Three Aspherical lens elements correct for spherical aberration and distortion, making it possible to shoot high-contrast, high-quality images with markedly less bleeding even at the maximum aperture. In addition, the optical system employs Super Extra-low Dispersion glass, realizing highly detailed images with reduced color aberration even at the 10 mm focal length.

    Minimum focal length of 10 mm (15 mm in 35 mm eq.)
    Thanks to a minimum focal length of only 10 mm (15 mm in 35 mm-camera equivalency), the SEL-1018 delivers finely detailed, super wide-angle photos, ideal for shooting majestic landscapes that can only be captured with super wide-angle lenses, as well as for producing striking photos with emphasized perspective.
    Built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization
    The built-in Optical SteadyShot image stabilization system provides a 4-stop (approx.) shutter speed advantage, making it significantly easier to achieve crisp, blur-free images and video.

    Internal Focusing System
    Lens elements at the rear of the optical system move, allowing rapid auto-focus response.

    Circular Aperture
    In low-light shots or nightscapes, out-of-focus light sources have a pleasing circular defocused effect.

    Buy Sony SEL1018 Lens Price @ BHPhotoVideo  ~$848 + 2% Reward


    Closing Remarks

    Should be a lot of fun reviewing the new gear and please let me know if you want anything special done why I have this gear for the next 20 days or so. I have a few really good spots to test out the new optics I’ve been saving for the wide angle lens in particular!!

    On another note, I was really happy to see on Google Analytics that not only the US, but Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, France, Italy, the Netherlands , and Sweden are all in the top 10 demographics for readers!! Thank you very much, and I hope the translations are coming out OK for those that don’t speak English. I know my spelling and grammar is also far from good!!

    I also updated my Sign-Off  message below with New links for International readers!! International readers can now also give back to SonyAlphaLab by using the Ebay links for your particular currency/ area. Amazon links for CA and the UK only at this time, as I could not translate the sign-up page do to encryption issues for the other regions. Thanks again everybody for your continued support and asking for the links!! Also, please consider sharing some articles with your friends and family on facebook ect..



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    1. Yong

      I cant wait to see your views! Yeah!

    2. I have the 5r with the 35mm 1.8, and it’s very nice. Though this is my first camera that isn’t a small point and shoot, so I don’t have anything to compare it to. I also have the 35mm 1.7 fujian, and I have to say that I offen like the mystery of the Fujian better. When you get it right the Fujian gives you some really interesting images. However, the auto focus of the Sel3518 makes it so easy you can just snap away and focus on composition and not worry about whether you nailed the focus. I also have the kit 18-55mm and the 55-210mm and I really use them all. I feel the only thing I’m missing is an ultra wide angle lens, though I would first go for the Sel1628 with the adapter due to the price of the new ultra wide zoom.

      I’ve been using the 5R for a few weeks for my company’s Facebook posts from the classes we teach. You can find them here:

      This one here is with the Fujian:

      and this one:

      And I think this one is with the sel3518:

      By the way, I love this site, thanks for putting it together and keeping it current!

      • Jay


        Thank you so much for sharing your thoughts, experience, and the links!! Unfortunately I stay away from Facebook, so I will have to take your word on the photos ;)

        Thanks a lot for the kind words about the website as well!! It’s been a lot of fun lately with all the new comments and questions, plus the new gear coming.


    3. Pogi

      i have an original nex5. looking at an upgrade to nex6 or latest nex5, or not upgrading and getting a rx100 as a 2nd camera. Jay, your reviews have/will have a big input in the choice,

    4. peep

      I just have a simple comment, which is not specific to this site (several other photography sites have the same issue). Please hire a competent copy editor, or be more careful with your spelling and grammar. It seriously detracts from the image of an otherwise great website.

      • Jay

        Thanks Peep,

        I appreciate the feedback and I know you are correct!! Fact is, I can’t afford to do that, or many other things that the website needs. As much as it may look like this website is making money, I assure you it does not. Barley covers the server costs and endless other fees associated with getting products and returning them ect..

        Hopefully at some point I can hire somebody to proofread, but its not looking good anytime soon. All the obnoxious ads you see on the right side and up top is what helps pay for the website. Google Adsense, which is great for helping out, changed something major at the beginning of the year. Not sure what happened, but the ads are only working at about 1/2 of what they were. Another huge set back as far as moving forward with an editor ect..

        I promise I will make a stronger effort in that regard on future posts with a proofreader program ect..

        Thanks again for the feedback and support Peep,


    5. Uc

      Looking forward to the 35mm review. Oh Jay, I wanted to tell you that my A57 fell off the tripod and cracked at the grip bit. Everything is working perfectly but I’m gonna have to get it fixed before my warranty runs out. I proper cried when it happened. Lol! I had my A230 for 2 years and nothing of the sort happened. Just my luck huh?

      Anyway looking forward to the lens review.

      • Jay


        Thanks for the comments,

        The 35mm is awesome so far!! Sharp at f/1.8 in the corners looks like. I’ll be putting up some sample pics in a few minutes ;)

        Really sorry to hear about the drop of the A57. That really sucks and is pretty easy to do.Hopefully the lens mount didn’t get tweaked from the weight of the lens. Probably not if everything is working. Sony will check it out when you send it in. Drops are not covered by warranty btw. My Nex-7 was toast after I dropped it and Sony said, sorry Jay. To costly to fix.


    6. Lou

      the 10+18 f4 is 300$ overpriced. Look the amount of lens you get with an A mount Tokina 12-28 or 12-24 F4 for juts 625$. And, she works a lot better than Sony’s 10-18. At that focal length, stabilization is useless anyway. Makes the lens just more expensive. If you are not able to hold a camera quiet with such a small lens, you better look for a doctor, you have a health problem. We all get spoiled with all those things we do not need, but that we think we need, same as with the high ISO. I shoot high ISO 5 times a year, is that then worth to give so much importance to it, and when I see forums, good cameras are downgraded to junk, just because they are 1/3 of a stop less good in high ISO shooting. I never use the steady shot on my NEX, I have set if off in the menu. For me it makes only sens with Makro handheld shooting, and for that, any NEX is useless, you will never be able to switch off trembling with such a light camera. For that you need a heavy gear, or, you use a tripod.

      The Tokina lens outperforms the Sony without any doubt, it is sharp over 98% of the picture and the unsharpness in the corners is noticeable, but only if you look images at full size. I stick to Nikon, Minolta and A lenses. For sure, you need an adapter with those lenses and it is more bulky, but, the result excuses the potential. I do not care about size, for me result matters, and until now, from 100 to 400 ISO, my work range, no other camera makes as sharp shots as the NEX-7. What impresses me in picture quality is Leica M240, but unfortunately, the price does not.

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