February 4 2010 - Photo Jottings

February 4 2010


Time for a few random thoughts about what’s coming up, and the rumors about what Sony will introduce before the PMA show later this month.

I’m still working on the Minolta 35mm F/2 review, and a comp between the CZ 16-35mm and Sony 35mm F/1.4, which I’d like to post next.  It’s been cloudy with some occasional rain here for the last couple of weeks, so I haven’t been able to complete any reviews, hopefully I’ll be able to get on it this weekend.

As far as Sony rumors go, I don’t know about any new products, but I’d like to see a replacement for the A700.  Some folks are wanting video capability on the DSLRs, I really don’t care, I wouldn’t use that feature.  Also, I hear Sony may join the micro 4/3 format, that would be really good.  I don’t know about you, but I’m getting tired of carrying around my DSLRs, and have more recently been enjoying my camera phone more than my real cameras.  In fact, I may go ahead and get a 4/3 mirror-less design, like the Panasonic GF1, or Olympus Pen, with the pancake 17mm lens, and maybe the kit lens too.  I probably wouldn’t get the telephoto zooms offered simply because they don’t seem to be too enticing, as the whole idea behind the Micro 4/3 systems is the small size, and the regular size lenses destroy the size advantage.

It seems Sony might have problems “moving” some lenses, such as the new 28-75mm F/2.8, (now $649) because they’re offering $150 off from now until Feb 27th I think.  B&H photo and Adorama have this lens listed with the $150 instant rebate, but the SonyStyle.com store has no such price reduction, they do however have six other lenses marked down, all “DT” lenses.  One item to note; the Sony 16-105mm is now $499, which performs as good as the $749 Carl Zeiss 16-80mm, depending on what your demands are, go here for a comparison.  If you’re thinking about buying, I’d appreciate it if you would use my B&H link above, which helps me help everyone!

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