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June 5, 2011
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Noktor 50mm f/0.95 for NEX will cost $1.000


Noktor annouced via Twitter (Click here) that the 50mm f/0.95 for NEX will cost $1.000. The lens will have the same optical design as the current Micro Four Thirds version. Only the look will be different. They are accepting preorders on their website: http://noktor.com/products.php. This is the fastest E-mount lens currently available. If you need a fast lens like that your other alternatives are the Canon 50mm f/0.95 (Click here to see it on eBay) and Leica 50mm f/0.95 (Click here to see ebay auctions). They deliver a better image quality but 1) you need an adapter 2) They are very expensive!

The lens is made by the Hong Kong company SLRmagic which already sells the 35mm f/1.7 for NEX on eBay (Click here).

 

 

May 31, 2011
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Yasuhara shows a new macro lens for E-mount with 5x magnification

The japanese company Yasuhara announced a new amcro lens for NEX named “Nanoha”. It has a 5x magnification and can take spectacular photos (Click here to see their online gallery).  The Nonoha’s website says about the lens: “The magnification is much more than ordinary macro lens. The magnification is up to x5. It means 1 pixel on the picture is about 1 micrometer on the shooting target. With NANOHA, you can find small wonders easily without using microscopes. And we added some patented features for your good shooting.

Yasuhara is a one man company that made Cameras and Lenses compatible with the Leica M-system (CLick here to see some of their stuff on eBay). They know will release that lens for mirrorles systems + two more lenses during the year 2011.

May 29, 2011
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Detailed Sony digital camera financial report (increase of interchangeable single lens cameras sales)

Sony published the detailed financial report. There are couple of info regarding the digital camera segment:
1) The expected operating income increase is partially offset by the negative impact of the Earthquake, which is anticipated to primarily affect components and compact digital cameras.
2) In the CPD segment, sales decreased due to lower sales of products such as components and compact digital cameras. This decrease was partially offset by higher sales of interchangeable single lens cameras.

My guess is that Sony NEX cameras were much more successful than they had expected. At least in Japan were we can see the exact sales (See BCNranking) we can notice that Sony NEX cameras are selling more than Panasonic and Olympus Micro Four Thirds cameras. That’s a huge surprise if you do consider the lack of lenses for the E-mount system.

Source: http://www.sony.net/SonyInfo/IR/financial/fr/index.html

 

P.S.: You can see on Amazon that most cameras in the TOP 20 are compacts:
Amazon US rankings (Click here)
Amazon DE rankings (Click here)
Amazon UK rankings (Click here)
Amazon FR rankings (Click here)
Amazon IT rankings (Click here)

May 25, 2011
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Goodbye Sony A850! Now officially discontinued!

The Sony A850 is now officially out of production. The biggest american photo online store discontinued the camera. Click here to see the A850 discontinued message on BHphoto. A couple of months ago my sources told me that this would happen. And soon the A900 price should fall around $2000.

If you still want to get the Sony A850 check price and availability by clicking on those direct links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

May 23, 2011
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Sony posts worst loss in 16 years! (via electronista)

I expected a small loss due the recent earthquake disaster but I didn’t expect the loss to be that big! You can download the full report as pdf (Click here). The company lost $3.2 billion in the 12 months! That’s the worst lost in 16 years. There are many reasons for that debacle. Electronista analyzed the results: “Most of the loss came from a $4.4 billion equivalent setting aside of tax assets to address worries about future results. The earthquake in the Tohoku area of Japan will also have cut into its performance through repairs and lost production. Slow TV sales affecting the whole industry, as well as a struggle to keep sales going for the PS3, PSP, and Walkman players, all of which are suffering due to Microsoft’s Xbox 360, Nintendo DSi systems, and both Apple’s iPhones and iPods.”

It’s unclear yet if that result will affect the imaging division (I don’t think so). The good news is that Sony also predicted a big plus for the next fiscal year (+$2.4 billion). So no need to be to much worried yet! I hope the whole Japanese economy canreboot as soon as possible!

Via Electornista

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