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May 16, 2011
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POLL: Are you missing the compact pancakes on the Sony NEX lens roadmap?

 

It’s a bit surprising for me to see that Sony has no plan to release compact pancakes like the current 16mm f/2.8 for NEX. Do you think this is a mistake? I mean, what’s the meaning of having an ultra compact NEX-C3 if all the lenses (except the 16mm) are huge?

How important are pancakes for you?

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P.S.: There is still hope that Sigma and other third party lens makers can bring us some nice pancake!

May 13, 2011
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(SR2) New Sony 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SAM coming?

I just received a new message from a new source. Because the source is new please take the rumor with a grain of salt. He said:

Sony will introduce a 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SAM telephoto lens (SAL-70300) to replace the current Konica-Minolta designed 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 (SAL-75300). It is currently designated “budget teleconversion lens“”

Message for the new source: When is Sony going to announce that lens? Thanks!

P.S.: Links to the current Sony 75.300mm lens to Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

Thanks E.

May 11, 2011
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Sony TidBits

NEX-FS100 Gain test from Alex Wu on Vimeo.

 

Day 3 of the Sony A55 field review (ThePhoBlographer).

Holga Wide Lens for Sony NEX Cameras (SonyAlphaNex).

Sony Cyber-shot DSC-W570 review (Cnet).

Test high ISO Sony Alpha 55 and NEX-5 with 5 beta Silkypix: phenomenal! (Focus Numerique)

Sony TX10 image samples at Imaging Resource

A SAR readers video: 1st Round Italia Street Award (Vimeo)

May 9, 2011
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What should Sony learn from the Fuji X100?


Sony delayed the A35 and NEX-C3 announcements and there is still a bit to wait before we can see the new Sony A77 and NEX-7 in July. But also Nikon (a part the Nikon D5100), Canon, Olympus and Panasonic didn’t announce any new camera. The only camera manufacturer that is getting a lot of attentions around the web is Fuji. Since months every website is talking about the Fuji X100. The question I have to all SonyAlphaRumors readers is:

What aspect of the Fuji X100 should Sony take into consideration for future Alpha and NEX cameras? (you can select a maximum of three options)

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I think the X100 is an “overstimated” camera. The hybrid viewfinder is a bit a pain to use (see focusing problems) and the fixed lens is quite a limitation if you consider the price of the camera. What I really like is the build quality and the manual controls. But I am curious to see what you think about the X100!

 

P.S: Check the Fuji X100 price and availability at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

 

May 6, 2011
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Sony Titbits


NEX-5 using the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer and Nikon 50mm f/1.4.

A new german Fuji X100 forum (http://www.fuji-x100-forum.de/). Visit it! ;)

NAB 2011 – Odds ‘N’ Ends (ProVideoCoalition).

Mails from our readers

1) Adam: “I thought you might like to see a personal short film I just finished that was shot on an NEX-5 using the Lensbaby Tilt Transformer and Nikon 50mm f/1.4.
I’ve uploaded it Vimeo and Youtube (I personally find the quality of video often looks better on Vimeo but many more people seem to visit Youtube)
Youtube link:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Scg1qYTL9t4
Vimeo link:
http://www.vimeo.com/22945912
A little bit of info on my site:
http://www.adamroberts.net/films/another-yesterday/
I’ll be adding more details to my site on the set-up I used in the coming weeks. Just got to find some time I guess… sigh.
Anyway… I hope you like it. Would love you get some feedback.” Editor’s note: you can see the embedded video on top!

2) Jason: “Hello, here is a few links to the Alpha 55 review material I have done so far.
http://jhpvideotutorials.com/2011/05/04/sony-alpha-a55-high-iso-testing/
http://jhpvideotutorials.com/2011/04/12/sony-a55-dslr-camera-vs-canon-t3i-dslr-preview/
http://jhpvideotutorials.com/2011/04/17/sony-a55-sample-hd-video-footage-dirtbike-sequence/
http://jhpvideotutorials.com/2011/04/16/sony-a55-sample-hd-video-footage/

3) Anonymous: “You can find a lot of photos of the Nex 5 with Zeiss Contax Lenses at Flickr (Click here)