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December 5, 2012
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The translucent mirror patents.

If you were ever curious about the detailed specs of that so called “translucent mirror” used for SLT cameras than just take a look a Patent Number 8313254 (via freepatentsonline). It explains the material used and the reflective characteristics of the mirror: “the light-beam splitting mirror has spectral characteristics including a reflectivity of 25% or more and 35% or less at all wavelengths from 400 to 650 nm and a reflectivity of 60% or more at a wavelength of 700 nm

Have fun reading all these tech!

December 5, 2012
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Canon-Nikon guys….would you join Sony if they would make this? commented yesterdays rumor about Sony’s Full Frame roadmap and showed an example of camera Sony should do. You may read it:

Take the base concept of the RX1, add the EVF of the A99, replace the fixed lens by an E-Mount and replace the 24 MP sensor by the AA-filterless 36 MP sensor currently produced for the D800E. Modify the sensor (and propably the cooling as well) so that it can be read out with 60p (for 1080p60). Start with at least one fullframe capable E-Mount lens (e.g. a modified Zeiss lens for Alpha) and the rest will be adapted as until there are enough other E-Mount FF lenses become available.
That will be the moment where I sell all my Nikon stuff.

SonyAlphaRumors is read by plenty of Nikon and Canon camera owners. My question for them (and also for Sony owners for course) is:

Is that a kind of camera that would make you think to join the Sony FF system?

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Sony is working on the new FF cameras and they may be curious to read your opinion about that kind of “camera tech”.

December 4, 2012
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SLRmagic 35mm t/1.4 cool trade-in program.

At Photokina SLR magic announced two new E-mount lenses, the 35mm t/1.4 and 23mm f/1.7 E-Mount lenses. If you already own a SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 lens you can join that trade in program. Details (offer ends by Feb 28th 2013):
1) Need SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 lens.
2) Copy of receipt from authorised resellers dated before Dec 1st 2012.
3) Items 1 and 2 shipped to us in Hong Kong by registered post with tracking number.
4) SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 will cost $259 instead of $349 after trade-in price.

People interested in the upgrade program can contact SLRmagic at

P.S. Current SLRmagic lenses for the E-mount system:
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC (here on eBay).
SLR Magic Toy Lens 28mm Bokehmorphic lens (here on eBay).
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 (here on eBay).
SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 lens (here on eBay).

December 3, 2012
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Sony 35mm f/1.8 for NEX shipping from December 7th.

Sony Japan officially released…the release date :)
The Sony 35mm f/1.8 E-mount worldwide shipment will start on December 7th.

You can check the price and estimated shipping date at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.

December 1, 2012
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Sony TidBits…(with some readers work)

Taylor Swift advertisiment for the Sony NEX-5r

Sony NEX-6 and Canon EF lens test at SonyAlphaLab.
Sony F5 & F55 pricing announced at Filmmaking ETC.
sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100 + magfilter adapter ring 52mm + hoya Pro1 Digital 52mm MC PL-C (Alacazul).
First Sony F55 sample movie – 4K 60fps (EosHD).
Sony TX200V review at Imaging Resource.
Sony NEX-5r test at Itmedia.
A greta video shot on Sony cameras by Khairil Bahar (on youtube).

SAR reader Meng sent me this:Share a stunning video by Khairil Bahar where he uses RX100, NEX system and other Sony Handycam series for some of his short film production.
Hosam: “I would like to share my actual project, about our local wheel-chair basketball-team here in Ulm/Germany. Captured on the little and powerful Sony NEX-7 with a nice set of lenses and equipment. As always, I would really appreciate your support, as we are tryin to push their popularity…motivated by the human spirit for respect and social intercourse.
Gene:Being an owner of the A77 since they first hit the market, I follow the developments with Sony’s new technology very closely.  I’m a Hard Core photographer, with a background in Industrial Design, so I have been thinking for months about improvements that could be made.
To that end, I’ve written an open letter to Sony, outlining the features that would help the serious amateur, the Hard Core guy.
Just posted on my blog…

Robert:I’m not sure if you’re interested in this sort of thing, but we just started using the Sony a57 and some Minolta and Sony lenses for our low budget film productions. Here’s a teaser trailer with all footage shot on the a57. 720p Vimeo version: 1080p Youtube version:

P.S.: More readers work will follow soon! Today I will read all the mails I didn’t read that week!

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