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March 9, 2013
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Camera MX transforms the Leica M-mount lenses in E-mount lenses with autofocus!

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The impossible has been made possible. Camera MX transformed a Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0 manual focusing M-mount lens in a sort of E-mount version with full autofocus support! You may argue how the heck that can be done…so here is the text I got form the “inventor” of this solution (from Chinese companies MX Camera):

We put a Leica M 35mm f/2 into a Contax G Biogon 28mm f/2.8. When use with our Contax G – NEX AF adapter, it will come a NEX-AF lens!! And the result is quite good! We will make a video for it very soon. We try so many different Leica rangefinder lens and the result, the best match is 35mm and 50mm f/2 or small aperture lens with Biogon 28mm lens body.

And they are now going to test the same “technique” with the 35mm f/3.5 (here on eBay), Summicron 35mm f/2 (here on eBay), Summicron 50mm f/2 (here on eBay), Elmar 90mm f/4 (here on eBay).  There is no plan yet to commercialize that kind of lenses.

March 8, 2013
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New Sigma E-mount leneses to ship this month. And double Gold Box deal now!

Right now US readers should check out the Gold Box deal on the Rokinon and Sigma lenses (Click here).

The Sigma lens is actually form the “old” generation but de facto has the same quality of the new Sigma E-mount lenses. And today Sigma officially confirmed that those will ship within March. Preorders here:
Black Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Silver Sigma 19mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Black Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Silver Sigma 30mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Black Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).
Silver Sigma 60mm f/2.8 lens at Bhphoto (Click here).

March 6, 2013
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Rhino Cam helps you to create 140+ megapixel photos with your NEX camera.

Rhino Cam (Click here) created a sort of medium format adapter that uses a Sony NEX camera to make a scan of the image created through a classic medium format camera. In short, you put the adapter between the NEX camera and the Pentax 645 or Mamiya 645 or Hasselblad V medium format lens. The NEX camera moves to take multiple shots from the medium format area (62,4 x 46,8mm). Than you just have to stick the images together to have your 140+ megapixel photo. It’s a sort of “panoramic mode” for medium format cameras :)

Yep, it’s a bit like having a digital back but of course this solution works on still objects only! It’s priced at $499 and you can order it here: Fotodioxpro.com.

And here are the medium format lenses you can use with it:
Pentax 645 lenses on eBay (Click here).
Mamiya 645 lenses on eBay (Click here).
Hasselblad V lenses on eBay (Click here).

found via PetaPixel.

March 6, 2013
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New images of the new Zeiss E-mount lenses!

They are not even for sale and the new Zeiss E-mount prime lenses won the IFA design award! Zeiss (Click here) celebrated this by posting new pics of the lenses. As you know they come in Sony E and Fuji X mount. As you know they will be released soon. We will have a 12mm f/2.8, 32mm f/1.8 and the 50mm f/2.8 macro. The first two may be my favorite two! Price is rumored to be in between $1,000 and $1,400. Basically in the price range of the 24mm f/1.8 E-mount Zeiss. That lens had been low in Stock for over one year because of the unexpected high orders. And it never got any price drop because of that (you only find some kind of superkits offers like that one on eBay US).

Click on those thumbnails to see the large version of the new images:

March 6, 2013
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FF NEX discussion reloaded. The need for a “cheap” FF NEX!

Yesterdays post about the future FF-NEX set a new record with 475 comments (Click here to read them all). I am sure Sony managers read them all and it’s also clear that the high price of the FF-NEX may be a hurdle for the final success of the system. From the over 6.000 voters only 13% said they would buy the NEX-FF. And only 13% said they may or may not buy it.

So let’s imagine another solution. A cheap very basic and simple FF-NEX, with no viewfinder, no fancy tech but with a top sensor and decent AF speed. If Sony would manage it to keep costs low and sell the camera for $2500 (body only)….

Would you consider to buy the minimalistic and cheap FF-NEX for $2,500?

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This is my last poll about the NEX-FF. After that I will ask for feedback from my sources to hear what they think. Let’s go back and post some new NEX-7n rumors soon :)

P.S.: Reminder of what we know about the NEX-FF:
– 24 Megapixel FF sensor (there is a second prototype with 32 Megapixel sensor)
– Similar NEX-7 form factor
– More expensive than the current RX1
– Release in 2014
– Three new FF Zeiss lenses coming in June 2014 along the first FF NEX

Specs of the Zeiss lenses are unknown but Zeiss has a great history of FF lenses made for the “Full Frame” ZM analog camera:
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Biogon T* 2/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Biogon T* 2,8/35 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
C Sonnar T* 1,5/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Planar T* 2/50 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).

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