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April 6, 2012
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Sony FF: Remove or not remove the Anti Aliasing filter?

On left the Nikon D800. On right the Nikon D800E without the Anti Aliasing filter (Click on the image to enlarge)

Let’s not talk about the usual stuff like AF speed or high ISO tests. There are some other aspects the camera manufacturers are now competing for. Example, In the mirrorless segment we already saw the “miniaturization battle“. When it comes to video quality you often read about the “Rolling Shutter jello effect reduction“. But there is also another pretty recent evolution: The removal of the AA (Anti Aliasing) filter that usually protects you from the effect called “Moire”. Within 2012 we already had two new cameras getting rid of the AA filter: The Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here) and Nikon D800E (Click here). Here is a list of links you can check to learn more about it:

Aliasing explanation at Wikipedia (Click here).
Nikon D800 versus Nikon D800 image quality comparison at Pocket Lint (Click here).
Canon 5DmarkIII versus a modified markIII without AA filter at CanonWatch (Click here).
Fuji X PRO 1 versus the “older” Canon 5DmarkII at DSL-check (Click here).

From what I have seen so far the Sony 36 Megapixel sensor really gets a jump of resolution when there is no AA filter. But the Moire effect is really annoying in pictures with patterns. And this cannot be removed in post-production. So for me the Nikon D800E is a no way to go for normal use photography. But the Fuji X PRO 1 tells us another story. By modifying the RGB pattern on the sensor you can almost completely remove the moire issue. And I think that would a way to go for Sony. So here is my question for you:

Imagine a Sony FF camera with 36 Megapixel sensor, no anti aliasing filter and random RGB matrix (like the Fuji). Do you think this is a must have feature for the next Sony FF?

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Links to the mentioned cameras:
Nikon D800E at Amazon (Click here).
Fuji X PRO 1 at Amazon (Click here).
The Nikon D800 remains on top of the Amazon ranking (Click here).
While the NEX-7 surpassed the Fuji X PRO 1 (Click here to see the ranking).

April 6, 2012
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First NEX-FS700 test video and new Carl Zeiss 15mm T/2.9 and 135 T/2.1 for E-mount!

FS700 480 FPS Test from Andy Shipsides on Vimeo.

If you were wondering what kind of lenses to use on the super new NEX-FS700 E-mount camcorder than I have good news for you! Carl Zeiss just announced two new CP.2 15mm T/2.9 and CP.2 135mm T/2.1. They will be available in late 2012 for $5,700 or €4,200 (VAT excluded!). What makes the CP.2 lenses so expensive is that they are perfectly color-matched to allow consistency in footage. On eBay (Click here) you can find many CP.2 lenses and there is no one that you can get for a low price!

Meantime we can finally watch some nice video made with the FS700. On top of this post you can see the 480 fps test video by Andy Shipsides and below you can find an official introduction from Sony! Looks great or not?

Sony Professional: Introducing the Sony NEX-FS700 from Sony Professional on Vimeo.

April 5, 2012
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New NEX-7 reviews roundup. First Sigma 19mm testing.

Photocomment (Click here) posted a NEX-7 and Zeiss 24mm lens review: “The NEX-7 is one of the few mirrorless cameras that can be a true alternative to an SLR, without any drawbacks. The Zeiss 24mm lens is extremely sharp and has the creamiest out of focus boket I have seen in a lens in a long while.“. NEX-7 unboxing at Photoheadonline (Click here) and a german review at Photo-HS (Click here). P.S.: The NEX-7 with kit lens is back in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

The new Sigma 19mm gets tested on the NEX-5n from our reader Eric Brandon (Click here). No bad results for a lens that costs $199 only at B&H (Click here).

 

April 3, 2012
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New Sony NEX-7 reviews (Fuji main competitor now for sale)

Sony NEX-7_behind the scene from post production on Vimeo.

Quesabesde (Click here for the translation) posted a new NEX-7 review. He easily recommends the camera as long as you are willing to pay a lot of money for top optics like the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens.

Sony NEX-7 in Vegas with the Leica 35 Summilux ASPH and Zeiss 24 1.8 by Steve Huff (Click here).

A pretty “unfair” comparison between a new Canon 5DmarkIII fullframe camera and the APS-C NEX-7 by Mike Kobal (Click here).

By the way, the NEX-7 main competitor the Fuji X PRO 1 is now in Stock at Amazon and back on the top of the most sold mirrorless cameras (Click here to see the ranking). I think there is plenty of room above the NEX-7 for a NEX-9 with advanced new sensor technology. Hope Sony managers are thinking on the same wave like me :)

NEX-7 in Stock status link check: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

April 3, 2012
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New Madoka and Hyperprime lenses +16mm conversion lens test.

SonyAlphaLab (Click here) tested the 16mm conversion lenses.


The japanese website DC.watch (Click here) tested the new Madoka 180 degrees lens for NEX. Once clicked on the link scroll down to see the image samples (Click on them to enlarge).

Where is my bike? from Peter Prevec on Vimeo.

New Cine HYperprime 50mm f/0.95 lens test on the NEX-FS100 at Domisljije (Click here) and a rolling review at 3Dkraft (Click here).

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