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January 22, 2013
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(SR5) Zeiss E-mount Full Frame lens scheduled for a June 2014 release!


I had quite busy talks with sources in these days about the long term strategy from Sony. And I also got some bits about the Sony-Zeiss collaboration. First of all it is confirmed that the next three Zeiss primes (2.8/12, 1.8/32 and 2.8/50 macro) for the NEX system will cover APS-C only.  But at the same time Sony and Zeiss made an agreement on FF E-mount lenses. And it works like that: Zeiss will now design at least three new E-mount Full Frame prime lenses. They will have to possibility to test the lenses on a non final prototype. Zeiss has scheduled the official release of the lenses for June 2014! Sources didn’t unveil me the detailed lens specs yet also because nothing is final yet. But one thing they told me…the lenses will be expensive to buy! And certainly more expensive than their current FF ZM series :(

Anyway, this rumor comes via top top and top sources. So it’s marked as SR5 but of course it’s a long way to go and the June date may change depending on how things will work out. Meantime feel free to share your expectation. I may do a poll with your suggested Zeiss FF NEX lenses to show Zeiss what it’s needed according to our SAR fellowship. Of course be aware that everything will come at a high cost. So dream the lens you can actually afford :)

Take some inspiration from the superb Zeiss ZM list:
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).

January 22, 2013
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(SR5) 18-200mm powerzoom lens coming as lens only option too.

As you remember Sony announced new NEX camcorders at Photokina. And they came with a new version for the 18-200mm E-mount lens that features Powerzoom (See image on top of the Sony NEX-VG30 with that lens). This is not really a big news but Sony will soon offer the lens as standalone products you can buy to use on your NEX-3/5-6/7 camera. Exciting? Of course not but some filmmakers may be happy to grab a lens like that :)

January 21, 2013
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(SR4) NEX-3N, A38 and A58 are the next three new Sony cameras.

So let’s start this week with the forecast about the next Sony camera releases. I am getting many mails about the soon to come new Sony stuff. While I am not sure about the announcement date I am almost sure this is what you can expect to come soon:

The new Sony NEX-3n, the new Sony A38 and after that the new Sony A58. All three come with the “new” standard ISO Hot Shoe. And at least the A58 has a very new sensor too!

As I have told you before Sony will go from bottom to top within the next 12-16 months. First the entry level NEX and SLT, than the more advanced NEX (7n?) and A78(?), and than by end of this year or early next year the new Full Frame mirrorless and maybe another “Flagship” camera I heard about for the first time last week.

January 18, 2013
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Sony Eye tracking AF coming in 2014?

The Canon EOS-5 A2(E) had Eye Tracking AF.

Yesterday I told you about the new three layer technology that will may appear in 2014. And so will the new Full Frame Mirrorless. The next key tech that may appear in this crucial year is Eye Tracking AF:

Sony is considering to implement that feature on their upcoming Flagship in 2014. They call it “Eye controlled Focus System”. This feature of the camera will track objects using some infrared sensors in the viewfinder following the eye movement. The advantage is the rapid change/move of focus points (e.g. from the middle to the border). The biggest disadvantage is that You will have to calibrate Your eye for this to work properly. Also this will only work using the viewfinder, it will not work using LiveView on the display. The feature can be enabled/disabled and will have a memory (calibration data) for 3 users. If or when this really comes in the final product, is uncertain. It will depend on the further development in 2013, but will be the absolute burner. Tests are promising, but the implementation might be to expensive for midrange products. We’ll see.

Note: this is not a new feature. It was in a real product from Canon – the EOS-5 A2(E) – built until 2000 (here on eBay). Can You see the similarities to the SLT technology?!? ;-))  Maybe Sony will be able to solve all problems and flaws and make this feature available for the “digital” photographic world.

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Special Thanks to the anonymous source for this! Hope to hear more from you in future :)

One more thing: What is the “Flagship 2014″? :)


January 17, 2013
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Sony 3 layer patent in detail…


It is my believe that the next image quality jump on the sensor technology front will come with the arrival of Sony’s 3 layer technology. The Sigma similar foveon sensors already have proven that at LOW ISO the sensor…rocks! But from ISO 400 towards the sensor has plenty of issues, like weird color reproducibility and incredible bad noise handling. And the Sony patent itself says that the 3 layer tech “has been difficult to reproduce correct colors when the color temperature of incident light changes, for example.” And the patent describes in every single detail how Sony wants to solve the issue. You may read it for yourself at Freepatentsonline (Click here).

The earliest we can hope to see a Sony camera with that sensor is 2014. And damn would I love it to see it within my next Full Frame NEX-FF…don’t you? :)

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