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July 10, 2012
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New Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 coming soon! First images on SAR.


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SAR readder Yuanqi sent me the pictures of the soon to come Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 lens. Shipment will start on July 20th. The price just reaches to 6,000 Chinese RMB (760 Euro or $940), which migth be even higher if SLR Magic want to sell it worldwide. Mitakon is a brand owned by “Shenyang Zhongyi” a Chinese company that sometimes OEM for other companies such as SLR Magic. You can find plenty of Mitakon lenses on eBay (Click here).

P.S.: SLR magic made four lenses for the NEX 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).


July 9, 2012
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The A99 specs: Do you like the camera?

On Friday I posted the A99 prototype camera specs. I got them via trusted sources so I expect them to be very reliable although small changes can still be made for the final production version. I can add some info from unconfirmed rumors (SR3) saying that there will be a 3 Megapixel OLED viewfinder and a more reliable info that (SR4) it records 10-12 fps. In short, for around $2,500-$2,800 (or Euro or Pounds) you will get a FF SLT with 24MPX, 102 all cross AF, ISO50-25,600 (with +2 extension), 1080/p60, weather sealed body with built in Flash and optional vertical grip.

If those specs are correct the question is:

Is that a camera you would consider to buy?

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My impression is that the camera is aimed for sport photography and video. It’s where the cameras can beat the upcoming Nikon D800 and the Canon 5DmarkIII.



July 6, 2012
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(SR5) Sony FF SLT specs of the prototype camera (with external vertical grip and built-in flash)

I got the 100% reliable specs of one of the pre final FF SLT prototype camera. Please keep in mind that these specs can variate with the final firmware. Here we are:
24 MPX sensor
All cross 102 phase detection AF
ISO 50-25600 (can be extended to 102.400 with the final firmware)
Live view – evaluative & subject recognition lock-on AF
1200 zone live-view evaluative metering
1920×1080 60p and 24p
simultaneous recording of still&movie
921K True Black 3 way tilt LCD
Shutter Speed 1/8000
New iAuto
Smart Tele converter
Magnesium body
Weather Sealed body
Built-in Flash

There will be a vertical grip too!

IThe rumor is coming from a top source. I hope to get the 100% final specs soon.

July 2, 2012
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Schneider denies involvement in NEX lens development…

Image on top: Schneider Tilt-Shift-Lenses for Sony Alpha Mount

For the record. Schneider officially stated tat there is no plan to make any NEX lens (for now). To bad, there are so many good Schneider lenses I would like to see in an E-mount version!

July 2, 2012
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Rumor roundup (NEX-9, A88 and A99, new Alpha Lenses)

It has been a busy week so I am going to make a sum of the latest rumors while I am preparing the launch of the new ones :)

1) No other SLT APS-C model in 2012:
Some speculated that there might be a room for an OVF APS-C model. Sorry to kill your dreams…there is no such a model!

2) Two FF SLT cameras coming within 12 months
I am 99% sure there will be a new SLT FF camera in late August/ September and another higher end model in 2013. I am not so sure about the name of the cameras, unreliable rumors for now say that one is the A88 and the other one the A99 (info not coming via my sources!).

3) New 55-300mm, new 300mm and new 50mm f/1.4 and f/1.2 Alpha lenses coming.
A Sony database leak confirmed that there will be a new 55-300mm and 300mm lens (now discontinued). Rumors floating around the web suggests two new 50mm primes will be launched.

4) A High end NEX?
This is really a wild rumor but some “voices” say that Sony is already working on an updated NEX-7 camera. Could be launched a while after the NEX-5F launch?

That’s it for now! Now let’s see what this week will bring to us!


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