April 29, 2016
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New Sony financial report: Significant +72,7% operating income increase in Imaging Products!

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Sony released their latest quartal financial report (PDF file here). And there is very good news for Sony. They managed to increase their operating income by 72,7%! This despite a small 1,7% sales decrease (mainly due the shrinking video camera and entry-level compact camera business).

Sony writes:

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April 29, 2016
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Sigma MC-11 tested with Canon lenses. Works just fine!

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Sigma MC-11 vs Commlite adapter with Sony A7II and Canon 70-200F4L IS

The new Sigma MC-11 electronic adapter is now shipping through many stores (Check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay). And there is a good news to report. Canon lenses seem to work just fine with it as you can see from those videos:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M-yrwV-zfjk
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0dXaSGRdzM
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-dRWx6NJWA (a6000 with mc11)


Review of Sigma MC-11 with Sigma 120-300 Art (Track&Field)

Thanks Del!

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April 29, 2016
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Sony Tidbits…

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Canon 80D Video Test vs a6300, GH4, & 70D

Full list of todays Gold Box deals at Amazon.de, Amazon.co.uk, Bhphoto and Amazon.com.
Sony Alpha 7 Aktion: Bis zu 80 EUR Rabatt auf ausgewählte Objektive at Amazon.de
Don’t worry, new A-mount cameras will come this year 😉 (SonyAlphaForum)
AF Tracking Test A77II vs A7II by Andreas Peters.
Sony a6300 and long exposure photography (SonyAlphaForum).
Tips for Tethered Shooting (Vanguardworld)
Sony A7r II vs. A7 II vs. A7S: Comparison: https://youtu.be/m2HWLnaN4s0
Sony A6300 review by SonyAlphaLab.

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April 28, 2016
Posted in deals

Voigtlander 15mm f/4.5 III for Sony FE is in Stock at Amazon US!

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The new Voigtlander 15mm FE lens is in Stock now at Amazon US (Click here).

Reminder:
$170 off on the Sony FE 24-240mm at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty).
$600 off on the Sony A7sII at eBay US (3 year US seller warranty).
Sony US officially reduced the A7II price. It’s now $200 off in all US stores like Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).
Also the first generation A7 got a $100 discount and sells for $998 at Amazon (Click here).
The 85mm GM lens is back in Stock at Amazon US (Click here) and at BHphoto (Click here).
Also be sure to check out the many Sony Open Box deals from BestBuy (Click here to see them all). There is also a bunch of 55mm FE lenses for $719 only!

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April 28, 2016
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Sony patents a new contact lens camera (say bye bye to Google Glass)

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Sony recently patented a new kind of “contact lens camera” that gives us a glimpse into an intriguing (and for privacy reasons also scary) future! Yes this is a full working camera worn on an eyeball that has a lens unit, image sensor, microchip processor and storage unit on the contact lens! It also has a built-in wireless antenna to transmit pictures to any device (smartphone or laptop for example).

Now you would imagine the contact lens having a sort of fixed focal and aperture but it has not. Sony writes:

The image pickup unit includes, for example, a lens system including the image pickup lens, an aperture stop, a zoom lens, a focus lens, and the like, a drive system that causes the lens system to perform focusing operation and zooming operation.

And there is some more sensational thing that small contact lens camera can do:

The image pickup signal processing unit may perform image stabilization for correcting blur of a captured image, the blur being caused by motion of the eyeball.

A display unit will display your captured images directly on the contact lens. See the original Sony patent drawing below:

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And how do you control this “thing”?

  • You control the release shutter via a conscious eyelid closure and aperture (there is a sensor that can measure the pressure of the eyelid)
  • When you accelerate shutter speed increases (to avoid blur)
  • All settings like aperture and zoom can be adjusted via eyelid movement

I really want to see this thing for real as I think this could really have a success. Having a wearable camera people cannot see make it unproblematic to wear (unlike the Google Glass device). But of course, wearing an “invisible” camera will raise a lot of question regarding privacy…

The full patent literature is available at Freepatentsonline.

Thanks Raul Frias for finding this!

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