September 20, 2012
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Zeiss lens pictures roundup! Which one would you buy?

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(Image courtesy: Alexander Radojski)

Certainly one of the best news from Photokina is the launch of three new Zeiss lenses for the NEX system. Alexander Radojski sent us some pictures of the new lenses (Click on them to see the full size version). All lenses have autofocus, price similar to the current Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 (around $1000) and cover an APS-C circle. This lenses do not cover Full Frame sensor camera like the new NEX-VG900. This is probably the only bad news for all of these people like me that hope to see a FF NEX-9 alike camera in 2013. Probably the lenses would have been a lot bigger if designed with FF in mind. And as you know this lenses are designed for the Fuji X system (like the new X-E1) too. This may be the reason why they do not cover FF. The lenses will ship in mind 2013. The big question is:

Which one of the new Zeiss lenses will you probably buy?

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Updated Sony preorder list:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

September 19, 2012
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Hasselblad response to critics: “the Lunar is not a rebranded NEX-7″.


Lunar camera with the new Distagon E-mount Zeiss! (Image courtesy: Alexander Radojski)

 BJP reportsthat Hasselblad got “heavily denigrated” after the Lunar camera launch. And now Hasselblad is trying to explain why the price for the camera is correct. Business development manager, Luca Alessandrini said: “We are doing is buying different components from the best suppliers, and applying our knowledge and expertise to create a different camera. This is not a NEX 7 camera, just because we are buying components from Sony. The hardware is just a small part of the whole. It’s not because we’re using a Sony sensor that it makes the Lunar a Sony camera“.

The camera body is made of aluminium and Luca Alessandrini said that it takes five hours to machine the body. That alone costs $300.Luca also said that they are ready to launch more camera that may be more different from current Sony cameras: “if Sony were to release a NEX 9, Hasselblad would not automatically use the camera’s technology to unveil its own version

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Some Hasselblad video by Branding Value, FotoTVplus, Centrum Papieru (polish).

September 19, 2012
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New Sony 24 MP sensor gets DxOmarked (via D600 test).

The D600 score by DxOmark (Click here)

May not everybody knows it but the new Sony 24 Megapixel Full Frame sensor is used not only by Sony (A99RX1 and VG900) but also by the Nikon D600 (in stock today). And DxOmark (Click here) already posted the results of the D600 sensor test. The results are impressive. Compared with the Canon 5DmarkIII the Sony sensor has an image dynamic that is nearly 2.5-stops better! And a 2/3-stop advantage in color quality too!

This means that 1) Canon should be worried 2) We can expect similar extraordinary results on the A99RX1 and VG900. Particularly the superb RX1 (specs and price here) may surpass the Nikon D600 score due the excellent Zeiss lens. I hope it can dethrone the D600 as leader of the Amazon ranks (here to see).

I updated the preorder list with the new BHphoto Sony lens preorder option Here it is:
A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

 

September 19, 2012
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Sony interview at AP. 36MP FF and an interchangeable RX1 alike camera are a “possibility”.

Amateur Photographer posted an interview made with Toru Katsumoto and Tetsuya Numata from Sony. Here are some interesting info:
– They recognize that many people love the optical viewfinder and this is true especially for full-frame products. But Sony believes the EVF technology is better and the future.
– The very interesting info is that Sony confessed that they didn’t use the 36 million pixels sensor because “we couldn’t do 60p video or produce the same sensitivity levels“. De facto they confirm the Nikon D800 sensor is made by them! They also add: “When the technology improves we can increase the pixels.
– When asked if there will be a Higher than A99 FF model they answer: “It is a possibility“.
– Sony ddint’ opt for the XQD cards because it “consumes a lot of power“.
– When asked if the RX1 could eventually be redesigned as an interchangeable lens camera they answer again: “It is a possibility“. One more thing about the RX1: Sony has no plan yet to make a RX1 wide angle or telephoto adapter.

Editor’s note: There are three Key PRO FF products Sony has to work on:
1) An entry level FF: The Nikon D600 is now in Stock at Amazon and already back on top of the ranking (see here). There is definitely a market for a $2000 SLT FF camera!
2) A high end Photographic  centered High Megapixel camera: While the A99 is an almost perfect hybrid camera there is still some room for a more photographer oriented High Megapixel camera a la Nikon D800.
3) An interchangeable FF camera styled like the RX1 would have no competition on the market (I do not count the over expensive Leica M cameras).


A99 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex UK, Wex Germany, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
A99 with kit lens links Alphacameradeals.
RX1 Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 body Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK, Wex Germany Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-6 with kit lens Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Jessops, Wex Uk ,Wex Germany and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG900 Amazon, BHphoto, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, Wex Uk and more links at Alphacameradeals.
NEX-VG30 Adorama, Amazon, BHphoto, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 16-50mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals .
Sony E-mount 35mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony E-mount 10-18mm Amazon, Adorama, Wex UK, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH, and more links at Alphacameradeals.
Sony A-mount 300mm f/2.8 Amazon, Sonystore DE-UK-FR-IT-ES-NL-SE-FI-CH.

September 19, 2012
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Hasselblad own lenses coming? Send me your Photokina images!

Image credit: Colamanago. The Rec button looks like a Ruby!

Editor’s note: Dear readers! I can’t go at photokina because I have work to do in Berlin. If you have some nice photokina picture to show feel free to send me your images at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. If you want you can also send me your name and website link to credit the picture. I look for pictures of the new Sony cameras but also of the three new Zeiss primes, the Sigma lenses and of course the Hasselblad stuff. Thanks guys!

Now back to Hassleblad. Popphoto reports about the new Hasselblad Lunar camera that “Hasselblad has done a fair bit of tinkering with the insides, which they claim make it more “precise” in its operation. There’s also a new interface for navigating the camera.” And about the lenses: “When it starts shipping at the beginning of next year, the Lunar will come with a kit lens that looks very much like the 18-55mm Sony kit lens. According to the rep, though, it is Hasseblad glass, which is why it wears the Hasselblad badge. Two more lenses are apparently on the way, but it will even use E-mount lenses.

As correctly stated by some of our readers Hasselblad itself usually outsources the Lens design to Zeiss and Fuji. There are Hassleblad Distagons (here on eBay), Sonnars (here on eBay) and so on…

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