March 22, 2012
Posted in reviews

First 500mm f/4.0 review at Heise.de

The German Heise website (Click here for the english google translation) is the first website posting image samples and a short review of the Super Quality and most expensive Alpha mount lense ever made. The reviewer says the lens is “impressive” but suggests you to borrow the lens when you really need it instead of buying it. The lens cost $13000 at BHphoto (Click here). For us “poor” people go for the Sigma 500mm f/4.5 EX APO (Click here) which costs $5000 only! :)

Oh, and read this: Photographer uses red-dot gunsight as AF assist (Cnet US).

March 22, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR2) First specs about the A1S square sensor…


One of the sources that told me about the SLT camera prototype with square sensor send me some info. Please be aware that this is a camera prototype and that there is no way to be sure yet that it is coming for real.

1) 37 Megapixel
2) 36mm x 36mm square sensor
3) Works with all current Alpha mount lenses
4) It is the biggest camera to date (beats the Sony A900 in terms of size)
5) The SLT technology permits the camera to be smaller than it would have been with the classical mirror box and optical viewfinder technology
6) New generation of square electronic viewfinder
7) 3×3 inch OLED display

The 36mm square format allows you to choose between different formats on the fly or in post production.

P.S.: Kodak once made a digital back with square sensor. The Kodak DCS Pro Back 645 (here on eBay).

SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

March 21, 2012
Posted in news

Plenty of new NEX-7 accessories (wood grip, Nauticam viewfinder and more).

The last days I got multiple links about new Sony NEX-7 accessories. Many readers already own the NEX-7 so this might will interest you:

ReWo cage for NEX 7 at EosHD (Click here). A new custody at DC.watch (Click here). A new enhanced Viewfinder for the Nauticam case (Click here). And a very crazy handmade wood grip made by a Chinese guy (Xitek forum). The NEX-7 popularity will very likely broaden the offer of accessories. Feel free to send me a notice of whatever curious new stuff comes out!

P.S.: The NEX-7 still is on top of the rankings at Amazon US (place 1), Amazon Germany (place 1), Amazon France (place 3) and Amazon UK (place 4).

Shop links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

March 21, 2012
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-7 kit in Stock at Amazon for $1399

The Sony NEX-7 kit is now in Stock for $1399 at Amazon (Click here). That’s an extra $50 you have to pay for but it’s still a lot less of what I have found in these days on Amazon. And also the Top NEX lens, the Zeiss 24mm is in Stock at Adorama (Click here) and Amazon (Click here).

 

March 21, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR3) HOT: New Sony A1S with Full Frame square sensor!!!

A 6×6 Hasselblad camera. Is it time for a digital resurrection of square photography?

I am working on that rumor since a long time. Multiple sources keep me informed about interesting Sony camera prototypes that do break the usual monotony and long living paradigms of the current digital photography market. Today I am going to post the rumor about one of such “strange” models and a second rumor about another model will follow soon the next days.

The new A1S SLT camera with square sensor:

According to two different sources Sony has a working prototype which one of my sources told me is called “A1S“. The real incredible news is that it has a Full Frame square sensor. Don’t know if it is 36mm x 36mm or a bit smaller. The source said that “will change the world of Full Frame photography“. The very good news is that all current Alpha and Minolta Full Frames lenses will work on it without any issue! I am working on that rumor since a very long time now and I hope this post will help me to get more info about the A1S from my anonymous trusted sources.

As long as I recall no digital camera ever had a square sensor while in the film era we had plenty of 6×6 medium format cameras (Click here to see them on eBay). The list includes the super nice 6×6 Rolleiflex and the 6×6 Hassleblad cameras.

My first thoughts: I would be super happy to see such a camera. First it would create something unique Canon and Nikon never have done! Take that Nikon D800 and new Canon 5D! ;) I love the square format and it’s also super practical because you always have the freedom to crop the image in post production. I would like to hear what you think about such a camera! And here is a poll too:

Are you interested in a square sensor camera?

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Reminder: We are talking about a camera prototype and I have no info yet if the camera will be really hit the market sometimes near. That’s why the rumor has an SR3 value only….for now!

SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

 

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