September 15, 2012
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Sony and Olympus partnership for 50 billion yen!

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NHK reports that Olympus and Sony may have reached an agreement and Sony will invest 50 billion yen into Olympus in exchange of a large Olympus share. The main interest for Sony is the medical business but I guess there will be some effects on the camera business too. By the way, the popular Olympus E-M5 camera already uses a Sony sensor!

UPDATE: Some still don’t believe my words…Olympus manager Sasa confirmed some time ago that the E-M5 uses a Sony sensor. Here is the source of the news: DC.watch.

September 15, 2012
Posted in rumors

Time for the RX1 showdown (first samples, sexiness, user reaction)

The image on top shows you how much you can spend on accessories once you have decided to buy the RX1 :)

The new RX1 is certainly the most unique camera announced by Sony and could be the most unique camera announced this year by the whole digital camera industry. The preorders are up at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Wex UK ,Wex Germany (and more links at Alphacameradeals). And the first indication we get from the digital camera popularity ranking (Click here) is that the camera preorders are higher than the ones of the Sony A99. Time has come to make a roundup of the interesting news I found about the RX1 today:

Image samples:
The only RX1 image samples I found have been posted on Cameraegg. These are full size jpeg images taken at 100 ISO. I would like to see an image comaprison between the RX100 and A99 to see if the new FF translucent mirror on the A99 takes away some minor bits of image quality or not. Drop me a message if you find a test like that on the web!

The RX1 ripped off:
ePhotozine, Photographyblog and Engadget posted many images of the RX1 including details of the ripped off camera. Particularly that picture shows the large last lens at the “mount-level”. There are some discussions on forums (example on Fred Miranda) saying that such a lens design would not have been possible to do if the lens would have to fit on an E-Mount. And a lens with the same specs and quality would be bigger if done with an E-mount. I may ask our more expert readers to let me know if such a statement is correct or not. Hope DK form Photoclubalpha may can give us a clue on this!

The viewfinders:
Techradar Shows some pics of the camera withe the optical viewfinder. There is a big blue Zeiss logo on the viewfinder I personally don’t like to see there. A picture of the camera with the electronic viewfinder can be seen here on Flickr. There is no blue Sticker on top and I like that :) A fake Hello Kitty eidtion on Imageshack.

Early thoughts here and there
Lori Grunin writes: “While the flash pops up, it doesn’t seem to tilt back for bouncing the way the RX100’s does.”
Gizmodo writes: “This is a Cyber-Shot camera, which means it’s not just point-and-shoot sized, it’s a point-and-shoot with a prime 35mm f/2.0 lens. It’s a Carl Zeiss lens, so it’s surely lovely, but the lack of interchangeable lenses and no possibility for zoom is going to turn a lot of people off.”
Techradar:As Sony rightly points out, this camera is entering a segment of the market which doesn’t really exist, so the company will be carving out a new category for the RX1. How will it will perform is a bit of a guessing game at the moment, but if image quality lives up to expectation we can see it being a very aspirational camera that many will save up for.
Ken Rockwell: “I expect the DSC-RX1to be very popular with the folks who always buy the latest new photo gizmos, and those who spend more time talking about them online than actually shooting them.

About the price:
The RX1 is not an expensive camera. If you would buy the NEX-7 (APS-C sensor) and the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 you would have to spend around $2,200. There is “only” a $600″ price difference with the Full Frame RX1.

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 15, 2012
Posted in news

SLRmagic announces new 35mm f/1.4 and 23mm f/1.7 E-Mount lenses.

And here are two new manual focusing but fast E-mount lenses from SLRmagic. Read the press release to learn more about it:

PRESS RELEASE:

Hong Kong, September 15th, 2012.
During Photokina 2012 in Cologne, Germany (September 18-23), SLR Magic will present attractive new CINE products as well as its Toy Lenses, all of the highest technical quality. Among them, will be a new SLR Magic CINE 35mm T1.4 lens in stores by the end of 2012. SLR Magic would like to invite all participants of Photokina fair held in Cologne to visit our stand in Hall 3.1 B059. SLR Magic will present its entire range of camera lenses, cine lenses, spotting scopes, and camera accessories during Photokina.

A major attraction is a high-performance mirrorless format cine lens with manual focus. With a focal length of 35mm and aperture of T1.4, this lens joins the family of cine lenses designed for demanding users. The reason why the 35mm T1.4 lens is not in the HyperPrime series is because T1.4 is not the fastest speed we can design for this 35mm lens.
Ever since the release of the HyperPrime CINE 12mm T1.6 lens, cinematographers have been requesting for a set of HyperPrime CINE lenses. In addition to our new CINE 35mm T1.4 lens, we will also showcase our 25mm T0.95 (MSRP: US $649) in mFT and 35mm T0.95 (MSRP: US $1,249) in mFT, X-mount and E-mount concept lenses that are based on the optical design of the HyperPrime CINE 50mm T0.95 lens.

Due to difficulty to source a particular material to manufacture the HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 for E-mount announced on December 8th 2011 it was discontinued within 3 months of launch. During this time, we have re-designed the lens, increasing image quality across the frame yet keeping the lens size and price similar to the original. The new design also supports mFT and X mount cameras.

All details concerning the optical type and physical size of the lens will be published at a later date. The SLR Magic CINE 35mm T1.4 lens in mFT, X-mount and E-mount (MSRP: US $279) will be introduced for sale in December 2012. The SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7 (MSRP: US $399) in mFT, X-mount and E-mount will be introduced for sale in February 2013.

SLR Magic CINE 35mm f/1.4

Mount : mFT mount / E mount / X mount /
Black Magic Cinema Camera mFT mount
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)    : 70mm[mFT]   52mm[E]   52mm[X]
80mm[Black Magic mFT]
Minimum Focus Distance    : 0.3m
Maximum Aperture    : T1.4
Minimum Aperture:     :T16
Optical Design            : 8 elements, 8 groups (4 x Tantalum)
Lens Length           : 70.3mm
Lens Weight            : 370g
Filter Thread Diameter: 52mm

SLR Magic HyperPrime 23mm F1.7

Mount : mFT mount / E mount / X mount /
Black Magic Cinema Camera mFT mount
Focal Length (35mm equivalent)    : 46mm[mFT]   35mm[E]   35mm[X]
52mm[Black Magic mFT]
Maximum Aperture    : F1.7
Minimum Aperture     : F22
Optical Design            : 9 elements, 8 groups (4 x Tantalum)
Lens Length            : 61.3 mm
Lens Weight           : 265g
Filter Thread Diameter: 49mm

 

P.S. Current SLRmagic lenses for the E-mount 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).

September 14, 2012
Posted in reviews

New nice A99 video (and NEX-6 Alaska behind the scene)

The incredibly busy Sony week is now about to end and here on top of this post you can watch that nice new A99 video posted by Sony. Below you can fin another video about the NEX-6 in Alaska. Such videos are worth more than thousand of words. Enjoy!

September 14, 2012
Posted in news

Should Sony go low price FF? Nikon D600 and Canon 6D at $2100.

So, the Sony A99 is out but as usual we always want to know what Sony will (or has to do) as next. Nikon and Canon are now fighting on a new terrain…the entry level FF cameras! The Nikon D600 is leading the Amazon ranking (Click here to check out). And the Canon 6D is about to be announced soon (specs here). Both cameras are priced at around $2100. Question for you is…

....would you be interested in buying an A95 entry level FF camera for $2100?

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By the way, I think the RX1 ($2800 here at Amazon) as a NEX-FF camera would cost even less than the D600 and Canon 6D. The Zeiss 35mm f/2.0 may be worth $1000…if you count that the Zeiss 24mmf /1.8 lens costs $1100! That would make the NEX-FF the first sub-$2000 FF camera. But you know, that’s just my baby math. Things may would not be that simple in the real world…

Meantime if you need to see an A99 versus D600 spec comaprison check out that page on Dpreview. And here are some more A99 image samples at Rob Skeoch, Chip.de and Fotoskoda.

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.

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