March 12, 2015
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Sony talks about the present and future of digital sensors.

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i-Micronews posted a highly interetsing interview with Yasuhiro Ueda (Sony Senior General Manager of Image Sensor Business). Here are some key info:

1) Sony steps out from the CCD sensor business:As a sensor division it was then just a matter of course to consider our transition to CMOS sensors, as they have much greater speed advantages.

2) Sony A7s sensor:Lately academic demonstrations have proven light can still be acquired even when the sensor’s aperture is extremely small. This kind of technology is applied in our bigger cell size α7S SLR digital camera, capable of taking pictures in a pitch dark environment.

3) Sensor development depends from the customers demand:Some people ask for greater pixel count as the application range is higher. On the other hand some find it bothersome and just ask for larger sensors.  The demand is coming from the customers and we are prepared to answer either way.

4) 3D sensor:We are and also have been interested in supporting the path of Dual cameras and likewise 3D camera to answer our customers’ needs, meaning the demand is coming from customers.

5) Mobile sensor:To reach that SLR level work has to be achieved with enabling technologies such as optical, image processing and sensors. We are and will continue challenging the SLR camera quality. Mobile phone cameras also have a bad video quality compared to broadcasting gear and similar to the SLRs we shall be aiming to challenge these quality levels.

6) The future three new application areas for CMOS sensors:First, it should be the automotive market. Then we believe the “new mobile imaging” market will grow. This is a field consisting of action cameras, drone cameras and new moving region concepts. The third is an area which we defined as a “sensing region”. Traditionally we defined sensing in respect to imaging to be an enabler in order to enjoy high quality images.

found via Image Sensor World.

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March 12, 2015
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Zeiss 16-35mm f/2.8 A-mount lens officially discontinued. Replacement coming soon.

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Sony Japan officially marked the current Zeiss 16-35mm A-mount lens as discontinued. This means the new version anticipated at Photokina will be released within the next 1-2 months.

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The new 16-35mm and 24-70mm A-mount Zeiss lenses will have following improvements:
– Improved AF speed
– Updated design and weatherproof body
– Image Quality improvement (like ghost reduction)

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March 12, 2015
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Lightroom 6 to be released on March and costs $205 Australian Dollars.

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The new Adobe Lightroom 6 will be released on March 25 and cost $205 AUD (Australian Dollars). That’s a rough $155 USD or 148 Euro. The specs are:

  • Windows Compatibility: Windows 7, 8, 8.1
  • Mac OS Compatibility: Mac OS X v10.8, v10.9 or v10.10
  • Designed for both amateur photographers and professionals
  • Merge to HDR
  • Fusion panoramas
  • Performance gains
  • Facial recognition
  • Sophisticated video slideshows
  • Optimized web galleries
  • Filter brush

found via Fujirumors.

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March 12, 2015
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Sony FE 28mm is now in Stock and Shipping at Digitalrev!

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The Sony 28mm was supposed to ship in May only. But it’s luckily already in Stock and shipping at Digitalrev (Click here) and eBay Hong Sellers (Click here). The only lens review so far has been posted here: sonyalpharumors.com/first-full-review-of-the-new-fe-28mm-lens-and-converters/.

And the 24-240mm lens is shipping at BHphoto (Click here), Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and Digitalrev (Click here).

All new FE lens preorder links:
In USA at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Sony US.
Sony Fisheye Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Conversion Lens for FE 28mm F/2 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Fisheye Converter for E 16mm F/2.8 and E 20mm F/2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
Sony Ultra-Wide Converter for E 16mm F2.8 and E 20mm F2.8 at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto.
In Europe at:
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 90mm f/2.8 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 24-240mm FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Sony 28mm f/2.0 FE at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide Angle converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter at Sony Germany, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Sony DE, UK, FR, IT, ES, NL, BE, AT, CH, SE, FI, NO, PT.
In Asia/Australia at:
Sony 24-240mm FE lens at Digitalrev, CameraPRO, Sony Australia.
Sony 28mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Sony 90mm FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Zeiss 35mm f/1.4 FE lens at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Wide angle converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.
Fisheye converter for 16 and 20mm lenses at Digitalrev, Sony Australia.

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March 11, 2015
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Sony FE 24-240mm lens is now in Stock at BHphoto!

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The new Sony FE 24-240mm lens is now in Stock for the first time at BHphoto (Click here). It’s also shipping in Europe at Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and in Asia at Digitalrev (Click here).

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You save $550 on that refurbished Sony A7 with 28-70mm sold by Henrys on eBay (Click here). It comes with full 1 year warranty. Not bad to get a FF camera with lens for $1,000!

Reminder: New Sony FE 24-240mm lens is shipping at Sony US (Click here), Fotomundus Germany (Click here) and Digitalrev.

Samys is offering Open Box A7/r/s cameras:
$250 off on the Open Box A7r at Samys eBay (Click here).
$200 off on the Open Box A7 with kit lens at Samys eBay (Click here).
$150 off on the Open Box A7 at Samys eBay (Click here).
$250 off on the Open Box A7s at Samys eBay (Click here).

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