May 15, 2013
Posted in reviews

RX1 wins German TIPA and Japanese CameraGP award.

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The RX1 is a unique camera so it doens’t come as a surprise that it just won two awards. It has been voted as best Premium Compact camera at the German TIPA award and it also won the CamerGP 2013 award (Source: DC.watch). The Sony 10-18mm got the price as bext expert lens for mirrorless systems and the best pro camcorder is the NEX-VG900 FF camcorder.

RX1 links roundup:
RX1 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
RX1 Gariz accessories:
1) They made a new half leather case in Black and Brown (Click here to see them on eBay).
2) The new lens cap (Click here to see them on eBay).
3) The new entry is the anti loose button(!) (Click here to see them on eBay). Don’t know if that will be really useful for you RX1 owners. Someone has it and call it how it works? Thanks!
4) And this is the really first time I see that. A special Leather skin hood! (Click here to see them on eBay).

May 15, 2013
Posted in deals

Rokinon 8mm price drop. Discounted iPad 16GB sells like hotcakes.

 

For today only you can get the Rokinon 8mm fisheye lens for Alpha for $269 at Amazon (Click here)Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here). I know this is not a “mainstream” lens but it’s always good if you can save some bucks!

What is way more mainstream and selling like hotcakes is that $50 discount on the 16GB iPad 4 with Wifi on eBay US (Click here). They sold over 1,849 iPad’s in 24 hours!!! UPDATE: The deal is now over and a new special offer started on the iPad mini where you save $30 (Click here to grab it).

May 15, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Development of the new a-e hybrid bridge camera project confirmed. Release Photokina 2014.

I am getting more and more details about the new Sony roadmap. As I told you before the next camera should be the new NEX-7 successor (shipping from October). We will have new A-mount FF and APS-C cameras (mirrorless) in early 2014. And we will see the first FF-NEX compact camera in mid 2014 too.

And according to one of my best sources Sony also finally approved the new a-e hybrid bridge camera project development. This camera is scheduled for a release in late 2014 right in time for Photokina! As I told you before I have no clue yet how this thing is going to work. And the only example we have form the past is the Zeiss Ikon Contax I, II and III (here on eBay). It had a sort of native double mount on camera.

Anyway, stay tuned, I am working very busy with my sources to grab some info about the specs off all these new cameras. One thing is sure. 2014 is going to be a hell of a year for all of us A and E-mount owners!

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

May 14, 2013
Posted in news

New Zeiss Touit video. And shipment start on June 3th.

The video on top is the official Zeiss lens presentation. New image samples (shot on Fuji X) at DSLRmagazine (google translation here) and at ePhotozine (here and here). And there is also a new precise shipping info. The new Touit lens will ship on June 3 according to BHphoto (Click here).

As you know on Sunday DSLRmagazine (google translation here) posted the full lens reviews and said that this are “state of the art” lenses. You get what you paf for!

Zeiss preorder links:
12mm f/2.8 at BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Uniquephoto (Click here). In Europe at FotoMundus.
32mm f/1.8 at BHphoto (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Uniquephoto (Click here). In Europe at FotoMundus.

May 14, 2013
Posted in rumors

Patent: This could be the next A-mount mirrorless sensor and design!

Yesterday I told you that the new A-mount roadmap will lead to new FF and APS-C cameras announcements in early 2014. And I am almost sure these cameras will be the first “mirrorless” A-mount cameras. This means they neither will have an optical viewfinder and mirror nor the famous translucent mirror. The key of the new A-mount camera sis the new advanced on sensor phase detection autofocus system. And guess what, I just found a brand new patent (United States Patent Application 20130113982) that describes exactly that kind of cameras!

The image you see on top shows you the A-mount camera design with no mirror. And the image below shows you the arrangement of the phase detection pixels on the RGB sensor.

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Yep, that’s it guys. say by by to SLT and to that 1/3 stop light loss :)

People asked me why the heck A-mount and E-mount should coexist and what the difference will be. There are at least three reason that came to my mind:
1) The A-mount mirrorless cameras will have a classic DSLR body. E-mount will focus on compact size.
2) A-mount has on sensor stabilization while E-mount cameras has not.
3) A-mount mirrorless cameras have a large range of A-mount lenses at disposal. E-mount is still very limited in their lens offering.

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