December 27, 2014
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Tamron SP 15-30mm MTF charts (beats the much more expensive Nikon).

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We have first info about the new Tamron SP 15-30mm A-mount lens. Image samples can be seen at DC.watch. And there is also a full MTF chart posted by BlogNaver (found via Dicahub). It’s interesting to look at the chart because the lens is rumored to resolve the future Sony 50Megapixel FF sensor resolution:

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The MTF resolution is impressive even at widest aperture. And also on the telephoto end the resolution remains high. By comparison here is the MTF chart of the AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm F2.8G ED lens:

 

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The Tamron has no official US price yet but it’s rumored to be around $1,500. So much cheaper than the Nikon. The Tamron A-mount lens is listed at BHphoto (Click here) and should be available soon for preorder.

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December 27, 2014
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Japanese company Shoten launches metal ring mount replacement for E-mount cameras.

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The Japanese company Shoten launched a new full metal ring mount replacement for E-mount cameras. It works just like the recently launched Fotodiox metal ring mount (here on Amazon). The ring is nt needed for the newer A7s and A7II cameras. And I guess all future new E-mount cameras will come with stronger mount rings too.

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December 26, 2014
Posted in deals

Cheapest E-mount camera gets cheaper: A3000 with lens for $298. And triple SD card deals.

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The A3000 with kit lens got a new $50 off and sells now for $298 only at Amazon US (Click here). Although I didn’t get solid rumors yet I really believe the A3000 will get a successor during next spring.

P.S.: Adorama offers a triple special on Sandisk (Click here), Transcend (Click here) and Lexar cards (Click here).

Reminder:
15% credit you get when trading in a camera for the A7/r/s or Fe lenses at BHphoto (Click here to see the special page).
If you trade-in an older camera you could now pay down to $950 only for the new A7 at Adorama trade-in (Click here).

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December 26, 2014
Posted in news, top_header

Sony interview at DC.watch: Says no (interchangeable) medium format system camera to come yet. New A-mount stuff will come.

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Sony manager Maki Kimio has been interviewed at DC.watch. In short this is what he said:

1) SLT cameras have the advantage of larger bodies. There is more space we can use to implement certain tech (SAR note: He doesn’t mention what exactly they plan to do). And he confirms they will continue to develop A-mount cameras and lenses.

2) Increase sensor size or increase Megapixel numbers is things we will do if customers demand for it.

3) Main demand for now is improve the autofocus performance

4) It is very likely to see different kind of (non-Bayer) sensor in future. But it’s not a concrete matter yet. Vertical layered RGB sensor (like Foveon) are yet very difficult to “process”

5) Light Field camera is something Sony is studying and may could come in a not so distant future.

6) In near future we wills ee more advanced Hybrid Mechanical-electronic shutters

7) Sony says DSLR sales are down because of lack in innovation. Sales of mirrorless are up because they became more advanced (not only because of the more compact size).

8) Both APS-C and Full Frame sensor cameras have a future. Wild life photographers prefer APS-C while landscape photographers prefer FF.

9) We will not make a Medium format system camera yet because we are already busy working to broaden our A and E-mount lens line.

10) It might not be so important to add 5 axis on the A7r yet.

Just a note on medium format: So far the rumors about medium format Sony cameras talk about fixed lens cameras. Sony is for now only excluding that it’s a system camera.

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December 26, 2014
Posted in rumors

Sony FS7 4K E-mount test roundup and firmware upgrade.

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Climbing the Cathedral – a Sony FS7 first impression from Nino Leitner on Vimeo.

Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Review at Zach Ashcraft Photo Video.
Extensive review at Cinema5D.
Sony FS7, Alpha7S, Canon C300: color science comparison (Part 1) at Keyframe.tv.
New FS7 rig by Tilta (Newsshooter).
Odyssey 7Q recorder adds FS7 support (Newsshooter).
Sony PXW-FS7 Hands-on Video by Adorama on Youtube.

P.S.: Sony FS7 4K E-mount camcorder is now in Stock at BHphoto (Click here).

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