May 27, 2013
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First image of the new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 (A and E-mount)

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The official Asian Samyang retailer unveiled via Facebook the first picture and specs of the new Samyang 16mm f/2.0 lens. It will come in both A and E-mount versions  mount too. They write: “The 16mm focus length with rectilinear imaging system ensure extra wide angle of view amounting to 83.1 degrees (for Nikon version and 79.5 for Canon). The big aperture opening of F2.0 ensure photographers able to use it for low light environment like night street shooting. The weight of the lens is just about 571g, as a result this lens will be a attractive carry on for architecture and landscape shooting.” P.S.: Save this search on Slidoo to get notified when the Samyang lens will be available one Bay.

I like Rokinon/Samyang lenses a lot and I recommend you the following two lenses for Alpha mount:
1) The 35mm f/1.4: In US you can find it as Rokinon at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and on eBay (Click here). In Europe the name is Samyang and you can find it on eBay (Click here) and with the name Wallimex again on eBay (Click here).
2) The 85mm f/1.4: You can get for $274 on Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on eBay (Click here) and branded with the name Samyang on eBay (Click here).

And here are the links to the newly announced Samyang/Rokinon lenses:
8mm f/3.5 fisheye at Amazon, BHphoto,
14mm f/2.8 at Amazon, BHphoto,
24mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,
35mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,
85mm f/1.4 at Amazon, BHphoto,

May 27, 2013
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(SR4) Sony forecast a up to 50% increase in A-mount lens sales due the new generation A-mount camera impact.

A trusted source told me that Sony is very confident that the new A-mount cameras to be launched in 2014 will drive up A-mount lens sales by almost 50% for the entire 2014 year (compared to 2013). I still have no specs about the new A-mount cameras but Sony is pretty confident that this could sign a new start for the system. Key aspect of the new cameras will be that they are mirrorless (no SLT tech) and sensor tech and autofocus performance will be dramatically improved.

Let’s hope Sony isn’t too optimistic with that kind of “predictions”. They have been wrong quite many times in the past. And now they cannot afford to make any mistake anymore. To challenge Canon and Nikon in the profitable High End digital camera business they have to deliver some noticeable game challenging camera. There is no other way around that.

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SR1=probably fake rumor
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SR3=50% chance it is correct
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May 26, 2013
Posted in news

Sony TidBits


Sony Alpha 58 review by DigitalCameraWorld.

Dumping Nikon for Sony at Stuckincustoms.
SEL 35mm f/1.8 review at Danhawk.
Sony 50mm f/1.4 review by Ken Rockwell.
Sony a99+grip+flash kit and a65 are sold this week at nice prices (EUR 2900 and  499 respectively) in Finland at  rajalacamera.fi
Sony A58 review at Photographyblog.
The Sony RX100 at Dublin Zoo (DigitalPhotographySchool).
Sony HVL-F20AM Flash tested by Ken Rockwell.
The Olympus OM-D vs Sony NEX 7 – Is Mirrorless More, or Less?  Blogarithms
Sony SEL-20F28 review at KurtMunger.

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May 25, 2013
Posted in reviews

The Minolta Maxxum 7000 by Ken Rockwell


The not so Sony fan Ken Rockwwell (Click here) posted an interesting review about the first A-mount camera, the superb Minolta Maxxum 7000! great to see that I can post some Minolta news form time to time :)

Why has the Maxxum been so important for the camera industry? Well, easy, it was the world’s first autofocus SLR. And as I wrote before it came with the brand new A-mount to allow this new feature. But it also had other great tech like a nice bright viewfinder (something many of us miss on today’s A-mount cameras) a life-sensing touch switch and a body quality that will last a lifetime.

I know most of you don’t shoot film in these days but I still do. Nice camera to hold and use from time to time. I bet that in 30 years from now I will shoot with my Maxxum while current digital A-mount camera electronics will be long dead!

-> The Maxxum 700 can be found used for around $300 on eBay (Click here to see some auctions).

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