August 9, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Battery grip price (A77 uses same A700 battery)

Small update about the upcoming new Sony products:

The vertical battery grip VG-C77AM will cost $299.99 US . And I have beent told the A77 will use the same battery as A700/A850/A900:  The NP-FM500H.

August 9, 2011
Posted in news

Sony London Distribution Centre burned down!

What’s happening in UK is a terrible story. I am not going to tell you what’s going on as I guess you already know everything. But there is one news regarding Sony. The Sony London Distribution Centre burned down: “Eyewitnesses described how they saw a gang of around 20 looters leaving the warehouse, in Solar Way, north-east Enfield, with electrical goods before the fire took hold” (Source: Mirror). The video on top shows the fire.

August 8, 2011
Posted in news

A source explains why the 24mm E-mount Zeiss is so big.

One of my good sources explained why the new Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens is so large: “The large lenses have optics that are usable, with minimal modification, with SLT cameras. NEX-7 is a high quality photographic tool. Shorter size lenses would have very short distance of the rear lens element to the film plane. With small exit lens on wide lenses there would be too much light fallout. That is why a high quality WA lens needs to be bigger. The problems with NEX system. Very short flange distance is excellent for making inexpensive, quality, small WA lenses. The problem is light fallout at the edges of the picture – because the exit pupil of the lens would be too small and close to the CMOS. It is the reason the new 24 mm Zeiss is so big.

Reminder: The Zeiss will cost around $999 and it will have a 16cm close focusing distance.

August 8, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-C3 manual focus test by Digitalrev (+ in Stock status)


Digitalrev tested which mirrorless camera is the best for manual focusing with third party lenses. They compared the new Sony NEX-C3 with the Olympus E-P3 and Panasonic GF3. Just look at the video to see the winner!

Sony will soon announce the NEX-7 and NEX-5N but as I have already told you those cameras will be in Stock in October only. So if you need a NEX camera now take a look at the NEX-C3 which is now in Stock in most stores. Here is the US-Europe Stock status check:
The Black NEX-C3 with 18-55mm lens is now in Stock in US at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (via european/asian resellers)
Almost all different NEX-C3 kits and color options are in Stock in Europe at Amazon.de, Amazon.uk, Redcoon.pl, Redcoon.es, and eBay.

August 8, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A77 has an “electronic first shutter curtain”!

According to bullet proof sources the A77 will have a very short release time lag thanks to a sort of “electronic first shutter curtain“. Michael Covington’s website explains what it is. The electornic first shutter curtain begins the exposure electronically with zero vibration: “In fact, as I understand it, the “electronic first shutter curtain” is a virtual moving edge just like the real shutter curtain, so you can use it even with short exposures. Columns of the sensor are turned on one by one just as if the real curtain were exposing them. Because a CMOS sensor can’t turn off as quickly as it turns on, the real shutter curtain is used to end the exposure.”

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