June 27, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits


The video on top shows a (funny) mechanical Intervalometer (Via SonyAlphaNex).

A full Sony NEX-C3 Review at korean SLRclub. But they post the korean text as JPEG so google translation tool will not work :(
Take a look at those search links ot see if NEX-C3 preorders are available at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Le Sony Alpha 55 à l’épreuve du (tout) terrain (Alpha Numerique).

Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 at BHinsights.

As you know the A77 will have USB 3.0. And there are more and more products coming. Lexar’s just announced the USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader.

Sony A55 HDR test at DC.watch.

June 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Smoke about a third Alpha camera (to be announced along A65 and A77)

The image on top shows the last Sony camera with optical viewfinder. The Sony A580 (Click here to see the cam).

I finally recovered from my long trip on the dolomites. It has been an amazing experience but I don’t want to talk with you about that :)
Last week you saw the very first picture of the A77 and A65 production models. But there is also a rumor that is “work in progress”, something I am not sure yet but I want to share here anyway (with an SR3 value -> see rumor classification at the bottom of the post). A week ago a known source told me that Sony may changed the decision to release translucent cameras only. He said there could be an optical viewfinder DSRL announced along the A77 and A65. And yesterday another source told me that there should be a third Alpha camera announced along the A77 and A65.
Now, I don’t know if there is a correlation between the two rumors, please if you are an optical viewfinder fan don’t be to excited yet. Is till do believe there will be no new OVF camera. But I do hope that after reading this post my trusted sources will tell me more about that mysterious third Alpha camera.
Anyway, I know that most of our readers are still hoping that Sony will continue to release OVF cameras. But I do believe EVF are the future and solution like the hybrid viewfinder on the Fuji X100 (Click here to see that cam) are not the future. All depends from the EVF quality which has to be improved (current EVF quality is insufficient). And I think also Canon and Nikon will go this route sooner or later!

P.S.: Those are the links to the latest OVF cameras:
Last APS-C camera was the Sony A580 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
Last FF camera was the Sony A850 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (now discontinued)

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!

June 25, 2011
Posted in reviews

Samyang 35mm and Tokina 11-16mm reviews


If you want to get a good manual lens for a cheap price Samyang is really the best! And the latest test of the new Samyang 35mm f/1.4 lens on Photozone (Click here) confirms that those lenses are very good performers! The lens has been tested on an APS-C Canon camera but the results will not differ when used on your Sony APS-C camera: “Samyang continues to surprise us regarding the quality of their recently released products. The full format Samyang 35mm f/1.4 AS UMC is capable of delivering a very high quality straight from f/1.4“…”It may be a surprising news but this is somewhat superior to the mighty Canon EF 35mm f/1.4 USM L
So this is definitely a highly recommended lens and it is in Stock for $499 at Amazon (Click here), branded with the name Rokinon on eBay (Click here) and branded with the name Samyang on eBay (Click here).
The real bargain is 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).

Kurt Munger (Click here) posted a full review of the Tokina 11-16mm F/2.8 lens: “The Tokina performs superbly at the shorter focal lengths, with sharp centers that nearly match the mid-sections and corners when stopped down.  It has some of the sharpest corners of any super wide zoom I’ve ever tested, and that’s saying something!“.
Check the price and availability fo the lens at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay (Those are all direct Tokina search links).

June 24, 2011
Posted in rumors

Today a short break, but fullframe rumors coming next week!

Today I have to climb a high mountain on the dolomites. Weather is wonderful and I am ready to enjoy that day. But as soon as I am back I will work on the Sony fullframe camera rumors I received today. It seems that Photographers are already testing various prototypes. Damn would I love to see them…I could help Sony to chose which one should go in mass production!

Anyway, wish you a nice Sunday with your friends and/or families. See you soon!

 

P.S.: I am going here: http://maps.google.it/maps ;)

June 24, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) All future fullframe cameras will have GPS


When you reader asked me if the Sony A77 would have built-in GPS a source sent me a text saying that not only the A65 ad A77 would have built-inGPS, but also the future Fullframe cameras. And while the rumor about the A920 32 Megapixel fullframe camera posted by an external website is certainly NOT true I have been told that there will be some exciting fullframe news soon. The next fullframe cameras will be announced in 2012 but if all works fine I will get some details about those cameras soon! I repeat…”cameras” and not “camera” ;)

Let’s cross our fingers!

P.S.: The A850 has been discontinued (Check Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay) and soon the A900 should see some price drops (Check Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay).

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