February 2, 2015
Posted in rumors, top_header

Tamron patent discloses a new 28-320mm f/3.5-6.3 Full Frame E-mount lens.



This would be certainly good news if they would make it for real! A brand new Tamron patent shows the design of the new 28-320mm f/3.5-6.3 Full Frame E-mount lens. It could become a cheaper and more broader zoom range lens compared to the Sony 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS that will ship in March 2015. I hope they make it!

Patent found via Egami.

February 2, 2015
Posted in rumors

CP+ camera rumors so far (A7000, A7rII, A3xxx…. and A99II).


Note: Since one year Sony changed the policy on camera announcements. They do not unveil the release date to anyone and only the Japanese headquarters know when a certain product gets announced. I guess all the recent leak and hacking history made them change the procedure on how they announce their products (I mean all their products not only cameras).

What to expect now on CP+:

1) My trusted sources got reliable info about the new A7000 (High End APS-C) the new High megapixel FF E-mount cameras. I also got info from anonymous sources about an entry level APS-C (A3xxx) and a cheap Full Frame E-mount camera (A5?). Months ago I even got info via Tamron sources about a new A-mount Full Frame camera with close to 50MP.

2) There is yet no 100% reliable info on which camera could be announced at CP+. Even my few Japanese sources told me only Japanese Top managers know that. But I am sure that even if Sony surprisingly decided to not announce any new camera at CP+ …we only have to wait 3-5 weeks more to see them released. Juts like the A7II has been announced AFTER Photokina.

My personal bet is the High End Megapixel Sony and maybe also the A7000 will be announced very soon…and I am doing anything to get reliable info about that as soon as I can. Any help is appreciated and you can use that anonymous contact form to send me your “rumors”…Thanks ;)

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February 2, 2015
Posted in news

Sony makes Photon Counting Pixel sensor.


Sony single-photon pixel-3

Sony has a new idea to improve the image quality at very low light conditions. They propose a new tech that actually counts every single photo hitting the sensor:

since a pixel signal is extremely weak when weak light is detected, it is desirable to reflect electrons generated from photoelectric conversion on intensity of the pixel signal while losing as few electrons as possible. In general, however, when electrons generated in a photodiode are transferred to a floating diffusion, carriers (electrons) are doped at an interface level generated due to a defect present on a gate oxide film interface (interface defect) of a transfer transistor.

there is provided an image sensor including pixels each configured to include a transfer transistor configured as an embedded channel type MOS transistor and to output a pixel signal based on a charge transferred to a floating diffusion from a photodiode by the transfer transistor in an on state, and a determination unit configured to convert the output pixel signal to a digital value, then compare the converted digital value to a threshold value, and thereby make a binary determination on presence or absence of incidence of a photon on the pixel that has generated the pixel signal. Accordingly, the image sensor that makes a binary determination on presence or absence of incidence of a photon on a pixel exhibits the effect of reducing influence of an interface state on the transfer transistor.

We don’t know yet how big the improvement is. But maybe the day is not far away we will get a new A7sX with 1 million ISO :)

via Image Sensor World.

February 1, 2015
Posted in deals

The first Sony Full Frame E-mount camera just got a $1,000 price drop! VG900 for $2,298.



The very first Full Frame E-mount camera wasn’t the A7/r. It was the VG900 camcorder. And that cam just got a $1,000 rebate today at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore. I would not be surprised to see a successor coming in late March-early April right before the NAB show starts.

Super A7r and A7s deals, US boxed (no grey import) and full warranty:
A7s for $1,995 on eBay (Click here)
A7r for $1,795 oneBay (Click here).

February 1, 2015
Posted in news

New Sony 70-300mm SSM II Lens to ship on February 20. And two more lenses coming at CP+



The new 70-300mm II A-mount lens will finally ship on February 20 at BHphoto (Click here) or February 24 at Amazon (Click here). The lens has been announced back in late November along the A7II.

And A-mount camera owners should know that two more “Updated” A-mount lenses will be shown at CP+ in February:



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