May 22, 2015
Posted in news

Jesse Lim: “I Have a Dream – Mirorless A Mount with on Sensor PDAF?”


Our reader Jesse Lim raised an important aspect of the future A-mount strategy. And his “dream” could really become true in the near future:

I Have a Dream – Mirorless A Mount with on Sensor PDAF?

I know this might sound ridiculous or not economical realistic, or technically impractical, but as a long time FF A mount user who haven’t made the move to FE just yet, I always had this thought in my mind.
I was wondering will Sony ever consider making the next FF A mount body mirrorless with on sensor PDAF? If so, it will be great beause I don’t like the idea of adding a LA-EA4 between my lenses and the FE body since I have bad experience with the A77 and its SLT mirror.
Do educate me if I’m wrong because for the last few years, CDAF on mirrorless seems to be fast enough to compete with traditional phase detection AF (Well, at least for a portrait photographer’s pont of view). My OM-D EM-5 focus as fast or faster than my A850 / A300 and it is using only CDAF, of course m43 have a deeper DOF thus much more easy to focus. And the A6000’s4D Focus seems fast enough to fulfill many photographic challenges.
So, if FF E mount can achieve adequate AF performance with I don’t know CDAF? Why can’t A mount just be made the same way while be able to maintain legacy lenses mount without adapters and the beefy ergonomics I like because in my experience I tend to grip more harder on smaller bodies, which is not comfortable.

A Mount = Mirrors, Traditional Ergonomic, Bigger Battery,
     E Mount = Mirroless, Compact Form Factor ?
             The Mirror, it is still necessary? Flange Distance, Achilles Heel? T

he Paradox always kept me thinking… or maybe I’m just plain silly…

For 2 mount system with identical sensor size (Different in flange distance of course), what is the best strategy for Sony to differentiate both product rage while both series are getting more and more convergence in terms of IQ, feature and characteristic for each iteration of product release. Of course if the key factor is the flange distance which ultimately decides the ease, size and quality of the lens designed for both cases (I don’t know, longer flange distance is better or the shorter one for the long run? do let me know)
Imagine fitting the entire A7mk2 architecture inside a A99 body size, with less volume/size constrain to worry with, Sony can really go creative with A mount system with ample amount of card slots, ports, dials & knobs real estate, and maybe fitting in a bigger EVF, Display, bigger buffer memory, on-board storage and file manager, bigger heat sink for sensor thus 4K with 5-axis IBIS… I don’t know, creativity is the limit.

Anyways, just sharing my thoughts~ no biggy~ and cheers~

First posted on SonyAlphaForum.

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May 22, 2015
Posted in news

Meyer-Optik-Görlitz launches a new “soap bubble” focused Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 E-mount lens.

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If you need to get a special “soap bubble” effect than this lens may be the right one for you! Meyer-Optik-Görlitz Trioplan announced that their Trioplan 100mm f/2.8 E-mount lens will ship in December for 1.400 Euro. It’s a lens made with the only purpose to create that kind of bubble effect. You can see some low resolution samples below. The lens is a new version of the already existing m42 mount 100mm Trioplan available on eBay (Click here).




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May 22, 2015
Posted in deals

Big Sony UK Cashback action (Save up to £200).



The Big Sony UK cashback action started and you get all the info here: The cashback is also available at Amazon UK.

P.S.: Zeiss Batis updated preorder list:
Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens in US at Adorama, Bhphoto. In Eu at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Zeiss Batis 25mm f/2.0 lens at Adorama, Bhphoto. In EU at Amazon DE, WexUK. In Asia at Digitalrev.
Lens shade for 85mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.
Lens shade for 25mm at Adorama, Bhphoto.


May 21, 2015
Posted in rumors

(SR4) New A6xxx (A7000?) tidbits from trusted sources.


The NEX-7 tri navi controls.

These are the brand new rumors I got from two trusted sources. These kind of sources shared correct “rumors” in the past. But that’s yet not a guarantee the info here will be correct too. Here is what they told me:
1) New A6xxx will not replace the A6000 but be placed above it. The final name of the camera is yet not clear as it has a “working title” only. It could be named “A7000”.
2) The A6xxx was indeed scheduled to be released earlier in May. But it’s now scheduled to be announced around mid June.
3) The camera will ship in late June in Japan. July elsewhere.

So far five(!) trusted sources who contacted me told me that the new A6xxx camera is placed above the A6000. That’s good news! Now let’s just hope this is the real final announcement date rumor!

Short heads-up for US readers: You got a Gold Box on Sony SD cards at Amazon (Click here)

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