June 20, 2013
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Samsung hints another piece of future?

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Samsung Galaxy NX hands-on by Imaging Resource

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Samsung just announced the Galaxy NX camera which runs entirely on Android Jelly Bean (4.2.2) operating system. To put it in an easy way this is a 4.8-inch LCD Galaxy smartphone with NX mount, grip and viewfinder around it. It is the first camera built on the idea of full connectivity and Android APP support. A couple of hands-on articles can be read at Photocomment, Digitalcamerainfo, dpreview, engadget, digitalcamerareview and at Imaging Resource.

Why should we care about it? I honestly don’t know if this is the future of cameras. But it may be that more manufacturers will follow Samsung’s path. IN theory these kind of cameras gives you access to a huge potential of photo apps you can use with it. So let SRA readers know what you think about it by commenting this post and voting that poll:

Should Sony release A or E-mount camera based on Android?

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June 20, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Yep, A-mount is for High End, E-mount for low end. But there will be a “Grey” zone too.

I read your comments on yesterdays article about the A-mount future. It’s correct to say that A-mount strategy will mainly focus on the High End market while E-mount will focus mainly on the entry level market. But I have to add one more info. The Sony digital camera world will not be that Manichaeist. It’s not all Black or White. Sony will also make two steps in a sort of “grey zone”:

1) There will be E-mount FF cameras

2) There will be hybrid A-E mount cameras

Both camera projects are quite innovative and it could be that Sony launch them just to see how the market reacts (like they did with the RX series). If there is a success they will expand the concepts. Situation is very fluid and like they did with the NEX,SLT and RX cameras they are willing to risk and release some innovative concepts. And for that we have to be grateful. Other companies keep being very conservative on the innovation side…h the

STay tuned on SAR! RX camera announcement on June 27!

June 19, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 tested by Fstoppers, and they like it too :)

You will have a hard time finding any bad reviews of the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens. Today Fstoppers (Click here) posted the full Sigma review. And as so many reviewers before they write: “I tested the sharpness of this lens in a number of situations, and found it to be pretty consistent and sharp at all focal lengths and apertures.”  And on the creative side “I really loved the bokeh out of this lens. It’s smooth and fluid, and makes the shallow depth of field really beautiful. Thumbs up here.

They end the review by writing: “For Sigma’s first run at a previously never before seen lens concept, this is a rousing success.

Preorderes in USA at BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) and in Germany at Foto Erhardt and Hifishop. Please let us know if you can find more pre order options. You can also add them directly at DealsRunner.com. By doing so they will be instantaneously be displayed on the SAR sidebar.

P.S.: In the almost impossible case you need to buy a SOny NEX and a Samsung tablet…you can get both as bundle with a $130 discount at Adorama (Click here).

June 19, 2013
Posted in reviews

Two new Zeiss Touit tests. In Stock now at BHphoto and Adorama.

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Short note for US readers: Both Zeiss Touit lenses, the 12 and 32mm primes are in Stock now at Adorama (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

New reviews: Matthew Durr posted the Zeiss Touit 32mm f/1.8 test made on the NEX-7 camera. And Luminous Landscape tested both lenses (on a Fuji camera).

Matthew writes: “Though I did give high marks to the Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS, and I still stand by what I said, the Zeiss is in another league in areas of performance like sharpness and aberrations.
LL writes: “Overall we rate the new Touit 12mm and 32mm lenses very highly. Technical reviews on sites that measure MTF, distortion and such are already showing first rate results, and our pragmatic field tests fully corroborate this.

 

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