April 27, 2011
Posted in news

DSLR with video has no future. The future are videocameras with larger sensors (says Thom Hogan)

Let’s start with a short editor’s note: On April 21 we reported about a new Sony CMOS sensor with amazing 120 fps at a full 12 Bit resolution (source DC.watch.Impress). I still noticed that many readers didn’t understand that this is a sensor for videocameras (and not for Alpha cameras). Thom Hogan explains why this is so: “It’s 24.3×12.8mm in size, which makes it slightly wider than APS-C but substantially shorter. The 2160 vertical pixels are exactly double what’s needed for 1080P (the horizontal component is almost exactly 4x). It looks like a straight-out video sensor to me. That’s confirmed by the other details: 60 fps 14-bit output, 120 fps max speed, and the first target: NHK’s Super Hi-Vision format.

But the real interesting part of Thom Hogans article is the following one:
To what end? Well, DSLR-enabled video is pretty compromised and about to be eclipsed by prosumer and pro video equipment, much as I predicted some time ago. Both Sony and Panasonic now have large sensor video products, with more coming. Those products blow away the capabilities within DSLRs for one simple reason: the sensor is optimized for video use. In order to get 1920×1080 (1080P) or 1280×720 (720P) out of our DSLR sensors, the cameras do two things: they line skip and they sub-sample within a line. The results are rolling shutters, artifacts, and less than optimal color information. Those dedicated large-sensor video cameras fix all those things. The output from the new Sony NEX-FS100E is noticeably better than any video-enabled DSLR I’ve seen to date. If I’m serious about video production, why would I compromise by using a DSLR? Plus the FS100E is configured to be a video camera from the get-go.

What do you think?

Reminder: The Sony NEX-FS100U will be in Stock in July (Source: B&H).

April 26, 2011
Posted in deals

A 50mm f/2.0 Tilt Shift lens from Ukraine

Sony NEX owners that are looking for a tilt lenses usually do consider to buy the Lensbaby composer which costs $344. But one of our readers (thanks Matt!) found an interesting and much cheaper lens on eBay. The lens pictures on top is the multicoated Tilt Zenitar 50mm brand new lens, manufactured in 2011 in Russia and modified with tilt mechanism in Ukraine. It has the same design as the famous Hartblei lenses. It can tilt at plus/minus from 0 up to 8 degrees.

If you want to read more about the lens and the price an american reseller has them in Stock on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Another reader sent me a link to the Kipon Tilt adapter for NEX on eBay (Click here).

April 26, 2011
Posted in reviews

New Sony A55 review

Photographybay (Click here) tested the Sony A55: “The A55 gives the novice user plenty of room to grow in both the photo and video realms. The biggest limitations I found were the image buffer when shooting RAW files at high frame rate bursts and the unnatural feel of the fast AF in video recording. For an entry-level DSLR though, the Sony A55 will go toe-to-toe with just about any other comparably-priced camera out there.

A reminder: The A55 like other Sony cameras is currently discounted in US:
And here is the summary of all US deals:
-$50 on the A580 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H and J&R.
-$50 on the A55 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the A33 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-5 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.
-$50 on the NEX-3 at Amazon, Adorama, B&H, J&R, eBay.

April 26, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Cosina-Voigtländer working on a ultra fast lens for the NEX-system

Go to min. 2:30 to see the Cosina fab and how they make their (handmade) lenses.

While we are still waiting to get our hands on the upcoming new Sony NEX lenses (like the soon coming Zeiss 24mm f/1.7) there is also “hope” coming from third party lens makers. According to our very first and new “Cosina source” there will be a new all manual and ultra fast Voigtländer lens coming by end of the year 2011. Their current only lens for mirrorless cameras is the Nokton 25mm for m43 (Click here to see it on eBay). The source is new so please take the rumor with a grain of salt. But It might not be casual that at the end of the video on to the Cosina Designer talks about the NEX system… :)

And now the big question for you:

Would you buy an ultra fast lens for NEX with excellent image and build quality quality even if it has manual focus only?

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P.S.: What you might don’t know is that Cosina also produces many of the current manual Zeiss lenses.
P.P.S: A while ago there was a Nokton 25mm with NEX adapter on eBay.

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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!

April 26, 2011
Posted in news

Full aperture and focus control of EOS lenses on your NEX with Birger adapters.

I am now posting all those news I could not post because of the NEX-C3, Sony A35 and Flash leaks. One of the coolest new products shown at the NABshow in Las Vegas is the EOS to NEX Birger adapter. It is the first adapter that provides full control of focus and aperture on all tested EOS lenses! But that adapter will be really expensive (should cost around $800). More (few) info on Birger.com.

If you need a cheap solution you can look at the new Kipon ESO to NEX adapter with manual aperture control on eBay (but there are no items in stock now). Looks a bit weird but it seems to work (you get what you pay for).

P.S.: See the list of all current EOS to NEX manual adpaters on eBay (Click here).

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