April 21, 2013
Posted in deals

(UPDATED) Sony A58 first time in Stock.


For the first time the new A58 is in Stock and shipping thanks to Amazon US (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).

Reminder, there are still some days left to grab the three deals:
1) Save up to $200 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras (Click here).
2) Save up to $200 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras (Click here).
3) Save up to $130 on Select Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras (Click here).

April 20, 2013
Posted in Uncategorized

First pictures of the cheap Chinese Speed Booster alternative! To ship from May already!


Big news guys! The Chinese company Zhongyi Optical officially announced the “Lens Turbo” adapter. It’s the cheap alternative of the famous Speed Booster. The Zhongyi Optical company isn’t an unknown company for NEX owners. The company is the maker of the Mitakon 35mm f/0.95 E-mount lens (they are here on eBay). On the picture on top you can see the Pentax to NEX adapter.

How did they avoid to get into a legal dispute with Metabones? The optical design differs and the Lens Turbo has a reduction ration of 0.726 (Speed Booster is 0.71). It’s a manual adapter only while some Speed Booster adapters also support full electronic AF and Aperture control. The Lens Turbo price is set at US$239.

Click on the image to see a large size version of their first Pentax-NEX adapter:


April 20, 2013
Posted in Uncategorized

Sigma f/1.8 zooom: Image smaples, MFT, Distortion and Vignetting charts.

MTF chart

Sigma announced that surprising f/1.8 constant aperture zoom. Now you can read a hands-on preview at ePhotozine. And what’s even more interesting are the first image samples posted by Lcap.

We still don’t know if that lens will also be made for A-mount. In the meantime you can analyze the lens performance through those graphs:

Vignetting chart

Distortion chart

April 19, 2013
Posted in Uncategorized

JB Camera designs announces the new Wood Grip for the RX1 (already on Amazon).

JBCameraDesigns announced the new RX1 Wood Grip. You can already buy it at Amazon US (Click here).

Reminder: The RX1 metal quick release plate is sold by a Hong Kong company on eBay (Click here).

April 19, 2013
Posted in Uncategorized

Waiting for Hasselbald and Zeiss announcements…

Next week Sony will announce the new HX50 and no new E-mount or A-mount camera or lens will be announced yet. The A78 is off the roadmap while the NEX-7 successor is coming within the next few months.

But we will have new E-mount stuff soon from two other comapnies. Hasselblad will announce the new Lunar and Zeiss the two lenses:

Leo Edwards (Click here) wrote a harsh critique against the Lunar: “Will Hasselblad become to Sony what AMG is to Mercedes or Alpina to BMW? lets compare. A top of the line AMG conversion essentially doubles the price of a stock mercedes – what do you get for your 100% premium? A completely re-mapped, engineered and tuned engine, a massive brake, wheel and suspension overhaul, custom interior leather, wood and carbon fibre, exclusive paint – oh and a body kit. What do you get with the Hasselblad / Sony combo at a 600% premium, errrmm, a body kit…….! Suddenly an AMG Mercedes seems like the best value on the planet with considerably more wood, leather and carbon fibre thrown in for good measure!

I have been told by a source that the Zeiss Planar 32mm f/1.8 and the Distagon 12mm f/2.8 will ship from June. If you want to learn more about the tech and philosphy behind the “Pana” and “Distagon” deifnition you may read the two pdf files found by our read BIll (Thanks!):
Planar: http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/en_CLB_40_Nasse_Lens_Names_Planar.pdf
Distagon: http://blogs.zeiss.com/photo/en/wp-content/uploads/2011/12/en_CLB41_Nasse_LensNames_Distagon.pdf

Share News and Rumors

Click on the Share button below to write the message! Name and email are NOT required so you can stay anonymous. Also the IP-address will not be submitted to us. Use Imageshack to share pictures (anonymously).

Your name (not required)

Email (not required)