February 28, 2011
Posted in news

Samyang announces a 8mm fisheye lens for the Sony VG10!

That’s a suprise! Samyang just announced the new 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens designed specifically(!) for the Sony NEX-VG10. There are no info about the price and availability yet. They also said that “We are also about to introduce Samyang lens with Sony E mount for NEX system cameras.” You can find a few images of the lens at optyczne.pl.

Press release:
Kraków, February 28 2011 – Delta company, the sole distributor of Samyang Optics for Poland and Europe, wishes to inform about the release of the manual Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens. The new lens comes with the bayonet mount and has been designed especially for Sony NEX-VG10 digital camcorder.
Due to its unique construction, the bayonet mount has been adjusted to ensure possibly wide field of vision without producing the vignetting effect. Just like in other lenses manufactured for filming purposes, aperture can be easily and smoothly adjusted.
New Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens will be officially introduced during the forthcoming Focus on Imaging fairs held in Birmingham. Exact date of the release as well as the product’s retail price will be given later.

We are also about to introduce Samyang lens with Sony E mount for NEX system cameras.

Links to
- The Sony NEX-VG10 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay
- The current Smayang 8mm lenses at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

February 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR4) A77 price, 16-50mm lens and Zeiss E-mount lenses rumors from a good source

One of my good sources sent me a new message to post on SonyAlphaRumors (I rewrote the text):
Hi Andrea, the price of the A77 body ($900-1200, close to the Canon 60D) could be correct. I can confirm the focal length of the new A77 kit lens (16-50mm) but not the aperture f/2.8. The naming of the A77 is not final yet! At the moment Sony is working close with Zeiss Germany (they had a lot of meetings in 2011). We will see some new lenses (for e-mount to) in near future… May directly from Zeiss? Greetings from XXX ;-)

Thanks XXX!

A second very good(!) source told us that while is true that Zeiss will focus on fullframe lenses for Sony there are still two APS-C lenses planned for release in 2011-2012! So the new rumored 16-50mm kit lens should be real!

So we are getting closer to some exciting new announcements. NEX-C3 and E.mount lenses in April and a few months after the A77 and new lenses. If you have some rumor to share contact me at sonyalpharumor@gmail.com. Thanks! And invite your friends to follow us! And join us at Facebook, Twitter and follow our RSS-feed!

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!

February 28, 2011
Posted in news

Latest Sony sensor improvements

Data of the new 1/2.3-inch 12MP, 1.55um Pixel BSI Sensor form Sony

There are some news for our tech-freak readers ;)

Sony developed the next generation of CMOS Sensor that can “convert multiple pixels into signals simultaneously which results in a reduction of the conversion time by up to 75% when compared to existing sensors“. The new sensor has a five time greater processing speed (up to 34.8Gbps) and can shoot video with 17.7MP at 120fps (Source: Crunchgear).

Sony is also working on new tiny sensors fro smartphones and compact camera (1/2.3-inch). They just announced a 12MP, 1.55um Pixel BSI Sensor providing 42fps at full resolution (1080i60). More info at ImageSensorWorld.

February 26, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits


Sony Photokina Press Conference: details of new A700 replacement

Camera Test: Sony SLT Alpha-55at Adorama: “On balance, the Sony SLT Alpha-55 is a rousing success. It’s a convenient, fascinating, fun, high-performance camera that will satisfy advanced enthusiasts as well as beginners, and maybe even a few pros. It delivers an incredible number of useful features, its high speed and HD video capabilities are exceptional, and it represents a great value for around $850 with 18-55mm lens. The fact that it literally teaches you what all those buttons and settings do is icing on the cake, and should be a great motivation for legions of picture takers stepping up to their first serious camera.

Sony MRW-F3 Memory Card Reader (Photographyblog).

Sony A55 vs Canon 600D vs Nikon D700 ISO comparison at Focus Numerique. Get the A55 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay

Sony Cyber-shot WX5 Review (Trustedreviews).

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 Announces Student Focus Shortlist (Photoxels).

NEX5 Six Weeks Later (Seriouscompacts).

Sony A900, A700 and A580 ISO comparisons (Kurtmunger).

February 25, 2011
Posted in news

Control the NEX with your iPhone!

Dpreview forum user “Bikr” built an Apple iPhone application to control the NEX cameras!

The App sends the Sony NEX-5 an IR signal through a transmitter connected to the iPhone. Two shutter release signals can be sent, immediate release and with a 2 second delay. The Sony NEX-5 remote below has the same capability. The Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App should also be able to control other Sony Alpha cameras with IR receivers. The NexRemote App will be in the iPhone App Store soon.
I have tons of features in the works including programming bulb timers , increasing the 2 second delay with a timer delay before firing the shutters etc.. Lots of stuff in the works!!
Android = I’ll work on it!!
intervalometer = It’ll be in next version I promise!!
Ipod Touch = 99% sure.

Links:
- Opteka RC-3 Wireless Remote Controllers for Sony at Amazon (Click here)

Via Sonyalphanex

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