August 19, 2011
Posted in reviews

Veyr first E-mount Noktor 50mm f/0.95 test by Steve Huff

That is a beats of a lens! The picture shows the Noktor 50mm f/0.95. But how good (or bad) performs the lens in the real world? Steve Huff (Click here to read the review) tested the lens on the new Sony NEX-C3. You can see many image smaples on his website and all I am going to report here is that the lens perfroms better than the m43 version fo the Noktor. Steve Huff is also giving away one lens for free!

You can get the current 28mm and 35mm lenses from SLR magic on eBay (Click here). The Noktor is available on their homepage (Click here).

August 19, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Some new tidbits about the A77 (A77 weights 680g and A65 weights 543g)

I am continually getting small details from many sources. Those are the latest few bits:

The EVF menu is customizable and is as bright as the optical viewfinder from the Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBayA900[/shoplink]!
Almost all operations can be done with the eye on the EVF
Smart teleconverter (1.2x and 2.0x digital magnification)
Has Picture effects, A-HDR, Creative style
50ms minimum release time lag
Very good audio noise reduction
A77 weights 680g and A65 weights 543g

I still didn’t get detailed info about the image quality (stills and videos). Many sources do say the quality is on very high level. I guess we will see the first image samples on Wednesday August 24. Be sure to be online at SAR to follow the Sony announcement!

P.S.: You can find SAR also on Google+, Facebook and Twitter!

August 19, 2011
Posted in news

Cool (and expensive) stuff from Sony: Binoculars with built-in video recording feature!

Sony announced two new binoculars with built-in recording features (the DEV-3 and DEV-5)! You can read a preview written by our freind David Kilpatrick at Photoclubalpha (Click here). A full press release is available at Engadget (Click here).

UPDATE: You can already buy the two binoculars at Amazon US:
DEV-3 at Amazon (Click here).
DEV-5 at Amazon (Click here).

Below you can see a first preview made by a suisse website (there are english subtitles):

One more thing: David wrote: “An invitation to a Sony event on August 15th seemed perfectly timed for the announcement of the Alpha 77 and 65, NEX-7 and NEX-5n. In fact, those cameras are to be launched in Greece before August 24th when their embargo will be lifted – and Photoclubalpha, as a very minor player in this business, is not on the guest list.

Yes, the new Sony cameras and lenses will be announced in a huge event in Greece on August 24. And I found it pity that Sony didn’t invite David. Doesn’t matter how small his website is, he is a long time Alpha shooter and writer! Come one Sony!

August 18, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) More new rumor tidbits

Those are some minor tidbits about the upcoming new Sony cameras. Everything is coming from trusted sources:

- The new LA-EA2 adapter has a built-in AF-motor (it can focus with all Minolta/Sony lenses!)
- The new external EVF for the NEX-5N is “movable” and has intelligent eye sensor.
- The NEX-5N weights 210 g.
- The NEX-7 has a Level Gauge and gridline
- A77 and A65 X-Sync is 1/250
- The new 55-210mm E-mount lens has actually a surprising “outstanding image quality”
- NEX-7 feel surprisingly light (at the same time solid).
- The A77 has 2.5 to 4.5 IS compensation


Personal note: I am very busy in this days. Sorry If I cannot answer all your emails within a reasonable time. Thanks for your understanding!

August 18, 2011
Posted in news

Sony A55 transparent mirror removed and analyzed!

Image credit: TheSyberSite analyzed

TheSyberSite (Click here) investigated the bugs and limitations of the Sony A55. And he gave a particular attention to the translucent mirror construction He actually removed the A55′s mirror!). The mirror is made by flexible plastic (See the picture on top). Also without the mirror you can use the A55 to take picture (of course autofocusing will not work!). It would have been nice to see if there is some kind of improvement in the image quality. That’s why I contacted the author of the test. He said he will post such a comparison soon.

Thanks Ray!

Via Fotoactualidad

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