August 8, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A77 has an “electronic first shutter curtain”!

According to bullet proof sources the A77 will have a very short release time lag thanks to a sort of “electronic first shutter curtain“. Michael Covington’s website explains what it is. The electornic first shutter curtain begins the exposure electronically with zero vibration: “In fact, as I understand it, the “electronic first shutter curtain” is a virtual moving edge just like the real shutter curtain, so you can use it even with short exposures. Columns of the sensor are turned on one by one just as if the real curtain were exposing them. Because a CMOS sensor can’t turn off as quickly as it turns on, the real shutter curtain is used to end the exposure.”

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August 7, 2011
Posted in rumors

A77 with fastest locking-on GPS built in to any camera? (Photoclubalpha)

David Kilpatrick wrote an interesting article at Photoclubalpha (Click here) about the future GPS future from the A77: “It will be the fastest locking-on GPS built in to any camera, and it will be the first to record ALL the data you need. That will include not only the latitude and longitude and height above sea level, but also the compass direction the camera is aiming in and the inclination of the camera. Combined with very accurate focal length, focus distance and AF locus data, this will make it possible to use the Alpha 77 for photogrammetry (measurement, mapping, object size identification).” Read the full article at Photoclubalpha (Click here).

David made a mix between rumors and speculations and I cannot confirm or deny the features he mentioned inside his article. If some of my sources knows more about the GPS specs drop me a text ;)

P.S.: Greetings to David K.!

August 7, 2011
Posted in news

Sony TidBits

The video on top shows a video made with the new Sony NEX-C3 and a set of M-mount lenses:
Zeiss 18/4 Distagon ZM (Click here to see that lens auctions on eBay)
Leica Summicron-M 28/2 ASPH (auctions on eBay)
Leica Summilux-M 35/1.4 ASPH (auctions on eBay)
Leica Summilux-M 50/1.4 ASPH (auctions on eBay)
Leica APO-Summicron-M 90/2 ASPH (auctions on eBay)
Glidetrack Shooter SD (auctions on eBay)
Zacuto DSLR baseplate / Rails (auctions on eBay)
Manfrotto 535 CF / 503 HDV (auctions on eBay)

Sony NEX-C3 first look at SonyAlphaLab (Click here).

Sony HX9V Review by Thom Hogan (Click here): “It fits in a shirt pocket and it has a lens that goes from here to there, exactly as you’d want. For the small sensor size, the results are (barely) up to snuff in stills at low ISO, great in video. A serious shooter can do worse with some of the other compacts. Far worse in a few cases.” See the HX9V at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

Picture effects tested on the Sony A55 at (japanese).

A Sony NEX-C3 review by David Pogue from the New York Times (Click here). See the NEX-C3 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

August 6, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-C3 in Stock at Amazon US.

You can now get the following NEX-C3 cameras at Amazon:
Black NEX-C3 with 18-55mm kit (Click here)
Silver NEX-C3 with 18-55mm kit (Click here)

More NEX-C3 search links: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

August 6, 2011
Posted in reviews

Zeiss Biogon 28mm and 35mm lenses tested on the NEX-5 (Photozone)

Image courtesy: Photozone.

Let’s have some break from rumors! Klaus from Photozone (Click here) tested the Zeiss Biogon 28mm manual lens on the NEX-5: “The Zeiss Biogon T* 28mm f/2.8 may be a star on Leica M film cameras but it struggles somewhat with the Sony sensor in the NEX-5. The image quality is pretty much breathtaking in the image center but the border performance is actually much less impressive and in fact quite soft at large aperture settings. The border quality improves to very good levels (just) when stopping down though.

The Zeiss Biogon is an M-mount lens and you will need an M to E mount adapter to use it on a NEX (Click here to see these adapters on eBay). The lens itself costs around 800-1000 Euro/Dollars (Click here to see the lenses on eBay).

UPDATE: And today Photozone (Click here) tested the 35mm Biogon: “The Zeiss C Biogon T* 35mm f/2.8 is supposed to deliver great images on film but it doesn’t really harmonize well with the Sony sensor of the NEX-5. The center image quality is simply great even at max. aperture but the border resolution is somewhat disappointing especially considering the moderate base aperture. The borders are still good (just) at f/2.8 and increase steadily till f/8 towards very good (just) results.” The lens has the same price as the before mentioned 28mm biogon (Click here to see the 35mm BIogon auctions on eBay).

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