July 18, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR2) A99 (fake?) specs!

Over at Photorumors they published the A99 specs they received from an unkown source. Even Photorumors doesn’t believe the specs are true. So take it easy!

A99
Translucent mirror
36.9 Megapixel 3MOS Exmor sensor
(No Bayer filter)
ISO 100-102400 extendable to 204800 and 409600
12 frames per second
No infrared or anti-alias filters
Digital infrared filtering with three modes NO IR,WITH IR,ONLY IR
In camera moire remove
89 cross-type points AF
Metering direct from sensor
60/1-1/24000sec, time, bulb shutter (focal plane)
Flash synchronization up to 1/500sec and high-speed sync up to 1/24000sec
Built-In GPS and Wi-Fi plus Thunderbolt
Two CompactFlash card slots
Price around €3000

Probably the most interesting aspect are the complete removal from the antialias and infrared filters. My sources may can tell me more about that soon? Thanks!

July 18, 2011
Posted in rumors

Some additional thoughts about the adapter….

As I told you the adapter rumor would be a relatively “small rumor”. Nothing one can really get excited about when you read the article for the very first time. But I strongly believe the rumor is revolutionary because of one main reason: I do believe that in a couple of years Sony will make mirrorless cameras only. And I do believe that’s the reason why Sony will announce that adapter. If I am right than in a few yours you will look back at that rumor and recognize that the adapter was the first step of the merging of the two systems Mirrorless and DSLR/SLT.

Going further I do also believe Sony is working on modular cameras. Camera you can transform in size and aspect, cameras where you can change the sensor, cameras you can upgrade not only via software but also via hardware. It will definitely take some time before those ideas will get in production and some time before they become “mature”.

I bet this is what’s coming from Sony, and the adapter is the very first small anticiaption of that future!

P.S.: Sorry for my usual baby-english language ;)

July 18, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) The revolution is coming: NEX adapter with built-in translucent mirror!


Image on top shows an adpater with built-in mirror from Leica (something similar is coming from Sony now!)

Is this the end of DSLR-SLT cameras? That is the first sentence that came into my mind when I read the following rumor: According to my very best sources Sony is ready to launch a special Alpha to E-mount adapter with built-in translucent mirror and phase detection AF system!!! This means you can transform every NEX camera in a perfect A-mount compatible system! Something similar has been made by Leica with the Visoflex (Click here to see that adapter on eBay). The electronic viewfinder is not included on the adapter (you can attach it separately on the hotshoe). I don’t know the price yet, but it will definitely be much more expensive than the current simple Sony Alpha LAEA1 Alpha to E-mount adapter.

This  could be the first step of major revolution that will make the classic DSLR (or SLT)  obsolete. In a couple of years there might be mirrorless cameras only on the market. Going a huge step forwared (with my imagination) Sony could also develop adapters with built-in Optical viewfinder system! Wouldn’t that be cool? So you could have three cameras in one, Mirrorless (NEX), SLT (with EVF) and DSLR (with OVF). Ok ok, I know I am dreaming for now, but in my opinion that’s the way to go Sony!!!

But let’s make a step back, I know for sure that Sony will make SLT cameras for the next years (A77, A99 and so on). So those of you that still do prefer the “classic” camera design should not worry.

But I want to hear what you think about that “rumor”:

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Useful links:
The Leica Visoflex on eBay (Click here).
The current A to E mount adapter at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

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SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

July 17, 2011
Posted in reviews

Photozone reviews the 28-75mm f/2.8 lens!

The Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM has been tested by Photozone (Click here): “The Sony 28-75mm f/2.8 SAM is an affordable alternative to the Zeiss ZA 24-70mm f/2.8. Technically it isn’t all that far away from its bigger brother – both have a weakness at max. aperture specifically with respect to the corner resolution. However, the Zeiss is generally more snappy here (higher contrast) – this aspect is not exactly a strength of the Sony lens.

Check the Sony 28-75mm price at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.
For comparison, this are the links to the Zeiss ZA 24-70mm at .

July 16, 2011
Posted in rumors

NEX-7 and A77 image leaks thoughts…

I am still working to get a 100% prove that the leaked images are real. Some new sources said yes the images are all real. And don’t get confused by that “NO” button. The NEX-7 you saw was a prototype and it looks like this was a deliberated choice (weird!). I am sure my trusted sources will soon tell me more about the pics! My guess now is that all leaked pictures are real. But just wait a bit until I can give you the 100% reliable confirmation!

The only “SR5 thing” I can say is that I have been told the NEX-7 has definitely a built-in viewfinder and a very Fuji X100 look! And another new source told me the NEX-5 replacement will actually be called the NEX5N and not the NEX5E.

 

P:S: In the meanwhile I am going to climb my next mountain today. So please be aware that I can answer you in a 7-8 hours only!

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