March 28, 2013
Posted in reviews

Luminous Landscape still doesn’t really like the Electronic Viewfinders…


There will be always discussions between people about the advantages or disadvantages of Electronic Viewfinder against Optical Viewfinders. In a recent short article Luminous Landscape admin describes “Why I Hate Electronic Viewfinders“. He says: “The reason why is that they are at best tiny TV sets, and as such have very low contrast ratios compared to the ability of the naked eye or a good optical or large DSLR viewfinder. In bright situations, where there is also deep shade, it can make visibility into the shadows when shooting highly compromised.

It’s ture that current Sony EVF can’t give you the clarity of an Optical Viewfinder but I think that in time EVF will get very close to OVF. Plus you don’t have to forget that EVF gives you some inherent features that are simply non available on OVF. So let’s wait and see what the new generation EVF from Sony will be. 3+ Million dots for the NEX-7n sounds like a good improvement!

March 27, 2013
Posted in news

First video of the Leica M Summicron lens with Autofocus on NEX.

A couple of weeks ago I told you that Camera MX transformed a Leica Summicron 35mm f/2.0 in a fully autofocus lens for NEX cameras. The video on top shows the working sample.

The Leica lens uses the Contax G Biogon 28mm f/2.8 chassis to add AF on the lens.

Camera MX plans to release modifiy and sell five Leica M lenses: The 35mm f/3.5 (here on eBay), Summicron 35mm f/2 (here on eBay), Summicron 50mm f/2 (here on eBay), Elmar 90mm f/4 (here on eBay).

March 27, 2013
Posted in rumors

The “old” Sony 2013 roadmap!

I got an email from a very trusted source that show the now no more valid 2013 roadmap for the new Sony A-mount cameras and lenses. I repeat, it’s likely that the roadmap changed and the new SLT and the new SLT high resolution camera may not come at all:

A-mount Lenses
50mm f/1.4 Zeiss. Announced and available at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and SonyStore USA (via AlphaCameraDeals). In Europe at Wex UK and Amazon DE.
SAL 70-400F4-5.6G SSMII (announced and preorders up at Amazon and BHphoto).
SAL 400f28G SSM
SAL 70-200f28 ZA SSM
SAL 300F28G

All weather/dust sealed A-mount Cameras
SLT a88
FF-SLT a95
FF 36-38MP with integrated battery grip (on market 2014)

Why did the roadmap change? Usually companies plan years in advance and so did Sony. But the financial crisis now forced them to get rid of some camera developments and to focus on more sustainable investments. Two things has to be said clearly:

1) This is a roadmap posted on a rumor site and not an official Sony news. So don’t blame Sony for changing a roadmap they didn’t officially share. Always keep in mind that we are talking about rumors.

2) The A-mount will be kept alive fo a very long time.

Personal note: It’s very difficult to write reliable rumors when things are changing that quickly. I hope Sony will soon have the clear roadmap. That would be good for them and for us rumor fanatics :)

March 26, 2013
Posted in news

The five different Hasselblad Lunar styles…

The Hasselblad Lunar camera will be for sale soon and these are the five versions you can buy for a tiny bit more than 5.000 Euro: Black leather, Brown Tuscan leather, Carbon Fibre, Mahogany and Zebra wood (Source Hasselblad). You ready to buy one? :)

March 26, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony NEX-6 earns Silver Award at Dpreview.

Dpreview (Click here) tested the NEX-6 and writes: “It performs as well or better than other mirrorless cameras on the market, and offers some unique features that are genuinely useful. The NEX-6 earns a very solid silver award and only just misses out on a gold. While some of our complaints could be resolved with a firmware update (such as the missing histogram in record mode and app speed), others, such as the lack of direct controls and location of the movie mode button, will have to wait for the revision of the NEX-6.

basically the like the camera performance but not so the camera usability. And the probably strongest competitor is the NEX-7 which costs only $150 more and at the moment is selling better than the NEX-6 at Amazon (here is the ranking). There will be no NEX-6 successor any time soon, but what would you change on the NEX-6 successor to make it a great camera and to overcome some of the usability issues mentioned by Dpreview?

Sony NEX-6 price check at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

NEX-6 deals in US:
NEX camera savings running until end of March at Amazon (Click here).
Special NEX-6 double lens kit bundle at Amazon (Click here).
Super accessorized kits for the same price as the kit only at Focuscamera, Willoughbyscamera, BuyDig and Beachcamera.

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