January 22, 2014
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New US deals: $200 off on the A7r. $100 off on the NEX-5t.

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Two Open Box A7r cameras are for sale with a $200 discount at Buydig eBay (Click here).
And if you are looking for a cheap good E-mount camera you can save $100 on the great NEX-5t at Blutek US on eBay (Click here).
And there is a $80 off on the RX100II and many free extras at 6ave eBay (Click here).

And these are the current four Sony deals running at Amazon:
Save $300 on the VG-C77AM Vertical Grip with Sony A77 Digital SLR Purchase
Save up to $300 on Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Cameras
Buy a Qualifying Sony Alpha Digital SLR Camera and Save $100 on Select Sony Lenses
Save up to $100 on Select Sony Cyber-shot Digital Cameras

A still running great deal:
Sony NEX-7 Bundle with 18-55mm and 20mm Lenses, bag and $100 gift card at BHphoto (Click here).

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January 22, 2014
Posted in reviews

Two Tamron 150-600mm VC reviews.

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Image courtesy: Lensrentals

The new Tamron superzoom got tested at Lensrentals and ePhotozine..

Lensrentals writes:

It’s pretty obvious that the Tamron has both 600mm range and the lowest price. These tests, and everything I see from photographers using the lens in the field, support that it’s of at least equal image quality. Some people will prefer the extra wide range of the Sigma, others the lighter weight of the Canon. But for a lot of people, the Tamron is going to be the best bang for the buck.

ePhotozine writes:

With this lens, Tamron have created something that offers more reach at the telephoto end than equivalent lenses, whilst still being able to deliver good sharpness for a reasonable price. The launch price of £949 makes this lens pretty much the only option for photographers looking for a 600mm lens for under £1000.

The lens can be preordered at BHphoto (Click here).

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January 22, 2014
Posted in rumors

Hasselblad and Sony. The beginnning of a new medium format strategy. (Poll: Would you buy a low end medium format camera?).

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So, the rumors we posted were right and Sony is indeed entering the medium format world by producing CMOS sensor for Hasselblad. Obviously, the soon to be announced H5D-50C is expected to cost $1000 per million pixel which means…about $50,000 just like the model it replaces, the H5D-50 model (here at BHphoto).

But as I have been told by my Hasselblad sources there are other very interesting aspects to know:

1) Hasselblad and Sony are working on quite revolutionary new sensor tech that will fit in future medium format sensors. And some of this tech will spread to the lower “Full Frame” sensor market. (This comes via one of my good sources).

2) It has been not decided yet but it’s a possibility: Hasselblad and Sony could also launch “cheap” medium format cameras to seriously compete in Nikon’s and Canon’s High End Full Frame market. Pentax already did this with the Pentax 645D (around $6000 or 6000 Euro here one Bay).

Point 1) is almost certain to happen while 2) is just speculation. But I am curious to see how many of you would be interested to get this:

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.

 

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January 21, 2014
Posted in rumors

First picture of the Hasselblad Solar A-mount camera!

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Well, it’s really a Hasselblad day today! What you see on the picture on top is the Hasselblad Solar. It’s a new A-mount camera based on the current Sony A99.  And I have to say the camera looks better than the previous released sketch (posted here on bottom).

There is no info about the price and release of the camera yet. But it doesn’t look as fancy or exaggerated luxurious as the Hasselblad Lunar (Click here) or Hasselblad Stellar. This may be the first time Hasselblad makes a really interesting variation of a Sony camera?

 

image via Photorumors.

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January 21, 2014
Posted in news

Hasselblad to launch 50 Megapixel Sony CMOS sensor-based medium format camera!

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Back in November I reported that Hasselblad and Sony would make a joint sensor announcement (Article here). Well, today the rumor became true! And it looks like Hasselblad reads SonyAlphaRumors because the official Hasselblad image teaser says: “The rumours are true“. LOL!

Hasselblad confirmed they will launch the new H5D-50C Medium format camera in March and it features the first CMOS(!) medium format sensor (and I am sure it’s made by Sony!). Here is the full press text (Source: Hasselblad):

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Hasselblad is set to launch the world’s first 50MP medium format camera using CMOS sensor technology. The groundbreaking H5D-50c will go on sale in March.

Ove Bengtson, Hasselblad Product Manager said: “This pioneering 50 megapixel CMOS sensor camera is based on our H5D-50 model (here at BHphoto) but will offer a faster capture rate; longer shutter speed capability and much greater ISO performance. It will provide greatly improved Live Video in Phocus and will also be available with Multi-Shot functionality.”

He added: “We believe this will provide a highly compelling option for professional photographers who prefer a more versatile camera that enables them to immediately embrace a wider range of photo-disciplines but still encapsulating the exceptionally high-end image quality associated with Hasselblad.”

Hasselblad’s new CEO Ian Rawcliffe said: “We are extremely excited about this highly adaptable new camera which will offer an even broader palette of shooting options for our high-end customers.

“This is a world-first and underpins Hasselblad’s status at the forefront of camera technology. It will be the first of a number of medium format capture innovations we have planned for the coming months.”

Further information and prices for the new H5D-50c models will be announced in March.

Editor’s note: his could be the beggining for a new era for Sony-Hasselblad. A medium format system to challenge the High End Full Frame camera market???

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