August 8, 2011
Posted in news

A source explains why the 24mm E-mount Zeiss is so big.

One of my good sources explained why the new Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 lens is so large: “The large lenses have optics that are usable, with minimal modification, with SLT cameras. NEX-7 is a high quality photographic tool. Shorter size lenses would have very short distance of the rear lens element to the film plane. With small exit lens on wide lenses there would be too much light fallout. That is why a high quality WA lens needs to be bigger. The problems with NEX system. Very short flange distance is excellent for making inexpensive, quality, small WA lenses. The problem is light fallout at the edges of the picture – because the exit pupil of the lens would be too small and close to the CMOS. It is the reason the new 24 mm Zeiss is so big.

Reminder: The Zeiss will cost around $999 and it will have a 16cm close focusing distance.

August 8, 2011
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-C3 manual focus test by Digitalrev (+ in Stock status)

Digitalrev tested which mirrorless camera is the best for manual focusing with third party lenses. They compared the new Sony NEX-C3 with the Olympus E-P3 and Panasonic GF3. Just look at the video to see the winner!

Sony will soon announce the NEX-7 and NEX-5N but as I have already told you those cameras will be in Stock in October only. So if you need a NEX camera now take a look at the NEX-C3 which is now in Stock in most stores. Here is the US-Europe Stock status check:
The Black NEX-C3 with 18-55mm lens is now in Stock in US at Amazon (Click here) and eBay (via european/asian resellers)
Almost all different NEX-C3 kits and color options are in Stock in Europe at,,,, and eBay.

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.

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