January 15, 2013
Posted in news

Metabones Speed Booster adapters for Alpa, Canon EF, Leica R.


Image on top: Alpa 35mm f/4.0 MC PC-Curtagon

A short update about the new Metabones Speed Booster adapter. There will be three of them for sale in February:
ALPA to NEX (check Alpa lenses here on eBay).
Canon EF to NEX
Contarex to NEX (check Contarex lenses here on eBay).
Contax C/Y to NEX
Nikon F to NEX
Leica R to NEX (check Leica R lenses here on eBay).

Source: metabones.
And again…it’s Alpa and not Alpha! I didn’t make a spelling error :)

Like you I am surprised they added support for the Alpa lenses!

January 14, 2013
Posted in news

Two new videos of the Contax to NEX adapter from Techart.

As you know MXcamera will sell the new Contax G to Sony E-mount adapter starting from February. The “special” feature is that it supports full auto aperture and auto focus control. Only the 16mm and 21mm Contax  G lenses will not be compatible on a NEX camera. Anyway, the news today is that there are two more videos published by the store selling those adapters, MXcamera. One video you can watch on top and the second video can be found here on youtube. Yep, looks like the af works :)

MXcamera already sells the Canon EF autofocus adapter on eBay (Click here).

Reminder: list of great G lenses with links to eBay price:
Hologon 16mm; 1:8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 21 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here) -> (will not work on the DEO TECHART adapter).
Biogon T* 28 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 35 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Planar T* 45 mm; 1:2,0 on eBay (Click here).
Sonnar T* 90 mm; 1:2,8 on eBay (Click here).
Vario-Sonnar T* 35 – 70 mm; 1:3,5-5,6 on eBay (Click here).

January 14, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) NEX-3N coming soon?


Image on top shows the current NEX-F3


According to one source the next new NEX camera will be the NEX-F3 replacement. And it will be named NEX-3N. There is no info yet about the specs. If other sources can confirm and add some more bits on the rumors feel free to contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com (or use the anonymous contact form that is on the right border of the website).

One more thing: The big CP+ show starts on January 31st. I expect some new Sony stuff to be announced by than!

P.S.: Curently you save up to $100 on Select Sony NEX Compact System Cameras at Amazon (Click here). You can get a free 16mm pancake lens on the purchase of a selected list of NEX cameras at Adorama (Click here). In Europe you can find the NEX-F3 for 260 only on FotoMundus (via Slidoo).

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

January 14, 2013
Posted in news

WOW! Speed Booster adapter makes your lens faster, wider and sharper!

Philip Bloom announced and tested the new Metabones “Speed Booster” adapter. And what it does sounds as it would be some kind of magic trick! It makes any lens faster, wider and sharper! Philipp explains how it works:

In essence, it’s an optical adapter that attaches to the E mount of a Sony NEX camera (Super 35 sensor) and then to a full frame SLR lens. The Metabones ‘Speed Booster’ is a 0.71 x focal reducer, that will effectively turn your full frame 50mm f/1.8 lens into a 35mm f/1.2 lens. Note, doing so (as a guide) will increase the aperture of that lens by one stop. Your Sony NEX Super 35 E-Mount will effectively have near full frame coverage on a full-frame lens. It also serves ‘double-duty’ as a lens mount adapter, from Canon EF lens (but not EF-S) to Sony NEX, with auto-aperture and image stabilisation.

Amazing or not? It will be available in January 2013 from Metabones’ web site http://www.metabones.com and its worldwide dealer network for US$599 / £372 plus shipping and applicable taxes and duties.

Here is an image that shows you how it works:

The image circle gets reduced and this actually doesn’t decrease the image quality. The only real drawbacks are:
1) the lens has no fast autofocus like the recently announced EF to NEX Smart Adapter II (they are here on eBay).
2) You have to use a Full Frame lens and you can use it on an APS-C camera only (not on FF cameras).

And here is a video sample shot by Philip:

194 grams from James Miller on Vimeo.

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January 13, 2013
Posted in reviews

35mm Sigma, Sony and SLR magic tests and news…

I just a couple of news and test all focusing on 35mm lenses:

1) The video on top shows a comparison between the Sony 35mm f/1.8, the SLR Magic 35mm f1.7 and the new SLR Magic 35mm T1.4 Cinelens E-mount lenses.

2) Matthew Durr tested the Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS E-mount lens: “The 35mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens, despite its focusing limitations dependent on CDAF. The only “real” knacks against it—heavy vignetting and noticeable fringing wide-open—can easily be worked around depending on the situation, what settings you shoot at, and how much post-processing you are used to doing.

3) Another Sony 35mm E-mount review has been posted by BanBGanBoom on youtube. He compared the lens with the 50mm f/1.8 lens which he says is a tiny bit sharper.

4) An anonymous reader sent me this: “Just relaying info regarding release date of Sigmas 35… I was just billed by B&H for my preordered 35 (Click here). If this is not a mistake I assume it will be shipped on Monday as it is their policy to not bill until item is in.” Let’s hope the info is correct!

Price and in Stock links to the mentioned lenses:
SLR magic 35mm 1.7 at Amazon and on eBay.
Sigma 35mm A-mount lens at Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and eBay Slidoo.
Sony E-Mount 35mm f/1.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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