Sony TidBits

Sony develops “Hybrid FPA”, a novel liquid crystal alignment technique that achieves faster response time for liquid crystal displays (Akihabaranews)

Sony CineAlta Moves Beyond Bayer (ImageSensorWorld)

Taiwan market: Sony surpasses Nikon in ILC market (Digitimes.com)

NEX Body and Rear Lens Cap Available (SonyAlphaNex)

Join the Sony World Photography Awards 2011 (worldphoto.org)

Sony NEX-VG10 with Sigma 50-500mm Bigma (SonyAlphaNex).

The Sony clock :)

Carl Zeiss announces record sales (PMAnewsline)

Debunking myths. Sony-Canon lens debate on Sonyalpha.es

David Bejarano from Sonyalpha.es compared the present Sony and Canon lenses. He wrote me the following text:

Tired of hearing the endlessly and tiresome song “The A-mount has a very limited number of lenses; I would wish to post this comparison, so everybody could speak knowingly.
Debunking myths… if only a little
It is a truth repeated and accepted by everybody that Sony lacks the breadth of catalogue of Canon or Nikon. And that is often used when evaluating the Sony products: “Yes, it could be a good camera, but when you need to make grow your gear
Not long ago, on a thread on the Sonyalpha.es forum, a user said: “And after the
A580… what?”, questioning the growth capabilities of his Sony gear
Some months ago, taking pictures with some Canon and Nikon users, where only a girl with an A300 and myself with the
A900, were Sony users, were holding the jokes and ironies of one of them. I didn’t want to argue; so I just asked him for a memory card, took some pictures, and while I handed it to him, I told him “Just look at these at home, and then we can talk about Why I’m shooting with Sony”… Now this Canikon user has a problem, because his gear doesn’t give him pictures with so much dynamic range, sharpness, detail and colours. Now he doubts a lot but… “There are so few Sony lenses”!
It would be naive not accept that today Canon’s lenses list is much larger than the Sony’s one but… How far? So I decided to compare their catalogues, and now I’m presenting the result.
The only aspect I try to answer is if Sony’s lenses list is as short as it’s said. It should be necessary to analyse some other aspects which would take the study a little bit further. There are a lot of reviews
There are already many reviews that assess lens performances. I’m not talking about qualities, although I must say that G lenses can talk face to face with Canon’s L and L-II, if not overcome them, and all CZ lenses outperform their respective Canon counterparts, according to the different reviews I’ve been reading.
Talking about the sealed Canon lenses, I remember an article of an A900 and a
24-70/2.8 Carl Zeiss lens, shooting on the Paris-Dakar rally, completely full of desert sand and dust, while continued working perfectly; or the Luminous Escape experience praising the A900 reliability that outperformed some failing Canon bodies
You can find here a Canon vs Sony’s catalogue comparative, you can use it to take your own conclussions …
Firstable, is important to realize you can find a lot of similar lenses on Canon’s family; some of this “duplicate” models have been developed to achieve quality improvements (for the L and L-II series) and some others because they are stabilized lenses (LS). But, in the Sony family ALL lenses can work as stabilized lenses because all Alpha bodies (except the NEX bodies) have in body stabilization, and you don’t need to duplicate versions.
Second, there are some Canon lenses with no AF motor, but its use is limited only to Canon bodies with integrated AF motor. In the Sony system the camera bodies include an AF , which has shown their advantages; newer in-body engines now are outperforming in terms of speed and precission some SSM engine

Sony announces the DSLR-A900/A850 firmware upgrade…Download it!


Image courtesy: http://www.hkmug.org/

Sony Europe just announced the new firmware. You can download it here: http://support.sony-europe.com/dime/DSLR/dslr.aspx.

Let me know if you are happy with the new improvements! Thanks!

UPDATE: Japanese firmware version:
For the A850
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/DSLR/UUnXMtUM/DSLRA850v20.exe?fm=jp
For the A900
http://support.d-imaging.sony.co.jp/download/DSLR/UUnXMtUM/DSLRA900v20.exe?fm=jp

SanDisk, Sony and Nikon proposed Industry Standards for Next-Generation High-Speed Memory Card Format

PRESS RELEASE:

Companies Jointly Develop New Specifications to Meet Needs of Professional Photography and Video Markets

Milpitas, Calif., November 29, 2010-SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ:SNDK), Nikon Corporation and Sony Corporation today announced the joint development of a set of specifications that addresses the future requirements of professional photography and video markets. The three companies proposed the specifications to the CompactFlash® Association (CFA)1, the international standards organization, with the intent to standardize the format.

Professional photography and High Definition (HD)2 video applications require a new generation of memory cards capable of processing significantly larger files. To address the imaging industry’s future speed and capacity demands, SanDisk, Nikon and Sony proposed a new card specification whose performance and storage capabilities surpass those of existing memory cards. Once accepted, the new format will enable exciting new possibilities in the professional imaging and video markets.

The proposed specifications achieve data transfer rates of up to 500 megabytes per second (MB/sec)3 (theoretical maximum interface speed) using the highly versatile PCI Express4 interface. The increased speeds will enable imaging and video applications that could not be accomplished using the current CompactFlash specification’s Parallel ATA (PATA)5 interface. CF6.0, released in November 2010, offers maximum performance of up to 167MB/sec.

The new specifications’ faster speeds enable continuous burst shooting of massive RAW images. The enhanced performance also allows users to quickly transfer storage-intensive high-resolution photos and videos from the card to a computer. The specifications combine high-speed data transfer with low power consumption via a power scaling system to extend battery life.

In addition to industry-leading performance capabilities, the new memory card specifications also meet the future capacity and durability requirements of professional imaging applications. The proposed new specifications have the potential to extend theoretical maximum capacities beyond two terabytes (TB)6, making them especially useful for high resolution images and HD video applications. Similar in size to a CompactFlash® card, the new specifications’ access control function and highly durable form factor produce a combination of physical ruggedness and reliability that is indispensable for professional usage models.

This ultra high-speed media format will enable further evolution of hardware and imaging applications, and widen the memory card options available to CompactFlash users such as professional photographers,” said Mr. Shigeto Kanda of Canon, chairman of the board, CFA. “This next generation format is expected to be widely adapted to various products, including those other than high-end DSLRs.”

The ultra high-speed media, which will be realized by this new card format, will expand the capability of digital SLR cameras and other professional digital imaging equipment,” said Mr. Kazuyuki Kazami, operating officer, vice president and general manager, development headquarters, imaging company, Nikon Corporation.

Sony TidBits


Sony sees RED with PMW-F3 camera, we go hands-on with the $16k “indie” (Engadget)

Sony will show a 23.11 A 17.7Mpixel 120fps CMOS Image Sensor with 34.8Gb/s Readout at the IEEE International Solid-State Circuits Conference.

New Sony NEX-VG10 firmware update adds autofocus with Alpha lenses (Click here to download the firmware). A new test has been published by Focus Numerique.

Sony 50mm f/1.8 DT ( SAL-50F18 ) on Sony NEX (Photozone)

Sony A55 review at Pixinfo.

Sony NEX-5 review at Steve Digicams

New weekly japanese system camera sales ranking (BCNranking). Two NEX cameras into the top 10.

First Sony F3 video sample!!!


compulsion – teaser from Jason Wingrove on Vimeo.

Finally we have the very frist Sony F3 video sample. This is of interest for us Alpha/NEX users becuase the F3 uses the same sensor of the E-mount NXcam. The main difference is the codec. The F3 uses ExmorHD at 34Mbit/s and the NXcam AVCHD at 24Mbit/s.

This is a teaser for a short shot entirely with the Sony PMW-F3. It will form part of Sea Pool. vimeo.com/​channels/​seapool A documentary currently in production on the Australian ocean pool culture in Sydney and shot early morning at North Narrabeen on Sydney’s northern beaches.
Lenses were
Zeiss 40mm UltraPrime, Super Speeds, & 135mm prime.
I’ve done a subtle preliminary grade using Red Giant’s Magic Bullet Looks but we can already see the footage has great possibilities in the grade.
For more on the shoot & our experiences with the camera go to fxguide.com and listen to our podcast, Red Centre. fxguide.com/​redcentre
The full version can be seen at Sony live events in Australia & NZ very soon, go to sony.com.au/​pmwf3 to register. Thanks for dropping by.
Director/Cinematographer: Jason Wingrove
Cinematographer: Tom Gleeson gleeson.net.au/
Talent: Bel Delia deliafilms.com.au/
Sound: Mario Pellegrino
Music: Jozef Vilk

Jason Wingrove
Freelance TVC /Film Director, Cinematographer.
jasonwingrove.com

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