Toshiba and Sony Execute Definitive Agreement.

The Nagasaki Technology Center

On April 1 the Nagasaki Technology Center will be officially transferred from Toshiba to Sony. The purchase price is 53 billion yen. The acquisition should help Sony to increase the production capacity for wafers for CCD and CMOS sensors from about 25,000 to about 50,000 units per year. They will produce Exmor and Exmor-R sensors for both mobile phones and digital cameras.

Let’s hope this will help Sony to shorten the release time for some of their products (See A77 and the new fullframe cameras).

Samyang announces a 8mm fisheye lens for the Sony VG10!

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That’s a suprise! Samyang just announced the new 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens designed specifically(!) for the [shoplink 3058]Sony NEX-VG10[/shoplink]. There are no info about the price and availability yet. They also said that “We are also about to introduce Samyang lens with Sony E mount for NEX system cameras.” You can find a few images of the lens at optyczne.pl.

Press release:
Kraków, February 28 2011 – Delta company, the sole distributor of Samyang Optics for Poland and Europe, wishes to inform about the release of the manual Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens. The new lens comes with the bayonet mount and has been designed especially for Sony NEX-VG10 digital camcorder.
Due to its unique construction, the bayonet mount has been adjusted to ensure possibly wide field of vision without producing the vignetting effect. Just like in other lenses manufactured for filming purposes, aperture can be easily and smoothly adjusted.
New Samyang 8mm f/3.5 FISH-EYE CS VG10 lens will be officially introduced during the forthcoming Focus on Imaging fairs held in Birmingham. Exact date of the release as well as the product’s retail price will be given later.

We are also about to introduce Samyang lens with Sony E mount for NEX system cameras.

Links to
– The Sony NEX-VG10 at [shopcountry 3058] – The current Smayang 8mm lenses at [shopcountry 5654]

Latest Sony sensor improvements

Data of the new 1/2.3-inch 12MP, 1.55um Pixel BSI Sensor form Sony

There are some news for our tech-freak readers ;)

Sony developed the next generation of CMOS Sensor that can “convert multiple pixels into signals simultaneously which results in a reduction of the conversion time by up to 75% when compared to existing sensors“. The new sensor has a five time greater processing speed (up to 34.8Gbps) and can shoot video with 17.7MP at 120fps (Source: Crunchgear).

Sony is also working on new tiny sensors fro smartphones and compact camera (1/2.3-inch). They just announced a 12MP, 1.55um Pixel BSI Sensor providing 42fps at full resolution (1080i60). More info at ImageSensorWorld.

Sony TidBits


Sony Photokina Press Conference: details of new A700 replacement

Camera Test: Sony SLT Alpha-55at Adorama: “On balance, the Sony SLT Alpha-55 is a rousing success. It’s a convenient, fascinating, fun, high-performance camera that will satisfy advanced enthusiasts as well as beginners, and maybe even a few pros. It delivers an incredible number of useful features, its high speed and HD video capabilities are exceptional, and it represents a great value for around $850 with 18-55mm lens. The fact that it literally teaches you what all those buttons and settings do is icing on the cake, and should be a great motivation for legions of picture takers stepping up to their first serious camera.

Sony MRW-F3 Memory Card Reader (Photographyblog).

Sony A55 vs Canon 600D vs Nikon D700 ISO comparison at Focus Numerique. Get the A55 at [shopcountry 3617]

Sony Cyber-shot WX5 Review (Trustedreviews).

Sony World Photography Awards 2011 Announces Student Focus Shortlist (Photoxels).

NEX5 Six Weeks Later (Seriouscompacts).

Sony A900, A700 and A580 ISO comparisons (Kurtmunger).

Control the NEX with your iPhone!

Dpreview forum user “Bikr” built an Apple iPhone application to control the NEX cameras!

The App sends the [shoplink 3003]Sony NEX-5[/shoplink] an IR signal through a transmitter connected to the iPhone. Two shutter release signals can be sent, immediate release and with a 2 second delay. The Sony NEX-5 remote below has the same capability. The Sony NEX-5 iPhone Remote Shutter App should also be able to control other Sony Alpha cameras with IR receivers. The NexRemote App will be in the iPhone App Store soon.
I have tons of features in the works including programming bulb timers , increasing the 2 second delay with a timer delay before firing the shutters etc.. Lots of stuff in the works!!
Android = I’ll work on it!!
intervalometer = It’ll be in next version I promise!!
Ipod Touch = 99% sure.

Links:
Opteka RC-3 Wireless Remote Controllers for Sony at Amazon (Click here)

Sony has 15% of the DSLR market but wants more!

Mr.Imamura from Sony :) (via: hx9v)

In an interview give at Bloomberg Masashi Imamura (president of the Personal Imaging & Sound Business Group at Sony Corp) said that “We’re currently discussing our next target, and that will certainly be higher than 15 percent“. In 2009 Sony had 11% share of the interchangeable lens market. In March 2011 Sony reached the 15% target. But Mr. Imamura is confident that with the introduction of the new model Sony will get closer to Canon and Nikon.

Reminder: According to our sources Sony will announce two NEX cameras (NEX-C3 and NEX-C5) and one Alpha (A77 with 24 Megapixels) within 2011. But there will be also many new lenses ad new camcorders with NEX and Alpha mount.

NEX+500mm prototype makes you feel a hero. (+ A850 discotinued in Austria?)

The video above shows the new 500mm f/4 lens on a NEX camera! You have to go to minute 13:00 to see it. A little bit before (minute 11:35) you can see the new A77 prototype.

One more news: A dealer from Austria reported that Sony told him the [shoplink 3028]Sony A850[/shoplink] will be discontinued. We already heard similar rumors during the past months but I have no more info from my sources. Source: Sonyuserforum.de