Four new Adobe Cam­era Raw Lens Pro­files available for download

[shoplink 4443][/shoplink] Our friend Florian Knorn created four new Adobe Cam­era Raw Lens Pro­files. You can download them for free (donations for Florian are welcome!): http://www.florian-knorn.com/tag/profiles.

Those are the supported lenses (Click on store name to specs and price of that lenses)

Peleng 8mm F3.5 Fisheye ([shoplink 4441]eBay[/shoplink], Amazon)

Minolta 85mm F1.4 G ([shoplink 4440]eBay[/shoplink])

Minolta 17-35mm F2.8-4 ([shoplink 4442]eBay[/shoplink], Amazon

Sony 35mm F1.4 G ([shoplink 4443]eBay[/shoplink], Amazon)

Sony TidBits

Sony NEX Leica 28mm Elmarit-R via Tilt Adapter (SonyAlphaNex)

Underwater Model shots with NEX-5 and Nikonos 15mm u/w lens (Dpreview forum)

New Sony Cyber-Shot Phone Packs 16 Megapixel Punch (Petapixel)

Sony 18-200 mm f/3.5-6.3 tested at Focus Numerique.

Sony A33 reviewed at Amateur Photographer: “While the image quality may be better from the Canon EOS 550D, for those who want to photograph moving subjects, such as sports or wildlife, the Alpha 33 is an excellent camera. In fact, it can’t be bettered for its price.”

Image samples of the new Sony 85mm f/2.8 lens have been posted at C-TEC and SonyDSLR.

Most sold system cameras in Japan: Three Sony cameras into the top 10!

Great news for Sony. The new A55 and the two NEX cameras made it into the Japanese top10 of the most sold system cameras in September! Source: BCNranking.
Speaking of manufactures shares. In May Sony had 6.1% of the Japanese sales share. After the NEX camera release Sony jumped up to 19.4%. And in September with the release of the SLT cameras the share further increased to 21.2%. Now they are pretty close to Nikon that is holding the second place (behind Canon) with 24.4%.
I would be damn curious to know how it is going in Europe and US. Sadly those kind of reliable and detailed rankings are available in Japan only.

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Order the new Sony A55 at: Amazon, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon FR, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

Order the Sony NEX cameras at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

Finallay! NEX firmware update for US

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Download page: http://esupport.sony.com/US/perl/swu-download.pl?upd_id=6191&mdl=NEX5KB

Improvements over version 02:

  • Adds “Soft key Settings” to the “Setup” menu to allow customization of the soft keys
  • Adds the “Menu start” function
  • Adds two more settings to the “MF Assist” function
  • Improves menu item selection using the Control Wheel
  • Changes the aperture setting function so the setting is maintained when using “Background Defocus Control” or “Aperture Priority” movie recording modes
  • Adds support for auto focus with A-mount lenses (see Supported A-mount Lenses below)
    Note: This feature also requires a firmware update for the LA-EA1 Mount Adapter (Mount Adapter sold separately).
  • Adds a function to enlarge the image when “Release w/o Lens” is set to “Enable”

Order the Sony NEX cameras at: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon DE, Amazon UK, Amazon France, Pixmania DE, Pixmania BE, Pixmania AT, Pixmania UK, Pixmania NL, Pixmania PL, Pixmania IT.

Sony Amazon rankings (Sony NEX and A55 doing pretty well!)

Amazon just did a small “revolution” for their Bestseller rankings. They added a new category for digital cameras: “Compact System Cameras”. Let’s take a look on it. Sony NEX cameras are selling extremely well in Germany and UK (where they are on the very top). They are not doing really well in US but at least much better than Samsung cameras.
Check out the current rankings for yourself:
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here). Amazon makes a big mistake here and calls the section “Micro Four Thirds Digital Cameras“!
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon UK (Click here)
– Mirrorless camera ranking at Amazon France (Click here)

And what about the new Sony A33 and A55 cameras? How well are sales going at Amazon?
The Sony A55 is currently climbing the rankings and made it into the top 20 in US and France. Where the camera is selling extremely well is in Germany. Here you can find the translucent camera on the very top. In UK old Sony cameras are selling much better than the new ones.

– DSLR camera ranking at Amazon US (Click here)
Amazon Deutschland (Click here)
Amazon UK (Click here)
Amazon France (Click here)

Note: Amazon Japan and Amazon Canada are mixing all type of cameras in their rankings. And you can’t find any Sony camera on top of their rankings.

Now Sony, after doing well with the NEX and SLT cameras please hurry up with the new semipro and pro camera release! Thanks :)

Sony TidBits (Interview with Zeiss)


MegaPixel.co.il: Interview with Bertram Hoilnger, Costumer Support at CARL ZEISS

NEX FDA-SV1 and 3rd Party Viewfinders (SonyAlphaNex).

Sony E 18-200mm review at Motimotion and Ascii.jp.

Sony A55 preview at Camera.itmedia.co.jp.

Sony commercializes world’s first*1 16.41 Megapixel “Exmor R™” back-illuminated CMOS image sensors for mobile phones (Dpreview).

Sony A33 Brief Hands-on Impressions (RiceHigh).

Sont A390 ISO and image samples at Neutralday.

Sony NEX-VG10 Hands-on at Ascii.jp and Pronews.

Sony A580 review at SonyAlpha.es.