August 4, 2010
Posted in reviews

Leica, Minolta and Canon M-mount lenses tested on the Sony NEX!

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As we told you weeks ago Voigtländer just announced the new M-mount and the new FD-mount to NEX adapter. Those adapter are already available on eBay (Click here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availabilityClick here to check out price and availability).

DC.watch tested a wide range of M and FD mount lenses. Click here to read their article and to look at the full size samples!

The lens tested are the following (Click on the lens name to check specs and price on eBay):

Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8Leica Elmarit-M 28mm f/2.8

Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8Minolta M-Rokkor 28mm f/2.8

Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 35mm f/2.0

Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95Canon 50mm f/0.95

Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0Leica Summicron-M 50mm f/2.0

Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0Leica Summicron-M 5cm f2.0

Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4Leica Elmar-M 90mm f/4

Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5Wollensak 127mm f/4.5

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August 4, 2010
Posted in news

UPDATED: Alpha lens poll analysis!

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10 days ago we launched the Alpha lens poll (the E-mount lens poll will start soon). We had 2681 unique voters (every IP-address has one vote only). Everyone had to choose a maximum of 5 lenses and we had a toal of 11,387 votes.
I have no contact to Sony so I hope Sony is reading our website to evaluate the results :)

So what are the conclusion we can take form the results?
1) To my surprise the most requested lens is the 70-200mm Zeiss. If we sum bot lenses (with 2.8 and the 4.0 aperture) we have a total of 1017 votes (not single voters). 38% of you wanted that lens!
2) The second most requested lens is the 24-105mm f/4 (Zeiss or G). If we sum that with the 24–120mm f/2.8 (probably the 2.8 is an impossible aperture for such a wide zoom range) we have a total of 839 votes (31%)
3) The most requested prime lens is the 35mm f/1.8 (for a low-cost alternative to the G). Combine that with the High-Quality 35mm f/1.4 (Zeiss) 788 votes of people looking for a 35mm (29%)
4) The 50mm f/1.0 SSM (Zeiss) has been voted 402 times (15%). If you combine that with other fast lenses (f/1.2 and f/1.4 and f/1.8) we have a total of 746votes (27%)
5) Both 85mm lenses (1.8 and 1.2) are very requested lenses with a total of 685 votes (25%)

In short, many of you are willing to pay a lot of money for High-Quality lenses like the 70-200mm, 24-105mm and three classic fast ZEISS primes like the 35mm, 50mm and 85mm lens.

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UPDATE:
I know some of you think that many lenses were redundant. I am not a POLL expert but when I studied Psychology one of the secret to have reliable polls was to repeat the same question in different forms to be sure the person answer is correct. That’s why I have choosen to give similar options. That prooves that the 70-200mm and the 24-105/120mm lenses are really wanted by our readers!
Also the unrealistic options do have a sense to see where people “tends” to vote. Of course there wll be never a 24-120mm f/2.8 lens but the fact that this lens has been voted prooves that wider zoom range lenses with very fast aperture are something that gets attention by the mass.
P.S.: Olympus made the 35-100mm f/2.0 Lens!…so fast zoom lenses are not impossible to make!
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August 4, 2010
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Sony G 200mm f/2.0 lens and Zeiss 28mm f/1.4 in 2011

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Picture above: The current Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 for Canon-Nikon-Pentax.

Good morning!
It’s nice to wake up with good rumors in the mailbox ;)

According to an anonymous source Zeiss will release a new 28mm f/1.4 lens and the Sony G 200mm f/2.0 lens by 2011. One of our trusted sources confirmed the existence of the 200mm lens (and he will give me more news about the Zeiss soon). Sony could show that lenses at Photokina and give us more details about the official release period. Of course we all hope they will release it by early 2011 :)

Zeiss currently produces the Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on Amazon)Zeiss Ikon Wide Angle 28mm f/2.0 (Click here to see that lens on eBay) for Canon-Nikon-Pentax mount. Imagine that lens with f/1.4 aperture and autofocus!

P.S.: Thanks anonymous sender -> hope to hear more from you in the future ;)

For our sources: Use the right contact form (Click on “SHARE” to anonymously send us rumors and images). It doesn’t store you IP-address and you can avoid to give me your name and email. Try to use some kind of fake name so that I can recognize you in future. You can also contact me at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com

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August 3, 2010
Posted in rumors

New patent discloses a honeycomb image sensor

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The new form of the photodiodes should improve the sensor performance. With that design less transistors are needed and as a consequence you can have more megapixels. We don’t know if it really works and if we will ever see such a sensor in a real camera!

* Patent Publication No. 2010-161200
* published 2010/07/22. Filled 2009/01/08
* Distance of the pixel is equal with all courses in the case of a honeycomb
* Less number of transistors used
* Low cost
* It can increase the number of the pixels
* Good sensitivity
* It assumes seven pixels one unit

Source: Egami.jp
Via: Photorumors

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August 3, 2010
Posted in deals

Sony NEX 18-200mm preorder in european amazon stores

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The new Sony 18-200mm lens is available for preorder at amazon eurpe stores. The lens alone but also the NEX+lens combo is available for preorder! Click on store name to visit the product page:
Amazon Deutschland
Amazon UK
Amazon France

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August 2, 2010
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits

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Summertime in Wu Kai Sha

Sony NEX-5 review (Fotopolis / google english translation)

Nex5 vs Nex3 (Ganref / google english translation)

Sony 135mm F/2.8 [T4.5] STF review (Kurtmunger)

Fun with the Sony NEX-5 and E 16 f/2.8 wide angle lens (Steve Huff)

New Zeiss 24mm f/2.0 image samples on ZOL (first test with the A700 and the second with the A850)

If Size Really Matters, What’s the Meaning of Micro-4/3 Now? (RiceHigh)

Sony Nex-3 with Nikon lenses (Motimotion.at)

Fitting a Vectis 80-240mm to the NEX (Photoclubalpha)

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August 2, 2010
Posted in news

Apple posts Digital Camera Raw Compatibility 3.3 update (A390 and NEX cameras now supported)

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Good news for the Steve Jobs fellowship. The new Camera RAW now supports the Sony Alpha DSLR-A390, Sony Alpha NEX-3, and Sony Alpha NEX-5.

Source and download: Apple support
Found via: Macworld (Thanks C.W.!)

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