October 25, 2010
Posted in reviews

Sony A33 preview at Cameralabs and review at Fotopolis


Cameralabs tested the new Sony A33 camera:”for now can assure you the movie experience is the closest we’ve found to a consumer camcorder yet“. The final review will be posted soon but you can already see some interetsing tests.

Meanwhile Fotopolis posted a complete A33 review. Those are the pros and cons:
+ Pivotally mounted LCD
+ AVCHD 1080i HD movie with a fast AF
+ 7 shooting fps
+ Interesting exposure modes, including 3D panoramas and HDR
+ Image stabilization inside the body
+ Low noise for high ISO
+ Excellent reproduction of detail
+ Natural color reproduction
+ Quite good ergonomics
+ SDXC + card support, and MS Pro Duo

– Semi-transparent mirror, limits the access of light to the sensor
– At the expense of optical electronic viewfinder
– Body made of average quality plastics
– Cannot record movies in Single AF mode
– Relatively high price

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October 22, 2010
Posted in news

Four new Adobe Cam­era Raw Lens Pro­files available for download


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 (eBay, Amazon)

Minolta 85mm F1.4 G (eBay)

Minolta 17-35mm F2.8-4 (eBay, Amazon

Sony 35mm F1.4 G (eBay, Amazon)

October 22, 2010
Posted in news

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.

October 21, 2010
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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 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.


Via BCNranking

October 21, 2010
Posted in news

Finallay! NEX firmware update for US


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.

October 21, 2010
Posted in news

New Lensbaby for NEX-mount


As you might know Lensbaby announced a new Tilt-shift lens. You can preorder it now at Amazon (Click here).

October 20, 2010
Posted in reviews

Sony Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM review(Dpreview)


Dpreview just posted the new Sony/Zeiss Distagon 24mm f/2.0 review: http://dpreview.com/lensreviews/sony_24_2_m15/.

The conlcusion? No surprise here. The Distagon delivers a superb image quality with fast silent and accurate autofocus. The only minor issue is the flare under direct sunlight.

You can preorder or order the lens at (Click on store name to visit the product page):
US: Amazon, Adorama, BHphoto and eBay.
EUROPE: Amazon Deutschland, Amazon UK, Amazon France and eBay.


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