June 3, 2010
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New Adobe Camera Raw 6.1 now supports the Sony A450

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Adobe just announced the new Camera Raw 6.1 (click here to visit the download page)

Support for the following cameras has been added in this update. Visit the Camera Raw page for a complete list of supported cameras.

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June 2, 2010
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Sony TidBits

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Sony NEX-5 – Kojak [First film shot entirely with NEX] from Maciej Magowski on Vimeo.

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NEX-3 tested on Fotopolis (google english translation) and on a russian website (hi-tech.mail / google english translation)
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APS-C vs Fullframe (Artaphot)
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Sony NEX-5 review at Letsgodigital and Usporedi (google english translation)
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24 Hours with Sony’s NEX-3 & NEX-5 (BHphoto)
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More NEX-5 quality tests at Focus Numerique (google english translation)

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June 2, 2010
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Sony 85mm f/1.4 Carl Zeiss Planar T* review at SLRGEAR

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SLRgear just posted their Sony-Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 review. And they say the “Zeiss is one of the sharpest lenses we’ve tested“. But we already knew that or not? ;)

Read their review: http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showproduct.php/product/987/cat/82
One more review is also available at photozone.

Use those direct links to chcck the price and/or order the lens:
US -> Amazon / Adorama / Bhphoto
Europe -> AmazonUK / AmazonDE / AmazonFR
Asia -> Amazon Japan

[Thanks R.K.]

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June 1, 2010
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(SR5) Sony to announce the first two Pellix cameras at Photokina in September! The A55 and A33!

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Reminder: We are a rumors website! We are not affiliated with Sony and this are not official Sony news. Please read our disclaimer to learn what “rumor” means!

In November 2009 we told you that Sony was working on a completely new type of camera, the Pellix camera. A Pellix camera has a semitransparent and fixed mirror. Canon was once one of the leaders of the semitransparent mirror tecnology (For example with the Canon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RTCanon EOS RT) Those pellix cameras were all film cameras.

SonyAlphaRumors learned that Sony will launch two new Pellix cameras at Photokina (late September). This will be the first digital pellix cameras ever made. Both cameras will feature the new APS-C ExmorHD sensor.

Why should pellix be interesting?
1) Ken Rockwell said it few days ago: “why isn’t (video on DSLR) it good enough for me? Simple: DSLRs have no real autofocus!“. Current DSLR+video cameras like the Canon 5D MarkII or the Nikon D3s do have a very slow contrast autofocus. With the fixed semitransparent mirror from the future Sony cameras you will have a fast working phase detection autofocus not only for stills but also for video. And it will be the fastest autofocus ever made on a DSLR+video camera!
2) The mirror is fixed so there will be no moving parts. That should help you to get sharper images (like on rangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefindersrangefinders)
3) The camera will be more silent!
4) The camera can take pictures (stills!) at over 10fps!

The only minor issue of Pellix cameras is that they have to split the light in two parts. A small part of the light goes to the phase detection sensor and a bigger part to the sensor. You should loose no more than 1/3 EV. We really shouldn’t worry about that :)

It is clear that Sony wants to offer the best possible video expereince on DSLR cameras! The pellix tecnology combined with the new ExmorHD sensor will almost create the Killer DSLR+video camera. I say “almost” because there is also one more thing we still would need: Raw-video recording. But according to our sources the camea will record in AVCHD format (24/Mbit/s).

What’s the difference between the two cameras? The A55 will record in FullHD (1080 60i/50i) and the A33 in 720p. The body will be very small like current APS-C Sony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony AlphaSony Alpha cameras. The price of the Pellix cameras? Cheap! I don’t know the price but I am certain it will be cheap!

One more thing. The cameras won’t be called DSLR anymore (Should be something like DSTR T=transparent). And yes it is a “classic” AlphaMount camera.

Design of the Pellix mirror

As you may remember in February we also posted a Sony patent which shows how it works: https://sonyalpharumors.com/sr5-and-here-it-is-the-sony-half-mirror-pellix-patent/

Some technical details about the Pellix mirror have been posted at EosHD.

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Andrea

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May 31, 2010
Posted in rumors

Very important rumor to be posted soon….follow us!

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Hi!

Since months I am working to get reliable infos about a “special” Sony camera. Since November 2009 we know that Sony is working on that secret project I now “believe” to know some of the infos. In few hours I will post the rumor. As you know we have been the first to post the NEX specs on early February. Now SonyAlphaRumors will be the first to give you details about the next Sony revolutionary project ;)

I am at work now so I will only have time in few hours to write the whole post.

Stay tuned!

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May 31, 2010
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NVIDIA bringing 3D images to Sony’s Alpha NEX cameras!

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Sony’s new NEX cameras are now compatible with NVIDIA’s 3D image processing software (3D Vision Photo Viewer). Any image you shoot with a NEX can be post-processed as 3D thanks to the 3D Vision Photo Viewer.

Source: Engadget

[Thanks Futil and Eloi!]

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May 31, 2010
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(SR2) Sony to buy Pentax?

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According to CanonrumorsCanon attempted to purchase Pentax. There’s a concern within Canon about Sony’s position in the DSLR market.  They’re proving to be very committed in gaining marketshare. It was insinuated that Sony has interest in Pentax and its user base, whereas Canon doesn’t necessarily want the same thing.

I didn’t hear anything about a possible Pentax acquisition. What I am certain about is that Hoya Founder’s Grandson said that Pentax acquisition has been a “Failure”. (Bloomberg)

Maybe Sony should learn from Pentax last years product and marketing strategy. Their Pentax K-x has been more popular than any Sony APS-C camera.

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