April 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

Conurus is developing an EOS to NEX electronic adapter?

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Conurus left a very interesting message on the Cameralbas forum: “We are developing an electronic adapter which interfaces a Canon EF lens to a Sony NEX body. You just set the aperture on the Sony NEX body and shoot (or let the camera decide in Program or Shutter Priority modes). We have already built a successful prototype and is in the process of putting this in production. For more information, look for “conurus” on Twitter, Youtube or Google.

The website of the compnay is: http://en.conurus.com/faq.html

P.S.: See the list of all current EOS to NEX manual adpaters on eBay (Click here).

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Thanks A.


April 28, 2011
Posted in reviews

Philip Bloom tests the NEX-FS100 and F3

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Low light test: FS100 F3 AF101 5DmkII from Philip Bloom

The well know filmmaker Philip Bloom just posted a bunch of new interesting videos made the two new Sony video cameras and the Panasonic AG-AF100 and Canon 5D markII. The Sony F3 is a PL mount camera and the Sony NEX-FS100 has an E-mount. Read the full preview and see all the videos on Philip’s website (Click here). It’s still to early to draw any final conclusion but it looks like the Sony cameras do deliver the best results! I for myself are strongly considering to buy the NEX-FS100. Want to carry it with me for my next trip in Ecuador in September. Let’s hope the camera release will be not delayed and be in Stock in July (Source: B&H).

Links to the other mentioned cameras:
– Panasonic AG-AF100
– Canon 5D markII

P.S.: Had a very tuff day at work and I just saw that I did recieve many emails form readers. Will try to answer you all within the shortest time possible!

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April 28, 2011
Posted in rumors

Sony is preparing the NEX-C3 launch (website leak)

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Image on top: Screenshot taken from Sony Germany

Many readers already noticed that Sony is preparing a new NEX-C3 page on their website.  See for example that page on Sony Germany or Sony UK. What I don’t know yet is when Sony will launch the new cameras. I was told that Sony has a planed press release on end of May (for the new NEX lenses). Maybe they are going to announce the cameras too or maybe not. Let’s see.

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April 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Updated: Firmware update document for NEX leaked!

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“SilentMike” (a member of the German SystemKameraForum) seems to have found a document (on Sony’s websites???) that describes the new NEX firmware upgrade features. It will bring new art filters like (pop-art, toy-effect, retro-style,red-only filter, High-Key and more). And there is also a new feature that enhances the outline of in-focus ranges with a specific color.
UPDATE: This is the english version of the manual (http://pdf.crse.com/manuals/AE1T100111.pdf)

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Thanks Kizu

April 27, 2011
Posted in rumors

A Sony rumors roundup.

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As you know SonyAlphaRumors has been the first website to talk you about the future Sony NEX-C3 and A35 cameras. But the April 4th announcement has been delayed and someone started to believe that those cameras do not exist at all and that I might got wrong info from my sources. Good to know that they were right as we all finally saw the leaked images of the cameras…It took a load off my mind!

Now it’s time for a new rumors recap. I do this because I noticed that many readers do not read the blog daily and it’s easy to miss some important article. Those are our last seven rumors (latest rumor on top):

1) We heard form a new source that Cosina-Voigtländer working on a ultra fast lens for the NEX-system (Click here to read the article). The poll shows how two thirds of our readers would love to get their own hands on that lens even if it is a manual focusing lens only.
2) The first pictures of the new external flash (Click here to read the article).
3)The first pictures of the 16 Megapixel Sony NEX-C3 (Click here to read the article). 72% of our readers do like the new compact and more rugged/professional design of the C3. P.S.: I also found it nicer than the current NEX-3/5!
4) The first pictures of the Sony A35 translucent camera (Click here to read the article).
5) The Sony A77 and NEX-7 will be announced in July but due the recent production problems in Japanese quantities will be limited at first (Click here to read the article).
6) We also posted a NEX-7, A77 and lens rumors and specs summary (Click here to read the article). 55% of our readers are waiting for the A77. Time for Sony to satisfy them ;)
7) NEX-7 for $1,300 and superb build quality (Click here to read the article).

 

If you want to send a rumor: You can use the contact form on the right sidebar without sending me your name or email address. Would be nice if you could use some kind of fake name so that I can recognize you in future. It will be easier and faster for me to post the rumor you send me if I know you are a trusted source who gave me correct rumors in the past. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com (create a fake gmail account to contact me). I usually try to double check the rumor with other sources so please be patient.

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April 27, 2011
Posted in news

DSLR with video has no future. The future are videocameras with larger sensors (says Thom Hogan)

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Let’s start with a short editor’s note: On April 21 we reported about a new Sony CMOS sensor with amazing 120 fps at a full 12 Bit resolution (source DC.watch.Impress). I still noticed that many readers didn’t understand that this is a sensor for videocameras (and not for Alpha cameras). Thom Hogan explains why this is so: “It’s 24.3×12.8mm in size, which makes it slightly wider than APS-C but substantially shorter. The 2160 vertical pixels are exactly double what’s needed for 1080P (the horizontal component is almost exactly 4x). It looks like a straight-out video sensor to me. That’s confirmed by the other details: 60 fps 14-bit output, 120 fps max speed, and the first target: NHK’s Super Hi-Vision format.

But the real interesting part of Thom Hogans article is the following one:
To what end? Well, DSLR-enabled video is pretty compromised and about to be eclipsed by prosumer and pro video equipment, much as I predicted some time ago. Both Sony and Panasonic now have large sensor video products, with more coming. Those products blow away the capabilities within DSLRs for one simple reason: the sensor is optimized for video use. In order to get 1920×1080 (1080P) or 1280×720 (720P) out of our DSLR sensors, the cameras do two things: they line skip and they sub-sample within a line. The results are rolling shutters, artifacts, and less than optimal color information. Those dedicated large-sensor video cameras fix all those things. The output from the new Sony NEX-FS100E is noticeably better than any video-enabled DSLR I’ve seen to date. If I’m serious about video production, why would I compromise by using a DSLR? Plus the FS100E is configured to be a video camera from the get-go.

What do you think?

Reminder: The Sony NEX-FS100U will be in Stock in July (Source: B&H).

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April 26, 2011
Posted in deals

A 50mm f/2.0 Tilt Shift lens from Ukraine

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Sony NEX owners that are looking for a tilt lenses usually do consider to buy the Lensbaby composer which costs $344. But one of our readers (thanks Matt!) found an interesting and much cheaper lens on eBay. The lens pictures on top is the multicoated Tilt Zenitar 50mm brand new lens, manufactured in 2011 in Russia and modified with tilt mechanism in Ukraine. It has the same design as the famous Hartblei lenses. It can tilt at plus/minus from 0 up to 8 degrees.

If you want to read more about the lens and the price an american reseller has them in Stock on eBay (Click here).

UPDATE: Another reader sent me a link to the Kipon Tilt adapter for NEX on eBay (Click here).

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