SLRmagic shows a 28mm f/2.8 prototype lens for NEX



Some of us are not completely happy with the Sony NEX roadmap because of the lack of compact primes. So we have to rely on this kind of products coming from third party lens makers. SLRmagic showed a new E.mount lens prototype which will be on market by June. You can see a size comparison with some of the current NEX lenses:

Don’t know the price and image quality it can deliver. I would not expect to much from it!

P.S.: [shoplink 3514]Click here to see the current SLRmagic 35mm f/1.7 lens for NEX on eBay (You can get it here only)[/shoplink].


Patents roundup (Sony liquid lens, Sigma NEX lens)


Looks funny but could be the future: Sony liquid lens technology.

The japanese blog Egami posted the latest Sony patents:

1) Sony liquid lens patent (Click here).
This is not the first Sony patent we found that describes the liquid lens technology. With such technology you can change the curvature of the lens by changing the voltage of the liquid. The advantages are:
-non-movement glasses for zoom or AF
-less glasses inside the lens
-faster electrical response
-non-motor on the glass
-silence AF mode

2) Sigma filed a patent in Japan (2011-059293) for what appears to be a 18-48mm lens for NEX cameras (via Photorumors). I really hope Sigma will make fast primes instead of this one :(


(SR5) Pink NEX-C3 and size comparison


That’s probably the rumor of the year!!! The Sony NEX-C3 will be produced not only in boring Silver and boring black but also in…drumming….excitement…PINK!!!! I guess the main audience for that color will be ladies or young girls. I am bit surprised to see that there is no white or red option. As long as I know only two camera makers made a pink camera. Pentax and Panasonic. And I heard from my sources that the pink cameras are quite popular in Japan. Those are the cameras in pink:

Pink [shoplink 6929 ebay]Pentax Kr on eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].
Pink [shoplink 6930 ebay]Panasonic GF2 on eBay (Click here)[/shoplink].

And here is the image of the NEX-C3 in pink. Awesome or not? :)


(SR3) New Sony product codes (A77 release closer?)


One of our new sources just sent us the codes of some of the upcoming new Sony products. Those are products that will be in Stock within the next couple of months:

HVL-F20S: That should be the new NEX flash UPDATE: Price 139 Euro at
HVL-F40AM: A new Falsh for Alpha cameras
SAL-70300: That is the rumored new Sony 70-300mm f/4-5.6 SAM lens.
SAL-1024: That should be a new 10-24mm lens.

But the most intriguing code is the last one:
VG-C77AM: This is the vertical Grip for the A77! Certainly a sign that the A77 is coming. And as we already told you it should arrive in July. I hope the source can soon send me the code for both the new A77 and the NEX-7 :)



Crazy: Minolta/Sony Alpha AF Bellows by Novoflex!

[shoplink 6909 ebay][/shoplink] I don’t know how many of you knew that Novoflex made a dual track rack and pinion AF bellows for Sony/Minolta camera and lenses! I found one of those for sale on [shoplink 6909 ebay]eBay (Click here)[/shoplink]. It has all the electrical contacts for the automation of the camera/lens/bellows system. The description says: “It’s a great accessory for close-up, macro, stereographic, and panoramic photography. It’s also perfectly suited for slide/negative & photo copying. It excels in hand-held indoor/outdoor, nature and macro photography, due to it’s automation, compact size and light weight. Other non auto bellows are generally too bulky and heavy for hand-held use. The precise rack and pinion gear allows very minute fore and aft movement of your camera for very accurate framing focusing. It will not slip when pointed up or down. It has a very secure locking mechanism. It can accommodate heavy lenses. It is of all metal construction, steel and aluminum.

Novofles is a German company well known for their high quality adapters. But I didn’t know they make bellows too!

[shoplink 6909 ebay]Click here to see the current Novoflex bellow auction on eBay[/shoplink].


POLL: Are you missing the compact pancakes on the Sony NEX lens roadmap?



It’s a bit surprising for me to see that Sony has no plan to release compact pancakes like the current [shoplink 2998]16mm f/2.8 for NEX[/shoplink]. Do you think this is a mistake? I mean, what’s the meaning of having an ultra compact NEX-C3 if all the lenses (except the 16mm) are huge?

What lens will you buy:

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P.S.: There is still hope that Sigma and other third party lens makers can bring us some nice pancake!


(SR5) The NEX lens roadmap and 30mm macro specs (+ NEX flash)


And now we got even more info about the future 30mm NEX and the other 6 future NEX lenses.
The 30mm macro lens is designed with 7 lens elements in 6 groups. One of them is an ED lens and three of them are aspherical. Minimum focusing distance is 10cm, filter size 49mm and weight 138g.

There will be six more NEX lenses to come in 2011/2012:
A Sony portrait lens 50mm f/1.8
The 24mm f/1.7 Zeiss
The telephoto zoom lens (should be 55-200mm f/4-5.6)
A medium telephoto lens
The Sony G standard zoom
A Sony wide angle zoom.

P.S.: The NEX flash will cost around $150 and have a coverage of 24-50mm.