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Sony Photokina Press conference video – in full

We filmed the entire Sony press conference at photokina. It is split into three sections about 7 minutes each. During filming using the NEX-5, the camera at one point started to show an overheat warning. At this point I should have moved the articulated screen away from the camera body, but did not want to . . . → Read More: Sony Photokina Press conference video – in full

NEX firmware update details in full

Please see this page for details of NEX full-frame compatibility: //www.photoclubalpha.com/2012/08/19/should-nex-go-full-frame/. Further information updated August 19th 2012: Paul Genge left Sony UK on Friday August 18th 2012, after many years with Minolta, Konica Minolta and Sony in turn. He is setting up his own website company.

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At photokina 2010, Paul Genge of Sony UK . . . → Read More: NEX firmware update details in full

Sony affirms NEX future – and SLT path for Alpha

Sony today announced upgrades and a road map which will keep NEX E-system adopters more than happy – especially those who have added NEX to their Alpha outfit. Diehard Alpha purists will be less delighted.

At the photokina press conference, a two-year rollout of additional NEX lenses was announced including a fast Carl Zeiss wide-angle, . . . → Read More: Sony affirms NEX future – and SLT path for Alpha

Battle lines drawn at photokina

Samsung and Sony are set for a battle royal over the next couple of years. At photokina, Samsung’s Monday 20th press conference made great store of ‘all our own work’ – that everything in the NX100 was sourced within Samsung. From the floor, a question far cheekier than I would have dared ask – ‘Are . . . → Read More: Battle lines drawn at photokina

Worldwide demand delays Alpha 560 launch

According to Don Long writing for the Photo Marketing Association Newsline, Sony San Diego claims that the reason for the delay in the Alpha 560 rollout is worldwide demand, stretching the capacity of the Sony factories to the limit.

See:

PMA Story

Remember, right at the start when Sony took over from Konica Minolta, Photoworld . . . → Read More: Worldwide demand delays Alpha 560 launch

NEX-5 live sound

I’ve been using the NEX-5 with accessory mic – and sometimes, by forgetting to bring it, without. Today we had the Ripon City Morris side in town, and I was taking still shots using the Nikon D3X with the new Nikkor 85mm f/1.4 AF-S G lens. The NEX was grabbed as an afterthought for video.

. . . → Read More: NEX-5 live sound

Sigma lens incompatibility with A33 and A55

Edited from Sigma Japan’s announcement:

Sigma’s lenses for Sony mount may have a potential aperture operation problem when used with the Sony α33 and α55 Interchangeable Lens digital cameras.

To overcome this issue, we will be offering, free of charge, a modification service to our customers who have purchased a Sony α33 and α55 and . . . → Read More: Sigma lens incompatibility with A33 and A55

NEX-5 with ECM-SST1 mic

Some parts of this were very close to large PA system speakers; others were close to dangerous loud instruments of war, notable Border fiddle and Scottish bagpipes from the Coldstream town pipe band (not the same as the Guards, this is the locals not their namesakes!).

Hand-held, mic set to 90 degree coverage not . . . → Read More: NEX-5 with ECM-SST1 mic