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Sony’s BIG system future at photokina

I’m using my RX10 to report. This camera is my big Sony dilemma. It’s actually all I really need for 95% of my daily work. Well, here we are reporting from photokina 2014, the major trade fair in Cologne. I’m only here for the day and a brief stop in tomorrow morning en route to the [...] . . . → Read More: Sony’s BIG system future at photokina

Sony confirm silent mode in A7S

Today, Sony confirmed a rumour – no doubt started as a result of pre-production tester leaks – that the A7S would have a completely silent all-electronic shutter mode. This is not the same as the Electronic First Curtain shutter found on the A7, A99, A77, A6000 and so on but conspicuously absent on the A7R. [...] . . . → Read More: Sony confirm silent mode in A7S

Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

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I guess it’s time to publish another field test review of the Alpha 7R despite rarely having used the camera in anger, or in any state other than anger. It arrived in late November and caught me at a time when I was not going anywhere or doing anything, nothing was happening and the weather [...] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 7R – the Swiss Army Knife camera

Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

This is a pretty awful case of vignetting and distortion – as you would expect. It’s from an APS-C format wide angle zoom, the 10-18mm f/4 SEL OSS lens for NEX, used on the Alpha 7R full frame mirrorless body. Early in the launch period of this camera, various far more attractive images appeared on-line [...] . . . → Read More: Using the 10-18mm OSS zoom on full frame

Nikon’s DF finally recaptures the spirit of Dynax 7D

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Sony said, as they took over the Konica Minolta camera division in 2006, that the day of mechanical controls and switches was gone. Economies of production and efficiencies of design meant that from now on, cameras would be controlled by buttons and menus. Anyone who remembers the original Alphas, the 7000 and 5000 from the [...] . . . → Read More: Nikon’s DF finally recaptures the spirit of Dynax 7D

Sony A7 merges NEX and RX lines, RX10 revives classics

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Although some of my information back in September was off-mark (writes David Kilpatrick), the post which I put up here was definitely right about the new A7 or rumoured ‘full frame NEX’ being based on the RX body design. I gather it was not the Alpha division, or the NEX division, which handed the prototype [...] . . . → Read More: Sony A7 merges NEX and RX lines, RX10 revives classics

Sony Alpha 3000 review by David Kilpatrick

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There’s not much really, in a different of just three tenths of an inch. There’s even less when the inch isn’t a proper inch, but the sort of inch used to express the size of sensors or display chips. Except, that is, when the difference is between 0.5 inch and 0.2 inch and you’re comparing [...] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 3000 review by David Kilpatrick

RX1 ‘NEX’ coming in October – 2 interchangeable lenses

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Reporting from Perpignan, one of our good friends in the biz was enjoying the usual wine and sunshine with photojournalists from a French agency (or two). Turns out that right now there’s an RX1 with interchangeable lenses, just what we asked for when the camera was first seen at photokina, roaming the night-time streets of [...] . . . → Read More: RX1 ‘NEX’ coming in October – 2 interchangeable lenses

Sony updates RX1 and RX100, adds new flash

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In a move which will not delight many owners of the 2012-released RX1 and RX100 cameras, Sony has chosen to update both of them in fairly subtle ways which improve performance without changing the basic lens specifications at the heart of each camera. The makeover to produce the RX100 II is more thorough, and includes [...] . . . → Read More: Sony updates RX1 and RX100, adds new flash

20/20 vision – Sony Alpha 58 review

In the last year two cameras have been through my hands and impressed more than any others with the quality of their sensors. Those cameras were as different as they could be – the full frame Canon EOS 6D, and the pocketable Sony Cyber-shot DSC RX100. They have one thing in common, 20 megapixel sensors. Of [...] . . . → Read More: 20/20 vision – Sony Alpha 58 review