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Lensmate custom kit for RX100

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Lensmate produce an ultra lightweight filter adapter for the Sony Cyber-shot RX100, as well as selling some related accessories. We ordered from them a filter adapter kit including the 49mm threaded filter ring ($32.95) and to this order added Richard Franiec’s beautiful CNC machined aluminium custom body grip ($34.95) and a JJC Polycarbonate screen protector [...] . . . → Read More: Lensmate custom kit for RX100

An amazing bag bargain

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We thought that these bags at a low price would disappear, so since buying some last month, I’ve told a few friends but not publicised it. A Facebook posting or so. What is the bag and why is it so good? It’s a Manfrotto Stile Unica VII, the largest size made in these Chinese-fabbed courier or messenger [...] . . . → Read More: An amazing bag bargain

Sigma’s system revolution

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Sigma Imaging, already one of our favourite lens makers, has announced upgrades and new functions for their entire system which will transform the way it works with all the major camera systems. The new DC 17-70mm f/2.8-4 – DC (APS-C format) lenses have never been given the EX designation, even when they clearly matched the EX [...] . . . → Read More: Sigma’s system revolution

Hood-cap for NEX with 16mm

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At photokina 2012, the Taiwanese company Hoocap (www.hoocap.com) showed a neat device for many different lenses and cameras, still in development for a wider range. It’s a combined lens-hood and lens-cap, which can be pushed or pulled to seal off or use your lens. They have models for lenses such as the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 [...] . . . → Read More: Hood-cap for NEX with 16mm

Gary Friedman publishes NEX-7 ‘beyond the guide’ book

As Gary says, his e-books do not replace the camera manual and also don’t replace Camera Controls 101 – he writes for the user who already knows which end of the lens fits a screw filter and which end goes on the camera body. His new NEX-7 book fast-tracks into many key features of the [...] . . . → Read More: Gary Friedman publishes NEX-7 ‘beyond the guide’ book

Amazon – possible SanDisk UHS-1 card bargain

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Yesterday we received two SanDisk 30MB/s 16GB SDHC cards from Amazon UK – £15.99 each, a couple of pounds more than regular Class 10 cards like the Transcends we normally use on all current Alpha and NEX models. You must have faster than 15MB/s for cameras such as the A55, A580 or NEX-5n not because [...] . . . → Read More: Amazon – possible SanDisk UHS-1 card bargain

Creep no more! The LensBand.

Though their website shows a very different way of using this theme park wristband repurposed – the LensBand anti zoom creep device – it just happens to fit many Sony zooms perfectly without stretching it into position to lock barrel to collar. By fitting the LensBand exactly over the joint between the zoom ring and static [...] . . . → Read More: Creep no more! The LensBand.

Tamron 18-200mm VC for NEX

Tamron’s has announced a high-power zoom for Sony’s NEX-series – the 18-200mm F/3.5-6.3 Di III VC (Model B011). The image-stabilised lens has exactly the same nominal specifications as Sony’s own zoom. The angle of view is 27-300mm when converted to 35mm format. It weighs 460g, uses 62mm filters, and has VC (Vibration Compensation). The metallic lens barrel exterior is [...] . . . → Read More: Tamron 18-200mm VC for NEX

Tamron 18-270mm – a hero, but no VC…

After using Sigma’s 18-250mm optically stabilised zoom on Alpha bodies for a year and more, the first thing which strikes about the Tamron 18-270mm for Sony mount is the lack of the VC (Vibration Control) stabiliser found on the same lens made for Canon or Nikon. Tamron’s lenses come without a case, but with a custom [...] . . . → Read More: Tamron 18-270mm – a hero, but no VC…

Replacing NEX LCD cover glass

The Sony NEX-5 and NEX-3 both use the same plastic-framed, metal stamping mounted rear 3 inch 16:9 LCD display for composition, menus and image review. The original LCD has a multilayer structure claimed by Sony to reduce reflections, increase contrast and resist scratches. But in use, these rear screens have shown a tendency for the [...] . . . → Read More: Replacing NEX LCD cover glass