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Free software and a cut-price lens

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You have until November 3rd to grab a free download of a truly excellent utility for Mac OSX, created by DxO Optics Pro software team – DxO Perspective. It normally costs $19.95 (or local equivalent) as an Apple App store download, but they have made it free for a few days. It’s a fully working, [...] . . . → Read More: Free software and a cut-price lens

Sigma launch mount switching service

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SIGMA is going to start a new “Mount Conversion Service” which will enable Sigma to convert the mount of customers’ Sigma Art, Sports and Contemporary lenses from one camera fitting to another. The ranges convertible include the new Sports models such as the 120-300mm f/2.8 “We believe that a lens is not only such a key device [...] . . . → Read More: Sigma launch mount switching service

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

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

Photokina new matte box, 55-300mm

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Made by Sony according to girl on photokina stand after asking bloke. But closer examination matte box/rig says Genius as the maker so pretty sure it’s third party. Similar shown on other cameras. 55-300mm SAM DT. We were allowed to take test shots briefly with the Alpha 99 and 28-75mm SAM lens. The camera is just a [...] . . . → Read More: Photokina new matte box, 55-300mm

A divided path for Sony

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Most Japanese camera companies have divisions, groups, and teams right down to the very last individual product. Even a single lens design may have its own small team, from R&D and design down to final assembly. What we are seeing happen in Sony right now is the result of complex competition and collaboration between several [...] . . . → Read More: A divided path for Sony

Sony Alpha 99 full press release

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Sony introduces full-frame α99   A-mount flagship 35mm full-frame camera debuts Dual AF System and pro-style video features Flagship camera with Translucent Mirror Technology and newly developed 24.3 effective megapixel full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor World’s first full-frame camera1 with Dual AF System with 19 sensors (including 11 cross sensors) + 102 AF point system (focal plane) and a new [...] . . . → Read More: Sony Alpha 99 full press release

NEX-VG900E full frame HD video – full info

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Sony introduces first 35mm full-frame Handycam®   NEX-VG900E interchangeable lens Full HD camcorder   24.3 effective megapixel Exmor full-frame CMOS sensor Compatible with full-frame A-mount lenses via supplied adaptor (also compatible with growing range of E-mount lenses) Full HD 50p/25p/24p progressive movie recording Extensive manual controls and ‘seesaw’ zoom lever Quad Capsule Spatial Array Microphone for high-quality stereo and 5.1ch sound High contrast XGA [...] . . . → Read More: NEX-VG900E full frame HD video – full info

Sigma ultrawide zooms – old and new 12-24s versus 8-16mm

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For almost a decade the Sigma 12-24mm full frame ultra wide angle zoom has been unrivalled by any other makers – not Nikon, not Canon, not Tamron, not Tokina, not Sony. No maker has ventured where Sigma went, to the extremes of over 120° coverage combined with well corrected straight line geometry. Today, the original 12-24mm [...] . . . → Read More: Sigma ultrawide zooms – old and new 12-24s versus 8-16mm

What the buyer wants – NEX-F3, Alpha 37 and more

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SONY is sometimes accused of not listening to the Alpha or NEX owner when it comes to what features they include in new cameras, and what modifications they offer through firmware to existing owners. There are two points of view on firmware; some criticise updates, saying the product should have been released with the right [...] . . . → Read More: What the buyer wants – NEX-F3, Alpha 37 and more