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Alpha 3000 has NEX mount, 20 megapixel, APS-C

The long-rumoured Alpha 3000 was announced earlier in August but placed under a n embargo until August 27th. At the same time, the Press was given an insight into new smartphone related products (also widely rumoured) but again, not allowed to print anything officially. The A3000 is a DSLR-like body with an electronic 1.44MP viewfinder in […] . . . → Read More: Alpha 3000 has NEX mount, 20 megapixel, APS-C

Sigma launch mount switching service

17-70mm-f2.8-4

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

Sony updates RX1 and RX100, adds new flash

rx100-vII

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

Friedman’s Alpha 99 e-book released

Well, we knew it would take some time – Gary Friedman has been working on his Alpha 99 e-book since the camera was pre-released to the press, and six months later, he’s got a huge volume as a result. “This is my largest and most comprehensive work to date – 625 pages!”, Gary says. It is available […] . . . → Read More: Friedman’s Alpha 99 e-book released

New Lightroom and ACR release candidates

Beta (release candidate) versions of new Lightroom and Adobe Camera Raw can be downloaded free now from Adobe Labs. You won’t get these updates using the normal search for updates in Adobe apps, as they are not the final release and can not be found on Adobe.com Downloads yet. Links: http://labs.adobe.com/technologies/cameraraw7-4/ http://labs.adobe.com/downloads/lightroom4-4.html These updates will work until April 30th […] . . . → Read More: New Lightroom and ACR release candidates

Colour and power benefits of Sony 20 megapixel sensor

Sony has now released full details of the Alpha 58. Although I don’t think the camera is a game-changer or a vital upgrade for owners of Alpha 55 and 57 (the 55 will leave me only when it expires, with its useful GPS, 6fps/10fps and fully articulated reversible rear screen) there are hidden bonuses for […] . . . → Read More: Colour and power benefits of Sony 20 megapixel sensor

20mm pancake for NEX from Sony

It’s not the fast f/2 design everyone was hoping for, but maybe the quality will be right – Sony has announced a new 20mm f/2.8 pancake lens for NEX. At the same time, the power zoom first seen at photokina, aimed at video NEX models, is available separately. Here is the release: Photographers and video makers are […] . . . → Read More: 20mm pancake for NEX from Sony

Sony at CES

With a slew of new products concentrating on 4K TV-video, enhanced SteadyShot HandyCams, and Cyber-Shot models with WiFi and smartphone connectivity, Sony did not release any still photography products in the Alpha or NEX ranges at CES. See the entire press release   . . . → Read More: Sony at CES

DxO Optics Pro support for Alpha 99

DxO Labs, announces the immediate availability DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 for Mac and Windows, the latest version of its image processing software of reference for all serious photographers. This upgrade allows DxO Optics Pro 8 to support the Sony SLT-A99, the Pentax K-5 II and K-5 IIs, and the Canon EOS M. DxO Optics Pro v8.1.1 […] . . . → Read More: DxO Optics Pro support for Alpha 99

Sony links up with HP’s Snapfish

Unfortunately your editor really just wants to go and live somewhere else, preferably a different planet. ‘PlayMemories Home‘ was bad enough but now it’s linked to another truly naff name, HP’s Snapfish. At least they haven’t tied up to the website with the worst name in the world, SmugMug (why didn’t they call that Slightly […] . . . → Read More: Sony links up with HP’s Snapfish