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  • Alpha NEX system • Re: Post about the A7R II up now July 4, 2015
    You could say that Sony wins whatever happens. Neither Nikon or Canon have the fabrication facilities or IP that Sony has accumulated, let alone the broad range of sensor packages whether for phones, video or still photography.The camera production is not of absolute critical importance but does give them extra insight into market end use, […]
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  • Alpha NEX system • Re: Post about the A7R II up now July 4, 2015
    For Sony to take on Canikon and may be even move one of them from pole position is not going to happen over night if at all. Canikon are experiencing marked fall off of DSLR sales world wide and I suspect Sony are as well, but for the time it might take Sony to catch […]
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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #57:"So Green Is My Valley"-submissions until July 5th July 4, 2015
    sury wrote:Couldn't resist few more...And now I will shut up. We always enjoy your chatter and thoughts, Sury! Don't let or make anything or anyone stop you. : ) Thanks for the neat contributions.YildizStatistics: Posted by aster — Sat Jul 04, 2015 10:09 am
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  • Aster's Photo Challenge • Re: Challenge #57:"So Green Is My Valley"-submissions until July 5th July 4, 2015
    Couldn't resist few more...And now I will shut up. I liked this one for the details it captured of the building in the middle right. 70-400G rocks on A900.At 400mm FL.It all green....From the same spot as in the previous one but zoomed in at 105mm FLA small village in the valley...Statistics: Posted by sury […]
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  • Give it Your Best Shot • Re: Not everyone's cup of tea July 4, 2015
    .Hi Ossie; This is a difficult subject actually. Similar scenes are prepared in architectural renders, so I'm quite used seeing such additions to a certain scenery to create a different atmosphere or to tell the story better.Naturally, you're free to do anything you please with your own photos.I few things catch the eye here: the […]
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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

Nikon 1 system makes a splash

How many outlets will use that original headline, I wonder, and what inspiration leads to it… Today, Nikon released the world’s first interchangeable lens digital camera – if you ignore the military version of the Nikonos RS underwater SLR produced with Kodak. Unlike that specialised system, the AW1 is intended for the consumer and is extremely […] . . . → Read More: Nikon 1 system makes a splash

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

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

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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

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

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