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To replace the former Photoworld (Minolta/Sony only) magazine, Icon Publications Ltd is publishing a new quarterly, Cameracraft. Two editions havd been published and subscribers are able to receive Issue 1 and 2 at present. A subscription form can be downloaded in PDF form or you can visit our web page for the Cameracraft launch.
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
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
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
The UK’s top camera and lens hire company, hireacamera.com, has invested in a whole new stock of Sony Alpha and NEX gear right up to the 500mm G – their A77s come with 16-50mm SSMs… here, Guy Thatcher explains their enthusiasm for Sony, filmed at the PhotoVision Roadshow in Edinburgh on Tuesday March 27th. It’s a [...] . . . → Read More: hireacamera.com invest in Alpha and NEX gear!
I’m about to offend myself. I own this lens, and I know how upset owners of brand new lenses get when someone says it’s not perfect. Well, the 16-50mm SSM is far from perfect and if you know how to check out lenses, you’ll agree should you be lucky enough to own one. It’s a [...] . . . → Read More: Sony DT 16-50mm f/2.8 SSM
The Sony Zeiss 24mm f/2 SSM Distagon ZA T* is probably the best, or equal to the best, in its class. It may perhaps be the best ever 84° angle fast lens ever made for the general SLR system market, and I would happy to pitch it against any of the current equivalent offerings for [...] . . . → Read More: Sony’s Zeiss 24mm f/2 Distagon ZA SSM T* reviewed
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
Canon has launched, out of the blue as far as we were concerned, a complete fully featured Cinema HD production system including full-frame digital video camcorder and EF-fit lenses designed to compete head-on with the top offerings from Zeiss/Arri and Red. The Cinema EOS system also competes with Sony right in the heart of Sony prime [...] . . . → Read More: Canon kyboshes the competition – full cinema system
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…
Hireacamera have announced the launch of a new hire range consisting of cameras, camcorders, lenses and accessories based on the Micro 4/3rds system and Sony’s E mounts. . . . → Read More: NEX camera and lens hire (UK)