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Blad bling going for a song

Well, I never really liked what Hasselblad did with the smaller Sony cameras – but what they did with the A99 is pretty cool, with the different body skin and control details. At the original price? A rip-off! For $3999 including a 24-70m CZ lens and a special case – a bargain. This is still an […] . . . → Read More: Blad bling going for a song

NEX-7 close cousin reaches astronomical value

A crowd at a charity auction in Florida couldn’t believe their eyes as two brand new Hasselblad Lunar cameras with a joint retail value of around $14,000 suddenly rocketed in value to $54,500 (from Hasselblad press release this afternoon). Two photo enthusiasts at the world-famous three day-long annual Amelia Island Concours d’Elegance exotic car festival began […] . . . → Read More: NEX-7 close cousin reaches astronomical value

Firmware updates for Alpha 77, Alpha 65, NEX-7, NEX-5R, NEX-6

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Sony has released internationally valid firmware updates for both the Alpha 77, Alpha 65 and NEX-7. Both updates have similarities, mainly adding a menu item to lock the Movie button and prevent accidental video takes. This is more important than it might seem, as the Sony memory card structure only permits video or stills to […] . . . → Read More: Firmware updates for Alpha 77, Alpha 65, NEX-7, NEX-5R, NEX-6

Chris Townsend on the NEX-7

Here at PCA we do not often redirect our loyal readership to other sites, unless it’s to buy stuff which earns us enough commission to enjoy a couple of pints and a burger every month! But here is a review from one the UK’s most respected independent outdoor writers and photographers, Chris Townsend. http://www.christownsendoutdoors.com Leave only footprints, take […] . . . → Read More: Chris Townsend on the NEX-7

Sony NEX-7: the high-end hybrid

The Sony NEX-7 is not a NEX at heart. It’s part of the rest of the Alpha system in every respect except its lens mount, and even that can be converted with a choice of two adaptors. A NEX-7 with an LA-EA2 phase detection autofocus adaptor is little different from an Alpha 65. The NEX-7 does […] . . . → Read More: Sony NEX-7: the high-end hybrid

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

Go wider than wide with Photomerge

In the latest incarnation of Photoshop, CS6, the Photomerge function is faster than ever before and leverages all the context-aware, pixel matching math of the previous versions enhanced to a degree you’ll find hard to believe. Sony NEX and Alpha cameras have the same technology built-in for their sweep panorama mode, but anyone who’s used this […] . . . → Read More: Go wider than wide with Photomerge

David and Goliath? Nikon D4 dwarfs NEX-7!

Nikon D4 with 28-300mm VR, Sony NEX-7 with Tamron 18-200mm

Side by side on my light table (which collapses with a ‘pop’ when sixteen tons of Nikon is placed on it), and the NEX-7 is given the foreground role to avoid any accusations of using perspective to make it look tiddly. I’m writing some reviews of the Nikon and other new professional DSLRs for the British […] . . . → Read More: David and Goliath? Nikon D4 dwarfs NEX-7!

hireacamera.com invest in Alpha and NEX gear!

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!

Sony UK’s live Q&A webcam sesssion

A recording – advance for half an hour or so to miss the lengthy setting-up process – is available of the web Q&A which Paul Genge of Sony handled tonight for a UK and worldwide audience of over 450 web-browsers. Here are some resumé details and comments made during watching the webcast: Paul failed to understand the […] . . . → Read More: Sony UK’s live Q&A webcam sesssion