With the latest Alpha 77, Sony has introduced SLT version II, the new upgraded ‘Translucent’ mirror. This is in an attempt to reduce the ghosting effects created by having an angled mirror between the lens and sensor, the image forming rays passing through a semi-silvered (pellicle) surface, through a thickness of polymer film, and then [...] . . . → Read More: Smoke and Mirrors – an idea for Sony
It’s a funny word to use, because the mirrors involved are transparent and not translucent (which implies passing light but not in an image-forming manner). Translucent means semi-opaque, letting light through in the way that an opal perspex sheet or Kodatrace foil does. Transparent means something you can see through. But now, thanks to the wonder [...] . . . → Read More: Four new Alphas – and two ‘translucent’
Sony is expanding its line-up of over 30 A-mount lenses with new models that will appeal to seasoned photographers and those new to DSLR cameras alike – a 35mm f/1.8 DT (APS-C) SAM, an 85mm f/2.8 full frame SAM, and the long-awaited 24mm f/2 Carl Zeiss Distagon T* 24mm f/2 for full frame with SSM [...] . . . → Read More: CZ 24mm + 35mm and 85mm SAM lenses arrive
The Alpha System celebrates its Silver Jubilee or 25th Anniversary this month. We have a full length revision of the article which appears in the latest Photoworld now online as a page here. Read our 25th birthday review of the Alpha system’s history now! . . . → Read More: Alpha’s Silver Jubilee
Nikon has announced a May 1st launch for a competitor to the Canon EOS 500D, in their D5000. This camera has the first articulated screen (only 230,000 pixels) to be designed by Nikon. See: http://www.dphotoexpert.com/2009/04/14/nikon-d5000-live-view-hdv-articulated-screen/ . . . → Read More: Nikon D5000 – HDvid, articulated screen
After just a short while working with full frame, high resolution DSLRs the need for tilt lenses has really come home to me. Most lenses deliver their best results at fairly wide apertures like f8, it’s easy for detail to begin to look soft and lacking impact if you are forced to stop down to [...] . . . → Read More: Tilt-shift with full frame DSLRs
Now that there are five Sony Alpha DSLR bodies in circulation, with many owners of the original 2006 Alpha 100 considering a replacement, the differences between this ur-Alpha and the 2007-8 generation of Alpha 700, 200, 300 and 350 need examining. . . . → Read More: Which Sony Alpha?
The launch of the Alpha 350, with its small 0.74X viewfinder, makes a proper eyepiece magnifier attachment an essential addition to the Sony accessory range. Olympus, Nikon and Pentax all have such magnifiers, which permit a full view of the screen for most wearers and make all the difference to the manual focusing and general [...] . . . → Read More: Eyepiece magnifiers for the Alpha DSLRs