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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony A6000 product images (3 of 9)ISO 4001-50 sec at f - 11

Though they seem to just whispers and murmurs at the moment, Sony Alpha Rumors has received word that Sony may have an affordable full frame E mount mirrorless camera in the works. Specifically, the post hints at a camera body with a form factor of the A6000 or A5100–which are the smaller offerings in Sony’s lineup that include APS-C size sensors.

An affordable Sony Full Frame E Mount camera, if it is indeed anything to be believed, will target the beginner. This really makes sense since the RX1 line of cameras are basically small cameras with a large full frame sensor and a fixed 35mm f2 Zeiss lens attached. A camera this small may be very difficult to include image stabilization with, so that feature may stay with the A7 lineup.

Oddly enough, a shower thought occurred to me the other day as to why Sony isn’t doing this already. It naturally seems like the next step beyond putting a full frame sensor into one of their QX series of cameras. If any company were to try to be disruptive to the industry and offer full frame shooting to the bottom end of consumers, then it would be Sony–further solidifying the notion that it’s the ideas that make the photographer, not the gear.

Even more interesting, we’re curious as to why Sony hasn’t tried to reach up to an even higher end consumer and go after cameras like the Canon 1D X and Nikon D4s. But that could be down the line too.

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In the year 2014, it’s become very clear that the mirrorless camera industry is the future and that the DSLR is steadily being phased out. We’re not going to say that it’s dead because many people still purchase DSLRs in droves. But after the jump, you will see a major round up of mirrorless cameras released vs DSLRs.

One number is more than double the other.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Battle of the 35mm lenses for Canon (1 of 2)ISO 1601-50 sec at f - 2.8

Updated with new deals

Hey folks,

We’ve got the massive and essential Cheap Photo list for you that we’ve been curating the entire month. Here you’ll find loads and loads of deals that you’ll want to hit as soon as you possibly can. Hit the jump for more.

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THIS IS A DEVELOPING STORY. STAY TUNED FOR MORE!

Update: Phase One has issued a letter about the camera system. Check below

Though they’re not exactly what you would think of as a mirrorless medium format camera (unlike the Mamiya 7 II), Phase One is releasing the Phase One A series of cameras–and it’s a pretty close solution to what you’d typically think aboutt. They seem close to what Hasselblad did years ago with some of their cameras by eliminating the mirror and pentaprism–except that this is a digital version. Because it is digital, it’s using a live viewing screen and another screen on top that lets you shoot from the hip the same way that many medium format users used to do.

We will keep you updated on more. But so far, we’re getting this info from Digital Transitions.

More info is after the jump.


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The internet is abuzz with professional photographers and enthusiasts who are dumping their DSLR to switch to mirrorless cameras such as the Fujifilm XT-1 or Sony A7s. The high performance and image quality provided by these small, compact cameras are convincing many photographers to switch not only models, but brands.

There are no shortage of articles that showcase that advantages of mirrorless over a DSLR and visa versa, but such comparisons alone are usually not enough to convince someone to make the change. The reality is that many photographers may not need to regardless of either the hype or the definitive advantages provided by mirrorless. Here are some reasons why you may want to stick with your DSLR.

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Sony NEX-5-like full-frame E-mount camera patent

With the advent of the Sony A7 and A7R, the world of digital 35mm full-frame cameras was stirred up pretty significantly. For the first time, there was a sub-$2000 option for a full-frame camera that could not only sport all kinds of DSLR lenses, but Leica M-mount lenses and loads of legacy glass as well. Now it seems that Sony is preparing its next big hit – the first sub-$1000 full-frame digital camera.

Since the A7-series is based on the company’s mirrorless E-mount which was introduced with the NEX-series of cameras, prospective Sony full-frame cameras can theoretically take any shape – even that of the minute original NEX-5. And that’s exactly what Sony Alpha Rumors reports we might be seeing in the near future: a small, mirrorless full-frame camera not much larger than a point-and-shoot, thanks to the lack of an integrated viewfinder. And all that for less than $1000.

An anonymous source hinted at a possible photokina 2014 release, but of course this is to be taken with more than just a single grain of salt. Still, it’s definitely possible that we’re going to see an even smaller full-frame E-mount camera – an A5 perhaps? – as Sony patented just such a camera back in 2013. What do you think of it – would you buy a full-frame mirrorless camera without an integrated viewfinder? Afterall, the first APS-C and Micro Four Thirds cameras all came without EVFs.