Could This Be One Of Sony’s New Full Frame NEX Cameras?


Editor’s Correction: This is a reader-made mock-up

We’ve been hearing rumors about this for a while and also reading into hints of it coming. Sony Alpha Rumors believes that the photo above is one of two full frame sensor NEX cameras that may be coming to us soon. The site is saying that the cameras will be called the A7 and A7r. They continue to state that, “Both have exactly the same design (with NEX-7 grip, EVF in the middle and RX1 size). The difference is in the sensor. The A7 has 24MP sensor, more fps and different AF speed. The A7r has a 36MP sensor and less fps (and I have been told a bit “different” AF).

Based on Sony’s naming conventions, this doesn’t sound right at all. When they released the RX1R, it was essentially the same camera as the RX1 but with no low pass filter. Perhaps, Sony is doing the whole Nikon D800/D800E approach?

We have yet to hear more about the full frame mirrorless lens patents; but with Photo Plus coming in just a couple of weeks, the rumors of the camera launching in October may be true.

New Footage From Digital Bolex D16 Shows Stunningly Film-Like Characteristics

Digital Bolex Footage

Just recently we shared some first footage from the Digital Bolex Super 16mm camera with you. An now there’s even newer and even better stuff to see. Michael Plescia, a professional filmmaker and compositor (Zodia, Jumper, Jack Reacher) has recently taken a pre-production Digital Bolex D16 out for a spin–and came back with some stunningly film-like footage. Granted, Michael is an expert on post-production techniques, so much of this look is owed to his grading skills. But the fact that the images coming out of the D16 have the potential for such a filmic look speaks for itself. And this is what Michael has to say about the D16:

I’ve never before seen images of such a rich, filmic, organic and narrative quality from a digital camera. Especially when imaging human skin. The footage is a dream to work with and grade. It’s like putty. When you lay a hand on it with abusive curves and you think it’s going to break, it doesn’t.

(Source: Digital Bolex blog)

Well, go figure. The sensor is from TrueSense Imaging, who were previously known as Kodak, and those guys have a reputation for their awesome CCDs. You can find the video after the break.

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Mr. M Lets Your Leica Camera Dress Better Than You Can


MTV just called us and pitched a brand new television show called, “Pimp My Leica!!!” It will effectively allow you to put jewelry on your jewelry so you can ball out while you shoot out.

Just kidding–it’s not brand new.

Leica’s latest M camera is already a piece of fine jewelry in and of itself since they’re darned near impossible to get your hands on. But if you feel like that isn’t enough, then Leica Rumors found these latest pieces. They’re called, “Mr. M” and they are hot shoe covers and shutter release soft buttons–but instead they’re crafted to in the style of the jewelry that European snub-nosed aristocracy would wear. The pieces are by Jay Tsujimura and include sterling silver.

Now, if they made matching cufflinks, we’d be in business!

Sony’s Rumored NEX Full Frame Camera May Launch With a Small Let Down


Whenever I read rumors like this, I always say to myself, “Please don’t be real.” There have been rumors for the Sony Full Frame NEX E mount camera going around for a while, and we now also believe that it is in the hands of photographers at a French Photo Agency. But according to a report on Sony Alpha Rumors today, the launch of the camera will come with a let down that lots will really rip the heart out for many. But first for some good news: the cameras–yes there are apparently two of them–will be styled after the NEX 7.

Word on the street is that the system might not launch with any really good lenses. If you remember, when Fujifilm launched the X Pro 1, we were all smitten by the available lenses. And as many people that are more savvy know, the important part of a camera system is its lenses. There was a patent put in for full frame mirrorless lens 24mm f1.8 and 35mm f2.8 lenses. The 35mm seems to be a pancake though–which would explain the slower aperture speed.

In a piece we wrote a while ago, we talked about how mirrorless camera systems could best the DSLR world. And one of the major points that we made was lens selection and working with other folks. If you also remember from earlier on this year, Sigma announced a mount conversation service. We’re positive that there will be a new A mount adapter of some sort–and that will also mean that if I personally choose to purchase this camera, I can just send my glass over to the company and have the mount converted to Sony A mount.

The Impossible Project Launches Its Instant Lab


The Impossible Project announced an Instant Lab a while back that allows the user to take a digital photo and impress it onto some instant film–then it gets printed out. The company took to Kickstarter to get the project going, and it’s now a reality. We had some hands on time with it back around Photokina. According to their press release,

“As with an instant camera, the image is exposed ‘naturally’. Simply select an image on your phone, place the iPhone in the cradle and slide open the shutter on the base. A signal tells you when the exposure is finished. Close the shutter, push the button and the Instant Lab ejects the instant film, ready to develop in the palm of your hand. The Instant Lab is the first device to convert digital images into real analog instant photographs.”

To compliment the hardware, the Impossible Project App for iOS is also being announced. Besides aiding with the digital to analog converstion with the Instant Lab, the app also helps with scanning, uploading and sharing those analog instant photos via social media.

It’ll set you back EUR 249 or US$ 299. Want to see how it works? Check out our video after the jump and also be sure to peep the tech specs.

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Canon Holds Down the #1 Spot for DSLRs in the Market for a Decade

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Canon SL1 product images (1 of 9)ISO 4001-60 sec at f - 2.8

Imagine winning an award 10x in a row for 10 years. While your kid might be just that smart in the spelling bee, Canon has just announced that they’ve held down the #1 spot in DSLR sales for the past decade. However, when you actually read the press release, you’ll see that the years are actually 2003-2012. Last year, the EOS system turned 25 years old. And their latest iterations of the Rebel are possibly bound to also become best sellers. We played with the SL1 and Rebel T51 a little while back, and believe that people are bound to still purchase them in droves combined with their super aggressive marketing and sales forces.

We took a look at the company’s stock for the past ten years as well. Check it out as well as our analysis after the jump.

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Review: Sony NEX 5R

Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Sony NEX 5R with 35mm f1.8 OSS product photos (1 of 9)ISO 8001-50 sec at f - 4.5

The NEX 5R has quite a bit to live up to. We previously reviewed its predecessor, the NEX 5N, and nearly fell in love with the camera’s image quality and small size. Indeed, Sony did an excellent job with the camera as  enthusiasts, semi-professionals, and professionals in the case of the BBC picked it up. With all of this said, does the NEX 5R have what it takes to dethrone its ancestor?


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Photokina 2012 Report — Part 6: SLR Magic and the Rest

First a Ferrari, and now beer. What on earth does this have to do with photokina? Well, every day at 3 p.m. the guys from Peak Design (read more on their awesome products below) were giving out Freibier. This was their PR strategy, and you can bet it was well received!

This is part six of our photokina 2012 report, with a main focus on SLR Magic, the small lens maker from Hong Kong that has come up with a lot of amazing products in the last two years. Beside an exhaustive report on SLR Magic’s new lenses, the following companies and/or products are featured in this post: Alpa, B.I.G. Photo, Fotoman, the Impossible Project, Lensbaby, Peak Design, the Plustek 120 film scanner, Rollei, and SanDisk.

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The Impossible Project Announces New Color Protection Film and Hardware Concepts

The Impossible Project has been a roll as of late with the announcement of their new 8×10 Instant Film and their development of their Digital to Analog conversion lab. But today at Photokina, they’re showcasing a new film. The company has been working on film for Polaroid 600 and SX 70 cameras for a while and ran into a lot of problems along the way. I remember the formula wasn’t always stable, or the colors just weren’t really there. But now, they’re announcing their new color protection film: which is designed to reduce color fading over time.

They’re also announced that their Digital to Analog conversion lab kit has reached it successful target on Kickstarter and that they’re now hard at work trying to produce it.

From some of the samples available online, it looks beautiful with deeply saturated colors and lots of contrast. The new Color Protection Formula film is available or purchase online for $23.49.  Some sample images are after the jump.

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Review: Sony NEX F3

We were very, very impressed with the Sony NEX C3 and when we had our hands on experience with it, both Peter and I were very impressed with its successor, the Sony NEX F3. I’ve spent almost a month shooting with the camera and have warmed up to the 30mm f3.5 vs the kit lens.

Combining elements of the older C3 and its bigger brother the NEX 5n, the F3 attempts to give more to the entry level camera user. But is it enough?

Editor’s Note: Take a look at our other posts previously written and hyperlinked in the first paragraph.

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Review: Sony NEX 5n

After reviewing the Sony NEX C3, I have been dying to get my hands on the 5N (5n). Though initial reviews have shown the earlier versions to have clicking problems when recording video, my version did not seem to have that fault. I have already done a hands on review of the Rokinon 8mm f2.8 fisheye lens using the 5N, and I’ve also compared it to the Canon 5D Mk II in a real life situation.

So as Sony’s middle child (with the C3 being the low end and 7 being the high end) can the 5N really prove to excel above some of the competition?

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Pentax Germany Releases New Details on Upcoming Lenses

Pentax Forums found a recent news post from Pentax Germany: who outed the specs on new lenses hinted at in their roadmap. According to the Google Translation in English, three new K mount lenses are coming in the form of the SMC Pentax-DA 560mm F5.6, SMC Pentax-DA 50mm F1.8, 25mm F4, and SMC Pentax-D FA 645 90mm F2.8. The former is a serious birding and spy lens, while the 50mm f1.8 is the quintessential portrait lens for all their APS-C sensor cameras like their popular K-5, the recently announced K-01, and this monster. The latter is a new lens for their 645D and shared image samples from, which we had hands on with a long time ago.

Plus, details on a new telephoto lens for the Q system have been spread; but info is very lacking. They’ve also announced that users of the 645D can finally tether to their computers as they shoot, and some new tough cameras.

For convenience, the translated press release has been copy and pasted after the jump.

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Long Term Comparison Review: Nikon D5100 vs Canon T3i

We finished reviewing the Nikon D5100 and after using that camera and it’s main competitor, the Canon T3i, for a long time it is now time for a full on comparison review. Though I’ve personally purchased the D5100, it is because I’m already fully invested into Canon’s system and I need to build up a Nikon system in order to review more products for this site.

With that said, which one is right for you: The Canon T3i or Nikon D5100?

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Quick Comparison: Canon 50mm f/1.8, Sigma 50mm f/1.4, and Zeiss 50mm f/1.4

A few months back we took a look at Sigma’s excellent 50mm f/1.4 and compared it to quite possibly the best value in photography, Canon’s 50mm f/1.8 II. My thought when performing this comparison was to determine if the Sigma was truly and upgrade from the nifty fifty. While Canon’s nifty fifty put up an amazing fight, we found the Sigma to be better lens is just about every way. This was to be expected from a lens that costs nearly four times as much as the nifty fifty.

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Micro Four Thirds Lens Comparison: Olympus 12mm f2 vs. Panasonic 14mm f2.5

Over the past two to three years, the Micro Four Thirds (M43) system has morphed from an uncertain new category into a serious alternative to consumer DSLRs. As this segment grows, manufactures, mainly Olympus and Panasonic, have started to provide users with more lens options, but more importantly, they are producing higher quality lenses. Because of the relatively small sensors size, M43 systems have to deal with a 2x crop factor. Because of this, Olympus and Panasonic have to produce very wide lenses to provide users with a field of view that is similar to what their used to using with SLRs (e.g. 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, etc.). In this review, we are going to compare two M43 wide angle primes, the Olympus 12mm f/2 and the Panasonic 14mm f/2.5.

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Should You Upgrade?: Canon 50mm f/1.8 II to Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM

Canon 5D with Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM shot at f/5.6

Regardless of what you shoot or what brand of equipment you use, almost everyone owns or has owned a 50mm prime lens. The 50mm focal length is very close to what our eyes actually see so it feels natural to use this lens. But I think the number one reason most people own a 50mm is they are an amazing value. Both Nikon and Canon make wonderful 50mm f/1.8 lenses for less than $125. It’s crazy not to have a 50mm at that price! My 50mm basically lives on my 5D, I hardly ever take it off. If you’re like me and you’re constantly using your 50mm lens, you’ve probably thought about upgrading your cheap 50mm to something faster, more solidly built and something that can produce nicer bokeh. Enter the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM.

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Pentax K-5 Gets All Official

Sure the Pentax K-5 was rumored to be quite a trooper, but do you think that there might be a Korejanairobot Limited Edition as well? The important specs: 16.3 CMOS sensor, 7fps shooting, ISO 80-12,800, 1080p HD video at 25p, 11 point AF, fully weathersealed, 3 inch 921,000 dot LCD, 100% viewfinder and will retail for $1,599.95 in October. Pentax has a first look at their Youtube and the pres release is after the jump.

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