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Sony A77 Official Video Up

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It’s here, the Sony A77, which will be officially announced later today. Amazon posted the first official video. For more info, see our previous post: First Look Video – Sony Alpha A77

Source – Amazon

August 24, 2011 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, HDSLR, SONY, Video | , , , , | 1 Comment

Video Review – Sony DEV-5 2D/3D Digital Binoculars

The new models, DEV-3 and DEV-5, are ideal for nature/bird watching, they can record Full HD video with stereo sound at the touch of a button, and even add a 3D mode that records scenes as thrilling stereoscopic video footage for playback on most 3D HDTVs.  The new DEV-3 and DEV-5 digital recordable binoculars from Sony will be available in November 2011 for about $1400 and $2000.  Apart from the video review, you can find a write-up over at photoclubalpha. Press Release after the jump.

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August 20, 2011 Posted by | Cameras/Camcorders, Review, SONY, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Video Demonstration of the Sony NEX5

Very informative video covering the main features of the Sony NEX5 which is due out next week in Hong Kong. Rumours also said that there will be a firmware upgrade in July to allow for capturing 3D via the 3D Sweep Panorama mode.

Source – SonyEurope

June 24, 2010 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, SONY, Video | , , , , | Leave a comment

Keiko Kitagawa – SONY NEX3 TV Ad – Focus Your Love

Source – UT4Bony

June 5, 2010 Posted by | Camera, SONY, Video | , , | 1 Comment

SONY NEX-5 Commercial

Source – SonyEurope

May 12, 2010 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY, Video | , , | Leave a comment

Sony NEX-3 Review

Photo Twist have a review (more like preview) on the Sony NEX-3, check it out here.

Source – Photo Twist

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, Review, SONY | , , , | Leave a comment

SONY NEX3 and NEX5 Pricing Released

Image from Engadget

Sony NEX3:

  • 14.2 megapixel sensor;
  • Memory Stick and SDXC media;
  • 720p / 30fps video;
  • 2.95-inch LCD; and
  • US$320 (Body only)

Sony NEX5:

  • 14.2 megapixel sensor;
  • Memory Stick and SDXC media;
  • AVCHD 1080i video;
  • 2.95-inch LCD; and
  • US$448 (Body only)

Both were said to be available in June.

Source – Engadget

May 11, 2010 Posted by | Camera, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , , | 1 Comment

Sony DSLR Alpha Mirrorless Teaser (New Version, Include UI)

The anticipated new mirrorless camera from Sony will be announced next month, check out the awesome vid for now.  According to SonyAlphaRumors, the specs can be summarized as per the following pic, click here for the full read.

Source – hanjunchoi, SonyAlphaRumors.com

April 23, 2010 Posted by | DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , | Leave a comment

The All New Sony Alpha Lines – A230, A330 & A380

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SAN DIEGO, May 17, 2009 – Sony is making it easy for first-time digital SLR buyers to step up from point-and-shoot digital still cameras with the introduction today of three new easy-to-use α (alpha) cameras (models DSLR-A380, DSLR-A330 and DSLR-A230), four new lenses, a flash and accessories.

Uniquely Matched to Customers’ Needs
The new cameras are designed to overcome challenges faced by many customers taking their first steps in DSLR photography. Without compromising performance and versatility, the new models are smaller, lighter, easier to use and offer innovative expansion options not found in other systems.
“Our new alpha cameras, lenses and accessories make it easier for new users to get the great photos they expect without the steep learning curve that DSLRs have traditionally required,” said Kristen Elder, senior manager for the alpha business at Sony Electronics Inc. “By overcoming the obstacles, we’ve made it much easier for newcomers to take great pictures with DSLRs.”

Light and Compact
The 10.2 megapixel α230 camera is the lightest, most compact alpha DSLR camera body ever at 15.9 ounces. The 10.2 megapixel α330 and the 14.2 megapixel α380 cameras are also smaller and lighter than their predecessor models (the DSLR-A300 and DSLR-A350, respectively). These cameras are also more compact and feature an intuitive control layout that allows for easy single-handed operation.

SteadyShot INSIDE™ in-camera image stabilization is built into each camera body, so every α-mount lens benefits from the ability to minimize blur due to camera shake.

Quick AF Live View System
Both the α380 and α330 cameras offer Sony’s Quick Autofocus (AF) Live View technology, so you can frame photos on the camera’s LCD screen as well as in the optical viewfinder. Through the use of a dedicated image sensor, Quick AF Live View maintains the rapid response of a DSLR, while avoiding the focus delay common to other live view systems.

The new cameras feature a 2.7-inch (diagonally) Clear Photo LCD™ screen that is easy to view even in bright sunlight. Additionally, the LCD on the α380 and α330 models can be tilted up or down, making it easy to frame your subject from high or low positions, otherwise difficult to see using an eye-level viewfinder. The range of adjustment has been increased from their predecessors, making it even easier to get shots from difficult angles.

By combining Quick AF Live View and an adjustable LCD, users can frame the scene without holding the camera in front of their face, allowing parents, for example, to maintain eye-contact when photographing their children for more natural expressions.

An HDMI™ terminal gives you the option of connecting your camera to a compatible HDTV and playing back your images in high definition quality (HDMI cable required, sold separately). Additionally, BRAVIA® Sync™ works with compatible Sony® BRAVIA HDTVs to let you control camera playback using the television’s remote (HDMI cable and BRAVIA Sync capable HDTV required, sold separately).

The new cameras include dedicated slots for high-capacity Memory Stick PRO Duo™, Memory Stick PRO-HG Duo™ and SD/DSHC media (sold separately).

Source – DPReview

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May 19, 2009 Posted by | Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, SONY | , , , | Leave a comment

My Gears – Elinchrom EL Skyport on My Sony A900 System

Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter on My Sony A900

Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter on My Sony A900

Elinchrom Skyport Receiver

Elinchrom Skyport Receiver

Well it took me less than a week to decide on the wireless trigger system for my Sony gears. Decided on the Elinchrom EL Skyport system and got it yesterday. Put it on a few range test and the results were more than satisfactory. Reasons for picking the Skyport is because it is way cheaper solution than the Pocket Wizard which is not legally sold here in Hong Kong due to some stupid radio frequency/broadcast regulations. For the universal radio trigger set (1 transmitter and 1 receiver), it cost less than HK$1,400 (US$180). Got myself couple extra receivers for HK$790 (US$101); great bargain. Way better than the PT-04 from Shamshuipo.

In order for the Skyport to work on the Sony system, a cable is needed and so far I only found these from FlashZebra. It’s the Sony/Minolta proprietary hotshoe to Skyport and it also work with Pocket Wizard and Cybersync. The price at US$46.50 is a bit steep but the construction is awesome. Too bad I’m not good at DIY or else I’ll make myself couple.

Sony/Minolta Proprietary Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport

Sony/Minolta Proprietary Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport

The Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport Itself

The Hotshoe to Elinchrom Skyport Cable Itself

April 1, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, Photography, SONY | , , , , , | 4 Comments

First Look Pics from the Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM

[Update: 8:30pm] Finally have time to take some more daytime shots, well afternoon shots to be exact, again of the Victoria Harbour. The distortions on the edge of the frame does not look too shabby at all, what do you think?
1/500 sec @ F9.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/500 sec @ F9.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO 200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO200, 16mm

1/80 sec @ F8.0, ISO200, 16mm

1/60 sec @ F5.0, ISO 200, 35mm

1/60 sec @ F5.0, ISO 200, 35mm

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5.0 sec at F14, ISO 400, 16mm on Sony A900

5.0 sec at F14, ISO 400, 16mm on Sony A900 (click on pic to see full view)

Got the lens last night and hopped right out to the harbour side to take a test shot of the Victoria Harbour. The above pic was shot in RAW, straight out, no post-processing. Will try to shoot some daytime landscape pics today. Below I attached some closeups of the lens together with the other Carl Zeiss lenses I have.

The 16-35mm and 24-70mm side by side

The 16-35mm and 24-70mm side by side

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the 85/1.4 on the left, 16-35/2.8 in the middle and 24-70/2.8 on the right

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The hoods though look alike, are in fact different in size, ALC-SH106 on the 16-35mm and ALC-SH101 on the 24-70mm

January 4, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, My Gears, SONY | , , , , | 3 Comments

My Gear – Sony Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8 ZA SSM is in DA House

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Woot, loving the lens. Will post some test pic tonight or tomorrow, stay tuned.

January 3, 2009 Posted by | Accessories, Camera, DSLR, My Gears, SONY | , | Leave a comment

Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8 ZA SSM Portrait Shots

Following my previous post on the test portrait shots on the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM lens, I’ve been asked to post up some more test shots on my other lenses. Took some model shots in a studio over the weekend with the Sony Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8ZA SSM and posting here for those interested. Click for larger image.

1/125sec, F8, ISO 100, Lens Focal Length 70mm

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May 19, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Photography, Pics, SONY | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Test Pics from SONY 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM

Some test pics I took with the Sony 70-300mm F4.5-5.6 G SSM. Click pic for full picture view. They are not the best test pics, but hope it can give you some insights as to how the lens perform.

@ 300mm, 1/60 sec at F5.6

@70mm, 1/100 sec at F4.5

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May 4, 2008 Posted by | Accessories, Cameras/Camcorders, DSLR, Gadgets n Gizmos, My Gears, Pics, SONY, Uncategorized | , , , , , | 1 Comment

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