Sony A-Mount Cameras Will Live On

Sony A77

After the recent introduction of the Sony A3000 (an E-mount camera), I have been wondering whether or not Sony would move exclusively to the E-mount and leave the legacy A-mount system in the past. If statements attributed to Sony UK’s head of digital imaging, Frederik Lange, are accurate, then Sony plans to keep on making A-mount cameras. [Read more...]

Nanoha Macro Extension Tubes Released

Nanoha Macro Extension Tubes

Japanese Lens Maker Yasuhara, just released a new pair of Nanoha Macro Extension Tubes.

Extension tubes basically allow users to turn interchangeable lenses into macro lenses; making it ideal for those just getting into macro photography or those looking for a more cost effective alternative to spending the big bucks on a new macro lens. It comes in a set, which includes a 10 mm and a 16 mm extension tube so it can be used individually or stacked together.

The new Nanoha Macro Extension Tubes retail for $159 for the pair and are available in Micro Four Thirds mount and Sony E-mount. Check them out here at B&H Photo.

SLR Magic Lenses Now Available at Adorama

SLR Magic Noktor 50mm f0.95 HyperPrime

Adorama is now stocking SLR Magic’s line of lenses, including the Noktor 50mm f/0.95 HyperPrime lens and the new Noktor 35mm T 0.95 HyperPrime Cine lens. There are plenty of cool Micro Four Thirds, Sony E-Mount and other lens mount options from SLR Magic.

These ridiculously fast primes could also turn out to be solid mates for the upcoming Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera, along with the 12mm T/1.6 lens, which works out to roughly 36mm field of view equivalent on the Super 16 sensor of the BPCC.

Check out the full line of SLR Magic lenses here at Adorama.

Sony NEX-F3 Unveiled

The Sony NEX-F3 is a follow-up to the popular NEX-C3.  While the resolution is the same as the NEX-C3 (via an APS-C 16.1MP CMOS sensor), the NEX-F3 steps up in a couple of departments.  The NEX-F3 offers full HD 1920 x 1080 video capture in 60i or 24p flavors via AVCHD codec.

Additionally, the NEX-F3 features a 180-degree tiltable LCD screen, which allows you to live view from the front of the camera.  The F3 also sports a built-in pop-up flash (something that was missed on the NEX-C3), making it all the more compact to carry.

The existing FDA-EV1S OLED viewfinder is compatible with the NEX-F3 for those preferring a more traditional camera view rather than the live view display.  The Sony NEX-F3 will be available in June for $600 with an 18-55mm kit lens.  Check availability at B&H Photo.

Alongside the NEX-F3, Sony introduced a revised 18-200mm E-mount lens (for NEX models).  The new 18-200mm lens is smaller and lighter than the old version.  It also comes in black rather than the original silver color. The new lens retails for $850 and should be available in July 2012. Check availability at B&H Photo.

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