Sony Distagon T* 24mm F2 SSM review @ DPreview

"Sony has been grabbing the headlines over the past year or so for its innovative 'SLT' cameras, the mirrorless NEX system and prolific launches of inexpensive SLRs. But it has also been quietly building up an impressive line of high-end full frame equipment, spearheaded by an array of Carl Zeiss branded optics. And it's into this upper half of the company's curiously bifurcated product line . . . read more

Sony E 16mm F2.8 Pancake @ DPreview

"Early pre-production samples of the 16mm F2.8 which were made available to journalists at the NEX system's launch clearly showed real problems, most notably poor corner sharpness and relatively high chromatic aberration. Now we have a production-quality sample, we can give potential buyers some idea of the image quality they should be able to expect from a lens they might buy in a . . . read more

Sony E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS @ DPR

Sony's first attempt at a stabilized lens, how does it stack up?


"The E 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 OSS marks a first for Sony - it's the company's debut attempt at using optical image stabilization in an interchangeable lens. The Alpha DSLR line, of course, has always used in-body 'Super SteadyShot', but the drastic slimming that's been applied to the NEX's body means the stabilization unit simply won't fit. Sony has therefore incorporated 'Optical SteadyShot' into . . . read more

Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G Lens Review @ d preview

"The Sony 70-200mm F2.8 G is one of the original group of lenses announced at the launch of the company's Alpha system in June 2006. However its history goes back a bit further; it's essentially a re-badge of the Minolta AF 70-200mm F2.8 APO G D SSM, which first appeared early in 2003. At the time Minolta was only making film SLRs (its first truly practical digital design, the Maxxum/Dynax 7D, . . . read more

Pentax K7 vs. Sony A700 review by AMW

While both cameras may be a little long in the tooth (especially the Sony), they are now at a very attractive priceponit, and they both remain very capable cameras:   "Comparing The Auto Focus- For this article I went ahead and bought a Tamron 70-300mm LD 1:2 macro so that I could compare both cameras with

SIGMA APO 50-500mm F4.5-6.3 DG OS HSM Lens revealed

Bringing stabilization (and other improvements) to the Sigma 50-500 (aka "Bigma") is big news for the cheapskate pararrazzi voyerism wildfile shooters among us. Now, good luck with finding an affordable polarizer at 95mm :) Sigma Press release:

How to choose your next Sony Alpha lens guide by

Here's another lens guide by CameraLabs, this time for the Sony Alpha (Minolta for us old people) mount:   "Anyone shooting action or working in low light will also appreciate a lens with a larger aperture, indicated by a small f-number, such as f2.8. These may make the lens bigger, heavier and more expensive than models with average apertures, but have the major advantage of gathering more light. This allows

Sony Alpha A850 review from the future @ Shutterbug

Well, is IS dated January 2010, but otherwise no clues about what the new year has brought upon us so far:   "There is no Live View (or video) in this camera but there is something Sony dubs “intelligent preview,” which to me is a viable alternative to Live View for those who use it for making sure the right exposure and white balance, etc., are set correctly. Here’s how it works: you frame the picture and then press the

DC watch: The 10 most important cameras of 2009

The Google translation says "most historical", and we can't quite make out some of the orther stuff, but the camera models selected speak for themselves. One interesting tidbit is the medium format film camera among the 10, and also the complete lack of any Canon models. As an added bonus they list the most historical cameras of the past 10 years too:

Sony Hvl-f58 flash review by Templar Tan

"My conclusion is short. The F58 is value for money, and yet it has some room for improvement. The rotary head is cool ! But if you want a left bounce or right bounce under landscape orientation, the twisted head may cause some un-balance to my camera. The build in white card reflector is normal in my opinion. This option had been included in almost all non-Sony flashes. Sony should include this add-on into the 42 already. So far, I haven't test out 58's power consumption, but I had predict this would be a batteries eater."

Sony 50mm F1.4 review @ DP review

"The Sony 50mm F1.4 is the company's current offering in the classic 'fast standard' category, and was introduced at the genesis of the Alpha system in July 2006. Of course its origins go back well before then; this lens is essentially a reworking of the Minolta AF 50mm 1:1.4 RS from 1990, which was itself a restyling of a 1985 design that, alongside the Maxxum/Dynax 7000, formed part of the world's . . . read more

Sony a900 vs. Nikon D300 vs. Canon 5DmkII

Mike Johnston writes one of the best articles of the year, on the subject of the "big three" of this season. Do not buy any of these cameras until you read it: "The ultimate in image quality: Belongs to the Sony A900. That's assuming you're someone who knows how to use it and is willing to use it as it's intended to be used—it's not perfect for every style of work. But between its staggering resolution and very good dynamic range, its willing response to the Exposure and Recovery sliders, and its more "photographic" image quality (more on this later) and lack of digital artifacts—and despite its

Canon SX10 IS VS Sony cybershot H50

h50Another side by side shootout, this time by "I've said it over and over again in the build-up to this holiday season: ultrazooms are hot this year. Sure, entry-level DSLRs are still getting their fair share of interest. But at the same time, many intermediate shooters are taking a fresh look at this class of generally high-spec, high-performance models that offers the zoom-range equivalent of bagful lenses for that Canon Rebel or Nikon D60 all rolled up into a single, cost-effective device.

Sony slashes 8000 jobs

TOKYO (AP) — Sony is slashing 8,000 jobs, or 5 percent of its global electronics work force, aiming to cut costs by $1.1 billion a year as a global downturn batters profits. Sony Corp. said Tuesday it will cut the jobs from its electronics operations, which employ about 160,000 workers, by the end of March, 2010. It did not give a country breakdown for the layoffs. Sony has already cut production and lowered inventories, but tough times demand more drastic efforts, the company said in a statement. The electronics industry has been hurt by plunging prices, currency fluctuations, intense competition and a global slowdown in consumer spending.

Sony to Mass-produce Back-illuminated CMOS Sensor

From Nikkei: 

Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* 24-70mm f/2.8 SSM review @

"Regarding its weight of nearly 1kg the Zeiss ZA 24-70mm f/2.8 feels like a massive block of glass. However, this is not overly unusual - the Canon and Nikon counterparts are in the same weight- and size-league. Upon closer inspection you may be a bit surprised that the lens is not an all-metal construction. The inner tube as well as the lens hood are made of metal indeed but Sony used plastics for parts of the outer body. reviews the Sony A300 DSLR

The A300 together with it's sister model, the A350 forms the middle segment in Sony's DSLR lineup.  It is one of a very few DSLRs that boasts a live-view mode together with something that actually makes it very usefull: A tilting lcd screen.  From the review: "With quick and quiet Live View, built-in stabilisation and a tilting screen, the Sony Alpha A300 looks very strong against the competition, especially priced head-to-head against Canon’s new EOS 450D / Rebel XSi. But perhaps more crucially, how does it also compare to Sony's own A350? Do the A350's extra four Megapixels record significantly more real life detail, or do they in fact compromise noise levels? Is the A300 in fact the better choice for discerning photographers while also being cheaper to boot? In our full review of the Alpha A300 we'll reveal all"

Sony DA 16-105mm 1:3.5-5.6 review @ DP review

"The Sony DT 16-105mm 1:3.5-5.6 was announced in September 2007, as a premium kit lens to accompany the Alpha 700 DSLR. Sony has thankfully (and uncharacteristically) managed to avoid the over-proliferation of letters which afflict lens names from other manufacturers, with just the 'DT' badge (for Digital Technology) indicating that the design is optimised for cameras with APS-C . . . read more

Sony DT 18-70mm 1:3.5-5.6 review @ DP review

"The DT 18-70mm 1:3.5-5.6 is Sony's standard kit lens supplied with their entry level DSLRs, which they describe as a versatile general purpose lens covering a wide range of applications, and which features aspheric and ED glass lens elements for 'outstanding clarity at all focal lengths'. The 70mm maximum focal length extends further into the classic 'portrait' range compared to the 18-55mm . . . read more

Sony A700 Review @

Nice camera but with a slight "a little too late for the party" feeling around it, just like the (otherwise excellent) Minoltas that preceeded it.
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