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Shortly after releasing their NEX line mirror-less camera, the NEX-3 and NEX-5, Sony announced the all new NEX-VG10, the world’s first consumer interchangeable lens HD camcorder which utilizes the same E-mount lens. Like the NEX-3 and NEX-5, this camcorder can use the alpha lenses as well by using the alpha-mount adapter. The NEX-VG10 will start shipping this September at just under US$2000. For a complete preview, check out this article over at image-resource.com.

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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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Just came back from my week-long photo shoot in Taipei. Before I took off for the trip, I took some pics on the gears I brought along and Gonna share with you all here. Because I was to do a full four days shoot with some local models in Taipei, both in the city and out in the countryside, other than the camera and the full lens series, I brought with me the mobile lighting equipments for off-camera lightings. Check them out.

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Sony A900, Carl Zeiss 16-35mm F2.8, Carl Zeiss 24-70mm F2.8, Carl Zeiss 85mm F1.4 and Tamron 70-200mm F2.8

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Light Stands, Shoot-thru umbrellas and bunch of clamps and accessories

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Sony F56 and F58 flash guns, Elinchrom Skyport Transmitter and Receivers

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Lots of gels (from Photogels, LumiQuest and Honl Photo), Snoots, Barn Doors and Speed Grids (from Honl Photo)

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

Front view with my Sony A900

Front view with my Sony A900

Side view

Side view

Top view

Top view

Got this lens for two weeks now and been out shooting a bit the past two weekends.  Initial feeling towards the lens – great F/2.8 lens at this range, not a fast lens, great for portrait but okay with sports.  Tamron Hong Kong now offering firmware upgrade to the lens but they can only do so by sending the lens back to Japan and it will take up to four weeks in doing so.  Reviews on the firmware upgrade from the local forums indicated that the lens focus a lot faster and more quiet.  Think I’m going to check it out after my two trips next month.

Will post up some pics I took with the lens later this week.  So far I can say, for a third of the money in getting the G lens from Sony, I’m happy with this Tamron.

a900bookThe Complete Guide for Sony A900 by Gary Friedman is finally out. For US$29.95, you’ll get this really comprehensive ebook guide on the Sony A900. I bought this one and the previous one on the A700 and I find it really informative. In the A900 guide, Gary covers also the updated Sony wireless flash protocol. For those who had probelms in setting up the new Sony flashes on wireless, this is a must read section. Below is the write-up features on the guide –

“Gary Friedman’s comprehensive guide to Sony’s full-frame Alpha 900 DSLR presents a detailed description of each function, menu item, and button on the camera, plus has in-depth descriptions and examples of each feature.

Also included in this 525-page compendium are dedicated chapters on Dynamic Range Optimization, Sony’s new Wireless flash protocol, new features unique to the A900, and how to get great-quality high-ISO images out of the camera.

Get the most out of your investment! Gary’s books are renown for their clear writing style and their ability to convey complex ideas in understandable ways.

This ebook is being sold as a full-color, instantly-downloadable .pdf file (about 20 MB in size).”

For more info, go to this link.

自 Sony 推出全球最高像素 DSLR-A900 全片幅數碼單反後,業界對相機及鏡頭的質素及解像能力從此有了新定義。要配合 2,460 萬高像素的 DSLR-A900,自然少不了一系列高質 Carl Zeiss 及 G 鏡頭的配合。為了向各會員提供一個試用新器材的機會,SONY(新力)香港有限公司及 DCFever.com 將會在本年 2 月 21 日(星期六)於九龍灣國際展貿中心舉辦α900「 最美麗的一刻」人像攝影技巧講座及試影會。活動內容主要包括攝影講座,請來專業攝影師 Charles Cheung 向大家分享拍攝人物的經驗及心得,令各位能夠更深入了解 α900 的性能以及增進攝影方面的知識。

另一方面,大會更請來多位專業模特兒,提供多個主題的場景以不同造型供大家親身感受包括 α900 在內的多款 Sony DSLR 型號,以及各款 α 頂級鏡頭所帶來的各種卓越效果。只要大家登記成為 DCFever.com 會員,並且登入以下網址登記,即有機會出席今次的α900「 最美麗的一刻」人像攝影技巧講座及試影會。試影會名額 300 名,如登記人數超出試影會名額,大會將以抽籤形式選出參加者,有意參加的會員請盡早登記﹗

For more information, go to DCFever’s link here, http://www.dcfever.com/news/readnews.php?id=2713

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