Showing posts with label Autofocus. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Autofocus. Show all posts

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Sony A6000 Replaces NEX-6

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Hands On with the Sony A6000


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Sony A6000 Available for Pre-order


Here is a quick look at the newly announce Sony A6000 camera. It replaces the Sony NEX-6 but keeps the same form factor. The big improvement is the 24 megapixel sensor up from 16 mp on the NEX-6. It also boasts the fastest AF for an APS-C mirrorless camera with focus lock in 0.06 seconds. The speed burst is bumped up to 11 fps. All this while keeping the same NEX-6 price for the A6000 body at $648.

The silver looks a bit like champagne and looks handsome with the black grip. This announcement has us excited for the NEX-7 replacement.



Here is the full A6000 Press Release from Sony:

  • Fast Hybrid AF gives world’s fastest[i] autofocus performance of just 0.06 sec with high precision accuracy
  • Extremely wide autofocus coverage area with 179 focal points
  • 24.3 megapixel Exmor™ APS HD CMOS sensor featuring gapless-on-chip design
  • BIONZ X processor for pro-quality photos and Full HD video
  • Light, compact and easy to use with built-in flash, OLED Tru-Finder™ and two control dials
    NFC and Wi-Fi for One-touch sharing/remote control from your mobile
  • Boost your creativity with a range of downloadable PlayMemories Camera Apps™

The speedy new ILCE-6000 from Sony boasts the quickest AF performancei of any interchangeable lens digital camera, snapping subjects into sharp focus in just 0.06 seconds. From spontaneous smiles to towering tennis serves, you’ll capture those fleeting moments that other cameras miss. And thanks to the 24.3 megapixel Exmor APS HD CMOS sensor and BIONZ X processor, every frame is crammed with rich detail and texture.

Boosting Sony’s mirrorless line-up, the α6000 comes in two iconic designs, black and titanium, sure to inspire jealous glances from other photographers. For users who have been thinking about taking advantage of size and weight advantages of a mirrorless camera but don’t want to sacrifice super-quick autofocus, the α6000 now renders that conversation moot.

Even quicker than most professional DSLRs, the phenomenal autofocus speed of the α6000 is powered by Sony’s advanced Fast Hybrid AF system. A 179-point focal plane phase-detection AF sensor is teamed with high-precision contrast-detection AF. This potent combination delivers the world’s fastesti AF performance of any interchangeable lens camera, plus continuous shooting at a blazing 11fps with highly accurate autofocus tracking. Nothing gets past the α6000 – even fast-moving subjects like athletes and acrobatic pets.

There are plenty more premium features packed into the camera’s compact, purposeful body. Composing scenes is a pleasure through the clear, bright OLED Tru-Finder™. Preview the effects of adjusting focus, exposure and other settings: what you see is exactly what you get.

Intuitively-placed mode and control dials on top of the camera allow effortless adjustment of shooting settings while you’re focused on the scene in front of you. A total of 7 customisable buttons – including two dedicated custom buttons – give swift access to any one of 43 assignable functions to satisfy any photo enthusiast. And for extra flexibility in any situation, there’s a built-in flash to brighten up portraits or gloomy indoor shots.

It’s easy to share shots on your mobile: on-board NFC and Wi-Fi allow a one-touch connection with your Xperia™ or NFC-compatible Android smartphones and tablets. A single touch also activates Smart Remote Control, linking the camera to fire the shutter from a distance and view photos on your mobile.

The exciting possibilities of the α6000 grow with your creative ambitions. PlayMemories Camera Apps enhance your photo experience with a growing range of free and paid apps, spanning artistic effects, utilities and more. Learn more at www.sony.net/pmca/. The α6000 is also compatible with Sony’s Camera Remote API programme[ii].

Style-matching optional accessories for the α6000 include the LCS-EBC just-fit Body Case that protects the camera from dust and everyday scratches. It’s possible to transfer data via connected USB, use the NFC function or mount the camera on a tripod without having to remove the case.

The LCS-ASB1 Active Sling Bag protects the camera while you’re out and about. Carry it in one hand, or wear over either shoulder – the bag’s water-repellent fabric and zipper keeps things safe and dry.

The LCS-BBXL[iii] Soft Carrying Case is great for protecting your long lens like the SEL18200LE or SEL55210 while you’re out and about. The water-repellent case also offers extra space to store a lens hood. Also available, the PCK-LM17 is a semi-hard protective sheet that safeguards the camera’s LCD screen against scratches, dust and fingerprints.


Sony A6000 Available for Pre-order for an April 20th release.


Sony A6000 with Olivia

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 in Cape May

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We thoroughly enjoyed the Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon on a recent trip. We spent a few days in Cape May, NJ with the Touit 12mm glued onto the NEX-7.

We are still learning this ultra wide angle lens, at 18mm efov on the NEX, most everything will be in frame. We are somewhat addicted to the NEX-7's level feature which helps minimize converging vertical lines with such a wide lens. We also depended on the NEX-7's autofocus mode while using focus-recompose to frame. Here are a few shots from the trip. They are all RAW converted shots.

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sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

sony nex-7 touit 12mm carl zeiss

Friday, November 1, 2013

Sony A7 Hybrid vs Contrast Detect Autofocus

Sony A7 Hybrid Autofocus


It may not be obvious to us but the hybrid autofocus, phase + contrast detection, of the Sony A7 is faster than the contrast detect only focus. The A7r does not have hybrid autofocus, more from this previous post.

Sony A7 Contrast Detect Only Autofocus


Sony A7 with a Zeiss Vario-Tessar 24-70mm OSS Autofocus Lens



Monday, October 28, 2013

Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses

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Save 20% on Zeiss Touit Lenses


Zeiss is starting the holidays early. They are providing a 20% discount on their excellent Touit lenses for the NEX system. They are also compatible with the Sony A7 and A7r via the APS-C mode. The Touit lenses are fully compatible, auto-aperture and autofocus, with the NEX and A7 cameras.

Click here to get your 20% discount on the Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon and the 32mm f/1.8 Planar for your E-mount system.


Saturday, October 26, 2013

Sony A7r Eye AF in Action

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Sony A7r Eye AF in Action


Here's a new feature included in the Sony A7 cameras. It's called Eye AF and it helps one capture that perfect focus for portraits with the camera locked onto the eye of the subject. We can't wait to test this out ourselves. Will it work with manual focus cameras?

Another Sony A7 and A7r Eye AF Test





Monday, October 21, 2013

Sony A7r and A7 Focus Speeds

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Sony A7r with Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar


One of the major differences between the Sony Alpha 7r (A7r) and the Alpha 7 (A7) is their focusing systems. Both cameras have contrast-detection autofocus but the Sony A7 incorporates phase-detection autofocus for a hybrid system which adds speed and accuracy to locking focus. The videos show a slight difference in locking focus for both cameras. More information below.

Sony A7 Focus Speed with Zeiss 35mm f/2.8 Sonnar


Sony A7r Focus Speed with Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar


Sony Alpha 7rSony Alpha 7
Focus system TypeContrast-detection AFFast Hybrid AF
(phase-detection AF/contrast-detection AF)
Focus point25 points35mm full-frame:
     117 points (phase-detection AF)
APS-C:
     99 points (phase-detection AF)
     25 points (contrast-detection AF)

Sony A7r vs A7 Focusing System Comparison


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Contrast Detect Autofocus of the Sony A7 and A7r


The Sony A7r's autofocus system as explained by Sony:
Fast Intelligent AF

Fast Intelligent AF provides extremely fast AF performance despite the employment of a full-frame sensor. In fact, it achieves top-level AF speed in the full-frame category through the support of various advances including new lightning-fast BIONZ X, high-speed full-frame image sensor output, and a newly developed Spatial Object Detection AF algorithm that conducts focusing analysis in real-time using spatial frequency information to optimally control the lens drive.

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Phases Detect Autofocus of the Sony A7


The Sony A7's autofocus system as explained by Sony:
Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF

Enhanced Fast Hybrid AF combines speedy phase-detection AF with highly accurate contrast-detection AF, which has been accelerated through a new Spatial Object Detection algorithm, to achieve among the fastest autofocusing performance of any full-frame camera. First, phase-detection AF with 117 densely placed phase-detection AF points* swiftly and efficiently moves the lens to bring the subject nearly into focus. Then contrast-detection AF (Fast Intelligent AF) with wide AF coverage fine-tunes the focusing in the blink of an eye. Performance is dramatically improved beyond that of previous Fast Hybrid AF systems through a number of major advances in high-speed contrast-detection AF, including faster communication with the lens made possible by the advanced Spatial Object Detection algorithm. Other advances include optimized image-sensor data read-out, swifter processing of AF-related data by the new BIONZ X image processing engine, and a more efficient lens drive that reduces back-and-forth lens movement.

* 99 points when an APS-C lens compatible with Fast Hybrid AF is mounted.

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Sony A7r with Zeiss 55mm f/1.8 Sonnar

Friday, June 28, 2013

Sony RX1R Removes Anti-Alias Filter

Sony Cybershot RX1R Full Frame Sensor


Sony RX1R Hands On with Olivia


The Sony Cybershot RX1R, R = resolution, takes away the Sony RX1's optical low pass (anti-alias) filter to improve resolution. Other cameras that offer AA less cameras are Leica, Nikon, and Ricoh. The RX1R and RX1 will co-exist and share the same accessories.

Here is the Sony RX1R press release.

A new sister version of Sony’s acclaimed Cyber-shot™ RX1 full-frame compact camera satisfies the most critical photographer’s hunger for sharper, more detailed pictures.

Building on the awesome imaging power of the RX1, the RX1R takes pixel-perfect picture quality to new heights. The model’s ‘R’ suffix denotes a further improvement in the pocket-sized camera’s already spectacular resolution.

In common with many DSLR cameras, the original Cyber-shot™ RX1 features an optical low-pass filter (OLPF) in front of the sensor to suppress unwanted moiré and colour artefacts. The enthusiast-oriented RX1R removes this low-pass filter, guaranteeing flawless capture of fine details without any blurring or dispersion. To compensate for the OLPF’s removal, the camera’s processing functions have been optimised to maintain image sharpness without compromising lens/sensor performance*.

Bringing new levels of realism to landscapes and other finely-detailed subjects, the modified edition RX1R lets photo enthusiasts express their creativity with unprecedented clarity. While weight and dimensions remain the same as the ground-breaking RX1, the special edition RX1R adds other refinements to suit discerning photographers.

In addition, compatibility with TRILUMINOS Colour technology ensures even richer, more natural colours when viewing stills and video on the new generation of BRAVIA televisions featuring TRILUMINOS Display. Videographers can also add an optional stereo microphone, allowing Full HD movie soundtracks to be captured with even greater clarity.

Introduced in September 2012, the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX1 is world’s first compact fixed-lens camera with a 35mm full-frame 24.3 effective megapixel sensor. It’s already won several prestigious European accolades, including ‘Best Premium Camera’ in the 2013 Technical Image Press Association (TIPA) Awards. Read the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX1 press release (12 September 2012) here.

* Moire and/or colour artifacts may be visible in some photographic situations. Colour reproduction performance is the same as the RX1.

Sony RX1R and its fixed Carl Zeiss 35mm f/2 Sonnar


The Sony Cybershot RX1R is available for pre-order for $2798 and will be available on July 26.


Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sony DSC-RX100 II with Viewfinder Announced

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Sony RX100 II with Accessory Tilting Viewfinder


The Sony DSC-RX100 II is an upgrade to the very popular RX100. The RX100 II gets more NEX like with an add on viewfinder and tilting rear lcd. Sony addressed the main complaints about the RX100 and added more features:

  • Enhances the hugely popular RX100 with improved picture quality and convenient new features
  • New 20.2 effective megapixel back-illuminated Exmor R 1.0-type CMOS sensor boosts sensitivity for better low-light images
  • Wi-Fi and easy One-touch smartphone connection with NFC
  • Add accessories with Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal
  • 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD tilts up or down
  • Full HD 24p/25p movie for rich, cinematic video footage
  • TRILUMINOS™ Colour for richer, more natural colours

The Sony DSC-RX100 II will be available next month with an MSRP of $750.

Sony DSC-RX100 II Specifications

Key specifications
Model
RX100 II
Image Sensor
1.0-type (13.2 x 8.8mm) Exmor R™ CMOS sensor with back illumination technology
(Effective resolution) Approx. 20.2 megapixels
(Gross resolution) Approx. 20.9 megapixels
Lens
Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*, with 7 elements in 6 groups (4 aspheric elements including AA lens); F1.8 (Wide) - 4.9 (Tele); focal length = 10.4-37.1mm; 35mm effective focal length (Still Image 3:2) = 28-100mm
Zoom range
Optical: 3.6x; Clear Image Zoom 7.2x
Screen
7.5cm (3.0-type) (4:3) / 1,229,000 dots / Xtra Fine TFT LCD; adjusts up 84° / down 45° (approx.)
Image stabilisation
(Still image) Optical SteadyShot
(Movie) Optical SteadyShot Active Mode with electronic compensation (anti-rolling)
Focus modes
Single-shot AF (AF-S) / Continuous AF (AF-C) / Direct Manual Focus (DMF) / Manual Focus
Focus area
Multi point AF (25 points) / Centre weighted AF / Flexible spot / Flexible spot (tracking focus) / Flexible spot (face tracking)
Sensitivity (still image)
Auto (ISO160-12800, selectable with upper/lower limit), 160/200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800 (Expandable to ISO 100/125)
Multi Frame NR: Auto(ISO160-25600),200/400/800/1600/3200/6400/12800/25600
NB: ISO25600 is achieved by using overlay burst shooting
Continuous shooting
Speed Priority Continuous Mode: Approx.10 fps
Continuous mode: 2.5 fps (AF-S)
Shooting modes
Superior Auto, Intelligent Auto, Program Auto (Program shift available), Shutter Priority, Aperture Priority, Manual, Scene Selection, Movie, Sweep shooting
Picture Effect modes
Toy Camera, Pop Colour, Posterisation, Retro Photo, Soft High-key, Partial Colour, High Contrast Monochrome, Soft Focus, HDR Painting, Rich-tone Monochrome, Miniature, Watercolour, Illustration
Other Shooting functions
Face Detection, Face Registration, Smile Shutter, Dual Rec, Grid Line, Digital Level Gauge (pitch and roll), MR (memory recall), Exposure Bracketing, White Balance Bracketing, Peaking, MF Assist, Auto Framing, Photo Creativity, Shooting Tips
Movie record
AVCHD: 28M PS (1920x1080, 50p/60p) / 24M FX (1920x1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p) / 17M FH (1920x1080, 50i/60i, 24p/25p)
MP4: 12M (1440x1080, 25p/30p) / 3M VGA (640x480 25p/30p) *NTSC formats selectable as Setup menu option
Battery life
(Still Image) Approx. 350 / Approx. 175 min. (CIPA standard)
(Movie) Approx. 80 min.( AVCHD, MP4, shooting in factory preset mode)
Dimensions (WxHxD)
Approx. 101.6 x 58.1 x 38.3mm (CIPA compliant)
Accessory terminals
Multi Terminal, Multi Interface Shoe
Weight
Approx. 254g (body only)
Approx. 281g (with battery and Memory Stick Duo)
Supplied accessories
Rechargeable Battery Pack NP-BX1, Micro USB cable, Wrist Strap, Shoulder Strap Adaptor, Instruction Manual


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Sony DSC-RX100 II Tilting Rear LCD Screen


Here's the Sony Press Release for the new DSC-RX100 II.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II from Sony puts even more shooting power in your pocket. Sleekly styled in strong, light aluminium, it’s a perfect travel partner for quality-conscious photographers who want DSLR-style images from a pocket camera with generous control options.

Building on the superb picture quality of the multi-award winning RX100, the new camera now delivers even better results if you’re shooting indoors or at dusk without a flash. The newly developed back-illuminated Exmor R™ 1.0-type CMOS sensor increases sensitivity while reducing picture noise in tricky low-light scenes. Combined with the exceptional f1.8 Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens, you’ll see the difference with exceptionally crisp, natural stills and Full HD video in any shooting situation – from parties to night-time landscapes.

Wi-Fi makes it easy to connect the camera wirelessly with your smartphone and transfer photos or videos for easy sharing. It’s also the first ever camera from Sony with NFC (Near Field Communication), giving the extra convenience of One-touch connection with Android smartphones and tablets. There’s no set-up needed – simply touch your mobile device against the RX100 II and a wireless connection is made instantly. One-touch Remote even lets you trigger shutter release from your smartphone — great for group shots when you don’t want to be left out of the action.

The camera’s enthusiast appeal is further enhanced by a new Multi Interface Shoe and Multi Terminal. Expand your photographic possibilities by attaching optional accessories – including an electronic viewfinder, powerful external flash and stereo microphone – via the versatile Multi Interface Shoe. The Multi Terminal also allows the addition of other options such as a shutter-release remote controller.

The bright, detail-packed 3.0-type White Magic™ LCD now tilts up and down[i], giving greater freedom to compose shots in comfort. Hold the camera high up to reach over crowds, or get down low and see things from the perspective of pets and children.

Compatibility with TRILUMINOS™ Colour technology ensures even richer, more natural colour reproduction with the new generation of BRAVIA televisions featuring TRILUMINOS™ Display.

Full HD video modes are expanded with the addition of 24p/25p shooting for smooth, cinematic movies. Other refinements include a step zoom function that’s accessible via the camera’s customisation menu. Instantly choose from five popular focal lengths using the control ring – 28mm, 35mm, 50mm, 70mm or 100mm: it’s an intuitive alternative to zooming in and out when you’re in a hurry.

The PlayMemories Mobile app has been updated to enable the one-touch capabilities of the RX100 II, and also now features an enhanced user interface. It is available now for free from the Google Play store for all Android smartphones.

Introduced in June 2012, the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 is world’s first compact fixed-lens camera with a 1.0-type 20.2 effective megapixel sensor. Read the Cyber-shot™ DSC-RX100 press release (6 June, 2012) here.

The new Cyber-shot™ RX100 II digital compact camera from Sony is available to pre-order from sony.co.uk/RX from today and is generally available in Europe from mid-July, 2013.

Sony DSC-RX100 II Review by Imaging Resource


Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sony NEX-7 Rear Button Focus

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Figure 1. Rear Button aka AF/MF Button Controls Autofocus.


Here's a way to autofocus using the rear AF/MF button instead of the shutter button. You can then separate focus from locking exposure with the shutter button half press. This will also prevent the lens from prefocusing when in AF or DMF mode.

Setting up the NEX-7 to use AF/MF Rear Button Focus.
  • Set the camera to Manual Focus, Figure 2.
  • Set the AF/MF Control to HOLD, Figure 3.
  • Set the AF/MF Button to AF/MF Control, Figure 1.
  • Set the Function Button to Focus Settings, Figure 4. This will let us control the focus point via Flexible Spot. You can also use Center focus point then Recompose. The camera must be in MF or DMF mode, Figure 2., to use Focus Settings.



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Figure 2. Set the camera to MANUAL FOCUS.





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Figure 3. Set the AF/MF Control to HOLD.





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Figure 4. Set Function Button to Focus Settings.



Here is the Sony NEX-7 Manual for download for more info.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm Distagon and Miami

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Delano Hotel South Beach


Here are some shots from the Zeiss Touit 12mm Distagon from Miami. It was a quick trip and the weather did not cooperate. The 12mm Touit is a nice match for the NEX-7 due to its lightweight design yet being so well built. The lens was glued to the NEX-7 for most of the trip. The 18mm FOV will take more practice since it's such a wide perspective.

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Car Inside Trump Sunny Isles


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La Sandwicherie South Beach


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Mac's Club Deuce


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nex-7 zeiss touit 12mm distagon miami

Airport Code: EWR

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Zeiss Touit 12mm Lens in Istanbul Not Constantinople

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The plan: spend the 5 hr layover in Istanbul Ataturk Airport to visit the Asian side of Istanbul by ferry.

The plan was devised by my friend and I with no planning. Our other companions stayed behind and wished us luck since we needed it. First one needs a $20 visa to enter Turkey, this took 15 minutes. Next was the passport check line, this took 25 minutes - we have 4 hrs and 20 mins left before our plane left to our final destination. The easiest way to get into Istanbul is by the Metro. We had to take the Subway then the tram to the ferry. Luckily we had no map and were depending on strangers to get us to our destination. We arrived at the ferry one hour later with no complications except for the slow and jam packed tram - 3 hrs and 20 mins to go.

And the problems began. We were told that the ferry was free - it was not. We had to scramble to get tokens - where did the Turkish Liras go? We were rushing to catch the next ferry, and did not confirm its destination. We boarded and waited for 5 mins for the ferry to launch. We saw the Asian side to the left of us, and it stayed to the left of us. The ferry took 15 mins to arrive at its destination which was still the European side of Istanbul - oops. We had no choice but to retrace our steps back to the airport. We finally acquired a map and saw where we went wrong. We took the wrong ferry. The ferry fiasco took 40 mins - 2 hrs and 40 mins left.

We missed the first tram back - 10 mins wait. We got on the next one and slowly countdown the stops in order not to miss the transfer to the subway. It always felt faster returning but this time it did not. Everything was new and we didn't notice how close the tram was to the people and the sidewalks - did we get on the right tram? We did as confirmed by the tram map. We transfer to the subway and get back into the airport - one hour gone, 1 hr 30 min left.

We had to go through two security checks - one has not seen a film camera before. We also had to go through the passport / visa check again and ran through the airport. We checked the flight status boards and saw that our flight was blinking red - FINAL CALL. We arrived at our gate with 10 mins before take off and the airline ticket attendants questioned us. A special screener was assigned to my friend since he had no checked in luggage. We eventually boarded the plane with cheers and jeers from our companions. It was a good yet unsuccessful adventure on a nice day in Istanbul not Constantinople.

Here are a few photos I managed to snap with the new Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm f/2.8 Distagon lens on the NEX-7. I was hoping I had more time to shoot but this was low on our priority list. The camera was on Aperture Priority and Autofocus.

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carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

carl zeiss touit 12mm distagon sony nex

Saturday, June 1, 2013

How Zeiss Touit Lenses Are Made

Manufacturing of Zeiss Touit Lenses for NEX Cameras


One Hundred Pieces Hand Assembled


Carl Zeiss shows the time and care invested into each Zeiss Touit lens for your NEX Camera.

Friday, May 10, 2013

Zeiss Touit Lenses Explained by Dr. Pollmann

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Compact Lens for a Compact NEX System


Dr. Michael Pollmann Carl Zeiss Program Manager discusses the Touit Lens Line.


Here is Dr. Pollmann of Carl Zeiss discussing the Touit lens concept. The Touit autofocus lenses are designed for NEX cameras as was the Zeiss 24mm Sonnar. With the introduction of the Touit line, NEX owners have access to Zeiss' legendary lens designs, Distagon, Planar, and Sonnar. The first Touit lenses will be available around June.

Inner Workings of a Zeiss Touit Lens



Pre-order the Zeiss Touit lenses from Unique Photo.



Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Zeiss Touit Lenses for NEX Cameras

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Carl Zeiss Touit 32mm Planar


Touit, pronounced "do it," is the new name of Carl Zeiss autofocus lenses for NEX cameras. There will initially be three Touit lenses, 12mm, 32mm, and 50mm. They are expected to be available by the summer.

From the Carl Zeiss camera lens blog:
Touit is pronounced like the English “do it.” Touit stands for good visibility, agility, mobility and diversity, qualities which also aptly describe the new ZEISS lenses for mirrorless camera systems. The name Touit comes from the band-tailed parrots. This bird is very small and agile, and its plumage is deep green. The Touit parrots live in Latin America and the Caribbean in a wide range of different habitats, from damp-tropical island regions to lowland rainforests to thorn-bush savannas and even high in the Andes Mountains at altitudes of up to over 20,000 feet.

Please check our previous post for details on the three Touit lenses from Carl Zeiss.

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Carl Zeiss Touit 32mm Planar mounted on Sony NEX-7


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nex autofocus carl zeiss touit lens

Carl Zeiss Touit 12mm Distagon


More info about the genus touit from wikipedia.

Thanks Carl Zeiss!

Friday, April 12, 2013

NEX-7 with Speed Booster vs Nikon D600

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Sony NEX-7 with Speed Booster vs Nikon D600


TheCameraStoreTV posted their hands on video with the Metabone Speed Booster for NEX cameras. They used the Canon EOS to NEX Speed Booster lens adapter on the NEX-7.

In the video they compare the NEX-7 and the Nikon D600, a full frame camera, to see if there are perceptible differences. They used a Sigma 35mm f/1.4 DG HSM lens on both cameras. The exposures were set to be equal at ISO 200 and aperture set at f/8. The NEX-7 with the Speed Booster registered and aperture of f/5.6 due to the full stop of light from the adapter. The D600 registered f/8. The image above is a side by side comparison at 400% enlargement. Would you be able to tell the difference?

Check out the full hands on video with the Speed Booster below.

Metabones Speed Booster Review by TheCamaeraStore


Thanks Jordan and TheCamerStore!

The Metabones Speed Booster can be found here.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

Leica 35mm Summicron Autofocus on the NEX-6

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Leitz Wetzlar 35mm f/2 Summicron on a Sony NEX-6


Leica M 35mm Summicron Lens Autofocus via Contax G Adapter


MxCamera posted their video of a Leica 35mm f/2 Summicron lens from 1960 on the Sony NEX-6 from 2012. The 52 year gap is bridged by a Contax G 28mm lens housing which has been modified to allow autofocus on NEX cameras. If only Dr. Mandler can see what his Summicron can do now.

Thanks MXcamera HK!