Photokina Report: Sony Carl Zeiss 24mm f/2 SSM

I had the chance to play briefly with Sony’s new Carl Zeiss® Distagon T* 24mm F2 ZA SSM (model SAL24F20Z) – that is a mouth full so excuse me if I use only portions of the name or designation from here on out. While this did not allow for a definite conclusion on the lens I can openly admit to putting it on my Christmas Wish List.

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Photokina Report: Gear We’ve Taken

It’s Friday and and for us at least, the day to wrap up our Photokina Experience. We head to London tomorrow and get back home to South Africa on Tuesday, so long as there are no flight delays. Its has been exciting so far – and this is by no means the concluding post – however in the very little spare time we have had, we have tried to be tourists and I thought you may like to know what gear we’ve been using.

We must give a big thank you to Sony South Africa for making some of the latest gear available to us to mix with our own.

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Photokina Report: Kenko Variable NDX Filter

We have been walking the halls of Photokina trying to spot some of the different or often overlooked products at such shows. We will aim to share some of those with you kicking off with the Kenko Variable NDX (Neutral Density) Filter that was on display. What makes this filter special? If you use ND … Read morePhotokina Report: Kenko Variable NDX Filter

Photokina Report: BMX at Sony’s Alpha Stand

Sony’s stand at Photokina is amazing, particularly if it’s your first time at Photokina. We will bring you more pictures of the stand which is filled with areas for hands on shooting, and talks by Professionals shooting with Sony like Nick Webster who you will hear in the background of the video below. The video … Read morePhotokina Report: BMX at Sony’s Alpha Stand

Photokina Report: Sony Alpha SLT-A55 Speed Priority Mode

Sony has introduced a new range of SLT cameras, the A33 & A55. SLT stands for Sinlge Lens Transluscnet. These cameras feature a transluscent mirror. This means that the mirror doesn’t move when you take a picture, the picture is transmitted through the mirror to the sensor. What does this mean in real life? Well the point I am focusing on in this post is the speed priority mode. In this mode you are able to shoot 10, yes thats right ten frames per second.

Here is a video you may already have watched in our post on the Sony Press Conference here at Photokina, if not take look at the difference between 3fps and 10fps, if you have already watched watch it again it’s pretty cool!

Here is a series of still I shot today on Sony’s stand at Photokina 2010. There are 26 shot in this sequence shot at 10 frames per second. The only reason I had to stop was that I was using a slower memory as my fast card was already full of other stuff. But the important thing to note here is that you are only limited by the speed of your card when shooting in high speed, the faster your card the more shots you get. In an ideal world where we could fast enough cards you could probably shoots 10fps all day.

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Photokina Report: First hands on with the Sony NEX-VG10

As some of you may have picked up by now I enjoy shooting video even more than shooting stills, provided I have the right equipment. We also know that all the DSLR manufacturers are trying to get in on the action of the 5D MkII. We also now that Sony has been hanging back.

We recently reviewed the NEX-5 which is a crossover camera offering the simplicity of use of a compact camera. This camera was the first interchangeable lens camera available from Sony to shoot full HD video. The NEX-VG10 I am talking about here is the video form, big brother of the NEX-5.

I have always maintained that although a DSLR can shoot HD video and the quality is unquestionable, there is a reason a video camera has always had a very similar shape or form. This is because you hold a camera differently when shooting video as opposed to shooting stills. The reason people ‘struggle along’ with a DSLR is the size of the sensor. The bigger sensor of the DSLR allows better low light performance and the ability to use faster aperture lenses gives you more control over depth of field.

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