Sony is not a company that is known for interoperability and compliance with standards. Quite the opposite, in fact, if one considers technologies like Memory Stick, Blu-Ray, and most every other development they have made in consumer electronics. But what about the NEX mirrorless cameras? How do they compare to similar offerings from other vendors? You might also like reading … [Read more...] about Is the Sony NEX Camera System Excessively Proprietary?
“The nice thing about standards is that you have so many to choose from.” Andrew Tanenbaum's statement may be a cynical and dismissive, but it's not far from the mark. Indeed, there are a great many standards, perhaps as many as there are efforts to standardize the world around us! But what good are standards, really? The 3 Standard Types In technical fields, standardization … [Read more...] about The Myths of Standardization
The Sony NEX camera system has pleased admirers with its high-quality and compact size. But just a few lenses have been released even after a year on the market. One way to make a small selection of lenses go further is to offer secondary lenses that can add flexibility to the primaries, and this is what Sony has done with the VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide Angle Converter. It attaches to … [Read more...] about Sony VCL-ECU1 Ultra Wide Angle Converter for NEX Cameras: Hands-On Review
I have really enjoyed using my Sony NEX-5 camera, but one disappointment is the dearth of lenses available for Sony's new "E-Mount" system. Although many have been promised, I know of just five native lenses for my camera. I recently purchased the first third-party E-Mount lens, a trick manual prime from SLR Magic in Hong Kong. It produces gorgeous portraits but is tricky to … [Read more...] about Hands-On Review: SLR Magic 35mm Sony NEX Lens
Sony has updated the impressive NEX “mirrorless” camera system, announcing the replacement of the NEX-3 and releasing new firmware with enhanced features. Although the new NEX-C3 will not appear until the fall, I am pleased to report that the new NEX firmware further enhances the usefulness of my NEX-5 camera. Introducing the NEX-C3 See my Sony NEX-5 Camera Review The Sony … [Read more...] about Sony Enhances the NEX Line With Updated Firmware and the New NEX-C3