Sony Developing Interchangeable Lens Camcorder for 2010

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Hot on the heals of today’s NEX-5 and NEX-3, Sony has announced the development of an interchangeable lens HD camcorder. While specs have yet to be released, Sony confirms that the cam will sport an APS-C CMOS sensor and full compatibility with the latest E-mount lenses. Sony A-series and Minolta glass will work via an adapter.

This is Sony’s first camcorder to use dedicated SLR lenses. Following Panasonic’s AG-AF100, it will be interesting to see how the larger CMOS chip effects low-light performance and video performance. The product name and price are TBD, but Sony is slated to begin production in the fall or winter of 2010.

Audio inputs? A proper viewfinder? What are the things you really want from an SLR lens camcorder?


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All Sony has to do is build an EX-3 for dSLR lenses. Done. Anything less won't cut it. And speaking of cutting. What manufacturer in their right mind doesn't cough up the $ for the right codec? Editors, networks, and studios will flat out refuse to work with bad codecs and guess what, they're the ones that hire shooters. Production occurs "top" down, not "bottom" up.

You are so right about that...codec is what gets me excited...they better make if work with Final Cut and not this Vegas crap! Sorry for anyone using Vegas.

Shawn Chittle wrote:

All Sony has to do is build an EX-3 for dSLR lenses. Done. Anything less won't cut it. And speaking of cutting. What manufacturer in their right mind doesn't cough up the $ for the right codec? Editors, networks, and studios will flat out refuse to work with bad codecs and guess what, they're the ones that hire shooters. Production occurs "top" down, not "bottom" up.

When you say "E-mount" lenses, what does that mean exactly?  I am a photographer using the Canon 5D and 1D bodies with L series EF lenses, so I am interested in understanding if I could use my Canon EF L series glass with this recorder?

Thanks

Anonymous wrote:

When you say "E-mount" lenses, what does that mean exactly?  I am a photographer using the Canon 5D and 1D bodies with L series EF lenses, so I am interested in understanding if I could use my Canon EF L series glass with this recorder?

Thanks

Sony's new NEX cams employ the E-mount. This is proprietary, but adapters are already planned to support Sony A-series and Minolta mount lenses. While it's likely that 3rd party companies will build adapters for other optics, it's doubtful that these adapters will support the Canon EF/EF-S mounts. The Canon iris (f-stops) are controlled electronically. To build an adapter to make Canon hardware communicate properly with Sony hardware would be extremely difficult and cost prohibitive:( 

I believe the "E-mount" lenses are those lenses designed for the NE-X3 and NE-X5 cameras .. the "A-mount" is the designation for the alpha lenses.