Sony Alpha 3000 DSLR-style mirrorless camera unveiled with three lenses

Sony Alpha 3000, a first of its kind from Sony, is a mirrorless camera in the body of a DSLR, for those who prefer the mirrorless performance, but want the DSLR design.

Sony Alpha 3000 DSLR-style mirrorless camera unveiled with three lenses

Sony Alpha 3000 DSLR-style mirrorless camera unveiled with three lenses

On a bright sunny day in San Diego, Sony announced the new Alpha 3000, a new mirrorless camera in a DSLR form-factor along with three new lenses, including one carrying the Zeiss branding.

The new camera features a large, high-resolution 20.1 MP Exmor APS-C HD CMOS sensor, a bright electronic viewfinder and the same lens mount as Sony’s popular line of E-mount cameras, making it compatible with the system’s ever-growing assortment of high-quality lenses ranging from telephotos, wide angles and macros to versatile zoom and portrait lenses. The Alpha 3000 becomes the first mirrorless camera from Sony to use a DSLR design, much like the Panasonic G6.

Along with the Alpha 3000, Sony also announced a trip of lenses, the Zeiss 16-70mm f/4 OSS, E 18-105 f/4 OSS and a 50mm f/1.8. The new Carl Zeiss lens should help photographers with a Sony mirrorless camera experience the legendary optical quality of the lens, all while enjoying a constant aperture of f/4. The new E 18-105 is aimed at photographers who would like a more versatile walkaround lens, with a constant aperture. While we would have loved a maximum aperture of f/2.8, but those interested in this lens will have to settle for f/4. Lastly, Sony also fills in a gap for portrait photographers with the 50mm f/1.8, which is somewhat of a standard for those who love shooting people.

(Left to Right) Zeiss 16-70mm F4 OSS, 18-105mm F4 G, and black 50mm F1.8 E-mount lenses

Pricing:

  • The new α3000 interchangeable lens camera will be available in early September for about $400, paired with a black 18-55mm zoom kit lens (model SEL1855).
  • The new Carl Zeiss Vario-Tessar T* 16-70mm F4 zoom lens will be available in late September for about $1000.
  • The new E 18-105mm F4 G Series zoom lens will be available in December for about $600.
  • The new E 50mm F1.8 portrait lens in black will be available in late September for about $300

‘Idli, sambhar most nutritious breakfast’

'Idli, sambhar most nutritious breakfast'

‘Idli, sambhar most nutritious breakfast’

CHENNAI: Three idlis, a bowl of sambhar and a tumbler of filter kaapi — Chennai’s traditional breakfast is not just a gastronomical delight for many but also the most nutritious morning meal compared to those in other metros.

‘India Breakfast Habits Study’, a survey conducted in four metros, found that Chennai has the best breakfast ‘nutrient profile’ in the country.

The study covered other metros like Mumbai, Delhi and Kolkata on a sample size of 3,600 subjects, split across 8 to 40 years age group, and described ‘alarming’ figures of nutritional inadequacy in our country.

“Although people in India are increasingly becoming health conscious, this doesn’t reflect in their eating behaviour. Changing lifestyles and behavioural patterns result in meal skipping or inadequate food intakes particularly at breakfast time,” said Malathi Sivaramkrishnan, research director, college of home science, Nirmala Niketan, Mumbai, who conducted the study funded by multinational food manufacturing company Kellogg’s.

The nutrition scale was assessed based on the adequacy of carbohydrates, energy, proteins, fats and calcium. “While there have been many studies on the number of people skipping breakfast, very little has been done on the content of the meal and its nutritional value,” said Malathi.

The study found that 79% of those surveyed in Mumbai had nutritionally inadequate breakfasts, followed by Delhi and Kolkata at 76% and 75%. In Chennai only 60% reported that their breakfast was nutritionally inadequate.

“Kolkata’s traditional breakfast has excess maida which has a lot of carbohydrates, very little protein and no fibre at all. Delhi’s parathas are too oily and Mumbai doesn’t have a typical breakfast as such. People eat bread mostly, which just has carbohydrates,” said Malathi.

Nutritionists say the nutrient value in rural areas down south is even greater as many of them consume ragi. “Ragi is rich in Vitamin B, fibres, protein, calcium, iron and phosphorus,” said Meenakshi Bajaj, dietitian and coordinator at Academy of Clinical Nutrition, Madras Medical College.

She described the more popular idli and sambhar as a “complete meal”.

“The rice and urad dal in idlis complement each other, making it a complete protein. The vegetables and dal in the sambhar are good supplements,” she said.

The study found that one in four Indians skip breakfast. Although the number of those skipping meals were fewer in Chennai, ‘skimping’ (eating inadequately) was more prevalent.

Nutritionists say the effect of skipping and skimping meals is more or less the same. “Only the intensity will be lesser in the latter,” said Bhuvaneshwari Shankar, chief dietitian of Apollo Hospitals.

It was also found that in Chennai nearly 50% of the housewives, 30% of the elderly and 20% working adults have only a beverage for breakfast.

SOURCE: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Idli-sambhar-most-nutritious-breakfast/articleshow/22129608.cms