September 30, 2014
Posted in rumors

(SR3) Rumor about a medium format Sony surfaces (again)

Image of a Mamiya 7 (here on eBay) from Roma Nikolaev.

Also Photorumors got word (reliable?) on a Sony medium format camera coming the coming 12 months. Nothing new as this rumor is floating on the web since months now (see article here). My sources once told me the Sony medium Format Camera is a sort of digital Mamiya 7 (here on eBay). But the camera should look better and be smaller. So here are the specs/details rumored so far:

– Fixed lens RX camera
– Zeiss prime (35mm FF equivalent)
– 50 megapixel sensors (same used by new Hasselblad/PhaseOne/Pentax medium formats)
– Built-in EVF
– Smaller and cheaper(!) than any other medium format cameras out there. It’s cheaper than the new Pentax 645

All we know from recent interviews is that Sony said such a camera “is possible” to make for Sony and they also stressed to say that they have unique innovative products to come in 2015. Let’s hope this one is one of them!

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September 29, 2014
Posted in news

Sony Tidbits…

Carl Zeiss 35mm F2.8 Lens Review by John Sison.

Sony is one of the 20 coolest brand in UK (TheGuardian).
How To apply Sony creative Styles in Lightroom by Brian Smith.
Kipon HandeVision IBELUX 40mm f/0.85 Hands-On Preview (ePhotozine).
Speedmaster 50mm 0.95 FE review at Coolframe.
Olympus v. Fuji v. Sony – Camera Shoot-out – Part 5 – Final Thoughts by JoshMcLeod.
Sony A77 II Shooter’s Report Part I (Imaging Resource).
Konica Auto S3 rangefinder with NEX-5 sensor inside at Frankencamera.
Leica T+35mmf2 and Leica MP+35mm Summilux vs Sony A7R+35mmf2.8 Zeiss at Thevisualexperience.

Boon:I’ve just posted on Waddesdon Manor today. Infrared images shot with Sony NEX-3.

September 29, 2014
Posted in deals

New Sony refurbished FE stuff: World best AF lens for $874 (55mm FE).


Sony and official partner Secondipity keep offering some great savings on refurbished A and E-mount stuff. The world best autofocus lens, the 55mm f/1.8 FE Zeiss now sells for $887 on eBay US (Click here).

These are the other great new refurbished deals:
Sony FE 70-200mm for $1.199,99 at eBay US.
RX100m2 with bag and SD card for $474 at eBay US.
Sony A77 for $618 at SonyStore.
Sony A77 with kit lens  for $787 at SonyStore and on eBay US.
SonyA77m2 for $899 at eBay US.
RX1 for $2,099 at SonyStore.

September 29, 2014
Posted in rumors

The High Megapixel war rumors: Canon 46MP camera coming soon(?) and Sony in January/February?

Canon confirmed they are working on High Megapixel camera sensors and my trusted sources Sony is working on such cameras too. Sounds almost like both companies are working on it “on sync” because both companies are rumored to deliver around 50 Megapixels cameras within a close 3-6 months timeframe from now.

I am yet not sure about the rumor about Canon but it’s said that Canon could launch a 50MP Full Frame camera in mid October. Sony will “counterattack” beginning of 2015 (likely in January?). And as for now I heard about a 46 Megapixel FF sensor and a 54 Megapixel FF sensor. Maybe the first is coming…first. And the second sensor on a later camera. The specs I got about the 54 Megapixel sensor are:

54 Megapixel sensor
2460 focusing points
focusing area covers 78% of the entire sensor

Of course the info I got as about a sensor prototype and they may slightly differ from the final production version.

P.S.: Quite strange to notice the time after Photokina will be more interesting than the time before Photokina :)

September 29, 2014
Posted in news

Could that be the new Full Frame 16 megapixel Monochrome Sony sensor?

Many months ago I reported how Sony was developing a Full Frame monochrome sensor. Interesting enough Nikon just announced a new DS-Qi2 monochrome camera for microscope use. It has a 16.2 Megapixel Full Frame monochrome sensor “that features high pixel density, high sensitivity and low noise, making it an excellent choice for applications in quantitative fluorescence imaging.“. As you know “most” of the Nikon FF sensors are made by Sony so is that one a Sony FF too?

I hope we will get such kind of sensor on a real RX(?) camera soon!

Here are the sensor details:
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