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January 15, 2014
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(SR3) New fixed lens f/2.8 constant zoom APS-C E-mount lens coming too?

In two-three weeks Sony will announce the new high end APS-C E-mount camera. And a Sony rep shared some info with a Dpreview forum user. He writes:

1- Yes, the “NEX” name is gone, 100% guaranteed.
2- “Alpha” will be the new names for the APS-C mirrorless cameras.
3- APS-C Mirrorless cameras will have model numbers in the thousands….just like the Alpha 3000 and Alpha 5000.
4- NEX-7 has been discontinued. The NEX-6 will also be discontinued in the future, probably about a month before the replacement is announced. Reason why it has not been discontinued and the NEX-7 has, is because it has sold very well due to its low price.
5- NEX-7 successor will be announced in the first quarter this year. Rumored model name of “Alpha 7000” is not confirmed as of now, simply a rumor. Not even the Sony rep could tell him what the final model name will be, but he did say it will be the flagship APS-C mirrorless camera without a doubt.
6- Sony is working on a F2.8 fixed zoom lens (probably a 16-50 or 17-55). They plan to release a new APS-C lens road map when they announce the NEX-7 successor.

I am pretty confident that the information he shared is correct. A f/2.8 would be certainly a welcome addition to the ASP-C E-mount world.


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January 14, 2014
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(SR3) Sony to launch a new SAL 70-200 f/2.0 lens?

This is the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0. Sony will launch a similar (in terms of aperture) lens soon?

One path Sony has to convince us about their A-mount commitment is to launch great A-mount lenses. And well, according to one new source Sony will soon announce the new A-mount SAL 70-200mm f/2.0 (!) lens! This is going to be the fastest Full Frame tele zoom ever made!!! The only “similar” lens to date is the Olympus 35-100mm f/2.0 (here one Bay). But this one is designed for the smaller Four Thirds sensor.

The lens will be announced soon and be priced at around 3.000 Euro!

Well, this is what one source says, I still have to get a confirmation via other sources. For now take it with a grain of salt. But I certainly think this is the kind of lenses that can bring us back the confidence and love for the A-mount system. What a beast of a lens!!!


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January 12, 2014
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Sigma (again) pushes back the 18-35mm A-mount release.

A SAR reader got the following mail from Sigma when asking about the definitve 18-35mm f/1.8 lens release. This is Sigma’s answer:

Hello xxx,

No set date but it should be available for shipment by the end of February.
Yours Truly,

xxx xxx
Sigma Corporation of America

Bad news! Still, the lens can be preordered at Amazon (Click here) and BHphoto (Click here).

January 10, 2014
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(SR4) Sony to launch a Full Frame Black and White sensor camera?


The FF B&W sensor description by Leica.

Sony is once more challenging Leica! According to one source Sony is developing a new Full Frame Black and White sensor for a camera to be launched within one year! This will be the second FF camera after the $8,000 Leica Monochrom (here at Amazon). On paper the advantages of such a sensor are amazing:
– Greater sharpness
– Cleaner Higher ISO results
– Increased Dynamic range

I don’t have any info about the sensor specs yet so we have to read some Leica Monochrom tests to learn how good a B&W sensor works:
Luminous Landscape reports that “the technology is not without ot flaws. Among these is that since the luminance information is only being sampled from the green cells, there is actually less resolution available than one might think. About 2/3rds in fact.
Two great reviews and nice image samples can be read/seen at Thorsten Overgaard and Ming Thein.

Now you tell me…

Sorry, there are no polls available at the moment.


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January 9, 2014
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(SR3) Sony A and E-mount camera announcement in 3 weeks? A79 and A7000.

According to two new sources Sony has scheduled an announcement in three weeks. The NEX-7 successor will be announced for sure and likely be named A7000. And also the new A79 could be announced on the same day.

I also know a Full Frame A-mount camera will come for sure but I don’t know if it’s in February already or in March.

I am also working on rumors about two camera surprises. Sorry if I don’t share them now but I am using what I know to double check the info. But I cannot hide my excitement, Sony will deliver quite some surprises if what I got turns out to be true!

That said the new name strategy for Sony seems to be:
Axxx (like A5000, A3000 or A7000) for the APS-C E-mount series
Axx (like A79 or A99) for APS-C or FF A-mount cameras
Ax (like the A7-A7r) for the FF E-mount series.

Pretty confusing :)

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