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May 16, 2012
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(SR5) Full resolution picture of the new All Black 18-200mm lens!

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Here is the first 100% real picture of the Sony 18-200mm E-mount lens that will be announced tomorrow. I am not sure yet but I think the only difference between that lens and the current 18-200mm lens is the…color. But I repeat I am not sure, there could also be some minor optical changes…

Stay tuned on SAR! We are getting closer to the real Sony announcement (May 17th, 6-8 am London time!).

May 16, 2012
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(SR5) A99 price range set between $2,500 and $3,000

One of the (almost certainly fake) images floating around the chinese forums.

A couple of sources told me that Sony set the price range of the A99 camera between $2,500 and $3,000. The final price will be set this summer but it will be definitely be within that range! Also the name (A99) should be confirmed this Summer.This means the camera is certainly cheaper than the $3.499 Canon 5DmarkIII (here are the specs) and the $2,999 eploding Nikon D800 (here are the specs)……LOL :)

Specs I got from the early prototype are also unlikely to change. It means we can pretty much be sure the camera has a 24 Megapixel sensor and a 102 “super” AF system (something unmatched by today’s Canon and Nikon cameras). Frame rate will be 10 or 12 fps (depending on the final testing and firmware). Its also sure that at least two new A mount lenses will arrive along the A99. One of them will be almost surely be the Zeiss 50mm f/1.2 SSM lens. I still don’t know the price of the new Zeiss but I suspect it will be in the same range of the Canon 50mm f/1.2 ($1,499 here at Amazon).

Curiosity: The most expensive 50mm f/1.2 lens on market is the Leica Noctilux. $29,950.00 on eBay (Click here to check that if you don’t believe it!).

Reminder: Stay tuned on SAR tomorrow (May 17th) between 6-8am London time! You can follow live on SAR the A37 and NEX-F3 announcement!!!

May 15, 2012
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(SR5) At least four major new lens introduction at Photokina!

Before you forget it: On Thursday (May 17th) at around 6-8 am in the morning (London time) Sony will have a big product announcement. As you know there will be a new A37, NEX-F3 (damn cool machine!) a new 18-135mm A mount and a new 18-200mm E mount lens. So stay tuned on SonyAlphaRumors to follow the event live!

The days and weeks after the announcement I will focus on the following next product announcements. The APS-C camera with fixed pancake zoom lens. The NEX-F5, the A99 Full Frame camera and the new A and E mount lenses. All that stuff should be announced this Summer! What will also be announced at that time are at least two new A mount lenses and two new E mount lenses. One of them is almost certainly the 50mm Zeiss SSM lens (could be f/1.2!!!). But there is also an A mount zoom, an E-mount prime lens and an E-mount zoom. But as I wrote on the title this are “at least” four lenses. There is chance there might be more. But I am sure those four I mentioned are coming!

P.S.: I hope Sony will give us some official A99 hint on Thursday. It’s just a hope, not a rumor :(

May 13, 2012
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(SR2) The next “chinese” A99 rumor

An unknown source of the Chinese forum Xitek (Click here) posted a full Sony A99 and some other rumors:

The A99 has 24 MPX sensor and 102 AF point (I already posted this months ago)
It has touch screen and a 3 million EVF
Announced in September at Photokina and price $2.800 (I already posted this last month)
The body is larger than the A77 (I already posted this last month)
Basically the only news which I didn’t post before on SAR and the source added is the 3 Million dot EVF.

The source also said the NEX-7 and A77 will be updated next year. There will be also an updated 50mm f/1.4 SSM, 70-200mm f/2.8 SSM and a 135 Zeiss lens. The new 50mm Zeiss will be f/1.2.

As usual take these “sources” with a grain of salt. They often mix existing rumors with some “inventet” stuff. Anyway, I once found the exact NEX-7 specs on a forum like that and they were right. That’s why I am posting this, you never know it can be true!

May 11, 2012
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(SR3) A99 and Nikon D600 will share same 24 Megapixel sensor? Leica uses Sony. Canon makes Mirrorless.

Her are a bunch of news from competitors that are particularly interesting for us:

First: The Leica X2 (Click here) uses the Sony 16.2 Megapixel sensor (same of the A57) Second: Canon could announce their NEX system competition in June (via CanonWatch).

But it is the Third news that really matters most. Nikonrumors posted the possible D600 specs and it really sounds like it will indeed share the same 24 Megapixel Sony sensor. Both, the Nikon D600 and A99 will be announced in late August/early September. The only difference is that Nikon has some own proprietary tweaks on it. From the specs we know the Sony will have more than double the frame rate of the D600 (10 or 12 fps versus 5fps) and more than double the AF points (rumored 101 versus 39 focus points). The big deal with the Nikon is that it is rumored to cost less than $2.000. I hope at that point that the A99 will also stay in the same price league. If Sony shares the sensor with Nikon but keeps the price above the Nikon than the SLT technology might not be enough to justify the price difference. I certainly hope the D600 rumor is correct because it means we can hope the A99 will be priced damn low!!!

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