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May 4, 2012
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(SR3) New Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 coming along the new FF camera in August.

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Rumors are getting stronger about the next Full Frame DDay announcement in late August. I am sure that there will be new Alpha lenses coming along the A99 (or whatever the final name will be). Question is which kind of lens should we expect? I am getting more and more “indications” that there will be a new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM lens. The rumor still hasn’t reached the SR5 value (which means that many trusted sources confirmed this) but I hope to get the definitive answer soon.

The current Sony 50mm f/1.4 is still based on the lens design typical of the 70s to 80s. It’s a decent performer but we absolutely need a high quality version too! I hope it will not be too expensive.The currently most expensive Full frame 50mm lens on the market is the Zeiss Planar f/1.4 (Click here to see auctions on eBay) which is available for Canon/Nikon/Pentax mount. That is the price I expect for the new Sony Zeiss!

Links to the current 50mm f/1.4 lens from Sony: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

And here a short poll:

Would you a high quality 50mm f/1.4 Zeiss lens priced at 750 Euro/Dollar?

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Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

May 3, 2012
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(SR3) Is Sony going to launch a GoPro competitor this year?

OK guys, this is neither an Alpha nor a NEX camera news but it’s interesting to know that under the most sold cameras you will find the GOPRO camera series. A new source just told me that Sony will enter that kind of market with GoPro “clones” by end of the year. It sounds like Sony will focus on NEX and on that kind of cameras in order to bring in some cash within the Digital Imaging business.

For those of you not knowing the GoPro camera here are some shop search links to check specs and price: Amazon, B&H, Adorama, J&R, eBay.

May 2, 2012
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New “Shenyang Zhongyi” 35mm f/0.95 for NEX is coming

UPDATE: We just have been told that the company making the lens is “Shenyang Zhongyi” and not “SLRmagic”. Shenyang Zhongyi will make a new 35mm f/0.95 with native E-mount. There are even some image samples posted on via Xitek (Click here). I never heard about the company before!

P.S.: SLR magic made four lenses for the NEX system:
SLR Magic 35mm f/1.7 MC (here on eBay).
SLR Magic Toy Lens 28mm Bokehmorphic lens (here on eBay).
SLR Magic HyperPrime 50mm f/0.95 (here on eBay).
SLR Magic 28mm f/2.8 lens (here on eBay).
The 50mm for M-mount lens that has just been tested on a NEX camera at Photozone (Click here to read the review).

P.P.S.: Didn’t see it nefore but some Amazon stores also have a lens ranking: Amazon US (Click here to see the ranking), Amazon UK (Click here to see the ranking) and Amazon France (Click here to see the ranking).

April 30, 2012
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A full NEX-F3 and A37 and lens rumor roundup!

We had a busy weekend with plenty of rumors and leaks. Time to sum everything in one single post. And I also want to know your buying intentions :)
The good news of all these leaks is that I posted the NEX-F3 and A37 rumor over three months ago. These means that also my Full Frame rumors are very likely correct as they are coming from the same sources!

One more thing: The roadmap image you see in the first thumbnail below doens’t include the pro stuff! Don’t worry, A99 is coming in August :)

A37:

Specs:
16.1 MP
ISO from 100-16,000
Steadyshot offers 2.5-4 stops of additional image stabilization.
7fps due to translucent mirror
15 pt autofocus system with 3 cross sensors
Quick AF Full HD Movie mode
Auto Portrait Framing (from the A57) takes a landscape photo and crops it.
Clear Image zoom (Digital zoom) but they still do recommend a telephoto zoom lens
11 picture effects
448g (8% smaller than T2i and 3 % than the D3100).
LCD is tiltable
Tru-finder = 100% coverage
1080 24p HD video with face detection
Also in 60i
Available in June  $599 with 18-55mm $799 with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM.

18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
$500 by itself

Sony NEX-F3


Specs:
16.1 MP same as A37
latest Bionz processor
ISO 16,000 from 100.
24p 1080p HD or 60i
MP4 Codec
3:2 in MP4 mode
Auto Portrait Framing
180 degree LCD for easier self portraits
Clear image zoom is present if you want
Built in flash
Improved battery performance to 470 images per charge
Charge on the go via USB to pc
Accessory terminal: you can add the trufinder or the microphone
Ergonomic grip addition like the 5n
3fps
No touchscreen
Silver, black and white.
June $599 with kit lens no 16mm f2.8 bundle

18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS in black going to be announced in summer.

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April 29, 2012
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(SR5) Full A37 and NEX-F3 and two lens specs. Announcement May 17th

And here are the full specs of both cameras. Sounds like the Sony “secret” press presentation in Malaysia was not that secret :)

A37:
16.1 MP
ISO from 100-16,000
Steadyshot offers 2.5-4 stops of additional image stabilization.
7fps due to translucent mirror
15 pt autofocus system with 3 cross sensors
Quick AF Full HD Movie mode
Auto Portrait Framing (from the A57) takes a landscape photo and crops it.
Clear Image zoom (Digital zoom) but they still do recommend a telephoto zoom lens
11 picture effects
448g (8% smaller than T2i and 3 % than the D3100).
LCD is tiltable
Tru-finder = 100% coverage
1080 24p HD video with face detection
Also in 60i
Available in June  $599 with 18-55mm $799 with the 18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM.

18-135mm f3.5-5.6 SAM
$500 by itself

Sony NEX F3
16.1 MP same as A37
latest Bionz processor
ISO 16,000 from 100.
24p 1080p HD or 60i
MP4 Codec
3:2 in MP4 mode
Auto Portrait Framing
180 degree LCD for easier self portraits
Clear image zoom is present if you want
Built in flash
Improved battery performance to 470 images per charge
Charge on the go via USB to pc
Accessory terminal: you can add the trufinder or the microphone
Ergonomic grip addition like the 5n
3fps
No touchscreen
Silver, black and white.
June $599 with kit lens no 16mm f2.8 bundle

18-200mm f3.5-6.3 OSS in black going to be announced in summer.

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