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May 16, 2016
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(SR4) Zeiss says next Loxia (Telephoto?) should be due at Photokina in September

Loxia_21mm_f:28

Zeiss managers do not keep secrets their plans about the Loxia lens range. A SAR reader wrote me this:

I was chatting with a Zeiss customer representative about choosing the right portrait lens a few months ago (shortly after the Milvus line came out). First he recommended the Batis 85, and I indicated I really enjoy the Loxia 50 which I have since autofocus on my first gen A7’s stink. After going back and forth for a while he recommended the 135 APO. He also hinted that if I liked Loxia that much I’d have to wait until Phototinka 2016 for a portrait option. So, in regards to your recent rumor that Zeiss is releasing 3 new lenses around October, I would expect/hope one of them will be the Loxia telephoto Zeiss has hinted at before. No idea what specific focal length is being considered though.

I guess that next Loxia will be a telephoto lens…85, 105 or 135mm???

Links to all Batis and Loxia lenses:
Batis 18mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 25mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Batis 85mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 21mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 35mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.
Loxia 50mm at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

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May 16, 2016
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Sony is “investigating” the possibility to make new fast f/1.8 APS-C E-mount primes

16-70mm

The last APS-C E-mount lens got announced on August 27 2013. It was the Zeiss 16-70mm lens.

It’s nice Sony is still committed in making great APS-C E-mount cameras like the A6300. But they really need to focus back on making APS-C E-mount lenses too! I know we can use FE lenses on the A6300 but these are bigger and more expensive than “natively” designed APS-C E-mount lenses. I hope Sony will find some time and resources to make some of these new lenses. There is some hope as I just got this from a source:

I had the chance to talk with a street photographer in Japan who says he participated as a photographer in a Sony marketing research focus group. Those in the group used A6300 with all current APS-C and full-frame Sony lenses and were asked to complete questionnaries and answer interview questions about their experience and about their wishes for future lenses. The questionnarie and the interview asked about their preferences for prime vs zoom, focal lengths, max aperture, use of OSS stabilisation, low price vs high image quality, and whether they want and are prepared to pay more for depth-of-field scales and for pancake designs. They were also asked about their thoughts on specific hypothetical lenses, they were told these lenses don’t exist nor is Sony working on them but the marketing team wanted to know what they had to say assuming such lenses existed, these imaginary lenses were described in the questionnarie as an APS-C 23.5mm f/1.8 OSS and an APS-C 18.5mm f/1.8 OSS both with a price and image quality similar to the 35mm f/1.8 OSS.

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May 14, 2016
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Meyer Optik Goerlitz will launch a third E-mount Trioplan lens in 2017

Trioplan

It’s quite impressive and unexpected to see that Meyer Optik raised over $600.000 !!!!!!!!! on Kickstarter to finance their latest 50mm f/2.9 Trioplan lens development. The campagn was that successfull that they updated their rewards list by adding a third new Trioplan lens:

Restoring the Trioplan lens line means that all good things come in threes. Our major 2017 lens announcement will be the third and final Trioplan in our line-up.

The lens is surely to come with native E-mount too.

via Mirrorlessrumors.

May 13, 2016
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Sony A68 US gets an over two month shipment delay! New product release roadmap delayed too because of the Kumamoto damage?

A68

Yesterday many US stores suddenly changed the Sony A68 shipping date from May 19 to August 4 (See at Amazon and BHphoto). A source told me that this is due the Kumamoto sensor production stop. Because of that Sony had to postpone the A68 launch by two and a half months. He said the full camera release and shipment roadmap has been overhauled with some of the future new products that will be launched later than expected.

The past years Sony regularly announced new products in June. But at that stage I don’t know if the some or all of the announcements will be delayed….

May 11, 2016
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SAR reader claims to have spotted the A9…


The new A9 is supposed to be a more “DSLR” alike sized camera (image above is a rendering)

A SAR reader who prefers to remain anonymous sent me this:

Walking through battery park Manhattan around 5:35pm, I came across someone walking towards 1 world trade, with a graphite looking camera with no markings or paint in a slightly larger and boxier shape than my a7r ii, when I realized it was too large to be a Fuji XT1 but too small to be a Leica T, I looked closer and noticed the user (short chubby guy with red goatee) was using a Sony GM 24-70mm 2.8 lens on the body.
The photographer was pretty uncomfortable when I started asking questions. But I can say this. It was in fact a Sony A9(?!?) proto type, it is slightly larger than the A7Rii however it does not have a built in battery grip. Good things are it does have dual card slots, definitely sd maybe cfast, I really don’t know much about different cards, but he did say it has 2. It has a joystick for autofocus point moving. But most importantly, when he showed me the joystick, the spot where it would say 42M on my a7rii, it said Extra Fine 72M!!
He said this was one of a few prototypes out there and that it was due out end of summer for early fall release (can’t say this is real or not).
I know I am not a source or anything, but this thing was legit!!!

While the above rumor is not from a trusted source and therefore to take with a big grain of salt I can confirm via other highly reliable sources that a new High End E-mount camera will be announced by Sony: There is a 90% chance the following info is correct:

“The next generation flagship mirrorless camera from Sony will be a giant leap. It will drop a huge bomb in the imaging industry. It will not be A7III or A7RIII. It will be a new model above A7 series. I would say A9 (let’s name it as the new model). So the new A9 will have dual XQD card slot, no CFast version, only XQD. A9 can do UNLIMITED RAW burst, UNLIMITED. The camera wont pause for buffering.”

Join the Sony A9 facebook group to get all news about that camera!

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