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November 16, 2016
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Sony removes the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 A-mount from their A-mount list. Updated lens coming?


SAR reader “Slavic” noticed that Sony removed the Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 A-mount lens from their official Sony A-mount lens list (Click here). Usually some kind of changes do happen there if new lenses are about to be announced soon.

Sony just recently confirmed they will update a few of their current A-mount lenses by adding faster SSM support (SAR reported about it here). So let’s see if that’s just a mistake on their website or if they are really going to announce a new updated version soon…

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November 15, 2016
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(SR4) More confirmations about larger FF E-mount cameras with dual card slot (pricing above A7rII)

Image above shows the current A7rII

Back in Spring a first highly trusted source confirmed that Sony is working on a new High End E-mount camera that would have: New larger body, dual XQD card slot and unlimited RAW burst. He also said the camera would be placed above the current A7 line.

Well last week another trusted source confirmed this: Larger E-mount camera with dual card slots will be launched in 2017. But he added one more info: Sony did not confirm him if the camera would be named A9. What Sony did tell him is that Sony will keep selling the A7rII and the new camera will be priced above it. The source told me that while he is really not sure about it…he got the feeling the camera could also be named A7r mark III and not A9. Even if the A7r mark III will have a higher price tag and new larger body design they may stick to the A7 naming.

To me it sounds like it would make more sense to differentiate the portfolio: The A7 series should be for entry level models and the A9 series for the high end pro photographers. What do you think?

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Join the A9 group on Facebook (it will be renamed A7rIII if the camera turns out to have that name).

November 14, 2016
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(SR1) The impossible rumors roundup…


This is a list of rumors I got from anonymous sources. These are sources who never contacted me before and whom I cannot verify the correctness of the information. Most of these kind of rumors is usually wrong. But you never know and let’s hope that among those messages there will be some correct info:

New High End cameras:

There are multiple models come up for the high end new Sony. They have a larger body and they each have a party trick inside. The one with the fast AF will have a GPS module built in. One with the highest MP will have the new wireless flash trigger built in.  Video version will have a fancy mic built in instead.

New High End cameras 2:

Sony has been working on a new procerssor chip and raw image format for the upcoming FF A9 camera series to utilize the newly developed 92MP FF image sensor

New image processor engine:

Sony investigated the difference of the difference of their own cameras with the performance of third party cameras utilizing the same sensors. The result is that besides Sony having the better sensor knowledge and earlier access other manufacturers achieve better performance.
This has several implications:

Sony is trying to employ / poach specialized people
Sony is putting more effort into glass (see G master)
Sony is revising their whole image processing chain

Especially in camera processing. Meaning we might see a new image processor as well as image format in the new upcoming cameras.

Nikon is more performat especially in dynamic range besides utilizing the same sensor.
Also Nikon is more performant in AF speed – but this is a result of the dedicated AF sensor

Just for fun: Which one of those rumors would you like to be true?

Notes on those kind of (im-)possible rumors:

  • Fake rumors sent by so claimed sources that are known to create fake rumors are NOT included. What you see here are messages I got from unknown sources where I have no track of any “rumor history”
  • It’s by readers request that I create this sum up of low ranked rumors. But please remind all that these are not rumors from trusted sources and don’t count me accountable on those kind of very low ranked rumors :)
  • The last year a couple of those rumors were right (RX1rII and A6300 specs). So miracles sometimes can happen :)
November 11, 2016
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Tamron also designed the Zeiss Batis 18mm lens?


Egami spotted a Tamron lens design patent. Teh design and the specs are exactly the ones of the Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 lens. So it looks like Tamron designed that Zeiss lens too (yes also may other Zeiss lenses have a Tamron design). Anyway, not really a big deal: This lens is supersharp and one of the best lens you can buy today.

Zeiss Batis 18mm f/2.8 at Amazon, B&H, Adorama, eBay.

November 10, 2016
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(SR5) Samyang confirms they will release 1 or 2 wide angle FE autofocus lenses in 2017

At minute 2:00 of that interview with a Samyang manager we get the information that Samyang will release one or two wide angle autofocus FE lenses in 2017.

Those are their current two FE autofocus lenses:
14mm f/2.8 FE lens at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon. Amazon UK.
50mm f/1.4 FE lens at BHphoto, Adorama, Amazon, Amazon UK.

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