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March 8, 2017
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(SR4) New Sony High End E-mount Camera rumor: Low resolution, high speed and 20fps

SonyA9
The mirrorless protoype shaped like a DSLR from Sony (2014)

Before the A6500 announcement a first time source sent me the info about the A6500 camera and I posted it with low SR2 ranking. Of course now we know the rumor turned out to be correct.

Now he shared some info about the possible new High End E-mount camera from Sony. Please note that there is yet no guarantee he is right on those rumors too. But at least the info is more “Likely” to be true:

  1. The camera under development seems to have 2 models.
    One is high-resolution model around 70MP, and the other is super high-performance AF, super high speed continuous shooting, and super high ISO sensitivity model.
  2. The first model to be released will be the low rez and super high-performance AF camera
  3. I don’t know whether both models are released like α7, 7R or A9.
  4. Many professional photographers introduce Emount, and Sony receives many requests from professional photographers through PRO support. High-end Emount camera (probably α9) will become the camera in response to the demand of professional photographers.
  5. The camera with lower resolution sensor is very fast and has in its prototype stage shoots around 20 fps
  6. Estimated price range is $6,000

From other trusted sources we know this: The new High End camera has unlimited RAW buffer time, dual memory card slot (probably dual SD and not the dual XQD version as reported 1 year ago), and a larger than A7rII body. Also the model with Lower Megapixel count and higher FPS seems to be the one that will be announced first.

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March 7, 2017
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Sony registered a new camera code….for a new FF E-mount?

The chinese public agency Miit.gov.cn registered the code of a new Sony camera “WW361847”. Usually this means that within 1-2 months that camera will be announced to the public Now here is the interesting thing:

The “WW3*****” code is usually used to define the A7 camera series! The A7, A7r, A7s, A7II and A7rII all had the “WW3*****” prefix when they gor registered. The only exception is the A7sII which uses the “WW8*****” prefix.

While RX camera use “WW4” and “WW8” prefix.

So this backups  the rumor we posted yesterday that Sony will announce something “Big” in April.

via Nokishita

 

March 7, 2017
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March 6, 2017
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Status updated on the next Sony (16-35mm GM and something BIG) and next Zeiss (Batis 135mm) announcements

I had the chance to talk with my trusted sources about the next Sony and Zeiss announcements:

Sony:
There was some chatter about a possible Sony announcement by late March. Our trusted sources now informed us that a new Sony announcement is very likely to happen in April (and not by end of March). But they have yet no info about a specific date. They confirm the 16-34mm f/2.8 GM should be announced on that event. Sony is very hush-hush on spilling out info about the next Sony camera but trusted sources said Sony told them to expect something “BIG” :)

Zeiss:
A trusted source got some info about the next Zeiss Batis tele portrait prime lens. It will be available for preorder in late March. The exact announcement day is unclear yet but it sounds like we may have to wait 2-3 weeks before we get full details about the lens (which is rumored to be a 135mm f/2.8).

I am also working on the next Sigma FE lens details and I hope to be able to share some more info soon.

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March 3, 2017
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New $40 fisheye E-mount lens from a chinese company

Our reader YC just spotted a new teaser for a Fisheye MFT lens made by a chinese manufacturer:

Some info from a Chinese mirrorless forum:
 http://tieba.baidu.com/p/5004916064?pid=104825892670&cid=104826339998#104826339998
 This guy claimed that his little team from Shenzhen, China is designing a super compact fisheye macro lens for E/X/M43 mount. The length is only 6mm. On APS-C it’s a 180 diagonal fisheye. The aperture is F8 and you cannot stop down. The minimum working distance is only 1 cm. It contains 1 AA glass. The corner sharpness wouldn’t be worse than the other fisheye lenses on the market (at least he said so).
 They have finished the first prototype. Several samples are included in the thread. The price is 299 CNY = 43.44 USD. They’ll start a fund raising program from March on the Chinese website JD.com (kind of like Amazon). The early bird price is 249 CNY = 36.18 USD. The product is planned to be shipped from June. But I guess they don’t have any plan for oversea market yet.

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