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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.”

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May 6, 2016
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(SR2) Some A9 specs info…

Some more A9 info from anonymous new source (therefore take it with a big grain of salt). He says he is in the Broadcast business and a Sony manager told him this about the A9:

From the small snippets I have gleaned:
Sensor around 70-80 Mpixel.
Better IBIS
They are going to sort out this buffer overflow issue
Better HDR  whatever that means.
More “3D depth of sensor” I think they may be looking at some form of advanced “stacked sensor”

If the specs are correct this sounds ok to me! Just wondering how much it will cost if we already have to spill out $3,200 of the Sony A7rII.

But again keep in mind that this is a new source. What highly reliable sources told us so far about the A9 is this:

“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. The size will be bigger than A7RII, but smaller than conventional DSLR, such as 5D3.”

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May 5, 2016
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(SR3) New Sony medium format rumor: 101 Megapixel mirrorless system camera at Photokina?

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Alpa camera with the new IQ3 100MP System with Sony sensor

The following is quite a challenging rumor to evaluate. While the source is legit he himself is not sure if the information he got from Sony has been “correctly communicated”. But anyway here is what he told me:

A high ranking Sony distribution guy just told me not to be too fast going towards Hasselblad.  He hinted towards Sony releasing a medium format camera at Photokina together with a series of new lenses.  As the presentation of the Hasselblad I was pretty disappointed as 4K video did not work yet and the Phocus software couldn’t process the raw files right, it will take until June/July anyway to decide if this makes sense – so I will wait until Photokina.  There seems to be a good chance that we see the world’s first mirrorless medium format camera from Sony.

I find it a bit unlikely that Sony will launch both a new High End FF E-mount camera and a new medium format system camera this year. It may be that the Sony distribution guy meant that the A9 will have “medium format quality” or so…

That said I would love to get a mirrorless system camera with the new 101 Megapixel sensor from Sony. But I still think they should first use their resources to launch some great A-mount stuff and some new APS-C E-mount lens…

May 3, 2016
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(UPDATED) Hot! Samyang announced the 50mm f/1.4 and 14mm f/2.8 FE autofocus lenses!

Samyang

UPDATE: Samyang now officially announced two new Full Frame E-mount lenses. And both lenses are also the companies first autofocus lenses! The lenses are:

50mm f/1.4 FE (Full Frame E-mount).
14mm f/2.8 FE (Full Frame E-mount).

This is superb news! Samyang already makes some excellent manual focusing Sony glass. They sell them branded as Rokinon in USA (Click here), Wallimex in some EU countries (Click here) and Samyang in Asia (Click here). Those lenses usually do offer a very high optical quality for the money. Samyang is going to be the first company offering Full Frame autofocus E-mount lenses for an affordable price!

Press release:

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May 3rd, 2016, Seoul, Korea – The global optics brand, Samyang Optics (http://www.samyanglensglobal.com) today announced the long-awaited launch of two autofocus lenses: 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 lenses for Sony E mount Mirrorless cameras with full frame sensor size. The new 14mm and 50mm are the widest and brightest lenses in their classand offer superb quality images to photographers. This launching expands the boundaries of Samyang Optics photo lens line-up from manual focus only, to now include autofocus lenses.

Optimised Optical Design as Full Frame Mirrorless Camera Lens
Both 14mm F2.8 ED AS IF UMC and 50mm F1.4 AS IF UMC are specifically designed to work in harmony with full frame mirrorless cameras in Sony E mount. The flow of light is devised based on the uniqueness of the distance from glass to sensor in mirrorless cameras to create optimal performance. Along with portability of mirrorless lenses, the 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 are compatible with full frame sensors to deliver the wideness and sharpnessof image to photographers.

The 67mm filter diameter brings the maximum amount of light into the lens to create the best work of light in photography. The 14mm F2.8 is the widest angle available in the market and the F1.4 of 50mm and F2.8 of 14mm apertures are by far the brightest of full frame mirrorless lenses, offeringa beautiful bokeh effect and the best quality images under various exposure conditions.

Based on Samyang Optics’ exceptional optical technology, aspherical lenses have been included in both lenses to minimise aberration and unnecessary light dispersion, delivering high resolution from the centre to the corners of the image.

AF Performance and Ergonomic Design Based on Class-Leading Technology
These new products will be the first autofocus lenses in over 40 years of Samyang’s class-leading core optics technologies.Samyang has captured the essence of world leading image technology with their manual focus lenses and reinterpreted it into autofocus lenses. Photographers now can enjoy the prime manual lens image quality and autofocus lens. These new 14mm F2.8 and 50mm F1.4 are compatible with both phase detect and contrast detect sensors to operate fast and accurate focus detection.

The 67mm filter diameter is also the result of years of R&D for best handling, by adding stability to the photo-taking experience. Also the minimal and sleek design and metal-housing solidify the build quality with the internal focus system.

These two new autofocus lenses from Samyang Optics will be exhibited at the Photo & Imaging 2016Show in Seoul, South Korea. The lenses will be globally available from July 2016. Further details, pricing and availability will follow.

More information will be released soon onSamyang Optics official website (http://www.samyanglensglobal.com), Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/samyanglensglobal) andInstagram (http://www.instagram.com /samyanglensglobal).

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