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May 2, 2016
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(SR1) Rumor roundup…(A7m3, RX100m5 and Sigma E-mount).

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Here are a couple of rumors I got from anonymous sources. Those are not from trusted and known sources. They rarely are true but sometimes it happens some of those are spot on (it did happen with the A6300 and RX1rII specs lately). So let’s just read those and see if one of them will become true or not:

– release was set for June, however in light of the DL series camera’s the release is in doubt however Sony is confident that what was already planned is still superior to the Nikon offering.
– Hybrid AF will be a feature 179 Phase detect points and 135 Contrast detect points
– Continuous AF bursts 40 FPS
– EVF magnification will be 0.7x (big improvement)
– 24-80 F1.8 – F2.8 lens (longer)
– low light focus down to -4 EV
– Grip will be introduced

Great news!!  RX100 IV is come!! Only improvement I aware is PDAF to compete with Nikon DL cams for C-AF, improv EVF magnification, and same focal length but slightly faster f1.4 – 2.8.

Second confirmation I have is from Sigma regarding production of a 24mm f1.4 APS-C e-mount development. This will not happen as the recently announced MC11 adaptor can fit the existing 24mm sigma for canon lens. I did get confirmed however that for the MC11 adapter an official firmware update is coming to allow it to be used with the Sigma 18-35 F1.8 lens.

I got a peak behind a curtain at the CeBit today:
The A7 M3 will be likely announced in April/May with a great feature set.
The newly developed 22MP sensor features world fastest FF autofocus system. The Exomer RS sensor will also feature vastly increased readout speeds. It was designed with both still image and video image quality in mind.
This results in expected features of full sensor readout for all video modes (including 4k). Optionally pixel binning and line skipping can be activated for stunning slow motion video recording at native resolutions.

May 2, 2016
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UPDATE: Zeiss will NOT(!) announce any new lens next week


Zeiss teased an event on Twitter. They write:

“Well, well! We have prepared something very special for you. Stay tuned! More to come next week.

UPDATE: We just elarned from solid source that this is not an event for a new lens launch!!! So don’t expect any new lens to be announced next week!

found via Mirrorlessrumors (Thanks Jason M.).

April 27, 2016
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(SR4) A99 will be discontinued end of this summer

The following info comes via the one source who shared the new “GM lens line” rumor as first (read the rumor here). So it should be quite a reliable info: He said Sony plans to discontinue the current A99 by end of this summer. He cannot share details yet about how the new A99 successor will be. But stay tuned on SAR. As soon as he “can” he will whisper to use some first details about the new A-mount flagship!

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April 20, 2016
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Sony interview: Megapixel will keep increasing. Medium format is a possibility if there is a demand for it.

Image of a Mamiya 7 (here on eBay) from Roma Nikolaev.

The Russian magazine Prophotos interviewed Sony engineers. I mention a couple of points:

  1. Sony says Megapixel number will keep increasing on future cameras.
  2. The Sony A6300 has no IBIS because Sony preferred to keep the size as compact as it gets.
  3. Sony confirms the plan to keep the A-mount well alive
  4. About going medium format: “It is a matter of the future. It is difficult to say now. We analyze the demand.

Over a year ago there were some first wild rumors about Sony considering making a Mamiya 7 alike digital mirrorless system camera. But I think Sony’s priority now is on FF E-mount. And I hope they will find the resources to bring some excitement on the A-mount system before to move on any other possible medium format project…

April 20, 2016
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Tomorrow (April 21) Sony has a press presentation. They may announce the GM 70-200mm pricing

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Sony has a big event in London because of the Sony World Press Awards. And Sony invited the press for a product presentation at 10.45 London time. They will display their new FE lenses. And I hope Sony will also finally announce the FE 70-200mm GM lens pricing. The lens is supposed to start shipping in May already.

Let’s hope the GM price isn’t much higher than the Nikon 70-200mm and Canon 70-200mm competition!

via MirrorlessRumors.

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