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January 28, 2015
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What’s coming at CP+ in two weeks so far: Many FE lenses, some A-mount lens. Camera release date unsure.

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Time to make a clear roundup of the CP+ rumors. The show will start on February 12 and the Sony press conference is scheduled for February 13. There is some smoke and some fire on the rumors front:

The Fire:

So far we only know for sure that four FE lenses (Zeiss 35mm f/1.4, Sony 28mm f/2.0 G, 90mm f/2.8 G OSS macro, 24-240mm f/3.5-6.3 OSS) and two converters will be announced.
It’s also highly likely that
1) Sony will show an updated FE roadmap
2) Sony will give us more hints and show a mockup of the two “updated” A-mount lenses (image on top)

The smoke:
So far I got no 100% confirmation from trusted sources about a camera announcement at CP+. They spilled out some info on the A7000, A7rII and so on but always stressed me to say that announcement date is unclear. Knowing the recent Sony history it may be possible that Sony will focus on the FE lens announcement at CP+ and announce the cameras 1-2 months later just like it happened at Photokina and with the A7II.
1) There is a cat and mouse game with Canon on the High megapixel camera. So maybe Sony wants to see what Canon brings out first…
2) New 4K cameras may be announced at NAB in April. A show that suits better for that kind of tech.
3) I got absolutely ZERO rumors about possible new A-mount cameras coming at CP+….

So let’s hope that Sony is just hiding their cards like they did with the A7s and A7II…we want the A7rII and A7000 as soon as it gets Sony! :)

 

 

January 26, 2015
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(SR4) Trusted source: I am 99% sure the new A7rII is coming with “50Mp sensor”.

A long time source got information that the new Sony A7rII is coming with a 50 Megapixel sensor. I am right now asking him when the camera will be announced and how it looks. Stay tuned, got the feeling he can tell me more and that the camera is coming sometimes…soon :)

Stay yuned, I hope I can finally give you 99% reliable info on the camera soon!!!!

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P:S.: I am yet not sure the A7rII and A9 are the same camera…

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January 26, 2015
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Sony TidBits…


Sony A7 II Hands on Review by BHphoto.

Timescapes from 10,000 feet, a timelapse made with the A7 (SonyAlphaForum).
Personal View FOTGA Video Contest
Sony PXW-FS7: análisis (Quesabesde).
The Sony F55 Shooting at 360FPS (Newshooter).
Sony AX100 4K Handycam at Akihabaranews.
List of all Full Frame native E-mount lenses (SonyAlphaForum).
Personal View FOTGA Video Contest
Sony A7II test at DC.watch.

January 23, 2015
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(SR3) New DSLR styled APS-C E-mount camera coming soon.

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The current Sony A3000

An anonymous source told me a DSLR-sized E-mount camera has been spotted “testing in Shanghai“. He says “from the actual size, I would think it is an E mount camera instead of FE mount“. It’s likely that he is talking about the A3000 replacement which is likely to come this Spring.

The Sony A3000 has been announced one and a half-year ago (Aug  2013). It’s main goal is to appeal the mass market by offering a SLR-alike design. I don’t know what you think but I would also like the A9 to have a more DSLR design too. Mainly because it means bigger size with better placed controls and better grip.

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January 21, 2015
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What Sony manager “X” says about A and E-mount future…

A person I highly trust talked to a major Sony manager (I cannot unveil his name). Now as usual the info spilled out by such “managers” have to be taken with a grain of salt too. They often “hide” or sometimes even really don’t know exactly what’s going to happen in the near future. But the info he shared was the following:

1) Many FE lenses have a larger Filter size because it’s more practical for video usage. And Sony wants to make lenses that can suite well both kind of customers: Stills and Video photographers

2) A High End E-mount FF (rumored to be named “A9″) is indeed on the roadmap for a 2015 release. But he doesn’t think it will be announced from here to March. Before the A9 Sony will announce the price and release of the new FE lenses.

3) In the Sony managers region (can’t name it but it’s big) 80% of the interchangeable cameras they sell are E-mount and only 20% A-mount. Most A-mount cameras sold are A99’s.

4) According to him Zeiss, Sigma, Tamron and other third-party lens makers have more interest in making lenses for the E than for the A-mount system. Mainly because the E-system has little to offer while there are plenty of A-mount lenses around.

5) A-mount sales are just enough to cover initial development costs. While the money is coming from E-mount.

6) There will be new and “updated” A-mount lenses that will mainly focus on improving the lens usefulness in video.

I repeat it. Take that info with a grain of salt. But this is the kind of info that the manager (and likely other too) are spreading around when talking with customers and business partners.

 

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