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January 5, 2015
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Sony TidBits…

Unlimited battery power for mirrorless Sony cameras (SonyAlphaForum).

Sony Z Camera render by Lucian Marin.
Atomos test Update 5 at 3D-kraft. Explains how to address the glossy Display issue.
Sony variable transmittance patent (Egami).
A6000 review at Passportsandlenses.
Next Sony A9r render (SonyAlphaForum).
Review of the Sony SELP18105 at LuxorPhotoArt.
A7II and A7 Comparison review at IBK.
Still Accessories for α7 (Sony Youtube).
Video Accessories for α7 (Sony Youtube).
Has Leica Lost Its Way? (Planet Alpha).

Alexandre:During this festive season, many girls in Bangkok had some Christmas costumes. It was very entertaining and I shot many pictures of them with my Sony A7R and the Zeiss lens 35mmF2.8 . sometimes I used the sony flash F43M.

January 4, 2015
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(SR4) A different rumor: 4K ActionCams coming to CES.

Bildschirmfoto 2015-01-04 um 10.29.24

So far trusted sources told me no photo camera (A or E-mount) should come at CES. The big focus will be at CP+. But I got multiple reports that Sony will announce new camcorders and also something else:

“4K ActionCams coming to CES. Very sure of this.  I saw the content go up in the booth…”

You may think this is not an interesting news but did you know the most sold cameras worldwide are not DSLR, not mirrorless, not compacts…but actioncameras? Just check the Amazon digital camera sales ranking (Click here). This will be a big news for Sony. The rumor also got confirmed via ActionCameraRumors.

And Sony launched also a countdown for the live streaming that you can follow on Ustream or directly here on SAR (I will embed the video). The event starts at 5pm Las Vegas time (January 5th). This is…

8pm New York time
01.00 London time (January 6)
02:00 Berlin time (January 6)
10:00 Tokyo time (January 6)

And do not forget that there will be a big A and E-mount announcement in just one month right before the CP+ show that starts on February 12th. Stay tuned!

January 2, 2015
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Zeiss says new Loxia wide and tele primes will come by end 2015!

Zeiss Loxia Lenses — BandPro 2014 from Clint Milby on Vimeo.

Hdslrshooter interviewed the Zeiss US manager and he spilled out some info about the future Loxia lenses (just watch the full video on top). He said a wide and a tele prime lens are very likely to come. And he “believes” those lenses will be on market by end 2015. We don’t know yet if those lenses will be “based” on the ZM line just like it happened with the other two Planar 50mm and Biogon 35mm primes. But let’s take a look at the ZM lens range:

Wide primes:
Distagon T* 2,8/15 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Distagon T* 4/18 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/21 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
C Biogon T* 4,5/21 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/25 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).
Biogon T* 2,8/28 ZM (Click here to see images on eBay).

Tele primes:
Sonnar T* 2/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).
Tele-Tessar T* 4/85 ZM (Click here to see price on eBay).

I would really like to see the 21mm f/2.8 and the 85mm f/2.0 :) And you?

Zeiss Loxia store links:
Zeiss Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama., WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens for Sony E Mount at BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, CameraPro.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 50mm f/2 Planar T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Lens Hood for Loxia 35mm f/2 Biogon T* Lens at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss 52mm Front Lens Cap for Touit and Loxia Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss De-Click Key for Loxia Lenses (5-Piece Set) at BHphoto and Adorama.
Zeiss Rear Lens Cap for Loxia E-Mount Lenses at BHphoto and Adorama.

January 1, 2015
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Samyang will soon announce a new 135mm lens!

Bildschirmfoto 2014-12-22 um 18.02.03

Samyang/Rokinon announced on facebook that they will launch a new lens in January. Easy to guess from their teaser that it’s likely to be a new 135mm lens :)

found via Photorumors.

December 29, 2014
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My mix of prediction and rumors for 2015 (A9, A99II, RX2, A7000 and more).

One of the weird A9 photoshopped cameras floating on the web.

So you want to know what I think could be announced in 2015 based on the rumors and “feelings” I have? Here is my list with the most likely announcements on top:

90% chance – New Loxia FF E-mount lenses:
At least two new lenses will be announced in 2015. Not yet sure about the focal length but a 85mm and a 24mm version could come as next.

90% chance – Sony High Megapixel E-mount FF camera:
I don’t know if it will be called A9 or A7rII or what. But I really think the rumors about that camera are true and that it will raise the Megapixel bar above the current 36Mp Sony sensor used by the A7r and Nikon DSLR cameras. When is it coming? Around mid 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

90% chance – One surprise:
More about it in a soon to be posted rumor ;)

90% chance – E-mount camcorders:
There is at least one more to come priced below the FS7.

75% chance – Fast 85mm FE:
Announcement late 2015. And of course there will be the FE lenses already announced at Photokina plus new FE lenses that will be announced late 2015 but to be released in 2016 only.

75% chance – Sony RX2:
If the rumors and patents we got are correct than this should be the RX2 will feature the first curved Full Frame sensor of the world. Sony said it’s production ready and we also spotted official Sony patent describing the sensor and the lens designed for it (35mm f/1.8). Around mid-end 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

75% chance – Sony A7000:
High End APS-C E-mount camera with 5 axis stabilization. Around early-mid 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

75% chance – New A-mount “updated” lenses:
Sony seems to be focused on update some of the current A-mount lenses rather than introduce completely new lenses.

60% chance – Sony A99II:
Actually in a “normal condition” I would rate the rumor much higher. But seeing how Sony is focusing on E-mount first I don’t know when they will decide to release the new A-mount FF. So let’s keep the rate at a save 60%. Around mid-late 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

60% chance – Sony A3100:
E-mount APS-C entry level and DSLR styled camera. Around early-mid 2015 is the most likely timeframe for the release.

50% chance – Updted A7s and A7r with 5 axis:
Sony did it with the A7II. Although I have no rumors about that yet I think it

50% chance – RX20:
4K updated version.

30% chance – RXm:
Fixed lens medium format camera.

Extremely unlikely to happen:
A-mount FF with integrated vertical grip, Interchangeable medium format system camera.


It’s always hard to guess what’s coming in future. One thing I am sure about is that it’s going to be again a very exciting year of rumors and news :)

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