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May 9, 2017
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(SR3) 135mm FE will be announced months after the 16-35mm GM (and few specs)

Image on top shows the Mitakon 135mm f/1.4. The new Sony FE should be f/1.8 or 2.0

Yesterday a trusted source confirmed both the 16-35mm f/2.8 GM and the 135mm FE lens are due to be launched this year. Today a new source shared few more details that I think could be correct:

There’s almost no chance the new 135 GM will be anounced together with 16-35 GM. The zoom is ready right now and the 135 is still being developed. We are pretty sure we will have to wait AT LEAST 3 months.

What is almost sure for about FE 135 GM:
– lack of stabilization
– weather sealed
– aperture is still a question but for now we can say it will be f/1.8 for 80% chance. There were ideas that it should be even f/1.4 as the target of the new lens is to be a killer for other portrait lenses but PERSONALLY I don’t give big chances on that. The value of f/2.0 is rather impossible.

Thanks Source!

May 8, 2017
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(SR4) 16-35mm GM and 135mm FE lenses coming soon…

Batis 135mm f/2.8 vs the Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 A-mount (CameraSize).

Last week we reported about a possible imminent announcement of the 16-35mm FE GM lens and another 135mm FE lens. Well today a trusted source confirmed two lenses are coming:

“Like 16-35mm f2.8 GM and 135mm portrait lens.”

So still no info on the aperture of the 135mm lens but it will be faster than the newly announced Batis 135mm f/2.8. Sony is expected to announced the 16-35mm GM lens between late May and June. I don’t know if the 135mm FE will be announced together with the 16-35mm GM or sometimes later.

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May 5, 2017
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Curious error on the A9 unveils 8k recording menu option

An early tester of the new Sony A9 sent me this:

Today I had the opportunity take a sneak peek at the Sony A9, and while checking the menu there’s a 8K VIDEO option but it’s disabled in the camera, when I asked more about this option the Sony representative took the camera away and noted that it could have been a pre-production error.

Of course the Sony A9 is not capable to record 8K because that would require at least a 33 megapixel sensor. But we know the new menu is going to be used in all future A7 and A9 cameras. So it might be that the A7sIII or A7rIII will have a 33MP sensor with 8K recording? My bet is that the A7rIII would be perfectly suited for such an option. That said I doubt we really need 8K video yet!

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Sony A9:
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Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
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100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

May 3, 2017
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(SR3) New source says 16-35mm GM to be announced within one month. 135mm FE also coming soon.

Zeiss135mm

Image above shows the A-mount Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens

The following rumor is from a new source (Thanks!). I had no time to verify the reliability of the info yet so take it with a grain of salt. But I figured I should post this now because the source says a new Sony announcement is imminent:

New portrait lens is coming. It will be FE 135 G Master lens. Definitely faster than latest Batis – f/2 or even f/1.8. It is in deep development state now so specification is not known yet.
16-35 f/2.8 is ready and will be presented very soon – less than the month

All we know so far from trusted sources is that the 16-35mm GM is ready for announcement. The 135mm FE rumor is also not really new and of course it makes sense for Sony to launch an E-mount version of their glorious A-mount Zeiss 135mm f/1.8 lens.

But let me repeat again: So far trusted sources did not confirm the rumored May launch of the new GM lens or the development of a new 135mm FE lens.

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May 2, 2017
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Rumor recap: What’s coming next from Sony?


I guess many are hoping to get this: A Sony A9r :)

The Sony A9 created a lot of excitement but we brainless rumor-addicted SAR consumers want to focus on what’s coming next right?

Let’s start with FE lenses:
The last eight months all our FE lens rumors were spot on: 100mm STF, 85mm f/1.8 FE, 100-400mm FE. The only rumored lens still “missing” is the 16-35mm GM. I guess it will be announced in June (hope trusted sources will read this post and confirm it)
I have yet no info about other new FE lenses but I have been told there are still many more lenses to come in 2017.

Cameras:
What we know for sure is that Sony registered two cameras in February. One got announced (the Sony A9) and the other one is likely to be announced some times in June. We have no info about this camera. Is it a new RX camera, a new A5xxxx or a new A7rIII/A9r?
I have been told that 2017 is the year of lenses. I suppose this means we don’t have to expect Sony to update all their current A7 camera range. The only camera I heard about being in final development stage is a new High Megapixel camera with most of the Sony A9 body changes. But sources did yet not tell me when this one is going to be announced.

New Sigma/Zeiss/Samyang Sony lenses:
There will be new Zeiss FE lenses. I got some early info about those that I will post soon on SAR ;)
Sigma is developing their new range of FE lenses. Those are completely newly designed and I hope to get some details about the first lens specs soon.
Samyang will also soon launch the new 35mm f/2.8 AF lens (images can be seen here). UPDATE: Forgot to mentione there will be new Voigtlander lenses too :)

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Andrea (SAR editor)

Sony A9:
Sony A9 at BHphotoAdorama, Amazon, BestBuy. FocusCamera. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 with Grip Extension Kit at BHphoto, Adorama and Amazon.
Note: US readers preordering the A9 at BHphoto or Adorama using our links (and our affiliated links only!) have a chance to win a Sony A9.

100-400mm GM:
Sony 100-400mm GM at BHphoto, Amazon, Adorama, BestBuy. Calumet.de. Park UK. Wex UK. Jessops.

Sony A9 accessories:
Sony A9 battery grip at Adorama, Bhphoto, Amazon. Wex UK. Jessops.
Sony A9 Glass screen protector at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.
NP-FZ100 battery for the A9 at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Jessops.
GP-EX1 grip at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
FDA-EP18 eye cup at Adorama, BHphoto.
MQZ1 multi battery charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon. Wex UK.
BCQZ1 Z-series Battery Charger at Adorama, BHphoto, Amazon.

May 1, 2017
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Sony Tidbits…


GH5 vs A6300 image quality test

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Sean:I recently shot and edited a fashion campaign video for high end swimwear brand JETS. I used an A7rII with Sigma 30mm f1.4 DN in 4k crop mode using a Beholder DS1 gimbal as the main camera. On the tripod was a A7s with Atomos Shogun also recorded in 4k and Sony FE 85mm f1.4 GM lens. It was colour graded and edited in Adobe Premiere Pro. Final output was in 1080p and the setup performed very well. The video can be viewed here:
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April 25, 2017
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First image samples shot on the new Zenitar 50mm f/0,95 Full Frame E-mount lens

All images are credited to Gleb Sukovatykh (instagram or YT channel)

SAR reader Gleb just sent me this info about the new Zenitar 50mm f/0.95 FF E-mount lens:

I visited the PhotoForum 2017 exhibition in Moscow past weekend where I had a chance to get my hands on the Zenitar 50mm f0.95 E-Mount and test it on my a7sII. I made a quick instagram video and included some footage that was shot using this lens. The lens looks like a tank, weights like a tank, and built like a tank.
Just don’t forget to mention that this is not a final version of the lens and that everything was shot hadheld at 1/60 sec and wide-open at f0.95, so that’s why it’s kinda blurry and not exactly in focus. I don’t want people to think that the lens is a piece of garbage :)

There is no info yet about the possible lens pricing and sales start. Click on the images below to see some image samples shot on the pre production lens:

All images are credited to Gleb Sukovatykh (instagram or YT channel). Please do not re use without permission!

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