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December 12, 2012
Posted in rumors

(SR4) Sony will announce a new 85mm f/1.8 E-mount lens soon?


It’s Christmas time and you need some small good Sony news? Here it is: A trusted source just told us that Sony plans to introduce a new 85mm f/1.8 E-mount lens in very early 2013. I have no info about the price yet. For comparison only: In the A-mount world we have plenty of 85mm lenses:
The Rokinon 85mm f/1.4 Aspherical Lens for Sony $289.00 (here on eBay).
The Sigma 85mm f/1.4 EX DG HSM for $894.00 (here on eBay).
The Zeiss 85mm f/1.4 for $1,598.00 (here on eBay).

My guess is that the rpcie will be somewhere between $600 and $800.

That said let’s finish the post with a good news for US readers. You are the first to have the 35mm E-mount lens in Stock. Check out here at AlphaCameraDeals (Click here).

Reminder (SR = Sonyrumor):
SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

December 11, 2012
Posted in reviews

A99 test roundup…

Sony A99, prueba de vídeo from QUESABESDE on Vimeo.

Time to catch up with some A99 related news. Here is a list of links:

Sony 50mm f1.4 (First Version, Tested on the A99) at ThePhoBlographer.

Some RAW files at Digifotopro.

Studio samples at Photographyreview.

Troy:slow motion test on SLT-A99V

Chris:Hi Andrea, I just found this interesting paragraph on DXOMark which indicates that the Sony A99 has been tested and has dynamic range better than the D600 and as high as D800, please read this: DxOmark. They state ” Excellence continues in the Landscape Score too, with the K-5 IIs achieving a stunning 14.1Evs of Dynamic Range that places it 4th out of all cameras and is only outdone by the Nikon D800, D800E and Sony A99.”

As a reminder keep in mind that no A1X and no A95 is coming any time soon. That I know for sure now! Feel save to buy the A99 if that is a camera capable of fulfilling your real needs!

We have a first deal on the A99. You save $150 on BigValue (Click here). Or A99 superkits offer for the same price as the body at Buydig (Click here) and Adorama (Click here).
Login our little new Slidoo eBay site and save this A99 search to get notified on eBay deals.

There have been an official 40 Euro price drop in Germany at Wexphotographic. If you like to take risks than there is a Luxemburg’s store selling the A99 for 2650 Euro on eBay (Click here) and for 2450 Euro at UKbnsuk (Click here). Both write that there are no import taxes to pay.
Check out Slidoo Europe to find and/or get notified on eBay A99 deals.

December 11, 2012
Posted in deals

Now in Stock: Sony RX1 at Amazon!

The Sony RX1 is right now back in Stock and shipping at Amazon (Click here).

Let’s see how much it will remain in Stock that time… :)

December 11, 2012
Posted in deals

Free Lightroom 4 on the NEX-6 purchase.

And we have a new US deal today. You will get free Lightroom 4 (full boxed) on any NEX-6 kit purchase at Bhphoto (Click here).

And don’t forget that you can saveup to $300 on all APS-C SLT cameras at Amazon (Click here), Adorama (Click here) and Bhphoto (Click here)!

Amazon SLT deal message.

December 11, 2012
Posted in rumors

By the way…also the A-mount mirrorless prototype got off the roadmap…

Sony’s concept of an A-mount mirrorless was similar to the K-01 from Pentax (but with a different design).

As I told you before Sony changed the camera roadmap. And from the three FF camera prototypes that I heard off two were taken off the roadmap. One is the A1X FF SLT and the second is the A-mount Full Frame mirrorless camera (without SLT mirror). That was the most compact A-mount camera ever made (in Sony lab). It would have become a sort of entry-level and cheap Full Frame camera. I now have been told by two sources that Sony dropped the idea to release a camera like that. You may let me know if you would ever have considered to buy a camera like that :)

By the way, Sony wouldn’t have been the first to use the same classic DSLR mount for a mirrorless camera. Pentax did it with the futuristic (or horrible) designed K-01 (available in different colors on eBay).

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