January 28, 2013
Posted in rumors

New FW update: List of newly supported lenses on the A99

As I told you last week we should expect soon a new firmware announcement for the A57/A77/A99 cameras.

Today an anonymous source just told me that the new firmware update for the A99 will bring support for the following lenses: SAL24F20Z, SAL85F14Z, SAL135F18Z, SAL70300G, SAL70200G, SAL35F14G, SAL1635Z, SAL100M28, SAL50M28, SAL85F28, SAL300F28.

I may ask the source if he can tell me if there is more improvements/fixes to come with the Firmware update?


January 27, 2013
Posted in deals

Sony NEX-F3 deals in US (clearing stocks).

The NEX-F3 successor will arrive in Spring and that’s why you see those new NEX-F3 deals like the double kit deal on Bestbuy (Click here). And there is a another superkit deal with Case Logic bag and Free Transcend 32 GB Memory Card at Amazon (Click here).

Little curiosity. Guess what’s the most sold E-mount lens on Amazon (here is the ranking)….the 16mm pancake! Curiosu to see if the new 20mm pancake will sell better…

January 26, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sony TidBits…

There are plenty of Sony related news I summed up into this post. I am also going to post a SonyAlphaRumors readers work roundup soon. If you have something good(!) to show drop me a message and link to your work at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Thanks!

Matthew Durr tested the Sony 35mm f/1.8 OSS E-mount lens: “The 35mm f/1.8 is a fantastic lens, despite its focusing limitations dependent on CDAF. The only “real” knacks against it—heavy vignetting and noticeable fringing wide-open—can easily be worked around depending on the situation, what settings you shoot at, and how much post-processing you are used to doing.
Sony DT 55-300mm SAM f/4.5-5.6 Review at Photographic Central: “I do like a good bang for the buck, so an overall 8/10 rating for this lens which is very good considering a 10 would be a perfect performance in every aspect of a lens review. Comparatively the Tamron 70-300mm VC would get a 7.5/10 overall from me- but more on that at a later time perhaps!
Sony NEX-6 terrain test at Focus Numerique (translation here).
Which NEX Lenses Are Compatible with Sony’s Hybrid AF? (ThePhoBlographer).
Sony 10-18mm F4 OSS Wide Angle Lens (ThePhoBlographer).
Sony A99 review: Feature-packed, fast-shooting, full-frame DSLR proves it’s ready for the pros (Imaging Resource).
Sony A99, with Zeiss 24-70mm/2.8 and Sony G 35mm/f1.4 at Milleica.
HyperPrime CINE 35mm T0.95 at Domisljije.
Sony NEX-6 with the Minolta MC 58mm f/1.4 Lens at SonyAlphaLab.
Auto HDR and Zero Sharpness at Photographic Central.
A few thoughts on the Sony Nex 6 and the Fuji X-E1 (Mike Kobal).



January 26, 2013
Posted in news

Speed Booster adapter shipping via Metabones website (and on eBay).

Finally the Speed Booster adapter is shipping via the Metabones website and also in Stock for the regular price on eBay (via HK). And to get notified when more adapters are in Stock save this search on Slidoo eBay (login and change your root country if required).

GetDPI user Brianc discovered that the Speed Bosster and “Tilt Shift combo optical axis decoupling results in some unexpected results.“. And another test is available at Japanese DC.watch (translation here).


January 25, 2013
Posted in rumors

Sony not going to unveil the Zeiss SSM release date at CP+ show (and fake price info in China).

Digifoto confirmed that Sony will not share any info at the CP+ show about the possible release period of the new Zeiss 50mm f/1.4 SSM A-mount lens. And neither they will unveil the final price. And I also have to debunk a myth that is circulating today. The Chinese site PConline writes the lens will cost 2,200 Yuan which would be 350 in US dollars. That is definitely a wrong info. Zeiss never ever releases a f/1.4 that cheap and they will not do that now. I expect the price to be close to $1,000!

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