July 17, 2013
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Honami Smartphone Camera specs confirmed. Honami Mini coming too?

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The first Sony smartphone with high photo quality will be announced on September 4th. You can see the invitation card on top and the specs and images on the table below. We posted these specs a couple of weeks ago. The interesting thing is that one of our sources that shared us info about that Honami phone also said the NEX-FF would arrive soon :)

I will have some more bits on the Honami soon. And VR-Zone reports there will be a Honami mini too.

via ePrice (Click here).

July 16, 2013
Posted in reviews

Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 gets DxOmarked. Beats all zooms and even the Zeiss primes! Preorders up at Amazon US/UK/DE

Note: Finally preorders available at Amazon (Click here)!

The brand new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 lens may be the only lens you ever need to buy for your APS-C camera. According to the just published DxOmark test (Click here) it beats all other APS-C zooms and even the Zeiss FF primes! There is not a lot to say, the Sigma is an outstanding performer. And it will be in Stock soon:

in USA at Amazon (Click here), BHphoto (Click here) and Adorama (Click here) and in Europe at Amazon DE (Click here) and Amazon UK (Click here).

 

July 16, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR3) NEX-FF could be priced below $3,000. Has Olympus 5 axis stabilization.

As I told you yesterday I am working on many exciting rumors. A-mount mirrorless, new NEX cameras and the new soon to be launched NEX-FF system. And keep inviting you to subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here). It’s the best way to not miss any of the many(!) rumors to come.

A short note first: Sony is obviously trying to keep a tight secret and I also suspect that they intentionally spread some wrong info to hide the truth. That’s why I ask all sources to be patient. They will not see me post the rumor they send on the same day or week. I will always try to double check them first.

NEX-FF:
I got multiple confirmation Sony is ready to launch the NEX-FF. I have been told of different prototypes that have been tested. For now what I can share with you are two good news I got from one of the sources (hope more sources confirm it soon so that I can upgrade this to SR5):

1) The final price still has not been set yet but the chance is high that the NEX-FF photocamera body will be priced just below the $3,000 mark. Similar to the A99 and way below the only real competitor on market (The Leica M for $7,000).

2) The NEX-FF will feature the Olympus 5 axis stabilization! I still have a hard time to figure out how it was possible to add this on the NEX-FF. Anyway, you probably know that Olympus IBIS is the best on market (and used by the Olympus E-M5). Now imagine all M lenses, FD lenses and all other lenses you can use on the NEX-FF will be stabilized! A dream comes true.

As usual keep your feet on ground till I can upgrade the rumor to SR5. Stay tuned on SAR. More amazing rumors to come soon…

A note for Leica owners: Obviously I was joking when telling you yesterday that the NEX-FF will kill Leica. Leica still has a unique rangefinder system and build quality. Plus I don’t know how good the Leica M lenses will perform on the new NEX-FF. Leica will continue to exists but they are no more really alone on this world :)

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Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

For readers: Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any news!

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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!

July 15, 2013
Posted in news

Write articles for SonyAlphaRumors!

From late July until mid August I will be on vacation to my girlfriends family in France. But bad for me (and good for you) this will be a very busy rumor time with plenty of leaks to come. But between one rumor and another I will try to get some rest and enjoy some time with my family and friends by tasting the mysterious red drink the Frenchman call “vin” :)

And I thought it could be an idea to schedule some articles written by SAR readers so that they can be posted on SAR while I am lying under the sun. So you feel free to send me your articles you want to be posted here at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com. Please send full text and pictures and the credit you want me to add. You are obviously allowed to link back to your personal blog and it may help some of you to become famous :)

So what kind of article are welcome on SAR? First of all want I don’t need are reviews of cameras and lenses that are already well know and out for a long time. I am more interested in real field work narrations (travel stories, fashion photography, extreme conditions reportages). I also like to read curious and funny stories. Small tips and tricks reports are also welcome. In short, stories that usually don’t get posted on classic photography review sites :)

One more idea to save me time: Use DealsRunner.com to submit the SOny deals you find on web. Doing so displays the deals on the right sidebar on SAR and you will help other readers to see and grab the deal. It works without my moderation..instantaneously!

This may turn out to be a good deal for us, I can get some couple of hours per day offline and you can promote yourself. Thanks you!

Andrea
sonyalpharumors@gmail.com

 

July 15, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR3) NEX-FF is the first E-mount camera with on sensor image stabilization?

Small update on the NEX-FF photocamera rumor:

Now we have three sources saying that Sony scheduled a big event for autumn. And the chance is high that we are talking about an official High Quality NEX-FF camera release. I am still working on the camera specs and first Zeiss lens info. What I also “heard” is that the first Sony NEX-FF photocamera will also feature an on sensor stabilization. This would be the first NEX camera featuring that. And honestly I dind’t think that IBIS would be possible on a FF E-mount. Anyway, while these rumors are coming from good sources I still advice you to keep feet on ground. We all need to see a clear evidence to be sure of the announcement. The best one would be an image of the camera….you have one to share? :)

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Message to sources: You can send me more info anonymously by using the contact form you see on the very right of your browser. You can also contact me directly at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com.

For readers: Subscribe the RSS feed (Click here) and Twitter (Click here) stream and the Facebook fan page (Click here) in order to not miss any news!

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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!

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