October 7, 2013
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Zeiss launches the superb 55mm f/1.4 Otus Lens (it may comes for Sony A-mount too).

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Zeiss just launched a new kind of lens series for High resolution Full Frame cameras. The “Otus” 55mm f/1.4 costs $3999 and is avaiable on BHphoto and Adorama. Sadly there is no A-mount version but this is just because there is no High resolution (30+MP) A-mount camera yet. A Sony 36MP camera could be announced in very early 2014 and therefore there is a big change to see Zeiss launching an A-mount version too. Image samples taken with the new lens can be seen on Flickr.

Note: The 55mm focal length is quite unusual. So it’s even more surprising that next week Zeiss will announce a FulL Frame 55mm f/1.8 FE (FF E-mount) lens along the A7 and A7r.

October 7, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) A7 has on sensor PDAF while A7r has not (but comes without AA filter).


a Franken A7 (RX1+NEX-7+EVF) put together by a SAR reader based on the design rumors posted today. Obviously not a picture of the real camera and the real camera will be much nicer :)

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I just learned via trusted sources that there are actually major differences between the two A7 and A7r sensors:

1) The A7 uses a 24 megapixel sensor with on sensor PDAF. It has an Anti Aliasing filter. This camera is more suited for sport or video recording
2) The A73 uses a 36 Megapixel sensor that has no PDAF on sensor. And it also has no Anti Aliasing filter just like the Nikon D800E. The camera is more appropriate for High resolution photography (like Landscape pics).

Both cameras have the same body (with built-in EVF in the middle-top of the camera). Both are weathersealed. Size close to the current RX1/R. The A7 costs around 1600-1700 Dollars (or Euro) and the A7r costs around 2300-2400 Dollars (or Euro).

Note: the image on top is a poor PS job but a source said it’s more or less how it will be :) We still have to see the specs and images of the camera…but here is the question:

Based on these early basic info: What are you considering to buy?

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Reminder: The cameras and new FE lenses will be announced around October 16.

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SR1=probably fake rumor
SR2=rumor from unknown sources
SR3=50% chance it is correct
SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

October 6, 2013
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The calm before the storm…need all your help to watch out for leaks!

I know you are all impatient to see the new NEX-FF camera. Don’t worry, these are really the last days of calm before the storm. In these days I am also very busy at work (I mean my real job). I would be very happy if you can help me out on leaks! If you find sites leaking info on the new cameras send me a message at sonyalpharumors@gmail.com I try to check my mails on my iPhone 1-2 times per hour.

Here is what I usually do to find leaks:
– Check Sony sites for A7, A/r and RX10 and other pages like that
– Check good Asian rumor sites and forums
– Even simple google search sometimes finds info on new cameras

It’s a very busy time for me, and I appreciate all the help you can give! Thanks!

Andrea

P.S: I submitted your questions to my sources. Hopefully I can post some answer today! And I am still looking for thrid party lens reviews on the VG900 E-mount FF. Would be nice to know which lens works fine on a Full Frame A7 and A7r!

October 6, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR4) A7 and A7r price in Canadian Dollars.

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An anonymous source (Thanks!) sent me the A7a nd A7 prices in Canadian Dollars:

1) The A7 with 24MP sensor will be $1700 Canadian MAP

2) The A7r with 36MP sensor will be $2300 Canadian MAP

The source didn’t share the kit price info. I don’t have the price in US dollar but for comparison the RX1 costs $2999 in Canada (henrys) and $2799 in USA (Amazon).

A note: A reader claims that he has seen the A7 image on Sony Australia website (Click here) but the link he shared doens’t work. Did one of our SAR readers find and download it?

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SR2=rumor from unknown sources
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SR4=rumor from known sources
SR5=almost certainly correct!

 

October 6, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) Current E-mount APS-C lenses will work in two modes on the A7 and A7r!

A source just told me something very interesting. The current APS-C E-mount lenses like for example the Zeiss 24mm f/1.8 will work in two modes on the Full Frame E-mount A7 and A7r cameras:

1) Crop mode: It means you can use the lens like it would be attached on a NEX-5-6-7

2) Full Frame mode: It means you can use the lens with Full…Full Frame activated. I have been told some lenses will have a cool heavy vignetting effect and some lenses will also cover almost the full FF area. it could be useful if you want to use a larger than APS-C area (4/3 mode or so).

Sounds funny! :)

And now an interesting note for German readers: The Wallimex 24mm T/1.5 Lens for EF mount that usually sells for close to 7000 Eruo can be bought for 88 Euro(!!!). This is a FF lens so if you buy a 10 Euro EF to NEX adapter you can use it on your A7 or A7r! The deal can be found here: http://www.dealsrunner.com/deals/walimex-pro-24-1-5-objektiv-vdslr-fur-canon-und-adapter-pentax-q

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