August 29, 2013
Posted in rumors

(UPDATED) Picture of a non final Zeiss 85mm f/1.8 (real lens is different)

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The long rumored 85mm f/1.8 just got leaked at Xitek? UPDATE_3: Trusted sources checked the image again. The image is close to the real lens but not the final production version. This will not be the final lens design!

I remind you to read the previous post. Astonishing rumors to be published soon on SAR! For the first time I have the feeling Sony has the chance to catch up with Nikon and Canon! And tell all Nikon-Canon-Pentax lens owners that they can use this 85mm Zeiss lens and their G-K or EF lens on the same camera…With AF!

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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!

August 29, 2013
Posted in reviews

Forbes writes about the RX100 (and new RX1R and RX100MII reviews).

RX cameras are very popular among photographers and photography sites. It’s not a surprise to see that the RX100MII is the most sold Sony camera at Amazon (Click here to see the ranking). And the cheapest RX camera is the RX100 for $538 at BigValue eBay (Click here).

Today you have a whole bunch of new reviews to read! Here is the list:

Forbes (Click here) posted an article about the RX100 and writes:

Even after a year, there is simply nothing else out there that offers the unique combination of tiny size, brilliant resolution, and responsiveness that the RX100 offers.

Sony RX100MII review at Photographyblog.
Sony RX100R review at CameraLabs.
Sony RX1R review at Digitalversus.
Sony Cyber-shot DSC-RX1R lens review at DxOmark.
Sony Cyber-shot RX1R Samples Gallery Expanded at Dpreview.
Sony RX1 developers Interview (.pdf).
Sony Cybershot Camera RX100 II Review with Test Photos & Video (Bretthigginsphotography).
Sony DSC-RX100M2 vs RX100 with Real World Sample Photos (RonMartBlog)

Hard to find any negative comments! :)

New RX orders:
RX1 at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore US, Sony Canada, Sony Deutschland, Sony UK, Sony France, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.
RX100MII at Amazon, BHphoto, Adorama, WexUK, Sonystore USSony Canada, Sony DeutschlandSony UK, Sony FR, Sony Italy, Sony Netherland, Sony Belgium, Sony Austria, Sony Sweden, Sony Finland, Sony Spain.

August 29, 2013
Posted in rumors

(SR5) First picture of the “Cheap” 4K camcorder. (SR2) Mid-frame mystery cam.

UPDATED: This is the first picture of “FDR-AX1” 4K Camcorder.

(SR5) 4K Camcorder
One comes from a top trusted source -> Thanks AL ;) He says that Sony will soon announce the “FDR-AX1” 4K Camcorder. These are some specs:
XQD memory card
4K G-lens
XLR output
can switch between 4K and 2k
records in CAVC/S 4K HD
20x Optical zoom (fixed lens)
3x ND filter
Price….less than $5,000!

This is 4K for the mass! :)

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Something else: I got this rumor from an Asian source:

(SR1-SR2) Mid-frame camera (???)
This is a strange rumor I got. You may help me out on this. The anonymous (and unknown) source told me that:
“maybe there will be a mid-frame camera coming key word “box””
You may tell me what he means with that? UPDATE: Maybe he means Medium Format camera (or digital back).

For German readers: Gold Box deal on the A99: http://www.dealsrunner.com/deals/sony-a99-body–4

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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!

 

August 29, 2013
Posted in rumors

A personal note before the next rumor storm (NEX-FF, A-mount, RX and QX).

The last four weeks have been very busy for me. First I had a vacation that I mostly spent on rumor work and now one week of busy time for the company I work for. I am writing this because you have to know that this is a website driven by one man only (me) who writes in a terrible english (my native language are German and Italian) and by using my limited free time. So if the articles were worse than usual know that I was terribly busy the last month.

The good news for you is that I “was” busy. Starting from tomorrow I will have more time to work on rumors and on more decently written articles :)
Today I will contact all my trusted sources to get some details on the NEX-FF, RX and A-mount rumor front. All I can tell you for now is that Sony is spending more effort than usual to keep the secret around the new NEX-FF and A-mount products. And this is a good sign, it means something very important is going to happen soon.

So stay tuned on SAR and remember, QX lenscameras are coming next week (Sept. 4). And major pro camera and lens release is expected in late September. Be ready for an exciting time on SAR

Three more notes:
– I do agree with you. The A99, NEX-7 firmware update is disappointing
– A trusted sources that shared the wrong A3000 in body IS info sent me the “official” excuses because of the mistake (he read the wrong data on the menu-manual). Apologies accepted ;)
– Thank to all people who donated the money necessary to cover the server upgrade (and extra bandwidth costs). Future donations are no more needed to cover these costs. But if you want you can donate for the next SonyAlphaRumors redesign that I plan to do in late 2013. In very short what I will do is to improve the comment system, article readability and include more visibility for readers articles.




Thanks!

P.S.: To be very honest…I was close to a burn out lately. I hope the SAR redesign will make it easier for SAR readers to write articles without my approval. So that I can rest soemtimes…

August 28, 2013
Posted in rumors

UPDATE: Lens Cameras to be named “EspressOn”? Niet says a source

BGR (Click here) reports that the new QX lens series will be called “ExpressOn”. UDPATE: But a source just told me this isn’t correct. Literally the source said: “some idiot is mispronouncing the code name“. LOL :)

Reminder: Sony will soon launch two “lens-cameras”:
1) One is the “Lens-camera” with RX100MII sensor and  Zeiss lens ($750 here on Amazon). On the pictures it is the bigger lens. As you know the RX100 is the most praised high end compact camera and features a large 1 inch sensor which is the same size used by the Nikon 1 system. Now you can have that kind of Image Quality on your iPhone or Android Smartphone!
2) The second model will feature a 10xzoom lens with 1/2,3 inch 18 megapixel CMOS sensor (the image with the f/3,3-5.9 lens). It’s basically the same sensor and lens of the Sony WX150 ($400 on Amazon).

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