June 25, 2012
Posted in rumors

Two FF cameras within the next 12 months. One to be named A88 and one A99?

Let’s start within the new week with a small rumors. As I already told you there will be one FF SLT camera at Photokina (specs you already know) and another High End Model within the first half of 2013. A new source just told me that one camera will be named A88 (veyr likely the A850 successor and “cheap” FF model) and another will be the A99 (very likely the A900 successor and “high” end model).

This is just to say that the final name of the coming 24 Megapixel model may be A88 instead of A99. I am still not sure. I hope my sources can confirm this soon. Keep in mind that Sony itself once said that there will be a A9x SLT Full Frame this year.

Anyway, we are just talking about the names here. I am trying to figure out how the High End Model could be. Early rumors suggested it would use the same Nikon D800 sensor and a built-in vertical grip. Question is if such a high end model makes sense. I mean, the pro market is pretty conservative and dominated by Nikon and Canon. You will need a huge effort to convince pro’s to switch the system! What do you think? Does it make sense?


Sony A850 at AmazonAdoramaB&HJ&ReBay.
Sony A900 at AmazonAdoramaB&HJ&ReBay.

June 25, 2012
Posted in rumors

SAR back online (some comments lost)

We had a pretty much severe issue. The disk of SAR was actually full and it caused a sever damage to the database. There were also two other issues with the backups and combine all that and the result is a very bad day :)

Anyway, I am no re inserting the articles I posted on SAR. I have to do it manually. But your comments form the last months will be lost. Really sorry, but this now convinced me one more time that SAR has to become a stable and standalone website.

This means that for the next 24 hours I may not post any news as I really have to use every free time for this. Meantime sources may send me some rumors baout the A88 and A99 to cheer me up :)

June 24, 2012
Posted in reviews

50mm for NEX gets reviewed at SLRgear. And Shadow Hot Shoe review

SLRgear (Click here) posted the full 50mm for NEX test: “The Sony E 50mm ƒ/1.8 OSS is a capable lens, marred only by some poor CA performance when used wide open; even then, depending on the subject matter, it may not be particularly noticeable.
Lens price check at AmazonAdoramaB&HJ&ReBay.

And I also found the first NEX 5n Shadow Hot Shoe Review at Cameradojo (Click here): “if you want to use speedlites or studio strobes with your NEX 5n, you really have no other choices today. In the end, the Shadow works and if you need the functionality, at least there is a solution available.

June 24, 2012
Posted in news

NEX-7 book by Friedman (and we all missed a $220 discount)

Our friend Gary Friedman just released the new NEX-7 book. You can buy it here:http://friedmanarchives.com/NEX-7/index.htm. I guess you all know who Gary is and there is no need for a presentation.

A readers sent me that screenshot of a NEX-7 that has been sold with a $224 discount by Electronic Expo on Amazon (Click here). There was one copy only but this was a hell of a deal. Will keep my eyes open to see if the deal will be back soon. Meantime the best lens you can use on that camera is still in Stock at Amazon (Click here).

June 23, 2012
Posted in rumors

Will Sony buy a 10% Stake from Olympus?

Reuters (via Nikkei) reports that “Olympus is in final talks with Sony to get a roughly 50 billion yen capital injection in return for a stake“. Sony’s main interest is the medical business but of course this could also have an influence on Olympus mirrorless camera strategy. Anyway, those kind of rumors are floating around for months now and we still haven’t anything official…yet.

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